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CVB Attorney Threatens Legal Action If Commissioner Boyd Has Any Further "Breaches Of Confidentiality': Boyd Says ...
The ChattanooganApril 1, 2017

Attorney Phillip Whitaker said if there are any additional "breaches of confidentiality" that the CVB will pursue legal action. Commissioner Boyd said, "This letter is just another example of how the CVB wants to keep their financials from going public ...more »

Experts say LePage's pardon of dog reflects evolution in animal law ...
Press HeraldApril 1, 2017

The governor has broad authority to issue clemency, but a judge will have to decide if that applies to a Siberian Husky. By Madeline St. AmourMorning Sentinel.more »

Business Law News and Stories

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WAC SHAREHOLDER ALERT: The Law Offices of Vincent Wong Notifies Investors of Walter Investment Management ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)April 3, 2017

... Vincent Wong, Esq. is an experienced attorney that has represented investors in securities litigations involving financial fraud and violations of shareholder rights. Attorney ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Should Rio Cosumnes jail continue holding undocumented immigrants for the feds? Sheriff Jones says yes
Sacramento BeeApril 4, 2017

Jones' department receives $100 each day per inmate from the federal government, receiving a maximum of $30.1 million over the five-year contract. ... The agency also houses inmates at four privately operated jails in the state, according to its database.more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Insurers' Antitrust Exemption In Crosshairs Again As Part of Potential Health Care Overhaul
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)April 1, 2017

The Act amends the 1945 McCarran-Ferguson Act, which provides that federal antitrust laws, such as the Sherman Act and Clayton Act, do not apply to the "business of insurance." McCarran-Ferguson allows states to regulate insurance, as state regulation ...more »

Federal Grants
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Catholic Charities honored for federal grant proposal to aid victims of abuse and assault
Manchester Ink Link (press release) (registration) (blog)April 4, 2017

The award-winning proposal was for a $60,000 federal grant through the New Hampshire Department of Justice's Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). CCNH successfully earned funding for specialized legal services for immigrant and refugee victims of domestic ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Investment fund, irked over Trump representation, fires Morgan Lewis
Philly.comApril 2, 2017

A prominent, left-leaning investment fund has fired the Center City law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP for its defense of President Trump's refusal to fully disengage from his business empire. H. Scott Wallace, cochair of the Wallace Global Fund ...more »

Banking Law
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Prosecutors question role of Kansas City lawyers in Scott Tucker payday loan case
Kansas City StarApril 3, 2017

A New York grand jury in February 2016 indicted Tucker, along with Muir, an Overland Park attorney not affiliated with McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan but who handled Tucker's business affairs. They are charged with extending deceptive loans, unlawful ...more »

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AAFD Names Griswold Homecare its 2017 Franchisor of the Year
Blue MauMauApril 7, 2017

AAFD Chairman Robert Purvin cited Griswold's new franchise agreements and its embrace of a culture of collaboration with the Griswold Home Care Franchisee Association (GHCFA) as the driving impetus for the AAFD's recognition. “The AAFD is pleased to ...more »

Business Formation
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Corporate Payments Still Attracting Fraudsters
CFOApril 4, 2017

As to the means of fraud, 75% of organizations experienced check fraud last year and 46% were targets of wire transfer fraud. Other payment methods commonly targeted were corporate and commercial credit card accounts (32%), ACH debits (30%), and ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Contract Briefs
Aerotech News (blog)April 19, 2017

... Calif., (N62473-17-D-4638), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award small business set-aside construction contract for new construction, repair, and renovation of general building construction at various ...more »

Business Law
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Keith Miller: Florida's small businesses need protections in state law
Florida Politics (blog)April 4, 2017

Two Orlando residents are out $8 million after a large, out-of-state corporation forced their local businesses to shut down. The local entrepreneurs were originally enticed by the corporation to open 10 Mexican-themed fast food restaurants in the ...more »

Institutional Investing
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DivinaLaw's dynamic lawyering makes it one of the Philippines' top legal firms
South China Morning PostApril 5, 2017

