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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 »

Amendment allows secret investigations
China DailySeptember 1, 2011

BEIJING - A controversial clause in a draft amendment to China's Criminal Procedure Law has met with mixed reaction from legal experts for allowing the police to conduct secret investigation and detention of suspects of national security crimes. ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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Man 'killed his business partner then sent emails from his account about a ...
Daily MailSeptember 1, 2011

The two men ran an Internet advertising company together. He was arrested on Sunday as he boarded a plane for Canada. He decided to kill Smith rather than pay $1 million to buy him out of the business, authorities said. ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Chinese FDI wrongly seen as harbinger of doom
People's Daily OnlineSeptember 8, 2011

Fear at home plagued China when it first opened its doors to foreign investment decades ago. Locals were worried that domestic brands would not be able to resist foreign competitors, and that economic security could be jeopardized by foreign control of ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Around the web, September 2
Point of LawSeptember 2, 2011

If the antitrust laws are to protect competition, rather than competitors, why is Sprint's stock surging upon news of DOJ's suit to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger? [Wright @ TOTM; more; Manne @ TOTM] Jon Huntsman plan proposes repeal of Dodd-Frank and ...more »

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No NBA season? Businesses may be benched
Portland TribuneSeptember 1, 2011

Sports franchises, Humphreys says, don't create many new jobs because they are not bringing in significant money from outside the community. The largest chunk of outside revenue is the approximately $30 million in national television money doled out to ...more »

Gaming Law
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Mohegan: We're ready to build Palmer casino
Worcester TelegramSeptember 14, 2011

They said it was unlikely their financial partner would be revealed until they went before the gaming commission for a license. Paul E. Burns, council president, asked how quickly the tribe was prepared to move ahead and was told, “Our lawyers and your ...more »

Banking Law
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French Banks Better Capitalized Than A Year Ago
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

Pecresse also said France is not currently considering signing an agreement to crack down on tax fraud along the lines of deals recently struck by Switzerland with the UK and Germany, as such accords don't abide by the principle of transparency. ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Bam's Government Loans to Nowhere Bill
Human EventsSeptember 23, 2011

"There's no reason for Republicans in Congress to stand in the way of more construction projects. There's no reason to stand in the way of more jobs," he railed. "Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell, help us rebuild this bridge. Help us rebuild America. ...more »

Business Formation
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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 »

Institutional Investing
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CreXus Investment Corp. Declares 3rd Quarter 2011 Dividend of $0.30 per Share
MarketWatch (press release)September 20, 2011

... our understanding of our competition; market trends in our industry, interest rates, the debt securities markets or the general economy; our ability to maintain our exemption from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended; ...more »

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On the move: Jonathan Coe, Elane Youngblood, SuccessEHS and more
The Birmingham News - (blog)September 2, 2011

Carroll received the Chief Justice's Professionalism Award, and Hudgens received the Pro Bono Law Student Award. Carroll, Cumberland's dean since 2001, was cited for his "civility and professionalism" throughout his career as a lawyer and jurist. ...more »

Goodwin Liu confirmed to Calif. Supreme Court
San Francisco ChronicleSeptember 1, 2011

The justices will consider whether California law allows the measure's sponsors to represent the interests of the state and its voters in appealing a federal judge's decision that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional. A State Bar panel gave Liu its highest ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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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 »

Internal Investigative Services
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Internal inquiries should remain secret, W.Va. State Police asserts
Charleston GazetteSeptember 2, 2011

A lawyer representing the West Virginia State Police told a judge Thursday the agency has no obligation to release documents that detail internal investigations of misconduct by troopers to the public or the news media. Doing so, Virginia Lanham told ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Web Based Job Scam Using Local Businesses to Steal Information
Bell Gardens SunSeptember 1, 2011

By EGP News Report Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Commercial Crimes Division, Metropolitan Financial Section are asking for the public's assistance in identifying suspects who are engaged in an employment scam using various ...more »

International Transactions
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Bank Probe in Stanford Case
Wall Street JournalSeptember 16, 2011

If the Justice Department concludes that the bank turned a blind eye to potential criminal activity, that could be a basis for a prosecution under the federal anti-money laundering statute, the Bank Secrecy Act, or other conspiracy or fraud charges, ...more »

Communications & Media
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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 »

UK to Scrap Licensing for Live Music in Pubs, School Plays
BusinessWeekSeptember 13, 2011

“I want to set a match to all this nonsense, and trust sensible people to act sensibly, with regulation retained only where rightly needed to keep audiences and performances safe,” Penrose said. Deregulation “will make it easier for new talent to get ...more »

Construction & Development
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Law limiting Ala. abortions goes into effect
WSFASeptember 2, 2011

The new Alabama law says beyond that stage of development, mothers cannot abort the fetus. "It's an absolutely fabulous thing, it's one step forward," Bunce said. Bunce says the new law is more than reasonable because by 20 weeks, ultrasounds confirm ...more »

Locating Funds
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Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator: Anti-terrorism efforts weaken local crime fighting
Shreveport TimesSeptember 11, 2011

