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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 »

How an estate plan can minimize taxes, avoid probate and ensure a smooth ...
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

But creating a plan isn't enough; you have to revisit it to ensure it remains relevant, says Steven C. Hartstein, CPA, JD, a partner in the Tax Planning & Preparation Department at Skoda Minotti. “When it comes to estate planning to protect your ...more »

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Forward with the business of the country
Jamaica ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

According to the national crime statistics, 2010 and 2011 were the first years since 1999 that all crimes were down. This was the result of citizens standing up and refusing to allow their government to be captured by criminals and criminal...more »

Foreign Investments
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India lifts restrictions on foreign investors
Financial TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Foreign nationals were previously restricted to investing in India's equity market through mutual funds or other institutional channels. The move was announced over the weekend. “[We] decided to allow qualified foreign investors to directly invest in ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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On the move: People in business
Jackson Clarion LedgerJanuary 1, 2012

•Robert Parrott has joined the law firm as a litigation associate in the firm's Jackson office. He previously interned with the Mississippi Supreme Court under Justice David Chandler and with the US District Court for the Northern District of ...more »

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Matt Flynn throws his way into the record books
LomdardiAveJanuary 2, 2012

Matt Flynn threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns against the Detroit Lions - franchise records. Raymond T. Rivard photograph The Green Bay Packers' backup quarterback's name will forever be linked with that latter phrase, not only in Packers Nation, ...more »

Gaming Law
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Online gambling fight now about when, who _ not if
Sydney Morning HeraldJanuary 3, 2012

Lotteries have generally opposed federal legislation, pushing for states to retain control of gambling laws. I. Nelson Rose, a gambling law expert, said the opinion's timing and deference to states could mean trouble for commercial casinos that want an ...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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Private construction spending at highest level in nearly 2 years
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 3, 2012

More Americans in a year and a half signed contracts in November to buy homes, the National Assn. of Realtors said last week. Housing starts were up 9.3% that month from October, according to the Commerce Department, even as home prices continue to ...more »

Business Formation
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Whistleblower, business leader are among those lost
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderJanuary 1, 2012

He also took his findings and suspicions to federal authorities, convincing them to investigate, his lawyers have said. The stroke left him unable to speak, but what he was able to find and tell others about beforehand was enough to spur a major ...more »

Institutional Investing
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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 »

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Florida TodayJanuary 1, 2012

The plan celebrates the success of advisers who stay on track in the first four months in business. Lia Sophia is a direct selling opportunity offering fashion jewelry through in-home demonstrations. Three of Florida's Top 100 Lawyers Reside at the ...more »

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Implementing the “Federal Sunshine Law” Reporting ...
JD Supra (press release)January 4, 2012

... Children's Health Insurance Programs; Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests” (the Proposed Rule) to implement Section 1128G of the Social Security Act, commonly known as the Federal Sunshine Law, ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Lawyers offer free consultations at public libraries in Benicia, Vallejo
Vallejo Times-HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

People who may need help from a private attorney are generally referred through the Solano County Bar Association. "It's only one facet of what a library does," Atkins said. "There are few other public agencies where you can go in and get free legal ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Consultant suggests top Sarasota officials broke law
Sarasota Herald-TribuneJanuary 5, 2012

The firm's investigation includes a forensic review of computers used by City Manager Bob Bartolotta, Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown, and Internal Auditor Heather Riti. The Friday commission meeting, scheduled last week, has stirred indignation among ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Online gambling fight now about when, who _ not if
The Associated PressJanuary 3, 2012

The law, however, didn't clearly specify what kinds of gambling were illegal. Some forms of gambling, like fantasy sports and horse racing, got explicit carve-outs, while many poker games kept going online as some operators got differing legal opinions ...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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What to Expect in New York in 2012
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

1, 2011, could have foreseen the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case, or Tropical Storm née Hurricane Irene, or the relatively stress-free passage of a same-sex marriage law, or Representative Anthony D. Weiner's political death by tweet, ...more »

Law Seeks To Make Civilian Employment Easier For Vets
KKTV 11 NewsJanuary 2, 2012

For example, veterans can now use their training from the armed forces to apply for licensing to be a real estate or insurance agent. In the past, state licensing requirements disregarded military training and experience. For a list of all other laws...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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High Court rejects petition against 'Nakba Law'
Jerusalem PostJanuary 5, 2012

The petition was filed by the Adalah Center for Arab Minority Rights and a number of Arab and Jewish citizens, and asks the court to annul the “Nakba Law.” The law, which was passed in March, enables the finance minister to withhold funds from ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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NH House considers easing home heating protections
Boston.comJanuary 1, 2012

Instead, the bill would insert buyer-beware language into the contract warning consumers a contract is not a guarantee a dealer will use their money to lock in fuel at the agreed-upon price. Supporters argue the existing law is confusing. ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Chemical mergers and acquisitions market faces challenges in 2012
ICIS (subscription)January 2, 2012

