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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 »

Metro: Anti-Obama ad at Clarendon rail station is protected speech and will stay
Washington PostMarch 1, 2012

wrote to Metro on Wednesday, asking that the ad be removed and calling it “an offensive advertisement disparaging the recent health law.” “This advertisement is inappropriate, disrespectful of the President, and should be removed immediately,” Moran ...more »

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Advertising
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Judge rules video of Mirkarimi's wife OK at trial
Sacramento BeeMarch 1, 2012

AP SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge has denied a request by lawyers for the wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to not allow a video as evidence during his domestic violence trial. Judge Garrett Wong ruled Wednesday that a video of Eliana Lopez ...more »

Foreign Investments
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No investment boom in sight, lawyers say
Kyiv Post (subscription)March 1, 2012

But the numbers on foreign direct investment, coupled with the insight provided by lawyers that work late into the evening helping investors survive and succeed in the nation's notoriously horrible investment climate, tell a different story.more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Will new metal law be too restrictive?
WALB-TVMarch 2, 2012

A new law targeting scrap metal theft looks to tighten the restrictions on recyclers. They're calling it just bad business, one that could cost Georgia jobs. It won overwhelming support in the Senate, but the House could be a different story.more »

Franchising
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Ace Romero the key to Blue Jays' starting rotation
CTV.caMarch 1, 2012

He cracked the starting rotation the following spring and has now established himself as a franchise cornerstone. The team was patient with the 27-year-old left-hander and it paid off. "Now that I look back at it, I'm thankful that I went through those ...more »

Gaming Law
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"Bodog" gambling website seized by feds, founder Calvin Ayre indicted
CBS NewsMarch 1, 2012

Gamblers in Maryland and elsewhere were sent at least $100 million by wire and check from 2005 to 2012, the US Attorney's office said, adding that Bodog conducted a $42 million advertising campaign between 2005 and 2008 to attract gamblers to the ...more »

Banking Law
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North Idaho woman convicted in bank fraud scheme
KIVI-TVMarch 2, 2012

By AP COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A north Idaho woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of identity theft. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Michelle Ann Mason of Oldtown was the ringleader of a group that ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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State ministers face angry unions at community meeting
ABC LocalMarch 2, 2012

They're concerned they won't see the $3million dollars owed for upgrade work on the Great Western Highway if building company Reed Construction collapses. The CMFEU says builders are forced to bid for government contracts at unrealistic prices in New ...more »

Business Formation
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NAFCU Letter to Obama Regarding CU Member Business Lending
CUinsight.com (press release)March 1, 2012

I write today on behalf of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), the only trade association exclusively representing our nation's federally chartered credit unions, in conjunction with the your efforts on capital formation and ...more »

Institutional Investing
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The Ins and Outs of Roth 401(k) Plans
Wall Street JournalMarch 4, 2012

By RACHEL LOUISE ENSIGN The number of companies offering Roth 401(k) plans has grown rapidly since the retirement plan became a permanent part of tax law in 2006. Employees, however, aren't quite as enamored. With a Roth 401(k)—a close cousin of the ...more »

Business Law
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Franchisee Groups Support California Fair Franchising Bill
Blue MauMauMarch 15, 2012

In a surprising turn for watchers of the franchise industry, it looks like there is a wave of franchise relationship laws pushing forward. Vermont and Massachusetts will also vote on similar pieces of fair franchising legislation this year.more »

Law School aims for faculty diversity
Yale Daily NewsMarch 1, 2012

By Daniel Sisgoreo At a town hall on faculty diversity held Tuesday afternoon, more than 140 Yale Law School students gathered to learn about the school's faculty hiring process. But early in the hourlong meeting, Dean Robert Post LAW '77 made an ...more »

Commercial
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Plaintiffs' lawyers spend millions in online ads. Should we care?
Thomson Reuters News & InsightMarch 1, 2012

ILR's president, Lisa Rickard, said in a press release that the report reveals trial lawyers' client-trawling tactics. "This new research shows how the practice of law in the United States has gone from a noble calling to often times a large commercial...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Cop charged with arms trafficking, transporting illegal immigrants
YnetnewsMarch 5, 2012

