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Acting ATF chief inherits new job, two federal inquiries
USA TodaySeptember 1, 2011

By Eric Gay,, AP Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson was reassigned following investigations into a flawed law enforcement operation aimed at major gun-trafficking networks on the Southwest border. By Eric Gay,, AP Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson was ...more »

County, city receives federal grant to fund event policing
Carlsbad Current ArgusSeptember 1, 2011

CARLSBAD — The Eddy County Sheriff's Department and the Carlsbad Police Department will split a $29733 federal grant that will be used to cover overtime costs for certain community events policed by the two agencies. ...more »

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Advertising
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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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King meets investors
TheStar.com.joSeptember 12, 2011

At a meeting with Arab and foreign investors in the Kingdom, the King asked them to set issues of priority to help authorities address them as soon as possible and draw up a strategy to enhance foreign investments. “I want to listen to your comments on ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Business Briefcase
Helena Independent RecordSeptember 11, 2011

He graduated from the University of Montana Schools of Law and Business, receiving a law degree and a master's in business administration. Fox joined Doubek & Pyfer in 2007 after working for another Helena law firm. Doubek, Pyfer & Fox's motto is, ...more »

Franchising
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Vikings set to start Ponder in preseason finale
The RepublicSeptember 1, 2011

Future franchise quarterback Christian Ponder will make his Metrodome starting debut, while playmaking crowd favorite Joe Webb will relieve him, probably to start the second half. They'll be “worth watching,” as usual, but if their names are mentioned ...more »

Gaming Law
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Penn National Gaming to Participate in Three Investor Conferences on September ...
Bradenton HeraldSeptember 20, 2011

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may vary materially from expectations. Penn describes certain of these risks and uncertainties in its ...more »

Banking Law
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Legal Battle Over Mortgage Sales
NuWire InvestorSeptember 6, 2011

The US is suing 17 banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, alleging that securities laws were violated in the sale of mortgage-backed securities to federal agencies such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Government Spending for Jobs
Examiner.comSeptember 2, 2011

A June 25th article appearing in the New York Times noted that the cost construction of the Bay Bridge will be somewhere around $7.2B. The construction contract, awarded in 2006, was won by a joint venture between American Bridge and Fluor Enterprises. ...more »

Business Formation
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Banks to charge customers debit card transaction fees
The Augusta ChronicleSeptember 4, 2011

Georgia Bank & Trust, First Bank of Georgia, Augusta First Bank & Trust, First Citizens Bank, Queensborough National Bank and Savannah River Banking Co., don't plan to implement debit card fees. “We just rolled out a totally free checking account. ...more »

Institutional Investing
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ADPT Board Approves Effective Date and Exchange Ratios for Reverse/Forward ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 12, 2011

... directors and consultants, and would likely increase the costs of registration compliance following the completion of a business combination; the possibility of being deemed an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, ...more »

Commercial
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Divorce Doesn't Have To Kill Your Family Business
ForbesSeptember 2, 2011

Without a Prenuptial Agreement or another clearly defined exit strategy crafted by a lawyer, the life of the business can hang on the line. For most business owners, splitting the business in half is like “cutting the baby in half” — in order to truly ...more »

Will Supreme Court Blow Another Hole in the Initiative Process?
Beyond ChronSeptember 6, 2011

Moreover, giving them that chance would empower unaccountable private interests to effectively represent the state, after elected officials use their discretion not to appeal. But the last time the state Supreme Court got involved – in May 2009 – they ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Florida Bar levies punishment on Trinity attorney for employee's actions
Tampabay.comSeptember 1, 2011

All three clients met with Perez, believed him to be an attorney and decided to hire the firm, according to the Florida Bar. Perez advised one woman to max out her credit cards before filing for bankruptcy; he told a man facing foreclosure to send his ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Cheating on state tests found at two Los Angeles schools
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 5, 2011

When the improprieties came to light, the Los Angeles Unified School District and Green Dot conducted internal investigations and notified the state Education Department. As a result, each school was struck from this year's Academic Performance Index, ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Dewani spends big on SA trial
The New Age OnlineSeptember 5, 2011

... one of South Africa's leading law firms. Although he has 22 years' experience as a lawyer, Papier practises as an attorney in ENS's corporate commercial department. ENS spokesperson Rochelle Bricout confirmed that the firm was representing Dewani, ...more »

International Transactions
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FYI: Business
Tulsa WorldSeptember 11, 2011

Tulsa-based Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP has accepted an invitation to join Meritas, a global alliance of business law firms. The affiliation offers Doerner Saunders and its clients access to legal insight from more than 7000 lawyers in the ...more »

Communications & Media
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Welcome to Bahrain, the Empire's Torture Island
Pacific Free PressSeptember 4, 2011

Ahmed Aldoseri, the director of information and communications technologies at Bahrain's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority told Bloomberg Markets, "If they have a transcript of an SMS message, it's because the security organ was monitoring the ...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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Critic's notebook: Skyscrapers remain powerful symbols, post 9/11
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 4, 2011

At over 1000 meters (3280 feet) and a total construction area of 530000 square meters (5.7 million square feet), Kingdom Tower will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of the Kingdom City development on a 5.3 million-square-meter site in ...more »

Locating Funds
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Some 9/11 first responders get help - and some don't
CNNMoneySeptember 2, 2011

... when President Obama earlier this year signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The Zadroga Act, also known as the First Responders Bill, sets aside $1.5 billion in federal and New York City funds to cover all costs for ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Injunctions Plugs Water Utility Strike
Alaska Public Radio NetworkSeptember 2, 2011

