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Feds Say Modular Space Disclosure Too Skimpy For Creditors
Law360 (subscription)February 1, 2017

The treatment of general unsecured creditors was particularly troubling to the U.S. attorney, who said that the language of the disclosure statement was unclear as to which groups of creditors will be paid in full and which will be impaired. Because ...more »

SIerra Law Enforcement Chaplains offer help in times of crisis ...
Folsom TelegraphFebruary 1, 2017

Have you ever wondered, “Who would be there to help us when tragedy strikes?” Besides public safety personnel, a unique non-profit organization has stepped ...more »

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Advertising
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Marissa E. Cwik
The National Law ReviewFebruary 2, 2017

The choice of a lawyer or other professional is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Attorney Advertising Notice: Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Statement in compliance with Texas Rules of ...more »

Federal Grants
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House Dissects Obamacare's Flaws, and Human Toll of Repeal
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (CN) – At a partisan slug fest Tuesday over the federal health care law, House Republicans blasted waste, fraud and abuse, while Democrats focused on the human cost of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act without a ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Fla. judge won't reconsider Ariz. shops' case; magistrate's suggests avenue for others' steering claims
Repairer Driven News (press release) (blog)February 1, 2017

At the federal level, Presnell felt that the Sherman Antitrust Act allegations didn't have enough evidence to support price-fixing, just insurers acting the same way as a competitor. “At most, they establish that the Defendants have engaged in ...more »

Foreign Investments
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New agency aims to attract foreign investment to Greater Toronto Area
The Globe and MailFebruary 3, 2017

Toronto and its surrounding municipalities are doubling down on efforts to entice foreign investment, with a new agency designed to pull new business and money into the region. The cities and regions of Greater Toronto will join the federal and Ontario ...more »

Franchising
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Labor Department Employees Revolt
DeadspinFebruary 2, 2017

Now, the very people he would supervise if he gets confirmed are speaking out against his business practices, his treatment of his own employees, and even his personal conduct. ... First, we are alarmed that Mr. Puzder has presided over a company, CKE ...more »

Banking Law
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Law enforcement announces charges in 81 cases involving 30K stolen IDs
South Florida Business JournalFebruary 1, 2017

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Wifredo Ferrer, along with officials from the IRS, FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies, on Tuesday announced the filing of federal charges against more than 100 defendants ...more »

Gaming Law
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VIGE announces new speaker, Sebastiaan de Vos(MailMike), Email Innovation talks
CalvinAyre.comFebruary 13, 2017

VIGE announces new speaker, Sebastiaan de Vos(MailMike), Email Innovation Talks Martin Arendts is an expert in gaming law, EU law and securities regulation. He studied law at the universities of Passau, Hamburg, Speyer and St Gallen. In 1995, Arendts ...more »

Business Formation
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Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes New Business Law Counsel
TAPinto.netFebruary 2, 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 »

Government Construction Contracts
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Chris Powell: Now even Malloy questions binding arbitration
New Haven RegisterFebruary 4, 2017

With even Gov. Dannel Malloy acknowledging that binding arbitration for municipal government employee union contracts may be a bit of a problem amid state government's worsening insolvency, maybe sensible change is coming to Connecticut. But what the ...more »

Business Law
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For entrepreneurs, health law changes may mean finding new jobs
Post-BulletinFebruary 3, 2017

But some of the nation's largest small business advocacy groups, including the National Federation of Independent Business and the National Small Business Association, oppose the ACA at least in part because of the costs of complying with the law.more »

Institutional Investing
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With A Stroke Of The Pen, Donald Trump Will Wave Goodbye To The Dodd Frank Act
ForbesFebruary 3, 2017

On Friday, the Trump administration will sign an executive order to dramatically scale back Dodd Frank. The Act, signed into law in 2010, re-shaped Wall Street and the American banking industry. For America's largest banks, it forced firms to undergo a ...more »

Commercial
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Will moon mining be BANNED? International space law could prevent billionaires from extracting precious metals from ...
Daily MailFebruary 3, 2017

As approved by the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation, the privately held Moon Express, headquartered in Cape Canaveral, plans to fly a suitcase-sized lander to the moon for a two-week mission this year, said the company founder and chief ...more »

Small DC Law Firm Maps Defense, Offense Plays Against Trump
Law.com (subscription)February 3, 2017

