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European venture deals hit 11-year low
Financial NewsNovember 1, 2011

European venture capital investment has fallen to its lowest quarterly level since the dot-com crash, according to Dow Jones VentureSource, despite hopes that the region's venture industry is set for a growth spurt. The number of venture deals in the ...more »

Moody's Cuts Argentine Oil Companies on Capital Control Law
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

The foreign currency rating of Pan American Energy LLC's Argentine unit was reduced one step to Ba3, three levels below investment grade, according to a statement. Moody's also cut Petrobras Argentina SA, a unit of Brazil's state-controlled oil company ...more »

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Advertising
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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 »

Foreign Investments
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JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, Allied, Galleon in Court News
BusinessWeekNovember 2, 2011

“The MERS system does not violate Texas law.” MERS has been sued by counties in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Oklahoma, which also claim the MERS system cheated them out of filing fees. Delaware's attorney general last week filed an unrelated suit, ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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A blanket policy on drug patents isn't necessary
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

But it failed to point out that such a move would be unprecedented in both patent law and antitrust law. Moreover, by casting a pall on an important tool for protecting intellectual property, it would chill all settlements and stymie innovation in the ...more »

Franchising
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Smart move: Cancel the NBA 2011-2012 season immediately.
Examiner.comNovember 1, 2011

Like it or not, these are the men who put their cash on the line at some time in order to put their franchises in the court. They are the ones who either put up the financing themselves, or put together the group of investors that support the franchise...more »

Gaming Law
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Rid Internet gambling dens from bay area
Tampabay.comNovember 1, 2011

Murman has attempted to craft an effective tool for law enforcement. The measure would not affect fundraising efforts for schools and the like, or legitimate arcades and bingo games. The commission has no excuse for getting cold feet and adopting a ...more »

Banking Law
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Criminal Network Jailed Over 'E-Crime'
Build.co.ukNovember 1, 2011

The investigation, codenamed Operation Lath, focussed on the activities of a group responsible for conducting a systematic and highly sophisticated banking fraud which attacked the banking accounts of hundreds of online customers. ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Saudi construction deals surge in 2011
Emirates 24/7November 1, 2011

As forecast, the value of awarded contracts during H2'11 were valued greater than in H1'11,” NCB said. It said the SAR95.1bn in contract awards during Q3'11 alone is an indication that the Saudi government continues to place an overwhelming emphasis on ...more »

Business Formation
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Jacqueline Laurita of Real Housewives of New Jersey Named In $8M Fraud Lawsuit
Reality TeaNovember 1, 2011

In my limited knowledge of bankruptcy law, this is what I understand to have happened: it seems that instead of paying creditors to keep the business lucrative the Lauritas allegedly pocketed the proceeds and spent the money for personal use, ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Jobs Act Sets High Bar for Water Project Funding
Water WorldNovember 4, 2011

Finally, she said the legislation seeks to maximize private investment in public infrastructure, although private financing is usually far more expensive than public financing. “Consequently, there may be no net benefit for public water utilities and ...more »

Commercial
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Kindle Fire Official Sweepstakes Rules
Business InsiderNovember 1, 2011

Void where prohibited or restricted by law and subject to all applicable federal, state, provincial, local and municipal laws and regulations. ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: One sweeps winner will receive an Amazon Kindle Fire pre-loaded with Business Insider's ...more »

Legal weapon gives corporations the edge on governments
The Guardian (blog)November 4, 2011

"It's safe to say the main object of these treaties is to protect investors, and so there is a bias in favour of the investor and against the regulating state," says Cambridge law professor Lorand Bartels. Stories are rife of developing countries that ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Appleby Law PLLC Selected as "Law Firm of the Year" in Native American Law
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Appleby Law PLLC, an Alexandria, Virginia law firm founded on Nancy J. Appleby's 30-plus years of success at helping clients develop business opportunities on Native American lands, has received an ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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A Primer on Government and Internal Investigations
JD Supra (press release)November 11, 2011

Additionally, severe fines and incarceration are now common in sentences for white collar offenses. Although all criminal activity has a certain complexity to it, white-collar crimes tend to be more document intensive and involve difficult proof ...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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SOUTH DAKOTA: International Trade Center assists SD businesses
Prairie BusinessNovember 3, 2011

“Sometimes a business encounters compliance issues on the US side or foreign side. We provide accurate and up-to-date information on export law and policy.” Nelson developed expertise over the past 12-plus years through working with the Sioux Falls ...more »

Communications & Media
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City Attorney to City Council: Shut Up
Patch.comNovember 1, 2011

The council has no city-specific policy about communications outside of meetings, aside from following California's open-meeting law. Smith's report urges the council to "limit its consideration of facts to those presented at [official city hearings], ...more »

VirnetX Awarded New Security Patent
PR Newswire (press release)November 1, 2011

... "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company's patent portfolio, licensing efforts and the litigation in the Eastern District of Texas. ...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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Thumbs in eyes, kids in schools
The Economist (blog)November 4, 2011

