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How new options can help Ohio employers reduce their workers' compensation...
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

Over the past year, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has focused its attention on creating more program options for employers that encourage the correct behaviors and rewards them for achieving performance outcomes that reduce lost work ...more »

New Licensing Regime Jolts Freight Forwarders
THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

Although the Customs and Excise Management Act provides for self clearing in which an importer is allowed the option of clearing its goods, most of them prefer to use clearing agents because of the bureaucracy involved. Accordingly, government reviews ...more »

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Advertising
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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 »

Foreign Investments
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Foreigners divest Sh715m as economic fears take toll
Business Daily AfricaJanuary 2, 2012

NSE has seen foreign investors pull out over Sh715 million in 11 months. By MOSES MICHIRA (email the author) Foreign investors have taken out more than Sh715 million of their equity investments at the stock market in 11 months to November, ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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BCS Anti-Trust Litigation to Be Filed 2012: Which Conferences/Team Will Survive
Bleacher ReportJanuary 2, 2012

In August, the state issued a “Request For Information,” soliciting input and statements of interest from law firms that might be interested in representing the state in the litigation. Twenty-four responded to the request, including some of the most ...more »

Franchising
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Famous Brands Says Sales Increased in December, Rapport Says
BloombergJanuary 1, 2012

The company, which owns restaurant franchises including Wimpy, Steers and Mugg & Bean, posted better-than-expected sales across all its franchises, the Johannesburg-based newspaper cited Hedderwick as saying. To contact the reporter on this story: ...more »

Gaming Law
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Catholic priest's defense to target gambling
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 2, 2012

In October, those fears were realized when McAuliffe and federal prosecutors agreed to a deal. McAuliffe pleaded guilty to the mail fraud charges for sending falsified financial documents across state lines to the San Francisco Archdiocese. ...more »

Banking Law
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Recalling 2011, day by day
Standard SpeakerJanuary 1, 2012

18, 2010, after he shows up at the bank intending to rob it again. Borough police said Holliday confessed to the first robbery and to six other bank robberies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and also to robbing Rite-Aid pharmacy in White Haven on Dec. ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Essar Ports gets Odisha green nod for coal terminal at Paradip
Hindu Business LineJanuary 2, 2012

The construction cost for Essar Ports will not go up because of this delay as it has already entered into fixed price, rupee-denominated contracts, with Essar Projects, another Group company. But, the interest during construction (IDC) cost will have ...more »

Business Formation
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Florida's lien laws could hamper expansion
The News-PressJanuary 1, 2012

... feel confident buying property and building here?” he said. Hutchison said he feels he wasn't properly notified of the initial lien process and hasn't been provided expense documents as required by the law and hopes to head off the foreclosure process.more »

Institutional Investing
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Mitt Romney
Ames TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

Education: Graduated from Brigham Young University and has dual degrees from Harvard's business and law schools. Career: Founder of Bain Capital, an investment firm that helped launch Staples, Dominoes Pizza and The Sports Authority. ...more »

Commercial
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New year is full of new laws
TheReporter.comJanuary 1, 2012

Jerry Brown in October, is aimed at ending the discrimination faced by many caught in a cycle of poor credit as a result of unemployment, further preventing them from finding a job. Still, there are some exceptions to the law, including positions ...more »

Halfway marine protection measure launched in California
Red, Green, and BlueJanuary 2, 2012

Representatives of the Department of Fish and Game, corporate “environmental” NGOs, the Western States Petroleum Association, Safeway Stores and other supporters of the privately funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative have reason to ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Economy, hospitals top the list of top buisiness stories for 2011
TheReporter.comJanuary 1, 2012

... managing partner of Westrust, which controls 71 acres of the project, including retail space, the Nut Tree Theme Park, commercial office space and land for more than 200 multi-family units. No. 9 Borders Books closes. A US Bankruptcy Court in July ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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County settles discrimination claims of two employees for a total of $120000
HeraldNetJanuary 3, 2012

By Noah Haglund, Herald Writer The same cases earlier had been the subject of lengthy internal investigations, which found no wrongdoing by top managers. On Dec. 22, county attorneys agreed to pay a roads employee $100000 to settle her claims of racial ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Petersburg Crime for Sunday, Jan. 1
Progress IndexJanuary 1, 2012

Commercial Burglary: At 3 am Dec. 10 in the 2000 block of S. Sycamore Street. Summary: Suspect broke out side window and entered business. - Robbery (Individuals): At 1:11 am Dec. 11 in the 1200 block of Grant Avenue. Summary: Victims stated they made ...more »

International Transactions
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Mintz Levin Attorney Nili S. Yolin to Speak at American Health Lawyers ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

... Health Law Practice, many of whom have held senior government positions or served as in-house counsel, represent for-profit and non-profit, domestic and international companies in connection with a wide variety of business and legal transactions, ...more »

Communications & Media
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US election 2012: the dramatic impact of attack advertising on American politics
Telegraph.co.ukJanuary 2, 2012

Attack advertising funded by secret donations to opaque political groups is having a dramatic impact on American politics, after controversially being made legal by the US Supreme Court in 2010. By Jon Swaine The Iowa campaign of Newt Gingrich, ...more »

Medical marijuana ruling could change directions
KOLD-TVJanuary 6, 2012

AP Entertainment News Video By Bud Foster - bio | email It's possible Arizona could see the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries soon, depending on how Governor Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne respond to a federal judge's ruling. ...more »

Construction & Development
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Taking Stock: Appointments, Promotions, Achievements
Wausau Daily HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

