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German tax evasion probe into agency pilots extends to Ryanair staff
The Times (subscription)March 26, 2017

German authorities investigating alleged social insurance and tax evasion by Ryanair pilots and their recruitment agencies have opened an investigation into the role played by some Ryanair staff. German investigators based in Koblenz, who have been ...more »

Cavion hopes to grow and inspire with venture capital success
Charlottesville TomorrowMarch 26, 2017

Ed Albrigo, CEO of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, said Cavion's venture capital success could attract more medical entrepreneurs to the Charlottesville area. “Other innovators in the region are going to be more likely to start a business ...more »

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Advertising
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Murdoch is acting in self-interest, but he has got a point about Google
The GuardianMarch 26, 2017

Research by Enders Analysis also showed that the existing tools for advertisers use a pretty broad brush, grouping potentially difficult material into “crime, police and emergency” for example. To be fair, the web has democratised information to such ...more »

Federal Grants
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Discovery. Section 1782. District court grants petition seeking documents from law firm to be used in an anticipated ...
Lexology (registration)March 27, 2017

Petitioner Esther Kiobel ("Kiobel") is a woman whose husband was executed by the Nigerian military in 1995 in their suppression of a movement opposed to Royal Dutch Shell's ("Shell") activities in the region. In 2002, Kiobel filed a class action ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Orange County Cities Immune From EMS Antitrust Lawsuit
Law360 (subscription)April 3, 2017

Law360, Fort Wayne (April 3, 2017, 3:17 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against 12 Orange County cities, ruling they are immune from claims by ambulance service provider AmeriCare MedServices Inc., which alleged ...more »

Foreign Investments
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US lists required features of Sovereign Wealth Fund; Guyana says draft law “has all”
Demerara WavesMarch 27, 2017

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman said a National Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill has been drafted and “has all of the features which Ambassador (Terry Steers-Gonzalez) spoke of.” Trotman assured that a cabinet sub-committee has been ...more »

Franchising
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5 Key Electronic Arts Franchises for the Next Decade
Fox BusinessApril 1, 2017

Success in the video game industryrevolves around creating and maintaining high-profile franchises, and, between its licensed and original properties,Electronic Arts(NASDAQ: EA)has some of the biggest series around. Continue Reading Below.more »

Banking Law
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Caught Between JPMorgan and Wal-Mart, Congress Avoids Fee Rule
BloombergMarch 27, 2017

Generally speaking, banks are against the limit and retailers are in favor. Persuading Congress to change the 2010 banking law is a longshot, but that's not stopping both industries from spending millions to remind lawmakers, sometimes multiple times a ...more »

Gaming Law
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Communities with casinos in Pennsylvania concerned about possible funding changes
Newsworks.orgMarch 27, 2017

Players try their luck on the slot machines at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. State lawmakers have until the end of May to fix a section of the state's gaming law that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ...more »

Business Formation
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Latest Stocks: Finisar Corporation (FNSR) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by B. Riley
Petro Global News 24March 26, 2017

A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on the company. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “strong-buy” rating on shares of Finisar Corporation in a research report on Friday, January 6th. MKM Partners reiterated a “buy ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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At NASA Langley, a groundbreaking — and a pitch
Daily PressApril 12, 2017

With a blue sky, temperatures in the high 70s and the acting head of the federal government's top building management and procurement agency at hand for the groundbreaking of NASA Langley's biggest construction contract in recent memory, Gov.more »

Business Law
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Leading-Edge Law: What can you do to preempt complainers who might trash your business online?
Richmond.comMarch 27, 2017

The new law, by itself, does not create a basis for suing a business for using an anti-review clause. A clever attorney might be able to couple this new law with a state consumer-protection law to create a basis to sue. Mainly, the law is a defense ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Kerala to bring in law to make state investment-friendly
Outlook IndiaApril 5, 2017

thiruvananthapuram,Apr 5 With an aim to make Kerala more investment friendly and promote new business ventures,the state government today decided to bring in a new legislation, the 'Kerala Investment Promotion And Facilitation Act.' A decision in this ...more »

Commercial
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J. Drake Brinkley
The National Law ReviewMarch 27, 2017

Attorney Advertising Notice: Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Statement in compliance with Texas Rules of Professional Conduct. Unless otherwise noted, attorneys are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, nor can NLR ...more »

