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Richmond Car Accident Attorneys Encouraged By Virginia's Reduction in DUI ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)September 1, 2011

Although that figure was down from 294 fatalities in 2008, hundreds of people are still losing their lives because of entirely preventable behavior, the law firm says. The Virginia auto accident attorneys at Marks & Harrison urge motorists to pay heed ...more »

Naples couple indicted, accused of withholding $600000 from IRS
Naples Daily NewsSeptember 1, 2011

8 by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, 11 counts of failure pay employment taxes and one count of obstructing the IRS, according to Department of Justice press release. The indictment alleges the Chaudhuris, ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

Advertising
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Zoeller challenges online classified site to 'get tough' on illegal ads
Kokomo PerspectiveSeptember 5, 2011

"The Internet has become a haven for prostitution advertisements," Zoeller said. "These advertisements are often a cover for the terrible crime of trafficking minors and others. Attorneys general want to make sure online sites like this do not become ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Direct Investments From China Reach P30.4 Billion In 5 Years
Manila BulletinSeptember 1, 2011

Year 2010 was a recovery of Chinese interests in the Philippines as the world's largest richest country resumed its foreign investments. Chinese direct investments hit invested P5.657 billion in 2010 or more than double the previous year to account for ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Around the web, September 2
Point of LawSeptember 2, 2011

If the antitrust laws are to protect competition, rather than competitors, why is Sprint's stock surging upon news of DOJ's suit to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger? [Wright @ TOTM; more; Manne @ TOTM] Jon Huntsman plan proposes repeal of Dodd-Frank and ...more »

Franchising
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Bryan LaHair Syndrome: Why Your September Callup Might Not Be All He Seems
Baseball NationSeptember 1, 2011

Sep 1, 2011 - Tuesday night, Triple-A Iowa first baseman Bryan LaHair hit his 38th home run of the season, setting a franchise record. He's hitting .331/.405/.664 and has driven in 109 runs. Iowa is the Chicago Cubs' top farm club ...more »

Gaming Law
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The Fight: DC Gaming Falling Apart, Bwin.Party Back in US?
Bluff MagazineSeptember 2, 2011

Council Member Tommy Wells says he will be introducing legislation to repeal the online gaming initiative. Between the recent problems in DC and the collapse of the California online gambling initiative, the hopes of an intrastate gaming law going into ...more »

Banking Law
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Ex-Premier Faces Charges for Iceland's Fiscal Woes
New York TimesSeptember 4, 2011

During his tenure, Iceland privatized its banks and liberalized the banking laws, paving the way for a brief period of prosperity and the banks' risky and ultimately self-destructive behavior. After Mr. Oddsson left politics, he became chairman of the ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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$8.6 Million Task Order for Guam Strike Global Intelligence Hub at Andersen ...
Guam Buildup NewsSeptember 13, 2011

The task order comes under the Navy's $500 million Small Business multiple-award construction contract issued in March 2010 for "new construction, renovation/modernization and routine repair/maintenance of government shore-based facilities in Guam," ...more »

Business Formation
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Rob Samouce: Doggie DNA to catch owners who don't scoop the poop
Naples Daily NewsSeptember 3, 2011

... of their associations, covenant enforcement, assessment collections, contract negotiations and contract litigation, real estate transactions, general business law, construction defect litigation and other general civil litigation matters. ...more »

Institutional Investing
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SEC Tackles Fund Derivatives
Barron'sSeptember 3, 2011

The challenge, says Lynn Stout, a professor at the UCLA School of Law and a fund director, is "making sure that investors understand how their funds are using derivatives and making sure portfolio managers are managing risks correctly. ...more »

Commercial
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The American Lawyer Finds Money Not Buying Associate Loyalty
MarketWatch (press release)September 1, 2011

ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. ALM's market-leading brands include The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, ...more »

South Africa: How the AU Should Have Recognised the Libyan NTC
AllAfrica.comSeptember 2, 2011

This is in the interests of protecting and serving the Libyan people, the intention of the AU roadmap. Besides, previously, the AU has worked with, but did not recognize, military juntas that toppled democratically elected governments, the recent cases ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, P.C. Names Lindsey R. Johnson as an ...
PR.com (press release)September 1, 2011

