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Trying Youth Offenders as Adults
SantaCruz.comSeptember 1, 2011

According to the report, trying juveniles as adults does not act as a deterrent. Though juvenile crime is down statewide since 2001, the counties most likely to try kids as adults saw juvenile crime rates fall at a slower rate. ...more »

Litigation Firms Planning to Merge
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

"In the US, litigation is by far the dominant source of spending on legal services," he said. Overall, he said, "there is more interest now [among firms] in merging than at any time in the past 10 to 20 years." There were 28 mergers among law firms in ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

Advertising
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Information sought about homicide victim found near Hwy 99
Sacramento BeeSeptember 4, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Editorial from Sept. 2, 1961:
Fairbanks Daily News-MinerSeptember 3, 2011

“To grow and prosper, the newly emerging nations must import large amounts of foreign capital and skills.” Citing the magnitude of American oil industry ventures abroad — one-third of total US foreign investments — Follis pointed out that these ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Culinary asks FTC to investigate Ultimate Fighting Championship
Las Vegas Review - JournalSeptember 1, 2011

... Workers Local 226 has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the business practices of Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championship, claiming the world's largest promoter of mixed martial arts events is violating US antitrust laws. ...more »

Franchising
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Push to ban Islamic law from Oklahoma court cases
ABC OnlineSeptember 8, 2011

It's like the McDonald's franchise. CRAIG MCMURTRIE: Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly supported the ban on sharia law but a federal judge blocked it on appeal. The discrimination case is due back in court the day after September 11 which doesn't make ...more »

Gaming Law
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Ireland plans new online gambling law
Times of IndiaSeptember 21, 2011

DUBLIN: Ireland will publish new gambling laws early next year to bring online operators into the tax net and cap the size and number of casinos, the Minister for Justice said. Gambling on horse-racing and sporting fixtures is hugely popular in Ireland ...more »

Banking Law
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Are They Ready? Nuts-and-Bolts Questions About Palestinian Statehood
TIMESeptember 6, 2011

The continuing cleavage between Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, which runs the West Bank, has undermined the implementation of the Fayyad plan. In the absence of a working parliament, dozens of laws were not passed, hindering the ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Who owns the carbon?
Construction DigitalSeptember 2, 2011

Ultimately, the large cuts in carbon that will be needed from the built environment to contribute towards the UK's ambitious reduction targets are unlikely to be achieved without a fundamental change in the way construction contracts work.more »

Business Formation
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Despite riches, Fort Lauderdale family of psychics facing cloudy future
MiamiHerald.comSeptember 4, 2011

From that alleged pattern of broken promises, coupled with the various methods the Marks' clan used to accept payments, the government has built a case alleging mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. Only the Marks women performed ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Keeping or removing Investment Law?
VietNamNet BridgeSeptember 23, 2011

VietNamNet Bridge – Opinions still vary about if it is necessary to keep the Investment Law. However, all agree that the Investment Law has shown a lot of problems. In fact, the question about whether Vietnam should have an investment law was raised ...more »

Commercial
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BUSINESS LAW: Employee's relationship with family members
nwitimes.comSeptember 4, 2011

The ADA prohibits discrimination based on a third person's disability. This is called "associational discrimination." The theory is rooted in the perception of distraction: the employee is believed or anticipated to be inattentive at work because he or ...more »

Baloch leaders attach little hope with body on law and order
PakistanToday.com.pkSeptember 3, 2011

ISLAMABAD - As the recently-formed parliamentary committee on the law and order in Karachi and Balochistan is poised to elect PPP's Khurshid Shah as it chairman on Tuesday, Baloch leaders and parliamentarians have attached but little hope with the ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Oakley Station principal files for bankruptcy
Cincinnati.comSeptember 2, 2011

Rob Smyjunas, the developer reviving plans to convert the old Milacron site in Oakley into residences, retail, offices and an entertainment complex, has filed personal bankruptcy. In the Tuesday Chapter 11 filing in US Bankruptcy Court, the principal ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Hauser: Not Enough
Harvard CrimsonSeptember 1, 2011

