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Rick Ross' House Site of Murder Investigation by Miami Police
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

Investigators are also likely to be interested to know if Nesbitt has any connection to Ross' less than legal activities. He's been arrested on gun, assault and marijuana charges, and once claimed to be affiliated with Carol City Cartel and other local ...more »

Normal trade with India ''tied'' to level-playing field
Business Recorder (blog)March 1, 2012

The Commerce Ministry has been allowed in principle to make appropriate changes in the defence trade laws in consultation with the stakeholders to allay apprehensions of the industrial sector for using these laws more effectively against any unfair ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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judge blocks anti-smoking images required on tobacco products
CNNMarch 1, 2012

"Unfortunately, because Congress did not consider the First Amendment implications of this legislation, it did not concern itself with how the regulations could be narrowly tailored to avoid unintentionally compelling commercial speech," said federal ...more »

Federal Grants
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Former Director of Waterbury Boys and Girls Club Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement ...
PressZoom (press release)March 1, 2012

... of Waterbury, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to one count of theft from a program receiving federal funds, one count of wire fraud, and one count of subscribing a false tax return (PressZoom) ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Futures Hearing, EU Bank Capital, Japan Audit Laws: Compliance
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

The futures industry is recommending more rigorous reporting and internal controls for brokerages as $1.6 billion of customer money is still unaccounted for after the bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings Ltd (MFGLQ). Brokerages should be required to submit ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Futures Hearing, EU Bank Capital, Japan Audit Laws: Compliance
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

The futures industry is recommending more rigorous reporting and internal controls for brokerages as $1.6 billion of customer money is still unaccounted for after the bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings Ltd (MFGLQ). Brokerages should be required to submit ...more »

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Business Briefcase: Seminar covers franchise basics, pet contest announced
The Daily News JournalMarch 1, 2012

The common reasons tend to focus on the risk involved, the fear of failure, the costs associated with starting a business, and the misconception that all franchises are in the food industry. This detailed seminar is designed to answer questions on ...more »

Banking Law
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Doctor accused of fraud pocketed $19M, US authorities say
Toronto SunMarch 1, 2012

The FBI seized records at Roy's home showing he had several offshore bank accounts, including one with the Royal Bank of Canada in the Cayman Islands that was created using a false identity - Michel Alphonse Poulin - back in 1995. Royal Bank of Canada ...more »

Gaming Law
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Developer takes big gamble on $1B Ga. complex
CBS NewsMarch 1, 2012

Georgia law bans Las Vegas-style card games like poker, but the state lottery's charter doesn't specifically outlaw video lottery terminals. The Georgia attorney general's office said in a March 2010 letter that the terminals are "generally permitted" ...more »

Business Formation
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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 »

Government Construction Contracts
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Economy Picks Up Pace, but Risks Remain
Wall Street JournalMarch 2, 2012

The number of Americans filing initial claims for government unemployment benefits has fallen to levels last seen before Lehman Brothers collapsed, the Labor Department said. The stock market, a leading indicator of growth, is off to its best start ...more »

Business Law
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East Bay Legal Clinic to provide free legal support to local business owners
Oakland LocalMarch 15, 2012

Additionally, businesses with more complex legal needs may be eligible for further free legal advice on intellectual property, employment law and other issues through LSE's attorney matching program. Access to technical assistance programs, ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Investments in Zimbabwe are protected - Lionel October 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 »

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Health-care law seminar set
Toledo BladeMarch 1, 2012

The regional director of the US Department of Health and Human Services said in his travels around the Midwest to address the law, many small businesses believe they must buy into the health-care plan. "There is a misconception with some people that it ...more »

Hutchinson: Outcry over Citizens United is more heat than light
vtdigger.orgMarch 5, 2012

The Citizens United decision held that associations of persons including nonprofit and for-profit corporations and labor unions could spend money from their general treasuries for advertisements that are independent of and uncoordinated with the ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Another Indiana company abandons electric-vehicle plans
Chicago TribuneMarch 1, 2012

