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Madoff Family Book's Profits Spark Anger from Victims
KBOINovember 1, 2011

But Catherine Hooper, the woman who's been engaged to Andrew and living with him for the past three years, will profit from the project, which angers some of the victims of Bernie Madoff's multi-billion-dollar investment fraud. ...more »

Iraq, Government Of... Licensing Learn-In (SATCOM)
SatNews PublishersNovember 1, 2011

"The CMC is pleased to co-ordinate with GVF to facilitate expanded access to satellite communications in Iraq,” said Ahmed Al-Omary, Commissioner with Iraq's Communications & Media Commission. “We look forward to building upon this development with ...more »

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Advertising
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation of Diamond Foods, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)November 3, 2011

BENSALEM, Pa., Nov 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that it is investigating potential claims against Diamond Foods, Inc. ("Diamond Foods" or the "Company") /quotes/zigman/96355/quotes/nls/dmnd DMND -17.67% ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Tips for avoiding investment scams
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 2, 2011

Prosecutors allege Beachy set up a Ponzi scheme much smaller than Madoff's but similar in the fraudulent way it was managed. Madoff cheated his investors of nearly $20 billion, the largest investment swindle in US history. ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Proposal would eliminate Dallas antitrust enforcement office, send work elsewhere
Dallas Morning News (subscription)November 1, 2011

Unlike federal prosecutors who work for the US attorney's office, antitrust prosecutors investigate their own cases, rather than relying solely on law enforcement such as the FBI.Some local cases: In 1999, a Dallas investigation into international ...more »

Franchising
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Bond Labs Introduces Another New Product Into GNC® Franchise System
TheStreet.com (press release)November 1, 2011

By Business Wire 11/01/11 - 10:00 AM EDT Bond Laboratories, Inc. (OTCBB: BNLB), through its wholly owned operating division, NDS Nutrition Products (“NDS”), a national provider of innovative and proprietary nutritional supplements for health conscious ...more »

Gaming Law
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Gary Penrith Joins Four Corners' Board of Directors
MarketWatch (press release)November 7, 2011

They bring with them a depth of experience in business, law enforcement and the regulatory process that will serve to enhance the Company overall and the Compliance Committee in particular," said John J. Schreiber, the Company's President, ...more »

Banking Law
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Bank robbery suspect nabbed on third heist
Pittsburgh Post GazetteNovember 1, 2011

Court records show Mr. Schell has several robberies in his past. Most recently, he pleaded guilty to robbery in September 2010 and was sentenced to up to 23 months in prison followed by seven years probation. He pleaded guilty to the same crime in 2006 ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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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 »

Business Formation
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Hiring of lawyers is rising slowly, survey shows | Philadelphia Inquirer ...
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 1, 2011

The demand is for lawyers with several years of experience in litigation, commercial transactions and health care, reflecting a modest uptick in work in those practice areas, the survey said. "Signs of a tightening talent market are becoming more ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Egypt settles legal disputes with foreign firms
ReutersNovember 1, 2011

Saleh said discussions were under way to amend Egypt's investment law to allow for out-of-court reconciliation as a method to solve disputes. (Reporting by Tamim Elyan; Editing by Tom Pfeiffer and Erica Billingham)more »

Commercial
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Butler Rubin Named Among Best Law Firms in US News Media Group and Best ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

US News also ranked Butler Rubin as a Tier 2 "Best Law Firm" in the areas of arbitration, commercial litigation and bankruptcy/reorganization. Best Lawyers named eight Butler Rubin attorneys as leaders in their fields: Louis J. Aurichio (Insurance Law) ...more »

Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 2, 2011

BENSALEM, Pa., Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. ("OmniVision" or the "Company") ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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The Law Firm of Weiss & Lurie Investigates Interclick, Inc.
SunHerald.comNovember 2, 2011

NEW YORK -- Weiss & Lurie, a national class action and shareholder rights law firm with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, is investigating possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of law by the Board of Directors of Interclick, ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Volusia adopts cautious approach on information about employee investigations
Daytona Beach News-JournalNovember 2, 2011

