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SC rejects plea to stay jallikattu law
The HinduFebruary 1, 2017

The interlocutory applications filed by the NGOs against the new Tamil Nadu law were part of their 2016 writ petitions. The Bench has given them two weeks to file fresh writ petitions challenging the Tamil Nadu amendments. The State government and ...more »

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Foreclosure fight
Finger Lakes TimesFebruary 1, 2017

Like many, she received notices about her loan being resold to another mortgage company; federal banking laws allow financial institutions to sell mortgages or transfer the servicing rights to other institutions. Consumer consent is not required. It's ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

Advertising
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Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP Commences Investigation on Behalf of Under Armour, Inc. Investors
Business Wire (press release)February 2, 2017

If you inquire by email please include your mailing address, telephone number and number of shares purchased. This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules.more »

Federal Grants
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Can the federal government really cut Berkeley's funding?
SalonFebruary 2, 2017

Maimie Voight, policy research vice president at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, said the federal government can shut off funding if it decides a college's academics aren't up to par or if it's involved in fraud or misconduct. “But there's ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Lawsuit: UFC says Nate Quarry's claims are past statute of limitations
Bloody ElbowFebruary 2, 2017

The class-action antitrust lawsuit brought against the UFC by former fighters Cung Le, Nate Quarry, Jon Fitch, Brandon Vera, Javier Vazquez, and Kyle Kingsbury has been in a bit of a slow period. It's currently in the middle of the discovery phase, but ...more »

Foreign Investments
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RECESSION: Foreign investment inflow down by $4.5bn in 2016
VanguardFebruary 2, 2017

ABUJA—There were indications that foreign investors largely shunned Nigeria's economy in 2016 as foreign investment inflow dipped by $4.52 billion to $5.12 billion, the lowest in nine years, according to data released, yesterday, by the National ...more »

Franchising
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Indiana reworking bill that critics say would bar Tesla
Indianapolis StarFebruary 2, 2017

Indiana lawmakers are reworking a bill after critics charged that it would sound the death knell of auto manufacturer Tesla's ability to sell cars in the state. After nearly two hours of testimony Wednesday, House transportation committee Chairman Ed ...more »

Banking Law
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A decade after Great Recession, bankers face fraud indictment
seattlepi.comFebruary 2, 2017

Not surprisingly, 2010 was a very bad year for Pierce Commercial Bank. It wasn't a good year for most who made a fortune in the ill-considered mortgage blitz that prompted the Great Recession. Pierce Commercial Bank's failure that fall was something of ...more »

Gaming Law
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Erie City Council supports new distribution formula for gambling ...
GoErie.comFebruary 1, 2017

City Councilman Bob E. Merski would like to see city, school district get a share of county gambling revenues.more »

Business Formation
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Credit-Card Thieves Move Online as Chips Thwart In-Store Fraud
BloombergFebruary 1, 2017

“There's a great deal of investment not only from StubHub peers, but also from the vendors,” said Joseph Asaro, head of operations for North America at StubHub, a unit of EBay Inc. “The vendors would not be investing so heavily if there's not great ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Missouri lawmakers push public construction restrictions
fox2now.comFebruary 17, 2017

(AP) – Missouri lawmakers are moving forward with proposals to end union-only contracts in public construction. Both the House and Senate on ... ban to all public construction. Republican Gov. Eric Greitens during his January State of the State speech ...more »

Business Law
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Former Vice President - Corporate Affairs and Secretary General of Hydro-Québec joins Langlois lawyers
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 6, 2017

6, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Langlois lawyers, llp is pleased to announce that Pierre-Luc Desgagné, former Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Secretary General of Hydro-Québec, will be joining its business law team effective February 6, 2017. ... Our ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Towards A UK Investment Act - 24 Jan 2017
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 2, 2017

In the context of a nationalist mood amongst voters and the perception that there is a gap to be filled in the UK's investment law, it is useful to look both at the recent history of UK foreign investment control and referable indicators from the legal ...more »

Commercial
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Lawyers: Sports agent, trainer deny Cuban player smuggling
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida-based sports agent and a trainer ran legitimate businesses aimed at getting Cuban baseball players to sign U.S. major league contracts but were not involved with smuggling players from the communist island or falsifying travel ...more »

