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Audit: For much of 2011, DC lagged on small-biz spending
Washington ExaminerApril 1, 2012

With three months remaining, 84 District agencies spent about $60 million combined with small businesses -- 12 percent of the level the law mandates. Spending figures for the fourth quarter weren't included in the report Branche issued last month, ...more »

Jacksonville homicide detectives investigating death of Northside man
Florida Times-UnionApril 1, 2012

By Jim Schoettler Jacksonville homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man found submerged in a water-filled ditch behind a home Saturday night. Homicide Sgt. TK Waters said a woman who lives at 6246 Restlawn Drive flagged down a police ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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Uncut bills: Ad or news?
Bangor Daily NewsApril 1, 2012

According to the Better Business Bureau many of those complaining said the ads were misleading. The bureau noted the ads suggest the offer is limited to a specific geographic area, which is not the case. A supposed time limit on the offer also created ...more »

Federal Grants
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PAs and the Affordable Care Act: Implications unknown
Journal of the American Academy of Physician AssistantsApril 2, 2012

What is the future for health care now that the law has been around for 2 years, and how will our professional lives be affected? The initial primary impact has been in two arenas, first in grants to education programs to train more PAs, ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Patent litigation risk drives Microsoft to move European distribution center
ComputerworldApril 2, 2012

By Loek Essers IDG News Service - Microsoft is moving its European distribution center form Germany to the Netherlands due to ongoing patent litigation, a company spokesman confirmed Monday. The move is prompted by a lawsuit filed by Motorola against ...more »

Foreign Investments
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The dark side of JOBS
InvestmentNewsApril 1, 2012

THE JUMPSTART Our Business Start- ups bill likely will jump-start additional responsibilities for investment advisers. That is because one of its provisions could leave investors, especially those who are inexperienced and unsophisticated, ...more »

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AP News in Brief at 8:58 pm EDT
NECNApril 1, 2012

A luxury box at the stadium you can afford, but forget about buying the franchise and becoming the "No. 1 fan" of your favorite NFL or Major League Baseball team. The Los Angeles Dodgers just sold for $2 billion, besting the NFL record price of $1.1 ...more »

Banking Law
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Bangladesh Bank warns against fraud
Bangladesh News 24 hoursApril 1, 2012

Dhaka, Apr 1 ( — Within hours of a parliamentary standing committee proposing formulation of a law to regulate multilevel marketing (MLM) business, the central bank on Sunday warned people against investing in unapproved banking...more »

Gaming Law
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Keep Your NEPA Out of My Gaming Management Contract
Indian Country Today Media Network.comApril 1, 2012

By Andrea Lord Goldstein One area of vital importance to many Indian tribes is the relationship of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (“IGRA”) to the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). The National Indian Gaming Commission (“NIGC”) requires ...more »

Business Formation
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Blame game in jobs fraud
New York PostApril 1, 2012

REALLY TRYING: Amateur thespian Mayor Bloomberg joins Beau Bridges (left) and Nick Jonas of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at the Inner Circle send-up show. The source said voices were raised during the discussion, which ended with ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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White Sands Missile Range turns to 'net zero' energy use
Alamogordo Daily NewsApril 1, 2012

The construction and supply contract is with Siemens Government Technologies. Craig Collins heads the Energy Transformation Office that was created to focus on the initial success with Hammack's program. Collins is a certified energy manager with the ...more »

Business Law
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APNewsBreak: American Express pulls gift cards from NJ stores, citing new ...
Washington PostApril 2, 2012

John Holub, president of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association, said the law poses serious administrative burdens to businesses and potential problems for consumers. American Express Co. and the Retail Merchants Association are among the groups ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Changes to Russian company law to boost investment
RTApril 3, 2012

This means the company can abide by foreign law in case of legal disputes. Russian businesses often prefer European courts for their legal battles because the Russian legal system is seen as arbitrary and laws are outdated and vague.more »

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On the Boards: New members on boards
Philadelphia InquirerApril 2, 2012

Loughridge is senior vice president and chief financial officer at International Business Machines Corp. Malpass is vice president and chief investment officer at the University of Notre Dame. ?Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania Inc., the Narberth parent ...more »

