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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 »

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

Advertising
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Peter S. Reinhart Joins Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla as Of Counsel
PR Web (press release)September 1, 2011

Mr. Reinhart currently teaches courses in real estate law, real estate development, lease negotiations, redevelopment, and business law at Monmouth University. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and an honors graduate of Rutgers Law School in ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Health Ministry wants FDI safeguards to keep drug prices low
The HinduSeptember 3, 2011

Keeping in view the need to exercise a certain degree of supervision over takeovers, the Ministry has recommended that prior approval of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) be made mandatory. And while they are not asking for a lowering of ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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STERLING MERCHANDISING, INC. v. NESTLÉ, S.A.
Leagle.comSeptember 2, 2011

The suit alleges various federal Clayton Act, 15 USC §§ 12-27, and Sherman Act, 15 USC §§ 1-7, antitrust violations and pendent Puerto Rico law claims stemming from Nestlé PR's 2003 merger with Payco and later activities. Payco had been both Sterling's ...more »

Franchising
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Go-Ahead drops 5% on worries about future bus and rail prospects
The Guardian (blog)September 1, 2011

But prospects are dependent either on long-promised bus acquisitions or on replacing expiring rail franchises, without which we now forecast a 4% earnings decline in 2012. Given those uncertainties, the stock is not cheap. Go-Ahead needs success in ...more »

Gaming Law
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INTERNET LAW - The Current Situation of Online Gambling in the European Union
IBLS INTERNET LAW (subscription)September 5, 2011

The Commission Green Paper is the first step in a series of studies about online gambling in the EU that may culminate with a possible harmonization of gambling laws. There are several preliminary rulings and irreconcilable frameworks that make online ...more »

Banking Law
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Financial Briefing Book: Sept. 7
Wall Street JournalSeptember 7, 2011

NEW YORK—A 35-year-old former Citigroup Inc. vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to one count of bank fraud in relation to his embezzlement of more than $22 million from his former employer. The former vice president in the company's ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Forécariah project key to Guinea's iron-ore sector, says Bellzone CEO
Creamer Media's Mining WeeklySeptember 2, 2011

Port engineering, procurement, construction and management contracts have been awarded to CCCC and detailed engineering and procurement activities are in progress. Approval to start land acquisition and clearance has been submitted to the government...more »

Business Formation
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Analyst Research on Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. and Aon Corporation ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

Investors looking for complimentary research on Aon Corporation are welcome to sign up at www.stockcall.com/AON010911.pdf for our new report. Many companies have been seeing flat or growing revenues lately. Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., for instance ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Jon Netts: The Live Interview
FlaglerLive.comSeptember 11, 2011

Principal jobs: In New Jersey: Teacher, School Administrator, Teacher Trainer; Real Estate Broker, College Instructor in Real Estate Law and Investment. In Florida: Owner of a floor covering store, Tow boat operator for TowBoat US Party affiliation: ...more »

Commercial
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Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing Elevated to Name Partners at Houston Commercial ...
PR Newswire (press release)September 6, 2011

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, PC, is a Houston-based law firm that is home to true courtroom lawyers with a formidable track record in complex commercial litigation. AZA is one of only 32 firms in the US to be recognized as "awesome ...more »

Commission pledges fairness to electricity consumers, producers
NEXTSeptember 6, 2011

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Monday restated its pledge to ensure equity and fairness in its responsibility to balance competing interests between electricity producers and consumers in the country. ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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The Daily Docket: Solar Darling to File for Bankruptcy
Wall Street Journal (blog)September 1, 2011

Innkeepers USA Trust and Cerberus Capital Management LP sparred in court Wednesday for the first time since Innkeepers sued the private equity giant for terminating its deal to buy Innkeepers' hotels out of bankruptcy court. Read the Daily Bankruptcy ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Widower files second lawsuit in wife's Pinellas jail death
Tampabay.comSeptember 1, 2011

