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Commentary: Eagles well-positioned to handle loss of Jason Peters
The RepublicApril 1, 2012

When DeMeco Ryans was available, they had the cap space and surplus draft picks to get him. When DeSean Jackson and Evan Mathis reached the end of their contracts, the Eagles had the money to keep them. They had enough flexibility to extend Trent Cole ...more »

Gunshot confirmed as cause of death in homicide
Ottawa CitizenApril 1, 2012

By Meghan Hurley, The Ottawa Citizen March 31, 2012 8:03 PM An autopsy confirmed Saturday that Ottawa's third homicide victim of the year died from a gunshot wound. Peyman Hatami, 31, was found lying on the ground outside a Chinese restaurant on Dynes ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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Solano County DA reaches deal with chiropractor
TheReporter.comApril 1, 2012

The lawsuit stated Altadonna engaged in false and misleading advertising and unfair business practices related to the marketing of the DRX-9000, a spinal traction device. According to the district attorney's office, Altadonna received commissions from ...more »

Federal Grants
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Help for victims, witnesses at a premium
Beaver County TimesApril 1, 2012

Assistance for victims who are 60 or older or on disability who have been the victims of fraud. Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 2:20 pm | Updated: 7:30 pm, Sun Apr 1, 2012. BEAVER -- The Victim/Witness Assistance Project helps thousands of people each ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Patent Litigation Risk Drives Microsoft to Move European Distribution Center
PCWorldApril 2, 2012

By Loek Essers, IDG-News-Service:Amsterdam-Bureau 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 ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Bank challenges law to aid GOP chairman's kin
Battle Creek EnquirerApril 2, 2012

| AP GARFIELD TOWNSHIP — Wells Fargo bank is challenging a new state law signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder that would overturn a $2.4 million judgment against the brother of state GOP chairman Bobby Schostak for a northern Michigan real estate ...more »

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CC ready for opener after final spring start
MLB.comApril 2, 2012

The start will be Sabathia's fourth consecutive Opening Day effort for the Yankees, and he said it never gets old. "It's an honor to be able to start the season for the franchise and the organization," Sabathia said. "I'll be ready to go.more »

Banking Law
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Business People / Hires, promotions and honors
Buffalo NewsApril 1, 2012

Weider special counsel in the firm's business litigation and insolvency department. Weider, former chair of the financial reorganization and bankruptcy group at Harter Secrest and Emery, received his bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College and ...more »

Gaming Law
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Bill would allow Ocean Downs to add table games
Delmarva NowApril 3, 2012

State lawmakers are weighing a bill that would let casino operators add table games along with video lottery terminals. At Ocean Downs, the language in the legislation specifically would allow more on-site music and entertainment options.more »

Business Formation
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Law Review: Reading tea leaves on the justices' health-care-law comments
Philadelphia InquirerApril 1, 2012

Justice Antonin Scalia, a son of Trenton, was the most vocal, even uninhibited, conservative voice, deftly sprinkling abstruse legal argument with street idiom, at one point describing a promise of Medicaid funds to former Nebraska Sen.more »

Government Construction Contracts
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German Industrial Output Declined More Than Forecast in February
BloombergApril 5, 2012

German industrial output fell more than economists forecast in February as cold weather kept workers off construction sites. Production (GRIPIMOM) decreased 1.3 percent from January, when it rose a revised 1.2 percent, the Economy Ministry in Berlin ...more »

Business Law
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Obama's insurance requirement not the only mandate
U.S. News & World ReportApril 1, 2012

Lindsey Donner, a small-business owner from San Diego, pays the Medicare tax although she and her husband are uninsured. Donner, 27, says she doesn't see much difference between the mandate that workers help finance Medicare and the health care law's...more »

Institutional Investing
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JOBS Act eases some IPO regs, raises investor concerns
Pensions & InvestmentsApril 2, 2012

The JOBS Act — Jumpstart Our Business Startups — was approved by the House and Senate in March. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation this month, and the law will take effect immediately. The bill allows companies with up to $1 ...more »

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When NC employers dodge workers' comp costs, employees pay the price
News & ObserverApril 1, 2012

