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Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

Advertising
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Another L'Oreal ad under scrutiny in UK
Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)February 1, 2012

On Wednesday, the ASA ruled that a print ad for L'Oréal's Revitalift Repair 10 featuring model/actress Rachel Weisz was misleading, holding the cosmetics company accountable for false advertising. WWD reports that the committee said that the ad ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Gupta, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

(Adds Gupta in Lawsuits section, Stanford in Trials, Facebook in Litigation Departments and Foreign Bribe Case in Verdicts. Updates BP and EchoStar in Lawsuits, JPMorgan in New Suits and JC Flowers in Verdicts. Corrects gender of HSBC spokesman in ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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The Aldridge Company and Rafte & Company Merge Services
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"With combined IT support services, Rafte & Company and The Aldridge Company offer easy availability of cloud services as well as a full complement of technology and business consulting services for small businesses, law firms and other professional ...more »

Franchising
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Starz Entertainment Licenses More Than 500 Movies from Lionsgate
TVbytheNumbersFebruary 2, 2012

February 2, 2012 – Lionsgate ® (NYSE: LGF), a leading diversified global entertainment company, and Starz Entertainment, LLC, a leading premium pay TV company operating 17 premium movie channels in the United States, today announced a new multiyear ...more »

Gaming Law
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Ohio Casino Control Commission's rules govern chip color, size and more as ...
The RepublicFebruary 2, 2012

The rules make it clear who's not welcome in the casino employee ranks. The commission must consider factors including connections to mobsters and "other persons of disreputable character," those with a bankruptcy in the last 10 years and those with ...more »

Banking Law
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Strict federal ADA, EPA, OSHA rules don't make sense, local leaders say
Pulaski County Daily NewsFebruary 1, 2012

30, 2012) — When Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler came to Pulaski County for a roundtable forum with local business owners, new rules involving the Americans with Disability Act and environmental regulations took top billing on the list of business ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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LCQ11: Construction costs of new CGO and LegCo Complex and LegCo electricity ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)February 1, 2012

(a) and (b) The Tamar Development Project (the Project) includes the design and construction of the Chief Executive¡¦s Office, Central Government Offices, Legislative Council (LegCo) Complex, open space, two elevated walkways and associated facilities.more »

Business Formation
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Credit Suisse Worker Surrenders to FBI as Prosecutors Said to Plan Charges
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

US District Judge Alison Nathan asked Higgs why he committed the crime and whether there was a monetary benefit. “Yes -- a year-end bonus, your honor,” Higgs responded. Switzerland's second-largest bank said in 2008 it would take writedowns on ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Czech NGO mounts legal challenge over 'free' ČEZ emissions
Czech PositionFebruary 1, 2012

Czech NGO Environmental Law Service (EPS) says the challenge could cost ČEZ billions of crowns if it is successful. Basically, EPS is preparing to argue in Brussels that ČEZ's claims to “free” emissions allowances for work carried out on two of its ...more »

Commercial
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Casino developer seeks injunction over preference for Indian tribe
Boston GlobeFebruary 1, 2012

The law “is not keeping KG Urban from being able to apply,'' said Kenneth Salinger, assistant attorney general, representing the state. “Nobody can apply.'' At issue in the case is language in the casino law that forestalls open bidding for a ...more »

OUR VIEW: Aubree Jo's law
StandardNetFebruary 2, 2012

By Editorial Board We support what is being called "Aubree Jo's law," a bill from state Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, which would adjust child custody laws to also specifically consider the best interest of the child. Wilcox's bill, HB88, adds one line to ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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AMR lost $904 million in December
The Associated PressFebruary 1, 2012

American's labor unions have raised concerns about the amount that the company is spending to hire lawyers and restructuring consultants. In the bankruptcy court filing, AMR did not present data from December 2010 for comparison.more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Wrightsville Beach police probes officer conduct
Lumina NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The department has been pursuing an internal investigation since December, he said. Suspended in two separate incidents are Sgt. R. Miller, Patrolmen S. Appler and M. Altillio. All are veteran officers. Both Altillio and Appler are former detectives ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Village chiefs lodge police report over land encroachment
The Borneo PostFebruary 1, 2012

WE WANT OUR RIGHTS ON OUR LAND: The 22 village chiefs from Ensebang/Melikin area in Balai Ringin pose with Alex (fi fth left) in front of Sg. Maong Police Station after lodging a report at the commercial crime unit yesterday.more »

International Transactions
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Cubic Names New VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

As general counsel, Edwards will focus on US and international business transactions, including acquisitions, management of intellectual property, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and regulatory compliance in the countries where Cubic ...more »

Communications & Media
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Wind farm concerns aired in Floyd County
Roanoke TimesFebruary 1, 2012

... industrial windmills out or permit them under tough regulations to protect residents and the environment. Supervisors have proposed prohibiting all equipment more than 40 feet tall on ridge tops except electricity, telecommunications and TV gear, ...more »

Something to make song and dance over
This is SomersetFebruary 2, 2012

The issue was live music, and what I predicted would be the malign effects of the legislation which was being passed then, the 2003 Licensing Act, on venues for performances. The act introduced complex licensing requirements for pubs and halls wanting ...more »

Construction & Development
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Long Island PressFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Locating Funds
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Republicans Aim To Ban Use Of Welfare Debit Cards At Strip Clubs, Liquor Stores
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

"At a time you want to insure that every federal program we have has proper integrity and the money is actually getting to needy families, to needy children, this is something we need to act upon." As the impetus for the legislation, Boustany's office ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Kan. businesses seeking to let some crossers stay
Arizona Daily StarFebruary 1, 2012

