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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 »

OVERNIGHT TECH: FCC releases program carriage order
The Hill (blog)August 1, 2011

New telecom law firm in town: The law firm Telecommunications Law Professionals launched in Washington, DC, on Monday. Carl W. Northrop, a former partner at the firm Paul Hastings, will head the new group. Several of the firm's other founding lawyers ...more »

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Advertising
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UCLA School of Law receives $10 million gift to create business law institute
Washington PostAugust 9, 2011

By AP, LOS ANGELES — The UCLA School of Law has received a $10 million gift to establish a business law institute. The Los Angeles school announced Tuesday that alumnus Lowell Milken had made the donation to create the Lowell Milken Institute for ...more »

False Advertising
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Regenerating Heart Muscle
UC Los AngelesAugust 10, 2011

... Daily News reported Tuesday that the UCLA School of Law has received a $10 million gift from education reform advocate and philanthropist Lowell Milken, which will be used to establish the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy. ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Brands taking the law into their own hands
Marketing WeekAugust 17, 2011

Law firms taking advantage of this provision can now become more marketing-focused organisations, run like any other business. Law firms can go into business areas outside of law, meaning that they can diversify to compete with companies in other ...more »

Federal Contracts
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CNB to receive a federal contract worth more than $40 million
Cherokee PhoenixAugust 22, 2011

Cherokee Nation Businesses has been notified by the Department of Defense that the company was awarded a federal contract worth more than $40 million over two years. It is CNB's largest contract ever. The contract will allow CNB's security and defense ...more »

Federal Grants
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Bing administration improperly used money for poor, too, lawsuit says
Detroit Free PressAugust 17, 2011

The newspaper showed that $210000 in federal grant money intended for poor people had been used instead to buy high-end furniture for the department's east-side offices. In her lawsuit filed Friday in Wayne County Circuit Court, Coleman says Bing's ...more »

Banking Law
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Small Business Owners Get New Source of Funds
BusinessNews Express (press release)August 26, 2011

MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. (“MidSouth”) (NYSE Amex: MSL) announced today that the US Treasury has selected MidSouth Bank for participation in the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF), which will allow the bank to extend more commercial loans at low and ...more »

Foreign Investments
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H2 Foreign Investment Hits $7Bln
The Moscow TimesAugust 25, 2011

Foreign direct investment in Russia surged 30 percent to $7 billion for the first half of 2011, compared with last year, with manufacturers and the financial industry receiving the most capital. The overall foreign investment number, which includes ...more »

Business Formation
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Healthcare Business News Feds, states, private firm share in $154 million ...
ModernHealthcare.comAugust 26, 2011

By AP The federal government, four states and a Florida pharmacy company that blew the whistle on Medicaid fraud will share a $154 million settlement. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Thursday announced the agreement with Par Pharmaceuticals Inc. ...more »

Franchising
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Law & Order: Los Angeles, Thursday, August 18
Sydney Morning HeraldAugust 17, 2011

Being Thursday, it's time to strap in for a murder double-header with a two-episode Law & Order: LA extravaganza. There's a noticeable difference in the light in the seminal crime drama's West Coast franchise - a sense of warmth and space after the ...more »

Commercial
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Where is there smokeware in Long Beach?
Long Beach Press-TelegramAugust 22, 2011

GooseFire Gallery, which has been open to a couple of private parties since May, is an offshoot of another business Abrams stumbled into - medical marijuana. returning to California to practice small business and marital law. "I had a couple of clients ...more »

Gaming Law
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Beacon Hill business as usual
Berkshire EagleAugust 26, 2011

President Murray told the newspaper that lobbying donations "will have no bearing on how we approach gaming legislation" and she may sincerely believe that, but why would any resident of Massachusetts given the success lobbyists have enjoyed in pushing ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Calif. seeks help for hotel maids
UPI.comAugust 16, 2011

State Senate Bill 432 would require innkeepers to provide hotel maids with long-handled cleaning tools so they will not have to stoop or squat to clean bathroom surfaces including floors and tubs, Business Law Daily reported Monday. ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Minister Awadhpal Yadav resigns after Lokayukta recommends his dismissal
Economic TimesAugust 17, 2011

... of three government doctors and massive corruption in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scheme. Yadav was found guilty of corruption in awarding construction contracts floated by his ministry to companies controlled by his son and relatives. ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Arapahoe County nixes property-valuation appeals of some using lawyers
Denver PostAugust 16, 2011

(Your Hub file photo) In an effort to save $25000, the Arapahoe County board charged with considering property-tax-assessment appeals has denied all requests from commercial and vacant-land owners who use an attorney. The unprecedented decision ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Jacoby & Meyers continues fight for non-lawyer investors
Thomson Reuters News & InsightAugust 30, 2011

