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Into the lions' den: police 'feared violence at Wapping HQ' when they came ...
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

The officers backed down and left without all the evidence they wanted, later prosecuting just Mr Goodman and the NOTW's private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, despite having found a mass of evidence in Mr Mulcaire's notes indicating wider staff ...more »

InterRent REIT Results for the Fourth Quarter and 2011 Results
Daily Commercial NewsMarch 1, 2012

UN) ("InterRent" or the "REIT") today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. With the repositioning of InterRent's existing portfolio well in hand and demonstrating strong and sustainable results, the REIT...more »

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Advertising
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What Google learned from SOPA
FortuneMarch 1, 2012

By Dan Mitchell, contributor March 1, 2012: 7:03 AM ET With its "Good to Know" campaign, Google tried to take the debate out of the realm of lawyers and politicians and into the public square. Given that opposition is still vociferous, ...more »

Federal Grants
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NPC works to maintain federal funding
The PackerMarch 2, 2012

Keeling said there is reason to hope that members of Congress will be willing to listen because researchers — and ultimately growers — in 18 states benefit from federal funding for the breeding program. “It could make a difference in whether or not ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Google Privacy Changes: 6 Steps To Take
InformationWeekMarch 1, 2012

But fearful of being outmaneuvered by Facebook, Google ignored heightened regulatory scrutiny over search-related antitrust issues and began mixing its so-called organic search results with Google+ search results. That only made lawmakers more ...more »

Foreign Investments
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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 »

Franchising
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RadioShack Recognized for Franchise Quality
Sacramento BeeMarch 1, 2012

Franchise owners benefit from the buying power of a major retail network in the purchase of fixtures, in-store signage and other necessities for starting up a new retail business. RadioShack's low start-up cost and access to high-quality products under ...more »

Banking Law
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AG Unveils 'Homeowner Bill of Rights'
The Bay Citizen (blog)March 1, 2012

By Ryan Jacobs |February 29, 2012 7:40 pm |In Housing State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris unveiled the California Homeowner Bill of Rights Wednesday, a series of proposed laws aimed at shielding homeowners from fraudulent and unfair mortgage ...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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Kemper Corporation is Recognized among the 2012 REBRAND 100® Global Award Winners
SunHerald.comMarch 1, 2012

“We are pleased that REBRAND TM selected Kemper with this distinction, based on our successful launch of the Kemper brand for our family of companies,” said Donald G. Southwell, Kemper's President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Contract executed for construction of eight-classroom block at CH Reeves School
The Freeport NewsMarch 1, 2012

The Government awarded a contract to Jack Andrews of Mal Jack Construction Monday for $1838464 to build an eight-classroom block, a library, restrooms and an administration office at the school located in Montell Heights. Minister of Public Works and ...more »

Business Law
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Latest Virginia news, sports, business and entertainment
WJTVMarch 15, 2012

By: | AP FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) An attorney for an Army private charged with leaking hundreds of thousands of pages of classified information has asked a military judge to dismiss the charges against his client, arguing the government bungled the turning ...more »

Institutional Investing
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FPL plans to invest more than $200 million in 2012 to continue strengthening ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

In connection with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (Reform Act), NextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE) and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) are hereby providing cautionary statements identifying important ...more »

Commercial
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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 »

A checkup on Americans' views of healthcare reform
Los Angeles TimesMarch 2, 2012

There's a lot of disinformation about the measure that President Obama signed into law almost two years ago, so a closer look at what it does and doesn't do is in order. By David Lazarus It's been almost two years since President Obama signed ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Tighter Rules Sought in Wake of MF Global Collapse
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

By AARON LUCCHETTI And SCOTT PATTERSON To some customers of bankrupt brokerage firm MF Global Holdings Ltd., regulators' efforts to return missing money has gone slowly. The push for new rules and industry practices, however, is moving ahead.more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Judge's ruling prohibits county from intervening in sheriff's operations
Bangor Daily NewsMarch 9, 2012

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge has sided with Knox County's sheriff in a lengthy legal battle between her and the county administration over who has the authority to conduct internal investigations and personnel decisions.more »

Commercial Leasing
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Carbon pricing - what does it mean for the property sector?
Clayton UtzMarch 1, 2012

It may be that the lease provisions permit changes to the lease arising from changes in law. Alternatively, special legislative provisions such as retail leases legislation may prohibit such changes. What should building owners do before entering a new ...more »

International Transactions
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Karson Management Announces Significant Growth in Its Karson Collateral ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 5, 2012

These transactions were financed by three large international banks, each providing $750 million or more in capacity for tenors ranging from 1 to 10 years. According to Regis Lavergne, Global Head of Natixis Equity Finance desk, "Natixis is proud to be ...more »

Communications & Media
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Landmark report calls for all-media classification
Sydney Morning HeraldMarch 1, 2012

All media in Australia should be classified, and censored, in the same way, a landmark report handed down today has found. Conducting the first review of Australia's classification laws in 20 years, the Australian Law Reform Commission found that the ...more »

Hollywood Docket: Jimmy Buffett Settles Martiniville Flap; Pirate Bay Removes ...
Hollywood ReporterMarch 1, 2012

We're taking a trip to see what's making news in the entertainment law world ... Jimmy Buffett has settled a trademark dispute with Florida restaurant Martiniville Liquor Bar & Kitchen, which he claimed infringed his "Margaritaville" trademark.more »

Construction & Development
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Legislation in line with times
China DailyMarch 2, 2012

... Criminal Law that was put into force on May 1, 2011, testifies to China's continuing efforts to ensure that the rule of law with Chinese characteristics safeguards people's well-being amid the country's rapid economic and social development.more »

