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Staff director of super-committee in Congress comes well trained
Crosscut (blog)September 1, 2011

Bob Packwood (R), who hired him in 1990 as tax counsel to Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee. Packwood, still regarded as one of Washington's most-knowledgeable sources on taxation, orchestrated a nearly unanimous tax-reform measure in 1986, ...more »

Southern California Attorneys Call For More Police Training On How to Handle ...
PR Web (press release)September 1, 2011

When law enforcement officers can't recognize signs of mental illness, it can lead to brutality and tragedy, say Southern California criminal defense lawyers of Lessem & Newstat, LLP. Ventura County criminal defense lawyer Joshua E. Newstat When ...more »

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Advertising
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Jerusalem PostSeptember 5, 2011

I guess crime stories just don't particularly speak to me, even with a fatality and a possible personal link to the story. While it's possible that working in the industry has desensitized me, I think I just tend to find diplomatic- and ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Obama Administration Delays Life-Saving Smog Standards
Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)September 3, 2011

Meanwhile clean air investments yield enormous returns. The smog standards would generate $37 billion in value for a cost of about $20 billion by 2020. Take together, Clean Air Act standards generated approximately $1.3 trillion in public health and ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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DoJ urged to follow lead of US justice department
Inquirer.netSeptember 4, 2011

The US Justice Department last week filed a civil antitrust lawsuit at the US District Court in Washington against AT&T's $39-billion purchase of T-Mobile USA. Despite the absence of an anti-trust law in the Philippines, Globe said the US government's ...more »

Franchising
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A Franchise Star Anchors The Newest Madden
Kotaku AustraliaSeptember 1, 2011

Disaster struck in week nine when I lost my starting right tackle, Khalif Barnes, for the year with a busted tailbone. Two weeks later, I lost my starting right guard, Cooper Carlisle, effectively for the year with a partial ACL tear. ...more »

Gaming Law
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Mohegan Sun frontrunner for border casino license
Hartford BusinessSeptember 4, 2011

Although MTGA hasn't finalized its plans, the tentative proposal for Palmer is a $600 million development immediately off the Massachusetts Turnpike with a casino and a hotel, which is required by the Massachusetts gaming legislation. ...more »

Banking Law
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It's 100 candles for giant law firm Borden Ladner Gervais
Vancouver SunSeptember 1, 2011

s 1986 acquisition of the Bank of BC, and was corralling smaller banks to form HSBC Bank Canada, which Tom Ladner incorporated. "Warren and I flew to Toronto," University of Toronto law grad Bird said, "and came back with the share certificates of the ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Businessman fined $475K for hiring illegal workers
SunHerald.comSeptember 2, 2011

GULFPORT -- A Coast businessman who hired illegal immigrants for government construction jobs has been ordered to forfeit $475000, which his attorney said is a rough average of his net income over a ...more »

Business Formation
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Post-Storm Scam, Fraud Warnings Issued
The DispatchSeptember 2, 2011

“Whether you are repairing damage to your home or yard, or looking to donate to a charity to help others, there are a few steps you should take to ensure you do not fall victim to a scam.” In addition to home or business repair scams, Gansler also ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Bank tied to Russian billionaire politician raided
ReutersSeptember 8, 2011

Onexim is Prokhorov's investment vehicle. But the raid raised eyebrows in a country where critics of the authorities face harassment and law enforcement officers are sometimes employed to put pressure on opponents in business disputes. ...more »

Commercial
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4 Ways to Turn Your Expertise Into a Product
Inc.comSeptember 2, 2011

Entrepreneur John Warrillow says he compromised his business plans by trying to please all his customers. I'm a criminal defense lawyer. As much as I would like to, I don't see how I could apply the Built To Sell ...more »

Fishkill disclosure law covers elected officials, some workers; oversight disputed
Poughkeepsie JournalSeptember 3, 2011

The Town Board has enacted in a 3-2 vote a law requiring elected officials, some town employees and members of some boards to disclose any relationships — including financial interests and affiliations — they or members of their families have with ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Granite lady
European VoiceSeptember 1, 2011

