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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 »

New laws needed to combat jet ski hoons
Melbourne Weekly BaysideMarch 1, 2012

SFA president Dr Vicki Karalis said more accidents would happen unless tougher licensing laws were passed and zoning regulations changed. Ms Karalis criticised mixed zoning laws – which allow jet skiers to drive to the foreshore – adding that an ...more »

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Advertising
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Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels Would Violate Free Speech, Judge Rules
GothamistMarch 1, 2012

Poor tobacco companies can't advertise on TV, and persecuted smokers can't even enjoy their fine line of carcinogenic products in most places in New York—and now the government wants to bogart the space on their cigarette packages with graphic ads to ...more »

Federal Grants
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Mayor Ryan Delivers His 6th State of the City Address - "Responsible ...
WBGHMarch 1, 2012

He spotlighted the success in Police and Fire in winning more than $2 million in federal grants to bolster their ranks. He also described how the Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development has distinguished City Hall by winning a number ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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China anti-monopoly law: what might we see in 2012?
Lexology (registration)March 1, 2012

Unlike other jurisdictions where antitrust enforcement is centralized, in China three agencies enforce the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”). The Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) handles mergers, while cases related to anticompetitive conduct are split ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Man pleads guilty in $1 million fraud
EmpireStateNews.netMarch 1, 2012

Kelly promised investors with Seneca Group a stable, secure investment. Over the years of the fraud, at least nineteen individuals invested in Seneca Group due to Kelly's recommendation. The amount of loss to investors as a result of Kelly's scheme is ...more »

Franchising
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VivoPools Launches National Franchising Division
PR Web (press release)March 1, 2012

“Seeing as how VivoPools has quickly become the fastest growing swimming pool company in the country, franchising the business was our next logical step,” said Willan Johnson, CEO of VivoPools. “VivoPools' successful business concept, coupled with ...more »

Banking Law
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Bank Warns of Scam
AllAfrica.comMarch 1, 2012

By Rob Parker, 1 March 2012 RECENTLY the Bank of Namibia warned consumers about an organisation that goes by the name Fundacion Donaciones Humanitarias, claiming that it operates as a 419 scam. The Fundacion has a website that says they are an ...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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Latest North Carolina News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WNCTMarch 1, 2012

By: | AP RALEIGH, NC (AP) A panel created by North Carolina law will decide how to inform voters about a proposed constitutional amendment on the May ballot to limit marriage to one man and one woman. The Constitutional Amendments Publication ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Public Account Committee questions Minister over CP Euro payments
GhanaWebMarch 1, 2012

Accra, March 1, GNA - The Public Account Committee of Parliament on Wednesday questioned Dr Benjamin Kumbuor, Minister of Justice and Attorney General on the payment of contracts sum of 94 million Euros to Construction Pioneers (CP) by the government.more »

Business Law
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Deadline for sweeping changes to federal disability law hits Utah, nation
Salt Lake TribuneMarch 15, 2012

By Patty Henetz Building professionals and business owners, along with all levels of government, are on notice: As of Thursday, your buildings must not have architectural barriers that would hinder people with disabilities from using and enjoying what ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Ameren Illinois Submits Blueprint for Infrastructure Improvement and Modernization
Transmission and Distribution WorldMarch 6, 2012

In the submission, Ameren Illinois identified the estimated 10-year investment levels for the six program categories. Infrastructure Improvements: In addition to regular infrastructure spending, the Illinois Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act...more »

Commercial
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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 »

O'Donnell: Vermonters don't want to finance unwinnable fights
vtdigger.orgMarch 3, 2012

I also accurately predicted what would happen if they continued to pass unconstitutional “feel good” laws. Passing laws that make special interests happy but violate the Vermont or US Constitution or federal law is an expensive exercise in political ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Derecktor's financial problems hit New York
Ct PostMarch 1, 2012

He said bankruptcies in two states, a turbulent history marked at times by adversarial dealings with ports and customers, combined with a bad bet on the direction of business, means the company won't be returning to the Bridgeport Shipyard at 837 ...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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Group Sues Over Mineral Rights
Wheeling IntelligencerMarch 1, 2012

A group of 33 landowners filed a lawsuit regarding their oil and gas lease rights in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Monday. The lawsuit filed by the Canton, Ohio, law firm of Tzangas Plakas Mannos and Raies Ltd., involves about 3000 acres in ...more »

International Transactions
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TGI International Ltd. Launches Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation via ...
Sacramento BeeMarch 2, 2012

(the "Company"), an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands, today announced that it has commenced a tender offer to purchase for cash (the "Offer to Purchase") all of its outstanding US$750000000 of ...more »

Communications & Media
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Consolidated Communications Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results
GlobeNewsWire (press release)March 1, 2012

MATTOON, Ill., March 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNSL) reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. Revenue was $93.7 million for the quarter and $374.3 million for the ...more »

Weak laws pave way for child sexual abuse
Palm Beach PostMarch 5, 2012

The law evolved into today's standards: FBI background checks for employees of any “child-care facility,” businesses that are paid to watch more than five children at a time. The system hinges on licensing, charging DCF with suspending or revoking ...more »

Construction & Development
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Construction still continues, though schools will leave in near future
VietNamNet BridgeMarch 1, 2012

A 15 storey building covering an area of 15000-16000 square meters is arising on the campus of the Hanoi Law University. According to Truong Quang Vinh, Deputy President of the school, the construction of the building, capitalized at 175 billion dong, ...more »