Locating Funds
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Mayor Prohibits City Police From Enforcing Federal Immigration Law
WBAL RadioMarch 2, 2012

It shall be the policy of these Agencies not to inquire about the immigration status of crime victims, witnesses, or others who call or approach the police or other City employees seeking assistance. The City of Baltimore calls upon ICE agents ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Sutcliffe will be reported to police
Independent OnlineMarch 1, 2012

The council's recommendations come after a summary of the report was released in February, following a lengthy probe into allegations of fraud, corruption and maladministration at eThekwini, instituted by Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube.more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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US Financial Services M&A Activity Likely to Increase in 2012 as Markets ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 29, 2012

Lack of clarity on federal regulation and legislation - including healthcare reform and the potential of new oversight of the Federal Insurance Office - will continue to play a role in hesitancy towards M&A. The asset management sector saw an increase ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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What's Wrong With the Latest Pot Proposal
Patch.comMarch 9, 2012

This discrepancy between state and federal law may leave Connecticut open to litigation by the Department of Justice, which has strongly committed itself to enforcing the Controlled Substances Act. Recently, the US Attorney in Colorado indicated that ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Assemblywoman Carter authors anti-blight vill
Contra Costa TimesMarch 2, 2012

Carter's bill is one of six bills that other Democratic lawmakers and Harris announced Wednesday. the proponents assert that the legislation will increase fairness within the mortgage industry and foreclosure process. The laws would increase the ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Obama would tax economy to death
Boston HeraldMarch 1, 2012

To protest taxation without representation, they boarded British ships and dumped their precious cargo of tea into Boston Harbor. It's time for another old-fashioned tax revolt. President Barack Obama is visiting New Hampshire today.more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Protesters March Against ALEC, Corporate Power
OPB NewsMarch 1, 2012

ALEC or the 'American Legislative Exchange Council' is a non-profit that has thousands of legislators as members and hundreds of corporations, like BP, Walmart and Dow Chemical.The group develops laws, which are then introduced into state legislatures ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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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 »

Professional Corporations
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SFL Data CEO Christian Lawrence Speaks to In-House Counsel on Developing an e ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)March 7, 2012

... Early Case Assessment, Litigation Holds, Proportionality San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) March 07, 2012 SFL Data, the first provider of a fixed-price e-discovery managed service for corporations and law firms, today announced that CEO Christian ...more »

Customs Disputes
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•4 killed as sect bombs Maiduguri •Nobody died —JTF •NYSC stops posting of ...
Nigerian TribuneMarch 1, 2012

OPERATIVES of the dreaded Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram are said to have started combing fertiliser markets in search of materials to be used for bombs following the decision of security agencies to tighten rules on use of dynamites and explosives.more »

Public Offerings
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DA seeks teen-produced public service ads
Wicked LocalMarch 1, 2012

By Staff reports Local middle and high school students are invited to create a public service announcement as part of Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone's PSA Project. This year's topic focuses on the importance of promoting healthy substance-free ...more »

Debt Collection
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Chain Bridge Bank Announces Promotions and Hirings
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

MCLEAN, VA, Mar 01, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Chain Bridge Bank, NA today announced a series of officer promotions and hirings reflective of the bank's commitment to build and maintain a strong and dynamic management team across all areas of the ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Hostess Brands, Inc. Names Gregory Rayburn President And CEO
VendingMarketWatchMarch 12, 2012

As CEO, Rayburn will oversee the company's reorganization under Chapter 11 as well as overall corporate strategy and ongoing negotiations with the company's unions. He joined Hostess last month as the company's chief restructuring officer.more »

Debt Settlement
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Harrisburg Controller, Treasurer File Objections as Plan Hearing Begins
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

Between five and 10 entities have signed confidentiality agreements related to those so- called requests for proposal, Unkovic said today in court. Bankruptcy Ban Unkovic was appointed under a process approved by the state legislature that bans ...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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Chubb v. Travelers grudge match costs asbestos victims $500 mln
Thomson Reuters News & InsightMarch 2, 2012

If it weren't for the $500 million that won't go to asbestos victims as a result of the enmity between Chubb Insurance and Travelers Insurance, this story would be a funny O. Henry-esque lesson in the ironies of litigation. But there's nothing funny ...more »

Trade Associations
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US Seeks Repeal of Trade Bar to Aid Farmers
The Moscow TimesMarch 1, 2012

The Obama administration is pressing Congress to throw out the Soviet-era Jackson-Vanik amendment to restrict trade with Russia, making a plea on behalf of US farmers and manufacturers. The United States will seek to repeal the law "as soon as ...more »

False Advertising
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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 »

Unfair Competition
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HCCI files lawsuit against hospital, competitors
Morris Daily HeraldMarch 1, 2012

HCCI and one of its doctors, Dr. Christopher Bane, have filed a complaint of defamation, interference and unfair competition against Heartland, Dr. Ari De la Hera of Heartland and president of the medical staff at the hospital; Dr. David Vermillion, ...more »

Federal Contracts
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US Senators Introduce Wartime Contracting Legislation that Could Save ...
defproMarch 2, 2012

09:37 GMT, March 2, 2012 Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Jim Webb (D-VA) have introduced the Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 (S. 2139), a bill that will greatly enhance transparency, sustainability, and accountability in ...more »

Venture Capital
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Intel Capital announces $100 million new fund to invest in...
SiliconValley.comMarch 1, 2012

Intel's (INTC) venture capital arm Wednesday announced a $100 million fund to invest in "connected car" technology. "The car is the ultimate mobile device," said Staci Palmer, general manager of Intel's Automotive Solutions Division.more »

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