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Signing of South Carolina Tort Reform Bill Vital to Contractors
PR Newswire (press release)August 1, 2011

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, during the bill's signing, remarked that "South Carolina will need to continue to strengthen the legal reform laws in our state; and while we just passed this law, passing tort reform never stops because it's what ...more »

Lebanese Information Minister Urges Self-Censorship as Draft Media Law...
Huffington PostAugust 1, 2011

Information Minister Walid Al Daouk's call for self-restraint shocked journalists and ran contrary to the new cabinet's assurances that freedom of expression would be respected and media laws updated. It flew in the face of his predecessor who said a ...more »

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Advertising
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Knoxville lawyer Stephen A. Burroughs' persona goes viral on social media
Knoxville News SentinelAugust 23, 2011

Whether it's an ad on one of the many billboards his face is on or a Knoxville Area Transit bus, the personal injury attorney has become one of the most recognizable people in the city. His advertising strategy has cost him more than $1 million over ...more »

Federal Contracts
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The Doti law students worry about
OCRegisterAugust 26, 2011

Chapman Law Professor Frank Doti is the older brother of Chapman University President Jim Doti. On the north side of Glassell Street, there's no question which Doti has greater stature. Frank teaches Contracts, and like Professor Kingsfield, ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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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 »

Federal Grants
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4 things to know about the Patriot Act
MPNnow.comAugust 17, 2011

Here are a few: Roving “John Doe” wiretaps This grants surveillance, with court approval, of a person versus a medium. Goldberg said it allows more than one phone or computer used by a person of interest to be tapped under one warrant. ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Shake Off Policy Paralysis
Wall Street JournalAugust 17, 2011

That hasn't taken away China's ability to attract large amounts of foreign investments: between 2008 and 2010 China's inflows surged to nearly $300 billion. The reality is that as long as markets are attractive, operating parameters are clearly laid ...more »

Banking Law
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Mumbai firm falls prey to bank fraud
Deccan ChronicleAugust 21, 2011

The letter sent to cyber crime police with IP addresses has come back on Saturday. Out of three IP addresses, one has been traced and a team has been sent to Delhi to probe further. These scamsters operate discreetly and sometimes use a stranger's bank...more »

Franchising
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Change starts at top for Broncos
ESPNAugust 17, 2011

Starting this season, they will survive by his mind. Elway, whose football skills elevated the franchise above its mile-high perch in the Rockies, runs more than just the offense as the president of the Broncos. If Broncos fans can be patient, ...more »

Business Formation
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Fighting in the Streets
Fox and Hounds Daily (blog)August 19, 2011

Principal of David S. White & Associates, a real estate and general business law firm, West Los Angeles Cause summers here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy . . . Hey! think the time is right for a palace ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Corps of Engineers envisions 30 to 45 days for pump contract review
NOLA.comAugust 18, 2011

The Times-Picayune archiveThe temporary pumping station on the 17th Street Canal is supposed to be replaced by a permanent station, but the Corps of Engineers expects delays in awarding a new construction contract. The review will determine whether the ...more »

Commercial
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Ice Miller LLP and Schottenstein Zox and Dunn (SZD) Combine
Insurance News Net (press release)August 19, 2011

Each firm offers a full range of legal services, including labor and employment, creditors' rights and intellectual property. Both firms have strong community ties with a culture of building relationships that are locally based. ...more »

Gov. Rick Scott's lost emails dim right to know
Orlando SentinelAugust 26, 2011

Here's why: During transitions, governors begin setting the agendas for their terms, start hiring the people to carry them out, and solidify their alliances with special interests. It's no wonder that Florida's government-in-the-sunshine law requires ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Murphy Desmond: Mendoza joins Murphy Desmond SC
Wisbusiness.comAugust 17, 2011

Madison, WI - Attorney Mario Mendoza has joined the law firm of Murphy Desmond SC, practicing in the areas of Business Law, Municipal Law and Administrative / Regulatory Law & Government Relations. Mendoza has extensive experience in contracts and ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Qld Police discipline changes worry union
NinemsnAugust 29, 2011

The state government has moved to ban current and former Queensland police from working on serious internal misconduct investigations for the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC). The move could see interstate police filling the vacant roles, ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Dorsey Establishes Special Counsel Relationship with Shanghai's Martin Hu ...
Business Wire (press release)August 22, 2011

MHP is a full-service commercial law firm, recognized by Chambers & Partners, a legal firm ranking service, as one of China's "Emerging Law Firms of the Year" for 2010 and "Highly Recommended as a Leading Law Firm in Corporate/M&A. ...more »

International Transactions
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Area business people in the news
Danbury News TimesAugust 18, 2011

Phillips has also served as a professional practice director for Deloitte's US Merger & Acquisition Transaction Services practice. Greenwich resident Ieuan Jolly has joined the law firm Loeb and Loeb LLP in their New York office. ...more »

Communications & Media
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Big Brother's Cell Phone “Kill Switch”
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)August 22, 2011

In fact, according to some interpretations of current law, the president already has the power to take such action. Jon Orlin wrote earlier this year at TechCrunch.com, that Section 706 of the Communications Act of 1934, which created the FCC, ...more »

