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The Art of Flight giveaway
ESPNNovember 1, 2011

To do so, send an email to with your address change. 12. System Malfunctions. Additional entries beyond the specified limit from any one person, household or email address will be void. The name of the "authorized account holder" ...more »

US Labor Department to begin campaign against violations in Georgia
The Augusta ChronicleNovember 1, 2011

... child labor and overtime laws. Al Villoch, a community outreach specialist with the department, said the agency will conduct visits to businesses all over Georgia from November through April, focusing on franchise restaurants. ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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Anti-abortion ad campaign to air in Ohio in support of the 'Heartbeat' bill on ...
New York Daily NewsNovember 1, 2011

If the bill becomes law, it would be one of the most aggressive anti-abortion measures in the country and has reignited the abortion debate nationwide. Ohio ProLife Action said another ad will air in Columbus beginning next week. ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Hahn makes 11th hour not-guilty plea to $2M fraud charge
Seacoastonline.comNovember 1, 2011

Hahn also allegedly urged the local client to keep the deal private, and the client deposited $1.9 million into Hahn's father's checking account, prosecutors allege. By 2010, the local investor never had his $1.9 million returned and was allegedly ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerNovember 1, 2011

Wiesel's practice covers those areas as well as international arbitration, regulatory and criminal investigations, antitrust cases, and actions involving the interests of foreign sovereigns. As Wiesel puts it: "I'm not the end of this process, ...more »

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Penske Automotive 3Q earnings soar on higher sales
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

Separately, the company announced Wednesday it will raise its dividend to 9 cents per share, an increase of 12.5 percent. The dividend is payable Dec. 1 to shareholders of record on Nov. 10. Penske owns 170 auto dealer franchises in 17 US states and ...more »

Gaming Law
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County Set to Vote on Florida Barrel Racing
TheHorse.comNovember 1, 2011

Thus, its proposed slot machines would be subject to Florida laws and not to federal laws on Indian gaming. Barrel racing is a rodeo-like event in a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels. It is popular in several parts of Florida, and in numerous ...more »

Banking Law
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Four burglaries followed Saturday bank robbery, police say
Seacoastonline.comNovember 1, 2011

DuBois said it's unclear whether the robbery and burglaries are connected. Those with information about any of the cases are urged to call Portsmouth police at 436-2145. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 431-1199, ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Minerco Resources, Inc. Receives Environmental Permit from Honduran Government ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 2, 2011

As previously released, the Chiligatoro Hydro Project has been formally approved by the local communities, local Municipality and the Honduran National Commission of Energy. The Project has received all the necessary approvals and contracts from SERNA, ...more »

Business Formation
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against HCA ...
Bradenton HeraldNovember 1, 2011

Specifically, the Complaint alleges that the Registration Statement and Prospectus failed to disclose that: (a) the Company improperly accounted for its prior business combinations in violation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, ...more »

Institutional Investing
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In-Deed to Invest in Law Firms
SYS-CON Media (press release)November 10, 2011

Property legal company In-Deed has signaled its intent to invest in UK law firms, a month after the implementation of the Legal Services Act. The company, launched earlier this year by Rightmove founder Harry Hill, is the first in the UK to go public ...more »

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How to balance e-mail privacy with employer policies
Smart Business NetworkNovember 1, 2011

“As of mid-2010, approximately 40 percent of corporate employees used employer-provided mobile devices to send and receive electronic messages,” says Andrew D. Campbell, a commercial litigation partner at Novack and Macey LLP. ...more »

Herman Cain Harassment Flap Puts Pressure on General Counsel
Corporate CounselNovember 4, 2011

Communicate with the media early and often, Engelmann advised, but base it on accurate facts. "You need to set up a relationship with the media; let them know you'll come back as you learn more facts," he added. He noted that privacy laws have to be ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Source Consulting Group LLC Releases Results of 2011 Finance Operations Survey ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