The Police Internal Investigations Department has indicted a police officer and a civilian for transporting illegal immigrants and conspiring to commit a crime. The cop was also charged with arms trafficking, bribery, fraud and breach of trust, ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Derecktor's financial problems hit New York
Danbury News TimesMarch 1, 2012

Photo: Contributed Photo, ST / Connecticut Post Contributed Derecktor, the yacht builder that has gone bankrupt twice in Connecticut, and now also in New York as its shipyard there seeks Chapter 11 protection, is finished in Bridgeport, according to a ...more »

International Transactions
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Touched by an Angel
The American LawyerMarch 1, 2012

To some, former Linklaters chief Tony Angel is the most successful law firm manager of a generation. During his ten-year tenure as managing partner of the Magic Circle firm, he transformed it from a London-based practice into a global, ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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More muscle for the Home Team
TODAYonlineMarch 1, 2012

Citing examples of unlicensed moneylending and drug trafficking kingpins operating from abroad, as well as the growing number of commercial crimes, such as the recent "Internet love" scams and ATM skimming case, Mr Teo noted that more will be done "to ...more »

Circuses to be banned from using wild animals, government announces
The GuardianMarch 1, 2012

A tough licensing regime will be brought in to improve conditions for performing animals while changes in the law are developed. Animal welfare minister Lord Taylor said: "There is no place in today's society for wild animals being used for our ...more »

Communications & Media
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PR News Announces One-of-a-Kind “Taste of Tech” for PR Professionals June 21 ...
Albany Times UnionMarch 1, 2012

Unlike other industry events, PR News' Taste of Tech on June 21 will shine a day-long spotlight on the leading-edge companies servicing communications pros across a spectrum comprising social media, investor relations, mobile communications, media...more »

Locating Funds
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Obama's Hospital Funding Cuts Seen Worsening Primary Care Doctor Shortage
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

A plan to reduce federal funding for teaching hospitals in President Barack Obama's fiscal 2013 budget proposal will curb training for primary care doctors, undermining a top priority of the 2010 health-care law he fought to enact, ...more »

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

That recommendation was later affirmed by a District Court judge. But PATCO appealed the ruling, and Mark Patterson, co-owner of PATCO, this week says the case is expected to appear before an appellate court sometime next month.more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Platinum Equity Completes Acquisition of DMS Health Technologies
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

About Platinum Equity Platinum Equity ( www.platinumequity.com ) is a global M&A&O(R) firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Union Ire Grows As AMR Pushes For New Contracts
Aviation WeekMarch 1, 2012

“The Railway Labor Act provides specialized procedures for peaceful resolution of labor contracts in the airline industry, and the conflict between the bankruptcy code and the Railway Labor Act's requirements has not been thoroughly adjudicated,” says ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Oregon governor, legislative leaders gather to sign bills and praise the 2012 ...
OregonLive.comMarch 6, 2012

He also noted that between 10 am and 8:48 pm Monday, lawmakers passed three of four of the governor's priority bills as well as legislation reforming the state's foreclosure laws to help distressed homeowners. "The magnitude of that is extraordinary," ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Brown steps up efforts to squelch competing tax hike proposals
Los Angeles TimesMarch 1, 2012

The problem is that Pechthalt and, separately, a wealthy Los Angeles lawyer also hope to ask Californians to raise levies. Many analysts say that more than one tax measure on the ballot could cause an overwhelmed public to reject them all. So on Feb.more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Coming Soon: The End of Health Insurers As We Know Them--By Self-Inflicted Wounds
Huffington PostMarch 5, 2012

It won't be long before most of us get coverage through either a state or federal government-run plan or a local nonprofit company. The big investor-owned corporations like Aetna and the companies I used to work for, Cigna and Humana, know that the ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Worrying about Greece's CDS for the wrong reasons
Reuters Blogs (blog)March 2, 2012