Mike Carpenter, executive vice president of the NC Homebuilders Association, said his group has worked for years to try to clamp down on those in the construction industry without workers' compensation. Homebuilders pushed successfully for a law in ...more »

Prosecutor balances job, family interests
Parkersburg NewsApril 1, 2012

McCullough noted as Isner's parent she had no legal obligation to do anything. Though she did. She gathered up the stolen goods and stored them in her car until she presented them to police. And she was prepared to testify. McCullough said she sought ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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US law expected to help firms go public, raise capital
TheChronicleHerald.caApril 1, 2012

On March 27, Congress passed the JOBS (or, rather ludicrously, Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act, which aims to revive growth by easing the regulatory burden on companies seeking to raise capital. The act is designed to address the decline in ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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3 men caught in north Lebanon stealing generators
The Daily StarApril 2, 2012

The Internal Security Forces arrested the three individuals – identified by their initials MK, his brother BK, and MA from Qibbeh, Tripoli – while they were attempting to steal power generators. The men were apprehended in their vehicle that carries ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Business Digest: Chesapeake Ranger Tugs sells to Graysonville dealer
Annapolis CapitalApril 1, 2012

Software development firm NIC Inc., Maryland Information Division, has signed an eight-year lease at the Severn Bank Building for 5750 square feet of office space. The company develops Web-based software for state agencies that include several ...more »

International Transactions
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Indian Official: Nation Open to Foreign Investment
Wall Street JournalApril 3, 2012

He noted that the law itself governing such transactions hasn't changed: At issue is the interpretation of the legislation. Many Indian tax experts, however, say the government is trying to pass off a major change in tax policy as a minor clarification ...more »

Communications & Media
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Workshop on sensitising media about torture
The Nation, PakistanApril 1, 2012

The only speaker Mr. Wajahat Masood, a veteran journalist and intellectual, stressed upon sensitising the Pakistani press about reporting regarding torture cases. He said torture, which is made within the parameters of the law in connection with any ...more »

NASA Notice of Intent to Grant Exclusive License: Telemetry Systems
Space Ref (press release)April 3, 2012

NASA hereby gives notice of its intent to grant a partially exclusive license in the United States to practice the inventions described and claimed in MFS-32809-1 Adaptable Transponder for Multiple Telemetry Systems, US Application Serial No.more »

Construction & Development
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Industrial park work at airport continues
Times DailyApril 1, 2012

The final and most expensive phase is estimated at $2.2 million and involves the construction of a 2000-foot access road to the initial apron development and the installation of water, sewer and electrical lines. A “utility corridor” for the future ...more »

Locating Funds
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CrowdCheck Applauds Crowdfunding Provisions of JOBS Act
MarketWatch (press release)April 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Today Sara Hanks, securities attorney and cofounder of CrowdCheck, applauded the JOBS Act for expanding crowdfunding investments to for-profit businesses, but cautioned that entrepreneurs and ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Reich: Political jujitsu to save health care law
San Francisco ChronicleApril 1, 2012

If the Supreme Court decides that the individual mandate requiring everyone to buy health insurance is an unconstitutional extension of federal authority, the law starts unraveling. But with a bit of political jujitsu, President Obama could turn that ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Evercore Partners to Announce First Quarter 2012 Financial Results and Host ...
MarketWatch (press release)April 17, 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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Pill Drop: Ladue Pharmacy and Police to Take Back Unused Drugs April 28
Patch.comApril 4, 2012

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Another Fox Guarding the Henhouse? Obama's DOJ Tax Division Assistant Attorney...
truthoutApril 6, 2012

And in "Eager For the Battle," Keneally said that, as a defense attorney, she viewed the IRS and the federal government as "fair," and "noble adversaries." She also said that she is "happiest," as a lawyer, "when I can vindicate someone's rights.more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Criminal background checks provide patchwork protection against rogue doctors
American Medical NewsApril 2, 2012

About two-thirds of medical boards have the authority to investigate whether a physician has a criminal history, but rules vary by state. By Carolyne Krupa, amednews staff. Posted April 2, 2012. Driving under the influence, tax evasion, fraud, ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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More US employers tie health insurance to medical tests
USA TODAYApril 1, 2012

