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David Williams' father-in-law gives another $1.5 million to political committee
Louisville Courier-JournalNovember 1, 2011

The father-in-law of Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams has contributed $1.5 million more to a political committee that is paying for most of the broadcast advertising advocating Williams' election. Terry Stephens, a Russell Springs ...more »

Akron dry cleaning business fined $10000 for violating air pollution law
NewsNet5.comNovember 1, 2011

AKRON, Ohio - An Akron dry cleaning business has agreed to pay thousands of dollars for violating Ohio's air pollution control laws. According to a news release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office, David Klein, the owner of Belle-Aire ...more »

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Advertising
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City Sues Goldline International for Fraud, Conspiracy
Patch.comNovember 1, 2011

The charges, all of which are misdemeanors, include grand theft by false pretenses, false advertising, and conspiracy. Albarian, Fazio and Beeli are charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft by false pretenses. The specific acts alleged against ...more »

Foreign Investments
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California law could help boost investment in emerging hedge fund managers
Hedge Funds Review MagazineNovember 1, 2011

The US state of California has signed a law requiring giant pension providers Calpers and Calstrs to increase investments in emerging alternative managers, including hedge funds. A new California law could create greater opportunities for emerging ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of INX, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC is a full service business litigation and shareholder rights advocacy firm with more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional matters. Powers Taylor, LLP is a boutique litigation law firm that ...more »

Franchising
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ChinaNet Online Launches ExpandToChina.com
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Beginning in November, ChinaNet is launching additional tailored services targeting American franchise business owners who are considering expanding into China. These services cover the full scope of a franchisor's development in China, ...more »

Gaming Law
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NJ asked if it wants to legalize sports betting
Advertiser-NewsNovember 5, 2011

The state missed a 1991 federal deadline to legalize sports betting, and was left out of the 1992 law that allowed it in Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. Nevada is the only state taking legal bets on individual games. Raymond Lesniak, a state ...more »

Banking Law
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Insurance scam blown open
KathimeriniNovember 1, 2011

The money from the claims was believed to have been subsequently deposited in different bank accounts, the holders of which are being investigated as accomplices to the fraud. The other two people arrested, a man aged 47 and a woman aged 41, ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Bahamians to figure prominently in construction of Critical Care Block
thebahamasweekly.comNovember 8, 2011

Officials from the Public Hospitals Authority (on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas) and Cavalier Construction, signed contracts for the construction of the Critical Care Block Friday at the head offices of the Public Hospitals Authority. ...more »

Business Formation
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Hundreds duped in '$8 million business fraud'
Sydney Morning HeraldNovember 1, 2011

The major fraud squad launched Operation Coleridge in June last year to investigate the alleged fraudulent activities arising from the collapse of a WA company and registered business. The businesses, which described its venture as "parallel import ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Tortoise Power and Energy Infrastructure Fund, Inc. Provides Unaudited Balance ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

As of Oct. 31, 2011, the company was in compliance with its asset coverage ratio under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act) and basic maintenance covenants. The company's asset coverage ratio under the 1940 Act with respect to senior ...more »

Commercial
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U.S. News - Best Lawyers Ranks Akerman Senterfitt Among "Best Law Firms ...
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

As part of this year's Best Law Firms rankings, Akerman was named US News - Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in Litigation - Real Estate. For the first time, one law firm in each of the practice areas ranked nationally received the prestigious 2011 ...more »

Bill Nemitz: Take ad at its word: Beware 'outsiders'
Press HeraldNovember 6, 2011

“Today,” she continues, “outside interests are trying to get rid of Maine's election ethics law.” Maine's “election ethics law"? Where, pray tell, did that never-before-uttered phrase come from? Good luck getting an answer to that one. ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Bankruptcy filing won't dim Beacon
Albany Times UnionNovember 1, 2011

(Paul Buckowski / Times Union) STEPHENTOWN -- Beacon Power Corp. is expected to continue operating its 20 megawatt flywheel energy storage operation in Stephentown after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Officials from Beacon could not ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Congressman calls on feds to examine Prime Healthcare's billing, taxes
California WatchNovember 7, 2011

Based on another California Watch story, Filner is also asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the hospital chain's "apparent tax evasion," based on a charitable gift from a Prime foundation. Filner made his request in two letters: one to ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Pune crime branch bust prostitution racket , arrest pimp
Daily News & AnalysisNovember 2, 2011

The suspects have been identified as Junia Zova Howazan (30), a commercial sex worker (CSW) from Turkmenistan, and the pimp, Sachin alias Kunal Baburao Kubale (24) of Chandannagar. Both were arrested under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act, ...more »

International Transactions
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International Transactions Lawyer Neil Foster Joins Baker Botts in London
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

... Communications and Entertainment Committee. He serves on the Advisory Board for "Global Corporate Venturing" magazine. Foster is ranked by Chambers as a "leading individual" for M&A transactions. Baker Botts is an international law firm with over ...more »

Communications & Media
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Bail for three spy suspects
New Zimbabwe.comNovember 1, 2011

...lawyers say there is no presidential proclamation identifying the three countries as hostile and no crime has therefore been committed. The three men are charged with espionage and contravening Section 33 (i) of the Postal and Telecommunications...more »

Pennsylvania Liquor License Becomes Available in Monroe County
WebWire (press release)November 10, 2011

This license is restricted by the County-Quota Law and may be transferred from Middle Smithfield Township to anywhere within Monroe County.Gina Turner, spokesperson for HaRa Corporation, said, "Often there are limited licenses available. ...more »

Construction & Development
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Cade Museum, theater, park vying for bed tax money
Gainesville SunNovember 1, 2011

