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We Belong Together Women's Human Rights Delegation Calls for the Repeal of ...
Houston ChronicleApril 1, 2012

The delegates left with a promise to continue to fight back against anti-immigrant legislation and to carry the brave women's stories back to their communities. When the law originally passed in June 2011, its many provisions included making it a crime...more »

Health care law ruling's effect on voters
NewsdayApril 1, 2012

Click here Print Aa Health care law ruling's effect on voters Published: March 31, 2012 8:04 PM By TOM BRUNE tom.brune@newsday.com The Supreme Court's decision on whether to strike down the health care law could be a significant factor in the ...more »

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Advertising
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Law enforcement agencies to get almost half of $500 million Google forfeiture
San Jose Mercury NewsApril 2, 2012

By LAURA CRIMALDI AP PROVIDENCE, RI -- Rhode Island law enforcement agencies that participated in an investigation that resulted in Google (GOOG) forfeiting $500 million last year will receive $230 million of that money, federal officials said Monday.more »

Federal Grants
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Illawarra bussinesses receive vital funds for innovation and investment
ABC Online (blog)April 2, 2012

Manufacturing is one of several sectors in the Illawarra set to welcome a share of close to 500 jobs, as the government allocates the first round of 30 million dollars worth of funding to the region. In August last year, the federal government ...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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Yara makes SOP investment
ReutersApril 2, 2012

Oslo (2012-04-02): Yara has agreed to make a strategic investment of approximately CAD 40 million in IC Potash Corp (ICP) and has entered into an off-take arrangement for 30% of all products produced by ICP's Ochoa project in New Mexico for a period of ...more »

Franchising
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PRESS DIGEST-Australian Business News - April 2
ReutersApril 1, 2012

"There is always going to be an element of conflict [in share placements between clients of investment banks and long-term shareholders]. The company [raising capital] has to take a firm hand in terms of allocation," Matt Williams, head of equities at ...more »

Banking Law
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Lawyer-turned-rabbi pleads guilty to immigration fraud
Thomson Reuters News & InsightApril 2, 2012

Federal prosecutors said David used a bank account in the name of his book to continue to profit from his fraudulent scheme even after he escaped to Canada. Despite being suspended from practicing law in New York state since 2004, David continued to ...more »

Gaming Law
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Where Is Gaming's Ultimate Crossover Project?
IGNApril 9, 2012

Street Fighter stalwarts and Tekken top dogs, together under one roof. Crazy stuff. Marshall Law: the best thing to happen to Street Fighter since Chun Li took a shower. What about an original game, set behind the curtain of gaming itself?more »

Business Formation
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NYC run over
New York PostApril 1, 2012

“It's a crisis,” said Michael McKeon, a spokesman for Fraud Costs New York, a coalition of consumers, businesses, elected officials, insurance trade associations and others battling auto insurance fraud in New York state. McKeon said the crisis needs ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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DomRep to probe construction firm scandal
CanadianBusiness.comApril 3, 2012

Attorney General Radhames Jimenez said in a news conference that the government's anti-corruption department will be looking into alleged irregularities involving the companies of Sen. Felix Bautista, a close friend of President Leonel Fernandez.more »

Business Law
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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 »

Institutional Investing
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Obama signs STOCK Act to ban "congressional insider trading"
CBS NewsApril 4, 2012

In addition to barring "insider trading," the STOCK Act requires that members of Congress and government employees report certain investment transactions within 45 days after a trade. There are a handful of other disclosure and ethics requirements in ...more »

Commercial
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Maeve Sheehan: O'Brien's links to Fine Gael spell more trouble for the Taoiseach
Irish IndependentApril 1, 2012

Published a year ago, the report found that former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry "delivered" the state mobile phone licence to the consortium led by the business tycoon Denis O'Brien, who in turn made payments to Lowry.more »

Cantwell refuses PAC money, but accepts it from special interests
The Seattle TimesApril 1, 2012

