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Parliament's moral duty on assisted dying
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

... been a lull in the media recently about the rights and wrongs of assisted dying, but the conflict is sure to break out again with the imminent publication of the report from Lord Falconer's commission, established to consider changes to the law. ...more »

ZAB case to open floodgates of litigation: Kasuri
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

He said that instant case falls within the purview of settled principle of Law ie “Closed and Past transaction.” Since the administration of justice heavily lean in favour of “Finality” hence a litigation, which is closed and past, cannot be reopened, ...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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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 »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Montana medical marijuana industry on wane
The MissoulianJanuary 2, 2012

"We've got entrepreneurs who were, by all accounts I'm aware of, complying with state law. They just were successful business people who were raided by, basically, federal law enforcement soldiers in body armor with gas masks and submachine guns," he ...more »

Franchising
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Colorado Rockies: Predicting the Top 5 Performers for 2012
Bleacher ReportJanuary 1, 2012

Arguably the franchise's best starting pitcher in Ubaldo Jimenez was traded away mid season and starting catcher Chris Iannetta jettisoned to Anaheim this winter.The Rockies have some new faces heading into 2012 which are going to be relied on heavily. ...more »

Gaming Law
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State officials brace for online gambling controversy
Bangor Daily NewsJanuary 1, 2012

“We have had to react to citizen initiated gaming laws in the past,” Farnham said. “This is giving us the motivation now to get something in place so that when, or if, this comes to Maine we have regulations in front of us.” She said there is no doubt ...more »

Banking Law
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US imposes sanctions on banks dealing with Iran
YnetnewsJanuary 1, 2012

Meanwhile, Islamic Republic backs off threat to close Strait of Hormuz US President Barack Obama signed into law on Saturday a defense funding bill that imposes sanctions on financial institutions dealing with Iran's central bank, while allowing for ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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‪Chinese Power Plant or Antigua's White Elephant‬
Caribarena AntiguaJanuary 3, 2012

In 2008-9, the World Bank urged the government of East Timor to “cancel the contract, absorb the penalty, and re-tender the project.” In 2010, the East Timor government cancelled its contract with the Chinese 22nd Construction Company, ...more »

Business Formation
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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 »

Institutional Investing
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SEC Charges Investment Adviser In Social-Media Scam
Wall Street JournalJanuary 4, 2012

"When we become aware of bad actors, we take action to remove them from the site, and we will work appropriately with law enforcement officials to provide them with the information they need to bring criminals to justice," Durzy added. ...more »

Commercial
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'Cottage food' law splits small-time growers
Gainesville SunJanuary 1, 2012

Graham has a different take on the law. He built a commercial, inspected kitchen to make jam, jelly, pickles and relish — the type of kitchen required before the cottage food bill. "It's a health issue — cottage food people have no liability or ...more »

Change in double jeopardy law led to Gary Dobson's retrial
The GuardianJanuary 3, 2012

That legislation says the court of appeal must order a re-trial if there is new and compelling evidence and it is in the interests of justice for an order to be made. The new law was brought into force in 2005 and used successfully the following year ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Small cases are big business in California courtrooms
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Lawyers often do better financially than their clients. Many other states apply stricter judicial standards. Last month, in a ruling that seemed to draw a line on frivolous actions, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a Los ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Internal Affairs Sergeant Investigated
The South Florida TimesJanuary 11, 2012

Sgt. Mary Guess is under investigation for allegedly falsifying an Internal Affairs investigation report involving James “Jim” Murray, a former lieutenant who headed BSO's Strategic Investigations Division (SID), which handles money-laundering and ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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2011 was a year of high and low points in Columbia County
Columbia County News TimesJanuary 1, 2012

By Staff Reports The year that was 2011 featured political intrigue and high-profile court cases. Columbia County residents experienced high points such as hometown heroes Lady Antebellum performing a concert to dedicate a new Evans pavilion, ...more »

International Transactions
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EU Pension Funds, Bank Capital, KPN Departures: Compliance
BusinessWeekJanuary 5, 2012

Thailand will curb the sale of bills of exchange by commercial banks to protect individual investors from investing in the short-term debt securities, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The new rules, which will take effect July 1, ...more »

Communications & Media
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Chinese couple has eight babies, violating nation's one-child law
DigitalJournal.comJanuary 2, 2012

A law passed in 2001, prohibits Chinese medical institutions and personnel from performing gestational surrogacy, in which an embryo from a couple is implanted into another woman who carries the baby to term. But there is a busy underground market as ...more »

New Lawsuit Means All Major Labels Are Suing Grooveshark
New York Times (blog)January 5, 2012

With the music industry coming to rely more and more on fully licensed services like Spotify and Rhapsody that stream music by subscription, EMI's suit highlights the legal gray zone in which Grooveshark operates. Grooveshark says its service is legal ...more »

Construction & Development
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Former Rehoboth Selectman Morra files Open Meeting Law complaints
Taunton Daily GazetteJanuary 2, 2012

His complaint also contained the report of Robert Daylor — senior vice president of Tetra Tech, Inc. who has more than 45 years of professional experience in the planning, design, construction and consulting of major public works and private land ...more »

Locating Funds
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Should Ontario keep funding Catholic schools? Yes
Ottawa CitizenJanuary 3, 2012

Is it fair to use public funds to support any religion? Firstly, nowhere in the Canadian Constitution or law does it state that Canada has a formal separation of Church and State: our Charter of Rights recognizes the “supremacy of God,” our Queen is ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Lawyer warns about nursing home admission contracts
The Patriot LedgerJanuary 1, 2012