Oz to review copyright law for digital age
RegisterApril 2, 2012

The review should also note “the importance of the digital economy and the opportunities for innovation leading to national economic and cultural development created by the emergence of new digital technologies.” Another item for consideration is how ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Many oppose health care act, and many don't know its benefits
Baltimore SunApril 1, 2012

But in the court of public opinion, a large percentage of people polled recently want the law scrapped. A CBS/New York Times survey found nearly half of those polled disapprove of the law, while 40 percent want the entire act overturned.more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Documents detail employment history of terminated Fort Worth officer
WFAAApril 3, 2012

by MARCUS MOORE FORT WORTH — News 8 obtained documents detailing how a Fort Worth police captain who was fired last month had been the focus of multiple internal investigations, suspended twice and even demoted. The Fort Worth Police Department ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Thieves use ticketing facility on train to commit crime
Times of IndiaApril 1, 2012

Taking a serious view of the situation, railway SP M Kantha Rao wrote to the DRM and commercial manager asking them to see that the train ticket examiners (TTE) collect all the details of the general ticket passengers who subsequently seek ...more »

International Transactions
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State governments target tax-cheating software
CBS NewsApril 3, 2012

The so-called tax-zapper software lets businesses, especially those that deal mostly in cash, underreport taxable sales and pocket money that should go to the government. Five states — Florida, Georgia, Maine, Utah and West Virginia — have enacted ...more »

Communications & Media
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This week's votes in Congress
The Daily ProgressApril 1, 2012

Established by the Communications Act of 1934 as an independent agency, the FCC has jurisdiction in areas such as ensuring competition among telecommunications firms, making broadband available to all Americans, allocating airwaves spectrum, ...more »

Got guns? Sales, permits shoot up in Mass.
MetroWest Daily NewsApril 1, 2012

By David Riley, Daily News correspondent Mirroring a statewide trend, more MetroWest residents today hold the most common type of gun license available in Massachusetts than two years ago, state firearm records show. A greater number of residents held ...more »

Construction & Development
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SFO Secret Settlements, Wells Fargo, Confirmations: Compliance
BloombergApril 2, 2012

Britain's Serious Fraud Office, which prosecutes corporate bribery, uses too many secret settlements in foreign corruption cases, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said. The SFO is using more so-called civil-recovery orders that ...more »

Locating Funds
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Golden Age Retreat funding debate lingers
Canton RepositoryApril 4, 2012

Burns said that a donation fund can be established for private gifts for the home, but Hawkins said donation fund has already been established. However, Burns said commissioners are prohibited by law from placing funds in that account.more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Greece Faces Holdouts On Foreign Law Bond Swap-debt Agency
Wall Street JournalApril 2, 2012

In a statement, the Public Debt Management Agency (PDMA) said investors holding 20 of the 36 bonds in question either voted down or otherwise failed to approve key changes to the bond contracts. These amendments would allow Greece to force the ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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CH Energy Group Reports First-Quarter Earnings
ReutersApril 26, 2012

"Third, we recorded 31 cents per share of expenses associated with the merger agreement that we announced in February with Canadian utility Fortis Inc. And fourth, on a per share basis, our earnings increased by 5 cents as a result of the lower number ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Teens want more done to fight cyberbullying, drug use
Hometownlife.comApril 1, 2012

“They change one small particle, a molecule or a piece, which allows it to be outside the Controlled Substances Act,” Nicholas said. Synthetic cannabis mimics marijuana and is sold under brands K2, Spice, Blaze, Black Mamba and Bob Marley.more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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2011 revaluation prompts calls for audit
Charlotte ObserverApril 5, 2012

Concerns raised about revaluations here and elsewhere in North Carolina have prompted state House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius to convene a panel to look into whether the General Assembly needs to make any changes to state law.more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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OUR VIEW: Gov. Robert Bentley's Taxpayer Protection Pledge isn't leadership ... (blog)April 1, 2012

Vowing not to increase taxes in Alabama at a time like this is nothing but demagoguing to voters. It is hardly leadership. Nor is the idea floated last week by Bentley's finance director, Marquita Davis, to raise fees for state services.more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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New practice focuses on human rights, intellectual property
Washington PostApril 2, 2012

