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2011 NEWSMAKERS: Big crime stories of the year: County saw 14 homicides ...
Santa Cruz SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Stephen Hull, 62, of La Selva Beach, a budget and planning analyst at UC Santa Cruz, was shot and killed by his son, Aaron Hull, 36, who worked at a Monterey County kayak and fishing business. Donna Orsini, Stephen Hull's daughter and Aaron Hull's ...more »

2 health systems take joint approach
Milwaukee Journal SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

The organizations - which are expected to strike similar agreements with commercial health plans - will be the key vehicle for testing new methods of paying hospitals and doctors. The Bellin Health-ThedaCare Healthcare Partners effort is one of the ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

Advertising
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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 »

Foreign Investments
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Of gas loadshedding….!
The Nation, PakistanJanuary 2, 2012

... spiralling of the Pakistan Rupee to about $1 = PKR 86 from a more palatable $1 = PKR 63 in the previous so-called “authoritarian” government's tenure; drying up of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI); lacklustre returns on the KSE and other bourses; ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Abortion, immigration changes among new 2012 laws
Glens Falls Post-StarJanuary 2, 2012

A federal judge last week blocked parts of the law that would have required police to check the immigration status of criminal suspects or people stopped for traffic violations they think might be in the country illegally, and that would have made it a ...more »

Franchising
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Residents Trust the Massapequa Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard to Install New Dryer ...
Emailwire (press release)January 1, 2012

Consumer education while making clothes dryers safer and greener are the main focus of DVW franchisees. Dryer Vent Wizard was founded in 2004 by Dave Lavelle who is also the founder of the Mr. Handyman franchise.more »

Gaming Law
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Online Gambling: Don't Bet The Farmville
SitNewsJanuary 2, 2012

State, The Show-Me The Baby's Milk Money State, The Sooner (Or Later You'll Get Some Wages I Can Garnish) State and The Land Of People Living In A Van Down By The 10000 Lakes. Don't get me started on the revised state mottos, such as New Hampshire's ...more »

Banking Law
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DeMarrais: Fraud grows with online banking
NorthJersey.comJanuary 1, 2012

By KEVIN DEMARRAIS But their growth has also increased your vulnerability to fraud, leading the FDIC and other regulators to update guidelines on how banks verify the identity of anyone logging onto their Web sites. The new guidelines are effective ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Haiti -- Two Years Post Earthquake: What You May Not Know
Huffington Post (blog)January 9, 2012

We are focused on improving our impact further -- from decreasing the time it takes to contract for critical needs and increasing the number of contracts we award through Haitian entities and local partners, to widening the scope and enhancing the ...more »

Business Formation
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More room for women at the top
Sydney Morning HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

A director for nine years, Mann is on the boards of First State Superannuation Trustee Corporation (with $30 billion under management), Perpetual Superannuation Limited and chairs the Doctors' Health Fund Limited. She joined listed company Ridley Corp...more »

Institutional Investing
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Madoff trustee sues Calif AG, wins feeder fund case
ReutersJanuary 5, 2012

Even accepting that the feeder funds conspired to advance Madoff's Ponzi scheme, the law "simply does not protect against all cases of alleged dishonesty and fraud," the judge wrote. Cote upheld a June 2011 ruling by US Bankruptcy Judge Burton Lifland, ...more »

Commercial
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Jimmy Dimora trial expected to produce explosive testimony, larger-than-life ...
Plain Dealer (blog)January 1, 2012

Federal prosecutors run a risk, though, of offending the jury if Russo fails to admit his own criminal activity, thus losing credibility, Mearns said. Assistant US attorneys Ann Rowland and Antoinette Bacon also must maintain a safe distance from Russo ...more »

The American Bar Association Thinks That It's Your Own Fault If You're Poor ...
Above the LawJanuary 5, 2012

Certainly not this one if he refuses to admit that year in and year out, law schools have been weaving pipe dreams of near 100% employment rates. Why does he think the law school transparency movement was started? Does he even know that it exists? ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Nashville People in Business
The TennesseanJanuary 1, 2012

