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Washington County stake in threatened federal grants: Under $1 million
Pamplin Media GroupApril 1, 2017

Washington County could lose as much as $900,000 from the sheriff's budget if federal officials carry out a threat to withhold money from police agencies that do not aid federal immigration enforcement. The total is overstated because it includes money ...more »

Aging gracefully involves preventing foodborne illness
Michigan State University ExtensionApril 1, 2017

As a person ages, they become more susceptible to foodborne illness. There is a decrease in stomach acid, which is a natural defense against bacteria and over time, the immune system becomes less capable of fighting off bacteria in the body that may be ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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Widow fears that wearing a wig is false advertising
Philly.comApril 5, 2017

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 57-year-old lady. I have been a widow 23 years and chose not to date while raising my daughter, who is now 26. I would now like to meet a nice man to spend time with, but I suffer from an affliction many older women deal with - alopecia.more »

Federal Grants
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Washington County stake in threatened federal grants: Under $1 million
Pamplin Media GroupApril 2, 2017

Washington County could lose as much as $900,000 from the sheriff's budget if federal officials carry out a threat to withhold money from police agencies that do not aid federal immigration enforcement. The total is overstated because it includes money ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Ex-SEC Enforcer Khuzami Foresees Changes for Whistleblowers
The National Law Journal (registration)April 3, 2017

What we're seeing now are priorities in sales of securities and other products, in sales and trading issues, in applications of antitrust law to some of the conduct of financial institutions, and a lot of focus on investment advisers and private equity ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Trump's Interests vs. America's, Blind-Trust Edition
The AtlanticApril 3, 2017

Besides, with so much of his fortune derived from highly visible real-estate and branding deals, some lawyers note that no trust would fully blind him from knowing where his financial interests lie; they say the only way to fully protect against ...more »

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Would You Build Around: Harden, Curry Or Russ?
Sports IllustratedApril 3, 2017

... have already been spent debating this year's MVP race, we decided to present a big–picture hypothetical as we hit the NBA's stretch run. If you were starting a franchise, who would you rather build around: James Harden, Steph Curry or Russell ...more »

Banking Law
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Authorities seek help to find Bedford bank robber |
cleveland.comApril 4, 2017

BEDFORD, Ohio - Local and federal officials continue to search for a man accused of robbing a Bedford bank Monday morning. The Cleveland FBI released ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Brandt loses appeal of disqualified Rockingham Road bid
Quad City TimesApril 27, 2017

Brandt Construction Co.'s last ditch effort to win the Rockingham Road reconstruction project has failed. The Davenport City Council has approved awarding the contract to Langman Construction and denied the appeal of Brandt after its bid for the ...more »

Business Formation
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Common antibiotic may help disrupt formation of negative thoughts, fears
Business StandardApril 4, 2017

Common antibiotic doxycycline may help treat or prevent post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by disrupting the formation of negative thoughts and fears in the brain, a new study claims. Researchers, including those from University College London in ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Myanmar off to good start in FY17-18 ment approvals
The NationApril 7, 2017

The commission also approved two local firms from the industrial and service sectors, which have committed to bringing $11.27 million and 20.24 billion kyat (Bt513.8 million) in initial capital under the Citizens Investment Law. That means MIC also ...more »

Business Law
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Judge Rakoff Sounds Off on Law Firm Billing
Bloomberg Big Law BusinessApril 4, 2017

The invisible hand of the free market hasn't been able to exert much control over law firm billing rates, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff said Monday night at a Cardozo School of Law panel discussion about the high cost of the legal system. The judge ...more »

Enforceable and Effective Attorney-Client Agreements
Connecticut Law TribuneApril 5, 2017

On the other hand, if there is only a potential conflict of interest — i.e. the interests of the clients are not currently adverse but could conceivably become so — then the attorney or law firm may be able to represent the clients after full ...more »

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Tony Alexander: President of Made in Memphis Entertainment
The Commercial AppealApril 2, 2017

A registered patent attorney, Alexander serves the Baker Donelson law firm in Memphis on an of-counsel basis. He also has been an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis law school, teaching food and drug, patent and trademark law. A law career ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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King County Council approves blueprint for civilian oversight of law enforcement
Kirkland ReporterApril 18, 2017

