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Why it's best to spend 2012 between the covers
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

The latter should be a real treat for Jacobson's fans: it is set in doomed literary London and stars a downtrodden protagonist with a highly strung, red-haired wife and a deeply troubling mother-in-law.... Attica Locke's The Cutting Season (Serpent's ...more »

Experts Weigh In on Outside Groups' Pro-Gingrich Spots
New York Times (blog)January 1, 2012

Nevertheless, any ad featuring a candidate for federal office so close to an election would fall under what the election commission calls “electioneering communications.” But a quirk in the law means that the agency does not consider caucuses like ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

Advertising
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Beer-Ad Ban Hits Russia as Nation Boosts Sobriety
AdAge.comJanuary 2, 2012

At the same time, brewers and their agencies are plotting longer- term moves to digital advertising, which will still be allowed. (Print ads will also be permitted, although current law bans alcohol ads on the first and last pages of newspapers and ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Medley Capital Corporation Names New Board Nominee
Reuters (press release)January 3, 2012

If elected, Mr. Dorfman will serve on the Company's Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. ABOUT MEDLEY CAPITAL CORPORATION The Company is a newly-organized, externally-managed, non-diversified closed-end management investment company that has ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Delta adds $3 surcharge on fares between US and Europe
ReutersJanuary 3, 2012

Antitrust laws prevent US airlines from publicly discussing their future pricing. Germany's Lufthansa, however, told passengers on Monday to brace for higher ticket prices because of the EU scheme to tackle climate change. Under the EU plans, ...more »

Franchising
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Ilya Bryzgalov announces he's not starting Winter Classic
Yahoo! Sports (blog)January 1, 2012

He's the franchise goalie who has been snubbed for a spotlight on the regular season's biggest stage. He's a $51 million investment that will likely watch a guy on a rookie contract between the pipes with nation watching. The notion that he announced ...more »

Gaming Law
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BA casino violates tribal law, official says
Tulsa WorldJanuary 1, 2012

They were in court because the owners of the allotted land, heirs Marcella Giles and Wynema Epps, wanted a lease approved so they could lease the land to the Kialegees. District Judge Jesse Harris "withheld approval" of the lease in August, ...more »

Banking Law
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Stanford Seeks Trial Delay After Defense Expert Witnesses Quit Over Pay
BloombergJanuary 3, 2012

Stanford's experts haven't been paid for four months, Ali Fazel, Stanford's lead criminal-defense lawyer, said in court papers filed Dec. 30 in federal court in Houston. They quit last week after the US Court of Appeals, which controls budgets for ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Jacobs Receives Contract from DISA/DITCO at Scott Air Force Base
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services. Statements made in this release that are not based on historical fact are forward-looking statements. We base these forward-looking ...more »

Business Formation
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1-800's Gary heads to battle
Tbo.comJanuary 1, 2012

... Officer Jeff Atwater are taking aim at Kompothecras' 1-800-Ask-Gary hotline and similar lawyer and medical referral services. Whether he's able to fend off these attacks on his business model makes Kompothecras a businessman to watch in 2012. ...more »

Institutional Investing
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How Cambridge senators voted on now-languishing bills in 2011
Wicked LocalJanuary 1, 2012

PUT STATE RETIREMENT FUNDS IN LOCAL BANKS (H2036) - Provides that not less than $250 million of the state-administered Pension Reserves Investment Trust (PRIT) funds be invested in local banks that are incorporated in or have their headquarters located ...more »

Commercial
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2011 Year in Review, Police & Courts: Diaz, Cazares sentenced; manhunt ends ...
Quincy Herald WhigJanuary 1, 2012

At the same hearing, Marion County Prosecutor Tom Redington presented Blue Ryno checks signed by Oswalt and made payable to criminal defense attorneys representing Oswalt's daughter in Missouri and Illinois drug cases, as well to her daughter's ...more »

Law Firm Burr & Forman Thanks Clients
Sacramento BeeJanuary 3, 2012

... legal team has served clients with local, national, and international interests in numerous industry and practice areas, ranging from commercial litigation and class actions to corporate transactions, including bankruptcy and restructurings. ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Developer of Maryland housing office in Prince George's has financial troubles
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