Federal Court Rules Against Public.Resource.Org, Says Public Safety Laws Can Be Locked Behind Paywalls
EFFFebruary 6, 2017

... and posts online a wide variety of public documents including regulations that have become law through “incorporation by reference,” meaning that they are initially created through private standards organizations and later incorporated into federal ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Apple CEO Weighs Legal Action Against Trump's Travel Ban - NBC ...
NBCNews.comFebruary 1, 2017

In the latest move, Apple is considering taking legal action against Trump's ban, joining the ever-growing list of Fortune 500 companies who protest.more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Millville OKs hiring firm to probe emails
Vineland Daily JournalFebruary 1, 2017

MILLVILLE – City commissioners on Tuesday agreed to retain professional assistance to pursue an internal investigation into what is now described as an unauthorized, anonymous access to confidential emails about litigation matters involving municipal ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Fire-Torn SRO Gutted and Up for Sale, 3300 Club Ousted
Mission LocalFebruary 2, 2017

The commercial leases in the building are now terminated, while advocates for the residential tenants are working to ensure they exercise their right to return. “We just don't have the bandwidth to put it back together,” said Dipak Patel, who owns the ...more »

International Transactions
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Manufacturing in China: The Business Risks, Part 3
China Law Blog (blog)February 16, 2017

... the business risks foreign companies face when having Chinese factories manufacture their products. I noted how Renaud's list nicely accords with what our China lawyers tell our clients who retain my law firm to draft their Chinese manufacturing ...more »

Communications & Media
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Grand juries, transparency needed for police use-of-force cases
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2017

Every day law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to keep us safe. ... Although not as prevalent as the media has portrayed, officer-involved fatal force cases do occur and occasionally these difficult cases need to be investigated by a ...more »

State unable to measure how many addicts find recovery
NewHampshire.comFebruary 4, 2017

CONCORD — The chief House budget-writer said he was alarmed to learn Friday that state officials are unable to say how many of the 10,000 substance abusers receiving Medicaid health insurance got into recovery or had overdoses after they were on ...more »

Construction & Development
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Israel/OPT: Flurry of settlement activity shows flagrant disregard for international law
Amnesty InternationalFebruary 1, 2017

The Israeli authorities' authorization of the construction of 3,000 further illegal settlement homes in the occupied West Bank today - the fourth such announcement within weeks - highlights their shocking willingness to flout international law, said ...more »

Locating Funds
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Texas Rep Asks DOJ to Pull Funds from Sanctuary County
Breitbart NewsFebruary 8, 2017

U.S. Representative John Culberson asked the Department of Justice to certify Travis County as a sanctuary jurisdiction and declare it ineligible for federal law enforcement grants. The move by the Texas congressmen follows a declaration by the Travis ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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In the wake of Executive Orders restricting immigration, HLS clinic provides legal support and advocacy
Harvard Law School NewsFebruary 2, 2017

For example, students have researched and drafted memoranda concerning constitutional challenges to a Muslim registry or ban, litigation strategies to remove the Safe Third Country Agreement between the United States and Canada, and the legality of ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Gibson Dunn To Launch Energy-Focused Houston Office
Law360 (subscription)February 7, 2017

They handle corporate work including public and private mergers and acquisitions, asset acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures; debt and equity capital markets, finance and restructuring, master limited partnerships and MLP tax matters and ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Police Log Feb. 6, 2017
Elko Daily Free PressFebruary 7, 2017

Joshua L. Bersane, 32, of Orange County, California, was arrested at the Elko County Jail for trafficking a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act. Bail: $260,000. _____. Ronald T. Bollinger, 53, of Elko was ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 16 SP 197 No. 33711 February 22, 2017 March 1, 2017
The MountaineerFebruary 22, 2017

Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Five Questions With Rick Healey on Real Estate Law, Jail Overcrowding
Connecticut Law TribuneFebruary 1, 2017

Among his areas of practice are corporate, finance, real estate, employment and education law; civil and commercial litigation; election law; and bond underwriter representation. Healey joined Hoberman & Pollack, the predecessor of Rome McGuigan, as a ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Weare police contracts up for debate at deliberative session
Concord MonitorFebruary 2, 2017