Yet clout can attach to those who deliver, not just sign, campaign checks, argues Paul Ryan, associate legal counsel with Campaign Legal Center, a Washington, DC, nonprofit that promotes transparency in campaign-finance law.more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Pension funds contest fees
The AdvocateApril 1, 2012

In the year prior to the bankruptcy reorganization, attorneys for the pension plans wrote, Commonwealth received $706839 in management fees from the nine funds. The same funds paid $454447 for services “rendered to or for the benefit of Commonwealth ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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EU launches investigation into Motorola over patents
The Seattle TimesApril 3, 2012

The Commission will assess whether Motorola has abusively, and in contravention of commitments it gave to standard setting organisations, used certain of its standard essential patents to distort competition in the Internal Market in breach of EU ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Supreme Court justices voice doubts in Congress
Bryan College Station EagleApril 1, 2012

The views about Congress underlay questions from justices who appear to be on both sides of the argument over the constitutionality of the law's key provision, the individual insurance requirement, as well as whether the entire law should be thrown out ...more »

International Transactions
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Woman nabbed at DIA in suspected credit-card theft
Aspen TimesApril 5, 2012

A Peruvian woman who allegedly went on a spending spree in Aspen using her friend's credit card was apprehended Tuesday at Denver International Airport moments before she was to board a flight to her home country, law-enforcement officials said.more »

Communications & Media
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The actual content of emails, calls and text messages could only be accessed ...
BBC NewsApril 1, 2012

Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time. The Home Office says the move is key to tackling crime and terrorism, but civil liberties groups have criticised it.more »

National ID threatens 'ultimate control'
WND.comApril 1, 2012

Although the law gave states three years to comply with “restrictive federal licensing standards” and create a national database of license information, individual birth certificates and other personal information, it never has been completed.more »

Construction & Development
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PM to hold meeting on settler homes facing evacuation
Jerusalem PostApril 2, 2012

For months parliamentarians have called on Netanyahu to back legislation that would legalize the unauthorized West Bank Jewish construction en masse. To date, Netanyahu has rejected all such attempts. MK Danny Danon (Likud) is working on collecting the ...more »

Locating Funds
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Timothy Cahill indicted on charges of using official funds for campaign ...
Boston.comApril 2, 2012

The indictment sought by Coakley's office cites public corruption, procurement fraud, and conspiracy charges. She scheduled a 2:30 pm news conference to detail the allegations. Cahill's attorney, E. Peter Parker, did not immediately return a call from ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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AZ business groups root for justices to strike down health-care law
Arizona Daily StarApril 1, 2012

PHOENIX — Businesses and business organizations in Arizona have widely come out in opposition to the health care law argued before the US Supreme Court last week, arguing that its provisions will increase costs. “It's about getting the health coverage ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Evercore Wealth Management Appoints Paulo Coelho, Vice President and Wealth ...
ReutersApril 2, 2012

Evercore's Investment Banking business advises its clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, financings, public offerings, private placements and other strategic transactions and also provides institutional investors with high ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Man awaits sentencing for role in Regina grow-op
Regina Leader-PostApril 11, 2012

REGINA — Having watched the house for a month and a half, police officers finally executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act on Aug. 4, 2009. No one answered the door so police forced their way into the Styles Crescent ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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The Law Offices of Lance Denha P.A.'s Recently Released Analysis Speaks to ...
PR Web (press release)April 10, 2012

According to RealtyTrac, foreclosure activity increased by 3% in January 2012, with certain states experiencing a sharp increase in default notices. The firm's latest data show that properties entering the first stage of the foreclosure process...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Annabi verdict is latest win for U.S. attorney
The Journal News | LoHud.comApril 1, 2012

“The scorecard looks pretty attractive,” said Bennett Gershman, a legal analyst and professor at Pace University School of Law in White Plains. “If this was baseball, you've got a pretty good won-loss record. I think they should be pretty proud of ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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A House Called Lincoln's Inn
Harvard Law RecordApril 4, 2012

HL Central had a much shorter history than Lincoln's Inn Society. It was founded in 2000 by TJ Duane, Law '02, as HL Central, Inc. a nonprofit corporation. Its Articles of Organization stated its purpose was to “build a sense of community…more »

