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Towels top list of returned gifts
The Canberra TimesJanuary 1, 2012

''A significant amount of people do take gifts back in the hope of exchanging them but many consumers do not understand they are not entitled to an exchange or refund under the law - it's only if it's faulty,'' he said.more »

Money-laundering ring called 'one of most brazen'
The Virginian-PilotJanuary 1, 2012

Recently unsealed court records, a lengthy indictment, and interviews with key players provide a rare window into an audacious four-year swindle prosecutors have called "one of the most brazen" in federal contracting history. The crime went undetected ...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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Year-end tune: Hush, hush, we all fall down
Business StandardJanuary 1, 2012

Be that as it may, what the law seeks to provide for is the right of such stakeholders to file an additional action against the management of the company. The genesis of this lies in the Foss vs. Harbottle ruling, but as an exception to the rule that ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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The Man Who Would Be News Corp's GC
Corporate CounselJanuary 3, 2012

According to Zweifach's Williams & Connolly bio, the uniquely named lawyer “has tried antitrust, securities, libel, and complex commercial cases to juries and courts across the United States. Over 29 years at Williams & Connolly LLP, Mr. Zweifach's ...more »

Franchising
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Video analysts lose rugby contract
Stuff.co.nzJanuary 1, 2012

It has also helped five New Zealand Super 15 franchises and the ITM Cup teams, including the Manawatu Turbos. The decision was made by the NZRU after a review of the needs of the All Blacks and Super Rugby franchises. Verusco founder George Serrallach ...more »

Gaming Law
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Online Profits From Gambling in the Cards
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Casinos such as Caesars Entertainment are hoping Congress will pass a law allowing them to operate online casinos nationwide. But states could be a roadblock; they don't want to lose business to casinos or tax revenue to the federal government. ...more »

Banking Law
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Expect more criminals behind bars -- Bartolome
Journal OnlineJanuary 1, 2012

Banking on information supplied by concerned citizens, PNP officials said the number of crimes dipped last year and credited it not only to the stepped-up anti-crime patrol and police visibility in the streets but primarily to the PNP's continuing ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Atkins awarded major three year contract in Qatar
Construction Week OnlineJanuary 12, 2012

... Atkins is to establish a Central Planning Office (CPO) to co-ordinate major multi-billion dollar transport and infrastructure projects in Qatar after being awarded a three-year contract by the country's Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning. ...more »

Business Formation
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Photo Galleries: Business
News & ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

The team flew in the famous diamond formation leaving a space where Jon Egging would have flown. – Getty Images Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement are reflected in a stock ticket screen as they march though Lower Manhattan on ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Hungary Yields Jump to Highest Since 2009 at Bill Auction
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

“Following the approval of the disputed central bank law last Friday and the biggest opposition protests since the 2010 election, long-end bond yields moved above 10 percent,” Gyula Toth, a Vienna-based strategist at UniCredit SpA, wrote in a research ...more »

Commercial
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Virginia's chief medical examiner speaks up for dead
The Virginian-PilotJanuary 1, 2012

Bush estimates she's done 5000 autopsies, testifying in hundreds of court cases. She spent 18 years in the Tidewater district. Dr. Marcella Fierro, who was Virginia's chief medical examiner for 13 years, used to give lectures to Bush's medical classes ...more »

Why our mining laws are ineffective
Inquirer.netJanuary 1, 2012

Second, the belief that the decision makers in the business sector and those in government who are entrusted by the law to serve as guardians of our mineral wealth are knowledgeable and enlightened people whose main concern is to serve the public ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Strong Showings
Law.comJanuary 3, 2012

... which has guided the bankruptcy court overseeing the doomed investment bank's affairs. It also won a landmark US Supreme Court ruling for the video game industry, convincing the court to invalidate a California law that would have made certain ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Demoted police captain's Memorial Day party was investigated by State ...
Palm Beach Post (blog)January 12, 2012

On Thursday, the police department's internal affairs office released two separate investigations, including the report that City Administrator Ed Mitchell said led to Maale's firing and then reinstatement as an officer. According to the report, Maale, ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Rothman Gordon Recognized as one of Fortune's 2012 Top Ranked Law Firms
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Areas of practice include alternative dispute resolution; business and corporate law; commercial real estate; litigation; estate planning and administration; taxation and employee benefits; financing and commercial loans; employment and labor law; ...more »

International Transactions
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Davis Polk Lands Freshfields Lateral, Launches UK Law Practice in London
The Am Law DailyJanuary 6, 2012

Davis Polk, he adds, is already offering English law capabilities elsewhere, so it makes sense to do so in the UK Reid notes that Davis Polk lawyers have worked closely with Witty on complex Europe-based equity transactions in Europe. ...more »

Communications & Media
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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 »

New Year brings new laws
Mankato Free PressJanuary 2, 2012

... consumers will still have the opportunity to purchase insurance that goes beyond the manufacturer's warranty. n Nursing home reimbursement rates: The law establishes new reimbursement rates for nursing homes, as well as clarifies licensing...more »

Construction & Development
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2011: A year of change for QC business
Quad City TimesJanuary 1, 2012

In December, Davenport-based publisher Lee Enterprises announced it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a move to refinance nearly $1 billion in debt. Lee, the parent company of the Quad-City Times and 47 other daily newspapers, ...more »

