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Grand America audit turns up undocumented workers
Salt Lake TribuneSeptember 1, 2011

“Such businesses gain a competitive edge by paying illegal alien workers low wages or otherwise exploiting them. These inspections are one of the most powerful tools the federal government has to ensure that businesses are complying with US employment ...more »

Come Together
Financial-Planning.comSeptember 1, 2011

Thomas believes "most financial planners simply won't address estate tax planning with sufficient vigor [because] there is no incentive to pursue this type of planning. Some planners would love to do really complete plans, but struggle to get clients ...more »

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Europe taking much stricter stance on do-not-track rules
USA Today (blog)September 1, 2011

The ad networks and data aggregators would be required by federal law to honor such requests. Concern is rising about the advertising industry's wide spread practice of co-mingling tracking data from Internet searches and surfing with the information ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Federal Government Sues Banks Over Mortgage Losses
WNYC (blog)September 2, 2011

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the federal regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is suing some of the country's largest banks, including Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and others for violating federal and state laws...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Business of Law
Denver Business JournalSeptember 2, 2011

Masters has his own firm, Masters Law Firm, in Montrose. Dana Collier Smith, assistant executive director of both the Colorado and Denver bar associations, was named president of the National Association of Bar Executives. BOARDS: The Colorado Defense ...more »

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AEG's bill clears first of several hurdles
ESPNSeptember 7, 2011

... was more interested in including provisions that would prevent the proposed stadium from being the future home of a current NFL team in California than any environmental laws. "My concern is if one of the existing franchises in another part of ...more »

Gaming Law
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Poll: NY should roll dice on casinos
BusinessWeekSeptember 22, 2011

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows 56 percent of registered voters support creating casinos away from Indian reservations, which now have a monopoly on casinos in New York under federal law. The federal Indian Gaming Act supersedes ...more »

Banking Law
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'Draconian' UK bank reforms will push lenders into a crisis 1, 2011

Pressure is growing on the Government to pull back from imposing draconian new rules on banks amid worries that a new banking crisis is brewing. By Harry Wilson, Philip Aldrick and Helia Ebrahimi Less than two weeks before the publication of the final ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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The Multi-Talented Contractor
AOL EnergySeptember 4, 2011

Ameresco specializes in the kind of energy efficiency projects that entail what Anderson says is "essentially a construction contract" with the added element of an energy cost savings guarantee. The firm starts its relationship with customers with an ...more »

Business Formation
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Laurinburg tax preparer gets prison term in refund fraud case
Fayetteville ObserverSeptember 3, 2011

IRS fraud investigators in 2010 noticed in returns prepared by Elliott's business a "suspicious pattern" of income generated by sole proprietorship businesses that was "statistically improbable," according to prosecutors. ...more »

Institutional Investing
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SEC Examining Use of Derivatives by Mutual Funds
ForbesSeptember 2, 2011

He advises on a wide variety of funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, film funds and funds of funds. He is the author of The Law of Private Investment Funds (Oxford University Press 2008) and the ...more »

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New IPOs readying for launch on MSM
Oman Daily ObserverSeptember 5, 2011

According to Yahya bin Saeed al Jabri, Executive President, Capital Market Authority, Oman's commercial law is under the cabinet's consideration for revision so that all desiring companies can float 25 per cent of their capital. ...more »

Corporate Legal: Get Ready for Five Changes
BusinessWeekSeptember 15, 2011

The goal was to map future developments in the law, and assess the skills needed to address them. The result was a list of five trends that will change the legal world before 2015. There is current global interest in issues like privacy, corruption, ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Future attack lines from Mitt Romney, self-loathing Harvard elitist
SalonSeptember 1, 2011

He rescued businesses like Dade Behring, Stage Stories, American Pad and Paper, and GS Industries, then his company sold them for a profit of $578 million after which all of those firms declared bankruptcy. Which sounds bad, but don't worry, ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Embroiled in controversy, Portland parking manager Ellis McCoy resigns
KATUSeptember 2, 2011

