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Reforms coming to the state foster care system
kjrh.comMarch 1, 2012

"Litigation was hotly contested for years," said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. "The state defended the case pretty aggressively," said Marica Lowry, executive director of Children's Rights. It's all been over a federal suit that claims the ...more »

Into the lions' den: police 'feared violence at Wapping HQ' when they came ...
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

The officers backed down and left without all the evidence they wanted, later prosecuting just Mr Goodman and the NOTW's private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, despite having found a mass of evidence in Mr Mulcaire's notes indicating wider staff ...more »

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Advertising
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Elevator mechanic accused of botching repair of lift that crushed advertising...
New York Daily NewsMarch 1, 2012

By Greg B. Smith / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The elevator mechanic accused of botching the repair of a high-rise lift that crushed advertising executive Suzanne Hart to death was fired Wednesday. Michael Hill and four other employees of Transel Elevator Inc.more »

Federal Grants
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2 Illinois fire departments to get federal grants
cbs4qc.comMarch 2, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Two Illinois fire departments will be getting nearly $60 thousand in federal funding to improve response to fires and other emergencies. US Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, says the grants help equip firefighters ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Business Matters: Vevo Tightens Facebook Partnership, Kim Dotcom Rails Against ...
Billboard.bizMarch 1, 2012

But so far there's no evidence that Megaupload negotiated with rights owners to create a business model better suited for today's Internet, or lobbied to have countries alter their copyright laws so new business models could flourish.more »

Foreign Investments
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Rules regarding property ownership by NRIs in India
Economic TimesMarch 3, 2012

What about say a British national, posted in India for work - if he wants to buy property in India - does our law permit him to invest? The answer is yes, but only after the appropriate approvals are in place. Asha says: "A foreign national who is a ...more »

Franchising
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Apple becomes sixth US company ever to be worth $500 billion
Tampabay.comMarch 1, 2012

The annual NFL football franchise valuations list has just been released by Forbes (full list here). This year - for the first time ever - the average franchise in the league is worth over a billion dollars. 15 of the NFL's 33 franchises are worth over ...more »

Banking Law
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Fresh Iran deadline passes with no new sanctions
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionMarch 1, 2012

One such institution, the Dubai-based Noor Islamic Bank, said Wednesday that it had stopped doing business with Iranian banks in December, shortly before Obama signed the defense bill into law. Noor appears to have acted, at least indirectly, ...more »

Gaming Law
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Bill affirms Utah's anti-gambling stance
Salt Lake TribuneMarch 2, 2012

A bill making clear Utah's no-exceptions anti-gambling stance is nearly headed to Gov. Gary Herbert. Utah's Constitution has outlawed “games of chance” since statehood and state law also prohibits Internet gambling. But legislation pending in Congress ...more »

Business Formation
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Feds pay visit to Fattah's son, lawyer
Philadelphia InquirerMarch 1, 2012

BY WILLIAM BENDER & JAN RANSOM After visiting Chaka Fattah Jr., federal agents spent almost an hour gathering a computer and documents from David Shulick's Center City law office. THE FBI has developed a keen interest in Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan Law That Outlawed Local Project Labor ...
Bradenton HeraldMarch 2, 2012

The now-overturned law prohibited local communities from entering into contract terms that "requires, prohibits, encourages, or discourages bidders, contractors, or subcontractors from entering into or adhering to agreements with a collective ...more »

Business Law
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Palo Alto Attorney Publishes Articles on Online Reputation in Medical Mergers
Houston ChronicleMarch 16, 2012

Palo Alto corporate governance attorney Douglas Y. Park has published two articles on managing social media issues in medical mergers and acquisitions. Silicon Valley Corporate Governance Attorney Douglas Y. Park of DYP Advisors, together with Michael ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Proposed clean energy standard could wake up U.S. energy policy
Environmental Expert (press release)March 2, 2012

Today, Senator Bingaman took a step in that direction by introducing the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012 (CESA), which would create certainty for clean energy investments, diversify the US power mix, and yield meaningful carbon emissions reductions.more »

Commercial
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Pomerantz Law Firm Investigates Claims on Behalf of Investors of Seracare Life ...
Business Wire (press release)March 1, 2012

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pomerantz Haudek Grossman & Gross LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of SeraCare Life Sciences (“SeraCare” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SRLS) (ISIN: US81747T1043) concerning the proposed acquisition of SeraCare ...more »