By Sue Scehible Quincy elder law attorney Bernard J. Hamill is warning families about a new practice by many large nursing home chains to include mandatory arbitration contracts in the admission paperwork. This practice has resulted in an outcry from ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Medical Device Companies Analysis
Sacramento BeeJanuary 5, 2012

Each report provides a full review of the company's activities, from its origins to its latest corporate activity, including mergers and acquisitions, agreements, divestitures, major purchasing contracts and litigation. Sections are included on ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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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 »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Paws Up, construction firm settle lien, canceling foreclosure sale
The MissoulianJanuary 4, 2012

That would leave Montana's construction lien laws unenforceable if allowed to stand. Over the years of court maneuverings, interest and attorney's fees boosted the judgment to $2127993.89 as of November, according to the Missoula County Sheriff's ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Hecker bankruptcy trustee gets OK on subpoenas
Minneapolis Star TribuneJanuary 4, 2012

The bankruptcy trustee handling the Denny Hecker case got permission Wednesday to subpoena friends, an attorney and an ex-wife of the jailed auto mogul in the hopes of finding more hidden assets. Trustee Randy Seaver argued in a court filing last month ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Placer SPCA in search of larger facility
Roseville Press TribuneJanuary 5, 2012

Placer SPCA currently operates in a 10000-square-foot city-owned facility on about one acre of land on Corporation Yard Road in Roseville. The nonprofit organization's goal is to move to a 2.5- to 3-acre space. “We've been talking about wanting a new ...more »

Customs Disputes
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Foil Alleged Smuggling Attempt of ...
IEWY NewsJanuary 3, 2012

CBP officers seized the document and the adult female was taken into custody for alleged violations of immigration law. The minor child was processed and is pending reunification with her family. “Working on the frontline, CBP officers foiled another ...more »

Professional Corporations
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The coming war inside America
Canada Free PressJanuary 2, 2012

The economic crisis of 2008, an incident which the banking elite used the specter of martial law to fund their global operations, landed a financial sucker punch on every American with the approval of congress. Using such phrases as “too big to fail,” ...more »

Debt Collection
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Legal Hiring in Q1 Bright for Legal Industry
JDJournal.comJanuary 3, 2012

“Firms are being smarter about how and when they add personnel.” “General counsel are handling more matters internally in areas such as corporate transactional, labor and employment, intellectual property, litigation and regulatory law,” Volkert said, ...more »

Public Offerings
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Clayton businessman challenges state machine gun law
News & ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

The issue now, Nielsen says, is that the sheriff is able to add rules and regulations to the permitting process that are outside of the state statutes and federal licensing laws. The machine gun permit Nielsen asked for in May 2011 was denied because ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Legal Hiring in Q1 Bright for Legal Industry
JDJournal.comJanuary 3, 2012

“Firms are being smarter about how and when they add personnel.” “General counsel are handling more matters internally in areas such as corporate transactional, labor and employment, intellectual property, litigation and regulatory law,” Volkert said, ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Investors Should Buy Maersk, Frontline 2012, RS Platou Says
BloombergJanuary 2, 2012

Frontline 2012 was formed as part of a reorganization by tanker operator Frontline Ltd., which today completed a restructuring as it sold vessels, pared commitments for new ships and eliminated bank debt to tackle a slump. The Bermuda-based company ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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EMERGING POWER: Teresa Gardner of the Health Wagon
TriCities.comJanuary 3, 2012

Instead of creating a health insurance program, she said, someone must look at the cost of health chare – including the use of unnecessary tests and the cost of practicing defensive medicine to avoid liability. At the Health Wagon, she said, ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Main St. under same scrutiny as Wall St.
Minneapolis Star TribuneJanuary 2, 2012

Now the changing legal landscape for corporate America is washing over closely held businesses, too. Many understandably place the blame on Wall Street for the law tightening its grip upon private business. Since the 1980s, when the legal landscape for ...more »

False Advertising
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New State Laws For 2012
Patch.comJanuary 2, 2012

By Eileen McNamara If you work for a company that has 50 or more employees and you currently don't get paid sick time, starting Jan. 1 chances are very good that you'll start getting it. A new state law that takes effect New Year's Day in Connecticut ...more »

Trade Associations
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Afghan teen refuses to join flesh trade, tortured by in-laws
Times of IndiaJanuary 2, 2012

KABUL: An Afghan child bride on Saturday spoke of how she was tortured by her mother-in-law who locked her in a toilet for six months, beat her, pulled out her fingernails and burned her with cigarettes. Sahar Gul, 15, is recovering in hospital in ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Lacrosse lawyer seeks Duke PR info
Durham Herald SunJanuary 2, 2012

Durham attorney Bob Ekstrand has told federal judges information from the two firms, Burson-Marsteller and Edelman, is important to his clients' civil-rights lawsuit against Duke because public-relations worries were central to the school's response in ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Government abolishes LVCR
Catalogue e-businessJanuary 3, 2012

However, on 9th November, it announced that in order to protect small and midsize businesses from unfair competition and to protect tax revenue, it was necessary to abolish LVCR altogether. The move heralds a victory for RAVAS, a pressure group of UK ...more »

Federal Grants
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Fraud case delayed for ex-Provo Councilman Steve Turley
Salt Lake TribuneJanuary 3, 2012

Turley's lawyer, former US Attorney Brett Tolman, said he was willing to grant prosecutors more time to process the requests. Johnson scheduled the next hearing in Turley's case for 8:30 am March 6. That hearing is expected to determine if Turley will ...more »

Venture Capital
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Imprivata Says Open Sesame to $15M Third Round
XconomyJanuary 2, 2012

SAP Ventures, the venture capital wing of German business software giant SAP AG, led the round, which was joined by existing Imprivata investors Polaris Venture Partners, General Catalyst Partners, and Highland Capital Partners. ...more »

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