They justified this decision using the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which says that states cannot "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Attorneys for the Texas school district in question ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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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 »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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What Will 2012 Bring For Multichannel Mergers and Acquisitions?
Multichannel MerchantNovember 1, 2011

If there continues to be economic uncertainty, mergers and acquisitions “might be tougher to finance, particularly at high levels,” says Lee Helman, managing director of investment firm Financo. Helman cites the 2012 presidential election as a ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Proformative Unveils Ratings and Reviews for Business by Businesspeople
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Proformative Business Reviews debuts with ratings and reviews on corporate service providers in tax, audit, corporate law, facilities, banking, insurance, technology, HR, logistics and other business areas. Proformative Business Reviews is available at ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Some plans for addressing American debt
SalonNovember 8, 2011

In his own-to-rent proposal, banks rent foreclosed properties back to their original owners, allowing people to stay in their homes and pay market rates. “This keeps people in their homes, reduces foreclosure sales, stops houses being trashed when ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Cox Smith Earns 30 First Tier “Best Law Firms” Rankings from U.S. News-Best ...
Insurance News Net (press release)November 1, 2011

In San Antonio , the firm earned a First Tier (strongest) ranking in Banking & Finance Law, Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency & Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Keeping predators away from young athletes
Chicago TribuneNovember 8, 2011

The 67-year-old former Penn State University assistant football coach who ran a nonprofit organization for at-risk kids is out on $100000 bail, claiming his innocence. He was arrested on charges of child sexual abuse involving eight boys who were part ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Worried about detention center planned in Southwest Ranches? Get details on ...
Orlando SentinelNovember 3, 2011

Officials with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Corrections Corporation of America will answer questions following a presentation. Former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth will moderate the discussion. Residents will be asked to place ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Corporations and Their Lawyers Look to the Cloud for DIY E-discovery
Corporate CounselNovember 3, 2011

When it comes to e-discovery, corporations and law firms are constantly seeking new ways to drive up efficiency while keeping their costs low. A new survey released by legal technology firm Kroll Ontrack reveals that many are looking to do-it-yourself ...more »

Debt Collection
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Tax Evaders Face Greater Scrutiny as National Debts Pile Up
New York TimesNovember 2, 2011

Markus Schreiber/Associated Press But there is at least one thing on which global leaders seem to agree: cracking down on tax havens and tax evasion would help. Some economists warn, however, that governments are being too optimistic about how much ...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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Airforce restructure will hurt Utah
ABC 4November 2, 2011

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Hill Air Force Base announced on Wednesday that they are restructuring and reorganizing three of their Air Logistics Centers across the country. Part of that restructure is going to take place at the Ogden Air ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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HCC Insurance Holdings' CEO Discusses Q3 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
Seeking AlphaNovember 2, 2011

This quarter, we completed schedule reviews for US Property and Casualty and Professional Liability segments and our quarterly evaluation of all catastrophe reserves. We also included UK Professional Liability in the International segment in our review ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Appleby Law PLLC Selected as "Law Firm of the Year" in Native American Law
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Appleby Law PLLC, an Alexandria, Virginia law firm founded on Nancy J. Appleby's 30-plus years of success at helping clients develop business opportunities on Native American lands, has received an ...more »

False Advertising
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Holding our own on the advertising front
NSBNEWS.netNovember 1, 2011

As the publishers and founders of NSBNews.net, launched April 7, 2008, Peter Mallory and I are proud to announce some major advertising partnerships with key businnesses in greater New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Oak Hill as we ...more »

Trade Associations
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What the MFN means
DAWN.comNovember 6, 2011

Sixth, and very significantly, the capacity of the National Tariff Commission needs to be augmented, as this is the organisation which administers Pakistan's trade defence laws, including anti-dumping duties, countervailing measures for unfair ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Obama Gives Boost to D.C. Law
U.S. News & World Report (blog)November 1, 2011

Venable's Washington office, which depends on regulatory and government work for 40 percent of its revenue, now helps Southern California-based entertainment and biotech clients with interests that involve federal regulation, investigations, ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Rambus weighs appeal of antitrust defeat
EE TimesNovember 17, 2011

Rambus said Wednesday that the judge in the case had yet to rule on its claim that Micron and Hynix engaged in unfair competition in violation of the California Business and Professions Code Section 17200. Rambus initially filed the suit against the ...more »

Federal Grants
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Grant Calls Recapitalization of European Banks a `Scam'
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Mark Grant, a managing director at Southwest Securities Inc., Michael Englund, chief economist at Action Economics LLC, and Bloomberg's James Sterngold talk about Europe's sovereign debt crisis, the region's banks, and MF Global ...more »

Venture Capital
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Techonomy: Sean Parker Reflects on Social Networks & Social Business
PC MagazineNovember 17, 2011

The concluding panel of the Techonomy conference featured two people involved in the early days of Facebook and well known for their venture capital efforts. Host David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, asked Jim Breyer ...more »

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