... manufacturing facilities in Indiana, filed for bankruptcy reorganization. In addition to Bright Automotive, an unrelated plug-in manufacturer the state tried to nurture has yet to get off the ground. "Business is risky and new technologies more so.more »

Internal Investigative Services
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The Williston Police Department is beset by internal strife, but a large ...
BurlingtonFreePress.comMarch 1, 2012

The town of Williston paid $12000 to former Burlington Police Chief Tom Tremblay for three intertwined internal investigations, according to bills reviewed by the Burlington Free Press. Unknown is how much the ongoing police-department strife is going ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Police captain in court on corruption rap
Independent OnlineMarch 2, 2012

She appeared before magistrate Jasthree Steyn, who transferred her case to the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court. She was warned to appear there on April 5, before magistrate Amrith Chabillal. With her in the dock was co-accused Waleed ...more »

International Transactions
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Kamprad Is Europe's Richest in Billionaire Index
BusinessWeekMarch 5, 2012

“The purpose of the foundation is to reinvest funds into the business and to establish reserves for a rainy day,” Heggenes said of the Interogo Foundation. “Our other purpose is philanthropic.” According to experts on trust and foundation law in ...more »

Communications & Media
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Football behaviour laws in force
The Press AssociationMarch 1, 2012

New laws to punish those engaging in offensive behaviour at football have come into force. The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 gives police and prosecutors additional tools to crack down on sectarian ...more »

Lynas Update: Malaysia government legal team slams court action filed by residents
eco-business.comMarch 1, 2012

“Under Section 32 of the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984, there is the procedure to appeal to the minister of Mosti (Minister Maximus Ongkili) and they have not done that. That's the grounds we are raising as preliminary objection to this judicial ...more »

Construction & Development
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BP settlement talks hit a roadblock
Houston ChronicleMarch 1, 2012

Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP Settlement talks between BP and lawyers representing business owners and individuals affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill hit an impasse on Wednesday, people familiar with the negotiations told the Chronicle.more »

Locating Funds
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Governor signs private school tax credit bill into law
Arizona RepublicMarch 1, 2012

Jan Brewer signed into law Wednesday a bill that doubles the amount individual taxpayers can take as a tax credit for contributions to private-school scholarship funds. The current maximum private-school scholarship tax credits are $503 for singles and ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Federal judge delays decision on state's immigration law
Sand Mountain ReporterMarch 2, 2012

The panel made it clear it wouldn't rule until the US Supreme Court releases a decision on a federal government challenge to a similar law passed by Arizona. The arguments in that case, set for April, revolve around a sweeping law taking aim at illegal ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA; Analysis of Agreement Containing Consent ...
Insurance News Net (press release)March 6, 2012

/1/ Your comment will be kept confidential only if the FTC General Counsel, in his or her sole discretion, grants your request in accordance with the law and the public interest. FOOTNOTE 1 In particular, the written request for confidential treatment ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Opinion: Supreme Court Will Uphold Health Care Law 8-1
WNYC (blog)March 30, 2012

In Raich he voted with them to uphold the Controlled Substances Act. He has not written many opinions on the issue of the Commerce Clause, so it is difficult to know with certainty what is most important to him. Many of his decisions on major cases ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Kamala Harris' foreclosure deal a win for state
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 5, 2012

Attorney General Harris announced a much-needed "Homeowner Bill of Rights," a set of laws designed to stop deceptive practices by banks and help families keep their homes. This comes just weeks after Harris' shrewd negotiating tactics won California ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Australian-Canadian Oil Royalties Ltd. Announces Closing of Surat Basin Assets ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

He also holds the ICAEW Corporate Finance qualification and a B. Comm. degree from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada). The Company also advises that Robert Kamon has retired from the Board, and has also relinquished his duties as Corporate ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Data Loss Prevention Company Continues Donations of eDiscovery Tools to Non...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)March 6, 2012

Now GTB Customers, Partners & Business Associates can make a donation of GTB's eDiscovery tool to a Non-Profit Healthcare organization of their choice. The GTB Donation program is in memory of Leslie Cohen Tully, a sister of one of GTB Technologies ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Stockton mediation first case under new law
Monterey County HeraldMarch 1, 2012

Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, sought to require municipalities to get approval from a state panel — the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission — before filing in bankruptcy court. Cities, counties and taxpayer advocate groups criticized ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Conservative call centre company has checkered legal history in US
Calgary HeraldMarch 2, 2012

OTTAWA — 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, where it operates call centres that have repeatedly been the ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Holder questioned about Agent Zapata murder's link to Fast & Furious
Canada Free PressMarch 1, 2012

On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder once again testified before the House Oversight Committee about revelations that officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were aware of straw buying by Mexican ...more »

Public Offerings
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Action News 5 - Memphis, TennesseeFed. investigation into Sandusky, possible ...
WMC-TVMarch 2, 2012

Instead, federal authorities seem to be stepping into areas where the state attorney general's office hasn't gone. This time, they seem to be exploring the possibility of a cover-up at Penn State, as well as possible bribes, fraud, or misuse of federal ...more »

Debt Collection
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Stockton mediation first case under new Calif. law
Ventura County StarMarch 1, 2012

(AP) - Beleaguered Stockton is the first California city to test a new union-backed law aimed at protecting public employee contracts by making it harder for municipalities to file bankruptcy. Stockton is trying to avoid becoming the most populous US ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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UMDNJ reorganization plan not right for patients, healthcare workers
The Star-Ledger - (blog)March 7, 2012

But for our patients, for the physician or nurse-in-training, for the research that prevents tomorrow's diseases, we are not convinced the plan to reorganize the University of Medicine and Dentistry and Rutgers University gets it right.more »

Debt Settlement
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What asset managers should know about 'toxic' securities
Pensions & InvestmentsMarch 1, 2012

Many, we suspect, will not act to realize the potential value in them before the impending expiration of limitations periods — in particular, the important six-year window for fraud and misrepresentation claims under New York common law.more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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California Gov. Jerry Brown considers repealing law that prolongs the life of ...
San Jose Mercury NewsMarch 2, 2012

The law gives the public a longer period to find lost animals before shelters euthanize them. It also extended hours for the public to visit shelters and allows owner-surrendered animals four to six business days in addition to the day they entered the ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Allied World U.S. Launches Mergers & Acquisitions Division
Insurance News Net (press release)March 1, 2012

Prior to his current role, Mr. Anderson was Vice President, Professional Lines, responsible for the underwriting, marketing, production and distribution for Public Company Directors & Officers Insurance , Fiduciary Liability Insurance and Employment ...more »

Trade Associations
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Obama hits up Wall Street for campaign funds
CBS NewsMarch 2, 2012

Attendees at the event, held at ABC Kitchen in the Flat Iron District, included prominent Wall Street figures such as Blair Effron, co-founder of boutique investment bank Centerview Partners, and Ralph Schlosstein, CEO of investment bank Evercore ...more »

False Advertising
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Advanced Advertising: Addressable Ads Still Face Hurdles
Multichannel NewsMarch 1, 2012

New York -- With the majority of marketers wanting to target their advertisers in an age of increasing viewer fragmentation, panelists at B&C/Multichannel News' Advanced Advertising event here Wednesday afternoon addressed the question of "Mass vs.more »

Unfair Competition
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One-eyed view from west of Rottnest
Brisbane TimesMarch 4, 2012

Last week Sharks coach John Plumtree criticised the current conference system of Super Rugby, arguing it is unfair. The three-conference competition has each team playing each other team in their own conference twice and four of the five teams in each ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Hire a hit man online? Not a joke, at least to some
Bend BulletinMarch 1, 2012

Then he made her an offer: Pay him the balance on the contract, and he would let her live. She had three days. Sotelo, who other agents in the violent crime squad knew as the “prison girl” for the number of federal lockup cases she's investigated, ...more »

Venture Capital
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Precision Health Media Raises $1 Million in Additional Funding as Condition ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

The new funding was received from Cava Capital and the Conyers Group, with participation from previous investors Metamorphic Ventures, and angels including Geoff Judge, partner in iNovia Capital; David Arcara; Jamie Driver; and Richard Forman of Health ...more »


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