Plus, sellers have yet to come out of the woodwork After a record year for global chemical mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2011, the deal market is likely to fall in 2012 in terms of dollar volumes as players struggle with an uncertain economic ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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India to sign DTAA with Macau in New Year
IBNLive.comJanuary 1, 2012

... of Direct Taxes Chairman MC Joshi leaves for Macau today to ink a double taxation avoidance agreement with the picturesque city state, a move to facilitate the exchange of tax-related and banking information between the two and prevent tax evasion. ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Lakeway man to plead guilty in scheme to delay foreclosures
Austin American-StatesmanJanuary 2, 2012

Frederic Alan Gladle, 53, is in jail awaiting his guilty plea to charges of bankruptcy fraud and aggravated identity theft. That plea is scheduled for Friday . He faces two to seven years in prison. From 2007 until his arrest in October, ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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2012 may be tough for Nigeria - NLC •Asks them to fight for their rights •It ...
Nigerian TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

Over the decades, it decided on development models for the continent and provided loans to execute projects it imposed on Africa, most of which ended in the pockets of its consultants and the creditors. In the late 1980s, the World Bank had a policy ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Since Solyndra downfall, $80B program looking like a political liability
TheDay.comJanuary 1, 2012

Nonprofit law specialists said that Kaiser's focus on Solyndra was striking, since he had no official role at the company and had no personal investment in the corporation. After amassing a fortune in the oil and banking industries, Kaiser had endowed ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Oman traffic accident death rate rises
gulfnews.comJanuary 1, 2012

By Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau Chief Muscat: Traffic accidents continues to be a big worry with almost a 25 per cent increase in deaths in Oman during 2011, according to Lt General Hassan Bin Mohsin Al Shraiqi, Inspector-General of Police and Customs. ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Weapon of Choice
Hindu Business LineJanuary 1, 2012

(b) Although this is a minor disadvantage, the law for LLPs is not very developed, since the Act was passed barely three years ago. So unlike Company law which is very rich in court decisions and references, the LLP law is relatively nascent. ...more »

Debt Collection
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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 »

Public Offerings
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2012 election
Billings GazetteJanuary 3, 2012

1, Deschamps said Republicans will turn up the heat on Bullock on issues such as his Land Board votes against natural-resource development and his refusal to join a number of other state attorneys general challenging the Obama's health insurance reform ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Community MagazineJanuary 1, 2012

In exchange for a lump sum payment you will borrow from your relative, the banks may be willing to reduce your monthly mortgage payments, reduce the balances on your equity lines of credit and negotiate a settlement plan for all of your unsecured debt. ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Alvin Brown's first six months set the table for 2012 focus: Jobs
Florida Times-UnionJanuary 2, 2012

you have to say, 'Wow, look at what he's done in terms of reorganization to get that done so quickly,' " said Hugh Greene, chairman of the chamber in 2011. The reorganization — a City Hall restructuring the mayor signed into law in December ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Penn State scandal spurs liability coverage examination
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

In a statement, Penn State's office of public information said that in an effort to prevent legal costs from falling on the public, the university's directors and officers insurance would help cover the costs of any lawsuits.more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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2012 brings a spate of new laws
Jacksonville Journal-CourierJanuary 1, 2012

PA 97-0449 • New language specifies that a school board is allowed to suspend or expel a student who has made a explicit threat on an Internet website against a school employee, fellow student or any other school personnel. ...more »

False Advertising
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Why I'm an Adbooster
The AmericanJanuary 1, 2012

The United States didn't even have a federal trademark law until 1870. In sum, attackers and defenders of advertising are waging a looking-glass war. Such classic anti-ad tracts as Vance Packard's The Hidden Persuaders (1957) were based on some gurus' ...more »

Trade Associations
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EDITORIAL: Abolish price controls on drugs [La Crosse Tribune, Wis.]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 8, 2012

08 --Legislation that puts restraint upon commerce based on state boundaries makes little sense in this age of international trade. Laws are even more troubling when they prevent consumers from purchasing goods that are necessary but at a higher price. ...more »

Federal Contracts
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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 »

Unfair Competition
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SIIA Fourth Quarter Anti-Piracy Rewards to Corporate Whistleblowers Among ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 10, 2012

Piracy hurts software developers, leads to unfair competition, and most damaging of all, puts the employee forced to use the software in a moral predicament." Corporate piracy often occurs when software has been installed or content is being copied ...more »

Federal Grants
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Texas Consumer Health Assistance Program to close after losing federal funding
Washington PostJanuary 2, 2012

With funds from the federal health reform law, the Texas Consumer Health Assistance Program was launched last January. A $2.8 million grant allowed the state to hire nine employees to staff a toll-free hotline. More than 6000 Texans called in during ...more »

Venture Capital
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€100 million in venture capital investment from EBRD to technology companies
Euroalert.netJanuary 3, 2012

The new venture capital investment programme launched by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for early and growth stage companies operating in technology sectors, is a commitment to technology financing in the EBRD region. ...more »


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