Ryan Roller was recently appointed assistant headmaster for marketing and admissions, a newly added administrative position, at David Lipscomb Campus School. Fourteen faculty members at Vanderbilt University have been elected fellows of the American ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Asheville pastor guilty in bank fraud case
Asheville Citizen-TimesJanuary 10, 2012

ASHEVILLE — The pastor of a local church faces five years in prison for his part in a bank fraud scheme. Nicholas Dimitris, who leads C3 Church on Merrimon Avenue, pleaded guilty to conspiracy for using a straw borrower to get $825000 from Pisgah ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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SFL: CBRE Global Investors, a World Leader in Real Estate Investment ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

With this latest lease, SFL is pursuing its marketing drive, having affirmed its ability to meet the requirements of even the most demanding companies with its expertise in the Paris prime commercial property segment. During the transaction, SFL was ...more »

International Transactions
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Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Releases December 2011 Index
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

While the NASDAQ Composite slipped nearly 0.6 percent, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Indexes both climbed a modest 0.9 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively. The month of December was largely a reproduction of the year's performance. ...more »

Communications & Media
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Exxon Wins $749M for Nationalized Venezuela Assets
BloombergJanuary 1, 2012

Chavez, who has nationalized assets in the energy, metals, cement and telecommunications industries, faces about 20 arbitration cases at the ICSID, according to the Washington- based center's website. Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said in ...more »

First Nations powers: Laws that can be passed, enforced on reserves
CBC.caJanuary 10, 2012

In some cases, a justice of the peace specially appointed under a provision of the Indian Act can hear minor Criminal Code offences, such as breaking and entering, or bylaw infractions. If they can afford it, First Nations can hire in-house prosecutors ...more »

Construction & Development
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Post offices and towns' development in Oklahoma
NewsOK.comJanuary 1, 2012

Generally, the government did not undertake construction of substantial federal buildings in Oklahoma until after 1907 statehood. Courts occupied the most substantial space within federal buildings, but only in the 26 Oklahoma communities variously ...more »

Locating Funds
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Coull rejection reflects judicial review 'battle', law firm
FT AdviserJanuary 3, 2012

“At the end of the day, what is most important is that maximum pressure is maintained on Capita and the FSA to make 100 per cent good the Arch cru Cautious Managed Fund investments that were lost under their administration. “You always face an uphill ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Lawyers cautiously optimistic about hiring in Q1; Arent Fox adds health policy ...
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

Law firms continue to focus on hiring senior and partner-level lawyers with books of business and expertise in high-demand practice areas, said Robert Half Legal executive director Charles Volkert. He added that corporations also are hiring more legal ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Evercore Partners Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek
Wall St. Cheat SheetJanuary 30, 2012

Evercore Partners is an independent investment banking advisory firm that provides advisory services to prominent multinational corporations on significant mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, financings, and other strategic corporate ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Govt doubles strength of foreign wing in Finmin
Hindustan TimesJanuary 1, 2012

PTI As part of efforts to fight black money, the government has decided to double the strength of the crucial foreign tax division in Finance Ministry which handles classified tax related information between India, tax haven nations and other countries ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Legal/Public Notices for 01/15/12 - Substitute Trustee's Sales (1)
Murfreesboro PostJanuary 16, 2012

WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated May 3, 2007, executed by ADAN GARCIA AND MARIA MAGDALENA GARCIA, conveying certain real property therein described to Victor Hazelwood, ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Top Pittsburgh, regional stories of 2011
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewJanuary 1, 2012

Podlucky was the head of the Latrobe beverage bottler and ran the company into bankruptcy in 2006, bilking investors and banks alike. Nov. 8: A bribery lawsuit against Alcoa Inc. is reopened by US Judge Donetta Ambrose, who rules that Aluminum Bahrain ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Shadowy group behind attacks on climate scientists handed setback in court
Facing SouthJanuary 3, 2012

ATI -- which, like ATP, is funded by dirty-energy interests -- works to cast doubt on the scientific consensus that global warming is real and driven by human activity. ATP has also been involved in efforts to overturn laws that limit corporate money ...more »

Customs Disputes
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House body okays donor tax break for volunteer ventures
BusinessWorld Online EditionJanuary 1, 2012