Nevada AG not enforcing gun law because he disagrees with voters: Pat Fling
Reno Gazette JournalMarch 27, 2017

Are we ready to push back on the special interests who still think that shoot-outs in the town square are ok? Are we ready to question why our attorney general isn't enforcing the law instead of bowing to those same special interests because of his ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Legal Tech Download: Venture Capital And Higher Education
Law360 (subscription)March 27, 2017

Legal Tech Download: Venture Capital And Higher Education. By Aebra Coe. Law360, New York (March 27, 2017, 11:22 AM EDT) -- The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products aimed at aiding lawyers coming to market in rapid ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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VW: Internal Investigation of Emissions Cheating Needs Time
BloombergApril 1, 2017

Berlin (AP) -- Volkswagen board chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch says he doesn't expect an internal investigation into the German automaker's cheating of U.S. diesel emissions standards, which became public in September 2015, to be wrapped up by year's ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Leading Weirton law firm names partners
The Daily TimesMarch 26, 2017

He has extensive experience representing clients in residential and commercial real estate financing, bankruptcy, creditors' rights and commercial litigation and has had success in asbestos litigation throughout West Virginia. Pearl focuses his ...more »

International Transactions
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Merger Mania Continues, But NJ Firms Stay Quiet
New Jersey Law JournalApril 7, 2017

Law firm merger activity remained high in the first quarter of 2017, but New Jersey firms sat out the action. That's one takeaway from a pair of recently issued reports. According to one, from Altman Weil Inc., there were 28 law firm combinations in ...more »

Communications & Media
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Koppel says Hannity is 'bad for America'; Hannity fires back
News On 6March 26, 2017

The deal brokered by President Donald Trump to stem job losses at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis is unusual for the state as it offers $7 million of incentives to a company still planning to cut about a...More >>. The deal brokered by ...more »

Locating Funds
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Mustache March4PD attracts 120 sponsors, raises funds, positive awareness for law enforcement
RiverBender.comApril 3, 2017

ALTON – The first Mustache March4PD was a rousing success, with 120 sponsors and many participants in the mustache contest and Glendale Riders concert Saturday night at Bluff City Grill. Steve Schwegel, owner of Alton Physical Therapy and member of ...more »

Construction & Development
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Know the Law: Protect your company from cyber attacks | New ...
The Union LeaderMarch 27, 2017

I'm a New Hampshire business owner. Recently, I have read lots of news stories about data security breaches. What are the biggest cyber risks I need to be ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Oil amp; Gas Stock Roundup: Sunoco's $3.3B Deal, SeaDrill's Bankruptcy Warning and More
Zacks.comApril 11, 2017

The proceeds from the sale will also be used for general partnership purposes that include mergers and acquisitions. The sale of gas stations will ... This year the company divested more than $15 billion worth of assets. The move is also in sync with ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Big chains lobby against Obama-era franchise policy
Leader-TelegramMarch 26, 2017

For two years now, Jeff Hanscom has been traveling to state capitols and pitching lawmakers on a simple, if technical, idea: pass a law that says the state won't consider the people who work at franchises — think McDonald's cashiers or trainers at ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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'Fast-Track' Foreclosure Law Puts Maryland Ahead Of National Curve, Says Advocate
Yahoo FinanceApril 20, 2017

... including vandalism, crime and lower property values." "HB 702/SB 1033 is the result of some very hard work between all interested stakeholders. This new law will significantly expedite the foreclosure process for vacant properties and hopefully ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Watch John Oliver on Insanely Inconsistent US Marijuana Laws
RollingStone.comApril 3, 2017

As the host explained explained, most of these problems extend back to the "anti-drug hysteria" created by President Nixon, who signed the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. That statute lists marijuana alongside heroin and methamphetamine as a ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Letter to the editor
The Star BeaconMarch 27, 2017

Companies utilize programs set to help underprivileged communities for their own profitability's and claim they did not make a profit but they become an employee of the non-profit entity this allows them to pay themselves and operating cost straight ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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After helping to deport hundreds of undocumented immigrants, this lawyer is now fighting for them
Norwich BulletinMarch 27, 2017

"I say it's more complex than tax law because there is no TurboTax for immigration," Marks said. "It can be a tremendous advantage to the system to have someone knowledgeable about how both sides work." In the past year, Albamonte has represented 15 ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Croatia to submit law on corporate failures to parliament on Friday
ReutersMarch 31, 2017

