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Discrimination hearing will be set for former Mason City police officer
Mason City Globe GazetteSeptember 1, 2011

Regarding the religion discrimination, Ohl said in her deposition, “Repeated comments from other officers and supervisor about my religious practices also lead me to believe the decisions to deny me promotional opportunities and treat me differently ...more »

Mayor requests special jobs rules for LA
89.3 KPCCSeptember 1, 2011

At the risk of mentioning reality, I'd point out that if you go out and get Federal regulations lifted, you are in fact "cutting red tape." Anyone working on a project locally would then spend locally. a Chicago machine politician? ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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The Law Firm of Weiss & Lurie Investigates Imperial Sugar Company
MarketWatch (press release)September 2, 2011

NEW YORK, Sep 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Weiss & Lurie, a national class action and shareholder rights law firm with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, is investigating possible violations of federal securities laws by Imperial Sugar Company ...more »

Foreign Investments
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ED seeks Indian investments details by DE Shaw Group
Hindustan TimesSeptember 4, 2011

After looking into the complaints of alleged violation of foreign investment norms in the deal, the RBI wrote to the Finance Ministry recommending that the matter should be referred to the ED. The FIPB had also sought clarifications from DE Shaw on ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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The AT&T Lawsuit: Is It About Jobs?
CNBC.comSeptember 1, 2011

The use of antitrust laws to protect jobs would be, at the very least, a dramatic legal innovation. Layoffs are not usually viewed as anticompetitive behavior. “I don't believe that preserving jobs is a valid use of this [antitrust] power. ...more »

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Discreet business for cricket franchises
Zimbabwe IndependentSeptember 2, 2011

WITH International cricket taking all the attention as Zimbabwe entertain touring Pakistan, franchises have started to quietly negotiate and sign players ahead of the domestic season which starts later this month. Masvingo's Southern Rocks have ...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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SFO joins US inquiry into bank practices 3, 2011

Barclays bought the North American operations of Lehman Brothers following its September 2008 bankruptcy but did not buy the parts that had been involved in the sub-prime mortgage market. Barclays, HSBC and RBS all declined to comment. ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Leftist President Runner Wants Bulgaria's Belene Nuclear Project Running ASAP
Novinite.comSeptember 3, 2011

Atomstroyexport claims that it has been completing tasks on the Belene project on credit, on Bulgaria's request, and regardless of its dispute with the Bulgarian government over the price of the NPP, and the need to sign a final construction contract. ...more »

Business Formation
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Adolor Corporation to Present at the William Blair & Company 2011 Life ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

To access the webcast, log onto the Company's website at and click on "Investor Insights," then "Webcast." Click on the link and follow the prompts for registration and access. Adolor Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company...more »

Institutional Investing
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Fisher, Richmond also break ties with Fund
Saipan TribuneSeptember 14, 2011

This brings to six the number of contracts cancelled and terminated with the Fund, just over a week after the law's passage on Sept. 5. Money managers Stralem & Company and BlackRock Inc., actuary consultant Buck Consultants, and investment consultant ...more »

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Rajah & Tann wins Brunei telecoms tender
Business Times (subscription)September 1, 2011

The Singapore law firm, together with Brunei commercial law firm CCW Partnership, will work together to help bring telecommunications, media and technology regulatory activities under a single super-regulator. Valued at more than $1 million, ...more »

Law and Legal Affairs: Prevention is better than cure
ScotsmanSeptember 4, 2011

Oh, and their interests, by the way. Law is an art more than a science. I say half. The other half is about our attitude as solicitors to the clients and their baggage. That is a huge subject. The difficult client is so adjectivised for one of two ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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AT&T, Cerberus, Primary Global, TCW, BofA, Pfizer in Court News
BloombergSeptember 1, 2011

Cerberus Capital Management LP and Chatham Lodging Trust (CLDT) will face an Oct. 10 trial over their backing out of a deal to buy hotels from Innkeepers USA Trust, a bankrupt operator of Residence Inns, Marriott hotels and Hampton Inns. US Bankruptcy...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Fatal police shootings put spotlight on use of force
The Virginian-PilotSeptember 10, 2011

However, the cases lead to extensive investigations and sometimes result in civil lawsuits. Fatal shootings by police are among the most scrutinized actions by law enforcement. Families of those killed often question their justification. ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Business Digest for Saturday, Sept. 3
Milford Daily NewsSeptember 3, 2011

In MetroWest, Brian E. Glennon II of the Cumberland Gulf Group in Framingham was named vice chairman of business law; Michael L. Fabbri of the Middlesex County District Attorney's office in Framingham was named chairman of criminal justice; ...more »

International Transactions
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Primerus Welcomes The Gallagher Law Firm
PR Web (press release)September 6, 2011

The firm represents businesses, families, and individuals throughout Michigan with a variety of legal services in Administrative Law, Aged and Aging, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Bankruptcy, Banks & Banking Law, Business Law, ...more »

Communications & Media
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'Evolve or die', and other puff about law firms and social media
Legal Week (blog)September 1, 2011

Now if I'm sounding like a luddite or my old man, that's not to say that that there's nothing in social media for law firms. For smaller firms, or those in clearly defined niches, especially with a strong focus on retail clients, there's obvious ...more »