All donations from foreign sources to the VNB shall be exempt from Customs duties, provided that the donees are duly accredited with the Bureau of Customs, the bill further states. VNB programs include shelter and other infrastructure programs; ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Three Campaign-Finance Lawsuits On the Heels of 'Citizens'
Corporate CounselJanuary 2, 2012

Federal law has prohibited corporations from contributing to candidates for federal office since 1907. The contribution ban is now contained in Section 441b(a) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. It applies to unions as well. ...more »

Debt Collection
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Regulators inching forward on Dodd-Frank rules
Chicago TribuneJanuary 3, 2012

In December, the Federal Reserve proposed the much-awaited capital and liquidity rules for the largest US banks and non-banks. The proposals released are aimed at ensuring that financial firms have enough capital and liquid assets on hand to weather a ...more »

Public Offerings
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Ashton announces run for State Attorney
WDBO RadioJanuary 3, 2012

Lamar has served in the state attorney's job since 1989 and has often gone without a serious challenge for the powerful position. Lamar has not publicly commented on Ashton's candidacy. Jeff Ashton photo.more »

Debt Settlement
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Dallas Attorney, Steven Phelps, J. D., C. P. A. Helps Consumer Bankruptcy Clients
OfficialWire (press release)January 2, 2012

The right to file for bankruptcy is guaranteed by Federal law. Over a million people filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010. The bankruptcy laws allow debtors extra time to get back on their feet. According to Mr. Phelps, during a recent interview, ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Sears Rises on Speculation Lampert May Take Retailer Private
BusinessWeekJanuary 18, 2012

... may seek new capital and to reorganize operations, said Paul Swinand, an analyst with Morningstar Inc. “Restructuring is often easier taken under private hands,” Swinand, who is based in Chicago, said today in a telephone interview. ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Breast implants litigation begins in France
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Kevin Timms, a trainee solicitor at Garden House Solicitors, a plaintiff law firm in Hertford, England, said his firm has filed a group action representing 27 claimants against 13 clinics. The firm is not pursuing PIP because implant manufacturer does ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Latest Nevada news, sports, business and entertainment
KLAS-TVJanuary 1, 2012

(AP) - Law enforcement authorities are searching for a man and woman accused of shooting a woman in the head during a carjacking Saturday morning in West Wendover. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the 35-year-old victim was able to make her way to the ...more »

False Advertising
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WNY business community's winners and losers of 2011
Buffalo NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Steven J. Baum law firm— Not only did the Amherst law firm collapse because of its shaky practices and bad taste, but its demise also cost the jobs of nearly 600 local workers at the firm that handled much of its legal paperwork. The law firm already ...more »

Trade Associations
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Fireworks legal, but sales are stalled
WGMEJanuary 2, 2012

In 1900, Secretary of State John Hay announced the "Open Door Policy" to facilitate trade with China. In 1921, religious services were broadcast on radio for the first time as KDKA in Pittsburgh aired the regular Sunday service of the city's Calvary ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Mom says baby worth legal fight with church
Coshocton TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

... I wanted a child," said Dias, who declined to let her daughter's name be used or face be photographed. The school's attorneys countered that Dias' choices are why she was fired. "Above all, this is a case about a contract," the school's lawyers wrote.more »

Unfair Competition
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Silicon Knights relishing court battle with Epic
Computerandvideogames.comJanuary 6, 2012

"Epic is going to trial for Fraud, Unfair Competition, Deceptive Trade Practices, Breach of Warranty and Breach of Contract, and the voluminous evidence of Epic's wrongdoing will be heard by the jury. "Silicon Knights has patiently waited for five ...more »

Federal Grants
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Council House Tenants Face Sublet Crackdown
Sky NewsJanuary 1, 2012

A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesperson added: "Ministers have been clear of their commitment to tackle tenancy fraud, which costs this country billions of pounds and means people who could otherwise be housed are losing out. ...more »

Venture Capital
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Coursekit Raises $5 M. from Joel Spolsky, David Tisch, IA Ventures
BetabeatJanuary 2, 2012

By Ben Popper 1:37pm Coursekit, a graduate of TechStars NY which bills itself as an academic social network, has raised $5 million in a Series A round of venture capital financing. Led by the Social+Capital Partnership, a new Silicon Valley venture ...more »

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