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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 »

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 »

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Advertising
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Congress' New Years Resolution: End Piracy
The Spoof (satire)January 1, 2012

No, the Disney franchise isn't being threatened either. Today the biggest and most dangerous center of piracy is none other than the internet. This week not just one but two competing bills are making their way through congress to sharply increase the ...more »

Foreign Investments
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US is top 2012 property investment pick
Reuters UKJanuary 1, 2012

Respondents said they would invest more in US commercial property if the fundamentals of rent and occupancy growth were stronger. Another US barrier respondents cited was the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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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 »

Franchising
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Compare Bank Loans
The State PressJanuary 1, 2012

The business started with a truck borrowed from a furniture business that Soliman's parents owned and has grown to include 30 franchises in metropolitan areas across the country. College Hunks makes a point to hire clean cut and ambitious men. ...more »

Gaming Law
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The Fine Point Group Files Federal Lawsuit Against Pueblo of Pojoaque ...
PR Newswire (press release)January 4, 2012

"By refusing to honor Fine Point's legal contract, and by demanding that company resources be spent for their own benefit and purposes contrary to the strict provisions of federal Indian gaming law and policy, these men – three of whom are not even ...more »

Banking Law
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Hospital 'fundraisers' skim bank accounts
North Shore NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Instead, information entered into the terminal - which had been stolen from a store and modified to record data - was reportedly used later to access victims' bank accounts. In one case, a customer lost more than $800 to the scam, according to police. ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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China Property Malaise Spreads to Furnishings
Wall Street JournalJanuary 4, 2012

Investment in residential real estate accounts for about 12% of China's economy, but as much as 25% is tied up in a broader category that also includes industries such as construction materials and appliances, according to economists. The government...more »

Business Formation
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Crime doesn't pay, but it entertained and shocked all of us in 2011
San Francisco ExaminerJanuary 1, 2012

Motown fake: A man posing as legendary Motown celebrities conned Bay Area small-business owners into wining, dining, housing and entertaining him — until cops found him at the Hyde Out bar. Tip thief jarring: Coffee merchants in San Francisco cheered ...more »

Institutional Investing
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NA passed 25 bills, enacted 22 laws in 2011
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

... the National Defence University Act, 2011 (May 14), the Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan (Reorganization and Conversion) Act, 2011 (May 10), the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2011 (May 3), the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Act, ...more »

Commercial
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Wyoming concealed-carry law makes few ripples
Casper Star-Tribune OnlineJanuary 1, 2012

He said insurance companies have raised a liability issue that is persuading some businesses against posting the no firearms allowed signs. According to the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin, a business owner is not liable under state law if ...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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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 »

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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BA casino violates tribal law, official says
Tulsa WorldJanuary 1, 2012

They were in court because the owners of the allotted land, heirs Marcella Giles and Wynema Epps, wanted a lease approved so they could lease the land to the Kialegees. District Judge Jesse Harris "withheld approval" of the lease in August, ...more »

International Transactions
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Caution when selling to foreign firms
Toowoomba ChronicleJanuary 2, 2012

SALES of goods within Australia are normally governed by such legislation as the Australian Consumer Law and Sale of Goods Act, as well as the general principles of Australian contract law. There can, however, be situations where the governing law is ...more »

Communications & Media
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Under new ownership, Pri-Med plans to expand its focus
Medical Marketing and MediaJanuary 1, 2012

Pri-Med is under new ownership following M|C Holding's sale of the US assets to closely held Canadian event and media producer Diversified Business Communications. Terms of the sale were not released. The new executive team features Pri-Med co-founder ...more »

Views sought on UK's copyright licensing system
Out-Law.comJanuary 5, 2012

Hargreaves described the UK's copyright laws as not fit for the digital age. "The independent study is being carried out in two parts. Phase one is looking at all of the issues highlighted in the Hargreaves Review surrounding copyright licensing in and ...more »

Construction & Development
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Romney pledges to veto federal DREAM Act for immigrants
Washington Post (blog)January 1, 2012

Mitt Romney signs autographs during a campaign stop at Kinzler Construction in Ames, Iowa on Thursday. (Charlie Riedel - AP) LE MARS, Iowa – Mitt Romney returned to Iowa Saturday night sounding even more sure of his chances at claiming the Republican ...more »

Locating Funds
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Texas Consumer Health Assistance Program to close after losing federal funding
Washington PostJanuary 2, 2012

With funds from the federal health reform law, the Texas Consumer Health Assistance Program was launched last January. A $2.8 million grant allowed the state to hire nine employees to staff a toll-free hotline. More than 6000 Texans called in during ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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On the record: Rick Davis, Birmingham Business Alliance senior VP of economic ...
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)January 1, 2012