Johnson brings six years of litigation experience to Maddin Hauser, representing clients in matters involving bankruptcy, commercial litigation, real property, insurance defense and negligence. The Farmington Hills resident is a member of the Federal ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Fraud probe targets top bureaucrats
Sydney Morning HeraldSeptember 18, 2011

Released under freedom of information, the document states eight ''senior executives/managers'', each with more than nine years' tenure, had been the target of internal fraud investigations. Of the three she nominated, Ms Gatfield said two were found ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Transit center firm in default, lagging on payments to city
La Crosse TribuneSeptember 1, 2011

The company handling retail space at La Crosse's new downtown transit station is in default of its lease and months behind on rent, city officials said. Madison-based Gorman & Co. had made no payment on the commercial lease until Tuesday, ...more »

International Transactions
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Arnall Golden Gregory Partner Michael Burke Leads ABA International Section
MarketWatch (press release)September 14, 2011

"We are the preeminent US-based international legal organization and I am honored to be the chair." In his practice, Mr. Burke is involved in cross-border transactions, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, private equity investments, ...more »

Communications & Media
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Experts Meet in Rome to Discuss Cleaner and Greener Information and ...
Voice of AmericaSeptember 4, 2011

Alan Finlay is with the Association for Progressive Communications. He also helped to prepare the GISWatch report. He says the effect of using ICTs to build cleaner environments is far more powerful than their harmful effects. ALAN FINLAY: “When you're ...more »

Bridgnorth mother starts petition to end 24-hour licensing laws
shropshirestar.comSeptember 2, 2011

A Bridgnorth mother plagued by late-night drunks has started an online petition calling for an end to 24-hour licensing laws. Janet Smith, who lives in Cartway, had water poured into her house through an open window this week and claimed when she went ...more »

Construction & Development
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Spaceport's Construction Heralds Era of Commercial Space Travel
Space.comSeptember 2, 2011

Meanwhile, the overall spaceport development budget of $209 million is intact. As a visitor at Spaceport America, you can take in the Tomorrowland-looking terminal hangar, the spaceport operations center, water treatment and fuel storage facilities, ...more »

Locating Funds
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Sweeping patent changes poised to become law
CNNSeptember 9, 2011

After the bill is signed, Congress will continue to allocate funds to the patent office, but any fees that the office collects in excess of its allocation would be placed into escrow. The patent office will then need to appeal to Congress to release ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Would stretch of Brevard's South Beaches fare best as a city?
Florida TodaySeptember 1, 2011

If eventually created, this new municipality may extend from the vicinity of Spessard Holland Golf Course southward along State Road A1A to Sebastian Inlet. More than 14000 people live there, said Peter Fusscas, a retired business executive and South ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Quetzal Energy Provides Operational Update and Announces Key Technical ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 13, 2011

Stephen Balog has thirty eight years of experience in the oil and gas industry in production and exploration operations, petroleum engineering, property evaluations and mergers/acquisitions. He has held senior engineering, operations and executive ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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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 »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Obama deportations raise immigration policy questions
ReutersSeptember 20, 2011

The administration announced its initiative to ease deportations on August 18, a step some analysts say gave up on an uncooperative Congress and aimed to appease advocates of more liberal immigration laws. Some 11.2 million illegal immigrants live and ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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The Error at the Heart of the Dodd-Frank Act
American Enterprise InstituteSeptember 6, 2011

Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, HR 4173, 111th Cong. (2010), §202(a)(1)(C). 9. "The Orderly Liquidation of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. under the Dodd-Frank Act," FDIC Quarterly 5, no. 2 (2011).more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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LGC concedes illegal corporate structure
Seacoastonline.comSeptember 1, 2011

Gardner announced last week that he appointed attorney Don Mitchell of Sandwich to preside over a hearing involving "alleged violations of the pooled risk management programs statute and the uniform securities act by the Local Government Center Inc. ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Candice Choi / AP file
msnbc.comSeptember 1, 2011

