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Crimes give Akron, Ohio, area national exposure in 2011
Bellingham HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

"Ohio police find third body investigating murder spree," the Telegraph reported to its London readers in December. For a region more used to seeing the spotlight cast on its Goodyear blimp, the All-American Soap Box Derby or LeBron James, ...more »

Positive year ahead for workers
Malaysia StarJanuary 1, 2012

The whole car park had been cordoned off for government employees. The public – their customers – are made to park outside the compound and walk in the rain. Do you see hotels reserve their parking lots for their own employees? ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

Advertising
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'Lying Dutchman' Could Cast Doubt on Ad Research
AdAge.comJanuary 2, 2012

The editor did not think incomplete or misleading research was a serious problem among the 50 or so legitimate advertising journals. "The peer-review process pretty well sorts out the bad eggs," he said. That Mr. Stapel was published repeatedly ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Exxon Wins $749M for Nationalized Venezuela Assets
BloombergJanuary 1, 2012

Chavez, who has nationalized assets in the energy, metals, cement and telecommunications industries, faces about 20 arbitration cases at the ICSID, according to the Washington- based center's website. Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said in ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Editorial: Lincoln Memorial University right to fight refusal to accredit law...
Knoxville News SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Then the lawyers' group signed a consent decree that ended the fixing of law professor salaries. We wouldn't be surprised if LMU also wins its David versus Goliath matchup. In recent decades, schools of business have proliferated, providing low-cost ...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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New Jersey lawmakers approve sports betting and off-track betting laws
Washington PostJanuary 10, 2012

They also passed laws allowing horse racing fans to place bets at bars and restaurants, and pressured businesses planning to build off-track betting parlors to get it done within a year or get out of the business. “These votes, by both houses of the ...more »

Banking Law
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Bank robbery suspect has history of robbing banks
Dallas Morning News (subscription) (blog)January 1, 2012

The man police believe is the masked Handsome Guy robber has a history of bank hold ups. Milam previously served a two-year federal prison sentence for a pair of Dallas bank robberies in 2005. According to court records, he took $4070 from a Bank One ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Conflicts of interest? It's legal in Illinois
WBEZJanuary 6, 2012

When the Tollway Authority completed its draft agreement with Rosemont six months later, Burke Engineering was designated as the construction engineer, at the village's request, tollway officials said. The agreement refers to Burke Engineering as ...more »

Business Formation
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Latest Nevada news, sports, business and entertainment
KLAS-TVJanuary 1, 2012

(AP) - Law enforcement authorities are searching for a man and woman accused of shooting a woman in the head during a carjacking Saturday morning in West Wendover. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the 35-year-old victim was able to make her way to the ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Goldman Advisor Defends Sukuk Bond Program, Saying It Complies With Islamic Law
Huffington PostJanuary 2, 2012

Some analysts however have suggested Goldman might use the proceeds of the issue to lend money to clients for interest, which would be against Islamic law, and that the issue might not trade at par value on the Irish exchange, which would also ...more »

Commercial
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Quieter commercials, fireworks on the way in 2012
Morning SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

The rule, to be phased in over two years, requires commercial airline pilots to have at least 10 hours of rest before each flight, two hours more than the current requirement. Proponents say eight hours didn't allow for enough sleep given travel time ...more »

Cuccinelli backs away from call for fast fix to ballot law
Washington TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Mr. Cuccinelli has consistently maintained his intentions were never focused on whether certain candidates or a certain party would benefit or be harmed, but rather on the interests of Virginians, who could be denied the right to vote for the candidate ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Sloppy seconds: Feds probe million$ in 'double-billing' by banks
New York PostJanuary 1, 2012

Warming trend: Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf may be feeling the heat as the federal government's US Trustee program, which investigates fraud in bankruptcy courts, has asked lawyers for information on Wells Fargo and other banks double-billing in ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Despite FBI investigation, IDA to vote on One Niagara tax breaks
Niagara GazetteJanuary 6, 2012

