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Followers of Christ case exposes shift in law-enforcement relations
OregonLive.comNovember 1, 2011

The manslaughter trial of Dale and Shannon Hickman exposed a shift in the uneasy relationship between the Followers of Christ and Clackamas County law enforcement. Several years ago, the church and law enforcement reached an agreement that called for ...more »

Are these Leafs for real?
Globe and MailNovember 1, 2011

On the strength of a 4-0-1 start, the Leafs' 7-3-1 October is the franchise's best opening month in 12 years, going back to a 9-3-1 opening back in 1999 that had Toronto briefly atop the entire NHL. This season, they're second in the Eastern Conference ...more »

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McDermott More than Doubles its Share of National First-Tier Rankings in US ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

With these results, McDermott is also among the top 20 law firms in terms of its total number of Tier 1 national rankings. Specifically, McDermott was awarded Tier 1 rankings across a wide variety of practice areas, including Antitrust Law, ...more »

Foreign Investments
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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 »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Report: MF Global Broke Law, Did Not Keep Client Funds Separate
The AtlanticNovember 1, 2011

(And having had him speak at my business-school graduation, I can see why.) The unholy glee in his fall has been surprisingly well distributed across the many corners of the internet. But I held off--in part because I was mired in that somewhat ...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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Fahrenkopf urges Congress
InterGameNovember 7, 2011

President and CEO of the American Gaming Association Frank Fahrenkopf has urged Congress to approve legislation in the US. Making a statement on the eve of the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table, Fahrenkopf urged Congress to "act to approve ...more »

Banking Law
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Alleged mob members among 13 indicted in US fraud
AFPNovember 1, 2011

The 25-count indictment filed in Camden, New Jersey, charges Scarfo and Pelullo with racketeering conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, extortion and other charges. The indictment also names Nicodemo D. Scarfo (Scarfo Sr.), ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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South African group awarded contract to build St Helena international airport
MercoPressNovember 4, 2011

The St Helena Government this week entered into a contract with South Africa's Basil Read (Pty) Ltd in the amount of £201.5 million for the design and construction of the airport, an additional up to £10 million in shared risk contingency, ...more »

Business Formation
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The Shuman Law Firm Investigates AgFeed Industries, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)November 2, 2011

BOULDER, Colo., Nov 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Shuman Law Firm today announced that it is investigating potential claims against certain officers and directors of AgFeed Industries, Inc. ("AgFeed" or the "Company") ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Recently passed patent law could hurt small entrepreneurs
Midland Daily NewsNovember 5, 2011

Under the new law, public disclosure could cost an inventor the opportunity to apply for US or foreign patents. Evanin, McKellar and Shick all agreed that inventors need to learn how to share the attributes of their inventions (what it does) without ...more »

Commercial
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Legal Requirements for Doing Business | Location Canada
Area Development OnlineNovember 2, 2011

In the province of Quebec, a corporation must have either a bilingual name or a French version of its name, unless the name is a registered trademark. Meetings of the directors of both federal and, for example, Ontario corporations, may be held either ...more »

Egypt to ratify anti-corruption law in days: minister
Reuters AfricaNovember 1, 2011

Wealthy people in Egypt were often members of Mubarak's now defunct National Democratic Party who used their political connections to advance family and business interests. Egyptians who rose up against Mubarak's three-decade rule in January worry that ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Monday Newspaper Review - Irish Business News and International Stories ...
FinFacts IrelandNovember 1, 2011

The Irish Times reports that the huge US brokerage firm MF Global became the country's largest casualty of the euro zone crisis yesterday when it filed for bankruptcy protection after making big bets on the European sovereign debt market. ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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AP Exclusive: NATO may face posible ICC probe
The Associated PressNovember 11, 2011

The diplomats said action to pre-empt a war crimes investigation would likely include an immediate internal legal review of all incidents in which NATO bombing or other actions caused civilian casualties. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Washington Real Estate Investment Trust : Completes Sale of Final Phase of ...
4-traders (press release)November 1, 2011

