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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 »

Nelson stumps for BP fine law, tax reform
Walton SunSeptember 1, 2011

Bill Nelson urged a group of local business and political leaders Wednesday to support — and lobby their US House representatives to support — a proposed law that would send billions in BP fines to the Gulf states affected by the oil spill. ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

Advertising
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Parker Palm Springs resort manager ready for new digs
The Desert SunSeptember 4, 2011

The American Advertising Federation Palm Springs Desert Cities has been picked to host the AAF's Western Region Conference in Palm Springs this month. The Sept. 29-Oct. 2 conference will be held at Hyatt Regency Suites, Palm Springs. ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Community foundation takes risk to invest in Muskegon's future
Michigan Business Review - MLive.comSeptember 2, 2011

The program-related investment policy — along with federal tax laws — allows the foundation to make loans to and invest in private businesses under certain circumstances. Chronicle file photoThe foundation loaned Muskegon Summer Celebration funds ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Bid to block AT&T deal reflects telecom industry
The Star DemocratSeptember 5, 2011

The lawsuit against AT&T might satisfy some critics who hoped for a much tougher antitrust policy. But it probably doesn't suggest a policy shift. The AT&T proposal was unique, said Benjamin Brown, a former Justice Department antitrust lawyer, ...more »

Franchising
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Franchisor Hit Hard for Pretending Employees Are Franchisees
Blue MauMauSeptember 1, 2011

On one pertinent question addressing whether Coverall could deduct franchise fees from the employees' wages, the state's Supreme Court concluded, "No. . . the Wage Act forbids the deduction." The case has brought criticism from the franchisor community ...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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Bank examiners rely on teamwork to protect consumers
NewsOK.comSeptember 4, 2011

The recent economic turmoil has produced new regulations, as did the 9/11 attacks a decade ago when policymakers enacted new banking laws to make it more difficult to fund terrorism. “The job always changes,” Jones said. ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Governor's Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Corruption In New Jersey
Patch.comSeptember 20, 2011

Another proposal that has stalled, Christie said, involves making public employee unions abide by "pay to play" restrictions and "closing the loopholes on restrictions to award government contracts." "The problems are obvious, the solutions are obvious ...more »

Business Formation
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High Ridge Woman Charged With Embezzlement from Fenton Company
Patch.comSeptember 2, 2011

Harris, 30, was indicted on five counts of mail fraud and surrendered on the charges Thursday. Micro Engineering is a family-owned business that manufactures model railroad products and sells them to hobby shops throughout the country. ...more »

Institutional Investing
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FGIC, Lehman, Madoff, A&P, Borders, Gateway Metro: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekSeptember 13, 2011

19, 2008, in the same court, with a trustee appointed under the Securities Investor Protection Act. The Lehman holding company Chapter 11 case is In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., 08-13555, while the liquidation proceeding under the Securities ...more »

Commercial
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Chevron Wins Ecuador Case
Zacks.comSeptember 1, 2011

Chevron approached the international arbitration with the lawsuits in December 2006 under the Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). The Hague-based international tribunal supervised seven commercial cases filed ...more »

HHS bolsters scrutiny of researchers' drug industry ties
American Medical NewsSeptember 5, 2011

The AMA said it will monitor the law's effect on commercial support for continuing medical education and research. While conflict-of-interest rules for federally funded researchers are being tightened, talk is growing that they may be loosened for ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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The Broke and the Beautiful: Stephen Baldwin Edition
Wall Street Journal (blog)September 2, 2011

But the nation's capital wasn't the only metropolitan area with housewives starring in bankruptcy court. New York housewife Sonja Tremont-Morgan vowed to keep her home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, according to her recently filed bankruptcy-exit ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Sheriff's Attorneys Become Witnesses in Seipler Lawsuit
Patch.comSeptember 2, 2011

As his law office has extensive experience training police departments in internal investigations for racial profiling throughout Illinois, it made sense it would be the one to advise McHenry County Sheriff's Office on its own investigation. ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Controversial yoga guru under investigation for purchase of remote Scottish island
Telegraph.co.ukSeptember 1, 2011

Now the acquisition is under investigation by India's Enforcement Directorate, which probes commercial crimes, after Baba Ramdev was charged with breaches of the country's strict foreign exchange laws. It is understood there is no suggestion of ...more »

International Transactions
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Mark Brivik sues FDLE agent, former partners over arrest
Sarasota Herald-TribuneSeptember 16, 2011

"Law performed a haphazard investigation of a complicated real estate transaction between Mr. Brivik and other business associates," Brivik's lawyer, Blake Horwitz, said in a statement. "She so profoundly misunderstood the nature of the transaction...more »

Communications & Media
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Judge talks with lawyers for SEC, ex-Qwest workers
CanadianBusiness.comSeptember 7, 2011

By AP | September 07, 2011 DENVER (AP) — A judge says lawyers for two former Qwest Communications International Inc. employees and the Securities and Exchange Commission are welcome to proceed to trial, but he's also seeing if he can facilitate ...more »

Government to consult on music in Licensing Act - again
musicweek.comSeptember 5, 2011

The DCMS is about to launch yet another consultation about the Licensing Act 2003 and how music and other entertainment works within it. The surprise move will see a consultation open at the end of this week, which could see small live ...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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5 Key Facts About Patent Reform Act
InformationWeekSeptember 9, 2011

But in recent years, Congress has siphoned money away from the Patent Office, taking its fees and using them for other things, leaving few funds for much needed IT and process overhauls. The Senate narrowly defeated an amendment that would completely ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Gov. To NJ: Enjoy This Weekend Down The Shore
Patch.comSeptember 3, 2011