... 2016 by Corporate LiveWire Awards; Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year for 2016 by Asian Legal Business Philippine Law Awards; and the country's Investment Law Firm of the Year for 2016 and 2017 and Commercial Litigation Law Firm for 2017 ...more »

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IUK business professor dies
Kokomo TribuneApril 3, 2017

Krabbenhoft said Carrigan brought with him a wealth of experience as a lawyer and professor. Before he began teaching at IUK, he taught at the University of Findlay and Notre Dame, and he was a practicing attorney. Carrigan had a knack for taking ...more »

Canadian Appeals Court Says Vice Media Must Turn Over Communications With Source To Law Enforcement
TechdirtApril 3, 2017

Not only would it deter journalists from speaking to sources who might, at some point in the future, face criminal charges, but it also would deter sources from speaking to journalists for fear their cover might be blown by law enforcement court orders.more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Payless ShoeSource files for bankruptcy, will close 400 stores
Florida Times-UnionApril 4, 2017

“As part of its Chapter 11 restructuring, Payless is examining what steps must be taken to ensure the long-term success of the business,” said spokeswoman Meghan Spreer in response to questions about how the bankrtupcy will affect Topeka employees. “We ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Police: Two Delray officers placed on leave during internal...
Palm Beach PostApril 14, 2017

A Delray Beach police representative confirmed today that two police officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal affairs investigation. The two unidentified officers were involved in two separate incidents ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Law Firm Signs on As KPMG Plaza's Seventh Tenant
D MagazineApril 4, 2017

San Francisco-based Sedgwick LLP leases a spec suite spanning 4,000 square feet in Dallas' Arts District. By Lily Corral Published in Commercial Real Estate April 3, 2017 9:41 pm. KPMG Plaza at HALL Arts, located in the Dallas Arts District, announced ...more »

International Transactions
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Germany can be sued for the return of Guelph Treasure, US court decides
Art NewspaperApril 4, 2017

Germany will have to defend itself in US court for the first time over art allegedly looted by the Nazis, following a 31 March ruling by a Washington, DC federal judge that denied the country's motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to recover the Guelph ...more »

Communications & Media
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'Jihadi cool': How ISIS switched its recruitment and social media master plan
Fox NewsApril 4, 2017

U.K. Counterterrorism police have said his communications are the main line of inquiry in the investigation, although thus far authorities have been unable to access those messages due to the secretive software. Nonetheless, a spokesperson for the ...more »

WATCH: Lowcountry artist turning Isle of Palms bathroom from eyesore to artwork
ABC NEWS 4April 7, 2017

Attorneys for three downtown tour guides argue Charleston's licensing law is unconstitutional. Those tour operators believe there isn't a need to limit what they say. "Its highly unusual," said attorney Arif Panju. "Most cities across the country don't ...more »

Construction & Development
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Landmark Federal Court Decision Extends Workplace Discrimination Protections to Lesbian and Gay People
YubaNetApril 5, 2017

The decision—which came in Lambda Legal's case on behalf of Kimberly Hively, an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College who was fired for being a lesbian—makes the Seventh Circuit the highest federal court to reach this conclusion and could change ...more »

Locating Funds
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New York to provide lawyers for immigrants facing deportation
CNNMoneyApril 13, 2017

Undocumented immigrants in New York who can't afford a lawyer and are facing deportation will soon have access to free legal counsel. The New York governor's office said last week that it is allocating $10 million in its fiscal 2018 budget toward ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Local Referendums on the Ballot
WDJTApril 4, 2017

Under state law, if a municipality imposes a new fee or charge to pay for garbage collection services that had been funded by the municipality must reduce its tax levy limit by an amount equal to the total estimated revenue from the new fee, unless ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Greenhill & Co. (GHL) to Repurchase $75 million in Shares
Markets DailyApril 24, 2017

The Company provides financial and strategic advice on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, financings, capital raising and other transactions to a diverse client base, including corporations, partnerships, ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Ex-Seahawk fights team over painkiller handouts that kept him playing NFL games while hurt
The Seattle TimesApril 7, 2017