The charter of the Carl Williams Group, a development company founded in 2005 in Prince George's, was revoked by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation two years ago for failing to file a 2008 property tax return with the state. ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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SBI requested to look into death of man following his arrest | Crime
WBTVJanuary 11, 2012

Chief Rory Collins said Wednesday afternoon that his department will conduct its own internal investigation into the circumstances around the death of 22 year old Claymore Jones, Jr. "Though I do have full confidence that our department's Professional ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Getting the job done: Q&A with Prudential's Claude Gardner
Daytona Beach News-JournalJanuary 1, 2012

Both lease rates and sale prices were at the bottom. Oh, another positive, 2011 is over. Any other bright spots in the commercial real estate market? There were three bright spots. First, professionals starting a practice have Small Business ...more »

International Transactions
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The FATCA Chronicles: Tales From China, Canada, and Estonia
The AtlanticJanuary 3, 2012

Canadian banks are beside themselves with worry and exasperation because they do so much business in the US that they can't afford to offend the IRS but complying will break our privacy laws... There is another problem connected to this, namely who is, ...more »

Communications & Media
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2011 International LGBT Roundup: Asylum and Refugees
Care2.com (blog)January 1, 2012

They also agreed to share best practices on treatment of LGBT asylum cases. In Australia a law was passed clarifying protection rights for homosexual refugees. It emerged in October that key global south LGBT activists are increasingly encountering ...more »

Gas tax hikes, new laws in effect
Boone Mountain TimesJanuary 5, 2012

Teens could be arrested for those offenses under the law. Additional new legislation will see criminals convicted of misdemeanors housed in county jails rather than in state prisons. The move is designed to save money and reduce the number of repeat ...more »

Construction & Development
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Throughout year, big votes to take place
Kitsap SunJanuary 1, 2012

They could likely buy the services of a commercial real estate marketer to help them promote SKIA nationally and even globally. All that is new for the port, which also will tend to the home fires at its small airport, industrial park and marinas in ...more »

Locating Funds
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Mont. SC upholds ban on direct corporate contributions
Legal News LineJanuary 3, 2012

The ruling overturned a ban on spending in support of or in opposition to a candidate (ie advertising), but kept in tact a law that forbids companies from donating funds directly from their treasuries to candidates. "Some members of the public might ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Ojai picks new city attorney
Ventura County StarJanuary 2, 2012

... per hour for general legal counsel, which includes legal services such as criminal prosecutions but excludes civil litigation. That would be billed at $195 per hour. The council also chose Scott Howard, of Ventura, to be assistant city attorney. ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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SMSC's Industry Leading KleerNet(TM) Technology Puts Monster's New Wireless ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 9, 2012

Our forward looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations and may not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, mergers or divestitures. ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Tax relief for veterans' spouses among new Texas laws
LubbockOnline.comJanuary 1, 2012

By JIM VERTUNO AP AUSTIN — Tens of thousands of spouses of totally disabled veterans in Texas will qualify for significant property tax relief under a new law taking effect Jan. 1. Texas law already exempts veterans who are declared 100 percent ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Bondi files suit against two foreclosure management firms
South Florida Business JournalJanuary 5, 2012

“The laws that protect Floridians from deceptive practices and homeowners during the course of a residential foreclosure must be abided by, and I am pleased that the Court granted our motion to stop these companies from defrauding Floridians. ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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For Portland's dope king, love and mistrust
The Associated PressJanuary 1, 2012

He has filed for bankruptcy at least twice. For at least three years, he paid off his personal bills with money from the foundation, and when the feds found out, he simply gave up the foundation's nonprofit status. When cornered, time and again, ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Contracts went to criminals
Toledo BladeJanuary 1, 2012

“I work side by side with My Bro Greg Jr., running my fathers construction company!” her Facebook profile says. “Its a great job if you can deal with your parents yelling at you like your still a kid! I don't mind it!” Grecheri Harris, daughter of ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Customs and Border Protection Gets New Leader
ticklethewire.comJanuary 2, 2012

