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Northern Ireland report: Statistically the future is Catholic and female
Belfast TelegraphMarch 1, 2012

Both dissident republicans and loyalists who have turned to crime look likely to continue to operate. The dissidents have a far lower capacity than the IRA enjoyed at any point in their campaign but they have no political exit strategy.more »

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 »

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Advertising
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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 »

Federal Grants
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Cat reserve owner, of Ponte Vedra, mystified at charges against him, wants ...
St. Augustine RecordMarch 3, 2012

By Dan Scanlan The Ponte Vedra Beach man arrested Monday on charges of animal cruelty and fraud at his Caboodle Ranch for cats said investigators took all of his records, so he can't show that he spayed and neutered the animals. Grant is still ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Senate vote shreds wage paperwork for NY employers
Albany Business ReviewMarch 1, 2012

State senators voted Wednesday to repeal a law requiring employers to provide wage notices to each worker, as they had to do for the first time last month. Business groups blasted the law as an example of what sours many executives on New York's ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Is Crowdfunding the Startup Funding Source of the Future?
ActiveFilings.comMarch 1, 2012

The funding by each individual investor may not be large but once the many investors come together, those small amounts add up to your requested amount. Because of existing investing laws dating back to the 1930s, a business can only have a relatively ...more »

Franchising
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Finances: A Common Danger Among Small Businesses, Says AdviCoach
Franchising.com (press release)March 1, 2012

Today, AdviCoach, along with sister company The Entrepreneur's Source, dominates the $1.5 billion Business Coaching/Consulting franchise market with 33 percent market share in North America. In 2011, AdviCoach was ranked in the top 100 fastest growing ...more »

Banking Law
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2 Atlanta Area Men Indicted For East Ridge Bank ATM "Skimmer" Fraud
The ChattanooganMarch 1, 2012

The indictment alleges that Dragiev and Georgiev conspired to use and possess counterfeit bank ATM cards to obtain money from Regions Bank customers. Bank account numbers and Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) were obtained through the use of a ...more »

Gaming Law
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Pension Reform, Casino Gambling, Redistricting Part of Albany Package
WGRZ-TVMarch 15, 2012

"This is a process that will ultimately put thousands of New Yorkers to work, drive our economy, and help keep billions of dollars spent by New Yorkers on gaming in the state," Cuomo said in a statement. For the new pension plan, the retirement age for ...more »

Business Formation
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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 »

Government Construction Contracts
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Construction Contracts Attorneys Peter M. D'Ambrosio, Todd M. Conley Join ...
Citybizlist (press release)March 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - Veteran DC-area construction attorneys Peter M. D'Ambrosio and Todd M. Conley have joined Womble Carlyle's Washington, DC office. D'Ambrosio has more than 25 years of experience in the resolution of complex contracting disputes and in ...more »

Business Law
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ALL-STATE LEGAL Integrating Vizibility's QR Code and Online Identity ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 15, 2012

DALLAS, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ALL-STATE LEGAL announced today that 2nd quarter 2012, it will offer an integrated solution to seamlessly add QR codes to business cards. The first of its kind offering will also provide law...more »

Institutional Investing
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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 »

Commercial
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Rights Fight Part of Business
CRIENGLISH.comMarch 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 »

Paul: Limbaugh apologized for personal gain
CBS NewsMarch 4, 2012

Ron Paul said an apology by conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh to Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke for calling her a "slut" and a "prostitute" was not sincere, and was made only because it best served Limbaugh. On CBS News' "Face the Nation ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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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 »

Internal Investigative Services
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County superintendent said he kept board informed about investigation, rejects ...
Inland Valley Daily BulletinMarch 9, 2012

After the state conducted its review, Thomas initiated a local investigation in January and completed early this month. "Our internal investigation confirmed the state findings," he said. The investigation showed there were irregularities in the ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Putin Considers Ban on Commercial Advertising on TV
RIA NovostiMarch 1, 2012