As a result, local funds began to dry up. Estimates three years after 9/11 were that funding levels for crucial programs that supported grassroots crime fighting had been cut by half. While local law enforcement has benefited from Homeland Security ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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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 »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Conservative Media Defend Anti-Consumer, Anti-Jobs AT&T/T-Mobile Merger
Media Matters for AmericaSeptember 8, 2011

AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs by accelerating the rollout of advanced wireless networks nationwide. Indeed, 4G mobile broadband is expected to generate tens of billions of dollars in ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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IPPlus Plc FY11 Profit Declines - Quick Facts
RTT NewsSeptember 2, 2011

For the year 2011, profit before taxation declined to 39356 pounds from 102613 pounds in the prior year. Profit after taxation for the year was 66914 pounds, down from 99430 pounds a year earlier. The company said results were impacted by a volatile ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Facing foreclosure? Austintown workshop designed to help
Youngstown VindicatorSeptember 25, 2011

Cozmyk will share free legal information about the most-common types of errors and violations found in loan documents and provide an explanation of the laws that protect homeowners when facing foreclosure eviction, the news release said. ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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MF Vang vs. TCF National Bank
Rosemount Town PagesSeptember 1, 2011


Non-Profit Corporations
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Bentley Awards Grants to Boost Enforcement of Traffic Laws
WNCFSeptember 7, 2011

Robert Bentley has awarded $228968 in grants to ensure unsafe motorists are punished for disobeying state traffic laws. The three grants awarded to two state agencies and a non-profit organization will help take dangerous drivers off the road in a ...more »

Customs Disputes
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New Cash Declaration System in UAE
Dubai ChronicleSeptember 2, 2011

Under a new anti-laundering law enforced by customs authorities last Thursday, passengers arriving or leaving UAE must declare cash amounts in excess of AED100,000 ($27.174). The older regulation stated as minimum cash possession AED40,000 ($10870). ...more »

Professional Corporations
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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 »

Debt Collection
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Bankruptcy usually doesn't erase student loan debt
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 4, 2011

When saddled by debt, talk with a bankruptcy attorney before filing to discuss your situation and find out whether you are 'judgment proof.' By Liz Weston Money Talk Dear Liz: I was hurt on the job and was fired. I have a lawyer helping me fight the ...more »

Public Offerings
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Lawyer Fined For Defying Judge and Sending Subpoenas to ISPs
TorrentFreakSeptember 12, 2011

“The Court appointed the Ad Litems [EFF and Public Citizen] to argue whether Stone could send the subpoenas. Stone argued that the Court should allow him to – even though he had already done so – and eventually dismissed the case ostensibly because the ...more »

Debt Settlement
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GOP wants White House papers on loan to failed solar company
The Hill (blog)September 2, 2011

House Republicans are demanding White House paperwork related to a $535 million loan guarantee to a solar company that filed for bankruptcy this week. The Republicans are probing the White House role in the 2009 ...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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Allied World Launches Swiss Operating Company
Insurance JournalSeptember 1, 2011

The company will write direct insurance in Switzerland and will focus on the following lines of business: professional lines, including professional indemnity, directors & officers and warranties and indemnity insurance, and general casualty. ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Economy committee talks funding for new businesses
Antigua ObserverSeptember 2, 2011

St. John's Antigua- After canvassing the private sector for suggestions on how to reform and update the country's business law and infrastructure, a task force dubbed the Committee on the Economy has identified a venture capital fund as one of the ...more »

False Advertising
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R2integrated Among Nation's Elite Advertising and Marketing Firms on the Inc ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

154 on the Inc. Magazine 500 | 5000 national advertising and marketing industry list, No. 34 on the Baltimore list, and No. 1635 on the overall list of fastest-growing, private companies in the US This is the second consecutive year that r2i ranked on ...more »

Trade Associations
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Doubts Linger Over ACTA Compatibilty With European Union Law
PCWorldSeptember 6, 2011

European academics concluded ACTA is not compatible with current EU legislation, this is confirmed in the International Trade Committee commissioned study on ACTA," said the FFII's Ante Wessels. There are grave incompatibilities between ACTA and EU law...more »

Federal Contracts
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Ropes & Gray's Hedge Fund Update: August 2011
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)September 6, 2011

The SEC has proposed new regulations under Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that would disqualify certain "bad actors" from relying on Rule 506, the most widely used safe harbor for private placements. ...more »

Unfair Competition
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LIAT hauling Caribbean Airlines to court
Caribbean360.comSeptember 1, 2011

... of shareholder governments in LIAT, has revealed that the regional carrier headquartered in Antigua, is taking its case against the Trinidad and Tobago-owned Caribbean Airlines to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), claiming unfair competition. ...more »

Federal Grants
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Roundup: Federal aid coming
Greenville Daily ReflectorSeptember 3, 2011

Grants to replace personal property and help to meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs. Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks ...more »

Venture Capital
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Aquion Energy Raises $30 Million for Scalable Energy Storage Solutions
MarketWatch (press release)September 7, 2011

Founded in 1979, Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV) is a bi-coastal venture capital firm with more than $1.6 billion in capital under management. ATV works closely with entrepreneurial teams in several technology markets, including communications, ...more »


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