The charter amendment increased OLEO's scope of authority to directly investigate misconduct, complementing its existing authorities to monitor internal investigations, conduct systemic reviews and audits and engage in community outreach. Under the ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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How Often Can I File Bankruptcy?
JD Supra (press release)April 3, 2017

I'm often asked if someone can file bankruptcy if they've done that before, or how often they can file bankruptcy. You can actually file bankruptcy at any time, but you won't get rid of ("discharge") your debts unless you meet the timing rules for ...more »

International Transactions
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Jamaica to benefit from international financial services centre
Caribbean News Now (press release) (blog)April 9, 2017

The General Partnership Act formalises the process for foreign partnerships pursuing business transactions in Jamaica and facilitates mergers and conversion of such arrangements, while the Limited Partnership Act aims to accommodate commercial ... “By ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Dealing with non-payment of rent
NewsDayApril 1, 2017

The lessee agrees to occupy and use the property and pay rent for the duration of the contract and lease. Ownership does not pass to the lessee ... Standard lease agreement forms can be obtained from stationery shops or online but it is best to have ...more »

Rejected e-liquid manufacturer gets license in vaping case
Indianapolis Business JournalApril 11, 2017

A company that sued over Indiana's unconstitutional vaping and e-cigarette licensing law will get an Indiana permit to manufacture e-liquids, and taxpayers will pick up the company's legal fees for its trouble, a judge ordered Monday. Judge Richard ...more »

Communications & Media
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Intellectual Property Under The Charter: Are The Court's Scales Properly Calibrated‎
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)April 3, 2017

With the notable exception of Luksan, the ECJ case law on this provision relates to cases in which the right to IP is pitted against other Charter rights. The Court has been .... Communication on Upgrading the Single Market, COM(2015)550 final, pp. 14 ...more »

Locating Funds
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Israel drafts new law to deduct $250 million from PA funds
Middle East MonitorApril 4, 2017

A draft new law submitted to the Knesset (parliament) would see Israel deduct nearly $250 million from the Palestinian Authority tax revenues which Ramallah pays to Palestinian prisoners in Israel and the families of martyrs, Yedioth Ahronoth has reported.more »

Construction & Development
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In-House Attorney Shot To Death During Morning Commute
Above the LawApril 4, 2017

Huynh was a graduate of Princeton University and Emory School of Law. Huynh began her career as an associate in the government contracts and construction practice group at Powell Goldstein (now a part of Bryan Cave), and later lateraled to Alston ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Foxconn said to offer $27B for Toshiba's memory chip business
ITworldApril 10, 2017

Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer best known as the maker of iPhones and iPads for Apple, is said to be preparing a US$27 billion bid to acquire Toshiba's computer chip assets. Toshiba is most commonly recognized for making NAND flash ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Houston Has Decriminalized Marijuana, Reveals Conflicting Attitudes and Budget Priorities of Law Enforcement
NORML Blog (blog)April 4, 2017

By contrast, the halls of the Texas State Capitol filled with members of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, friendly state Congressman like Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) and Jason Isaac ... These tired, unjust arguments are coming from Kevin Lawrence ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Help keep O'Fallon clean
Belleville News-DemocratApril 19, 2017

Unfortunately, some of the exceptions within the city can become problematic, residents should feel free to report unsightly properties, even those in foreclosure. There are ... Keeping up one's property in accordance with the city's laws works best ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Is This the End of Section 280E?
GanjapreneurApril 3, 2017

Jared Polis (D-CO) would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, leaving states to determine their own marijuana policies, and impose federal regulations on marijuana businesses in states that choose to regulate marijuana for adult use.more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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ASA Members' Anti-BDS Suit Goes Forward
Boulder Jewish NewsApril 7, 2017

The lawsuit alleges ASA is in violation of the D.C. Non-Profit Corporation Act. In addition to violating DC law, the lawsuit reveals the defendants attempted to prevent informed discourse. In fact, no research performed with scholarly vigor was ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Hartford Lawyer Corey Brinson Pleads Naivete, Claims He Was Duped In Multimillion Dollar Fraud
Hartford CourantApril 3, 2017

In a confessional plea for leniency, Hartford lawyer and former city councilman Corey Brinson blamed his naivete for bad decisions that allowed stock manipulators to use his law office in a scheme that swindled millions of dollars from investors ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Democrats plan to press Trump's competition cop on his ties to AT&T, tech giants
RecodeApril 23, 2017

