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Death, David James Swartz, Henderson resident, 55
York News-TimesApril 1, 2017

He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Janet Bright of Fairmont; brother-in-law, Steven (Debbie) Bright and niece, Destiny Bright all of La Crescenta, Calif.; sister-in-law, Sandra Bright and significant other, Jerry Bello of Stamford, Conn.; father ...more »

Builders' contracts 'draconian' and unfair to homeowners, expert John Green says 1, 2017

John Green from the Building Disputes Tribunal, which handles around 85 per cent of adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act, says homeowners with their eyes firmly fixed on creating their dream home are just accepting contracts as if they ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's week of feints and false advertising
York DispatchApril 1, 2017

THE FACTS: Trump again creates a false linkage between the pipelines he approved and his intended policy on future pipelines. When he signed memoranda reviving the Keystone XL project blocked by Obama and approving completion of Dakota Access, ...more »

Federal Grants
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Rolling Fork mayor's trial delayed in home repair fraud case
Miami HeraldApril 3, 2017

They controlled a nonprofit that disbursed grants to contractors. Walker's October 2015 indictment charges him with submitting a false invoice for $5,800 in unnecessary home repairs on a Rolling Fork home, and conspiring with Williams to get paid.more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Justice Department shields Trump's anti-trust nominee's emails from ...
Raw StoryApril 5, 2017

How the Trump administration will enforce antitrust law remains an open question, but don't expect the Department of Justice to willingly provide many clues.more »

Foreign Investments
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Tax Law Discourages Development of Vertical Mixed-Use Buildings
Daily Business Review (registration)April 5, 2017

Therefore, the absence of separate folios for each individual parcel within a vertical subdivision renders it difficult, if not impossible, to separately finance each individual component of a vertical mixed-use project. There have been previous ...more »

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Sarasota Herald-TribuneApril 3, 2017

Carrie Collins has joined the Sarasota Community Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. Collins is a third-generation owner of Aladdin Equipment Co. She also serves as the director of e-commerce with the company. She is actively involved ...more »

Banking Law
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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 »

Gaming Law
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Lawsuit challenges consitutionality of Illinois' video-gaming law
The State Journal-RegisterApril 4, 2017

Illinois is the only one of six states where video gaming is legal, according to the complaint, that sets profit-sharing by law and that prohibits local ownership of gambling machines. Allowing bars, restaurants and gambling parlors to negotiate profit ...more »

Business Formation
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SLP review will need to ensure legitimate Scottish partnerships can thrive while tackling criminal activity
Law Society of Scotland (press release) (blog)April 4, 2017

In its response to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's call for evidence on limited partnership law, the Law Society has said that any measures introduced to prevent criminals using Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLP) should ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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A Time for Choosing: Will Trump Side with Taxpayers or Unions?
Competitive Enterprise Institute (blog)April 12, 2017

The Davis-Bacon Act is a Depression-era law that bars contractors from paying their workers anything under the local prevailing wage, which is normally equal to the union rate in the area, when working on federally funded or assisted construction ...more »

Business Law
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I-9 Paperwork Burdens Too Much for Small Businesses
SHRMApril 3, 2017

Form I-9 requirements confound small businesses and often result in costly errors, said an HR consultant testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives' Small Business Committee on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).more »

Institutional Investing
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Dubai infrastructure investment firm in talks for Cairo project
ZawyaApril 11, 2017

Last week, Mohmmed Khodeir, CEO of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones, told Zawya, a Thomson Reuters-owned website, that the state's new investment law, which is due to be approved by the Egyptian parliament in a few weeks, would ...more »

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Trump Lawyer Confirms President Can Pull Money From His Businesses Whenever He Wants
ProPublicaApril 4, 2017

Trump's lawyer explained that the president “was completely isolating himself from his business interests.” The setup has long been slammed as insufficient, far short of the full divestment that many ethics experts say is needed to avoid conflicts of ...more »

Squire Patton Boggs Strikes Alliance With Trump's Lawyer
The American LawyerApril 3, 2017

The firm, which saw its gross revenue and partner profits rise in 2016, already lobbies Congress and regulatory agencies on behalf of corporate clients, be they in the financial services, health care or transportation industries. Three of Squire Patton ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Corporate Scorecard, The Methodology
The American LawyerApril 3, 2017

Corporate Finance is a collection of subspecialties, and our scorecard ranks firms within those areas. Unless otherwise noted, data includes only public, registered, underwritten offerings or deals transacted in the previous calendar year, including ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Springfield, Mass., Internal-Affairs Report Reveals Missing Video, Contradictory Testimony by Officers in Alleged ...
The RootApril 6, 2017

An internal-affairs investigation into an alleged fight outside a bar in Springfield, Mass., involving off-duty Springfield police officers, resident Paul Cumby and three other men has brought to light new information, including missing video footage ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Lawyer Kenneth Eade Opens New Website
WebWire (press release)April 4, 2017

His previous experience over the past 30 years includes licensing, mergers and acquisitions, securities, collections, real estate, and bankruptcy. He holds a Juris Doctor in Law from Southwestern University School of Law, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies ...more »

International Transactions
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Milbank Advises International Banks in Chevron's Sale of Indonesian Renewable Assets
Yahoo FinanceApril 3, 2017

SINGAPORE, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In another major power, energy and natural resources transaction in Asia, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP advised a group of international banks in connection with the multi-billion dollar acquisition of ...more »

Communications & Media
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Government 'seriously considering' how to deal with fake news: Shanmugam
Channel NewsAsiaApril 3, 2017

SINGAPORE: The Government is "seriously considering" how to address the fake news issue and will announce its position upon completion of a review, said Minister of Law K Shanmugam in Parliament on Monday (Apr 3). ... “For example, it is an offence ...more »