Creditor's Rights
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Tribune Says Programming Pulled From DirecTV
BusinessWeekApril 1, 2012

Tribune, the Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune newspapers, filed for bankruptcy in December 2008, one year after a leveraged buyout led by real- estate billionaire Sam Zell. Since then, the company and hedge funds ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Claire James, Ethan Ravetch
New York TimesApril 1, 2012

She is an associate at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Manhattan, working in its corporate restructuring group. She graduated from Johns Hopkins, from which she also received a master's in government. She received a law degree from ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Alternative judiciary, legal literacy need to be promoted
Oman Daily ObserverApril 1, 2012

MUSCAT — “The issue of achieving justice is not the responsibility of the judge alone, but there are other parties to contribute to the achievement of justice (legal awareness, lawyers, laws and witnesses), said Yaqoub Mohammad al Saeedi, ...more »

Public Offerings
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Boies Hire, Verrilli Ad, Justice Tax Chief: Business of Law
BloombergApril 2, 2012

Dewey has had 38 partners leave since the start of the year, according an article in The American Lawyer magazine. The New York-based law firm lost 12 insurance and regulatory lawyers to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (1179L) on March 17.more »

Debt Collection
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Another Obama Solar Company Goes Bankrupt
Fox NewsApril 2, 2012

A California solar energy company that was unable to meet a deadline for an Energy Department loan guarantee last year has sought bankruptcy protection in Delaware. Solar Trust of America's Chapter 11 filing on Monday listed assets between $1 million ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Yahoo to lay off 2000 workers
TheNewsTribune.comApril 5, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo said Wednesday it would lay off 2000 employees, or about 14 percent of its work force, as part of a broader restructuring effort. The layoffs are part of a reorganization under Scott Thompson, Yahoo's new chief executive, ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Foreclosure settlement about to take another swipe at homeowner equity
OregonLive.comApril 1, 2012

(Note the frequent use of the word "alleged" because no one has admitted any wrongdoing or been charged with any crime.) As we now know, one of the key features of the consent judgment is that these banks are required to offer principal reductions to ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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The Law Firm of Goodman Allen & Filetti, PLLC Announces Merger with Ramey ...
PR Web (press release)April 4, 2012

The merger of two Virginia law firms, Goodman Allen & Filetti, PLLC and Ramey|Michael Business Law Group, PC, will compliment and expand existing legal services.The name of the firm will remain Goodman Allen & Filetti, PLLC. Goodman Allen & Filetti is ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Ill. pension director suggests cut for the retired
STLtoday.comApril 1, 2012

The director of the Illinois Teachers Retirement System is warning that financial troubles are so great it could consider reducing pension benefits to teachers who have already retired. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports Sunday ...more »

Trade Associations
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Obama Signs Bill Banning Congress From Insider Stock Trading
San Francisco ChronicleApril 4, 2012

April 4 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama signed into law a bill strengthening the ban on insider trading by members of Congress and other government officials who might profit on private knowledge they gain from work. "We were sent here to serve ...more »

False Advertising
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Apple caught in second Siri lawsuit
Macworld UKApril 2, 2012

Apple has been accused of false advertising in a second lawsuit over its Siri ads. In March, we reported that a New York resident is suing Apple over Siri, the iPhone 4S's voice activated assistant feature, saying that it doesn't work as advertised.more »

Unfair Competition
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Activists join call for justice
The Register-GuardApril 3, 2012

Eugene's activists took to the streets Monday, calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin case. In a late afternoon march that ended in a rally of about 150 people at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, several speakers said the shooting death of the ...more »

Federal Contracts
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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 »

Venture Capital
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Ericsson Acquires BelAir Networks
Private Equity Hub (press release)April 2, 2012

Investors in BelAir Networks include Export Development Canada, Wellington Financial, BDC Venture Capital, Comcast Interactive Capital, McLean Watson, MMV Financial, Panorama Capital, T-Mobile Venture Fund, Trilogy Equity Partners, VenGrowth Capital ...more »

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