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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 »

Voters Doubt Police Tax Promises
fox4kc.comMarch 1, 2012

Our goal is to work at problem solving to prevent the crimes from happening, prevent the situations, so that's the whole key to this. Proactive policing is preventing crime from occurring.” If the tax (which is $0.3629 per $100 of assessed valuation) ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

Advertising
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Outdoor advertising bill passes S. Dakota Senate
Herald Times ReporterMarch 1, 2012

But he said "some businesses will look at this as a blank check" to advertise even more. But Sen. Joni Cutler, R-Sioux Falls, expressed her support for the measure. She said the law prohibiting local authorities from banning outdoor signs has been "on ...more »

Federal Grants
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Claims Obama Birth Certificate A 'Fraud'
TPMMarch 1, 2012

“Sheriff Joe reveals results of his Obama birth 'investigation' today,” former state Attorney General Grant Woods wrote on Twitter. “To say he has become an embarrassment is an understatement.” A Democrat hoping to unseat Arpaio in November blasted the ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Simmons Law Firm Pledges $25000 to Help Union Workers Through Labor Council's ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

ALTON, Ill., Mar 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Simmons Firm, one of the St. Louis region's largest personal injury law firms, has announced a new fundraising effort to match donations up to $25000 to the Greater St. Louis Labor Council's "$5 for the ...more »

Foreign Investments
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The American Lawyer
Law.comMarch 1, 2012

The plan—the most generous among 21 Am Law 100 pension plans we analyzed for this article—promises retired partners a quarter of the compensation they received during their highest-earning years. For life. On top of that, retirees receive an ...more »

Franchising
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Eagles Tag WR Jackson
PhiladelphiaEagles.comMarch 1, 2012

The deadline for the Eagles and Jackson to agree on a long-term extension prior to the start of the 2012 season is July 16. Last year, the Eagles applied the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick before ironing out a new six-year contract ...more »

Banking Law
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CFPB Begins Taking Complaints on Checking Accounts
American BankerMarch 1, 2012

WASHINGTON — Customers will now be able to file complaints about their checking and savings accounts with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The bureau said it began accepting complaints Thursday about bank accounts through its website, ...more »

Gaming Law
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US shuts down Canadian gambling site with Verisign's help
RegisterMarch 1, 2012

It spends a lot of time talking about the money outside the US, and takes particular offence to the hiring of advertisers and PR droids to promote internet gambling. "Sports betting is illegal in Maryland, and federal law prohibits bookmakers from ...more »

Business Formation
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Area woman charged with workplace fraud
Your Houston NewsMarch 1, 2012

The former office manager for a Tomball doctor has been accused of giving herself unauthorized bonuses and pay raises, as well as maxing out a company credit card to buy personal items, including a laptop, according to the Harris County District ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Next steps for new public-private prison at Wiri
VoxyMarch 7, 2012

The Government has chosen a consortium of companies, SecureFuture, to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the new 960-bed facility, which is needed to meet growing demand for prisoner accommodation in Auckland. Fletcher Construction will build ...more »

Business Law
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Big Businesses Wants All or Nothing Court Ruling on Health Law
BusinessWeekMarch 15, 2012

They say that ending the provision mandating that all Americans be insured would increase the cost of the rest of the law. The concern has split the business community, and could aid the law's defenders, said Neera Tanden, president of the ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Investments in Zimbabwe are protected - Lionel October
Moneyweb.co.zaMarch 1, 2012

“Our investment protection agreement means all our investments are protected and they cannot be expropriated,” October told reporters in Cape Town today. “The bilateral agreement is law and that is sacrosanct.” Zimbabwe, which with South Africa holds ...more »

Commercial
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Don Philbin Receives BCDRC Distinguished Service Award for 2011
San Antonio ExpressMarch 1, 2012

His work in mediation and teaching earned him additional accolades in the 2011 calendar year, as he was honored with The Outstanding Lawyer Award in the mediation category from the San Antonio Business Journal in November, recognized as one of 196 ...more »

Philippine Bank Secrecy and the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree
JURISTMarch 2, 2012

Now on the topic of secrecy of bank accounts, the Philippine bank secrecy law has been considered as among the strictest in the world on the issue of confidentiality and non-disclosure. The primary law is the 1955 Republic Act No.more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Candidate Armstrong wants to improve Monroe's image
Monroe News StarMarch 1, 2012