District-based Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, the 110-attorney Washington intellectual property law firm, has started a first-of-its-kind practice that combines the tenets of human rights and intellectual property law.more »

Creditor's Rights
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China ups pace of US corporate raids
Financial NewsApril 1, 2012

Going abroad allows firms to diversify risks, tap new markets and adjust their business models to cope with structural adjustment at home.” Chinese companies usually pay cash, giving them an advantage in a US bankruptcy court.more »

Professional Corporations
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SFO Secret Settlements, Wells Fargo, Confirmations: Compliance
BusinessWeekApril 2, 2012

The SEC has said it's looking into the possibility of fraud by the San Francisco-based company and hasn't concluded anyone broke the law. Wells Fargo failed to produce subpoenaed documents and should be forced to cooperate with the probe into its sale ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Analysis: Europe ponders free trade or fair trade
ReutersApril 2, 2012

In an election campaign speech last month, he threatened to impose unilateral restrictions on public contracts if the EU does not act - a move that would breach European law. EUROPE'S LIMITS Like many trade battles, the dispute pits the interests of ...more »

Public Offerings
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North Bergen hires attorneys to represent state-probed DPW at standard ...
The Jersey Journal - NJ.comApril 2, 2012

By John Heinis/The Jersey Journal NORTH BERGEN The township has hired a battery of attorneys to represent the Department of Public Works and a supervisor, which are being investigated by the state Attorney General's office. Vincent LaPaglia, of Hoboken ...more »

Debt Collection
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After Bankruptcy, Now What?
Prescott eNewsApril 2, 2012

How long does a bankruptcy last on your credit report? How do they keep from falling in the same rut as they did before? Bankruptcy laws only allow you to file bankruptcy once every few years. Usually after someone's bankruptcy is discharged, ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Trailer Bridge Emerges From Bankruptcy
The Journal of Commerce OnlineApril 3, 2012

Trailer Bridge has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Monday following a court's approval last month. Trailer Bridge operates container-barge service between Jacksonville, Fla., and Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in addition to ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act – Implications for Issuers and Financial ...
JD Supra (press release)April 3, 2012

Many critics are also worried that the government has failed to recognize how much the JOBS Act erodes investor protections, such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act , that were established in response to ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Business alert: The 10 employment laws every manager should know
Business Management DailyApril 4, 2012

Disability discrimination. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits job discrimination against qualified people with disabilities (ie, those who can perform the job's essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation).more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Sovereign Trust unveils strategy to drive MDRI, deepen penetration
BusinessDayApril 4, 2012

The MDRI products are the classes of insurance made compulsory by law under the Insurance Act 2003 and include the Builders Liability Insurance; Occupiers Liability Insurance and the Motor Third Party Liability Insurance.more »

Trade Associations
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India Software Cos Not Happy With US Visa Rule
ForbesApril 1, 2012

According to The Economic Times of India, the government is considering taking the US to the World Trade Organization for the fee hike, seen as a means to keep US companies from hiring more qualified Indian computer talent.more »

False Advertising
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Official "Dream Patio Giveaway" Sweepstakes Rules
BobVila.comApril 1, 2012

Open only to permanent legal US residents. Void in all other geographic locations. Employees of Sponsor and its respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies and any other entity involved in the development or ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Netflix's Reed Hastings takes a swing at Comcast in the name of net neutrality
VentureBeatApril 16, 2012

Netflix head honcho Reed Hastings isn't one to keep quiet when he feel like his company isn't getting a fair shake against the competition. But unlike most CEOs who use official channels like press releases or company blogs, he doesn't hesitate to fire ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Bullish Futures Exceed One Million Contracts: Commodities
BusinessWeekApril 1, 2012

Societe Generale SA said March 27 that Chinese corporate profits won't grow at all this year, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said two days later that the pace of the US recovery has been “extremely sluggish.” “The story over the near term ...more »

Venture Capital
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Capital Buzz: Former framer enters greeting-card business
Washington PostApril 9, 2012

Glen Homan, the founder of Arlington-based , is trying to rustle up some venture capital interest in his start-up. The 66-year-old entrepreneur, with $50000 of his own money invested, plans to take on Hallmark and American Greetings, ...more »


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