As part of the Greek debt deal, the European Central Bank will be shielded against losses on the Greek bonds it holds, a move that relegates, or subordinates, the claims of private creditors who hold the same bonds. But the swaps association said the ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Plan for tougher tax law surprises experts
The AustralianMarch 1, 2012

THE Gillard government moved last night to protect billions of dollars in federal revenue by toughening tax avoidance laws, sparking fears it was rushing to crack down on business without fair consultation. Mark Arbib released the plan in one of his ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Holland & Knight law firm to open office in Colombia
Tampabay.comMarch 1, 2012

By Elizabeth Behrman, Times Staff Writer In an attempt to capitalize on new business opportunities in Latin America, Miami-based law firm Holland & Knight announced this week that it will be opening a new office in Bogota, Colombia.more »

Public Offerings
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Va. Supreme Court rules against Cuccinelli in U.Va. climate case
Richmond Times DispatchMarch 2, 2012

The Virginia Supreme Court today sided with the University of Virginia in its fight against the state attorney general's investigation of former U.Va. climate scientist Michael Mann. The court upheld the Albemarle Circuit Court ruling setting aside ...more »

Debt Collection
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Stockton mediation first case under new Calif. law
NECNMarch 1, 2012

Stockton is trying to avoid becoming the most populous US city in modern times to seek Chapter 9 protection by moving this week to participate in a 60-day evaluation process with its bond holders, creditors, employee unions and retirees.more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Cuba to create ministries of mining and energy
Chicago TribuneMarch 1, 2012

* Ministry of Basic Industries to be eliminated * Reorganization aimed at making government more efficient HAVANA, March 1 (Reuters) - Cuba will create ministries of energy and mining as part of President Raul Castro's campaign to reorganize the ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Classic car dealer bankrupt
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteMarch 1, 2012

Bunker Lakes Inc., which does business as Bunker Lakes Dealership, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but it is unclear whether President Kristin McGrade will continue the operation or just try to settle her debts. McGrade is the wife of former ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Movers and Shakers March 3, 2012
Coeur d'Alene PressMarch 3, 2012

Grubbs has two decades of trial experience, and will focus on construction law, land use and development, planning and zoning, real estate, contracts, business law, civil litigation, government law, and estate planning and probate with Winston ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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How to handle the latest risk management topics
Smart Business NetworkMarch 1, 2012

Eleven of Aon's thought leaders will participate in panel discussions about acute and emerging risk management issues, including mergers and acquisitions and cyber liability. Professionals from across the globe will come to the conference and meet with ...more »

Trade Associations
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Monsanto Wins Class-Action Law Suit Against Coalition of Organic Farmers
PolicyMicMarch 4, 2012

This past week a federal class-action law suit brought forth by a coalition of organic farmers against Monsanto was dismissed. The suit filed by the Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association (OSGATA) made the argument that organic farmers need to ...more »

False Advertising
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Advanced Advertising: Comcast's Jenckes Sees Plenty of ITV Ad Opportunities
Multichannel NewsMarch 1, 2012

New York -- Canoe's interactive television advertising business may have tipped over, but that doesn't mean the cable industry in general and Comcast in particular are left without a paddle in those marketing waters. Comcast Cable senior vice president ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Geingob Sides With Nacc On Wal-Mart
AllAfrica.comMarch 6, 2012

The Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) last February granted conditional approval, but required that the deal wouldn't result in job losses or unfair competition, among others. Wal-Mart and Massmart in March applied to the High Court to declare the ...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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Venture capital managers affect firms' success, UC Davis study finds
UC DavisMarch 1, 2012

Corporate venture capital investment strategies, goals and outcomes vary greatly depending on the background of the investment manager, a new University of California, Davis, study shows. In an analysis of the corporate venture capital units of 93 ...more »

Federal Grants
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Wonkbook: Will 2012 feel like a comeback or a setback?
Washington Post (blog)March 1, 2012

And yet this, right now, feels like a recovery. It feels like we turned the corner in 2011. 2010, meanwhile, felt like a setback. That's because we judge the economy based on its trend more than its level. The strongest growth in 2010 came early in the ...more »

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