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YEAR IN REVIEW: Bustling again - Pro's Ranch Market reinvigorates El Paseo ...
Las Cruces Sun-NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The Anchorage-based Alaska Structures, which makes shelters for the military as well as commercial customers, originally moved into the location at 301 Rea Blvd., when it also started to lease 100000 square feet at the previously empty building at 8500 ...more »

NA passed 25 bills, enacted 22 laws in 2011
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

... the National Defence University Act, 2011 (May 14), the Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan (Reorganization and Conversion) Act, 2011 (May 10), the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2011 (May 3), the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Act, ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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ALM Media Taps LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Data to ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

... today announced a multi-year licensing agreement with ALM Media, enabling ALM to leverage data from the LexisNexis(R) Martindale-Hubbell(R) Peer Review Ratings(TM) service to publish special reports of top rated lawyers, law firms and women ...more »

Foreign Investments
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BD wants Supreme Court to rule on Finra suit
InvestmentNewsJanuary 1, 2012

Standard, an investment banking boutique, insists that the proxy used by the NASD in soliciting member approval for the merger was fraudulent. NASD since has been renamed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. Government entities, ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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School, law and business leaders have big year
North Platte BulletinJanuary 2, 2012

Not long after he graduated from Maxwell High School in 1990, he married and went to work on his father-in-law's ranch north of Tyron. At the ranch, he took on part-time construction jobs and within a year or two the construction work overtook the ...more »

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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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Bill seeks oversight of Mass. casino vote spending
CBS NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The state's new gambling law authorizes up to three resort style casinos and one slots parlor in Massachusetts. A casino cannot be built, however, without the backing of voters in a host community. In an interview, Galvin pointed to the fierce debate ...more »

Banking Law
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Simple tips to protect yourself from online fraud
Toronto StarJanuary 2, 2012

Online banking may be convenient but you must take extra measures to make sure your passwords and personal data to not fall into the hands of identity thieves. By Robb Engen | 2012/01/02 08:00:00 It pays to protect yourself against online fraud, ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Essar Ports gets Odisha green nod for coal terminal at Paradip
Hindu Business LineJanuary 2, 2012

The construction cost for Essar Ports will not go up because of this delay as it has already entered into fixed price, rupee-denominated contracts, with Essar Projects, another Group company. But, the interest during construction (IDC) cost will have ...more »

Business Formation
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How to win a “bet-the-company” lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

A number of years ago, I represented an insurance company which sued a law firm for breach of fiduciary duty. The case was tried by a jury. The defendant was represented by a well-known, highly regarded law firm. I thought that the defendant's lawyers...more »

Institutional Investing
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Presidential Law on National Investment Fund
Day Press NewsJanuary 4, 2012

DAMASCUS- President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday issued the law No. 2 for 2012 stipulating for establishing the National Investment Fund with the aim of contributing to supporting the stability and enhancing the confidence in the market through ...more »

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How to win a “bet-the-company” lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

A number of years ago, I represented an insurance company which sued a law firm for breach of fiduciary duty. The case was tried by a jury. The defendant was represented by a well-known, highly regarded law firm. I thought that the defendant's lawyers...more »

Is the misinterpretation of customary laws responsible for subjugating Naga women?
MorungExpressJanuary 2, 2012

Gender discrimination and sexual bigotry in our society is MORE than a simple case of 'Misinterpretation' of customary laws. 'Misinterpretation' wrongly suggests that the Customary Laws are themselves Just and sensitive to gender needs. ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians"
Right Side NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Despite a ban on funding that Obama signed into law, his administration continues to fund the corrupt and allegedly defunct "community" organization ACORN. In July 2011 Judicial Watch uncovered a $79819 grant to AHCOA (Affordable Housing Centers of ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Denver police monitor rips DPD discipline, says cops can't investigate selves
Denver PostJanuary 5, 2012

By Tom McGhee Denver's outgoing Independent Monitor, Richard Rosenthal, released a scathing report on police discipline today, saying that the department is unable to investigate itself. Members of the Internal Affairs Bureau, charged with ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Year in Review: A month-to-month look at the stories of 2011
Times-StandardJanuary 1, 2012

21 -- Squires suit -- The city of Eureka and the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office have filed suit in Humboldt County Superior Court against Floyd and Betty Squires, alleging “ongoing and pervasive” code violations at the Squireses' 26 ...more »

International Transactions
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US sanctions on CBI will have minor impacts: Banking specialist
Islamic Republic News AgencyJanuary 1, 2012

He recalled the difficulties created for Iran in the course of the US-backed Iraqi-imposed war (1980-1988) and said that during the war the US adopted extraterritorial law to limit international transactions of Iranian banking system and the current ...more »

Communications & Media
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U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett vows to target white-collar crime, political ...
Evansville Courier & PressJanuary 2, 2012

A similar partnership, what Hogsett called a Violent Crime Initiative, was the priority for 20 of the office's 30 attorneys in 2011, and included the elevation of Assistant US Attorney Matt Brookman, who works in the Evansville office, to head of the ...more »

Cities want more power to regulate alcohol
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderJanuary 1, 2012

Fajardo's cases have yet to be adjudicated, but you'd think there's enough evidence to revoke his liquor license. You'd think the city of Huron would have jumped on that with gusto when the first allegations surfaced in November. Alas, given state law, ...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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Hundreds of New Laws Go into Effect in 2012
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