More employers are expected to adopt them starting in 2014, when the health law — if the Supreme Court upholds it — would allow them to offer larger incentives or penalties. "We're seeing a big move in this direction driven by employers' concern ...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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Stroz Friedberg and Pangea3 Form Alliance to Offer eDiscovery Services
MarketWatch (press release)April 2, 2012

NEW YORK, Apr 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Stroz Friedberg, LLC a global digital risk management and investigations firm, today announced an alliance with Pangea3, the leading provider of legal process outsourcing solutions and the New York Law...more »

Customs Disputes
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US won't let Mexican dad enter country to bury 10-year-old son who died in ...
New York Daily NewsApril 1, 2012

Attorneys for Fidelmar “Fidel” Merlos-Lopez are trying to win humanitarian parole so he can attend the funeral, but say US Customs and Border Protection has rebuffed their efforts. Damien Lopez died in a Shenandoah row house along with his cousin, ...more »

Public Offerings
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Longtime local, state leader Longmire dies
Grand Forks HeraldApril 1, 2012

George Longmire, a Tennessee gentleman transplanted to North Dakota, a state senator and attorney active in community groups such as the Lions Club, died March 25 at Auburn Manor in Chaska, Minn. He was 96. George Longmire, a Tennessee gentleman ...more »

Debt Collection
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Debt, Credit, Tormentors
Albuquerque Journal (subscription)April 1, 2012

Both debt collectors and credit bureaus are supposed to comply with various statutes and regulations, such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act respectively, but violations are rarely punished.more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Senate committee boss: Christie's delay on pricing NJ higher ed reorganization...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comApril 10, 2012

Chris Christie endorsed a reorganization plan that calls for Rowan University to take over Rutgers' Camden campus and for Rutgers to absorb parts of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Piscataway. The governor says he wants all ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Tax-debt relief firms pay the price
MarketWatchApril 3, 2012

By Andrea Coombes, MarketWatch SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Who wouldn't want to pay “pennies on the dollar” to settle their tax debt? That appealing prospect has long been touted in late-night television ads and on billboards, with the smiling faces ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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UVic clinic offers a legal helping hand
Vancouver SunApril 4, 2012

About this time, Hockley found the University of Victoria's free Business Law Clinic through a Women's Enter-prise Centre newsletter. She contacted the clinic via Skype. The law students don't pro-vide legal advice, but free legal information.more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Car Insurance Laws to Change
The LedgerApril 1, 2012

The law also tries to reduce the number of PIP claims that end up in court, but it could create new areas of litigation as well. Most lawsuits are filed because doctors disagree with insurance companies on how much they are owed.more »

Trade Associations
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Obama warns justices against 'activism' on health law
USA TODAYApril 2, 2012

By David Jackson, USA TODAY President Obama said today he is confident the Supreme Court will uphold his health care law -- and basically warned the justices against striking down the law by practicing what he called "judicial activism.more »

False Advertising
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Web privacy rules turn poachers into gamekeepers
msnbc.comApril 3, 2012

There are thousands of analytics companies, audience targeters, ad brokers, ad exchanges and the like that can collect and sell data-based services on internet users for 5000 euros a time to big brands, which then buy ad space where their potential ...more »

Unfair Competition
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What Is Trademark Parody, Really? Louis Vuitton Puts UPENN in the Fashion ...
JD Supra (press release)April 9, 2012

McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition § 31:153 (4th ed. 2001). Confusion exists when there is a “likelihood that an appreciable number of ordinary prudent purchasers will be misled or confused as to the source of the goods in question Mushroom ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Tribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal
San Jose Mercury NewsApril 1, 2012

Tribune Broadcasting said in a statement late Saturday that without a deal in place, by federal law DirecTV cannot carry the signal of Tribune's local television stations after midnight, when the agreement expires. The affected markets include New York ...more »

Venture Capital
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Swisscom Ventures Invests in MATRIXX Software
MarketWatch (press release)April 3, 2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Apr 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MATRIXX Software today announces that Swisscom Ventures, the venture capital arm of Communications Service Provider (CSP) Swisscom, has invested in MATRIXX Software.more »


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