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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 »

South Bay / Harbor Area senior calendar
Daily BreezeSeptember 1, 2011

Wills and trusts. 10-11:30a.m. Presented by HELP, this class discusses the needs for a will and/or a living trust. Call to register. Activities. Meets at the Joslyn Community Center, 1601 Valley Drive, 8 am to 3p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

Advertising
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What the country's rich have in common
BusinessLIVESeptember 3, 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 »

Foreign Investments
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Rick Rule: Play Metals Stock Volatility to Win
Business InsiderSeptember 2, 2011

Rule also points to more capital investment-friendly tax laws in the East. "In the United States if a big producer builds a big piece of manufacturing equipment, it may be required to amortize that equipment for tax purposes over 30 years. ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Business Law Summit focuses on workplace
Financial Post (blog)September 6, 2011

Preparing for your Next Workplace Crisis: Effective Legal and Business Strategies is the theme of the annual 2011 Business Law Summit, scheduled for Sept. 14 from 8 AM to noon in the Mississauga Living Art Centre's Bank of Montreal Room. ...more »

Franchising
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Bemidji to see new barbecue restaurant this winter
Bemidji PioneerSeptember 1, 2011

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants Inc., a quick-serve, Texas-based restaurant chain, announced Wednesday it has signed a franchise agreement with Dave and Lisa Hlavac of Bemidji. “We are thrilled to develop this relationship with Dave and Lisa, ...more »

Gaming Law
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Bwin.party Jumps As German State Approves Online Gambling Law
Wall Street JournalSeptember 14, 2011

... Holstein regulations have been widely welcomed by the online gaming sector, the remaining 15 German states have proposed a very onerous tax regime which is currently the subject of a European Commission consultation after several complaints. ...more »

Banking Law
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Ex-Citigroup exec pleads guilty to embezzling $22M
New York PostSeptember 6, 2011

Gary Foster pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to bank fraud charges and now faces up to 10 years in prison as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Because he is legally blind, Foster could not drive -- so he hired a chauffeur to drive ...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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New Coastal Alabama Leadership Council can be an ally in regionalism efforts
Press-Register - al.com (blog)September 7, 2011

Just as the BP oil spill and the Coastal Recovery Commission of Alabama led to the formation of CALC, Katrina and the Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal led to the creation of the Gulf Coast Business Council. ...more »

Institutional Investing
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States Seek Review of Land Law to Boost Investment
THISDAY LiveSeptember 20, 2011

State governments across the country are seeking the review of the Land Use Act as part of measures to facilitating easy access to land, especially to encourage Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). This was one of the highpoints of a ...more »

Commercial
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Speed limiter law appears pointless
The Barrie ExaminerSeptember 1, 2011

When Jim Bradley was Ontario's minister of transportation, the Ontario government passed the speed limiter law requiring commercial vehicles to use electronic speed limiters to limit the maximum speed the vehicle can travel to 105 kilometres an hour. ...more »

VenEconomy: The Venezuelan Revolution's Attorney
Latin American Herald TribuneSeptember 1, 2011

... henceforth, this expert in constitutional law will act as the nation's attorney. In this role, Carlos Escarrá will be responsible for “advising with regard to, defending, and representing, judicially and extrajudicially, the patrimonial interests...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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No GM Buybacks or Dividend in Sight
BloombergSeptember 1, 2011

General Motors Co., two years removed from bankruptcy court protection, may fall further behind obligations even as it makes strides in the marketplace. General Motors Co., two years removed from bankruptcy court protection, may fall further behind ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Dean C. Bunch, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP to Speak at KC's Legal Series: The ...
PR.com (press release)September 21, 2011

Corporate internal investigations can be challenging for companies and even for an experienced lawyer. A solid plan must be developed to uphold attorney-client privilege to protect both the attorneys and their clients from being forced to disclose ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Dewani spends big on SA trial
The New Age OnlineSeptember 5, 2011

... one of South Africa's leading law firms. Although he has 22 years' experience as a lawyer, Papier practises as an attorney in ENS's corporate commercial department. ENS spokesperson Rochelle Bricout confirmed that the firm was representing Dewani, ...more »

International Transactions
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Focus: European firms in London - The English channel
The LawyerSeptember 26, 2011

“They use London as a hub for European business,” remarks Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners London head Marco Zaccagnini. “From my experience it's often the case that even US-driven deals are routed through the London office of the US law firm into ...more »

Communications & Media
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Court hears public adjuster case
Florida CourierSeptember 9, 2011

That second half of the statute – saying that adjusters can't enter into a contract until at least 48 hours after an event is a problem, said public adjuster Frederick Kortman, who challenged the law. It bans all types of communication during that time ...more »

Total Licensing, Inc. Announces the Appointment of Walter Sims as Interim ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

Except as required by applicable law, we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these ...more »

Construction & Development
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Warning over rural planning law shake-up which will allow developers to ...
Daily MailSeptember 1, 2011

Environmental and preservation groups have said the Draft National Planning Policy Framework is biased towards building because it advocates a 'presumption in favour of sustainable development'. Critics say this will mean objections by communities and ...more »

Locating Funds
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Govt audit: Stimulus funds for energy go unspent
The Associated PressSeptember 7, 2011

