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Lawyer Snapshot: George Gabel Jr.
Jacksonville Daily RecordAugust 1, 2011

Professional Organizations: American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow; American Bar Association, fellow, TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, former chair, and Media Law and Defamation Tort Committee, former chair; American Counsel Association, ...more »

Tips on negotiating your commercial lease
Globe and MailAugust 2, 2011

When you're negotiating a commercial lease for your business, there are a lot of things that you, your leasing agent or your lawyer will normally want to negotiate with the landlord: What is the term? How many options to renew are there? ...more »

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Chafee announces land panel nominees
Providence JournalAugust 24, 2011

... 54, a principal at Moses and Afonso Ltd., where he concentrates on corporate and business law, who previously worked as The Providence Journal Company's assistant general counsel and senior corporate attorney; and •Michael S. Van Leesten, 71, ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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SHNIDER: Insurance is important for small businesses
Naples Daily NewsAugust 24, 2011

This protection includes issues that will cover employees, advertising and personal injury, professional liability and errors & omissions insurance. Other liabilities issues that should be considered are product/service liability and premise liability ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Cohen & Grigsby Announces Addition of Christine Bowers to Business and Tax Group
PR Newswire (press release)August 24, 2011

24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and an office in Bonita Springs, FL, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Bowers as senior counsel in the firm's Business and Tax Group. ...more »

False Advertising
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Attorney Stephen Nagins Joins Peretz Chesal & Herrmann as 'Counsel'
AddPR.com (press release)August 18, 2011

Nagin currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar and earlier in his career worked both in the Florida Attorney General's office and at the Federal Trade Commission – where he successfully represented the FTC ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Research and Markets: 2011 Law and the Market Economy in China: Commercial ...
Business Wire (press release)August 22, 2011

These include commercial contract enforcement, corporate structures, competition law and other issues related to China's membership in the WTO. In the past two decades, the rapid integration of China's economy into the global marketplace has created ...more »

Banking Law
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Local man ripped off in fake check scam
Fox 31 KDVR.comAugust 29, 2011

Both victims believe the bank should be held responsible. Mark closed his US Bank account and filed a police report. Both the police and the bank admit this kind of check fraud can happen to anyone. Jennifer Waller with the Colorado Banker's ...more »

Federal Grants
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2011 Conservation Innovation Grants Awarded For California
Sacramento BeeAugust 25, 2011

Earlier this week national CIG grants were awarded to the following California applicants ($1 million is the maximum allowed for national awards). All contain at least a 50 percent match from non-federal sources, as required by the program: The CIG ...more »

Business Formation
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More local biz grads looking to law school
Fresno Business JournalAugust 12, 2011

“Many graduates privately practice business, corporate bankruptcy and taxation law,” Pearson said. By definition, business law governs business and commerce in both public (government) and private sectors. It provides a legal framework for business ...more »

Foreign Investments
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What To Do Before The Hurricane Hits The Fan
ForbesAugust 26, 2011

As for Gomez's bonafides, she was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal's “40 under 40″ list for 2011. 1. First the easy stuff. Immediately gather organizing documents (such as the Certificate of Incorporation, Articles of Formation, By-laws, ...more »

Commercial
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McKool Smith's Rosemary Snider Named to “Winning Women” Top Lawyers List
Citybizlist (press release)August 24, 2011

... 100 Verdicts" than any other US law firm during the past five years. McKool Smith represents leading clients across a broad range of practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense.more »

Franchising
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Report: Taylor Armstrong's Doctors Did Not Call Cops After Beating, Plus ...
Reality TeaAugust 22, 2011

“Last season, the ladies on the New York franchise earned $265000 for the entire season, while the men earned nothing — except Alex's husband [Simon] who was paid separately for a web-based show he did.” While Russell's attorney has publicly stated ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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SIST bankruptcy cases dismissed
The Shawano LeaderAugust 18, 2011

The ruling means none of the three entities can file new Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in any bankruptcy court in the US for one year, prohibits them from filing under a new corporate name and prevents a new filing by any corporate entity that might ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Governor Cuomo prepares state for Irene impact
WKTVAugust 26, 2011

DOT will relocate its construction barges to Coast Guard-approved locations and is stockpiling portable signs, barricades, light towers, arrow boards, and portable VMS signs for delivery to storm-hit areas. Maintenance crews will be available for ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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New options open up for MBAs with law degrees
Business TodayAugust 30, 2011

"So all employees in the corporate world need some knowledge of the principles of management and business law, to do business within and outside the country," he says. Sarma says the new course, a two-year programme that costs Rs 6 lakh, ...more »

Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Penson ...
MarketWatch (press release)August 25, 2011

If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this Notice or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, ...more »

Communications & Media
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Senate committee backs PLDT's P69.2-B takeover of Digitel
BusinessWorld OnlineAugust 23, 2011

“After reviewing the provisions of the respective legislative franchises of PLDT and Digitel, and after taking into account the relevant provisions of the Public Telecommunications Act of 1995, this committee is of the view that the proposed ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Congo Investigates UN Driver for Trafficking Minerals
Voice of AmericaAugust 24, 2011

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says it is cooperating with authorities and launching its own internal investigation. Officials in Congo's eastern North Kivu province say they stopped the driver, Julien Mukala, on Sunday night as he ...more »

Construction & Development
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Six-figure jobs created for connected USC law school fundraisers
The GamecockAugust 18, 2011

USC has created three new fundraising jobs — at a cost of about $420000 over the next year — to drum up $25 million for the construction of a new law school. Leading the effort is Henry McMaster, formerly the state's ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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N.J.'s top court rules League of Municipalities is subject to open records law
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comAugust 24, 2011

Today, the state Supreme Court ruled the organization is a public entity and subject to open public records laws. TRENTON — The New Jersey State League of Municipalities is a public agency and subject to the same disclosure requirements as ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Audit: Army, Interior broke law by awarding contract to Alaska native corporation
Washington PostAugust 17, 2011

A US2 spokesman said the company did what the government asked and followed the rules. As of June, “US2 had achieved performance of at least 50% of the contract cost on a cumulative basis,” the spokesman said in a statement. “The OIG made no specific ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Legislator Calls for Clarifying Copyright Law
New York TimesAugust 28, 2011

The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the interests of the labels, maintains that most sound recordings are not eligible for termination rights because they are “works for hire,” collective works or compilations created not by ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Opposition withdraws support for tax reform
Prague Daily MonitorAugust 25, 2011

According to the Finance Ministry's original calculations, the tax reform should moderately lower the tax burden. Most people should save hundreds of crowns a month thanks to the reform. Copying, dissemination or other publication of this article or ...more »

Public Offerings
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Orie attorney: Latest charges 'vindictive'
Pittsburgh Post GazetteAugust 31, 2011

Ms. Orie went on trial in February on charges that she misused her public office, staff and resources to perform campaign work. The case ended with a mistrial when the prosecution presented evidence that documents submitted by the defense had been ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Alicia Jurney Whitlock Elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Haven ...
PR Web (press release)August 24, 2011

The firm's practice includes Corporate and Business Law, Business Litigation, Commercial Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Foreclosures, Creditor Representation, Collections, Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Construction Law, Employment Law, ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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New Canadian compensation rules make work for issuers in coming proxy season
Reuters Blogs (blog)August 17, 2011

16 (Business Law Currents) With the recent announcement by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) that changes in executive disclosure requirements will apply for financial years ending on or after October 31, Canadian issuers may want to do some ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Lawyer, 166 others docked over alleged forgery
VanguardAugust 18, 2011

Some of the accused were alleged to have obstructed officers and men of the TinCan Island Port Command in the performance of their duty, an offence contrary to Section 11,1(a) of the Customs and Excise management Act Cap C45 Laws of the Federation of ...more »

Trade Associations
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In anticipation of new law, Egypt's labor unions in limbo
Al-Masry Al-YoumAugust 31, 2011

The cabinet is also engaged in the drawn-out process of issuing a new trade union law to replace Trade Union Act 35/1976. The future of Egypt's union structures and elections will be determined according to this new law - when and if it is issued. ...more »

Debt Collection
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Firms cash in on Howrey bankruptcy
Thomson Reuters News & InsightAugust 17, 2011

The statement followed Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali's order issued last month that required professionals hired by Howrey or the unsecured creditors committee to begin filing monthly statements with the court for payment. Under bankruptcy law...more »

Venture Capital
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SMS GupShup, India's Twitter-like Service, Raises $10 Million in Funding
Penn OlsonAugust 31, 2011

SMS GupShup, India's Twitter-like SMS service, has raised Rs 50 crores ($10 million) from a series of venture capital investors to reach a valuation of Rs 1000 crores ($218 million). It has also reached the 50 million user milestone. ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Feds say Bonds filed bankruptcy in bad faith
Milwaukee Journal SentinelAugust 27, 2011

"He's got himself in extremely deep, hot water," said Ralph Anzivino, a Marquette University law professor who specializes in bankruptcy law. In fact, Anzivino said he seriously doubts the bankruptcy judge will simply dismiss the case, despite Bonds' ...more »

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