Armstrong, a Monroe native, told The News-Star's Editorial Board on Wednesday that Monroe has faced the same problems for the past 10 years — scandals, crime, flooding, sewer, trash, litter and misspending by City Hall — which has a negative impact ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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SEC Enforcement Update - The SEC Speaks in 2012
JD Supra (press release)March 5, 2012

“As a result of the its internal investigation, Tenaris discovered facts and transactions in Uzbekistan which Tenaris included in [a] report provided to the staff. Tenaris also 1 See Robert Khuzami, Remarks at News Conference Announcing Enforcement ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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VLP Law Group LLP announces Stephen Wright and Patrick Valentino have joined ...
California NewswireMarch 1, 2012

... real estate transactional law, including development, acquisition, joint ventures, commercial financing, leasing, dispositions, entity structuring, partnership and limited liability company agreements and construction involving office, industrial, ...more »

International Transactions
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First Uranium announces the sale of all of its principal operating assets ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 2, 2012

... subject to the fulfillment of a number of conditions precedent including: (a) approval of the AGA Transaction by the shareholders of the Company; (b) release of all security against the assets of MWS including under the Secured Convertible Cdn $110 ...more »

Communications & Media
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Dedicated to Social Media, Part II: InterContinental Hotels Group.
4HoteliersMarch 1, 2012

... they share a common to dedication to social media and to keeping pace with the changing tastes and behavior of travelers. Like Sartori, Charles Yap's reputation precedes him. As Director of Global Brand Communications at IHG, he is a serial tweeter ...more »

Lawmakers predict compromise on KASPER bills
Louisville Courier-JournalMarch 1, 2012

Furthermore, Stumbo's measure authorizes the attorney general to use KASPER to enforce state drug laws and oversee how well licensing boards regulate controlled substances. It also requires doctors to participate in KASPER, which is now voluntary; ...more »

Construction & Development
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ACH Fraud and the Courts
BankInfoSecurity.comMarch 1, 2012

Comparing the PATCO case with the notable ACH fraud debate between Michigan-based Experi-Metal Inc. and Comerica Bank, attorneys David Navetta and Joe Burton offered differing perspectives about the independent facts presented in each case, ...more »

Locating Funds
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The Forefront Law Group Announces Launch
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)March 1, 2012

After rounding out his legal training as a law clerk on the First Circuit Court of Appeals and as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, Don turned to the business side of the legal profession. He has been a CEO or senior officer of ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Nueces County commissioners will hold redistricting meeting Monday
Corpus Christi Caller TimesMarch 1, 2012

In a news conference after the meeting, Ortiz said the county should end its contract with the law firm because the attorneys have not shown competent and diligent representation. He added that the firm's “partisan interest” should have prohibited them ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Western Digital Acquisition Of Hitachi HDD Business Gains Conditional Approval
Legit ReviewsMarch 6, 2012

The EU Commissioner Joaquim Almunia said "The proposed divestiture will ensure that competition in the industry is fully restored before the merger is implemented." While the deal has been cleared with conditions, it will not meet final approval by ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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ER docs don't recognize signs of fake pot in teens
Detroit Free PressMarch 19, 2012

Its one-year ban, set to expire soon, puts the substances under Schedule I classification, the most restrictive under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule I drugs are found to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical uses.more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Illinois HAMP Lawsuit Can Go Forward, Could Set Mandatory Modification Precedent
FiredoglakeMarch 12, 2012

According to the Wall Street Journal, the foreclosure fraud settlement could finally get released today. Nick Timiraos goes through the “trade-offs” in the settlement, which seem to only go in one direction, with state and federal officials easing off ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Change crime bill, tax pot: international drug policy group
Victoria Times ColonistMarch 1, 2012

By Jordan Press, Postmedia News March 1, 2012 3:09 AM An international group of thinkers, business people and former politicians is urging the federal government to change its omnibus crime bill, arguing stiffer sentences for "minor" marijuana crimes...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Grimes makes campaign backers Kentucky Colonels, thanks them on state stationery
Louisville Courier-JournalMarch 2, 2012

