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Banning Kids From Streets May Make Us Less Safe: Mike Males
BloombergSeptember 1, 2011

Likewise, a study by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice found that during the 1990s and 2000s, juvenile crime and crime in general fell faster in California cities that didn't enforce youth curfews than in those that did. ...more »

Nevada AG joins anti-human trafficking effort
KVVU Las VegasSeptember 1, 2011

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto Wednesday announced she has joined 45 other attorneys general in asking a popular website to remove its advertising for adult services. It is feared the web service facilitates sex trafficking, ...more »

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Advertising
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Google wins antitrust case against Ohio firm
InquirerSeptember 2, 2011

The law requires it to show that competition in general suffered due to Google's alleged actions, the judge said, and thus he handed Google a victory that will give the advertising giant hope. It is hard for companies to show widespread damage done by ...more »

Foreign Investments
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What's up, doc? Investors knock at China hospitals
Vancouver SunSeptember 2, 2011

Late last year, China said it would encourage foreign investment in the hospital sector. Most investors still await detailed guidelines, for instance on how to structure the investments or tap insurers, before taking the plunge. ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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The Antitrust Battle Ahead
New York Times (blog)September 1, 2011

Shortly after her appointment, she told the Center for American Progress that the Bush administration “lost sight of an ultimate goal of antitrust laws — the protection of consumer welfare.” Ms. Varney, who left the government to join the law firm ...more »

Franchising
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Quiznos Forays Deeper into India with Sub One Hospitality Services.
Franchise News International (blog)September 2, 2011

Quiznos' international has signed a new master franchise agreement with New-Delhi based Sub One Hospitality Services. Denver-based Quiznos is one of America's premier Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chains, with around 4000 stores in over 35 countries. ...more »

Gaming Law
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Feds approve casinos for 2 Calif. tribes
San Jose Mercury NewsSeptember 3, 2011

There have been only a handful of such exceptions granted since 1988, according to Kathryn Rand, co-director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota. Rand said Friday's decisions by the Obama ...more »

Banking Law
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Feds sue big banks over large losses
Northwest HeraldSeptember 3, 2011

But the lawsuits also raised questions about the toll they might have on the health of the already struggling banking sector and the prospects for a housing market recovery. The federal action also underscored the often contradictory relationship ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Maryland Is One Of 10 Most Pro-Government Union States – By Len Lazarick
Citybizlist (press release)September 2, 2011

The index scored Maryland poorly on factors including the strength of collective bargaining agreements, compulsory union dues, binding arbitration, construction contracts favoring union wages, lack of laws requiring secret ballots for union ...more »

Business Formation
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How Liam Glover and his dog Lamy cost us £2.7bn
The GuardianSeptember 4, 2011

If Liam pulls off a fraud on credit cards, the banks will pay. BT are paying for the fraudulent phone line. So why should I get aerated, or bother with trying to persuade the police that an officer should be tasked with pulling these threads together? ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Retraining will put America back to work
Baltimore SunSeptember 4, 2011

In just one year, Workforce Investment Act Adult and Displaced Worker programs placed 685000 workers in new jobs. Resources like these are helping workers across the country, including in Maryland. In fact, there are 15 One-Stop Career Centers just in ...more »

Commercial
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New IBSL DG assumes duties
Daily MirrorSeptember 1, 2011

Gunawardhana is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court and a holder of Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in Commercial Law from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. With over 20 years experience in regulatory compliance, public relations and legal ...more »

New Law Would Allow Commercial Advertising Interests to Trump Local ...
City WatchSeptember 6, 2011

... Blvd. That provision allows commercial projects to develop unique signage regulations by applying for a “Comprehensive Sign Program.” By meeting a modest size requirement, ten per cent of the signs in a project could display off-site advertising, ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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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 »

Internal Investigative Services
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Another Law School Caught In A Lie
Above the LawSeptember 12, 2011