Vladimir Putin called for “purging” state TV channels of commercial ads while at a conference on Wednesday. He did not deny that advertising is what keeps a channel on the air. “Many Russian media outlets are entirely focused on their commercials,” he ...more »

International Transactions
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SDRL - Flagging/Follow Up on Mandatory Notification of Trade by Hemen Holding ...
Energy Digital (press release)March 3, 2012

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 4-1 and section 4-2 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. This announcement is for information purposes only and is not an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer ...more »

Communications & Media
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Butler, former general manager of The Walk, named CRDA publicity director
Press of Atlantic CityMarch 1, 2012

Kim Butler, former general manager for The Walk in Atlantic City, has been hired to manage media relations for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and develop a communications plan to “generate positive impressions of Atlantic City, ...more »

South Dakota approves new IFTA fees
Land Line MagazineMarch 3, 2012

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor A new law in South Dakota will boost funding for the electronic system used to run the state's IFTA program. Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law Wednesday, Feb. 29, a bill to establish a license fee ...more »

Construction & Development
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Bill would clear way for outdoor alcohol
Times DailyMarch 1, 2012

If approved by the Legislature and signed into the law, the bill would create a new category for beverage retail licenses, issued by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, for the sale of alcoholic beverages within the entertainment districts ...more »

Locating Funds
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Proskauer's Mungovan: Dodd Frank Is The “End Of The Beginning”
Wall Street Journal (blog)March 1, 2012

Private Equity Beat recently caught up with Timothy Mungovan, a litigation specialist at Proskauer Rose to get his thoughts on regulation, litigation and what may lie ahead for private equity firms. How concerned should private equity firms be about ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Omaruru Road Upgrade Tender Suspected of Being 'Fixed'
AllAfrica.comMarch 1, 2012

The municipality on the other hand is being blamed for not sticking to the original conditions stipulated in the tender contract - that there would be no interim payments - hence excluding many smaller companies from tendering.more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Buyers And Sellers Beware – Federal And State Antitrust Authorities Heighten ...
Metropolitan Corporate CounselMarch 22, 2012

... as well as demanding divestitures, imposing conditions on the transactions or seeking to stop transactions entirely. Therefore, healthcare providers considering mergers, acquisitions or affiliations should assume from the outset of negotiations or ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Experts split on mandate's viability
Denton Record ChronicleMarch 25, 2012

The ruling was partly based on the idea that if the government has a pervasive regulatory program, such as the Controlled Substances Act, it can regulate beyond the scope of the Commerce Clause to protect that program, Bloom said.more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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ASSESSMENT LIEN FORECLOSURE EAGAN GARDENS CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION
Hastings Star GazetteMarch 2, 2012

No action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover the debt secured by the statutory lien or any part thereof, or if an action has been instituted it has been dismissed or discharged prior to the commencement of these proceedings. 4.more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Real Estate Q&A: The 4 keys to mortgage modification
Kansas City StarMarch 1, 2012

Do I call a law firm? A real estate agent? A loan modification company? Who? A: Call a lawyer experienced in dealing with struggling homeowners. He or she will help you figure out a strategy that may involve a short sale or a loan modification.more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Some say York 912 Patriots should be a PAC
Yorkdispatch.comMarch 1, 2012

The York 912 Patriots organization is coming under fire for allegedly acting as a political action committee while touting itself as a grassroots nonprofit. The county's biggest tea party group says it doesn't endorse or fund campaigns, ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Dental Diaries: Just like bankruptcy?
DrBicuspid.comMarch 1, 2012

Another thing that really gets me is a commercial for a local bankruptcy attorney. The attorney is sitting behind his desk talking to viewers about the advantages of filing for bankruptcy, and he compares it to going to the dentist.more »

Professional Corporations
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Chadbourne & Parke Appoints Two International Partners, One International ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 2, 2012