Today, the organization is incorporated as a charitable organization with by-laws directing it to be nonpartisan, nonprofit and dedicated to good works within the Commonwealth. Over the years, the Colonels have contributed millions of dollars to worthy ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Proview Lawyer Hopes Apple Makes Contact for IPad Trademark Settlement
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

Roger Xie said the two sides haven't held any formal negotiations on the issue of which company owns the right to use the iPad brand in the world's most populous nation. Lawyers presented arguments for almost six hours yesterday at the Higher People's ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Jones & Haley, P.C. Selected For "City's Top Law Firms"
Sacramento BeeMarch 1, 2012

29, 2012 -- Jones & Haley, PC of Atlanta, GA has been honored with a recognition by Atlanta Business Chronicle in its selection of "City's Top Law Firms." ATLANTA, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Announcing a special recognition appearing in ...more »

Customs Disputes
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FURNITURE BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC. v. U.S.
Leagle.comMarch 1, 2012

The United States International Trade Commission responds in favor of summary affirmance. Furniture Brands opposes. The United States and the Committee for Legal Trade reply. At issue is whether this court's determination in SKF USA, Incorporated v.more »

Public Offerings
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Martin Amidu explodes: I'm disappointed in State legal team in Woyome case
GhanaWebMarch 1, 2012

The immediate past Attorney General of Ghana, Martin Amidu, has expressed disappointment in the legal representation of the State in the ongoing GhC51 million judgment debt payment case involving embattled businessman Alfred Woyome.more »

Debt Collection
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Career Center: Saddle Up and Hitch a Ride to Texas
Above the LawMarch 1, 2012

By Above the Law In the 19th century, Americans immigrated to Texas to escape debt incurred during the Panic of 1819, leaving “Gone To Texas” or “GTT” on their doors. In the 21st century, lawyers are immigrating to Texas for much different reasons.more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Report: Yahoo CEO Plans Major Restructuring, Layoffs
CIO TodayMarch 5, 2012

"This is yet another reorganization for Yahoo. It's far from clear whether these cuts and any related restructuring will help get the company back on the path toward competitiveness and growth," said Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Linderman leads strategy to keep debt settlement an option
San Francisco Business TimesMarch 2, 2012

Robert “Bob” Linderman has spearheaded significant efforts to make sure that debt settlement has remained a viable option for consumers throughout the country during a particularly challenging economic climate. As general counsel at Freedom Financial ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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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 »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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HENDERSON LAND DEV. : Change of Directors
4-tradersMarch 1, 2012

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited take no responsibility for the contents of this announcement, make no representation as to its accuracy or completeness and expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever ...more »

Trade Associations
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How Tester, Rehberg stack up on key votes since 2007
The MissoulianMarch 4, 2012

Free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea: Passed the House and Senate and became law. Rehberg voted YES; Tester voted NO. Budget compromise to raise federal debt ceiling and cut spending in 2013, if super-committee failed to reach ...more »

False Advertising
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Sen. Snowe: We can't even do regular business
CBS NewsMarch 1, 2012

Ever since Roe v Wade the moderates have been trying to gloss over the decision, saying it's the "settled law of the land" and other such nonsense. But that is baloney. There is a very large minority out there, many of whom were born AFTER Rov v Wade ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Department of Justice May Sue Apple & Publishers Over eBook Pricing
mediabistro.comMarch 8, 2012

By Jason Boog on March 8, 2012 10:18 AM According to a bombshell report in the Wall Street Journal, the Department of Justice could sue Apple and five major publishers for breaking antitrust laws with agency model pricing for eBooks.more »

Federal Contracts
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Guest commentary: Aim for a fair fix of Michigan's emergency manager law
Detroit Free PressMarch 1, 2012

It is clear that the law is unconstitutional. The provision authorizing unilateral termination of collective bargaining agreements violates the contracts clause of the US Constitution. An authority on constitutional issues involving bankruptcy -- UCLA ...more »

Venture Capital
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Venture Capital Trust to fund start ups
GhanaWebMarch 7, 2012

Such entrepreneurs should be able to access the one million dollar from the Angel Investors Fund, an initiative by the Venture capital Trust Fund. The new facility will also provide technical assistance to such startups. Managers of the fund have ...more »

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