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Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

The landmark “vicarious liability” legislation allows the prosecution of landowners or managers who fail to take steps to ensure staff and contractors act within the law. The legislation applies to the unlawful killing of wild birds and the possession ...more »

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 1/1
VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

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Advertising
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What the ad industry learnt from 2011 and how they foresee 2012
Best Media InfoJanuary 2, 2012

He observed, “2011 was a good year and good things were happening especially for small agencies like ours, Law & Kenneth, CreativeLand Asia and Ideas@work. There was enough proof that it is ideas that matter in this industry. It is not about the number ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Ukraine foreign minister calls for more Saudi investments
Arab NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Grishchenko spoke about his government's efforts to attract foreign investment by softening regulations, adding that it helps foreigners to own land in Ukraine known for its fertile lands. "The government has also reduced taxes on foreign investment. ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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This win required a trip to the Legislature
The National Law JournalJanuary 2, 2012

It marked a precedent: the first time post-conviction ballistics testing would actually be performed under Illinois state law. Vail, who started the case while an associate and is now a partner working in commercial, antitrust and Employee Retirement ...more »

Franchising
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2011's wild ride includes controversy, successes
Bonner County Daily BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Bonner County Commission Chairman Cornel Rasor spearheaded the formation of the council to advise elected officials and departments on matters involving private property rights. The council withstood review from the Idaho Attorney General's office, ...more »

Gaming Law
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Catholic priest's defense to target gambling
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 2, 2012

In October, those fears were realized when McAuliffe and federal prosecutors agreed to a deal. McAuliffe pleaded guilty to the mail fraud charges for sending falsified financial documents across state lines to the San Francisco Archdiocese. ...more »

Banking Law
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Responsible New York Banking
The People's VoiceJanuary 1, 2012

With giant banks bigger than ever during hard times and historically low interest rates, small banks are hard-pressed to compete. Yet growing anger over banking fraud, predatory lending, high fees, and lack of public service encourages depositors to ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Singapore economy contracts 4.9 percent in fourth quarter as manufacturing falls
Washington PostJanuary 3, 2012

Manufacturing slumped 22 percent from the previous quarter while construction fell 6.7 percent, the ministry said. Singapore expects the growth of its economy — which relies on manufacturing, finance and tourism — to slow to as little as 1 percent ...more »

Business Formation
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Virginia AG Cuccinelli may intervene in ballot flap
CBS NewsJanuary 1, 2012

I guess you forgot to tell the Supreme Court that states set their own election laws. by obwan222 December 31, 2011 7:34 PM EST Mortar1SG29: "It is a state law. No Federal courts need to be involved... Unless you are a Virginian...it is none of your ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Movers & Shakers for Jan. 1, 2012
Daily News TranscriptJanuary 1, 2012

At Babson, Goldstein holds the Donald P. Babson Chair in Applied Investments and is faculty director of the Stephen Cutler Center of Investment and Finance. He is also an honorary professor at The Queen's University in Belfast (UK) and was a visiting ...more »

Commercial
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Bush named chief executive of Challenger space center
Arizona Daily StarJanuary 1, 2012

He practices in the areas of commercial litigation, appeals, land use, and business and personal-injury torts. He is a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Email notices of hirings and promotions for Moving Up to business@azstarnet.com ...more »

Am Law Firms Start New Year Advising on Pair of Multibillion-Dollar Shale Deals
The American LawyerJanuary 4, 2012

Lees, a member and M&A partner at Oklahoma City firm Commercial Law Group PC who was named Dealmaker of the Week for that matter, is also advising Chesapeake on the Total deal. The pair of shale deals also kept Fulbright & Jaworski busy, ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Top stories of 2011
Hattiesburg AmericanJanuary 1, 2012

2011 brought with it a wave of criminal activity that got many residents worried about Hattiesburg's safety. Hattiesburg Police Department statistics show an increase in both felony and misdemeanor crimes on average for each month in 2011 from January ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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New Questions About Trips Sponsored by a Scholastic Publisher
New York TimesJanuary 2, 2012