Volusia County is changing the way it releases internal investigations of its employees, citing a past attorney general's opinion that a notice of discipline doesn't necessarily mean a case is over. ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Brookfield Office buys Four World Financial Center
CTV.caNovember 1, 2011

In a related development, Brookfield has a deal to lease 767000 square feet of office space at the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan to Bank of America. "Renewing Bank of America/Merrill Lynch for a sizable amount of space at the World ...more »

International Transactions
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Pomerantz Law Firm Investigates Claims on Behalf of Investors of Sonesta ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 3, 2011

... is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation ("Sonesta" or the "Company") concerning the proposed acquisition of Sonesta by Sonesta Acquisition Corporation in a cash transaction valued at $174 million. ...more »

Communications & Media
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Judge: “Real Prospect of Success” For Digital Economy Act Challenge
TorrentFreakNovember 1, 2011

According to an OutLaw.com summary, Lord Justice Lewison agreed to allow the ISPs to argue that the Act “was enacted without following proper procedures and that it may breach the EU's E-Commerce Directive, Privacy and Electronic Communications...more »

Maybe (Just Maybe) President Obama Is Beginning to Get It Regarding Technology ...
Patent DocsNovember 1, 2011

"Patent Docs" does not contain any legal advice whatsoever. This weblog is for informational purposes only, and its publication does not create an attorney-client relationship. In addition, nothing on "Patent Docs" constitutes a solicitation for ...more »

Construction & Development
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New York Attorney Andrew J. Smiley: a 2011 "New York Super Lawyer"
U.S. Politics TodayNovember 1, 2011

The New York City personal injury law firm of Smiley & Smiley, LLP is a Midtown Manhattan family owned and operated firm which has provided personal injury legal representation to thousands of individuals and families since 1968. ...more »

Locating Funds
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$2.2M In S*T*O*P Violence Against Women Act Funding
Bay NetNovember 1, 2011

The VAWA program is administered by the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) which provides funding to law enforcement, prosecution, the court system and non-profit, non-government victim service agencies. ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Opinion: Citizens have a right to information
Independent OnlineNovember 1, 2011

The many delays and obstacles we faced in gaining access to some of these documents violates Section 84 of the MSA which states that “when a municipality has entered into a service delivery agreement it must make copies of the agreement available at ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Caliper Life Sciences Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 3, 2011

Organic revenue, which excludes the effects of acquisitions, divestitures and currency changes, grew by 16% over the third quarter of 2010 and 21% on a year-to-date basis. Caliper reported a third quarter net loss of $0.01 per share compared to net ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Another CEO for Obscene Jeans
Gulf Coast Business ReviewNovember 2, 2011

Watson is a former member of KPMG's Corporate Finance team in China, a release says, where he helped develop capital arrangements involving between $60 million and $100 million in funds. In 2009, he founded Hermes Investment Group, a bank connecting ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Recommended: US economy perks up, but risks abound
msnbc.comNovember 18, 2011

The IMF bullied the smallest country as a litmus test for what is going to be a much more challenging foreclosure process when it comes to the larger economies. Italy is now in the cross hairs. This dilemma you are watching unfold goes to the core of ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Controversial Memphis developer files bankruptcy, moves into mansion
Bizjournals.comNovember 7, 2011

... courts to dismiss $69 million in debts in bankruptcy court. Paul Matthews, an attorney representing one of the largest creditors, told the Memphis Commercial Appeal that "the appearance of moving from one luxury home to another is unsettling. ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Blue Cross considers changing from nonprofit
The South EndNovember 10, 2011

... hospitals to give people without insurance the services they need and give grants to free clinics. “This is nothing new, and it is a complicated problem. … We should be very careful not to rush to privatize the nonprofit organization,” Hammer said.more »

Customs Disputes
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OREA-HERNANDEZ v. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF U.S.
Leagle.comNovember 2, 2011