'Campus carry' law positioned to change upon approval of 'constitutional carry' bill
UT The Daily TexanApril 17, 2017

House Bill 375 would eliminate the requirement to obtain a license and complete gun safety classes in order to carry a handgun. The bill's provisions would extend to public college campuses. The “campus carry” law, which went into effect Aug. 1, 2016 ...more »

Construction & Development
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Atlanta, California law firms merge
Atlanta Business ChronicleApril 4, 2017

It represents domestic and international clients in commercial litigation, insurance law, government law, business law, and employment law. The firm was founded in 1936. ... Paul Bigley is now FMG's California Managing Partner. "Our firms share the ...more »

Locating Funds
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Cold Case Justice Initiative co-directors respond to letter from law dean
The Daily OrangeApril 10, 2017

We welcome a meeting to create a memorandum of understanding that recognizes the Cold Case Justice Initiative as a Syracuse University College of Law project and as such enables us to raise funds and provide opportunities for law students and others to ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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KC voters approve lower penalty for pot possession: $25 fine and no jail
Kansas City StarApril 5, 2017

In the run-up to the election, some city officials warned that the city's contract with Legal Aid says that only defendants facing possible jail time are entitled to an attorney, free of charge, if they can't afford their own. In city court, defendants ...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 »

Controlled Substances Law
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LAW & ORDER: Hastings woman arrested for grand theft auto, drug charges
St. Augustine RecordApril 4, 2017

Kayla Marie Hunter, 32, was booked into the St. Johns County jail on charges of grand theft auto and carrying a concealed weapon, as well as three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, two counts of possession of drug ...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 »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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LankaWeb – IMF trying to 'foist' Ghana's tax laws on Sri Lanka ...
LankawebApril 1, 2017

The proposed new Inland Revenue Act has run into stiff opposition from key industry players, who described the controversial move to replace the existing law, ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Glory Days: Law School Reflects on 40 Years of Playing Ball
University of VirginiaApril 5, 2017

Today, the 40-year-old league, often simply referred to as NGSL, is a nonprofit corporation that runs fall and spring softball seasons at the Law School. The league also hosts the UVA Law Softball Invitational each spring, in which about 115 softball ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Most Lucrative Energy Job? Some Say It's CEO of a Bankrupt Company
Wall Street Journal (subscription)April 3, 2017

Michael Watford, the CEO, and other employees at the Houston company are sharing 7.5% of the Ultra's new shares, a fairly typical cut awarded to managers of companies emerging from bankruptcy protection to incentivize them to stick around. Bankrupt.more »

Professional Corporations
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The 2017 Corporate Scorecard
The American LawyerApril 3, 2017

Corporate Scorecard is published by The American Lawyer each April and details the performance of the U.S. law firms with the most active corporate finance and capital markets practices. The information, which is culled by a number of third-party ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Tackling Wildlife Trafficking: Legal Tools and Tactics
Whistleblowers Protection Blog (blog)April 3, 2017

The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) hosted the second part of its seminar series on wildlife crime whistleblowers on March 28th, 2017. “Representing Wildlife Whistleblowers: Technical Skills for Lawyers” ...more »

Public Offerings
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Former public defender explains why we need to go further on ... - PBS
PBS NewsHourApril 20, 2017

Based in part on the author's experience as a public defender in Washington, D.C., a new book, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” ...more »

Debt Collection
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Vermont Lawyer Jean Murray Takes on the Debt-Collection Industry
Seven DaysApril 5, 2017

Murray goes to bat for those Vermonters and wins by showing judges that the plaintiffs, who are often large corporations that specialize in collecting bad debts, lack the goods to proceed. They "just don't have the evidence," she said. Murray didn't ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Engie: Ready To Profit Early From Reorganizations - ENGIE SA ...
Seeking AlphaApril 4, 2017

Engie has been decreasing in value and has lost 329% since its highest price point in 2008. The company is having troubles attaining positive earnings and ...more »

Debt Settlement
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IRS using private debt collectors, could be confusing for some
Valley News LiveApril 3, 2017

The legitimate collectors must follow the Fair Debt Collections Privacy Act, which bans abusive behavior, deceptive behavior, and unfair practices. They will have to be courteous and respect taxpayer rights. The IRS will also give taxpayers written ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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The Typewriter, The Phonograph Record, And The Practice And Business Of Law
Above the LawApril 11, 2017

At Bloomberg BNA, we often talk about how the Bloomberg Law platform enables our users to leverage technology, data and analytics, and AI to change the way they practice law and engage in the business of law. We are not alone. A number of companies ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Tailored coverage — and expert help — mitigate life sciences company risks
Smart Business NetworkApril 1, 2017

Most boards of life sciences companies require director's and officer's liability insurance to protect against shareholder and other litigation because personal assets are on the line. Another unique risk comes from conducting clinical trials on humans ...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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Lawyer: Judge Orders Damages in Massive Disability Scheme
U.S. News & World ReportApril 5, 2017

(AP) — 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 ...more »

Venture Capital
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Democratization of venture capital with Initial Coin Offerings - an interview with Brock Pierce
Moneycontrol.comApril 10, 2017

"This [an ICO] can make traditional venture capital companies obsolete in the coming few years. Every industry eventually gets disrupted, venture capital hasn't been disrupted. So VCs invest in innovation and they finance the disruption of industry but ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Unfair contract terms and e-commerce under Italian law: an issue on the way to a solution?
Lexology (registration)April 3, 2017

Companies doing business in Italy have to face the peculiarities of Italian law on B2B contracts regulated by general terms and conditions drafted by one of the parties: the relevant provisions of law date back to 1942, the year in which the Italian ...more »


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