Mr. Chung is a well-recognized expert in conducting internal investigations. Additionally, Jones Day will utilize Duff & Phelps, an independent firm with expertise in data processing and forensic analysis. The University intends to provide further ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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US Air Force Assumes Role in DISA Satellite-lease Initiative
Space NewsSeptember 2, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — The US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has joined forces with the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to share oversight of a Defense Department program to lease a commercial communications satellite ...more »

International Transactions
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Guest Post: Income Tax Alternative
ForbesSeptember 2, 2011

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. ...more »

Communications & Media
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Enquirer sued for defamation in Caylee Anthony case
ReutersSeptember 2, 2011

In 2011, following a trial that the media covered obsessively, Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, was found not guilty of murdering her daughter, but was found guilty of providing several false statements to law-enforcement officers. ...more »

Global legal award for Limerick law firm
Limerick PostSeptember 2, 2011

LIMERICK law firm Sweeney McGann have been awarded the 2011 Corporate INTL Global Award for “Licensing Law Firm of the Year in Ireland”. The work undertaken by Sweeney McGann, who successfully represented Limerick Vintners in their ...more »

Construction & Development
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Feds: Eureka pot ordinance illegal
Times-StandardSeptember 3, 2011

”The department is concerned about the city of Eureka's creation of a licensing scheme that permits large-scale industrial marijuana cultivation, processing, and distribution, as it authorizes conduct contrary to federal law and threatens the federal ...more »

Locating Funds
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Morning greens: The parking law for plug-ins may change in California
89.3 KPCC (blog)September 7, 2011

Aliso Viejo gets funds to protect their waterways in South Orange County. The Los Angeles Times reports that the area was awarded “$93000 in waterway improvement funding last month from the Orange County Transportation Authority. ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Hershey and Palmyra area municipal news
Patriot-NewsSeptember 1, 2011

The contract for a filtering screen for the water treatment plant was awarded to Blooming Glen Contractors Inc. at a cost of $433915. A public hearing about proposed amendments to the borough's code regarding vehicle parking is scheduled for 7 pm Oct. ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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SyntheMed and Pathfinder become Pathfinder Cell Therapy after merger...
Mass DeviceSeptember 9, 2011

... along with the merger, Pathfinder Cell Therapy announced the closing of the first stage of a $6 million private placement. The terms of the merger were not made public. Here's a roundup of companies announcing mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Middle-class and tax 'tyranny'
Hindu Business LineSeptember 2, 2011

Indirect taxes, especially of essential commodities, are said to be regressive as it targets all consumers without discrimination whereas direct taxes by their very nature can be healthily discriminatory with progressive rates of taxation extracting ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Wells Fargo accused of forging loan documents
Las Vegas Review-JournalSeptember 22, 2011

A Las Vegas attorney who represents people facing foreclosure has accused Wells Fargo of forging loan documents. The allegation is the latest sign that efforts to hold mortgage lenders accountable are escalating in Nevada. ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Insolvency firms go for broke
The Diplomat BucharestSeptember 5, 2011

The current law and the economic context create the possibility of acquisitions, and investors can take over social shares in the distressed company and negotiate with creditors,” said Alexandru Ene, associated partner at Noerr. ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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State medical society, physician group may offer health insurance
The Connecticut MirrorSeptember 19, 2011

Hoping to provide another insurance option for state residents, the Connecticut State Medical Society and its network of physician practices have created a nonprofit organization that they hope will be able to offer health ...more »

Customs Disputes
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CAREER TRACKER: Lawyers on the move - September 1, 2011
Thomson Reuters News & InsightSeptember 1, 2011

Brinkman was previously the head of Alston's international trade commission practice and will do the same at Quinn; Whitehurst was the head of Alston's IP practice. Quinn partner Jon Corey, currently in the firm's Los Angeles office, ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Pre-Paid Legal Services Becomes LegalShield(SM)
MarketWatch (press release)September 10, 2011

