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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 »

New evidence suggests Stone Age hunters from Europe discovered America
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

What can a little-known health project in rural Ethiopia tell us about discrimination in an all-twee... New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe – 10000 years before the Siberian-originating ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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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 »

Foreign Investments
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Slumping India hits new low
Sydney Morning HeraldMarch 1, 2012

Efforts to change laws on foreign investment in multi-brand retail, allowing global supermarket chains such as Tesco and Walmart into the Indian market, foundered in the face of political opposition, and attempts to stem corruption and the black money ...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 »

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Book-keeping franchise adds up to success in just 18 months
This is ScunthorpeMarch 1, 2012

"As part of researching how to start a business I came across Accounts Assist, a national accountancy practice that offers franchises across the UK. "Losing my job gave me the push I needed to do something different. "With my strengths lying in finance ...more »

Gaming Law
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Gaming Commission chair sees state open meeting law as hurdle to commission's ...
Wicked LocalMarch 8, 2012

“Where we'll be standing in the same office all day long, every day, it's very hard to apply that open meeting law. So we've got to figure out a way to adapt it.” The Gaming Commission is pursing a one-year lease for office space at 84 State Street ...more »

Banking Law
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Larchmont Residents Lose Thousands in Fraud
The Daily LarchmontMarch 1, 2012

by Brian Donnelly (email) LARCHMONT, NY -- Multiple Larchmont residents reported that unauthorized withdrawals had been made from their bank accounts, including one of $130000, according to the Larchmont Police Department. - On Feb.more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Bill Schuette to appeal overturn of law sponsored by Rep. John Moolenaar of ...
The Saginaw News - MLive.comMarch 6, 2012

Rick Snyder on July 19, 2011, increases competition and lowers costs to taxpayers by allowing all contractors, regardless of union or non-union affiliation, to have equal access to competitively bid for public construction project contracts.more »

Business Formation
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Fraud case: Director spent large on women and travel
TVNZMarch 1, 2012

A former company director admits he ripped off South Canterbury Finance (SCF) to the tune of $23 million - spending more than $1m on "various female companions". The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has revealed Gavin Clifford Bennett's spending habits after ...more »

Institutional Investing
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SC law hides pension records
Charleston Post CourierMarch 4, 2012

These records are exempt from the disclosure requirements of Chapter 4 Title 30," which is the SC Freedom of Information Act. The language was a small part of a 43-page bill that dealt with the Retirement Systems' investment expectations and set ...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 »

Heartland, Gleick, and Media Law
Columbia Journalism Review (blog)March 1, 2012

In its letters to various websites and media outlets, Heartland said that Gleick had used the name of a board member in order to trick a staffer into sharing the files. Heartland posted a series of screenshots of its correspondence with Gleick, ...more »

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Acacia Subsidiary Enters into License Agreement with Robertson Transformer Co.
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Mar 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTG) announced today that its Lighting Ballast Control LLC subsidiary has entered into a settlement and license agreement with Robertson Transformer Co.more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Former state Sen. Mellow to be charged; plea deal expected
Pocono RecordMarch 15, 2012

Meanwhile, US Attorney Peter J. Smith announced Wednesday that he and representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Services will be conducting a press briefing at 4 pm today regarding "a recent development related ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Bankruptcy judge refuses to unseal church documents in sex abuse case
Today's TMJ4March 1, 2012

By the WTMJ News Team MILWAUKEE- A bankruptcy judge refused to unseal church documents related to the Milwaukee Archdiocese sex abuse scandal. Not only did federal judge Susan Kelley disagree, she called Wednesday's hearing a distraction, ...more »

International Transactions
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McCarter & English Appoints Managing Partners for Philadelphia and Wilmington ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)March 6, 2012

“I have known Tray for 20 years, and he is one of the finest attorneys I know; Tray is a recognized leader in the commercial transactions arena, having handled many megadeals,” said Michael P. Kelly, Chairman of the firm's Executive Committee.more »

Commercial Leasing
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Durban sustains demand for commercial property 1, 2012

Over 2011, Williams concluded in excess of 85 transactions for the lease and sale of commercial property in the region, receiving an award for achieving the highest individual sales turnover for any JHI Properties broker nationally.more »

Gangmasters watchdog told to cut 'red tape'
The GuardianMarch 5, 2012

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is also looking at alternatives to the GLA's licensing regime – another recommendation from the farmers' report. Defra said it would make legal changes if necessary. It also suggested the new approach ...more »

Communications & Media
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Chinese wait to see if criminal law overhaul will give police power to ...
Washington PostMarch 1, 2012

Activist Hu Jia, himself living under a form of house arrest, has dubbed it the “KGB clause.” The proposed powers, when first mooted in a draft released last summer, caused an uproar among legal scholars, who called them dangerous, and ordinary Chinese ...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 »

Construction & Development
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NJ Attorney General cracks down on synthetic pot
The Times of Trenton - NJ.comMarch 1, 2012

“It's that simple, and now it's the law.” On Feb. 16, Trenton and Lawrence police and the Drug Enforcement Administration raided the Wonderland Smoke Shop in the township after the business allegedly received a 50-pound delivery of synthetic ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Cornerstone Therapeutics Reports Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)March 8, 2012