The move comes after a dispute between the municipality and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 367 over pay issues. The city and the union have failed to reach agreement on a wage increases for a new contract. Today (Thursday) the city received a ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Assured Guaranty Responds to S&P Placing its Operating Subsidiaries on ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)September 27, 2011

... adverse technological developments, the effects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, natural or man-made catastrophes, other risks and uncertainties that have not been identified at this time, management's response to these factors, ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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GOP Balks at Taxes to Finance Jobs Plan
Wall Street JournalSeptember 12, 2011

Mr. Obama proposed limiting itemized deductions for families with taxable income of $250000 or more a year, ending tax breaks for oil companies and corporate jet owners, and cutting out a tax break for investment-fund managers. ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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USDOJ: Justice Department Sends to Congress Legislative Proposals to ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)September 21, 2011

The relief authorized under the SCRA includes civil protections and the temporary suspension of legal proceedings in areas such as mortgage interest rate payments and foreclosure, rental agreements, and credit card and auto loans. ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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NewPage Corp. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneSeptember 8, 2011

In the same way, local business owners and consumers need to be cognizant of their fears and stigmas associated with bankruptcy while realizing a restructuring isn't necessarily a bad thing, Seward said. "It is intended to bring some sort of structure ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Obama taps Chicago's Steven Cohen, a major fund-raiser to Truman panel
Chicago Sun-Times (blog)September 6, 2011

He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Doctorate from Oxford University. Dana K. Bilyeu, Nominee for Member, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board Dana K. Bilyeu was first appointed to the ...more »

Customs Disputes
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The Business Matrix: Monday 5 September 2011
The IndependentSeptember 4, 2011

Small businesses which are tempted by bankruptcy as the solution to their difficulties are being targeted by HM Revenue & Customs officials in a clampdown on unpaid taxes. The law firm Wedlake Bell warned that HMRC was now taking a much tougher line ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Upcoming revisions of law will reduce corruption: Moily
Business StandardSeptember 21, 2011

The ministry was also working on a national corporate governance policy and may come out with national corporate governance policy in six months, according to the minister. The other important measure would be the public procurement policy and a law. ...more »

Debt Collection
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Allmand Law Expands As Dallas-Fort Worth Economy Falters
PR Web (press release)September 4, 2011

This lack of knowledge and bankruptcy representation can leave debtors vulnerable to creditors who are equipped with knowledge of the bankruptcy law and an army of their own attorneys. Allmand worries that legally savvy creditors are poised to take ...more »

Public Offerings
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STATE v. BREITENSTEIN
Leagle.comSeptember 5, 2011

#0086031, Law Office of the Public Defender, 117 South Main Street, Suite 400, Dayton, Ohio 45422, Attorney for Defendant-Appellee. {¶ 1} Scott Breitenstein and Christopher Quedeweit live in the same duplex, Breitenstein in the upper unit, Quedeweit in ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Solyndra says it did not have to warn its workers
San Francisco ChronicleSeptember 3, 2011

The solar-panel manufacturer that received a $535 million loan from the US government has announced layoffs of 1100 workers and plans to file for bankruptcy. President Obama spoke at Solyndra about the bright future of Solyndra. ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Experts on what's left off-screen during lower gas price talks
The Day Weekly DigestSeptember 5, 2011

Several hours later Prime Minister Mykola Azarov explained that the restructuring of this oil-and-gas monopolist would cause transfer to a new format of relations with Gazprom: “Naftohaz will cease to exist as a business entity, there will be the ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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LGC concedes illegal corporate structure
Seacoastonline.comSeptember 1, 2011

Gardner announced last week that he appointed attorney Don Mitchell of Sandwich to preside over a hearing involving "alleged violations of the pooled risk management programs statute and the uniform securities act by the Local Government Center Inc. ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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The law comes knocking
Tne Moscow NewsSeptember 12, 2011

Corporate lawyers working in Russia might smile at visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron's call for the state to apply the law fairly in business deals. His plea comes two weeks after black-clothed Special Forces ...more »

False Advertising
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SEO For Businesses Seeking Local Advertising Help
AddPR.com (press release)September 1, 2011

So you have decided to engage in local Internet advertising, but either have no idea how to get started or don't have the time to dedicate to a campaign. Ladera Ranch, CA- september 1, 2011- So you have decided to engage in local Internet advertising, ...more »

Trade Associations
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The Schumer-Brown-Romney Bill?
Wall Street Journal (blog)September 15, 2011

Brown, one of the most liberal and labor-friendly members of Congress, echoed that sentiment earlier this month as he promoted the same move: “Strong trade law enforcement—including cracking down on China's illegal currency manipulation—is critical ...more »

Federal Contracts
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State workers right to make concessions
Concord MonitorSeptember 1, 2011

The Legislature killed the state's evergreen law, which automatically kept public employee contract provisions in place in the period between the expiration of an old contract and the signing of a new one, but contracts can contain an evergreen clause ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Senator asks for fair treatment for diamond saw blade manufacturers
The Morning JournalSeptember 2, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Rob Portman has asked the Department of Commerce to continue providing relief against unfair Chinese competition for American diamond saw blade manufactures such as Diamond Products in Elyria. ...more »

Federal Grants
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Don't get sandbagged by flood of repair scams
Albany Times UnionSeptember 1, 2011

"Free" government grant offers with strings attached, such as up-front application fees. Contact your local or state economic development, social services or other well-established agencies to discuss legitimate grants that may be available. ...more »

Venture Capital
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AOL: Now a Venture Capitalist?
Investorplace.comSeptember 7, 2011

Now AOL is going to dabble in the venture capital industry. Highly connected Techcrunch editor/blogger Michael Arrington has launched a $20 million fund (called the “CrunchFund”). Besides getting AOL as the lead investor, he also was able to snag ...more »

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