The new corporate name for the 40 year old company is part of an overall rebranding initiative that follows the acquisition of PPL by MidOcean Partners on June 30, 2011. Other elements of the rebranding include: new literature, training and web ...more »

Debt Collection
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WARREN v. UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BOARD OF REVIEW
Leagle.comSeptember 1, 2011

The AVP testified that Claimant's license was terminated in April 2010 because Claimant did not provide the Pennsylvania Department of Banking (Banking) with the financial information that it requested. 3 (Id.) The AVP testified that for a loan officer ...more »

Public Offerings
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Attorney general: Wyoming agency heads cannot change employment status
Billings GazetteSeptember 2, 2011

The top official at the Wyoming Department of Education cannot change employee status without approval from the state's Department of Administration and Information, according to the state attorney general's office. State Superintendent of Public...more »

Debt Settlement
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Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Sixty-Five Bracewell Attorneys
PR Newswire (press release)September 2, 2011

... Patent Law Marcy E. Kurtz - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy Thomas D. Manford III - Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Edgar J. Marston III - Corporate Governance Law, ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Hostess Brands Hires Restructuring Advisers
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

She has advised auto-supplier Dana Corp. and others on renegotiating union contracts during bankruptcy reorganizations. Hostess filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004 as consumers started shifting away from sugary snacks and government regulators ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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How a Roommate Could Trigger an Insurance Headache
Fox BusinessSeptember 2, 2011

Inviting a roommate into your home also can expose you to some liability risks. Mario Morales, manager of corporate underwriting at MetLife, cites the example of allowing a roommate to have a pool party. If you aren't present but horseplay takes place ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Check reviews: Has employee ever complained?
Business Management DailySeptember 3, 2011

Aggressive attorneys don't stop with federal laws like FMLA, ADA and FLSA: they use state and local living-wage statutes, rural codes, plus discrimination and other laws to sue employers for sky's-the-limit damages. This Florida-specific newsletter ...more »

False Advertising
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Ajax Union Founders Zevi Friedman and Joe Apfelbaum Share Internet Marketing ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

The online marketing seminars also include an AdWords 101 section for business owners looking to familiarize themselves with Internet advertising services. Ajax Union's Google Seminar schedule can be found at http://www.MarketingTrainingNY.com . ...more »

Trade Associations
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S. Korea Google Raid, German Rescue Decision, Finra: Compliance
BusinessWeekSeptember 8, 2011

Riefberg, 52, oversaw a broad range of investigations and disciplinary actions while at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's department of enforcement. She was a lawyer in the enforcement division of the New York Stock Exchange, which merged ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Intel love bombs US.gov for supercomputing tax dollars
RegisterSeptember 2, 2011

Intel is getting more focused on the challenges in the supercomputing market and has established a new business unit, called Intel Federal, to pursue the contracts with the US government that fund ...more »

Unfair Competition
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US senator wants China bill vote before trade pacts
ReutersSeptember 16, 2011

Many lawmakers feel China deliberately undervalues its currency to give its companies an unfair trade advantage, costing the United States many manufacturing jobs. Schumer said he was talking with Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown about combining their ...more »

Federal Grants
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Ministry grants citizenship to gay spouse of immigrant
Ha'aretzSeptember 1, 2011

However, the ministry hesitated to grant Alvarez immigrant status, as this would be a de-facto recognition of substantive rights for a non-Jewish spouse in a same-sex marriage, Center-Maor said. The couple was aided by the Law of Return's wording ...more »

Venture Capital
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Foundry Group's Spoof Video: “I'm A VC”
Wall Street Journal (blog)September 6, 2011

The venture capital industry's online talent show has a new entrant, with Boulder, Colo.-based Foundry Group channeling the vocal and aggressive facial hair styling of '90s R&B group Color Me Badd in a music video that spoof's Saturday ...more »

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