Locating Funds
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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 »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Laying down the laws
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Rubber glove manufacturers to grow through consolidation latest!
The Borneo PostJanuary 4, 2012

Nevertheless, she did not rule out a possibility of any mergers and acquisitions in the market as there have been speculations and talks of such activities happening in the market. “If we trace back over the past decade, the number of players was more ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Latest Canadian Automobile Deduction Limits Announced
Tax-news.comJanuary 2, 2012

The allowance amounts reflect the key cost components of owning and operating an automobile, such as depreciation, financing, insurance, maintenance and fuel costs. Lastly, the general prescribed rate used to determine the taxable benefit relating to ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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California Legislature returns to face more budget woes, new election rules
Sacramento BeeJanuary 3, 2012

Issues left unresolved from 2011 include whether to ban reusable plastic grocery bags, adopt stronger laws for homeowners threatened with foreclosure, and to regulate the wages and job conditions of housekeepers, nannies and other domestic workers. ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Sacramento-area bankruptcies down in 2011
LoanSafeJanuary 2, 2012

“First you had the tidal wave, then you had the high water and (now) it's … beginning to recede very slowly,” said Folsom bankruptcy attorney Gerald White. According to the US Bankruptcy Court, 29686 new cases were filed in the Sacramento region this ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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On the Boards | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2012-01-02
Philadelphia InquirerJanuary 2, 2012

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, an independent nonprofit group, has appointed Stacey Willits McConnell to its board. McConnell is a partner at Lamb McErlane PC, West Chester and chairwoman of the firm's estate-planning and trusts ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Man wanted for 3 killings in Mexico is deported by US authorities
The RepublicJanuary 2, 2012

A man wanted by Mexican authorities for a triple homicide in Caborca, Mexico, a year ago has been handed over to Mexican law enforcement. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say 26-year-old Marcos Samuel Renteria Gaxiola, alias "El Mamut," ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Human trafficking law seeks corporate transparency
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 7, 2012

Its suppliers conform to the company's code of conduct on labor practices, especially with regard to slavery and human trafficking - and if so, how compliance is verified. -- It certifies that the gathering of materials used in the products complies ...more »

Debt Collection
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The Philippine central bank
Philippine StarJanuary 3, 2012

3, 1949. The law enabling the creation of the central bank, Republic Act No. 265, was passed by Congress in 1948. So, the central bank was founded in fact in 1948. This makes our own one of the oldest among central banks of the developing countries of ...more »

Public Offerings
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Garnett: Boulder County commissioners should wait before seeking other county jobs
Longmont Daily Times-CallJanuary 1, 2012

Domenico and Toor, meanwhile, have scheduled a 3 pm Tuesday meeting to discuss the county attorney's appointment. The advance agenda, posted online Friday and sent to people on an email list to get the board's agendas, said "the public is invited to ...more »

Debt Settlement
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There's No Miracle Cure for Serious Debt
Credit Card Guide NewsJanuary 5, 2012

The other matter is the debt settlement — reducing what you owe. Separate companies offer these, and in general, I don't recommend them. If you were able to reduce the amount of the balance, though, it would probably only be for the collection ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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2012 spotlight rests on AMR bankruptcy case
Tulsa WorldJanuary 1, 2012

AMR Corp., the parent of American Airlines, filed its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization petition Nov. 29. Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World file By DR STEWART World Staff Writer In Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma, all eyes in the aerospace industry will be on ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Global Growth Slows to 3.9% as O'Neill Sees BRICs Diminished by Population
BloombergJanuary 3, 2012

Enlarge image A Construction Worker in India A Construction Worker in India A construction worker pours concrete into molds at a construction site in New Delhi, IndiaPhotographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg A year ago, Catherine Liu employed more ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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For Portland's dope king, love and mistrust
Albany Times UnionJanuary 2, 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 »

False Advertising
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Airfare ads soon must include taxes, fees
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

"The price advertising provision was adopted to make sure passengers know the full amount they will have to pay for air transportation when they buy a ticket," agency spokesman Bill Mosley said. The federal regulation does not require that airfares ...more »

Trade Associations
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Study: Transfer law students succeed academically but fail to integrate fully ...
Indiana UniversityJanuary 6, 2012

Part-time law students were just as positive as full-time law students about the intellectual rigor of their legal education. The two groups reported similar gains in knowledge, skills, and personal and academic development as well as their perception ...more »

Federal Contracts
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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 »

Unfair Competition
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“Poised For Progress”
SouthCoastToday.comJanuary 3, 2012

Certain neighborhoods have suffered, in great part, because a few large absentee landlords have purchased tenements out of foreclosure, disregarded housing codes and allowed the properties to become run down. They have turned a deaf ear to law abiding ...more »

Federal Grants
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R.I.P. Bill of Rights 1789 - 2011
OpEdNewsJanuary 1, 2012

Its purpose was to provide additional clarifications on the limitation of government power so that there could be absolutely no question that government could NEVER, under any circumstances, violate these key principles of freedom: Freedom of speech, ...more »

Venture Capital
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SuVolta Raises $17.6 Million in Venture Funding
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

The company is backed by leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), August Capital, NEA, Bright Capital, Northgate Capital and DAG Ventures. For more information visit www.suvolta.com . Media Contacts: Margo Westfall SuVolta ...more »

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