Political reform: new laws, new parties
The Voice of RussiaMarch 3, 2012

In addition, the president can lose confidence in a governor if he turns out to be corrupt or if his and the president's interests clash. These provisions of the law on governor elections make it possible for the people to monitor the activities of ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Rights fight part of business
China DailyMarch 1, 2012

Legal claims and counterclaims over intellectual property rights have become part of doing business not just in China, but in many other countries as well. So has using litigation, and the threat of litigation, as a commercial weapon.more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Filings show police investigated Alaska officer
KOB.comMarch 4, 2012

Christine Schleuss, a lawyer for five of the nine women involved in the suits, said she's seeking information beyond the summaries of internal investigation reports provided to her. "However, incomplete as they are, they describe (the city's) pattern ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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SD 161: Drew closed because it's easier to lease
SouthtownStarMarch 1, 2012

The latest vote was held on the advice of the district's attorney, after a resident filed a grievance saying the board possibly had violated a state law in conducting the previous vote, board President Mary Kenny said. About 250 people attended the ...more »

International Transactions
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American Airlines Starts to Show Its Hand to Bondholders
Bond BuyerMarch 1, 2012

The trustee said it had intended to tap reserves but believes their use would violate bankruptcy rules. The trustee is attempting to obtain American's agreement to use the reserve funds to make the Feb. 1 debt-service payment or to pay the trustee's ...more »

Communications & Media
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SA Escapee snubs law on social media
Yahoo!7 NewsMarch 1, 2012

He's also posted comments on the page about the media coverage surrounding the mass break-out at about 7pm on Monday night. Commenting on a picture from an article on him, he wrote "How bout that!", to which his other friends commented: "Good to see ...more »

Shebeens have three months to apply for licence
Moneyweb.co.zaMarch 4, 2012

In terms of the new legislation every licence must be awarded on an annual basis, the board must consider issues of compliance with licence conditions and the Act and it may also refuse to renew a licence. Licences issued prior to the Act would be ...more »

Construction & Development
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Man indicted on terror charges in NYC bomb case
Carlisle SentinelMarch 1, 2012

The effort culminated "in the successful construction of one explosive device and the attempted construction of two others," it says. Most terror cases are federal, but this one was brought under a state terror law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks.more »

Locating Funds
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Judge says immigrants can be cut off from food stamps
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 1, 2012

A 2003 law restored eligibility to immigrant children. The law did not prohibit states from using their own funds to provide food stamps for immigrants ineligible for federal aid. As of November 2010, the court said, seven states were making that aid ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Rights fight part of business
China DailyMarch 1, 2012

Legal claims and counterclaims over intellectual property rights have become part of doing business not just in China, but in many other countries as well. So has using litigation, and the threat of litigation, as a commercial weapon.more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Bay Area mergers and acquisitions, March 5
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 5, 2012

Notable mergers and acquisitions in the Bay Area last week. Type{+1} Announced Target Target's city Acquirer Acquirer's city Seller Seller's city Announced value{+2} Payment type Status DIV Feb. 28 IM Flash Singapore LLP Singapore Micron Technology ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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U.S. v. ORTA-ROSARIO
Leagle.comMarch 14, 2012

Orta, a medical doctor, and Giacobbe first assert that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) is impermissibly vague as applied to them in violation of the Fifth Amendment right to due process. The Appellants contend that there is no statutory definition ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Md. couple stays in $1.29 million home for five years without paying
Housing Wire (blog)March 7, 2012

All this time, they kept foreclosure at bay by filing for bankruptcy repeatedly and manipulating Maryland laws passed to protect homeowners from foreclosure. They may get evicted any day from the five bedroom, 4900 square foot home along the Potomac ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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55 People Indicted in California-Based Federal Tax Fraud Scheme
DigitalJournal.com (press release)March 1, 2012

55 individuals were recently indicted for tax fraud in California. The federal government takes these charges very seriously. The individuals face many years in prison if convicted. March 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Though tax fraud schemes are ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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The hack-able body: Are device makers doing enough to shield patients from ...
Mass DeviceMarch 7, 2012

Karen Sandler was 31 years old, working at a non-profit organization providing free legal help to computer programmers, when she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and informed that she'd need a machine to help keep her alive.more »

Creditor's Rights
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Proview Wants IPad Settlement Talks With Apple
BusinessWeek (blog)March 1, 2012