In Kansas, a coalition of business groups wants a program that would let some illegal immigrants remain to work farms and do other work. TOPEKA, Kan. - A coalition of business groups will propose that Kansas start a program to help some illegal ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Ecolab Delivers Strong Fourth Quarter
Business Wire (press release)February 28, 2012

Fixed currency sales adjusted for special charges, Nalco and all other acquisitions +4% These non-GAAP measures are adjusted for special gains and charges and discrete tax items and exclude the Nalco merger impact. Ecolab delivered strong fourth ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Biz groups file appeal vs. city tax code at DOJ
Visayan Daily StarFebruary 1, 2012

They said CO 565 amended and increased the rates of business taxes previously imposed under Ordinance 93-001, beyond the allowable tax rate adjustment ceiling as provided for by law. “This second upward adjustment, after the first upward adjustment ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Democratic lawmakers offer bills addressing foreclosure crisis
KTAR.comFebruary 7, 2012

"Foreclosure is a huge issue in my district and statewide," Tovar said. "The lack of laws here at the state Legislature to help out foreclosure victims is really sad." Jeffrey Kastner, managing attorney of housing and government benefits for Community ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Kodak wants co. name off LA home of Oscars show
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports (http://on.rocne.ws/AjcPEm ) that the iconic photography company filed a motion this week in US Bankruptcy Court seeking to end its sponsorship agreement with Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Law students find inspiration in the Big Easy
University of Wisconsin-MadisonFebruary 1, 2012

Students from the UW Law School headed to New Orleans during winter break to help provide legal assistance to victims of hurricanes. Here are some of their stories, told by the student volunteers: We've all seen the pictures on TV: trees crashing onto ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Chicago-area massage parlor operator convicted of human trafficking
MMD Newswire (press release)February 1, 2012

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led the investigation in coordination with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force. The defendant, Alex Campbell, ...more »

Professional Corporations
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CDW LLC and CDW Finance Corporation Commence Tender Offer and Consent ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Notes tendered after the Consent Date, but prior to the Expiration Date, may not be withdrawn, except in limited circumstances where withdrawal rights are required by law. Barclays Capital Inc. is acting as the dealer manager and solicitation agent and ...more »

Debt Collection
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Law School Student Debt Is Just Tip of the Iceberg
U.S. News & World Report (blog)February 1, 2012

It is the highly visible tip of a growing iceberg of student debt that threatens all of higher education. It's not a surprise to regular readers of the Student Loan Ranger that most law students borrow to finance their legal education (88.6 percent ...more »

Public Offerings
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Bergen County native is tapped to lead division of state Attorney General's Office
NorthJersey.comFebruary 1, 2012

He most recently specialized in white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation, according to Lowenstein's website. “Chris Porrino is an outstanding attorney who has established a track record as an excellent litigator, a leader, ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Judge approves settlement in WaMu bankruptcy
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The warrant holders asserted debt claims in the bankruptcy case, but US Bankruptcy Judge Mary Walrath ruled last month that they hold only equity interests, which slashed their potential recovery in the bankruptcy. Arthur Steinberg, an attorney ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Diamond Foods Hires Kodak's Adviser
TheStreet.comFebruary 8, 2012

By Antoine Gara 02/08/12 - 06:26 PM EST NEW YORK(TheStreet) - The consulting firm that is advising Eastman Kodak(EKDKQ) on its bankruptcy reorganization is now contributing its financial savvy to Diamond Foods(DMND) after an audit investigation ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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$30 Billion in 25 Years: Celebrating the Silver Anniversary of the False ...
Project on Government Oversight (blog)February 1, 2012

The federal False Claims Act is a law that imposes liability on persons and companies who defraud federal government programs: Medicare and Medicaid, national security programs, federal housing, disaster relief loans, and agricultural subsidies.more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Kansas prepares for clash of wills over future of unauthorised immigrants
The GuardianFebruary 2, 2012

The coalition's counter-proposal is all the more powerful because it is coming not from human rights or Hispanic groups who have consistently sounded the alarm over Arizona-style laws, but from the business community to which the Republican party pays ...more »

False Advertising
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Kaneland OKs advertising banners at stadium
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Linda girardi For The Beacon-News January 31, 2012 6:16PM The Kaneland School Board has approved a minimum $1500 annual fee for advertising space on the high school athletic field fences as a new revenue source to fund stadium capital projects.more »

Trade Associations
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Sen. Rand Paul Takes Aim at Lacey Act
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 2, 2012

“It is long overdue that the Lacey Act be revised to address its broad overcriminalization,” Sen. Paul said. The Lacey Act was enacted in 1900 to curb the illegal trade of wild game, but it has been amended and expanded over the years, most recently in ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Golden Globes Trial: Les Moonves Says CBS Might Have Bid $25 Million for Show
Hollywood ReporterFebruary 1, 2012

If it did, say the lawyers for DCP, then the group did not need to vote in 2010 when it extended its contract once again with NBC. Or at least that is the theory the group is pushing before Judge A. Howard Matz in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.more »

Unfair Competition
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BEVERLY HILLS ESCROW v. NAZARIAN
Leagle.comFebruary 16, 2012

BHE filed a complaint alleging a single cause of action for unfair competition (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17200), 1 seeking injunctive relief and restitution in July 2009. The parties tried the case to the court on December 21, 2010, and the court entered ...more »

Federal Grants
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The man who shaped Obama's drive to hold banks accountable
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Indeed, with no agency of government able to bring legal action, there would be no serious investigation of whether and how the banks broke the law. When Schneiderman learned of the proposed settlement, he said no. He was not willing to let the banks...more »

Venture Capital
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Orient Venture Capital Inc. Announces Proposed Qualifying Transaction With ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

H -12.50% (the "Company" or "OVC"), a Vancouver based capital pool company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (the "Exchange") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent ("LOI") effective February 1, 2012 with Virginia ...more »

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