Law enforcement agencies and banking regulators acknowledge that there's no way to know how much money is being moved undetected across US borders through the cards — that's the point of money laundering, after all. But in a report late last year on ...more »

Professional Corporations
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How You Can Embarrass Yourself Talking About Google Search Results
ForbesSeptember 14, 2011

Most recently, I was an editor at Above the Law, a legal blog, relying on the legal knowledge gained from two years working for corporate law firm Covington & Burling -- a Cliff's Notes version of law school. In the past, I've been found slaving away ...more »

Debt Collection
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Popular restaurant Ralph & Rosie's in bankruptcy, closed
Palm Beach PostSeptember 2, 2011

The owners say they aren't subject to the law because the hut was built by a Seminole Indian. View of Ralph and Rosie's Restaurant on Jan. 12, 2011, in Boynton Beach. By Lona O'Connor BOYNTON BEACH — After three years and $660000 in city fines, ...more »

Public Offerings
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Foes in AG race allege conflicts
CanadianBusiness.comSeptember 19, 2011

They conclude a state employee can go to work for a company the state contracts with as long that employee, in his or her job, is not involved with that contract. A 1997 ethics opinion also warns: "A former state employee accepting employment with a ...more »

Debt Settlement
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SIPC Faults U.S. Judge for Tossing Claims Against HSBC
BloombergSeptember 1, 2011

The trustee was free to pursue bankruptcy claims, Rakoff ruled. The Securities Investor Protection Corp., citing investor- protection and other law, said Rakoff “erred” in finding the trustee had only the powers available to a bankruptcy trustee, ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Golf Course Closes, to Restructure Under Ch. 11
The LedgerSeptember 19, 2011

The 18-hole golf course in North Lakeland is reorganizing its financial standing for the second time in 27 months, according to the head professional. "I guess they're going under a Chapter 11 restructuring, again," head professional Dave Shallow said. ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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DeLaney wants liability cap lifted so victims get more
Indianapolis StarSeptember 2, 2011

"When the legislature passes those kinds of (liability caps), they don't really think about that kind of catastrophic event until it happens," said Carla Ferrucci, executive director of the Minnesota Association for Justice, a trial lawyers group. ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Celebrations as students graduate from University of Lincoln
This is LincolnshireSeptember 6, 2011

Above, University of Lincoln faculty of business and law students received their degrees during a special ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral. Pictures: Rich Linley. You can buy Echo photographs by visiting www.lincolnarchives.co.uk or by calling 0844 ...more »

False Advertising
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Cinedigm Gets Out of the Ad Game, Sells UniqueScreen Media to Screenvision
ReutersSeptember 1, 2011

The company announced Thursday that it will get out of the advertising game, by selling its UniqueScreen Media division to cinema advertising company Screenvision. As part of the sale, Screenvision has signed a multi-year partnership with Cinedigam to ...more »

Trade Associations
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Antitrust Laws May Be Eased for Retail Chains
The Moscow TimesSeptember 1, 2011

Novo Nordisk admitted to antitrust law violations and adopted a new policy in hiring distributors. It also paid a fine of 53.5 million rubles ($1.85 million), an amount less than what the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service had initially sought.more »

Federal Contracts
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Federal Contracts Awarded to Companies in Michigan (Sept. 2)
Targeted News Service (subscription)September 2, 2011

2 -- The following federal contracts were announced by federal agencies as having been awarded to companies operating in Michigan. WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- GHSP Inc., Grand Haven, Mich., won a $480611.60 federal contract from the Defense Logistics ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Omega v. Chroma: Breakaway employees fended off trade secrets suit
BurlingtonFreePress.comSeptember 1, 2011

... did not request a jury trial, but relied instead on a judge to determine whether Chroma's founders were guilty of things such as trade secret misappropriation, conversion, breach of loyalty, unfair competition and conspiracy and breach of contract. ...more »

Federal Grants
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Federal grant to help redo housing project
KGO-TVSeptember 1, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- City leaders and residents of one of San Francisco's poorest neighborhoods are celebrating after getting a federal grant to help redo a rough housing project near Candlestick Park. Phoebe Williams has lived in the Alice Griffith ...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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