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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 »

Man indicted on terror charges in NYC bomb case
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

The effort culminated "in the successful construction of one explosive device and the attempted construction of two others," it says. Most terror cases are federal, but this one was brought under a state terror law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks.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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Applications will be accepted for the federal recreational trails grant program
Macon Chronicle-HeraldMarch 2, 2012

By Terri Hackett The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has begun accepting grant applications from private organizations and municipal, state and federal agencies for the Fiscal Year 2012 grant round of the federal Recreational Trails Program.more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Business Briefs
Wall Street JournalMarch 2, 2012

Mr. Kirch, a Deutsche Bank client, sued the bank, accusing Mr. Breuer of violating his confidentiality rights under German banking laws. He also alleged that Mr. Breuer tried to damage his company to obtain a lucrative deal to split up the media empire ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Apple: Just Halfway There
Motley FoolMarch 1, 2012

Apple's P/E ratio has mostly trended down over the past few years, as some argue that the "law of large numbers" keeps shares undervalued by most historical metrics. Apple has pocketed $35.13 per share in earnings over the past four quarters.more »

Franchising
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Dunkin' Donuts Announces Seven New Restaurants in Denver, Colorado With New ...
Bradenton HeraldMarch 1, 2012

29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with Doug and Katy Redman for seven restaurants in Denver, Colorado.more »

Banking Law
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Ipswich: Gambling-addicted banking manager must repay £45000
East Anglian Daily TimesMarch 1, 2012

By Colin Adwent, crime correspondent Thursday, March 1, 2012 IPSWICH: A NatWest personal banking manager who plundered clients' accounts to fuel his gambling addiction must repay more than £45000 to his ex-employer. To send a link to this page to a ...more »

Gaming Law
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Keen On… Richard Bronson: Why America Should Legalize Online Poker [TCTV]
TechCrunchMarch 2, 2012

Richard “Skip” Bronson, for example, the co-founder and chairman of US Digital Gaming (USDG), a company that provides a suite of technologies for legal online gambling, is – not surprisingly, given USDG's products – a leading advocate of legalizing ...more »

Business Formation
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The War On Drugs Hurts Businesses and Investors
ForbesMarch 1, 2012

A criminal cancer is spreading through the global economy, taking its nutrition from the world-wide illegal drug business. In many countries, your travel agent, your lawyer, your banker or your telephone installer is as likely as an assassin or brothel ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel sues County Commissioners in contracting...
Detroit Free PressMarch 1, 2012

By Eric D. Lawrence The Macomb County Executive's Office sued the County Commissioners today in a dispute over contracting authority that has come to symbolize a power struggle between the two branches of government.more »

Business Law
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Palo Alto Attorney Publishes Articles on Online Reputation in Medical Mergers
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)March 16, 2012

Medical groups face liability and risks not only from ratings and reviews, but also from Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and privacy violations, improper Facebook posts by physicians, nurses and staff, and data security ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Insight: "Rock star" scholars a risk for Islamic finance
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

By Anjuli Davies and Mirna Sleiman | LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Decades of parsing turgid legal documents have not dampened the enthusiasm of octogenarian Islamic scholar Sheikh Hussein Hamed Hassan. He gets agitated as he searches for a paper among ...more »

Commercial
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Don Philbin Receives BCDRC Distinguished Service Award for 2011
San Antonio ExpressMarch 1, 2012

His work in mediation and teaching earned him additional accolades in the 2011 calendar year, as he was honored with The Outstanding Lawyer Award in the mediation category from the San Antonio Business Journal in November, recognized as one of 196 ...more »

Highpoint Apartments attract flurry of interest
Boston.comMarch 1, 2012

Harrington worked for a law firm that had dealings with Roseland Properties, the current manager of the Highpoint Apartments (which owns the parcel along with Boston real estate firm The Congress Group under the entity Highpoint Apartments LLC).more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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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 »

Internal Investigative Services
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Council seeks ICAC probe
The Maitland MercuryMarch 5, 2012

Cr Davey said an internal investigation was conducted late last year after general manager Lea Rosser had approached her with concerns over “procurement practices”. Ms Rosser has since been on leave because of an injury and a sick family member but the ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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IStar Refinancing Leaves 2013 Debt in Doubt: Corporate Finance
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 1, 2012

March 1 (Bloomberg) -- IStar Financial Inc.'s plan to seek as much as $900 million in loans may only hold over the commercial real-estate lender saddled with $5.9 billion of debt through this year, its bond prices indicate. The company's $800 million ...more »

International Transactions
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Chadbourne & Parke Appoint 6
JDJournal.comMarch 5, 2012

The New York based law firm Chadbourne & Parke announced Friday, March 2, 2012, that they appointed six new members to their firm, including two international partners, an international counsel, and three counsel to its global practice.more »

Communications & Media
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NBCUniversal's Integrated Media group expands its leadership team
Digital Media WireMarch 1, 2012

Hilary Smith (pictured) is now senior vice president, Communications and Integrated Media Marketing. As part of her expanded responsibilities, Smith will be an overall strategist in the Integrated Media group and will oversee consumer and trade ...more »

New Law Would Force Hot Dog Cart to Cut Hours
Patch.comMarch 7, 2012

City Council moves to update its street vendor licensing law, including a provision to limit hours of operation. Easy Weenies owners say they would lose business. By Daryl Nerl Chris Morales, standing, addresses City Council on Tuesday night, ...more »

Construction & Development
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Man indicted on terror charges in NYC bomb case
Carlisle SentinelMarch 1, 2012

The effort culminated "in the successful construction of one explosive device and the attempted construction of two others," it says. Most terror cases are federal, but this one was brought under a state terror law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks.more »