By Bloomberg News on March 01, 2012 A lawyer representing Proview International Holdings Ltd. (334) in its dispute with Apple Inc. (AAPL) over the iPad trademark in China said he “hopes” the US company makes contact to begin settlement talks.more »

Professional Corporations
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Conservative call centre company has checkered legal history in US
The ProvinceMarch 2, 2012

By Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher, Postmedia News March 1, 2012 6:24 PM The company that handles the Conservative Party's computerized voter-identification system and powerful fundraising machine has a checkered legal history in the United States, ...more »

Customs Disputes
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New rules may steer Shanghai's port to grow
People's Daily OnlineMarch 1, 2012

The rules, which were enacted in November, aim to streamline the administrative procedures at customs, and provide a guideline on enforcing the law. They will also help the city evolve beyond its traditional role as a cargo and container handling port ...more »

Public Offerings
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Betty, Duffuor paid Woyome - Chief State Attorney confirms
The Statesman OnlineMarch 5, 2012

Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh, the embattled Chief State Attorney, has finally confirmed former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Betty Mould Iddrisu, and Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwabena Duffuor, as the “criminally-minded” ...more »

Debt Collection
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Harrisburg Judge 'Is Inclined' to Approve Receiver's Plan to Sell Assets
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

A bid by the city council to put the city into bankruptcy was dismissed on Nov. 23 by US Bankruptcy Judge Mary D. France in Harrisburg, saying it wasn't authorized by state law. The city council has filed an appeal related to that dismissal.more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Integra Group Announces Management Restructuring
Oil and Gas Industry Latest NewsMarch 6, 2012

MOSCOW, March 6, 2012 - Integra Group (LSE:INTE) announces that, following the successful reorganization of its diversified oilfield services business, Mr. Antonio Campo will step down and be replaced as Chief Executive Officer by Mr. Felix Lubashevsky ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Susan Tompor: Debt isn't real but harassing phone calls are
Detroit Free PressMarch 1, 2012

The FTC reports that it's receiving more complaints on phantom debt collection scams lately, as are law enforcement agencies. The commission has complaints against various entities, including American Credit Crunchers and Ebeeze.more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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REVEALED: How Giant Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures Does Business
Business InsiderMarch 2, 2012

Robin Feldman, a law professor at UC Hastings, and lawyer Tom Ewing decided to find out more. People told them their task was impossible. They write: "'You can't find out anything about them; don't even try,' is a chant that has been whispered in ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Health Law Alert: Providers Beware: OIG Alert Highlights FCA Liability Under ...
JD Supra (press release)March 1, 2012

A recent OIG Alert highlights potential False Claims Act (FCA) liability for physicians whose services are billed to Medicare under an independent contractor reassignment. The February 8, 2012, Alert titled, "OIG Alerts Physicians To Exercise Caution ...more »

Trade Associations
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Obama campaign accuses Mitt Romney of flipping on trade to win Ohio votes
Plain DealerMarch 1, 2012

Obama has not taken the matter up under trade law, either. Obama aides say that instead, steady negotiations have yielded progress, with a 12 percent rise in the value of China's currency over the last year when inflation is factored in.more »

False Advertising
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Phoenix Marketing International Introduces a 24-Hour Advertising Testing ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

RHINEBECK, NY, Mar 01, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Phoenix Marketing International announced a breakthrough advertising effectiveness measurement: The AdPi (R) (Advertising Performance Indicator) Express scorecard, which delivers key strategic and ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Aereo Sued for Rebroadcasting TV Without Permission
PC MagazineMarch 2, 2012

... Univision, PBS, and two local New York TV stations filed suit against Aereo in a New York district court, charging the startup with copyright violations due to unauthorized rebroadcast and reproductions, as well as unfair competition.more »

Federal Contracts
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Fox Rothschild's Dirk Haire testifies before U.S. House Committee on Small ...
Lexology (registration)March 1, 2012

9 before the US House Committee on Small Business on the topic of "Construction Contracting: Barriers to Small Business Participation." As chair of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America's Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Committee, ...more »

Venture Capital
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In India, tablets offer a promising opportunity for start-ups and venture capital
TabTimesMarch 5, 2012

by Kavitha Nair March 5 2012, 11:18 am Comment Much like the desktop internet revolution in the West was fuelled by hungry start-ups, Venture Capital firms believe that the tablet ecosystem in India will be powered by start-ups and their innovative ...more »

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