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Grand America audit turns up undocumented workers
Salt Lake TribuneSeptember 1, 2011

“Such businesses gain a competitive edge by paying illegal alien workers low wages or otherwise exploiting them. These inspections are one of the most powerful tools the federal government has to ensure that businesses are complying with US employment ...more »

Come Together
Financial-Planning.comSeptember 1, 2011

Thomas believes "most financial planners simply won't address estate tax planning with sufficient vigor [because] there is no incentive to pursue this type of planning. Some planners would love to do really complete plans, but struggle to get clients ...more »

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Jerusalem PostSeptember 5, 2011

I guess crime stories just don't particularly speak to me, even with a fatality and a possible personal link to the story. While it's possible that working in the industry has desensitized me, I think I just tend to find diplomatic- and ...more »

Foreign Investments
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UAE tops Arabs in foreign equity investment
Emirates 24/7September 4, 2011

The UAE has emerged as the most attractive Arab destination for foreign investors in its equities, attracting more than $22 billion in 2009, nearly 30 per cent of the total foreign equity investment in the Arab region. Official figures showed foreign ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Sprint files antitrust suit against AT&T, T-Mobile
BusinessWeekSeptember 7, 2011

3 wireless carrier in the US, on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit that seeks to block AT&T Inc. from buying T-Mobile USA. The Justice Department last week filed a similar suit in the District of Columbia, and Sprint's parallel filing gives it an ...more »

Franchising
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Progressive Non-Medical Home care Business Opens Territories for Sale
PR Web (press release)September 1, 2011

FirstLight HomeCare franchises have exclusive access to Foundation FirstSM, the best-in-class franchise support system bringing together 26 franchise essentials, unmatched in the industry. Prime territories are going quickly, for more information ...more »

Gaming Law
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Middleborough Lawsuit Could Delay Mashpee Tribe Casino Hopes
CapeNews.netSeptember 9, 2011

“A state gaming law that provides a tribal preference in a state licensing process is facially unconstitutional as race-based discrimination that violates the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution,” Ms. Sajer wrote. ...more »

Banking Law
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It's 100 candles for giant law firm Borden Ladner Gervais
Vancouver SunSeptember 1, 2011

s 1986 acquisition of the Bank of BC, and was corralling smaller banks to form HSBC Bank Canada, which Tom Ladner incorporated. "Warren and I flew to Toronto," University of Toronto law grad Bird said, "and came back with the share certificates of the ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Businessman fined $475K for hiring illegal workers
SunHerald.comSeptember 2, 2011

GULFPORT -- A Coast businessman who hired illegal immigrants for government construction jobs has been ordered to forfeit $475000, which his attorney said is a rough average of his net income over a ...more »

Business Formation
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Startups Must Consider Formation, Taxes
NuWire InvestorSeptember 5, 2011

Small-business startups are often in a hurry to get a product and service out to the paying public and gloss over the importance of choosing the right formation of the company for legal and tax purposes. Primary choices include sole proprietorship, ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Zim needs $6bn mining investment, indigenisation law 'flexible'− Minister
Creamer Media's Mining WeeklySeptember 1, 2011

He said at a mining conference in Perth that the sector had “immense opportunities” for investment, as it was endowed with significant commodities, such as gold, base metals, industrial minerals, coal, diamonds and coal bed methane. ...more »

Commercial
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Promotions strengthen law firm's commercial team
Peterborough TodaySeptember 2, 2011

She is involved in a number of sectors and has a particular knowledge of commercial issues relating to food and farming. Martin joined the firm this year and is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer. His experience crosses a number of ...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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Attorney: Former Screw & Rivet president hiding assets
Anderson Independent MailSeptember 6, 2011

An attorney overseeing the bankruptcy case of Anderson-based American Screw & Rivet is accusing the company's president of hiding assets. In an Aug. 26 filing, Greenville attorney Randy Skinner, who is the US Bankruptcy Court's trustee ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Fatal police shootings put spotlight on use of force
The Virginian-PilotSeptember 10, 2011

