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Court of appeals rules on ship construction contract dispute
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

"in the Brazilian legal framework there is no legal rule determining that the registration of the vessel construction contract with the respective Maritime Registration Office is a requirement for the validity thereof. The effect of its registration is ...more »

The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

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Advertising
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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Weak land rights in Africa fuel potential for conflicts -experts
Reuters AlertNetFebruary 1, 2012

As foreign investment in Africa grows, experts say legal empowerment of rural communities is critical, including education about legal rights and information about the ramifications of land concessions. Two thirds of lands being acquired are in Africa, ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Franchising
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La. city blazes high-speed Web trail
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

Mitchell says those efforts often draw opposition in the form of misinformation campaigns, lawsuits from private providers or unfavorable state laws resulting from telecom lobbying. Nineteen states either ban cities and counties from getting into the ...more »

Gaming Law
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Fine Point Group Files Motion to Enforce Tribal Court Judgment Against ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The Fine Point Group yesterday filed a motion in Pojoaque Tribal Court to enforce the decision of that same court in the face of continued interference by the Pueblo of Pojoaque Gaming Commission, whose conduct was previously ...more »

Banking Law
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Florida Lawmakers Tackle Cash Checking Ties to Workers' Comp Fraud
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Daniel Davis (R-Jacksonville), which is designed to rein-in the use of checking cashing companies by individuals seeking to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums. Among other things, the bill eliminates a current law that requires state ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Mota-Engil Chief Plans Overseas Growth After African Contracts
BusinessWeekFebruary 6, 2012

6 (Bloomberg) -- Mota-Engil SGPS SA, Portugal's biggest construction company, plans to counter a recession at home by expanding abroad and building on a $703 million deal in Malawi, its chief executive officer said. Helped by contracts in Angola and ...more »

Business Formation
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Calif. toy company owners sentenced in drug scheme
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The company, Angel Toy Corp., also was ordered to forfeit $1 million and pay a $200000 fine. Attorneys for Huang and Yu maintained their clients weren't aware drug cartels were funneling money into their business, but each woman apologized for their ...more »

Institutional Investing
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RegeneRx Engages Investment Bankers to Assist in Evaluating and Exploring ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. /quotes/zigman/3410423 RGRX -9.68% ("the Company" or "RegeneRx") has hired investment bankers, Ameritech Advisors, LLC and Aurora Capital, LLC, to help the Company ...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 »

Court ruling continues to conflict with city interest
MSU State NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Medical marijuana still is legal in the state, but patients are required to get medical marijuana directly from their caregivers or grow it themselves because of the ruling. No dispensaries ever were established in East Lansing — only one application ...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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Court orders BNI to produce Police Boss…for the second time
Modern GhanaFebruary 1, 2012

A Human Rights Court yesterday, ordered the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to produce Head of the Commercial Crimes Unit of the Police CID, DSP Gifty Mawuenyegah Tehoda, who was remanded on charges of abetment of crime.more »

International Transactions
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Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire O'Charley's ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. /quotes/zigman/391018/quotes/nls/fnf FNF +0.49% , is a leading provider of title insurance, mortgage services and diversified services. FNF is the nation's largest title insurance company through its title insurance ...more »

Communications & Media
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Investor relations in the age of social media: Communication, PR & private ...
Stockopedia (blog)February 1, 2012

Much is written and commented on by Private Investors and industry journalists about what is the right balance of communication for small caps. Some believe that fundamentals will pull through and that companies should be left alone to deliver results.more »

Hundreds dodge TV licence
Hartlepool TodayFebruary 1, 2012

A total of 480 people were caught watching TV without a valid licence in Peterlee, in 2011, and almost 390000 across the UK as a whole. Bosses say the majority of people are keeping to the law as the estimated evasion rate remains steady at around five ...more »

Construction & Development
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New housing developments proposed for seniors, UWSP students
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

That's the same amount the city had in total new construction in 2011, including new homes, developments and renovations. The city is working with Development Partners of Neenah to bring nonassisted senior housing to downtown and more student housing ...more »

Locating Funds
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Missed deadline jeopardizes federal funds to counties
Arkansas NewsFebruary 3, 2012

The state treasurer's office, which distributed the funds the previous two years under provisions of a 2009 state law, was notified in October that the state had missed a Sept. 30 deadline for requesting the funds through the US Forest Service, ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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End the double-dipping in state government
Daily Mail - CharlestonFebruary 1, 2012

State law allows public employees to retire and go back to work under restrictive conditions that limit to $15000 a year the pay an employee can collect and still receive a pension. After all, pensions should go to people who are retired.more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Platinum Equity Completes Sale of 3B
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

About Platinum Equity Platinum Equity ( www.platinumequity.com ) is a global M&A&O(R) firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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How Lowering Taxes on the Rich Can Raise Revenue: Amity Shlaes
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 2, 2012

In other words, America has passed its tipping point on taxes. In fact, we are officially tipped. There's something un-civic and creepy about this status. Everybody should pay some tax, just as everybody should vote. As recent history shows, ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Mortgage companies settle foreclosure claims with federal, state agencies
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 9, 2012