For the year, net revenues from strategic products grew 7% to $79.9 million from $74.7 million. In line with our strategic plan, strategic products represented 79% of full year 2011 net product sales versus 60% of total net product sales for full year ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Proposal would require legislature to approve union contracts
The State Journal-RegisterMarch 1, 2012

If the legislature rejects the agreement, the agency and the union would go back to the negotiating table. Brady said Illinois has been burned by unilateral negotiations between the governor and labor unions. “We need to bring transparency in an ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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David A Ramage and Joyce A Ramage, postponement
Fergus Falls Daily JournalMarch 9, 2012


Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Group backs reform of sin tax law
Philippine StarMarch 1, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – A public advocacy and economic development organization here supported the position of President Benigno Aquino III to reform the country's sin tax law. This as the Aquino administration aimed to hike the revenue collections ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Miami-Dade social justice advocates call for income equality, defend county's ...
Florida IndependentMarch 2, 2012

The event was organized by 1 Miami, a non-profit organization focused on labor, social and economic justice. Several of the event's participants spoke out against a bill, recently passed by the state House of Representatives, that would put an end to ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Morgan Stanley, Hyposwiss, Stanford, Apple, CIFG, Cantor in Court News
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

The EPA argued in court filings that the tailoring rule is acceptable under the Clean Air Act and necessary to avoid states being overrun with permit requests. The case is Coalition for Responsible Regulation Inc. v. Environmental Protection Agency ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Human rights and US courts
Los Angeles TimesMarch 1, 2012

But the Supreme Court was urged this week by an international oil company to insulate it from a law against torture and other violations of the "law of nations." In 1789, Congress enacted the Alien Tort Statute, which gave federal district courts ...more »

Customs Disputes
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ICE hosts first-of-its-kind special response training for Kuwait UAE delegates (press release)March 1, 2012

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) forged important partnerships during a recent training course the agency's Homeland Security Investigations' (HSI) Office of International Affairs (OIA) hosted for a delegation of law enforcement partners ...more »

Public Offerings
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Martin Amidu questions quality of state's legal team in Woyome case
Myjoyonline.comMarch 1, 2012

Sacked Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Martin Amidu, is raising red flags over the quality of legal representation in the case brought against businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome. Mr Amidu said he was disappointment in the legal representation ...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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Vitro Wins U.S. Bankruptcy Judge's Order Barring Bondholders' Collections
BloombergMarch 12, 2012

Hale set an April 9 hearing to consider whether Vitro's Mexican restructuring, approved by a Mexican judge last month, is enforceable in the US That reorganization is opposed by bondholders who argued Vitro shouldn't have been allowed to win creditor ...more »

Debt Settlement
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How to help aging parents cope with debt
WDAM-TVMarch 1, 2012

More and more people are struggling with debt, due to the combination of the recent economic recession, lower income as they age, and increasing health costs. How tight are budgets? Among those older than age 75, nearly 40 percent lived below 200 ...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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MMH: Board OKs $70000 hike in insurance costs
Midland Reporter-TelegramMarch 1, 2012

Steve Bowerman, chief financial officer, reviewed a recent proposal for hospital insurance policies to include excess workers' compensation, property and business interruption, directors and officers liability, as well as storage tank liability.more »

Trade Associations
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International Trade Commission Sees Record Patent Claims in 2011
Law.comMarch 2, 2012

Patent holders are entitled to file IP infringement claims under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. Last year, intellectual property-related investigations at the ITC jumped 37 percent, to hit an all-time high of 70 (up from 51 in 2010).more »

False Advertising
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Advertising for health products regularly infringes current legislation in Spain
EurekAlert (press release)March 1, 2012

Spanish consumers are defenceless against deceptive advertising broadcasted on the radio in areas that could affect their health, according to a study carried out by two lecturers at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. The project reports that ...more »

Unfair Competition
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EU plans to tackle double non-taxation
Gibraltar ChronicleMarch 1, 2012

Double non-taxation deprives Member States of significant revenues and creates unfair competition between businesses in the Single Market, the European Commisison said yesterday. “It occurs when cross-border companies escape paying taxes due to ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Randolph's BP deal violated state law
Tri Parish TimesMarch 1, 2012

Because BP has a financial relationship with the parish, Randolph cannot accept gifts from the company, according to state law. In the same vein, state law prohibits Randolph from entering into personal economic agreements with the company.more »

Venture Capital
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Venture Forum leader resigns
Gulf Coast Business ReviewMarch 2, 2012

During her tenure, Lester helped the Forum add an annual early-stage capital program, which has run successfully for five years. “We are very appreciative of Robin's accomplishments and dedication to the Florida Venture Forum, wish her the best and are ...more »

Federal Grants
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Obama Grants Flexibility in Handling Terror Cases
The Epoch TimesMarch 1, 2012

The rules, which were issued in a memo from the White House late Tuesday, override a law that Congress passed in late 2011, requiring suspected al-Qaida terrorists who were plotting attacks against the United States to be detained by the military.more »


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