The public interest mission of Deepak Gupta's law firm in Washington is reflected in its three U.S. Supreme Court arguments this term—and it's the same mission that has drawn the small firm into the first significant suit against President Donald ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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How Uber and Airbnb changed the rules
Financial TimesFebruary 1, 2017

Today it is known for its brash disregard of rules. Yet originally the company focused on expensive, liveried black cars and declined to go into ride-sharing — in which unlicensed drivers carry passengers in their personal cars — on the grounds that ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Watchdog group that fought Catholic Church faces upheaval
Journal TimesFebruary 6, 2017

... 2006, file photo, Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP, speaks out at a news conference in Chicago after the Archdiocese of Chicago appointed a chancellor to oversee internal ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Waters: Negotiating commercial leases
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 6, 2017

John B. Waters III is a founding partner of Long, Ragsdale and Waters, P.C., and practices commercial real estate law in Knoxville. This column is provided through the Knoxville Bar Association, your trusted source for lawyer referrals. The KBA is a ...more »

International Transactions
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Run for Cover—IRS Unveils Initial “Campaigns” for Large Business and International Audits
The National Law ReviewFebruary 1, 2017

They're here! On January 31, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Large Business and International (LB&I) division released its much-anticipated announcement related to the identification and selection of campaigns. The initial list identifies 13 ...more »

Communications & Media
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TDS® acquires InterLinx Communications in Southern Utah
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 1, 2017

1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TDS Broadband Service LLC, a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., and operated by TDS Telecom (TDS®), announces the purchase of InterLinx Communications LLC and its subsidiary Tonaquint Networks LLC in Southern ...more »

Compulsory licensing provisions of new industrial property law
Lexology (registration)February 3, 2017

Article 129 of the new Law on Industrial Property Rights lists six circumstances where a compulsory licence may be granted. One of these is set out in Article 129(1)(a), under which a person may demand a compulsory licence on the grounds that the ...more »

Construction & Development
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Ninth Circuit's Recent Patent Local Rules Amendments: Elevating Damages Considerations to Same Level as ...
The National Law ReviewFebruary 2, 2017

In December 2000, that court adopted its Patent Local Rules, mandating early disclosure by the parties of their infringement and invalidity contentions followed by the orderly identification of claim terms and phrases requiring construction by the ...more »

Locating Funds
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Can Trump cut funds to UC Berkeley? Experts say not really
ReutersFebruary 3, 2017

And even if such a law were passed, Berkeley's situation would be highly unlikely to be affected, said Terry Hartle, vice president for Government and Public Affairs at the American Council on Education. That is because in Berkeley's case, the ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Mr. President: Don't Cave to Liberal Fearmongering. Protect Religious Freedom.
Daily SignalFebruary 2, 2017

It instructs all agencies of the federal government, “to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law,” to reasonably accommodate the religion of federal employees, as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Religious ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Newell Brands sales rise but miss expectations
MarketWatchFebruary 6, 2017

Revenue surged to $4.14 billion from $1.56 billion, primarily from the inclusion of sales from the $15 billion merger with Jarden Corp. Core sales -- which exclude contributions from acquisitions and divestitures as well as a negative impact from ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission and Clearfield County Settle Act 198 Funding Dispute
Gant DailyFebruary 2, 2017

The complaint alleged that 10 years of Act 198 was “missing.” Under Act 198, the county is required to impose and collect cost and assessments from criminal defendants convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, and ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Corporate lawyers prepare for battle over Trump's travel ban
Financial TimesFebruary 1, 2017

Some of the biggest corporate law firms — including Gibson Dunn; Hogan Lovells; Paul Weiss; Skadden Arps; Covington & Burling; Latham & Watkins, and Kirkland & Ellis — sent lawyers to US airports over the weekend to provide advice. They are turning ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Trump's Interests vs. America's, DC Hotel Edition
The AtlanticFebruary 1, 2017

In accordance with a plan that he and one of his lawyers, Sheri Dillon, laid out at a press conference on January 11, Trump has filed paperwork to remove himself from the day-to-day operation of his eponymous organization. ... (CREW has also filed a ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Hargreaves Lansdown breaks company law over dividend payments
Financial TimesFebruary 8, 2017