Much has been done already since hiring current Weare police Chief Sean Kelly in June 2015, Clow said, such as getting the department certified through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, a nonprofit corporation that provides ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Former Michael Kors General Counsel Lee S. Sporn Joins Olshan
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 1, 2017

"Olshan's intellectual property law and corporate clients include renowned international brands across a broad range of industries including fashion and luxury brands, and Lee's extensive experience, which also encompasses labor and employment matters, ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Alt. GC: Survival of the Most Adaptable
Metropolitan Corporate CounselFebruary 14, 2017

It's “quite widespread” for an emerging market, the report says, with 50 percent of law firms and 60 percent of corporate law departments now working with ALSPs. To be sure, most of those engagements are for commoditized work – low-risk and high-volume ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Audio: LA immigration attorneys hit wall of silence with LAX customs ...
89.3 KPCCFebruary 1, 2017

Protesters gathered at LAX on Sunday at Bradley International Terminal to protest President Trump's executive order temporarily banning migrants from 7 ...more »

Public Offerings
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Bill to provide immigration law resources for public defenders across California is advanced by Assembly committee
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 7, 2017

Public defender's offices across California are in need of immigration law training and resources, a demand that a state lawmaker says has been made more pressing under President Donald Trump and his threat of massive deportations. Speaking before ...more »

Debt Collection
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Fintech sector fears dilution of EU 'open banking' legislation
Financial TimesFebruary 1, 2017

“If it goes ahead as currently written it will not create open banking as the law originally envisaged,” said Sebastian Siemiatkowski, chief executive of Klarna, a Swedish online payments company. “If it gets passed in its current form, some banks will ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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When Entity Simplification Is Not So Simple
The Tax AdviserFebruary 2, 2017

However, an often-overlooked caveat to entity simplification, if unheeded, can lead to headaches down the road and should be vetted thoroughly before undertaking any corporate, intra-group restructuring: the effect of carrying over earnings and profits ...more »

Debt Settlement
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CashCall to pay $15 mln in settlement with Virginia attorney general ...
ReutersFebruary 1, 2017

Consumer lender CashCall has agreed to pay $15.3 million to settle claims by Virginia's attorney general that it engaged in a "rent-a-tribe" scheme, linking up ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes New Business Law Counsel
TAPinto.netFebruary 3, 2017

The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to welcome new Counsel John P. Maloney to its Business Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Groups. Maloney comes to Norris McLaughlin & Marcus from Chiesa Shahinian ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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NY labor law 2017: Exempt salaries, past pay, police liability
Business Management DailyFebruary 1, 2017

This month brings timely reminders for busy employers that may have missed important new announcements in the midst of the presidential transition and Department of Labor overtime regulation litigation.more »

Trade Associations
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John Marshall's International Law and ADR Programs Rated Among the Best in the Country
Digital JournalFebruary 10, 2017

"With the ever-changing international landscape, it is more essential than ever that lawyers have a grounding in the world of international business and trade law. The John Marshall LLM in International Business & Trade Law introduces our students not ...more »

False Advertising
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One More Reason to Call a Sweepstakes Lawyer
Lexology (registration)February 6, 2017

Well-planned promotions can help protect contest and sweepstakes sponsors from substantial liability. Additionally, a sweepstakes lawyer can help promotion sponsors address a number of other legal concerns related to contest rules, lotteries ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Unpublished Opinions for the Week of February 6, 2017
New Jersey Law JournalFebruary 2, 2017

After plaintiff filed his breach of contract and negligence claim against defendants, defendants brought a third-party complaint against A Plus for breach of contract and negligence, and a manufacturing defect claim against Polyglass. The court ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Border Wall, Rule Squeeze, Travel Ban in Trump's Next Barrage of Orders
Engineering News-Record (subscription)February 1, 2017

30 Trump executive order mandating the elimination of two regulations for each new one brought a level of satisfaction to some construction-sector groups that claim firms and projects have struggled to keep up with the compliance load. “The president ...more »

Venture Capital
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Scania Launches Corporate Venture Capital Fund - FinSMEs
FinSMEs (blog)February 2, 2017

Scania launches corporate venture capital fund to invest in digitalization, autonomous vehicles, connectivity, hybridization, renewable fuels and smart factory ...more »

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