For several weeks, New York State's attorney general has been investigating similar trips involving two dozen education officials from around the country who traveled to Singapore; London; Helsinki, Finland; China and Rio de Janeiro as guests of the ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Youngest ever in law society role
Great Lakes AdvocateJanuary 3, 2012

FORSTER lawyer Gabrielle Watts has been practising law for only three years but her peers have already recognised her excellent work and elected her regional president of the Law Society. At just 26 she is the youngest lawyer ever elected president of ...more »

International Transactions
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Rigrodsky & Long, PA Investigates Jingwei International Limited's Receipt of ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 6, 2012

... of law related to the Company's receipt of a proposal from George (Jianguo) Du, Chairman and CEO of the Company, for a "going private" transaction designed to eliminate Jingwei's status as a public company in the United States (the "Proposal"). ...more »

Communications & Media
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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 »

Durham Shooting: Are Britain's Gun Laws Tough Enough?
Huffington Post UKJanuary 3, 2012

"No licensing system can be perfect, but it would be hard to see how the present system could be much improved," he was quoted by the Press Association as saying. "We have very tough gun laws in the United Kingdom and we also have a very small amount ...more »

Construction & Development
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Rose Parade governed by unique set of laws
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

City ordinances address everything from construction of grandstand seating and the sale of parade programs to acts of political protest. Under a 1992 ordinance, disrupting or impeding a parade can land a person a $1000 fine and up to six months in jail ...more »

Locating Funds
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Federal judge voids two new Idaho anti-union laws
The Idaho StatesmanJanuary 5, 2012

The two laws, Senate Bills 1007 and 1006, expanded Idaho's Right-to-Work law. They sought to ban “job targeting programs” that use union dues funds to subsidize members' wages as a way to help contractors win bids, and to ban “project labor agreements” ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Study: Traffic cameras can be bad deals
Annapolis CapitalJanuary 1, 2012

He said that several counties and municipalities in Maryland have contracts with traffic camera companies that make money based on how many citations are issued. (Ely said that a creative legal interpretation allows this kind of contract, ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Vinson & Elkins Elevates Fourteen to Partnership
Citybizlist (press release)January 11, 2012

Shay Kuperman's practice focuses on business and international law. His experience includes many types of transactions, including project development, mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures, and investments. He has worked on matters in ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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CNG motor fuel tax decals no longer needed
NewsOK.comJanuary 1, 2012

A law takes effect Sunday that no longer requires those with compressed natural gas vehicles to buy a special fuel tax decal. The decals cost $100 each. House Bill 1472 increases the assessment on a bushel of wheat from 1½ cents to 2 cents that is ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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New TX Law For HOAs Give Homeowners More Time Before Foreclosure
KUHF-FMJanuary 6, 2012

Up until now, Homeowners Associations in Texas have been able to quickly foreclose on homes whose owners might owe just a few hundred dollars in late dues or assessments. A new state law took effect this week giving homeowners more time to make good on ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Euro-Zone Breakup Emerges as Buyer Risk in UniCredit Stock Sale
BusinessWeekJanuary 5, 2012

Prime Minister Lucas Papademos yesterday told Greeks that cuts in income are the only way to stay in the euro and get more financing from international creditors to avert an economic collapse that may otherwise come as soon as March. ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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“Cruelty-Free” Lies Of The Cosmetic Industry
Global AnimalJanuary 1, 2012

We're not saving a life.” As a spokeswoman for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit health organization whose goals include promoting animal-free testing, Ms. Bauer has a mission: to get more people to use makeup and ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Decrees, Laws and Decisions Issued in 2011
Syrian Arab News AgencyJanuary 1, 2012

4/12/2011: Legislative Decree No. 125 on allowing electors to practice their right to vote in the elections using their identity cards. 7/12/2011: Law No. 23 on amending consumer spending taxes on some products and services. 7/12/2011: Law No. ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Obama Stokes War vs. Iran & American Ideals
NJ TODAYJanuary 2, 2012

Civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, also strongly oppose the law. Among the Occupy Wall Street movement — which has been suppressed by police and maligned in corporate-owned media, where the vast majority of Americans ...more »

Debt Collection
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Fall Forum Takes Chicago [Collector]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Pahl noted the FTC realizes the value the debt collection industry, working in compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, brings to the American economy. So as the commission looks to protect consumers' rights, it makes distinctions ...more »

Public Offerings
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Howell attorney, school board member's downfall year's top story in Livingston ...
Livingston DailyJanuary 1, 2012

Details of the investigation — which is being conducted by an outside attorney at the request of the Howell school board — have not been made public. The attorney concluded her interviews on Dec. 20 and is expected to release her report in the next ...more »

Debt Settlement
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MFC Industrial Acquires Distressed Iron Ore Mine
PR Newswire (press release)January 4, 2012

The Pea Ridge Mine operated as an underground mine between 1963 and 2001, and was originally developed as a partnership between Bethlehem Steel and St. Joe Minerals, operating as the Meramec Mining Company. From 1981 to 1987 the mine was operated by ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Looking ahead: Marine Corps
Jacksonville Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

... are part of the restructuring. In FY 2012, according to Marine Corps documents, Camp Lejeune's 5th Battalion, 10 Marines, will be deactivated and military police units Corps-wide, including those attached to the base, will undergo a reorganization. ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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How employment practices liability insurance can protect you in a lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

In most cases, yes, but the caveat is that any known prior incidents and pending litigation are specifically excluded. Prior acts could be something that happened years ago, but you weren't aware of the problem and no supervisor had been notified. ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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New SC Law Requires ID At DMV
WYFF GreenvilleJanuary 2, 2012

The law affects both individuals and businesses. Officials said the new law shouldn't be a problem for most people, and that a driver's license will usually be enough to satisfy the law. Other forms of identification include a state ID card, ...more »

False Advertising
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License plates, fireworks on tap for Mich. in 2012
Chicago TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

The law that technically took effect Sunday is designed to keep business in the state that now goes to retailers in Indiana, Ohio or Wisconsin. Businesses will have to pay for the right to sell the fireworks, but that process should be worked out in ...more »

Trade Associations
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Proskauer Expands Antitrust Group with Addition of Helene Jaffe as Partner and ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 10, 2012

She has also been involved in numerous Lanham Act advertising, trademark and trade dress cases regarding a broad spectrum of consumer products and services. “The broad base of litigation experience Helene brings will enhance our continued ...more »

Federal Contracts
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No crisis, but plenty of financial worries as Vermont Legislature prepares to meet
BurlingtonFreePress.comJanuary 1, 2012

•HEALTH CARE: The Legislature last year enacted a law that sets Vermont on a course toward a publicly financed, government-run health insurance system offering universal coverage. That goal, however, is years in the future, but critics will attempt to ...more »

Unfair Competition
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New IP Court aims to improve judicial system
International Law OfficeJanuary 9, 2012

The court will completely replace the Chamber for Patent Disputes as a forum for actions for trademark cancellation due to non-use. From December 9 2011 (ie, the official publication date of one of the laws) to the date when the IP Court begins ...more »

Federal Grants
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Political Blotter: For-profit college official named to student aid panel
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The article also notes that University of Phoenix gets about 88 percent of its revenue from federal funding. "Those one or two who get degrees and otherwise would have been shut out of the system may justify the cost of letting schools like Phoenix ...more »

Venture Capital
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Coursekit Raises $5 M. from Joel Spolsky, David Tisch, IA Ventures
BetabeatJanuary 2, 2012

By Ben Popper 1:37pm Coursekit, a graduate of TechStars NY which bills itself as an academic social network, has raised $5 million in a Series A round of venture capital financing. Led by the Social+Capital Partnership, a new Silicon Valley venture ...more »

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