At one point, she entertained the idea of becoming an art student, but the death of a brother steered her back to the family fold, to manage the family business. There, she began in local politics. Four years later, in 1990, she gained a place in the ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Report slams CCC over police brutality complaints
ABC OnlineSeptember 8, 2011

An internal investigation found the officers acted appropriately. The Deputy Chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on the CCC John Hyde says the report's findings are shocking. "As a member of parliament I am very concerned," he said. ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Create a Plan to Pass On the Family Cottage
Wall Street JournalSeptember 4, 2011

based attorney specializing in cottage law. A trust is usually the best choice for a family with young children, since it allows owners (typically the parents) to pass down the cottage to beneficiaries (typically their children), but appoint a trustee ...more »

International Transactions
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Banks, AT&T, BP-Halliburton, DuPont, Roger Clemens in Court News
BloombergSeptember 6, 2011

Picard, who appealed the ruling, said bankruptcy law gives him the powers necessary to bring his suit. “The bankruptcy code allows the trustee to stand in the shoes of a judgment creditor and assert common-law claims against JPMC,” he said in a court ...more »

Communications & Media
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Intertainment's Ortsbo Growth Up 32% Over 244 Million Minutes of User ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 6, 2011

Ortsbo's flagship product for social media ( www.ortsbo.com ) supports global communications with instant translation capability, real time multi-lingual social media chat connects to PC and Mac computers, mobile browsers, as well as all major search ...more »

UND music therapy program: Instrumental in passing first licensing law in the ...
Grand Forks HeraldSeptember 23, 2011

In just over a decade, the UND music therapy program has grown from zero students to 45 majors, establishing itself as a go-to program in the region, and working with the Legislature to help pass the country's first music therapy licensure law. ...more »

Construction & Development
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August 2011 Ballot Access News Print Edition
Ballot AccessSeptember 3, 2011

The election will be held September 13, and four candidates will be on the ballot: a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent American Party nominee, and one independent. The case turned on statutory construction. The law is very unclear. ...more »

Locating Funds
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Rockstar UPROAR Festival & Avenged Sevenfold Raise Funds In Remembrance of 9/11
Altsounds.comSeptember 4, 2011

At the September 11 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT, checks will be presented to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (National Fallen Firefighters Foundation) and the National Law Enforcement Officers ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Romanian and Polish contracts for Astaldi
KHL GroupSeptember 6, 2011

The works have been commissioned by PKP (Polish Railways) and the Municipality of Lodz. The project is co-financed by European cohesion funds, and will be undertaken by Astaldi in partnership with three Polish enterprises, including Torpol (Polimex ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Axis Energy Services Purchased by Precision Drilling Corporation
Canada NewsWire (press release)September 12, 2011

AltaCorp offers a full spectrum of value-added financial and advisory services to corporations in varied stages of development, including Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions; Equity Financing; Asset Acquisitions & Divestitures; Institutional Sales ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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ADFP Conference to Address Divorce and Taxes
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)September 1, 2011

Due to the ever-changing Internal Revenue Code, the ADFP Conference features more than one session on understanding complex tax laws. Certified Financial Planner®, Enrolled Agent and tax planning/preparation specialist William Donaldson will take on ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Taxes: How To Turn In Your Neighbor to the IRS
Wall Street JournalSeptember 2, 2011

(Some cases, such as tax shelters, involve multiple taxpayers.) Scott Knott of the Ferraro Law Firm in Washington says the IRS has accepted from his firm alone cases involving claims of $98.6 billion of unpaid tax, with one case involving unpaid ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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New York Giants Punt $300 Million Lehman Claim
Wall Street Journal (blog)September 2, 2011

A month later, Giants Stadium LLC made the nine-figure claim against Lehman in bankruptcy court. John Mara, the Giants president and co-owner, signed off on the original claim. The Giants' claim is among the many that Lehman is still investigating as ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Jason Hill Joins the Law Firm of SmithAmundsen LLC
Sacramento BeeSeptember 6, 2011