CHICAGO, Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Source Consulting Group LLC ("Source") announced today the results of its 2011 Finance Operations Survey of law firms. The Survey provides legal and professional service firms with industry benchmark and ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Europe cracks down on ratings agencies
CNNNovember 11, 2011

The French Financial Market Authority has already launched an investigation into the mishap. And S&P, a division of publisher McGraw-Hill (MHP, Fortune 500), has begun its own internal probe. Thursday's blunder came as France's credit rating was ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Law firm and legal eagle are high-flying winners
Doncaster TodayNovember 1, 2011

Legal eagle Natalie Aitken, an employment law specialist at Atteys Solicitors, swooped to pick up the Rising Star crown at the Yorkshire Lawyer Awards. Natalie, who advises commercial and private clients on all aspects of employment law, ...more »

International Transactions
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The Journal Record Legal Briefs: October 26, 2011 [Journal Record (Oklahoma ...
Insurance News Net (press release)November 2, 2011

A 2008 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law , Long has experience with oil and gas industry matters. Interim director named for OCU centerJoshua M. Snavely has been appointed interim director of the Professional Career Development...more »

Communications & Media
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Espionage case takes new twist
NewsDayNovember 1, 2011

Mangwende and non-executive director Rwodzi, together with Chiku of Global Satellite Systems, are being charged with espionage and contravening Section 33 (i) of the Postal and Telecommunications Act which makes it an offence for one to illegally ...more »

Sheboygan police to crack down on underage alcohol sales
The Sheboygan PressNovember 2, 2011

Police will continue conducting regular checks at city businesses, and those that fail will be cited and could be brought before the city's Law and Licensing Committee to face penalties as serious as losing a liquor license.more »

Construction & Development
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Bribes, Bureaucracy Hobble India's New Entrepreneurs
Wall Street JournalNovember 1, 2011

A handful of Indians control 80% of stock-market capitalization, and big companies have privileged access to land and government contracts, according to a 2009 Asian Development Bank report. Mr. Alva, the X-ray entrepreneur, says government officials ...more »

Locating Funds
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Israel touts 'advanced legal structure' to fight terror
Jerusalem PostNovember 1, 2011

Terror financing, which relies heavily on legal funding sources, often uses funds raised by nonprofit groups and NGOS, including charities. Landes told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that the Counter-terrorism Bill, which the Justice Ministry's ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Florida Disbars 12 Attorneys
North Country GazetteNovember 1, 2011

(Admitted to practice: 1973) McNerney pleaded guilty in court to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, a felony. William Timothy O'Toole, 1489 W. Palmetto Park Road, Suite 494, Boca Raton, suspended until further order, following a July 25 court ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Wall Street JournalNovember 10, 2011

The department said that, without the divestitures, the acquisition likely would have an adverse effect on competition in the Buffalo area for retail banking or small business banking services. Under the agreement with the Justice Department's ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

After months of wait, the Excise Tax Law passed both the House and the Senate and was signed by the President. It extends the Heavy Vehicle Usage Tax until September 30, 2012. A full year Form 2290 for the tax period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Administration Favors Settling With Banks on Criminal Actions They're STILL ...
FiredoglakeNovember 1, 2011

... would contribute a grand total of $3.5 to 5 billion toward the settlement, pocket change for massive companies that apparently approved their foreclosure mill law firms likely committing over 1000000 counts of perjury in the robo-signing process. ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Lyman Lumber finds a buyer
Minneapolis Star TribuneNovember 1, 2011

Lyman Lumber Co., the 114-year-old building supplies company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August after struggling during the housing bust, has found a buyer for most of its businesses. BlackEagle Partners, a private equity firm based in New ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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12000 Inmates To Be Released Early Due To New Crack Sentencing
News OneNovember 1, 2011

Twenty-five years later NCMEC has become the leading nonprofit organization in the US working with law enforcement to address the problems of missing and sexually exploited children. Today the work of the organization includes twenty different ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Yours, mine and ours: At home with the in-laws
Seacoastonline.comNovember 1, 2011