On the same day, Portland Mayor Sam Adams requested officials from the Office of the City Attorney begin a preliminary internal investigation of McCoy's work, all procurements in which he was involved, and McCoy's performance reviews, ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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California Attorney Chris Van Hook Announces Best Practices Certified Medical ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)September 3, 2011

... for growers and for handlers/processors/dispensaries; formation of grower collectives and nonprofit corporations; commercial leases; product licensing; contracts and real property issues; administrative law; and permit assistance and acquisition.more »

International Transactions
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Ryan & Maniskas, LLP Announces Investigation of Temple-Inland Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)September 8, 2011

... other violations of law related to the Company's efforts to sell Temple-Inland to International Paper in a transaction valued at approximately $3.7 billion. Our investigation concerns possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of law...more »

Communications & Media
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The Paley Center for Media Announces New Speakers for International Council ...
PR Newswire (press release)September 1, 2011

...Communications; Alberto Pecegueiro, GloboSat; Kuben Pillay, Primedia LTD; Geoffrey Sands, McKinsey & Company; Yossi Vardi, International Technologies; Blair Westlake, Microsoft; Susan Whiting, The Nielsen Co.; Mehmet Ali Yalcindag, Dogan Media; ...more »

Government to consult on music in Licensing Act - again
musicweek.comSeptember 5, 2011

The DCMS is about to launch yet another consultation about the Licensing Act 2003 and how music and other entertainment works within it. The surprise move will see a consultation open at the end of this week, which could see small live ...more »

Construction & Development
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The profit motive should not shape the country
The GuardianSeptember 3, 2011

The government is also correct to say the current system is too complex; 1300 pages of planning law are being used (understandably) by anyone who thinks a development project would wreck their view and damage the value of their house. ...more »

Locating Funds
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Shoreline Police Receive Federal Grant Money for Radar Units and Portable ...
Patch.comSeptember 3, 2011

... or training to recognize terrorist threats, these are carefully screened and important expenditures. At a time when law enforcement agencies are struggling to meet needs because of budget cuts, these additional funds will help fill some gaps.”more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Seminar offered on elder law
Township JournalSeptember 1, 2011

Mr. Pasculli specializes in business law and contracts, real estate, and elder law (which includes wills, estates, guardianships and Medicaid planning). He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Just prior to joining the firm in ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Improving Chaikin Money Flow - ESD, ETB, ETJ, ETW, EVR
Health Talk & YouSeptember 7, 2011

Its Investment Banking segment includes its Advisory services, through which it provides advice to clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic corporate transactions, with a particular focus on advising prominent multinational ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Obama's Close Ties To CEOs Whose Firms Dodge Taxes
Huffington PostSeptember 1, 2011

Cote scored $15.2 million in pay last year, while Honeywell secured a $471 million tax benefit. Honeywell told HuffPost that it complied with tax laws and that its executive pay standards are guided by executive performance. The company also said it is ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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RI AG shuts down mortgage consultants
Legal News LineSeptember 15, 2011

The investigation discovered that David Conti and Lucy Ruiz were advertising and soliciting consumers in violation of several laws, including the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Mortgage Foreclosure Consultant Regulation Act. Kilmartin's office ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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9/11 A DECADE LATER Owner of Gino's East may bid for Giordano's
Chicago TribuneSeptember 9, 2011

As previously reported, Giordano's Enterprises and its various properties will be sold as part of its Chapter 11 reorganization in US Bankruptcy Court. The bidding process has started, and Jeff Himmel, 62, whose West Loop-based Bravo Restaurants Inc. ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Gas company board OKs plan to dissolve corporation
Alpine AvalancheSeptember 8, 2011

"This plan of dissolution is intended to accomplish the complete liquidation of Southwest Texas Municipal Gas Corp., a Texas non-profit corporation. "Adoption of Plan. This plan shall become effective as of the first date and time that this plan and a ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Pot, wreckage of suspected smuggler's boat land on beach
Contra Costa TimesSeptember 2, 2011