Damien LaVera, a spokesman for Energy Secretary Steven Chu, said the department is committed to ensuring that energy efficiency and conservation block grants are spent quickly, responsibly and in concurrence with local laws and regulations. ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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DynCorp International Awarded Contract Valued at up to $20.9 Million for ...
Business Wire (press release)September 2, 2011

(BUSINESS WIRE)--DynCorp International (DI) today announced that it has been awarded a contract with the United States Navy for the operation and maintenance of Communication Suites aboard Military Sealift Command vessels. “We are honored that the US ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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EVERCORE : Private Funds Group Strengthens Global Fundraising Capabilities
4-traders (press release)September 12, 2011

Evercore's Investment Banking business advises its clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, financings, public offerings, private placements and other strategic transactions and also provides institutional investors with high ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Takeover Chatter - Corporate finance press digest
Takeover ChatterSeptember 2, 2011

The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media on Friday: * GlaxoSmithKline has taken a group of private equity funds and strategic bidders through to a second round of the sale of its non-core over-the-counter products, ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Global banks in turmoil as US sues over toxic mortgage loans
MindfulMoneySeptember 5, 2011

"The suit could kill the already slim chances of any comprehensive foreclosure fraud settlement. Part of that settlement would have granted banks immunity against mortgage-foreclosure​ law suits in exchange for a program of mortgage relief to stressed ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Finland Searches for Collateral Compromise as IMF Becomes Latest Detractor
BloombergSeptember 4, 2011

The Washington DC-based fund, which has provided a third of the bailout loans given to Europe so far, would be denied priority creditor status should concessions such as the use of collateral be granted to euro members, four people with direct ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Church-state separation seen as issue in hospital merger
Louisville Courier-JournalSeptember 8, 2011

Since the merger was announced months ago, U of L has maintained that the downtown hospital bearing its name is private because it is operated by University Medical Center Inc., a nonprofit corporation, under a state contract. ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Customs and Immigration Union Calls on Government to Ensure Immigration ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 6, 2011

"Like all law-abiding Canadians, we applaud the Harper Government for recently taking a number of steps to prioritize the detection, apprehension, and removal from Canada of persons who have been found inadmissible on the grounds of war crimes or other ...more »

Professional Corporations
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The American Lawyer Announces 2011 Lifetime Achiever Awards
MarketWatch (press release)September 6, 2011

NEW YORK, Sep 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ALM's The American Lawyer announced its eighth annual Lifetime Achiever awards honoring outstanding private sector success and devotion to public service by members of the legal profession. ...more »

Debt Collection
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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 »

Public Offerings
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2nd federal agency looking at Ohio school system
Houston ChronicleSeptember 3, 2011

The US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio are looking at differences in the ways Toledo Public Schools disciplines racial minority students, as well as how the district provides ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Banking, Money and Finance : Settle Credit Card Debt For Good - How a ...
Prudent Press Agency (press release)September 4, 2011

The first thing that the debtor needs to do to eliminate his debt is to get hold of an experienced debt relief company and seek for free advice and help from them. Huge number of debt settlement companies is operating online. ...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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Alabama State Department of Insurance Rate Bulletin Sept. 1, 2011
Press-Register - al.com (blog)September 1, 2011

Capitol Indemnity Corporation announces a neutral rate change to its other liability-claims made only and commercial general liability and GL condo directors and officers rate rule coverage, effective Sept. 1. Capitol Indemnity Corporation announces a ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Business of Law
Denver Business JournalSeptember 2, 2011

Masters has his own firm, Masters Law Firm, in Montrose. Dana Collier Smith, assistant executive director of both the Colorado and Denver bar associations, was named president of the National Association of Bar Executives. BOARDS: The Colorado Defense ...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 »

Trade Associations
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Welcoming reception for former LV attorney up for judicial promotion
Las Vegas Review-JournalSeptember 8, 2011

Wallach was nominated in July to sit on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears specialized cases involving patent and trade laws, government contracts, federal personnel and veterans benefits. Wallach, a native of Arizona, ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Kurds could bring down Al-Maliki over Hydrocarbon Law
Kurdish AspectSeptember 6, 2011

Iraqi government has declared the contract unconstitutional but the KRG deems the contracts awarded constitutional and insistent on keeping control over its natural resources. Moreover, many companies entering Kurdish PSCs have been black listed and ...more »

Unfair Competition
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'We are not averse to looking outside India, if an opportunity comes up'
Hindu Business LineSeptember 11, 2011

Removal of anti-dumping duty on Chinese tyres, which are 20 per cent cheaper than domestic tyres, will vitiate the competitive environment in the Indian tyre industry, says Mr Koshy Varghese, Executive Vice-President, MRF Ltd. Unfair competition from ...more »

Federal Grants
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Sept. 1: New Texas Laws
KERASeptember 1, 2011

If a case is sought to be dismissed by a defendant early on and the judge grants it the defendant can get their fees. But if the defendant seeks to dismiss a case and loses, the plaintiff can recover their fees fighting the motion to dismiss. ...more »

Venture Capital
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SEC Accusation: Former Venture Capital Pro Usurped Firm's Funds
International Business TimesSeptember 1, 2011

A former venture capital pro is charged with breaching his fiduciary duty and usurping his ex-employer's funds to launch a separate investment vehicle, according to an SEC complaint and revealed through a ...more »

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