During the course of a workplace raid in 2007, Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") officers interviewed Orea-Hernandez. In response to the officers' questions, Orea-Hernandez identified his mother as Juliana Hernandez, and stated that she and ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Dallas Intellectual Property Law Firm Adds Partner, Changes Name
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

His experience also includes Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis, where he was Partner, and Occidental Chemical Corporation, where he served as Vice President and General Counsel. "Keith's experience in high-stakes commercial litigation is unparalleled," ...more »

Debt Collection
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State Suspends ARM Firm's License; Company Responds
InsideARMNovember 1, 2011

The licensing of debt buyers and collectors in the state of Maryland has been a source of confusion for many operating there, primarily due to contradictory statements from various state agencies.more »

Public Offerings
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DOJ warns Ala. schools on immigrants
PoliticoNovember 2, 2011

The Justice Department is intensifying pressure on Alabama schools to abide by federal law that states no child can be denied public education based on his or her immigration status. In a letter to the state's school districts on Tuesday, the feds also ...more »

Debt Settlement
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ASSET ACCEPTANCE CAPITAL CORP.: Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results
4-traders (press release)November 1, 2011

(NASDAQ: AACC), a leading purchaser and collector of charged-off consumer debt, today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Cash collections for the third quarter of 2011 were $87.4 million, an increase of 10.9% compared to the ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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A&P Receives $490 Million Commitment to Sponsor Plan of Reorganization
MarketWatch (press release)November 3, 2011

The agreement with these investors will enable A&P to complete the restructuring of its balance sheet and emerge from Chapter 11 as a private entity in early 2012. The investment will form the basis of A&P's plan of reorganization, which the Company ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Wright USA Enhances Web Site with New Online Videos
PR.com (press release)November 2, 2011

The clips provide a brief overview of four Wright USA products - Professional Liability, Disability, Dental, and Personal Umbrella Liability. Each video was developed to play directly on its respective webpage. No special media player, downloads, ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Hiring of lawyers is rising slowly, survey shows
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 1, 2011

Lawyers responding to the Robert Half survey said they expected general business and commercial law and litigation to experience the greatest growth over the next three years, followed by health care and labor and employment. ...more »

False Advertising
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KEL law firm resigns from Better Business Bureau amid client complaints
Orlando SentinelNovember 2, 2011

Peppered with complaints by former clients, the KEL law firm has been forced to resign from the Better Business Bureau of Central Florida — the first area law firm to be ousted in the business-rating agency's ...more »

Trade Associations
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Debate on New Copyright Enforcement Bill Heats up
PCWorldNovember 4, 2011

By Grant Gross, IDG News Supporters of a controversial copyright protection bill recently introduced in the US House of Representatives are firing back after several digital rights groups have suggested the legislation could lead to law enforcement...more »

Federal Contracts
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Former Mullin deputy benefits from no-bid county contracts
The Detroit NewsNovember 2, 2011

Metro Detroit government agencies surveyed by The Detroit News said they sometimes hire outside consultants to monitor construction contracts, while others use internal employees. Blackwell said an owner's representative typically makes between 1.5 ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Decertification would put 2011-12 NBA season in serious jeopardy
CNNNovember 4, 2011

Such a maneuver would likely be followed by the filing of a class action antitrust lawsuit against the league and it would make the cancellation of the 2011-12 NBA more probable. Decertification would mean that NBA players formally remove the capacity ...more »

Federal Grants
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Grants Pass Man Appears In Federal Court
KDRVNovember 1, 2011

The Grants Pass man, facing charges that he had a loaded gun near a Grants Pass high school football game, has been deemed a "danger to the community," according to a federal judge on Monday afternoon. A Grants Pass officer stopped 26-year-old Raphael ...more »

Venture Capital
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Global Equities: A different animal?
IPE.com (registration)November 1, 2011

In particular, what role should allocations to private equity and venture capital now play in an investor's diversification strategy? This article examines some of the literature to provide an overview of the impact of incorporating private equity and ...more »

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