In addition to standardizing the faculty discipline process, the University should also commit to making its internal investigations more transparent, if findings are negative. We applaud the Vice Provost for Research's decision to form a Committee on ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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AIG's Aircraft Leasing Unit Files for IPO
Wall Street JournalSeptember 2, 2011

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. Distribution and use of this material are governed by our Subscriber Agreement and by copyright law. For non-personal use or to order multiple copies, please contact Dow Jones Reprints at ...more »

International Transactions
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CAI International, Inc. Announces the Authorization of One Million Share ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 26, 2011

The stock repurchases may be made in the open market, block trades or privately negotiated transactions. The primary purpose of the stock repurchase program is to allow CAI the flexibility to repurchase its common stock to return value to stockholders. ...more »

Communications & Media
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Farmers, processors offer ideas to expand New York's bread basket
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleSeptember 4, 2011

What's less surprising is that the low-profile, bedrock businesses of farming and food processing have an equal seat at the table with more Rochester-centric industries such as optics and telecommunications. Agriculture is big business in New York, ...more »

Clenergen Announces a Strategic Change in its Business Model to Become the ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 8, 2011

Clenergen will now be the owner, repository and developer of all intellectual property, technology licensing and acquirer of all future technologies through acquisition, strategic alliances and joint ventures. The company's primary income streams will ...more »

Construction & Development
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Maricopa County pays $100K to judge to settle claim
Arizona RepublicSeptember 3, 2011

"It's a very small amount of money . . . it was a fraction of the cost of defense," said private attorney Steve LaMar, who is overseeing the alternative dispute-resolution process for the county. "We have been reaching out, trying to settle some of the ...more »

Locating Funds
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South Carolina passes on health exchange grants
ReutersSeptember 2, 2011

South Carolina joins a handful of other Republican states rejecting millions of dollars in federal grants tied to insurance exchanges that are a key aspect of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul. ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Mom of Twins Born Through Surrogate Sues Employer for Denying Maternity Leave
ABC NewsSeptember 2, 2011

(Getty Images) In a case that mixes reproductive technology, family law and employment law, a woman who used a surrogate to give birth to her twins is suing her employer in a US District Court in Massachusetts for refusing to grant her paid maternity ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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McGladrey Capital Markets Leads Negotiations as Cobham Acquires Trivec-Avant
MarketWatch (press release)September 26, 2011

The firm's services include mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, capital raising, fairness opinions and restructurings. McGladrey Capital Markets, which offers in-depth expertise in many distinct industry sectors, brings together ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Loreto Resources Corporation Appoints Adam J. Zive as Director and Interim CEO
MarketWatch (press release)September 2, 2011

Loreto Resources Corporation is an early stage oil and gas exploration and development company currently pursuing a business strategy focusing on high impact opportunities, with its initial exploration and development activities expected to concentrate ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Waller Lansden Named Among Largest Healthcare Law Firms
Stock Markets Review (press release)September 16, 2011

AHLA is the nation's largest nonprofit health care law organization. For eight years, it has issued an annual “Top Honors” list, which represents the number of attorneys at a firm who are members of the association. Waller Lansden has been ranked as a ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Parc St. Charles hotel sold out of bankruptcy
NOLA.comSeptember 1, 2011

Doing business as 2 Lee Circle Associates LLC, the group plans a $7 million renovation and will rename the property the Hotel Modern New Orleans. Hotelier Mike Valentino, who runs Valentino New Orleans Hotels, purchased two former Decatur properties. ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Charlotte moves ahead in aviation, aerospace
Charlotte ObserverSeptember 23, 2011

The deal is subject to regulatory and Goodrich shareholder approvals; already, one New York-based law firm is raising questions on behalf of Goodrich shareholders over whether the price per share is too low. If the deal is approved, the companies could ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Opposition trying to stall Parliament: Govt
Zee NewsSeptember 2, 2011