Jason also specializes in privacy regulation, a rapidly-evolving area of corporate law, regularly helping to guide clients through the various federal, state and international privacy landscapes. Jason is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois. ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Kosovo, Serbia reach deal on customs - EU official
Reuters AlertNetSeptember 2, 2011

BRUSSELS, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Kosovo and Serbia struck a deal over customs rules on Friday, after a breakdown of talks on the issue in July led to an outbreak of violence and threatened to damage their European Union aspirations. ...more »

Public Offerings
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[UPDATED with FFFF Posts City's Attorney's Response To Public Records Request ...
OC Weekly (blog)September 1, 2011

1 2011 at 1:02 PM ​UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 1, 1:02 PM:Today, the Friends For Fullerton's Future blog posted a public records request response they got from the city of Fullerton's attorney. A PDF of the letter, which you can read in the main blog post, ...more »

Debt Collection
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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 »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Dynegy takes direct ownership of Houston power arm
MarketWatchSeptember 2, 2011

Dynegy Inc. /quotes/zigman/598247/quotes/nls/dyn DYN +6.05% continued its internal restructuring by acquiring direct ownership of Dynegy Coal Holdco LLC, the indirect parent of its Dynegy Midwest Generation LLC unit. ...more »

Debt Settlement
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When a Bankruptcy 'Event' Doesn't Mean Bankruptcy
New York TimesSeptember 1, 2011

In finance and law, bankruptcy is understood to mean a process for resolving financial distress, like those under the United States Bankruptcy Code or the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada. State law assignments for ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Post-recession law: Adapting to fewer jobs, new needs
The Idaho StatesmanSeptember 14, 2011

As the real estate industry bleeds out, it has cut into the practice of real estate law. Meanwhile, there's less retirement and turnover than pre-2007. That is why Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley — the state's biggest business law firm, with 56 ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Officials question jurisdiction at Marion Airport Industrial Park
Marion StarSeptember 4, 2011

Are we putting ourselves in liability to contract to service properties that we have no jurisdiction over?" Yager said the jurisdiction issue might bring into question a misdemeanor arrest at the business, but expressed doubt the city has opened itself ...more »

Trade Associations
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Offshore Bank Subpoenas, FCC 'Kids' Rule, Naked CDSs: Compliance
BusinessWeekSeptember 21, 2011

21 (Bloomberg) -- Eight offshore banks are under federal grand jury investigation for facilitating tax evasion by US citizens as part of a probe the Justice Department said has dealt “fabled Swiss bank secrecy a devastating blow. ...more »

False Advertising
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Google touts daily deal on home page, a first
Reuters CanadaSeptember 1, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc promoted a Groupon-like daily deals offer on its home page on Wednesday for the first time, a rare instance of the Internet giant using its prized online real estate for advertising. The world's No.1 Web-search ...more »

Unfair Competition
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DLF to monetise assets worth Rs 6000-7000cr in 2 years
Moneycontrol.comSeptember 19, 2011

Talwar also gave his views on the Competition Commission of India's (CCI) order, which has asked the company to amend all its unfair practices and has slapped a Rs 630 crore fine on the company. "The fine charged by CCI still remains a contentious ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Gray shouldn't have to testify in lottery case : 2011-09-04
Washington TimesSeptember 5, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray should not have to testify this month about the DC Lottery contract because it is “unduly burdensome” and his legislative activities as council chairman are shielded by law, according to papers filed by DC ...more »

Venture Capital
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Frazier VC fund buying dialysis clinics
The Seattle TimesSeptember 2, 2011

Frazier Healthcare, a Seattle-based venture capital firm, is joining with New Enterprise Associates to acquire 29 clinics that two of the nation's largest kidney-dialysis firms must divest before they can merge. By Seattle Times business staff With all ...more »

Federal Grants
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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 »

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