Locating Funds
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Fairfax's Once-Sprawling Racketeering Suit Shrinks as Hedge Funds Drop Out
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

The New Jersey law covers conduct outside the state, said Michael Bowe, a lawyer for Fairfax, at the January hearing. “It is a unique and very powerful, robust remedy,” he said. Fairfax's Crum & Forster Holdings unit, a plaintiff in the case, ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Our view: Electricity referendum on ballot
Northwest HeraldMarch 1, 2012

Because the energy is bought in bulk instead of individually, residents are able to save more with the municipality entering short-term contracts with opt-out options on their behalf. Recognizing the importance of consumers being informed about energy ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Marcum Cronus Partners Pleased to Announce Sale of Mediachase Business to ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 7, 2012

Advising on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, sales, and private placement financings, Marcum Cronus Partners is an investment banking firm that provides financial advisory and investment banking services. The clients of the firm are publicly traded ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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ER Docs Don't Recognize Signs of 'Spice' in Teens
Sci-Tech TodayMarch 20, 2012

Its one-year ban, set to expire soon, puts the substances under Schedule I classification, the most restrictive under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule I drugs are found to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical uses.more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Legislature adjourns: Some bills survive, hundreds die on last night of session
MarconewsMarch 10, 2012

A bill to allow state agencies to randomly drug test their employees. The bill was controversial and opposed by public-worker unions and some Republicans. Scott tried to enforce the measure but faced court challenges. ■ Two property tax cuts that will ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Insight: In Russia, a graft-buster's mission impossible
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

London-based Hermitage, once the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia, alleges that dozens of Russian officials were involved in an operation in 2007 to seize its company seals and file a fraudulent tax rebate for $230 million.more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Grimes makes campaign backers Kentucky Colonels, thanks them on state stationery
Louisville Courier-JournalMarch 2, 2012

Today, the organization is incorporated as a charitable organization with by-laws directing it to be nonpartisan, nonprofit and dedicated to good works within the Commonwealth. Over the years, the Colonels have contributed millions of dollars to worthy ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Executive Change: Attorney Christopher D'Amore to Saldutti, LLC
InsideARMMarch 2, 2012

Saldutti, LLC, a complete creditor rights and debt recovery law firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher D'Amore to the firm. Chris joins the team as an Associate Attorney where he will handle complex commercial litigation and creditor ...more »

Professional Corporations
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ICL Announces New VP Appointments to Replace Soon-to-Retire Executive VP ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 5, 2012

Hezi Israel (44) has served for the past five years as VP Strategy and Business Development for ICL Industrial Products. Previously, from 2000-2007, Mr. Israel served at Teva in the areas of business development and global merger and acquisition ...more »

Customs Disputes
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International Trade Commission Sees Record Patent Claims in 2011
Corporate CounselMarch 1, 2012

Decisions of an ITC administrative law judge are subject to review by the full six-member commission and the White House. All decisions can be appealed in federal court. The number of filings averaged around a dozen a year in the late 1990s, ...more »

Public Offerings
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Federal judge questions state attorney on new voter-registration law
Tallahassee.comMarch 2, 2012

US District Judge Robert Hinkle asked an attorney for the state, during a hearing that ran more than two hours on a request for an injunction against enforcing the new law. "They can do everything they want to do," replied Assistant Attorney General ...more »

Debt Collection
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Futures Hearing, EU Bank Capital, Japan Audit Laws: Compliance
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

The futures industry is recommending more rigorous reporting and internal controls for brokerages as $1.6 billion of customer money is still unaccounted for after the bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings Ltd (MFGLQ). Brokerages should be required to submit ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Downey Regional emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy
The Downey PatriotMarch 7, 2012

The hospital restructured its contracts and made "significant improvements" to its financial systems, hospital officials said in a statement. A court approved Downey Regional's reorganization plan on Feb. 16, with the exit financing closing Wednesday.more »

Debt Settlement
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BP Reaches Settlement Agreement With Victims of 2010 Gulf of Mexico Spill
BloombergMarch 3, 2012

'Coercive Tactics' Attorneys for some victims argued in court filings that officials of the fund, run by Washington-based lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, used “coercive tactics” to force business and property owners to accept inadequate payments for their ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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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 »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Tulsa faces funding $8.6 million in expiring grants for police, fire protection
Tulsa WorldMarch 2, 2012

By JARREL WADE World Staff Writer The city finance director alerted councilors Thursday to $8.6 million in Police and Fire department funding that the city will be obligated to provide as federal grants accepted during police layoffs to retain officers ...more »

Trade Associations
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Patent laws amended in order to implement Korea-US FTA
International Law OfficeMarch 3, 2012

Following the ratification by both countries of the free trade agreement (FTA) between South Korea and the United States, the Korean government recently amended the Patent Act and the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act. These amendments are expected to have a ...more »

False Advertising
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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 »

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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California Superior Court Agrees To Hear Infinity Aerospace's $41.7 Million ...
Daily MarketsMarch 1, 2012

... companies by Infinity Aerospace, Inc., Aviation Design Group, Inc., The Dukes Group, LLC and Chet Huffman, alleging that the defendants committed acts of fraud and misrepresentation and breaches of contract, resulting in $41.7 million of damages.more »

Venture Capital
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Emergence Capital, Leading SaaS and Cloud Investor, Raises $250 Million Third Fund
Business Review USA (press release)March 3, 2012

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 29, 2012) - Emergence Capital Partners (http://www.emcap.com), the leading venture capital firm focused on investing in Technology-Enabled Services companies, announced that it has closed its third fund, ...more »

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