By Danny Fenster ticklethewire.com A new leader has been named to the nation's largest uniformed federal law enforcement agency, US Customs and Border Protection, reports the website AllGov.com. David V. Aguilar has been named the head of the agency. ...more »

Professional Corporations
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The Complete Game
The American LawyerJanuary 2, 2012

That means taking a detective's approach to examining the facts of a case, and sometimes using a team of outside private investigators to dig up more. It means waging battles inside and outside of the courtrooms. It's a strategy of action, not reaction ...more »

Debt Collection
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America's Abusive Debt Collectors
NewsweekJanuary 2, 2012

Meet the debt collectors going to scary lengths to collect. We all know the drill. Threatening letters that arrive in the mail, a phone that constantly rings. But Alexis Moore needed a job, and needed one fast “if I didn't want to end up living on the ...more »

Public Offerings
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Utah's Republican Attorney General Stands Up for Embattled Holder
Main JusticeJanuary 3, 2012

“You would think a group of legislators who tout the Constitution as much as … these guys do would understand that the Utah Constitution prohibits them from” taking over the state Attorney General's role, Shurtleff told the Salt Lake Tribune last ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Top Local Stories of 2011
Idaho Press-TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

... $25 million tort claim against the county claiming slander and libel, became the subject of an Idaho State Bar professional misconduct investigation, filed a defamation lawsuit against Nampa city council member-elect Bob Henry and a Nampa law firm, ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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New Orleans homicides jump by 14 percent in 2011
NOLA.comJanuary 1, 2012

Serpas countered that this has been a rebuilding year for the NOPD, with major reorganizations of command, new tactics implemented and a significant restructuring of the homicide unit, part of which involved adding more detectives to investigate ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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'Caylee's Law' leads new bills
Pensacola News JournalJanuary 1, 2012

University of Miami law professor Tamara Lave said what's most troubling to her about the proposed Caylee's Law legislation is a strict liability law, meaning it could punish those who aren't intentionally trying to commit a crime by notifying anyone ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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For Portland's dope king, love and mistrust
The Register-GuardJanuary 2, 2012

Sandee Burbank, executive director of the pro-medical marijuana group Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse and one of the original supporters of the medical marijuana law, says Stanford's business defies the medicinal intent of the law and is concerned ...more »

False Advertising
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An Ad Blocker Opens the Gate, Ever So Slightly
New York TimesJanuary 2, 2012

The name said it all — and each day 10 million people or so surf the Internet with Adblock Plus installed, presumably never missing the advertising they were meant to see. In December, however, Adblock Plus introduced a new concept, the “acceptable ad ...more »

Trade Associations
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New Law: No More Indoor Tans for California Minors
Capital Public Radio NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The new law updates the code that says 14-17 year olds from tanning indoors with parental consent. Salon owner Craig Joyner opposes changing a law that he says has been working just fine. He speaks for the state's indoor tanning trade organization. ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Frank Munger: Contract change could be big distraction for Y-12 workers
Knoxville News SentinelJanuary 2, 2012

Ted Sherry, the outgoing federal manager at Y-12, agreed that the contract changeover is going to be the biggest challenge of 2012. “Obviously, a lot of leadership changes are going to be occurring, and that whole process is going to be a challenge,” ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Forrester's Josh Bernoff Completes Covario One-Two Keynote Punch at ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 11, 2012

Case studies are set to revolve around such key topics as leveraging info-graphics with social media influentials, driving SEO results in the face of strong competition, and using content syndication strategies to boost SEO performance. ...more »

Federal Grants
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Appeals court grants stay of new pollution rule
Legal News LineJanuary 2, 2012

In the state's stay motion, Abbott's office said that the EPA allegedly failed to comply with laws requiring federal agencies to inform the public of rule proposals in advance so that affected parties can participate in the rule-making process. ...more »

Venture Capital
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Like It or Not, the Reputation Graph Is Here to Stay
BusinessWeekJanuary 5, 2012

By Mathew Ingram Klout, the online reputation-ranking service that recently raised a Series C round of financing estimated at $30 million from a host of venture capital firms, has taken heavy fire from critics over the past year. ...more »

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