The mother in-law would need to step back and let the couple navigate their home and integrate customs from both partners' families of origin. Loyalties are typically tested when in-laws don't respect boundaries. For example, some in-laws are intrusive ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Law issued which makes Dubal a corporation
gulfnews.comNovember 1, 2011

According to the law, the corporation, which operates on a commercial basis and is affiliated to the Dubai Investment Corporation, will be headquartered in Dubai, and its board of directors has the right to open branches inside and outside the emirate. ...more »

Debt Collection
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3VR's CrimeDex Expands to Six Continents to Combat Financial Crime Internationally
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

IAFCI members will be able to share crime data with law enforcement professionals, financial crime and regional fraud investigator groups, organized retail crime associations and bank associations across international borders and within their ...more »

Public Offerings
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Florida prison privatization decision appealed
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

Attorney General Pam Bondi is appealing a court ruling that struck down a Florida prison privatization plan. Bondi's filing on Monday came just hours after Gov. Rick Scott's office said the state would not appeal. ...more »

Debt Settlement
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New ECB chief must act as Europe again stares into the abyss (blog)November 1, 2011

Yes, it's Mario Draghi's first day in the office as the new European Central Bank president, and if he was hoping, after last week's "comprehensive settlement", for a reasonably settled start, he had better think again. We all know what Mr Draghi ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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A&P Files Bankruptcy-Exit Plan Based on Yucaipa Financing
BusinessWeekNovember 14, 2011

14 (Bloomberg) -- Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., the supermarket company in bankruptcy, proposed a restructuring plan based on financing from an investor group that includes Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Cos. A&P, which announced the $490 million financing ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Supreme Court denies Stryker in product liability case
Mass DeviceNovember 1, 2011

The 7th Circuit judges found that the Supreme Court "made clear" in Riegel that FDA rules protect medical device manufacturers from liability "to the extent that it has complied with federal law, but it does not extend protection from liability where ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Martin Walsh Joins Elevate to Lead Mergers and Acquisitions
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Prior to joining Elevate, Mr. Walsh was managing partner of a private practice law firm focusing on emerging growth companies and corporate and business transactions. Mr. Walsh received his law degree with concentrations in business transactional law...more »

False Advertising
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Businesses react to concealed carry law
Milwaukee Small Business Times (blog)November 2, 2011

Wisconsin's concealed carry law goes into effect today, and businesses must decide whether to allow employees, customers and vendors to carry handguns and other small weapons. Wisconsin businesses that take no action will by default ...more »

Trade Associations
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Copyright Industries Massive Success Shows That They're Dying And Need More ...
TechdirtNovember 3, 2011

One of the favorite misleading tricks of supporters of more draconian copyright laws is to put out a report each year about the "size" of "the copyright industries," by the "International Intellectual Property Alliance" (a trade group made up of other ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Homes, Not Nursing Homes
NJ SpotlightNovember 1, 2011

Medicaid is 50/50 funded by the state and the federal government. Valerie Harr, who directs the state's Medicaid program as head of the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the state Department of Human Services, pointed out that in ...more »

Unfair Competition
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US GOLD - Comex gold steady on slight improvement in Europe, pre-weekend short ...
FXstreet.comNovember 18, 2011

2.1 We do not guarantee that access to this Website will be continuously available and will not be liable if for any reason (including but not limited to) the Website being suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, ...more »

Federal Grants
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'Unfair and Politicized' Anti-Sex-Trafficking Grant Process
National Review Online (blog)November 1, 2011

That happened as the ACLU suit is preceding before a federal judge in Boston. The decision not to fund the bishops this time has caused controversy inside HHS. A number of career officials refused to sign documents connected to the grant, feeling that ...more »

Venture Capital
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Why Venture Capitalists Should Be Start-Up CEOs
The AtlanticNovember 4, 2011

What most venture capitalists lack is not brains, but experience. Venture capitalists who are serious about turning their firms into more than one-fund wonders may want to have their associates actually start and run a company for a year. ...more »


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