Abortion doctor admits to providing inaccurate info
Cecil WhigSeptember 2, 2011

19 for violating the state's Medical Practice Law, putting her on a path to license revocation. She is accused of willfully misrepresenting herself on her application for state medical licensure, unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine, ...more »

Construction & Development
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Feds prove effort to control HOA boards
Martinsburg JournalSeptember 4, 2011

Steven Wark, 54, admitted in a plea agreement that in 2005 he joined an effort to control homeowners association boards of directors to send legal work and building contracts to a law firm and construction company designated by his co-conspirators, ...more »

Locating Funds
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Fla. passes up over $100 million in federal grants
Foster's Daily DemocratSeptember 13, 2011

Alaska did not to apply for federal funds to establish a health insurance exchange and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker returned a $637000 federal "consumer assistance" grant. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been an outspoken critic of the federal health law, ...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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Williamson County business briefs: Sept. 1
The TennesseanSeptember 1, 2011

His areas of expertise include information technology strategy and operations, process re-engineering, application development and support, and mergers/acquisitions/divestitures. Morrison has a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Viebrock obliged to lead on law enforcement issues
Springfield News-LeaderSeptember 1, 2011

Letting the deadline pass without putting a new law enforcement sales tax on the November ballot is a missed opportunity -- one that will not come around again for three months at the earliest. Greene County Presiding Commissioner Jim Viebrock has said ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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AG: Duo swindled homeowners in scam
Providence Eyewitness NewsSeptember 15, 2011

David Conti and Lucy Ruiz are accused of violating several laws including the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Mortgage Foreclosure Consultant Regulation Act. The Attorney General's Office said Ruiz and Conti targeted distressed homeowners mainly ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Culik Law Announces New Location (press release)September 4, 2011

... the rights of individuals. Culik Law has received local and national attention for cases that have made a difference and often changed case law and the behavior of “untouchable” entities, like corporations, banks, creditors, and landlords. ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Political Darwinism
MinaretSeptember 4, 2011

Citizens United is a conservative non-profit organization that in 2008 wished to broadcast a film critical of Hillary Clinton, then running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Under the BCRA, Citizens United could not advertise the film using ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Meth-making chemical seized at Los Angeles airport
msnbc.comSeptember 1, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Mexican drug cartels stymied by a crackdown in their own country may have tried to ship a quarter-ton of a drug-making chemical through Los Angeles International Airport, a US customs spokesman said Thursday. ...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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Banks, State Reach a Deal
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

promised to end so-called robo-signing, in which bank employees signed foreclosure documents without reviewing case files as required by law. They also agreed to comb through loan files for evidence they mishandled borrowers' paperwork and to cut ...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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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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Will ISD run Head Start program?
Monroe Evening NewsSeptember 19, 2011

One of the major changes to evolve from the restructuring will be Catholic Charities giving up operations of Head Start, which offers an academic classroom setting for children aged three to five from low-income families. Catholic Charities would cease ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Alameda County Medical Center's Highland OB Department Earns Prestigious Award
MarketWatch (press release)September 2, 2011

BETA Healthcare, the largest insurer of hospital professional liability coverage in California, brings together obstetricians, nurse midwives and nurses for a new standard in patient safety. The Highland OB department is one of only 14 elite hospitals ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Rich List: What the country's rich have in common
BusinessLIVESeptember 4, 2011

Motsepe's law degree has helped him in his career as a mining mogul - he specialised in mining and business law while working at the law firm Bowman Gilfillan in the early '90s. Shoprite chairman Christo Wiese, the fourth richest man in SA, ...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 . ...more »

Trade Associations
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Warsaw Exchange's Sobolewski Seeks to Boost Debt Trading
Washington PostSeptember 15, 2011

... the outlook for the listing of additional foreign companies and proposed changes to Polish law as part of an effort to boost the bourse's corporate debt-trading platform. A proposal to let banks trade bonds was sent to the Finance Ministry in July. ...more »

Federal Contracts
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New Jersey unions sue state over benefits changes
ReutersSeptember 1, 2011

... also argued New Jersey violated state and federal contract rights of its employees by forcing current workers to pay substantially more toward their pensions and healthcare. The pension-benefits law was a top priority for New Jersey's Republican ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Do We Need the Postal Service?
ABC News (blog)September 6, 2011

Though he cautions diversifying into other lines of businesses may create unfair competition against the private sector. Henderson counter-argues that the postal service is not supported by the government but by its own revenues. ...more »

Federal Grants
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FEMA announces freeze to disaster aid
Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierSeptember 4, 2011

A multi-million project to install new pumping stations to help deal with future flooding on the Cedar River and Black Hawk Creek is being financed with other federal funding sources --- Community Development Block Grant and Economic Development ...more »

Venture Capital
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Vinod Khosla: Don't Call Me A Venture Capitalist
Wall Street Journal (blog)September 13, 2011

Call him a pioneer for his early commitment to clean technology at his firm Khosla Ventures. “I object to being called a venture capitalist,” says Vinod Khosla. You can call billionaire Vinod Khosla many things. Just don't call him a venture capitalist...more »


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