None of the three was the subject of internal investigations when they left the agency, according to a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. However, a detention deputy and a nurse were previously disciplined by Coats after internal affairs investigations ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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DPL jobs to stay after merger
Dayton Daily NewsSeptember 3, 2011

s headquarters here for at least five years after AES and DPL merge, the city's top lawyer said Friday. “Obviously, we had discussions with them that were fruitful,” said John J. Danish, the city's law director. In exchange, Dayton said it would urge ...more »

International Transactions
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Transfer pricing law - reflections & prejudices
Business StandardSeptember 11, 2011

Tax and economics are no exception. Future of taxation in India should be in embracing best practices to encourage foreign investment. Litigation cannot be the future of tax law. Unfortunately, in the current landscape, I stand to be incorrect. ...more »

Communications & Media
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Emmis Completes Sale of Controlling Interest in Three Radio Stations to GTCR ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

...Communications Corporation /quotes/zigman/56029/quotes/nls/emms EMMS -11.83% today announced it has completed the transfer of WKQX-FM (101.1 MHz, Chicago, IL), WLUP-FM (97.9 MHz, Chicago, IL) and WRXP-FM (101.9 MHz, New York, NY) to Merlin Media...more »

Patient: Closing medical marijuana dispensary would be a 'disaster'
AnnArbor.comSeptember 1, 2011

The establishments can be shut down under a state public nuisance law, according to state Attorney General Bill Scheutte. Ann Arbor is reviewing a new zoning and licensing process in light of the court's ruling. Mandeville said he takes medical ...more »

Construction & Development
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Big Bay Lake development in full swing
Hattiesburg AmericanSeptember 2, 2011

Big Bay Lake Development took over the site from original developer, Land Partners, LP, in 2007, about three years after the dam broke. Construction of the new dam began in September 2007, and took about two years to finish. ...more »

Locating Funds
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NASA Spending Bill Boosts Hubble Telescope Successor, Funds Commercial Crew
Space.comSeptember 19, 2011

Overall NASA's budget would drop to $17.9 billion — a $510 million reduction — if the Senate version of the 2012 Commerce Justice Science Appropriations bill becomes law. While that is roughly $1 billion more than NASA would get under the House ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Audit Finds Wisconsin Not Following Contract Disclosure Law
WatchdogSeptember 1, 2011

[Madison, Wisconsin] The state of Wisconsin is not following state law regarding contract transparency according to a new audit released today. “Although some had expected the Contract Sunshine Web site to serve as an “open checkbook” showing how state ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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If you have a licence technology problem, start by understanding your business ...
Cambridge NetworkSeptember 11, 2011

Today, almost every software vendor, and most intelligent device manufacturers (with embedded software) have multiple software licence management systems acquired via acquisition, mergers, and divestitures. The problems that result are disconnected ...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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Washington Supreme Court to weigh legality of MERS foreclosures
OregonLive.comSeptember 3, 2011

But Huelsman said that although Washington's law is unusual in its definition of beneficiary, the case could lay out a framework for considering the non-judicial foreclosure laws, many of which were written before anyone conceived of a third party ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Settlement talks planned in Deuce McAllister suit
Houston ChronicleSeptember 1, 2011

McAllister has invested heavily in his native Mississippi, but his Nissan dealership in Jackson closed after filing for bankruptcy in 2009. Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. sued McAllister for more than $1.5 million, claiming the dealership defaulted on ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Springboard Innovation plans Hatch incubator
Sustainable Business OregonSeptember 2, 2011

While Portland-based Springboard Innovation is a nonprofit, HatchLab Inc., a for-profit working on getting certified as a Benefit Corporation, will manage the Hatch building and collect the rents. Springboard will hold all the controlling stock in ...more »

Customs Disputes
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CAREER TRACKER: Lawyers on the move - September 1, 2011
Thomson Reuters News & InsightSeptember 1, 2011