... Chairman Henry Sloma said visits made on Wednesday to the Rainbow Boulevard tourism center by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Internal Revenue Service will not impact the application process that is currently under way. ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Stopping airline offer against the law: Expert
Peninsula On-lineJanuary 2, 2012

Qatar is also a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and is committed to protecting businesses and investments and encouraging competition. And there is a law (Number 19 of 2006) that seeks to prevent trade monopolies, encourage competition and ...more »

International Transactions
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China opposes unilateral sanctions on Iran
Chinadaily USAJanuary 5, 2012

US President Barack Obama last Saturday signed into law tough new sanctions targeting Iran's central bank and financial sector. The European Union is also expected to impose new sanctions by the end of this month, possibly including a ban on oil ...more »

Communications & Media
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AWARDS [Central Penn Business Journal (PA)]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

... white-collar governmental investigations and litigation criminal defense; Cunningham & Chernicoff PC , bankruptcy and creditor/ debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization law; Daley Zucker Meilton Miner & Gingrich LL C, family law mediation; ...more »

We don't need a Queen's Speech in Parliament every year
Telegraph.co.ukJanuary 9, 2012

It has scrapped ID cards, watered down the absurd vetting system for voluntary helpers and is now proposing, at last, to amend the Licensing Act 2003 to remove the regulatory burdens on small-scale entertainment. Each department, before introducing a ...more »

Construction & Development
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Week in review: Lawsuit challenges immigration status check
The TennesseanJanuary 1, 2012

The friends group recognizes Colonial's development rights but is concerned that adding more than 200 new apartment units could hurt park visitors' views and cause environmental problems. The two sides continue to talk in advance of a Metro Planning ...more »

Locating Funds
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DC Council member Thomas pleads guilty
Washington TimesJanuary 6, 2012

“We go after people that break the law.” Thomas will be required to pay back the money he stole from the District as part of the settlement of a civil lawsuit in June that was brought by DC Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan. That lawsuit claimed Thomas ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Photo ID, anti-immigration measures among new Tenn. laws taking effect Jan. 1
The RepublicJanuary 1, 2012

Tennesseans will be required to have photo identification in order to vote and state employers will have to make sure their employees are legally authorized to work in the US under new laws that take effect Jan. 1. The photo ID measure has stirred ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Inerjys Ventures Hires New Partner
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

He has an extensive track record of generating investment opportunities and executing mergers, acquisitions and divestitures with several large multinational industry leaders. Most recently, Martel worked for AREVA, a global energy solutions company, ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Sinkholes become Florida's latest insurance disaster
Tampabay.comJanuary 1, 2012

Citizens has contributed to its losses by opting in some cases to handle the sinkhole repairs itself. Homeowners complain that contractors hired by Citizens do shoddy work, leading to lawsuits and settlements that can run into six figures. ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Millions Eligible for Foreclosure Reviews
NBC Los AngelesJanuary 7, 2012

Homeowners have until April 30 to complete a form requesting a review of their foreclosure. Borrowers are eligible for the review if the property in question was their primary residence, the mortgage was in any stage of the foreclosure process during ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Bank of America severing some small-business credit lines
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 3, 2012

I told them if they apply too much pressure they're going to push me into bankruptcy." The capped credit lines stem from a corporate overhaul launched by Brian Moynihan, who became Bank of America's chief executive in 2010. ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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State bar lifts ban on '.org' for attorney websites
Yuma SunJanuary 3, 2012

At the heart of the issue are two rules which govern the professional conduct of attorneys. One prohibits lawyers from making or permitting false statements about the attorney or his or her services. The other precludes use of a firm name, ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Acting Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection: Who Is David Aguilar?
AllGovJanuary 1, 2012

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which is the largest uniformed, federal law enforcement agency in the country, has a new leader. David V. Aguilar, who has worked on border enforcement for more than thirty-three years, has been named CBP Acting ...more »

