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Reuters AlertNetSeptember 1, 2011

Residents of Boeung Kak Lake facing eviction from their homes, react during a protest near the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh, appealing for help in getting fair compensation from a Chinese firm involved in a real estate development at the lake in this ...more »

The Good, the Bad and the Uncertain of Dodd-Frank
BankInvestmentConsultant.comSeptember 1, 2011

The sweeping Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act includes some 400 rules that were supposed to be in place by this summer. But regulators are far behind on their deadline. (Less than half those rules have been finalized. ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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BUSINESS LAW: Employee's relationship with family members
nwitimes.comSeptember 4, 2011

The ADA prohibits discrimination based on a third person's disability. This is called "associational discrimination." The theory is rooted in the perception of distraction: the employee is believed or anticipated to be inattentive at work because he or ...more »

Foreign Investments
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The Monterrey massacre: a new nadir in Mexico's drug war
The GuardianSeptember 1, 2011

Thick smoke billows from the Casino Royale as firefighters attack the fire in Monterrey, Mexico, started by a drug cartel attack. Photograph: Dario Leon/AFP Until last week, it seemed the cumulative violence in Mexico had already reached its nadir: ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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GE completes $3.2 billion buyout of Converteam
BusinessWeekSeptember 3, 2011

The Justice Department had filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to block the deal, and it also proposed a settlement. Converteam high-efficiency systems that reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The acquisition is part of GE's move to ...more »

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Law & Order: SVU's New Boss on Meloni's Exit, the New Detectives and ...
TV GuideSeptember 1, 2011

What brought you back to the Law & Order franchise after working on In Treatment and Lights Out. Warren Leight: Naively, I thought, 'I don't want to launch [a new show].' ... I thought it might be nice to have a little bit more budget, to have eight ...more »

Gaming Law
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New Online Gambling Legislation Sees Bwin.Party Shares Soaring
Casino Scam ReportSeptember 18, 2011

We are pretty sure that every other EU-facing online gambling company will welcome this news too. As far as we are aware, the new legislation provides for online sports betting which includes betting exchanges, online poker and casino games – although ...more »

Banking Law
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Ever-increasing number of banking fees
China DailySeptember 6, 2011

But according to the Law on Commercial Banks, the charge items and standards should be formulated by the banking regulatory organ of the State Council, the People's Bank of China, or jointly with the departments in charge of prices under the State ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Who owns the carbon?
Construction DigitalSeptember 2, 2011

Ultimately, the large cuts in carbon that will be needed from the built environment to contribute towards the UK's ambitious reduction targets are unlikely to be achieved without a fundamental change in the way construction contracts work.more »

Business Formation
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Multi-million dollar lawsuit filed in fraud case
abc7news.comSeptember 2, 2011

"Even the business, people still have to have morality. That's my word." The lawsuit names the Ng Family companies that operate out of the Lafayette office: Bar-K Inc., RE Loans -- the fund that made real estate development loans -- and B-4 Partners, ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Group says US desire to own land in PH behind fresh bid on charter change
allvoicesSeptember 13, 2011

The Ramos administration also approved the Bank Liberalization Law of 1994, the Build-Operate-Transfer Law of 1994, the Oil Deregulation Act of 1997 and the Investment Liberalization Act of 1997, which Pamalakaya said were shotgun pieces of legislation ...more »

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Jail sentence, $15000 fine, fishing ban ordered in abalone case
Ukiah Daily JournalSeptember 1, 2011

... for commercial sale. Michael J. Trevors, 28, in addition was placed on three years probation by Superior Court Judge Clay Brennan. Trevors also entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge related to the case during his court appearance Monday. ...more »

Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders of Miller Energy Resources, Inc. of ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 9, 2011

Moreover, for the fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2011, the Company had "inappropriately recorded revenue on a gross basis for overriding royalty interests." On these additional revelations, Miller shares declined an additional $0.37 or more than 13%, ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Letter: Nix gambling at fairgrounds
The State Journal-RegisterSeptember 1, 2011