Brinkman was previously the head of Alston's international trade commission practice and will do the same at Quinn; Whitehurst was the head of Alston's IP practice. Quinn partner Jon Corey, currently in the firm's Los Angeles office, ...more »

Professional Corporations
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How Would Students Grade Their Law Schools?
Texas LawyerSeptember 6, 2011

A common refrain from law firm clients is that they do not want to pay fees for associates' on-the-job training. Nor do they want to pay for what they deem excessive staffing. More law firms are using contract lawyers who are employees of agencies for ...more »

Debt Collection
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Clark County bankruptcy filings down 11% this year
The ColumbianSeptember 1, 2011

Clark County bankruptcy filings have dropped by more than 11 percent this year, mirroring a trend that's been observed across the nation. American Bankruptcy Institute Executive Director Samuel Gerdano told news agency Reuters that ...more »

Public Offerings
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Accusations against York County Attorney go public
York News-TimesSeptember 7, 2011

The document is signed by Deputy County Attorney Candace Dick as well as Jamie Martell and Crystal Vavra of the office staff. Sutter's staff earlier brought their concerns to the county commissioners, who then conducted their own investigation of the ...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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Gainesville Symphony plans to reorganize, rebound
Gainesville TimesSeptember 24, 2011

While the board was disappointed about the decision, they remain hopeful they will be able to reorganize and return in time for next year's July Fourth holiday concert. “Our plan is to reorganize and restructure the board, add board members and then ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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PowerPlace launches D&O workshops
Post OnlineSeptember 1, 2011

Commercial insurance portal PowerPlace is to run free educational workshops for brokers in directors' and officers' insurance. By Chris Wheal The workshops are aimed at helping brokers fill gaps in their knowledge about D&O liability products to help ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Attorney to speak on medical marijuana Wednesday in Highland
Hometownlife.comSeptember 10, 2011

Pollicella has been a practicing attorney for 15 years, specializing in corporate and business transactions law as well as commercial real estate law. She said she added medical marijuana law to her practice in 2010 due to the legislative and ...more »

False Advertising
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Peter S. Reinhart Joins Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla as Of Counsel
PR Web (press release)September 1, 2011

Mr. Reinhart currently teaches courses in real estate law, real estate development, lease negotiations, redevelopment, and business law at Monmouth University. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and an honors graduate of Rutgers Law School in ...more »

Trade Associations
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SEC Accuses Ex-Goldman Employee and Father of Insider ETF Trading
Wall Street JournalSeptember 21, 2011

"Any time a product, such as ETFs, goes mainstream, it creates more opportunities for people to engage in unscrupulous behavior," said Erik Gerding, a law professor at the University of Colorado. The SEC says the younger Mr. Mindlin, 33 years old, ...more »

Federal Contracts
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City Is Subpoenaed for Files on Minority Company
New York TimesSeptember 2, 2011

in the city government's contracting set-aside program for businesses owned by minorities and women. During the long tenure of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, which ended with his retirement in May, the minority-business program was a frequent source of ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Are the Red Sox Suffering from a Sense of Entitlement?
Fire Brand of the American LeagueSeptember 16, 2011

Trying to fit him into the same box is incredibly unfair. “But in the playoffs? That remains to be seen. Subscribers to the theories of Moneyball – playing soon at a theater near you – will try to tell you that postseason success is luck, ...more »

Federal Grants
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Disaster Area: Residents Apply to FEMA
Patch.comSeptember 2, 2011

President Barack Obama declared New Jersey a major disaster area Wednesday afternoon, making federal funding available to affected individuals in Morris County and four other counties in the state. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing ...more »

Venture Capital
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TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington Confirms He Is Starting A VC Fund
ForbesSeptember 2, 2011

I'm a deputy editor at Forbes, where I cover venture capital and startups and produce Forbes' annual Midas List. Since joining Forbes, I've helped send a bad guy to jail, picked the world's most powerful people, covered a dispute between a drug company ...more »

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