However, the cases lead to extensive investigations and sometimes result in civil lawsuits. Fatal shootings by police are among the most scrutinized actions by law enforcement. Families of those killed often question their justification. ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Real Estate Leases
istockAnalyst.com (press release)September 2, 2011

Palmer Continuum of Care Inc. leased 2163 square feet in Lewis Park, 5319 S. Lewis Ave., through Beacon Commercial Group Ltd. and Tulsaproperties.com. Serenity Hospice expanded a lease to 2195 square feet at Crow Creek, 3220 S.more »

International Transactions
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Environmental Lawyer Ivan DeVoren Joins Energy Law Firm of Burleson LLP
PR Newswire (press release)September 15, 2011

... and divestitures; finance; private equity; venture capital; securities; corporate governance and compliance; patents and intellectual property; title review; real estate; litigation; and bankruptcy/restructuring, land use, and environmental law. ...more »

Communications & Media
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YDR Opinion: Jury-rigged court procedure
York Daily RecordSeptember 4, 2011

It's true that local news media sometimes do preview stories on cases of great public interest. But the simple act of informing citizens about their court system has not stood in the way of fair and impartial justice. Most recent high-profile local ...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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Job trends suggest career track options
Brainerd Daily DispatchSeptember 4, 2011

In terms of high demand and high paying occupations, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, produces an employment outlook for job growth. So from now through 2019, DEED has a list of occupations meeting a rare combination ...more »

Locating Funds
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Government warned vs martial law-type budget control
Philippine StarSeptember 4, 2011

In the case of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Drilon said the unused funds for quota personnel requirements were pocketed by some ranking officials and converted into “pasalubong” (welcome gift) and “pabaon” (sendoff gift) or extra retirement ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Our View: Sales-tax scheme
Chicago Sun-TimesSeptember 8, 2011

The state of Illinois' sales tax is 6.25 percent. Of that, 5 percent goes to the state, 1 percent goes to the municipality and 0.25 percent goes to counties. The RTA — which oversees Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority — and some Lake ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Patriot Coal Announces Management Realignment
PR Newswire (press release)September 14, 2011

... the outcome of commercial negotiations involving sales contracts or other transactions; our ability to respond to changing customer preferences; failure to comply with debt covenants; the effects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Civic action group ROAD hosting forum on history of taxation
Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.comSeptember 2, 2011

By Donna Gee | The Muskegon Chronicle The history of American taxation, global comparisons and how to fix the deficit will be the focus of a Thursday meeting of ROAD — Reviving Our American Democracy — a nonpartisan civic action group. ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Troubled homeowners, beware of 'mass joinder' lawsuit invitations
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 25, 2011

Allegedly, the defendants, which include three law firms and four lawyers, falsely led owners to believe that by joining with others, they could stop foreclosures, reduce their loan balances or interest rates, obtain money damages, and even receive ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Wind and door manufacturer GBO to file for bankruptcy, restructure
Winnipeg Free PressSeptember 9, 2011

"Suppliers of the company for goods and services provided after the filing of the notice of intention will be paid in the normal course of business," GBO said. On Wednesday, that company announced it had shut down operations due to a cash crunch that ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Bentley Awards Grants to Boost Enforcement of Traffic Laws
WNCFSeptember 7, 2011

Robert Bentley has awarded $228968 in grants to ensure unsafe motorists are punished for disobeying state traffic laws. The three grants awarded to two state agencies and a non-profit organization will help take dangerous drivers off the road in a ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Free Trade in Africa, For Better or Worse?
Inter Press ServiceSeptember 1, 2011

But a single currency bloc, or even a customs union, could be the last thing on the mind of South Africa, which is dead set on making the tripartite FTA a reality. "South Africa has the industrial base, but they face the problem of getting their goods ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Electronic Discovery: The Imperative of Private Clouds
ForbesSeptember 9, 2011