The government has drawn up a new law which it hopes will prevent corporate financial problems from destabilizing the wider economy and financial system. "We're finalizing the details and the government will send the law today for parliamentary ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Puerto Rico Creditors Say Oversight Board Is Breaking the Law
Bond BuyerMarch 28, 2017

Holders and insurers of $11.9 billion of bonds sent a letter to the Puerto Rico Oversight Board arguing that its fiscal plan breaks the law by ignoring creditor rights. The letter, sent late Monday, was jointly prepared by representatives of the Ad Hoc ...more »

Public Offerings
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'This is a railroading on steroids' | Lawyers for Basil Eleby say blaming him is wrong
WXIA-TVApril 14, 2017

When he was charged with first-degree arson and criminal damage to property after the March 30 incident, a group of more than a dozen people and social justice/community organizations formed the Community Coalition in Support of Basil Eleby.more »

Customs Disputes
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Preparing for the American Society of International Law Annual Meeting of 2017
OUPblog (blog)March 27, 2017

The American Society of International Law's 111th Annual Meeting will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, from 12 April to 15 April, 2017. Sandra Day O'Connor once observed, “There is no shortage of lawyers in Washington ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Forbes Energy Services Announces Completion of Successful Restructuring Process
NasdaqApril 17, 2017

ALICE, Texas, April 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (the "Company" or "Forbes") today announced that the plan of reorganization (the "Plan") under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code of Forbes and its domestic ...more »

Debt Collection
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EDITORIAL: Lifting iron-clad secrecy - Editorial - The Jakarta Post
Jakarta PostMarch 27, 2017

EDITORIAL: Lifting iron-clad secrecy A man makes a transaction at a Bank Rakyat Indonesia ATM in Jakarta. (tempo.co/Eko Siswono Toyudho ) ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Professionals: First year success for Leeds professional risk business; Law firm rolls out employment mediation ...
The Business DeskApril 4, 2017

A Leeds-based professional indemnity (PI) specialist has exceeded its first-year targets and is on course to quadruple the size of the firm in three years. Since its launch 12 months ago, JM Glendinning's professional risks division has gone from zero ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Oil firm returns N62 billion to NNPC aftermath controversial crude swap deal under Jonathan
Premium TimesMarch 27, 2017

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, said on Monday it had reached a final settlement with AITEO Group over an outstanding $202.4 million (about N62 billion) debt in respect of under-delivery of petroleum products under the crude swap ...more »

Trade Associations
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Mike Yardley: Easter trading laws are a dog's breakfast
Stuff.co.nzMarch 27, 2017

The last legislative mess to mangle the law was inflicted in 1990, which is when garden centres lost the right to trade on Good Friday. Twenty-seven years on, the government's devolution of this issue to territorial councils doesn't address that ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Liability Insurance: Notice to Carrier Means Notice to Carrier
The National Law ReviewMarch 29, 2017

The court found that the carrier met its initial burden of establishing that plaintiffs failed to provide notice as a matter of law when its employee testified that it did not receive notice until nearly 17 months after the last date when plaintiffs ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Programming Models & Copyright Q&A
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)April 11, 2017

In a Watson & Band case concerning the video game Hearth Stone, the court ultimately invoked the Unfair Competition Law and supported the enforcement action protecting the game rules, even though games rules cannot be protected under the Copyright ...more »

False Advertising
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No False Advertising Where There Is No Injury or Statements Are Opinions
JD Supra (press release)April 2, 2017

Verisign sued, claiming the statements violated the Lanham Act's false advertising provisions. To prevail on its claims, Verisign would have to establish that (1) XYZ made a false or misleading statement of fact about its or Verisign's product(s), (2 ...more »

Venture Capital
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Local startups take lion's share of venture capital dollars invested statewide
South Florida Business JournalApril 12, 2017

South Florida was home to most of the largest venture capital transactions last quarter amid a continued uptick in investments statewide, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers released Wednesday. VCs invested just under $157 million in ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Nigeria: Controversy Trails Immigration E-Passport Contracts
AllAfrica.comMarch 26, 2017

There's a raging controversy over the e-passport contracts signed by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) with non-security firms which is ripping Nigeria billions of naira. The deal is generating heat over ... Insiders told Daily Trust on Sunday ...more »

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