Professional Corporations
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'Move to Amend' forum planned
Morning StarJanuary 2, 2012

By KRISTINE MORRIS David Cobb, national spokesperson for Move to Amend, a national grassroots movement dedicated to abolishing “corporate personhood” and “money as speech,” will be the speaker at Traverse City's Milliken Auditorium on Jan. 11. The free...more »

Debt Collection
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AWARDS [Central Penn Business Journal (PA)]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

... white-collar governmental investigations and litigation criminal defense; Cunningham & Chernicoff PC , bankruptcy and creditor/ debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization law; Daley Zucker Meilton Miner & Gingrich LL C, family law mediation; ...more »

Public Offerings
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State bar lifts ban on '.org' for attorney websites
Yuma SunJanuary 3, 2012

At the heart of the issue are two rules which govern the professional conduct of attorneys. One prohibits lawyers from making or permitting false statements about the attorney or his or her services. The other precludes use of a firm name, ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Credit Card Debt Help Announces a New Library for Consumers Dealing with ...
PR Web (press release)January 2, 2012

This new library will contain articles from; debt management, debt settlement, bankruptcy to even debt consolidation loans. “We often see that consumers are enrolling into debt consolidation loans, ignoring the debt or even filing bankruptcy”, ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Plum TV Files Chapter 11 Case; Agrees to Sell Assets in 363 Asset Sale
Sacramento BeeJanuary 4, 2012

The Company intends to move forward with submitting the agreement to the Court to serve as the "stalking horse" bid for a Court-supervised auction of the Company's assets under Section 363 of the US Bankruptcy Code. Under the terms of the asset ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Massena liability report cites Fire Department bar
WatertownDailyTimes.comJanuary 2, 2012

St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Director Martin J. Hassett said many fire departments are moving away from having bars, but it is still up to each department to figure out a socializing policy. “Some have a banquet hall attached to them. ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Abortion, immigration changes among new 2012 laws
LubbockOnline.comJanuary 1, 2012

Alabama, with the country's toughest immigration law, is enacting a key provision requiring all employers who do business with any government entity to use a federal system known as E-Verify to check that all new employees are in the country legally. ...more »

False Advertising
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High court to hear environmental case from Idaho
CanadianBusiness.comJanuary 2, 2012

The EPA issues nearly 3000 administrative compliance orders a year that call on alleged violators of environmental laws to stop what they're doing and repair the harm they've caused. Major business groups, homebuilders, road builders and agricultural ...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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Prepare for rough economy this year, Nova Scotia premier says
Globe and MailJanuary 1, 2012

Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said with the economic situation worsening, the possibility of a snap election this year is increasing as the government tries to capitalize on its “perceived” role in landing the federal shipbuilding contract and ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Philips, Samsung, Nintendo, Righthaven, Red Digital: Intellectual Property
BloombergJanuary 9, 2012

... D. Patel of the Maughan Law Firm of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The case is Troy Landry Products LLC v. Halpern Import Co., 6:12-cv-00004-RFD-CMH, US District Court, Western District of Louisiana (Lafayette). For more trademark news, click here. ...more »

Federal Grants
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The National Defense Authorization Act: Our Disappearing Rights and Liberties
Huffington Post (blog)January 3, 2012

So why has this law been passed when it is very easily seen as unconstitutional? The Fourth Amendment grants liberty from unreasonable seizures, while the Sixth guarantees every US citizen a trial in front of a jury. No matter what supporters of the ...more »

Venture Capital
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Berlin's Gain Is Hamburg's Loss as VC Moves East
Wall Street Journal (blog)January 3, 2012

By Ben Rooney News that a venture capital firm is opening up an office in Berlin is hardly news these days. But the report that a German fund is shutting up shop in Hamburg and moving the entire operation east tells us a shift is under way. ...more »

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