A casino is not like any other business. There would be little concern over how much gambling we have in our community, if it were not for all the social problems and costs that gambling creates. Addiction, bankruptcy, crime, child abuse and neglect, ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Greenberg Traurig's Expansion Continues in California; Adds Former Federal ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

Others include Orange County Tax shareholder Gino Bianchini and Environmental shareholder Greg Trimarche; the Orange County Real Estate team led by shareholders Bruce Fischer and Scott Morehouse; Los Angeles Labor and Employment/Class Action Defense ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Leagle.comSeptember 1, 2011

Mazin Zaid appeals the judgment entered on a jury verdict in favor of Weingarten Realty Investors ("Weingarten") in a suit on a commercial lease. Zaid claims that: (1) Weingarten failed to meet its duty to mitigate damages, (2) the trial court ...more »

International Transactions
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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of Temple-Inland, Inc.
Bradenton HeraldSeptember 9, 2011

Under the terms of the proposed transaction, Temple-Inland stockholders will receive $32 in cash per each share of Temple-Inland they own, while, according to Yahoo! Finance, at least one financial analyst has set a price target of $37 for ...more »

Communications & Media
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BART cellphone shutdown sparks FCC petition
FierceGovernmentITSeptember 1, 2011

In an emergency petition for a declaratory ruling (.pdf), groups including Public Knowledge, the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, say federal communication law gives the FCC authority to issue rules preventing ...more »

WSTA rubbishes link between off-licence density and underage drinking
Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade ReviewSeptember 5, 2011

The WSTA has rubbished claims from Alcohol Concern that there is a link between off-licence density and alcohol harms in under 18s. The alcohol charity is using its research to support its call for a health objective to be included in the Licensing Act...more »

Construction & Development
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Banda violated the law over the mosque - Kapiji
postzambia.comSeptember 2, 2011

By Chibaula Silwamba RUPIAH Banda violated the law by allowing the construction of a mosque in a residential area in Lusaka, says former lands minister Judith Kapijimpanga. And some residents of Rhodes Park, where the controversial mosque is being ...more »

Locating Funds
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Crumbling California Close to Passing Dream Act
Human EventsSeptember 2, 2011

There is around $40 million dollars in public funds that illegal immigrant students can compete for, which is added to the $88 million in private funds that they were given access to in the previous part of the California Dream Act. This plan ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Audit: State agencies not reporting spending to website
Wausau Daily HeraldSeptember 3, 2011

The audit bureau recommends the Legislature change or repeal the Contract Sunshine law once the state Department of Administration can ensure that a parallel effort included in the current state budget is feasible. State Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay, ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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AT&T Faces Uphill Task as Deal Approval Seems Unlikely
International Business TimesSeptember 2, 2011

However, it is unlikely that the DoJ's complaint represents a negotiating tactic to extract additional asset divestitures and conditions from AT&T and that the DoJ and FCC intend to block the transaction. But the fact that the DOJ took this strong step ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Deutsche Bank Said to Not Plan New Cost-Cutting Programs
BloombergSeptember 2, 2011

The corporate and investment bank aims for cost and revenue benefits of about 650 million euros in 2011 by reducing duplication and boosting cooperation between corporate finance bankers, traders and transaction banking. Deutsche Bank also aims to save ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Rick Scott, GOP to consider taking courts out of foreclosure process
MiamiHerald.comSeptember 21, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott, along with top lawmakers, are interested in legislation to change Florida laws so judges won't have to referee foreclosures. Foreclosure proceedings in Florida are among the slowest in the nation, averaging 638 days. ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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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 »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Study Reveals Lower Crime Rate Near Pot Dispensaries
NBC Los AngelesSeptember 21, 2011

Kris Hermes, media specialist for Americans for Safe Access, a pro-pot dispensary non-profit, said he hopes the RAND report will lead to more cities adopting sensible regulations toward dispensaries. "Over time, we hope that this report and other ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Kirby McInerney LLP Announces $3.85 Million Settlement of Whistleblower Case ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