Addressing a press conference here, along with Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said, “The government is disappointed over BJP's approach in Parliament.” He added that the attitude of the main opposition ...more »

Public Offerings
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Feds drop charge against Idaho grizzly bear shooter
Ontario Argus ObserverSeptember 8, 2011

“The United States Attorney's Office well understands Mr. Hill is a concerned husband and father who wants to protect his family,” Olson said in a press release. Hill said he was grateful for public support during the case, including from Gov. ...more »

Debt Collection
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Payments Loom for Harrisburg
Bond BuyerSeptember 2, 2011

Harrisburg is the first municipality to reject a proposed Act 47 workout since the program began in 1987. Another Piccola-sponsored bill, which became law two months ago, threatens distressed small-to-medium sized cities that file for bankruptcy...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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PacBio Slashes 28 Percent of Its Workforce to Conserve Cash
XconomySeptember 20, 2011

PacBio expects to incur $5.2 million in restructuring charges as a result of the layoffs—mainly compensation and benefits to terminated employees. Hugh Martin, PacBio's CEO, said in a statement circulated by e-mail today that it has been “an ...more »

Debt Settlement
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DeLand bankruptcy attorney disciplined for mishandling cases disbarred
Daytona Beach News-JournalSeptember 2, 2011

J. Christopher Rich, 42, had been suspended from practicing law last year for not providing "diligent representation" in handling several bankruptcy cases. This week, he became one of 23 lawyers across the state to be disciplined. ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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August Lawyer of the Month: Bow Down Before the King
Above the LawSeptember 13, 2011

Get Above the Law updates in your inbox! By Above the Law Business Situation: Seyfarth Shaw, an AMLaw 100 Chicago firm, wanted an alternative to the Thomson West retooled version of LiveNote™, now embedded in West Case Notebook®. ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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British insurance giant comes to town
Montreal GazetteSeptember 2, 2011

Nicholl Paskell-Mede LLP (NPM), the professional liability insurance boutique law firm founded in Montreal 19 years ago, is now formally part of London-based Clyde & Co. LLP - itself in the middle ...more »

Trade Associations
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Tony Chachere's Files Suit to Protect Trademarks—Claims Unfair Trade and ...
Sacramento BeeSeptember 26, 2011

Big Easy Foods is accused of violating provisions of state and federal law including federal unfair competition and false designation of origin, federal anti-dilution, Louisiana trademark infringement and unfair competition, Louisiana dilution and ...more »

False Advertising
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Widener Law programs to receive prestigious honor
Cecil WhigSeptember 5, 2011

Widener's Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law offers the only master's-level corporate program in the United States accredited with the society, which is an arm of the Health Care Compliance Association. Additionally, Widener offers a ...more »

Unfair Competition
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EU court backs use of rival trademarks in search advertising
Macworld UKSeptember 26, 2011

However protection for trademarks with a reputation deals with "dilution" (detriment to the distinctive character of a trademark with a reputation) and "free-riding" (taking unfair advantage of the distinctive character or repute of the trademark). ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Complaint accuses Leprino Foods of discrimination
Sacramento BeeSeptember 2, 2011

The US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs asked in an administrative complaint that Leprino not hold federal contracts until the complaint is resolved. Denver-based Leprino has $5 million in contracts to provide ...more »

Venture Capital
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Dow Jones VentureWire Recognizes Apptio as Top Innovative Technology Startup
MarketWatch (press release)September 8, 2011

The VentureWire FASTech 50 is an annual list of the most investment-worthy technology start-ups as selected by a board of leading venture capitalists and the editors of Dow Jones VentureWire. To be eligible for the list, a company must be ...more »

Federal Grants
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Homeowners: Beware these loan modification scams
Kansas.comSeptember 3, 2011

Others pretend to offer government grants and charge big fees for items that are useless or can be found on the Internet for free. Scammers usually take all the fee money, provide no services and then disappear. Legitimate businesses may offer to help ...more »

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