The smugglers probably made it ashore and were likely picked up by accomplices, according to Dave Wales, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent overseeing the Ventura office. Pangas, which are not designed for deep-sea travel, are often used by ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Absolute Software Settles Lawsuit Over Nude Photos
ForbesSeptember 7, 2011

Most recently, I was an editor at Above the Law, a legal blog, relying on the legal knowledge gained from two years working for corporate law firm Covington & Burling -- a Cliff's Notes version of law school. In the past, I've been found slaving away ...more »

Debt Collection
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When a Bankruptcy 'Event' Doesn't Mean Bankruptcy
New York TimesSeptember 1, 2011

In finance and law, bankruptcy is understood to mean a process for resolving financial distress, like those under the United States Bankruptcy Code or the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada. State law assignments for ...more »

Public Offerings
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Providence Personal Injury Lawyer Announces Campaign Against Distracted Driving
PR Web (press release)September 5, 2011

"As an AV rated personal injury law firm, we feel an obligation to shine a light on this issue to prevent future tragedies." Distracted driving includes any non-driving activity that can distract the driver and increase the risk of car accidents. ...more »

Debt Settlement
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'Part-psychologist' bankruptcy attorney leads state organization
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineSeptember 2, 2011

Eisler, 45, has worked bankruptcy law since he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1991. He is the owner and principal at Meyers Eisler LLC in Rockville and has represented all sides of bankruptcy law, including debtors and creditors, ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Restructuring of campus school system on anvil
Pakistan ObserverSeptember 9, 2011

He said that the reorganization would bring improvement in the overall education system and all the children would get uniform facilities and standard. He further said that no any employee of education department would be affected by the reorganization...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Understanding Your Cyber-Risk Policy
PropertyCasualty360September 1, 2011

Many policyholders are surprised to learn that a standard CGL policy likely would not apply to a technology or cyber-privacy claim, notwithstanding that the form typically includes coverage for “property damage” and “personal and advertising injury. ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Sino-Forest Executives Face 'Direct Hit' From OSC in Fraud Probe
BloombergSeptember 8, 2011

One of the regulator's five priorities for this fiscal year is to “intensify operational, compliance and enforcement efforts,” which include reducing timelines for completing investigations and bringing regulatory proceedings forward. ...more »

False Advertising
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Google plugs deals service on its homepage
Financial TimesSeptember 1, 2011

Google has taken the rare step of advertising its new “daily deals” service on its widely viewed homepage, in the latest sign that the run-away early success of market leader Groupon is putting pressure on rivals to ...more »

Trade Associations
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Gibson Guitar CEO fights back
CNNMoneySeptember 2, 2011

Why the US government would enforce an Indian trade law can be explained by century-old legislation called the Lacey Act, which mandates that American companies observe the laws of foreign countries in the trade of many animal parts, plants and their ...more »

Federal Contracts
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MASS. MARKET: Cape Wind fight heads to the SJC
The Patriot LedgerSeptember 3, 2011

The oral arguments will focus on one specific question: Is Cape Wind's contract to sell half its power to National Grid allowed under a state law that encourages the use of renewable energy? The issue might seem narrow. But the SJC's final decision ...more »

Unfair Competition
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SkyCam Prevails in Lawsuit Against Actioncam
MarketWatch (press release)September 8, 2011

"This ruling allows SkyCam to renew our focus on creating excitement for millions of fans by providing camera angles that put them in the heart of the action, hopefully without the distraction of unfair competition," said Nic Salomon, President of ...more »

Federal Grants
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Law centres are more necessary than ever in 'austerity Britain'
The GuardianSeptember 1, 2011

They had to stick to non-remunerative "social welfare" law. The funding of law centres has always been precarious, varying hugely from centre to centre, but mainly coming from a combination of local authority grants and legal aid. ...more »

Venture Capital
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AlertEnterprise Accelerates Growth With $19 Million Investment Led by Venture...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)September 8, 2011

(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AlertEnterprise, Inc. announced today that Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) has joined existing investors, Opus Capital and Startup Farms Investors, in leading a $19 Million ...more »


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