“Banks must follow the laws. Any bank that hasn't done so should be held accountable and should take prompt action to correct its mistakes. And it will not end with this settlement. One of the most important ways this settlement helps homeowners is ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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N.J. to receive compensation from General Motors for Superfund sites
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comFebruary 1, 2012

General Motors' bankruptcy unit has agreed to pay nearly $24 million to resolve environmental liabilities at Superfund sites in New Jersey, Maryland and Missouri, according to the US Department of Justice. From that settlement, $19.5 million is ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Romney's Returns Revive Scrutiny of Offshore Tax Shelters
New York TimesFebruary 7, 2012

The technique in question allows nonprofit institutions and large retirement funds to exploit the advantages of shell companies set up in tax havens like the Cayman Islands by investing money with private equity firms like Bain Capital, ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Attorney says immigration status not an issue
Salina.comFebruary 1, 2012

Attorney Roger Falk, who represents Birger Draget, said he contacted officials at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine what the consequences would be of an expired visa for Draget, a Norwegian citizen who has lived in the United States ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Statement from Unique Broadband Systems' Largest Shareholder
MarketWatch (press release)February 5, 2012

The Offeror intends to requisition a special meeting of the shareholders of UBS pursuant to the Ontario Business Corporations Act to elect a new board of directors for UBS. Shareholders wishing to accept the Offer must deposit their Shares before 8:00 ...more »

Debt Collection
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Maurice Blackburn class action adds two more banks
The New LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Law firm Maurice Blackburn has filed a claim against St George Bank and Bank SA in the ongoing bank fee class action saga. The fight against unfair bank fees reached new heights yesterday as 10500 more people joined Australia's biggest series of class ...more »

Public Offerings
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State is working to get your money back
Warrick PublishingFebruary 2, 2012

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a civil lawsuit against a former Warrick County park's bookkeeper as a means to recover more than $34000 in public funds. Boonville resident Kristi Gates, an employee at Scales Lake Park, was arrested on ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Much of unpaid debt uncollectable, city says
Houston ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

A city analysis of delinquent bills revealed that nearly 70 percent of the debt is more than 2 years old. The older a debt gets, industry experts say, the less likely it is that it will be collected. People die, move or even forget about bills past due ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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District Judge in Monterrey Issues Final Ruling Approving Vitro's ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Vitro SAB de CV ("Vitro" or "The Company") (bmv:VITROA) reports that the Judge for the Fourth District Court Civil and Labor Matters in the City of Monterrey issued her final ruling approving the restructuring plan ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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IN RE CENTRAL LOUISIANA GRAIN COOPERATIVE, INC.
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

These Reasons for Decision constitute the court's findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Rule 7052 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. 1 The Debtor filed for relief under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code on April 10, 2008, ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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New crew laws 'will destroy' jobs, says Qantas boss
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

Fronting a Senate inquiry in Canberra this morning, Mr Joyce said in his opening address that the proposed bills would "constitute a major threat to our business, to Australian jobs ... to investment and to growth". Jetstar boss Bruce Buchanan is also ...more »

False Advertising
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TripAdvisor reviews that can't be trusted: Website fails to vet comments, says ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

By Sean Poulter TripAdvisor can no longer claim to offer 'trusted and honest' reviews, the advertising watchdog has ruled. It said that because the world's biggest travel website does not vet its 50million users' comments, it cannot guarantee they are ...more »

Trade Associations
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Congressional Insider Trading Ban Exempts Lobbyists
Kansas City infoZineFebruary 1, 2012

Washington, DC - infoZine - The Washington Post reports: "Congress' low approval ratings have sparked a rare instance of bipartisanship, as both parties are rushing to pass a bill that would make it clear that insider trading laws apply to lawmakers.more »

Federal Contracts
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Federal Contracting Institute Awards 2nd CSCM Graduate Certificate
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

About Centre Consulting, Inc.Centre Consulting, Inc. with its sister company Centre Law Group and the Federal Contracting Institute (FCI), is the only company that provides integrated legal, training and consulting services to both government and ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Weighing Both Sides of the China-US Solar Panel Manufacturers Trade Dispute
RenewableEnergyWorld.com (blog)February 1, 2012

SolarWorld claims that its installations, like this 600+kW facility in Yosemite National Park, will slow or cease in the face of unfair Chinese competition. Image via www.solarworld-usa.com China has denied any allegations of wrongdoing, ...more »

Federal Grants
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Principals' Union Condemns Plan for 33 Struggling Schools
New York TimesFebruary 1, 2012

... the principals' union had played a passive role in the charged and increasingly divisive dispute over an evaluation system to gauge the performance of teachers and principals in 33 struggling schools receiving federal grants to help improve their ...more »

Venture Capital
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Venture Capitalists' Confidence Declines for Third Consecutive Quarter
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index® for the fourth quarter of 2011, based on a December 2011 survey of 30 San Francisco Bay Area venture capitalists, registered 3.27 on a 5 point scale (with 5 ...more »

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