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRIT) (NYSE: WRE) has completed the final sale transaction of its industrial portfolio by closing on the sale of Dulles Business Park and 6100 Columbia Park Road for $70.6 million. The $70.6 million proceeds ...more »

International Transactions
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3VR's CrimeDex Expands to Six Continents to Combat Financial Crime Internationally
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 3VR, the video intelligence company, today announced that the CrimeDex online collaborative network of more than 3000 fraud, loss prevention and law enforcement professionals has partnered with the International...more »

Communications & Media
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FairPoint trust sues Verizon
The Union LeaderNovember 2, 2011

“The trust seeks relief under the constructive fraud doctrine, as specifically authorized by both North Carolina and substantively identical federal fraudulent transfer law,” the complaint said. The suit says Verizon stripped off and kept for itself ...more »

US House to vote on Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act
The Virginian-PilotNovember 16, 2011

“It's a clash of two interests: Second Amendment rights and the 10th Amendment, the idea of federalism,” Lungren said in an interview Tuesday. “I think it's a states' rights issue.” Still, the bill has the support of a broad base of Republicans, ...more »

Construction & Development
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Dierbergs TDD may fund road improvements
Lakenewsonline.comNovember 2, 2011

Company officials said construction on the grocery store would begin in the summer, and the store should be open by 2013. Additional retail space is planned in the development. By Dan Field More paperwork is in the mix for the development of Lakeview ...more »

Locating Funds
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Feds challenge S. Carolina immigration law
Fox NewsNovember 1, 2011

The Justice Department holds that the South Carolina law imposes "significant burdens" on federal agencies and will divert funds from priority projects such as the fight against terrorism, drug smuggling, gangs and apprehending people wanted for other ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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In Foley private eyes on the street
Minneapolis Star TribuneNovember 1, 2011

Foley's contract made up 4.4 percent of the budget for Bennett's office, which employs 15 patrol deputies along with investigators and other licensed officers. "It puts us in a difficult situation," assuming the contract dispute isn't solved, ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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DaVita Beats
Zacks.comNovember 4, 2011

DaVita acquired and opened a total of 138 centers during the reported quarter, of which 113 centers were associated with the DSI acquisition. Additionally, the company divested 28 centers in order to complete the acquisition. Total treatments for the ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Crime Stoppers of Houston marks 30th anniversary
abc13.comNovember 1, 2011

It's not the cops, not the FBI; this group doesn't even take tax money. We're talking about Crime Stoppers, known best as 222-TIPS. We have a closer look at 30-year-old Crime Stoppers of Houston and how it all began. Randi Wood has no idea who made the ...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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Monday Newspaper Review - Irish Business News and International Stories ...
FinFacts IrelandNovember 1, 2011

The Irish Times reports that the huge US brokerage firm MF Global became the country's largest casualty of the euro zone crisis yesterday when it filed for bankruptcy protection after making big bets on the European sovereign debt market. ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Dan Kildee to remain CEO of nonprofit Center for Community Progress until May ...
The Flint Journal - MLive.comNovember 1, 2011

... from the organization, according to a statement from the nonprofit's board chairman, William A. Johnson Jr. The board reached its decision after "consultation with legal experts on both election law and those laws covering the conduct of non-profit...more »

Customs Disputes
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Russian negotiator says Georgia deal opens door to WTO
CTV.caNovember 3, 2011

The accession of oil-rich Russia would boost the 153-member body, which has struggled for years to agree on a new global free trade deal. "The WTO is really in need of some positive news," said Joost Pauwelyn, a professor of international law at ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Arrowhead Research Appoints Brendan P. Rae, Ph.D., J.D., Chief Business Officer
MarketWatch (press release)November 3, 2011

In this capacity, he has successfully sourced new products, led due diligence and commercial evaluation teams, and negotiated and executed agreements in the US, Europe and Far East. Most recently, Dr. Rae was the Chief Business Officer of Vivaldi ...more »