Alejandro Landa, based in Chadbourne's Mexico City office, counsels companies and financial institutions on a broad range of legal issues with a particular emphasis on financial, securities and corporate transactions including public bids, ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Air traffic strike going ahead
Cyprus MailMarch 2, 2012

By Elias Hazou Published on March 2, 2012 AIR TRAFFIC to and from the island will temporarily grind to a halt today as air traffic controllers (ATCs) again strike over a pay dispute with the government. The controllers will be striking at Larnaca and ...more »

Public Offerings
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Minnesota Legislature Roundup: House passes trio of weapons bills
Pierce County HeraldMarch 1, 2012

A number of state law enforcement and county attorney organizations opposed the bill. They have said the legislation would make their work more dangerous and could make it easier to defend murder. The bill includes a provision saying a person cannot ...more »

Debt Collection
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Debt collectors top list of Idaho consumer complaints — again
The Idaho StatesmanMarch 1, 2012

Debt collection was the biggest problem for Idahoans both years. The report also showed about 50 percent fewer complaints going through the Idaho Attorney General's Office. The Attorney General's Office digitally uploads its data to the FTC.more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Yahoo Restructuring: What About Hosting?
Data Center KnowledgeMarch 6, 2012

The reorganization will reportedly target “marginal businesses” and “arenas in which the company has lagged.” Both of those descriptions might be applied to Yahoo's web hosting operation, which was reportedly on the block during the last major round of ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Cenveo Announces Cash Tender Offers for Its Outstanding Debt Securities
Bradenton HeraldMarch 1, 2012

29, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ -- Cenveo Corporation, a subsidiary of Cenveo, Inc. ("Cenveo" or the "Company") (NYSE:CVO) today announced the commencement of cash tender offers for three of its outstanding debt securities listed below.more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Soaring cost estimate prompts health law doubts
Sioux City JournalMarch 2, 2012

At issue are subsidies that will be provided under the health care law to help middle class people buy private coverage in new state insurance markets that open for business in 2014. Last year's budget estimated the cost of the aid to be $367 billion ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Reduced criminal liability for company officers. Well sort of…
Lexology (registration)March 1, 2012

The release of the first tranche of the proposed reforms laws imposing personal liability for directors/officers. The exposure draft of the Personal Liabilities for Corporate Fault Reform Bill 2002 (Bill) is a minor step towards implementing the ...more »

Trade Associations
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Jackie MacMullan talks Rondo trade rumors
WEEI.comMarch 2, 2012

They discuss whether there will be any benefit to the Celtics if they trade Rondo or if it will be a move that will take the team a while to build back from. act on trader in New Jersey. New Jersey is waiting to paired Deron Williams with Dwight Howard ...more »

False Advertising
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San Diego Law Firm Selected to Discuss Importance of Pursuing Creativity and ...
PR Web (press release)March 1, 2012

San Diego Law Firm is known for its unique recruiting and hiring approach which has subsequently led to the firm receiving such prestigious awards as One of the Top 10 Best Places To Work by San Diego Business Journal. San Diego Law Firm Community ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Controlling employees' behaviour after they leave
Canadian HR Reporter (blog)March 27, 2012

•Restrictive covenants are prima facie unenforceable. A restrictive covenant will be upheld only where it is shown to be reasonable by the party seeking to enforce it. •The courts will only “read down” an ambiguous or unreasonable restriction in a ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Bill strips contractor reviews from past performance evaluations
Washington TechnologyMarch 1, 2012

The reviews often play a major factor in winning future contracts. The Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act (S. 2139), which was introduced Feb. 29, would revise language in the Federal Acquisition Regulation that gives companies 30 days to ...more »

Venture Capital
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Fifth Third to Invest in Startups Through Venture Arm
US BankerMarch 5, 2012

Fifth Third Bancorp Inc. has established a small venture-capital fund to invest in emerging companies that typically do not qualify for bank loans. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Sunday that the $115 billion-asset FifthThird intends to invest between ...more »

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