I am fascinated by the intersection of law and technology, and electronic discovery in particular. I have contributed to The Huffington Post, AmLaw's Corporate Counsel, Law & Technology News, Texas Lawyer, and Equine Journal. Please don't hesitate to ...more »

Debt Collection
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Field-Level Encryption Handles Security Compliance for Collections Firm
IT JungleSeptember 6, 2011

Bass is a collections and bankruptcy firm that contracts debt-recovery services to companies in the credit-granting industries. It provides professional portfolio management for consumer and commercial debt, which includes student loans, bankruptcy, ...more »

Public Offerings
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Miami Attorney Braulio Baez to lead PSC despite ethics violation
Sun-SentinelSeptember 8, 2011

Braulio Baez, a Miami attorney and former regulator, is expected to be the new executive director of the Public Service Commission. The PSC is responsible for ensuring utility service is safe, reliable and affordable. The executive director earns about ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Payments Loom for Harrisburg
Bond BuyerSeptember 2, 2011

Harrisburg is the first municipality to reject a proposed Act 47 workout since the program began in 1987. Another Piccola-sponsored bill, which became law two months ago, threatens distressed small-to-medium sized cities that file for bankruptcy...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Chrome Lotus nightclub files bankruptcy to reorganize
Santa Rosa Press DemocratSeptember 2, 2011

Chrome Lotus, the downtown Santa Rosa nightclub, is attempting to restructure its debt in US Bankruptcy Court. Customers line up for drinks at the bar inside Chrome Lotus in this 2010 file photo. (PD File) The club intends to stay ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Understanding Your Cyber-Risk Policy
PropertyCasualty360September 1, 2011

Many policyholders are surprised to learn that a standard CGL policy likely would not apply to a technology or cyber-privacy claim, notwithstanding that the form typically includes coverage for “property damage” and “personal and advertising injury. ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Nonconventional law practice makes inroads in D.C. market
Washington PostSeptember 12, 2011

Axiom is different from a staffing firm that maintains a roster of contract attorneys to pair with clients in need. Instead, Axiom employs attorneys — 600 worldwide, including 30 in Washington — full time. Most have at least eight years of law firm ...more »

False Advertising
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paidContent Advertising In NYC, Sept. 15: New Sessions, Speakers
paidContent.orgSeptember 9, 2011

You'll hear them first, in real time at paidContent Advertising. Find out what's happening now and what's to come in the digital world at our highly interactive event, paidContent Advertising, where top industry leaders and luminaries come together. ...more »

Trade Associations
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Southern Africa Has its Work Cut Out
Inter Press ServiceSeptember 9, 2011

"There is a lack of common industrial development, common policies and there is little intra-SACU trade," said Reginald Selelo, the Foreign Direct Investment specialist at the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) Southern Africa ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Bedford's iRobot loses Army contract
Boston HeraldSeptember 7, 2011

IRobot and Boeing have been working on the SUGV (pronounced "sug-vee), a smaller and lighter version of the PackBot bomb-defusing robot, since 2007. The company was awarded a series of federal contracts earlier this year. In a regulatory filing, ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Brazil President To Protect Domestic Market From Global Turmoil
Wall Street JournalSeptember 7, 2011

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff sees the country's domestic market as its best protection from the storm rocking the global economy, and vowed to defend it from "unfair competition" from abroad. "In the case of the current ...more »

Federal Grants
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Help Fight Medicare Fraud
Cape May County Herald (press release)September 1, 2011

By law, Medicare must have written permission to give out your information. If you want to share your information, you need to designate a family member as an authorized person. Power of attorney is not enough. You must submit a Medicare Authorization ...more »

Venture Capital
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LIC set to foray into venture capital biz
Financial ExpressSeptember 2, 2011

Mumbai: Diversifying its operations further the state owned Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), with over R12 lakh crore assets, has decided to participate in infrastructural debt funds (IDF) and to foray into the venture capital business. ...more »

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