Her practice focuses on claims involving motor vehicle accidents and medical malpractice. Habush Habush & Rottier has served Wisconsin as a personal injury law firm for more than 75 years. The firm handles cases from simple auto accidents to complex ...more »

Locating Funds
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BSO donates to proposed teen suicide hot line
Sun-SentinelJanuary 2, 2012

By Linda Trischitta, Sun Sentinel By the end of 2011, the Broward Sheriff's Office had made its second donation with law enforcement trust funds to support youth who are at risk. The $10000 gift is for a teen suicide prevention hotline to be run by ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Tanzania weathers diplomatic and legal crisis by reversing EADB $137m ruling
East AfricanJanuary 1, 2012

In a decision that was as much a vindication of the regional lender and Tanzania's judiciary as it was an indictment of opportunistic litigation, the Court of Appeal on December 28 ruled in favour of EADB, quashing a High Court order that had directed ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Tequity Advises Accord Software on Acquisition by Robocom Systems International
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 11, 2012

Tequity is an M&A advisory providing merger, divestiture, acquisition, and exit strategy assistance to middle-market software and technology companies. Tequity's advisors are experienced in both domestic and cross-border transactions, and regularly ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Kennewick man triumphs over state law
TheNewsTribune.comJanuary 1, 2012

Buck, who purchased a used car for his son to drive while away at college, challenged a law that allows state agents to charge a sales tax on what they say a car is worth, even if the purchase price was much less. Buck claims he shouldn't be forced to ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Huffman, Leno Wrap Busy 2011
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

AB 359 - Groundwater Management Plans: Promotes the management and protection of the state's groundwater supplies by requiring, as a condition of receiving specified state grants or loans, local water agencies to map the recharge areas that ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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HMRC targets small businesses
The Economic VoiceJanuary 3, 2012

...business owner also comes at a time when they are under intense commercial pressure and the fines they face for failing the business records checks (BRC) could be up to £3000, which may, according to business leaders, force some into bankruptcy. ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Kansas in 2012? A Prediction of More Legal Battles, Higher Tax Bills, and ...
RH Reality Check (blog)January 3, 2012

The vast array and sheer volume of the changes that are being attempted and implemented in this state could make it difficult to prioritize where time, energy and resources of a small nonprofit should be spent. However, as my organization looks ahead ...more »

Customs Disputes
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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 »

Professional Corporations
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Risk Chat: How will Dodd-Frank Progress in 2012?
Business Finance MagazineJanuary 5, 2012

Companies should make sure they specifically reach out to the governance personnel at institutional investors because the governance personnel are often different from the investment personnel who a company's investor relations personnel typically deal ...more »

Debt Collection
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Study: Reform increased cost to file bankruptcy
OCRegisterJanuary 2, 2012

By JAN NORMAN / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER The 2005 bankruptcy reform law has made the bankruptcy system costlier and more cumbersom for debtors and bankruptcy professionals, according to a study released by the American Bankruptcy Institute. ...more »

Public Offerings
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Assistant regional Attorney General set to retire
Press & Sun-BulletinJanuary 2, 2012

BINGHAMTON -- After nearly three decades of service to five different New York attorney generals, Dennis McCabe has hung up his hat as chief of the local office. The assistant New York attorney general in charge of the Binghamton regional office ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Column: Some stories slighted in 2011
Appleton Post CrescentJanuary 1, 2012

In a move designed to help the struggling golf course shore up its financial future, the council voted to ease course debt payments to the city on a $480000 loan. Essentially, the council stopped charging interest on the loan, requiring the course to ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Brown's first six months set the table for 2012 focus: Jobs
Florida Times-UnionJanuary 1, 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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FRO - Frontline Ltd. Successfully Completes Restructuring
Reuters (press release)January 2, 2012

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements include statements ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Push to legalize online gambling continues
Yorkdispatch.comJanuary 3, 2012

Online poker boomed in the US over the last decade, but a 2006 law made it illegal to run most online gambling businesses by forbidding financial institutions from processing transactions related to illegal online gambling. The law, however, didn't ...more »

False Advertising
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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 »

Trade Associations
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Bondi says Fla. SC should decide foreclosure question
Legal News LineJanuary 3, 2012

In Law Offices of David Stern, PA v. State of Florida, the court held that Bondi's office lacked authority under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act to subpoena records of the Stern firm as part of the case of alleged misconduct in the ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Safe sex in the porn industry
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

But Cal/OSHA's lawyer has said the Los Angeles law would not impinge on his agency's jurisdiction, which is limited to employer-employee relationships. Film performers are generally contract workers, not employees. Performers in adult films should be ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Ninth Circuit Decertifies Consumer Fraud Class
JD Supra (press release)January 18, 2012

Some states require named class plaintiffs to demonstrate reliance, while some other states' consumer protection statutes do not. These differences are "not trivial or wholly immaterial." The court of appeals reminds us that consumer protection laws...more »

Federal Grants
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2012 NY budget almost set but deficit remains
Elmira Star-GazetteJanuary 2, 2012

Another $50 million would be for competitive grants, for a total of $20.3 billion. School aid was cut in the current budget and in the 2010-11 fiscal year, and it was frozen the year before that. "School aid is going to be a tussle," state Sen. ...more »

Venture Capital
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Venture capital M&A: 10 notable exits in Boston from 2011
Bizjournals.com (blog)January 4, 2012

Local VCs that exited: Bessemer Venture Partners and Ampersand Capital Partners. (Pictured: Endeca CEO/founder Steve Papa.) Google, Oracle and HP — those were just a few of the tech giants that swallowed up venture-backed Massachusetts companies in ...more »

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