Locating Funds
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Federal Asset Seizures Rise, Netting Innocent With Guilty
Wall Street JournalAugust 22, 2011

Forfeiture attorneys counter that the government often settles cases, returning at least part of the seized assets, if it thinks it might lose. Part of the debate over seizures involves a potential conflict of interest: Under a 1984 federal law, ...more »

Construction & Development
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Enforcing Judgments on Construction Lien Claims in New Jersey
JD Supra (press release)August 17, 2011

Most contractors have at least a broad understanding of the procedures required to file a lien claim under New Jersey's Construction Lien Law (NJSA 2A:44A-1 et seq., the “CLL”), although it should be borne in mind that some significant changes have ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Appeals Court Weighs In on Prisoners' Lawsuits
New York TimesAugust 27, 2011

A nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization providing local coverage of Chicago and the surrounding area for The New York Times. There's great news for Rod R. Blagojevich from the federal courthouse in Chicago: An appeals panel has ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Loan deal: Law wasn't broken, only the regulations
Caymanian CompassAugust 25, 2011

Cayman Islands Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick said Wednesday that the country's Premier did not break the law in arranging a US$185 million loan to finance government operations during the last budget year. However, Premier McKeeva Bush's decision ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Revolt Weakens Jones' Control of Fifth Circuit Law: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekAugust 29, 2011

(Bloomberg bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle regularly writes about important court opinions on bankruptcy law. The following items are a collection of cases handed down during his August vacation. The regular column can be found at ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Opinion split on 'pragmatic' Swiss accounts deal
Financial TimesAugust 25, 2011

“If anyone wants to maintain their Swiss banking secrecy they are going to have to pay for it very substantially, potentially losing over a third of their assets,” he told the BBC. Accountants felt the agreement was realistic given that the government ...more »

Public Offerings
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Run Ed Run May Go To Attorney General
AsianWeekAugust 18, 2011

... the school district bond (Prop A) – $531 million to repair 50 schools – and the candidate's undivided devotion to sacrificing their first born to attend public schools…The two pinned City Attorney and mayoral candidate Dennis Herrera on the bond. ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Tribune's bankruptcy judge won't give timing of ruling
Crain's Chicago BusinessAugust 25, 2011

s chief restructuring officer made an unusual appearance in Delaware bankruptcy court today to ask the judge overseeing his media company's case when he will rule on a reorganization plan. The judge had little response. Judge Kevin Carey said he's ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Washington Mutual, Nebraska Book, PTL: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekAugust 26, 2011

14, including the debt and assets of affiliates, in Chapter 11 documents filed June 27. Nebraska Book has about 280 stores on and off campuses. It also has one of the largest wholesale distribution networks of used textbooks, supplying college ...more »

Customs Disputes
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LG, Sony settle patent disputes
ITWeb (blog)August 18, 2011

LG then filed a complaint about Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) infringing on its Blu-ray technology that led to the gaming consoles being seized for ten days by customs officers in the European Union in February. Late last year, Sony brought a ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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How Missouri's Teacher Facebook Law Affects Your Business
BusinessNewsDailyAugust 23, 2011

A Missouri teacher won't be clicking the "like" button on a new social media law any time soon. And her opposition to the Show Me State's new "Facebook Law" has implications for businesses, too. ...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 »

Trade Associations
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US Debt Downgrade May Have Chinese Connection
The NarcoSphereAugust 14, 2011

"Opening markets to increase American exports and vigorous enforcement of trade laws go hand-in-hand. Gaining fair access to over 1 billion Chinese consumers is crucial for Ohio's small businesses and farmers,” said Portman, who initiated the ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Scots bankruptcy law under review
BBC NewsAugust 15, 2011

Proposals to "tidy up" Scottish bankruptcy laws have been put forward by the Scottish Law Commission. The independent body has published a consultation paper on consolidating existing bankruptcy legislation. It said the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Don't like websites tracking you? The courts don't seem to care
GigaOmAugust 19, 2011

In this case, the plaintiff tried to argue that the use of “flash cookies” and other methods to track her for advertising purposes, even after she had deleted her cookies, was a breach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as well as New York's unfair ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Angela Payne received $310K to settle claim against Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan
The Sheboygan PressAugust 24, 2011

Angela Payne, Sheboygan's former human resources director, received a payout of $310000 to settle her sexual harassment claim against Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan, according to documents released Wednesday. The settlement — which includes money for both ...more »

Venture Capital
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Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla linked to closed beach
San Jose Mercury NewsAugust 31, 2011

Now signs are pointing to a possible culprit: Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. The evidence -- a combination of community scuttlebutt and telling business connections -- has convinced the San Mateo County ...more »

False Advertising
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Attorney Courtney G. Tito Joins the West Palm Beach Office of McDonald Hopkins ...
MarketWatch (press release)August 26, 2011

McDonald Hopkins is a business advisory and advocacy law firm focused on business law, litigation, business restructuring and bankruptcy, intellectual property, healthcare, and estate planning. The firm has offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, ...more »

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