In an interview, he talks about how the BBA is addressing challenges such as Jefferson County's filing of the nation's largest ever municipal bankruptcy. He also talked about projects under way such as a plan to build a $64 million baseball stadium ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Pension payments sold to middlemen
Greenville Daily ReflectorJanuary 1, 2012

In some cases people face foreclosure on their homes and need a large cash payment in order to stop the bank. Retirees and veterans who have a defined benefit pension now have another opportunity to get a lump sum payment but it does have a significant ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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The stories that got the most clicks
Las Cruces Sun-NewsJanuary 1, 2012

By Jason Gibbs jgibbs@lcsun-news.com LAS CRUCES - Sharing tragedy, keeping tabs on our tax dollars and an eye on crime in our community kept you clicking our online coverage during 2011. More than ever, readers are finding our stories online and ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Ron Paul Civil Rights record…
ThyBlackManJanuary 2, 2012

This makes Ron Paul's broadside against civil rights laws more dangerous. There's no danger that government or corporations will roll back the clock on the Civil Rights Act but it does send another strong signal to government agencies to slacken up ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Edwards Wildman Admits 10 Lawyers to Partnership and Elevates Five to Counsel
Insurance News Net (press release)January 4, 2012

Fleming has also handled commercial contract and construction disputes, in addition to cases in the areas of creditors' rights, insurance coverage, and employment. Paul J. Labov , a New York counsel in the Restructuring and Insolvency Department ...more »

Professional Corporations
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'Move to Amend' forum planned
Morning StarJanuary 2, 2012

By KRISTINE MORRIS David Cobb, national spokesperson for Move to Amend, a national grassroots movement dedicated to abolishing “corporate personhood” and “money as speech,” will be the speaker at Traverse City's Milliken Auditorium on Jan. 11. The free...more »

Customs Disputes
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I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

Women, who were bound by customs, dictated not by our religion but by tradition. Women, who had no choice but to abide by these laws based on human greed, rather than equality or humanity. These centuries old practices of Vani and Swara — marrying ...more »

Public Offerings
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2012 shaping up as huge election year
Helena Independent RecordJanuary 1, 2012

1, Deschamps said Republicans will turn up the heat on Bullock on issues such as his Land Board votes against natural resource development and his refusal to join a number of other state attorneys general challenging the Obama's health insurance reform ...more »

Debt Collection
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Robert H. Muttera Named Chief Credit Officer at American River Bank
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Mr. Muttera has over 32 years of industry experience, most recently as Senior Vice President at Preferred Capital Advisors, a full-service commercial real estate advisory firm and as Director at Redding Bank of Commerce. He was previously Executive ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Christie Calls for Restructuring of Research Universities
NJ SpotlightJanuary 26, 2012

Reorganizing what remains of UMNDJ into a new New Jersey Health Sciences University will “will allow the institution to fully turn the page on the past missteps and lawbreaking at UMDNJ that has cost not only the institution but the state in terms of ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Court says couple tried to defraud lawyer
Pittsburgh Post GazetteJanuary 2, 2012

In 2009, a bankruptcy court issued an order allowing Mr. Chicka to proceed with his petition in state court and, in May, a Westmoreland County court ordered Paul Kraisinger to pay Mr. Chicka the $40000. Paul Kraisinger appealed, raising issues of ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Businesses mixed about new sick leave law
Ct PostJanuary 4, 2012

As companies in the region enter 2012, they are awaiting the impact of new laws and tax programs passed in the most recent state General Assembly session. While the passage of a law requiring businesses of 50 or more employees (principally service ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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BYRD v. RONEKER
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

Memorandum: Plaintiff commenced this action seeking damages for personal injuries he sustained when he fell from a ladder while cutting a tree limb at a single-family home owned by Frederick E. Roneker, Jr. (defendant). Defendant hired a contractor to ...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 »

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 »

Unfair Competition
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Medical marijuana timeout: Boulder dispensaries react to ban on new businesses
Daily CameraJanuary 5, 2012

On Wednesday, Pease said he thinks the moratorium is an unfair overreaction to his case. "No, I don't think it's fair to the other people -- not at all," he said. "It seems like, to me, that instead of putting it on hold and stopping the world, ...more »

Federal Contracts
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A contract with the future
New Europe (blog)January 2, 2012

LISBON - The New Year is above all a contract with our individual and collective future. The future is not determined by law but all of us have a strong responsibility in constructing the pillars of a more positive and innovative society. ...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 »

Federal Grants
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PM grants PPP Punjab wish
PakistanToday.com.pkJanuary 2, 2012

Per the move, PPP MPAs would be able to spend five percent of the development funds provided to them by the federal government on projects highlighted or suggested by PPP provincial office-bearers. Party sources told Pakistan Today that Gilani, ...more »

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