Hargreaves has been expanding from its origins as a do-it-yourself investment supermarket into a business offering a broader range of financial services. It also looks set to launch its cash deposit service later this year. The service, which will ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Long-awaited changes to restructuring rules in Slovakia
Lexology (registration)February 2, 2017

That trustee not only prepared the restructuring opinion recommending the debtor's viability, but the same trustee also decided – without effective recourse – which unsecured creditors would hold voting rights when deciding on the restructuring plan.more »

Public Offerings
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Class action lawsuit alleges Louisiana public defender funding system denies right to counsel
ABA JournalFebruary 7, 2017

Indigent defendants from Louisiana are so poorly served by the state's public defender system that their right to counsel is being violated, a lawsuit filed Monday alleges. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil ...more »

Customs Disputes
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US tax plan would break WTO rules, lawyers say, as EU business frets
ReutersFebruary 1, 2017

However, six trade lawyers with experience in litigating WTO disputes said they believed the plan would likely be deemed an unlawful subsidy on domestic goods, export subsidy or a de facto tariff on imports. All the lawyers, based in the United States ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Peabody Energy Corporation: Peabody Energy Announces Offering ...
The Wall Street TranscriptFebruary 1, 2017

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 1, 2017/PRNewswire/ -- Peabody Energy Corporation announced today that a special purpose wholly owned subsidiary of the company intends ...more »

Debt Collection
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Two leading bankruptcy attorneys join Warner Norcross & Judd
Midland Daily NewsFebruary 2, 2017

She is also a member of the Commercial Law League of America and the American Bankruptcy Institute, where she has held several leadership roles. She has been named to Best Lawyers in American and Super Lawyers of Michigan, earning a stop in the ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Local business owner remembers Greg Meagher before law enforcement
WRDW-TVFebruary 10, 2017

(WRDW/WAGT) -- Local business owner Charles Kelly fondly remembers Sgt. Greg Meagher, long before the late hero joined law enforcement. Kelly talked of the days Meagher helped him along with Bartley Payne, one of the pall bearers in the funeral, open ...more »

Debt Settlement
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What you need to know about 1099-C, the most hated tax form
WSOC CharlotteFebruary 2, 2017

McClary also noted that if this request doesn't work, “the IRS has a dispute process you can use. This requires that you reach out to the IRS and let them know you wish to submit a complaint about an incorrectly issued 1099-C. They will provide you ...more »

Trade Associations
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More Designers Add Design Patents to the Mix But What About Trade Dress?
The Fashion Law (blog)February 1, 2017

While trademark law, in its most traditional form, does not prove terribly useful in protecting the appearance of a design, a certain sect of it – trade dress – is particularly noteworthy. Given that trademark and trade dress protection – the latter of ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Attorneys without malpractice insurance must do self-assessment to decrease risk, ARDC says
Cook County RecordFebruary 2, 2017

Grogan points out that attorneys have mandatory CLE requirements to fulfill anyway, so it becomes a kind of win-win scenario. The assessment will provide four hours of free CLE, and although it's only required for attorneys without malpractice ...more »

Unfair Competition
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RIMOWA Wins Unfair Competition Cases in China
Lexology (registration)February 3, 2017

The Anti-Unfair Competition Law (“AUCL”) in China dictates in §5.1(2) that an act of “[using] the unique name, package, or ornament of the famous commodities, or [using] a similar name, package, or ornament of the famous commodities” is a means of ...more »

False Advertising
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Law Society clamps down on 'claims harvesting' websites
Irish TimesFebruary 8, 2017

The Law Society's regulation of practice committee has engaged a media monitoring company to examine online and print advertising to identify practices in violation of rules introduced in legislation in 2002. Claims harvesting – sometimes referred to ...more »

Venture Capital
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Venture capital firm Rough Draft sets eyes on Carnegie Mellon startups
CMU The Tartan OnlineFebruary 6, 2017

Carnegie Mellon is establising itself in the tech startup world. With futuristic research occurring in all of its departments, the university presents its students with virtually unlimited resources to create the country's most innovative technological ...more »

Federal Contracts
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The Latest: Administration lifts its hold on EPA contracts
News On 6February 3, 2017

Trump addressed last month's job report, which showed the U.S. economy adding 227,000 jobs and the unemployment rate at 4.8 percent. The report also says that more Americans started looking for work, although not all of them found jobs immediately.more »

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