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Could guns be battered women's answer to domestic violence?
Today's ZamanJanuary 1, 2012

This week, the very same group that advocated sitting around the table as a means of dealing with domestic violence less than two decades ago is proposing that women in fear of their lives should be issued with guns as a last-resort attempt to cut down ...more »

What is HRW up to in Pakistan?
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

Asked that even in developed and advanced political cultures the principle of judicial review exists and superior judiciary exercises its powers to set aside any law made by the Parliament if it is found against the basic structure of the constitution...more »

Business Law News and Stories

Advertising
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Audit: Whatcom council email exchanges violated state meetings law
TheNewsTribune.comJanuary 2, 2012

Whatcom County Council members violated state open meetings law in 2010 because they discussed council business via email, when it should have been done in an open meeting, state auditors said. The state Auditor's Office on Tuesday, Dec. ...more »

Foreign Investments
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WESTERN TRADITION PARTNERSHIP, INC. v. ATTORNEY GENERAL
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

The District Court enjoined enforcement of the statute and denied the motion of Champion and MSSF for an award of attorney fees. The State appeals the order of summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs, and Champion and MSSF cross-appeal from the ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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2011 FCPA Enforcement Index
JD Supra (press release)January 3, 2012

Con un poderoso respaldo de la administración Obama, la aplicación extraterritorial de la FCPA -incluyendo persecución penal en el sistema federal norteamericano- no sólo ha ido creciendo exponencialmente año tras año, sino que ha formado en torno a la ...more »

Franchising
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Duane Morris Names Six Attorneys of Philadelphia Office to Partnership
Citybizlist (press release)January 3, 2012

Kosta provides counsel in government relations, as well as such litigation alternatives as settlement and mediation. She served as an intern in the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and as a judicial intern for Chief Justice ...more »

Gaming Law
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Internet sweepstakes cafés rip off consumers, need regulation, DeWine says
Dayton Daily NewsJanuary 6, 2012

In April, DeWine announced his support for legislation introduced by State Representatives Marlene Anielski, R-Walton Hills, and Nan Baker, R-Westlake, to establish oversight of gaming that takes place at internet cafes and similar establishments. ...more »

Banking Law
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Stanford Seeks Trial Delay as Defense Expert Witnesses Quit
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

Stanford's experts haven't been paid for four months, Ali Fazel, Stanford's lead criminal-defense lawyer, said in court papers filed Dec. 30 in federal court in Houston. They quit last week after the US Court of Appeals, which controls budgets for ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Spain 2011 public deficit may even top 8 pct-econ min
ReutersJanuary 2, 2012

* Econ minister sees recession this quarter * Govt planning aggressive reform agenda * Debt markets unmoved in quiet trade * Half of Spaniards see recovery after 2013 By Paul Day MADRID, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Spain's public deficit for 2011 may be higher ...more »

Business Formation
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Proposed Changes to Child Sex Crimes Laws After Penn State Scandal
EIN News (press release)January 1, 2012

Business strategies for the digital age. Free website from the Economist Intelligence Unit. Accounting, Tax & Payroll Services. Enjoy your business, leave the paperwork to us. We are certified accountants. Founded in 1995, EIN News is an international ...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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BUSINESS IN BRIEF 1/1
VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

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 »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Developer of Maryland housing office in Prince George's has financial troubles
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

The charter of the Carl Williams Group, a development company founded in 2005 in Prince George's, was revoked by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation two years ago for failing to file a 2008 property tax return with the state. ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Businesses need to get internal investigations right
Louisville Business FirstJanuary 6, 2012

Question: When was the last time your business conducted an internal investigation? Do you recall what prompted it? Do you know what risks and responsibilities face your business if it fails to conduct an effective investigation? ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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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 »

International Transactions
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Opening the Web as a Frontier for Gambling in the US
Corporate CounselJanuary 4, 2012

After analyzing the act's legislative history, the opinion concludes “that the criminal division's premise is incorrect and that the Wire Act prohibits only the transmission of communications related to bets or wagers on sporting events or contests. ...more »

Communications & Media
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Obama signs defence spending bill, reluctantly
The HinduJanuary 1, 2012

US President Barack Obama has signed into law a massive $662-billion defence spending bill that also seeks to suspend a big chunk of $1.1 billion military aid to Pakistan, despite his “serious reservations” about provisions regulating detention and ...more »

RDA Microelectronics Signs Digital TV IP License and Development Agreement ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," ...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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New laws go into effect in California
The Salinas CalifornianJanuary 2, 2012