Mayor Vincent Barrella, who was at the ramp at Arnold Avenue to greet Christie when he arrived on Friday afternoon, has often expressed frustration that state law does not allow the municipality to impose taxes on parking lot revenue, like Newark does, ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Infor ERP software user fights 'absurd' demand for $400k
ITWorld CanadaSeptember 12, 2011

As for ATI, "you should always take into account mergers and divestitures in software license contracts," said analyst Ray Wang, CEO of Constellation Research, who has worked on thousands of software deals for clients. "You need to determine up front ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Editorial: It's time to talk taxes, Colorado
Denver PostSeptember 4, 2011

That means no tax revenues for higher education. None for courts. Not a dime for youth corrections. Zilch for the state crime lab. The list goes on. Lawmakers last year asked DU to launch the study of the state's tax system — the first in more than 50 ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Judge Orders Re-Hiring of Workers Fired for Facebook Complaints
Inc.comSeptember 7, 2011

He ordered the nonprofit to reinstate the five employees and issue back pay because they were fired illegally. He further ordered Hispanics United to post a notice in Buffalo about employee rights under the Act. Hispanics United has the right to appeal ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Arnstein & Lehr launches Food, Beverage & Nutrition Practice Group to Meet ...
dBusinessNews Chicago (press release)September 8, 2011

... Judith L. Grubner (intellectual property), Michelle G. Novick (bankruptcy and creditors' rights), Mark Spognardi (labor and employment), and E. Jason Tremblay (labor and employment). In connection with the formation of this new practice group, ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Widener Law programs to receive prestigious honor
Cecil WhigSeptember 5, 2011

Widener's Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law offers the only master's-level corporate program in the United States accredited with the society, which is an arm of the Health Care Compliance Association. Additionally, Widener offers a ...more »

Customs Disputes
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GPA, Homeland Security Officials Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11
The Maritime ExecutiveSeptember 7, 2011

(GPA/Stephen Morton) “Prior to 9/11, there was no screening of cargo bound for the United States from foreign ports,” said US Customs and Border Protection Port Director Lisa Beth Brown. “Today, 100% of the containerized cargo that leaves the port of ...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 Collection
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Banks, State Reach a Deal
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

promised to end so-called robo-signing, in which bank employees signed foreclosure documents without reviewing case files as required by law. They also agreed to comb through loan files for evidence they mishandled borrowers' paperwork and to cut ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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JAY MILLER: Legislative plan becoming evident
Alamogordo Daily NewsSeptember 14, 2011

Rep. Paul Bandy, R-San Juan, has introduced a 72-page bill to merge the Tourism and Cultural Affairs departments. Reportedly two more governmental restructuring bills will be introduced soon. A year ago, government reorganization was a hot topic. ...more »

Debt Settlement
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GOP wants White House papers on loan to failed solar company
The Hill (blog)September 2, 2011

House Republicans are demanding White House paperwork related to a $535 million loan guarantee to a solar company that filed for bankruptcy this week. The Republicans are probing the White House role in the 2009 ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Himlan is a peak performer at law, road racing
Presidio SportsSeptember 3, 2011

That means she has had take it easy, as of late … which is pretty tough, as busy as she usually is running around is in her new life: a young attorney launching her career with specialty in family, bankruptcy and business law, working out at Spectrum, ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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How a Roommate Could Trigger an Insurance Headache
Fox BusinessSeptember 2, 2011

Inviting a roommate into your home also can expose you to some liability risks. Mario Morales, manager of corporate underwriting at MetLife, cites the example of allowing a roommate to have a pool party. If you aren't present but horseplay takes place ...more »

Trade Associations
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Warsaw Exchange's Sobolewski Seeks to Boost Debt Trading
Washington PostSeptember 15, 2011

... the outlook for the listing of additional foreign companies and proposed changes to Polish law as part of an effort to boost the bourse's corporate debt-trading platform. A proposal to let banks trade bonds was sent to the Finance Ministry in July. ...more »

False Advertising
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Md. Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Fla. to Federal Teen-Sex Enticement-Attempt Charge
ABA JournalSeptember 1, 2011

In addition to practicing family and business law, he ran an entertainment company and billed himself as a "master balloon entertainer" and magician. He also combined his love of camping with holiday events, using the woods near the family's home in ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Armenian state commission on economic competition is more unyielding
Information-Analytic Agency NEWS.amSeptember 27, 2011

And with regard to the fact that some court cases on unfair competition last fairly long—more than 1 year—Ghazaryan noted that each case requires objective examination, and there is no such boundary which sets aside the particularity of the case.more »

Federal Contracts
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Principals can't be charged under state law for failing to report crimes at ...
Winston-Salem JournalSeptember 1, 2011

At that time, Martin faced questions and criticism after authorities alleged that school officials failed to immediately notify law enforcement about allegations of sexual misconduct by teachers. Last November, the school board bought out the contract...more »

Venture Capital
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Early-Stage Investor Claremont Creek Ventures Adds Brian Berger, MD and Dave ...
MarketWatch (press release)September 12, 2011

OAKLAND, CA, Sep 12, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Claremont Creek Ventures, a seed and early-stage venture capital firm known for turbocharging the uncommon startup, today announced the addition of two investment professionals who have impressive ...more »

Federal Grants
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Athens Federal Foundation gives $60000 in grants
Cleveland Daily BannerSeptember 4, 2011

Athens — The Athens Federal Foundation is pleased to announce award recipients for its 2011 grant distribution, totaling more than $60000. Eighteen applicants were selected from 51 requests, including the following Bradley County charitable ...more »

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