County commissioners have dedicated revenues generated by 1 cent of the tax for a period of 20 years to repay bonds for the construction of that complex. Each cent of the tourist development tax is projected to raise about $650000 annually, ...more »

Locating Funds
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US state Medicaid funding already squeezed in advance of federal cuts
World Socialist Web SiteNovember 4, 2011

Medicaid is funded jointly by the federal government and the states, with federal matching funds determined according to a formula stipulated in the Social Security Act. Under this formula, the Federal Matching Percentage (FMAP) is inversely ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Gloucester County police departments get $81,00 for body armor, vests
Gloucester County Times - NJ.comNovember 1, 2011

The state has a multi-vendor contract with distributors that enables law enforcement agencies to purchase the make and model of vest that best meets their needs. As a condition of the state grant, agencies must purchase vests from a list of vests ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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LLY, BMY, SD, IPG, SLB - Stocks to watch at NYSE
Health Talk & YouNovember 1, 2011

... corporate strategy, directs collaborative inter-agency programs, establishes financial management and operational controls, oversees agency's compliance, guides personnel policy, conducts investor relations and oversees mergers and acquisitions. ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Governor Rick Perry's Generational Rip-Off: Laurence Kotlikoff
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

Governor Perry's advisers might counter that Buffett indirectly pays corporate taxes, and that levying his dividends and capital gains at the personal level constitutes double taxation. This argument has weak legs. Corporations can locate anywhere in ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Tax relief inspires some to walk away from home
MarketWatchNovember 18, 2011

YouWalkAway.com markets itself as an authority on foreclosure laws and consequences, which helps underwater homeowners “take control of their financial future,” with many of them deciding to walk away from their home and allowing it to enter ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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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 »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Death Valley Wilderness Protected by Creative Corporate Merger
PR Newswire (press release)November 1, 2011

The Wilderness Land Trust is a small, highly specialized nonprofit organization established to buy and protect wilderness land. Since it was founded in 1992, the non-profit organization has preserved more than 344 parcels comprising of more than 31000 ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Good Intentions Gone Wrong? Lacey Act Lessons from the Gibson Guitar Raid
Pallet EnterpriseNovember 1, 2011

Lesson #5: “Due care” under Lacey is in the eye of the 'E. Holder' The Lacey Act requires importers and manufacturers to take due care to insure the wood they buy and use meets all international laws. What constitutes “due care,” however, ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Capital Markets Partner Tony Jacobsen Joins Sidley Austin, Shanghai
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Sidley was also named the USNews -- Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in both Corporate Law and Securities Regulation in the 2011/12 survey (the first year of such designations). BTI, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, has named Sidley as ...more »

Debt Collection
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Better Business Bureau scam alert
Beaufort ObserverNovember 1, 2011

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act prohibits debt collectors from using abusive, unfair, or deceptive practices to collect from consumers. BBB has been alerted that consumers are receiving calls from scam artists who claim that there is a virus on ...more »

Public Offerings
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New tack on drinking fines
Boston.comNovember 2, 2011

Instead it sent a news release announcing that Paul DeRensis, its attorney who represents Foxborough and Mansfield, has been named one of the state's seven “super lawyers'' by information provider Thomson Reuters and Boston Magazine for the ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Glory to God granted reprieve in foreclosure proceedings
The Desert SunNovember 1, 2011

Hopp said foreclosure was not part of the settlement, according to court records. The church's pastor, Randy Brodhagen, and the church's attorney, Richard Hufstader, could not be immediately reached for comment. Hopp also denied a motion by Orr ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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The Estee Lauder Companies Reports Outstanding First-Quarter Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 3, 2011

...reorganize certain functions, turnaround or exit unprofitable operations and outsource certain services. For the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, aggregate restructuring charges of $3.0 million and $1.7 million, respectively, ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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PERSONNEL FILE: Bailey included in 'Best Lawyers'
West Virginia RecordNovember 3, 2011

Bailey is the managing partner of Bailey & Wyant's Charleston office and focuses his practice on labor & employment, insurance coverage, governmental liability, medical malpractice, products liability, aviation, employment benefits, ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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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 »

False Advertising
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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 »

Trade Associations
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Aid for trade and the green economy in Africa
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable DevelopmentNovember 9, 2011

UNCTAD (2008). Aid for Trade and Development: Global and Regional Perspectives. Willemien Viljoen is Researcher at Tralac Trade Law Centre. Enter your details and a comment below, then click Submit Comment. We'll review and publish the best comments.more »

Federal Contracts
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Clark can't claim Rosie the Riveter tag
Vancouver SunNovember 1, 2011

Premier Christy Clark has been fast off the mark in appropriating the $8-billion federal contract to build an icebreaker, Coast Guard and naval support vessels in British Columbia shipyards as ...more »

Unfair Competition
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US investigates imported Chinese solar cells
Financial TimesNovember 9, 2011

Solar power and other renewable energy goods have become an increasing bone of contention in international trade, with US and European manufacturers accusing China of unfair competition. “China's plans for the US market have been clear from its ...more »

Federal Grants
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Abramovich, HSBC, Wells Fargo, H&R Block in Court News
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

The investors asked to amend their suit after US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan rejected HSBC's proposed $62.5 million settlement, saying it is “not fair, reasonable or adequate.” “These cases do not belong in a United States court,” the ...more »

Venture Capital
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Aussie tech gold rush: 'nothing off limits'
Sydney Morning HeraldNovember 3, 2011

It comes as big US venture capital firms have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Australian technology companies over the past year or so. Several have recently visited Australia eyeing new prospects. Today crowd-sourced graphic design website ...more »

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