Jerry Brown signed into law in 2011 included several that cost money. Among them: new funding for a bullet train and a campaign to boost enrollment for food stamps as the economy remains sluggish. Some bills took effect immediately after the governor ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Of heart surgery and mothers-in-law
Jerusalem PostJanuary 1, 2012

But mothers-in-law and business issues? Bring them on. Issamar Ginzberg is a rabbi, businessman, public speaker and marketer. He travels extensively between New York and Jerusalem and has been published in more than 30 national business publications, ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Patriot Coal Reaches Comprehensive Selenium Settlement
MarketWatch (press release)January 18, 2012

As a result of the negotiated settlement, the Company has agreed to a comprehensive plan which provides for the necessary time and flexibility in the development, selection and implementation of emerging technologies to meet compliance deadlines in the ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Escape route found to save big tax evaders
The News InternationalJanuary 2, 2012

He did not reveal whether the penalties would be harsh enough to be exemplary for the tax-evading businessman, but he confirmed that they would not be jailed under the relevant laws if they paid up the computed penalties. Sources said some of these ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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New laws aim to limit power of HOAs
YNN, Your News NowJanuary 3, 2012

New laws will regulate what HOAs can do in the state. The law includes using payments for their specified purpose, getting court orders before making moves toward foreclosure and giving better notice to homeowners before sending in a bill collector or ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Farm, ranch clinics planned in Grand Island, Lexington
Kearney HubJanuary 1, 2012

Farmers and ranchers can meet one-on-one and confidentially with an experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor on issues such as financial, estate and transition planning; farm loan programs; and debtor-creditor and water laws. ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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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 »

Customs Disputes
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BUSINESS IN BRIEF 1/1
VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

Professional Corporations
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AG shocks state with legal opinion on EAPCC control
Business Daily AfricaJanuary 3, 2012

By MICHAEL OMONDI (email the author) The battle for the control of the troubled East Africa Portland Cement Company (EAPCC) has deepened after the Attorney- General ruled that the cement maker is not a state corporation. The A-G's opinion is based on a ...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 brings more than 200 new laws to state
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 1, 2012

The new law now in effect makes seat belts mandatory for all passengers in vehicles and allows police to stop any car with an unbelted rider. | Sun-Times Media File More than 200 new laws take effect in Illinois on New Year's Day, dealing with ...more »

Debt Settlement
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2 lawyers for religious group will take their heated views to court today
Pioneer PressJanuary 4, 2012

Followers believe his every word, so there was little doubt Naomi Isaacson and Rebekah Nett believed the Lord wanted them to study law. But US Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher has warned the two that they have crossed the line that separates zealous legal ...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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Indo-US mechanism to end nuclear liability stalemate
India TodayJanuary 1, 2012

An India-US joint working group (JWG) will hold its first meeting in January in an attempt to untie the knot created by the civil nuclear liability law and guidelines that have stalled participation of American nuclear firms in India's lucrative market ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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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 »

False Advertising
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Airline Ads will soon change to include fees and taxes
KY3January 4, 2012

According to the DOT's website "DOT rules require any advertising that includes a price for air transportation to state the full price to be paid by the consumer, including all carrier-imposed surcharges. However, any government imposed fees do not ...more »

Trade Associations
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New Year Ushers in New Laws for NY
WNYCJanuary 1, 2012

By Ailsa Chang A couple of the most substantial new laws on the books for this year will mean personal income tax cuts for about 4.4 million people and tax relief for manufacturers. A 2 percent cap on property tax increases levied by school districts ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Laden with baggage, Newt Gingrich marches on
The Boston GlobeJanuary 1, 2012

The Gingrich Group and the health care think tank, citing confidentiality agreements, have declined to release a list of clients. Gingrich's most controversial work has been his consulting contract with Freddie Mac, the quasi-public mortgage giant. ...more »

Unfair Competition
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BASE METALS - European Opening View - Metals fall as China returns to the market
FXstreet.comJanuary 30, 2012

2.1 We do not guarantee that access to this Website will be continuously available and will not be liable if for any reason (including but not limited to) the Website being suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, ...more »

Federal Grants
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SACRAMENTO - International hacker group Anonymous claims responsibility ...
News10.netJanuary 2, 2012

The letter, sent by CSLEA Chief Counsel/General Manager Kasey Clark, said: "CSLEA was advised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit that it had intercepted chat from a group known as Anonymous that was claiming it had successfully ...more »

Venture Capital
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Chicago startup BodyShopBids scoops up $1 million in VC funding
Chicago TribuneJanuary 4, 2012

BodyShopBids, a Chicago-based startup that connects consumers with local auto repair shops, has raised $1 million in funding led by local venture capital firm OCA Ventures. New World Ventures and Lightbank, both Chicago-based investment firms, ...more »

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