Debt Collection
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MF Global: FBI Interest and More Lawyers
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 2, 2011

Simpson Thatcher is paired with JPMorgan, which is listed as the company's largest unsecured creditor, and Kirkland & Ellis is representing various creditors of the bankrupt brokerage, according to AmLaw. Several law firms are themselves unsecured ...more »

Public Offerings
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Bondi Appeals to Overturn Court Ruling that Blocks Prison Privatization
Sunshine State NewsNovember 1, 2011

State lawmakers will contest a judge's ruling that the prison privatization effort legislators approved in the 2011 session violated Florida's Constitution. With the deadline looming, state Attorney General Pam Bondi filed paperwork with the 1st ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Real estate co Aura seeks NIS 240m debt settlement
GlobesNovember 1, 2011

Aura, controlled by chairman Joseph Saliah and CEO Boaz Misholi, has therefore asked its bondholders, to whom it owes NIS 240 million, for a debt settlement. At a stormy bondholders meeting in Tel Aviv yesterday, Saliah and Misholi declined to promise ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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General Maritime Files Bankruptcy With $1.4 Billion in Debt
BusinessWeekNovember 17, 2011

17 (Bloomberg) -- General Maritime Corp., a transporter of crude oil via ocean tankers, filed for bankruptcy court protection from creditors amid low freight rates and a surplus of ships. The New York-based company listed assets of $1.71 billion and ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Ironshore Australia Launches Affirmative Defense Cost
Insurance JournalNovember 1, 2011

Ironshore Australia has enhanced its professional liability policies for defense cost coverage in response to the recent decision of the High Court of New Zealand. Ironshore Australia insurance solutions are tailored to provide affirmative defense cost ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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WSU hosts 'Business and the Bill of Rights'
Moscow-Pullman Daily NewsNovember 1, 2011

Business and the Bill of Rights, a free public symposium at WSU, will cover business, law and ethics topics. The symposium is 8 am-5 pm Saturday in Todd Hall 278. An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. ...more »

False Advertising
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North Dakota Sues Minnesota Over Anti-Global Warming Measure
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

2 (Bloomberg) -- North Dakota sued Minnesota, claiming the neighboring state's 2007 law limiting carbon emissions from electricity generated outside Minnesota and used within the state is unconstitutional. “Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act has ...more »

Trade Associations
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Q+A-What issues are at stake in the EU-US carbon spat?
ReutersNovember 1, 2011

The protest at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) meeting in Montreal, Canada, is likely to escalate transatlantic tension, which has triggered an anti-EU bill in the US Congress. It declared illegal the EU plan to make all flights ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Applicant Tracking Software Helps Data Company Comply With Federal Regulations
Talent Management TechNovember 1, 2011

MCH is a data company that provides databases for institutions such as healthcare, education, religion and government. They had a large, manual, and time-consuming recruiting process. In addition, since they have government contracts, it was critical ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Citizens oppose Duke Energy's proposed rate hike
Yes! WeeklyNovember 2, 2011

That's an unfair choice that people have to make.” Edward S. Finley Jr., chair of the commission, opened the meeting by explaining the rate case process. After the public hearings conclude, the NC Utilities Commission will issue a written order ...more »

Federal Grants
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Most of 36 19 9 bln Madoff case vs JPMorgan tossed
Moneycontrol.comNovember 2, 2011

REUTERS - A federal judge threw out most of a $19.9 billion lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co and a $2 billion case against UBS AG by the trustee seeking money for victims of epic swindler Bernard Madoff's fraud. ...more »

Venture Capital
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Saudi petchem giant SABIC launches venture capital arm
ReutersNovember 1, 2011

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia Nov 1 (Reuters) - Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) has set up a new venture capital arm to invest in innovative technology and companies as it seeks to expand beyond petrochemicals, which have made it one of the world's largest ...more »

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