Trump's selection for the post — Makan Delrahim — previously spent years working at a Washington, D.C.-focused corporate law firm, where his legal and lobbying clients included such companies as AT&T, Comcast, Google and Qualcomm, according to ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Buchalter Adds 4 LeClairRyan Attys To New Sacramento Digs
Law360 (subscription)April 5, 2017

Law360, San Francisco (April 5, 2017, 4:35 PM EDT) -- Buchalter Nemer PLC announced Tuesday that its Sacramento office has added a shareholder, counsel and two associates — all from LeClairRyan — with expertise in commercial, business, bankruptcy ...more »

Public Offerings
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Public Defender to Represent Suspect in Florida Cop Killing
U.S. News & World ReportApril 12, 2017

During a hearing on Wednesday, Judge Frederick Lauten told Markeith Loyd that he can't "pick and choose" his attorney when the state is paying for his defense. The Orlando Sentinel ( ) reports Lauten appointed attorney Roger Weeden ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Updates in Federal Trade Secret Law
Texas LawyerApril 3, 2017

With the enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), federal courts are now wide open for trade secret litigation. Nearly a year later, courts have already started interpreting the act, providing valuable insights for practitioners. In ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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CHC Helicopter: Normal service resumed?
Vertical Magazine (press release)April 12, 2017

On March 24, as CHC Group emerged from a 10-month Chapter 11 reorganization process overseen by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, it turned the page on what has been the most traumatic chapter in the storied history of what was once the world's largest medium ...more »

Debt Collection
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Brazil: Substantive Consolidation under Brazilian Insolvency Law
Lexology (registration)April 6, 2017

[1] Nevertheless, the possibility of a judicial recovery claim being filed by more than one claimant (procedural consolidation) is not to be mistaken with the unification of assets of different legal entities (material consolidation). ... The general ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Judge blocks Seattle law allowing Uber, Lyft drivers to unionize
CNETApril 4, 2017

"There can be no doubt that ride-share companies such as Uber and Lyft have, at a truly startling rate, created havoc in this industry using a business model that simply did not exist before its recent technological development," Lasnik wrote in his ...more »

Debt Settlement
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The IRS Is Now Using Private Debt Collectors; Here's What You Need To Know
ConsumeristApril 3, 2017

In addition to abiding by the rules of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the collection agencies contracted out by the IRS must adhere by a timeline and certain requirements when contacting taxpayers. “Even with private debt collection, you ...more »

Trade Associations
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Kenya to host International Law Conference
Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)April 15, 2017

Key concerns that AALCO advises on include extradition law, treatment of foreign nationals, State immunity, and commercial transactions, the law of the Sea, conflict of laws in international trade, law of treaties, as well as mutual legal assistance in ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Great Falls-Billings Diocese becomes 15th to file for bankruptcy ...
National Catholic ReporterApril 3, 2017

Hard questions loom for the Montana diocese, which described the Chapter 11 filing as "a major step toward bringing resolution to 72 current claims of abuse of ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Slack-Fill Suits See Boom Despite Few Class Wins
Law360 (subscription)April 17, 2017

Law360, New York (April 17, 2017, 3:07 PM EDT) -- The number of “slack-fill” lawsuits claiming food companies trick consumers into thinking they are getting more product than they actually paid for has jumped more than six times since 2013, and that ...more »

False Advertising
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Lawyer: Judge orders damages in massive disability scheme
Island PacketApril 5, 2017

A Kentucky lawyer facing prison time for a scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments took another legal hit Wednesday when a judge ordered him to pay nearly $31.5 million in damages to the government and two ...more »

Venture Capital
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RPT-In West Bank, a venture capital fund hunts Palestinian tech ...
NasdaqApril 3, 2017

million venture fund targets Palestinian startups* Sadara Ventures has backed six firms so far, more in pipeline* Palestinian entrepreneurs face.more »

Federal Contracts
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URS wins $63.3M contract to help Navy manage spectrum
Washington TechnologyApril 3, 2017

URS wins $63.3M contract to help Navy manage spectrum. Electromagnetic spectrum support will focus on command and control systems. By Washington Technology staff; Apr 03, 2017. URS Federal Services Inc. has won a $63.3 million contract for technical ...more »


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