League spokesman Brian McCarthy issued a statement calling the allegations meritless: “The NFL clubs and their medical staffs are all in compliance with the Controlled Substances Act.” McCarthy said the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was ...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 »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Obituary: Robert Montague, attorney and veteran, dies at 73
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 1, 2017

Montague spent the bulk of his legal career practicing securities law and corporate finance at Robins Kaplan after moving the family to the Twin Cities in the mid-1980s and spent much of his career working for Best Buy. That meant a steady diet of late ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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'The Art of Practicing Law: A Practical Guide for Lawyers' is Released
Broadway WorldApril 11, 2017

The book is written to help lawyers master the art of practicing law, whether they are in private practice, in government agency practice, or working in-house for a business corporation or a non-profit organization. Law students reading this book will ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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hhgregg. RadioShack. Now Payless | Protect yourself when stores file bankruptcy
WCNCApril 8, 2017

It's not just bad for business in Northeast Ohio, but it can mean big problems for the people who shop there. What do you do when a business goes belly-up and they still have your money, goods or ... card, not a debit card…and I hate to say it…not ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI) Announces Prepackaged Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization Confirmed by Court
StreetInsider.comApril 7, 2017

“The Court's confirmation of our Prepackaged Plan represents a significant step toward completing our successful financial restructuring,” said Richard Carty, Bonanza Creek's President and Chief Executive Officer. “We will emerge as a strong and ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Australian customs find shoe boxes filled with venomous snakes
AsiaOneApril 5, 2017

But the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources also saw the lighter side. "This detection appears to be a clear attempt to get around the rules that are in place to protect us all," said Lyn O'Connell, a department official responsible for ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Businesses can take steps to avoid employment law violations
Denver Business JournalApril 7, 2017

Steven Gutierrez is a partner and labor and employment law attorney at Holland and Hart. Kathleen Lavine / Denver Business Journal. New regulations indicate heightened interest by the EEOC in aggressively investigating discrimination claims and is one ...more »

Debt Collection
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Schenectady Co. plans waste collection days
The Daily GazetteApril 3, 2017

SCHENECTADY COUNTY -- Chances are, most homeowners have old cans of paint, cleaning supplies or other chemicals in their basements or garages -- the kind of stuff they know could be harmful, but that they don't know how to dispose of properly.more »

Trade Associations
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Russian brokerages freely trade sanctioned shares
Financial TimesApril 5, 2017

“Otkritie Broker provides access to securities trading in full compliance with the demands of the law. This includes the US Treasury's ban on US persons and legal entities trading securities,” Otkritie said in a statement. “At the current time, none of ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Attorney N. James Turner Wins Settlement for Client Whose Car was Repossessed
BenzingaApril 4, 2017

Turner filed the lawsuit under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act. The lawsuit alleged that Ayangwo's 2007 Dodge four-door sedan was repossessed by Regional Acceptance Corporation based upon an ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Third Circuit Won't Shunt 'Pay-For-Delay' Cases to Special Court
Bloomberg BNAApril 17, 2017

The Third Circuit said the plaintiffs' claims that the drugmakers engaged in illegal reverse payments and lied to the U.S. Patent Office didn't arise under patent law, so they don't belong before the Federal Circuit. The court said that, based on that ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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When Does Data Breach Liability Extend To The Boardroom?
Law360 (subscription)April 3, 2017

As a rising number of companies experience data breaches, director liability lawsuits have inevitably followed. Thus far, however, these suits have been uniformly unsuccessful, failing to move past the motion-to-dismiss stage. Nevertheless, despite a ...more »

Venture Capital
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Companies Raise $17.3B in U.S. Venture Capital Funding in Q1'17: KPMG Report
PR Newswire (press release)April 11, 2017

NEW YORK, April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With much of the uncertainty from 2016 subsiding in the U.S., there are signs of optimism in the venture capital (VC) market as total investment in the first quarter of 2017 reached $17.3B across 1,809 deals, ...more »

False Advertising
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Legal Risks In Promotion and Advertising: Q&A
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)April 10, 2017

This practice not only misled consumers, but also disrupted normal market order in the industry. To address this, the Advertising Law listed examples of "false + unfair competition" advertisements in Article 7 (Article 9 in the amended version), which ...more »


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