"The new realities of the global legal marketplace should be recognized and Rule 5.4's absolute bar of nonlawyer investment in law firms should be struck down as unconstitutional," the firm argued in court papers filed in the district court for the ...more »

Communications & Media
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Judge Says Warrant Needed for Cell Phone Records
MobilediaAugust 24, 2011

According to the federal Stored Communications Act, law enforcement must only show someone's phone records are material to an ongoing criminal investigation. However, Garaufis, in rejecting the argument, said releasing the data violates the ...more »

Obama Justice sued for picking which laws to enforce
WND.comAugust 31, 2011

He catered to those interests during the 2008 campaign by promising to take such actions as the arbitrary declaration that open homosexuality is acceptable in the US military and already has fulfilled much of that promise. The Defense of Marriage Act...more »

Construction & Development
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Granite joint venture settles US fraud case for $4.6M, denies wrongdoing
San Jose Mercury NewsAugust 25, 2011

"The Disadvantaged Business Enterprises program helps businesses owned by minorities and women work on federal construction projects," said Tony West, assistant attorney for the Department of Justice Civil Division. "Those who make misrepresentations ...more »

E-Verify Usage Upheld by US Supreme Court
Law Firm Newswire (press release)August 30, 2011

The core of the decision was that the law doesn't improperly infringe on the federal domain, largely because the Immigration Reform and Control Act has a clause that 'explicitly' allows states to use licensing provisions to punish employers,” explained ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Get busy during Ramadan
gulfnews.comAugust 13, 2011

"For employers in particular, religious observances such as Ramadan raise two competing interests: business continuity and performance on the one hand and cultural sensitivities on the other," Mandeep Kalsi, of the UAE business law firm Hadef and ...more »

Locating Funds
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Job losses loom if federal road funds get cut
Springfield News SunAugust 28, 2011

WASHINGTON — When it became law in 2009, the massive $787 billion economic stimulus promised to help pull the economy out of its slump by injecting a flood of federal dollars ...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 »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Protect Consumers
Aledo Times RecordAugust 29, 2011

Prior to this legislation, the security deposits of tenants in foreclosures that became bank-owned were not protected under Illinois law. The new law requires all new owners of rental properties – including banks following a foreclosure – to assume ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerAugust 5, 2011

His practice involves commercial bankruptcy, insolvency, and restructuring. Seiden, Petkanics, and Dusch were most recently with LeClairRyan, and will be based in New York. They specialize in representing banks and financial institutions in loan and ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Environmental Law Non Profit Has Green Digs
EarthTechlingAugust 19, 2011

The group, a Midwest-based public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, opened its first green office more than a decade ago. The organization has posted a tour of it's new space on YouTube.more »

Customs Disputes
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Bureau of Customs eyes changes in transshipment rules for cargoes
Manila BulletinAugust 17, 2011

Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez says he wants to change the rules on transshipment because of their susceptibility to abuse and misuse. The customs chief explained that while transshipment is one of the trade facilitation practices being ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Liferay Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)August 30, 2011

Tachiki brings about 20 years of business experience in management, corporate law and accounting. Before joining Liferay, he served as Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Financial Officer at 4D Global Partners, a consumer electronics sales and ...more »

Debt Collection
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Sazka's International Bondholders Oppose Terms in Tender
BloombergAugust 22, 2011

... of the business as proposed by bankruptcy administrator Josef Cupka. “The international holders call on Mr. Cupka to reconsider the terms of the tender as a matter of urgency,” the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP said in a statement today in Prague. ...more »

Public Offerings
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AP Enterprise: Brown appointments favor Democrats
San Jose Mercury NewsAugust 28, 2011

At least six appointees were plucked from his days in the state Justice Department, where Brown served as attorney general before returning to the governor's office. One, senior adviser Julie Henderson, earlier worked at Gap Inc., where Brown's wife ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Georgia restaurant readying to exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Bankruptcy HomeAugust 18, 2011

The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, Georgia, is on its way to exiting out of protection from under Chapter 11 bankruptcy law. The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, Georgia, is on its way to exiting out of protection from under ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Fall college classes begin next Monday
Imperial RepublicanAugust 17, 2011

For-credit classes, most to be held at the campus building at 1324 Broadway, include Calligraphy Basics; Acrylics, Collage and Altered Books; Business Law; Basic Anatomy and Physiology; Computer Basics; Macintosh iWork Suite; Web 2.0 Tools; ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Fireman's Fund CEO: Growth Expected in Professional Liability, Entertainment Lines
Insurance News Net (press release)August 20, 2011

Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. expects profitable growth in lines including professional liability, monoline property, and entertainment, President and Chief Executive Officer Lori Dickerson Fouche said. "We are growing in our entertainment division, ...more »

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