A new law in California allows active duty military personnel who are serving outside the state to file candidacy papers through a power of attorney. SB 126 will protect farm workers when an employer, acting in bad faith, prevents them from holding a ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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People in Business
Houston ChronicleJanuary 1, 2012

Photo: Courtesy Photo / HC Stream Realty Partners, a national real estate services, development and investment firm, announces the promotion of David Buescher to senior associate in the firm s industrial tenant representation group in Houston. ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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The 2012 Regulatory and Market Landscape
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Steve Nadel, a hedge-fund lawyer with Seward & Kissel LLP in New York, said "registration issues will continue to dominate" the discussion in hedge funds in early 2012, but he also predicted changes that could lead to more taxation of the industry and ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Helen Martin: Single parents need a (tax) break
Scotsman (blog)January 2, 2012

DAVID CAMERON supports the idea of tax breaks for married couples. Nick Clegg disagrees and says the tax system shouldn't favour one family set-up over another. The Law Commission, which advises the government on legal reform, feels cohabiting couples ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Huffman, Leno Wrap Busy 2011
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

AB 359 - Groundwater Management Plans: Promotes the management and protection of the state's groundwater supplies by requiring, as a condition of receiving specified state grants or loans, local water agencies to map the recharge areas that ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Does Patrick Byrne's Face Bankruptcy In 2012?
Seeking AlphaJanuary 3, 2012

This lump of coal in the Overstock stocking leads me to wonder: Will 2012 be the year that Overstock finally slides into bankruptcy? After all, had it not "renegotiated" its bank lending arrangements, Overstock - run by right-wing conspiracy theorist ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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California's Medical Marijuana Morass
Miller-McCune.comJanuary 3, 2012

By David Freed Annual retail sales of medical marijuana in California may be as high as $1.3 billion, on which the state now collects as much as $105 million in sales tax. (Kym Kemp) In California, annual retail sales of medical marijuana may be as ...more »

Customs Disputes
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What made Russian business in 2011
RTJanuary 2, 2012

Customs Union between Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia removed all custom borders between the states. Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus have launched a customs union as a first step towards forming a broader EU-type economic alliance of former Soviet ...more »

Professional Corporations
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On the Move
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderJanuary 4, 2012

... Law-Employers; Gregg Greenfield in the areas of Corporate Law, Environmental Law and Real Estate Law; Roger Sudbeck in the areas of Medical Malpractice-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants; ...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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Public defenders seek changes to Kentucky repeat-offender law
Louisville Courier-JournalJanuary 2, 2012

... persistent felony offender law — can double or in some cases more than triple the length of prison sentences for even minor crimes if a defendant is a repeat felon. Brown had two: one for flagrant non-support and another for first-degree sex abuse ...more »

Debt Settlement
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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 »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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2012 may be year of change in Farmington
ThisweekLiveJanuary 5, 2012

Following a fiscally challenging 2011, Farmington may soon undergo reorganization of city services, operations and staff. The focus on restructuring grew after an error was discovered in late 2011 that eliminated the city's centerpiece of its 2012 ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Silicon Valley Politicians Introduce 50 New Laws for 2012
Patch.comJanuary 1, 2012

SB 506: Spurring Investment in California Bonds It updates laws allowing the use of registered warrants to pay an existing tax liability. SB 225: Expanding Small Business Loan Program Through the bill, small trucking companies are able to access the ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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William Polk Carey, donor to Hopkins and UM, dies
Baltimore SunJanuary 2, 2012

In April, he donated $30 million to the University of Maryland School of Law, the largest gift in the institution's history. The philanthropist also made a $50 million bequest in 2006 to found the Johns Hopkins University's Carey School of Business, ...more »

False Advertising
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As Iowa caucuses near, TV stations see ad buys boom after long lull
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

But their dollar amounts are about half of the bonanza in 2007, when both parties were sorting out their presidential derby, fueling an advertising frenzy. Revenue from PACs, freed from restrictions by a Supreme Court ruling, is new this year, too. ...more »

Trade Associations
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Attorney General Moves to Recover Homeowner Damages
Housing PredictorJanuary 3, 2012

... a law firm and subsequent use of such documents by the firm in foreclosure litigation on behalf of the purported assignee is an unfair and deceptive trade practice, which may be the subject of an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General. ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Skycasters... Agency Access (SATCOM)
SatNews PublishersJanuary 2, 2012

Through the GSA contract SIN# 132-55, Skycasters will deliver commercial-grade SATCOM services to US military and government agencies. The GSA contract allows Skycasters to provide primary broadband satellite Internet service for GSA federal government...more »

Unfair Competition
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Ashton brings needed challenge to race
Orlando SentinelJanuary 3, 2012

Competition is good for democracy. And State Attorney Lawson Lamar has been in the courtroom for decades. Actually, Lamar hasn't been in the courtroom. That's one of the knocks against him. He's a prosecutor who doesn't actually prosecute. ...more »

Federal Grants
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Law enforcement budgets to be key factor in 2012
Lawrence Journal WorldJanuary 2, 2012

By George Diepenbrock For law enforcement agencies and the courts in Douglas County, 2012 could be called the “wait-and-see” year at this point. With so many budgetary questions up in the air at the local and state levels, leaders are focusing on ways ...more »

Venture Capital
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Venture Capitalists Cooling Their Heels
Investorplace.comJanuary 4, 2012

I recently talked to an entrepreneur and asked him how much his company raised in venture capital financing. I thought he said $50 million, but he corrected me — it was $15 million. It sounded low, considering I was getting used to hearing about $50 ...more »


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