Locating Funds
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County officials urge voters to support law enforcement sales tax
Springfield News-LeaderMarch 4, 2012

If the Law Enforcement Sales Tax passes, officials hope to add 40 corrections officers. / News-Leader File Photo The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors endorsed the proposed 1/8-cent law enforcement sales tax Tuesday.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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Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated Reports Fourth Quarter and Full ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 14, 2012

PTGi completed the acquisition of Arbinet Corporation on February 28, 2011; therefore, fourth quarter 2011 comparisons are not directly comparable with prior periods. Additionally, PTGi sold its non-core Brazilian operations on December 5, ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Authorities provide glimpse of their synthetic drug strategy, Wednesday's raids
Kingsport Times NewsMarch 22, 2012

They cited an emergency Drug Enforcement Administration ban from October of last year — as well as the decades previous Controlled Substance Analoug Act — as the criteria used to confiscate synthetic drugs, and at least temporarily hinder them from ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Foreclosure protection bill stalls in Salem
kgw.comMarch 1, 2012

The bill is around 43 pages of new regulations to help homeowners who face foreclosure. “If the laws had passed last year, we would have still been in this house today," Ex-Salem Homeowner Ginny Real said. " Speaking outside the home her and her ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Convicted builder Milio testifies $30000 cash given to Mangone a payoff for ...
The Journal News | LoHud.comMarch 1, 2012

File photo by Jonathan Bandler/The Journal News Tax cheat Antonio Milio testified in federal court Wednesday that he gave $30000 in three bundles of $100 bills to lawyer Anthony Mangone as a payoff to Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi so she would ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Director defends WRAP's status
Youngstown VindicatorMarch 4, 2012

By Ed Runyan Since 2005, he has been director of the Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corp., a nonprofit corporation that promotes commercial and business opportunity in Warren. In both jobs, he has served the public while spending the public's money.more »

Creditor's Rights
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The year in review: U.S. business bankruptcies in 2011
Lexology (registration)March 1, 2012

2011 did not begin with a bang for bankruptcy professionals. Commercial bankruptcy case filings were infrequent and so too were the release (or publication) of major bankruptcy court decisions. The second half of the year was a different story.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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10 arrested, thousands of counterfeit items seized during All-Star weekend
Orlando SentinelMarch 1, 2012

By Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel More than 2500 counterfeit items were seized by authorities during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando as part of a joint operation between federal and local law-enforcement, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement ...more »

Public Offerings
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Fed. investigation into Sandusky, possible cover-up
WECT-TV6March 3, 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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MF Global: Crime, Comedy and the Cover-Up
Business InsiderMarch 3, 2012

MF Global's October 2011 bankruptcy was the eighth largest bankruptcy by assets in the United States. James Giddens, the bankruptcy trustee, issued a press release on February 6 stating that his investigation found that money from customer accounts ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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General Maritime Disclosure Statement Approved by Court
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

NEW YORK, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- General Maritime Corporation (OBB:GMRRQ) announced today that the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the "Bankruptcy Court") has approved the disclosure statement (the ...more »

Debt Settlement
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TEXT-Fitch:Principal reductions cut both ways for US RMBS
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

The State Attorneys General recently announced settlement with major mortgage servicers include an agreement to offer principal reductions to help struggling borrowers keep their home. On the surface, this seems to be a sensible approach as loan ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Business executive found dead in Manhattan apartment
Fox NewsMarch 3, 2012

NEW YORK – A former business executive was found slain in his Manhattan apartment with his arms and feet bound and duct tape over his mouth, law enforcement sources said. Officers found 57-year-old John Laubach dead at 7:53 pm local time Friday in his ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Insurance fund should pay up
Buffalo NewsMarch 2, 2012

Because the State Insurance Fund is considered a state agency, the Attorney General's Office is required by state law to defend it in litigation, as opposed to exploring whether town taxpayers were being taken for a ride. Given the clear facts of the ...more »

Trade Associations
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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 »

False Advertising
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Claim: Chrysler's 'Imported from Detroit' is 'false advertising'
The Detroit NewsMarch 1, 2012

By David Shepardson Pure Detroit says Chrysler Group LLC's "Imported From Detroit" campaign amounts to false advertising since the featured vehicles are built in Canada or elsewhere. The Michigan T-shirt company contends Chrysler has made false claims ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Hipster Spectacle! Possible Warby Parker Knockoff Accuses Warby Parker of ...
BetabeatMarch 9, 2012

The story seemed to have it all: copycats, unfair competition, and underdogs, and it shot up to the top of Hacker News yesterday afternoon, garnering at last count 169 points and 71 comments. “Hipster fight,” wrote one commenter.more »

Federal Contracts
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Woodburn Press Receives GSA Schedule, Will Expand Sales To US School Systems
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

PITTSBURGH, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- GSA Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Woodburn Press has been awarded a GSA Schedule 76 contract and is now certified to provide goods and services to the Federal government.more »

Venture Capital
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Social startup Highlight nabs new funding from Benchmark & a host of others
VentureBeatMarch 1, 2012

Highlight, the “traveling dossier for people,” has just raised a round of funding from some well-known names in Silicon Valley venture capital. Also today, the startup is launching worldwide, and it will release a new version of the app in about one ...more »

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