NEW YORK, Sep 1, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Kirby McInerney LLP today has announced the $3.85 million settlement of a whistleblower lawsuit relating to a decade-long customs fraud scheme conducted by a Hong-Kong based jewelry manufacturer and ...more »

Professional Corporations
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A Cross Country Comparison Of Corporate Income Taxes
Forbes (blog)September 10, 2011

Some companies pay a lot less, depending on sector, industry, market cap, and that individual company's accounting and legal talents. Worldwide effective income tax rates for multinational corporations. US trails behind Japan. After all the deductions ...more »

Debt Collection
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Bad Credit Auto Loans and Credit Bureau Errors
Auto Credit Express (blog)September 1, 2011

We also built a web site that explains to applicants why a tote the note dealer won't help their FICO scores and goes over the bad credit auto loans process so they can avoid many of the issues that result in repossession. ...more »

Public Offerings
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Tenn. lawyer's family, firm collect millions from charities
USA TodaySeptember 5, 2011

Today both charities operate under the name American Center for Law and Justice. When supporters send donations to ACLJ, the funds actually go to CASE, which handles the fundraising for both groups, tax records show. Borochoff worries that donors will ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Solyndra Enters Bankruptcy, Seeks Buyer
Wall Street JournalSeptember 6, 2011

Solyndra, Fremont, Calif., has lined up $4 million worth of bankruptcy financing while it looks for a buyer or liquidates, court papers say. Existing stakeholders Argonaut Ventures I LLC and Madrone Partners LP are offering the loan, which carries ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Origin Agritech Limited Restructures Northeast Seed Distribution
MarketWatch (press release)September 14, 2011

Commenting on the restructuring, Dr. Gengchen Han, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Origin, said, "We are pleased to have realized operational efficiencies from our restructuring in the Northeast. This current restructure, coupled with our new ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Geist: Canada pressed on copyright law, cables show
Ottawa CitizenSeptember 6, 2011

That bill garnered some praise for striking a balance on difficult issues such as fair dealing, damages, and the liability of Internet providers. However, its approach to digital locks — which are used to control access to DVDs, CDs, and electronic ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Law and Business Holds First Event of the Year
Virginia Law WeeklySeptember 9, 2011

By Billy Easley II '13 The Law and Business Society held its first event of the year Wednesday, highlighting a number of programs for students to look forward to. Listing the course offerings for next year, Professor George Geis noted a new pilot ...more »

False Advertising
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US newspaper ad revenue falls another 7 pct in 2Q
Sacramento BeeSeptember 1, 2011

Advertising revenue, newspapers' main source of revenue, has now been falling for five years. The April-June period marked the 20th straight quarter that ad revenue at US newspapers decreased from the prior year. Newspapers brought in nearly $6 billion ...more »

Trade Associations
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Cox Smith Attorneys Named 2012 Best Lawyers in America; Firm is Top Ranked in ... (press release)September 9, 2011

Kathleen Campbell Walker and Edward Rios focus on immigration and international trade law. Kathleen Campbell Walker, who was recognized by Best Lawyers for Immigration Law, is internationally recognized for her experience handling the complex issues ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Attention Mediacom Subscribers
WLFI.comSeptember 1, 2011

Mediacom's contract to carry WLFI-TV 18 on its cable system has expired, and by law, Mediacom no longer has the right to carry our programming. Please know that we have tried hard to reach an agreement with Mediacom, so that our viewers would not have ...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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Yakima Valley schools are building a graduation foundation
Yakima Herald-RepublicSeptember 4, 2011

But with an increased dedication to personal classroom attention, as well as help from some huge federal grants, the Valley's challenged schools are working to keep their students in class and on track toward graduation. ...more »

Venture Capital
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AlertEnterprise Accelerates Growth With $19 Million Investment Led by Venture...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)September 8, 2011

(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AlertEnterprise, Inc. announced today that Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) has joined existing investors, Opus Capital and Startup Farms Investors, in leading a $19 Million ...more »


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