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John Stoehr: Estate tax change makes no sense - Connecticut Post
CT PostJanuary 22, 2017

Estate tax change makes no sense The Senate president pro tem, who underwent a kidney transplant before striking a power-sharing agreement with Senate ...more »

In Debt and Afraid: Dealing With Debt Collectors
ABC NewsJanuary 22, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission, which enforces the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, also said debt collectors generate more complaints to its offices than any other industry. While many debt collectors are careful to comply with consumer protection ...more »

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Advertising
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Scali Law Firm Expands To Inland Empire
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 1, 2017

The Scali Law Firm's attorneys are thought leaders in the automotive industry, often called upon to provide their opinions on new and trending issues on auto distribution and franchise, F&I, employment and advertising issues. The Scali Law Firm also ...more »

Federal Grants
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$1.2bn Malabu scam: Court grants FG interim ownership of Dan Etete's oil blocs
VanguardJanuary 26, 2017

ABUJA —A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, granted an interim order awarding ownership of controversial Oil Prospecting Licence, OPL 245, owned by former Minister of Petroleum, Chief Dan Etete, to the Federal Government, pending ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Disney, Pixar Settle Animator Antitrust Row For $100M
Law360 (subscription)February 1, 2017

Disney, Pixar and Lucasfilm, along with Two Pic MC LLC, agreed to pay the money to settle allegations that they violated federal and state antitrust and unfair competition laws by entering into agreements with other companies in the animation industry ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Ireland votes in favour of law to become world's first country to fully ...
The IndependentJanuary 27, 2017

Ireland has voted to be the world's first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels. The Irish Parliament passed the historic legislation in a 90 to 53 vote ...more »

Franchising
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According to a Recent Study/Survey … End-of-January 2017 Edition
Modern Restaurant Management (registration)January 31, 2017

This is particularly noteworthy considering the fraud liability shift that took place in October 2015, mandating that merchants upgrade to EMV chip technology or accept increased liability for fraudulent transactions. Improvements in plug-and-play ...more »

Banking Law
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Man taken into custody after armed bank robbery in Billings
Billings GazetteJanuary 31, 2017

Billings police arrested a man driving a Honda Civic filled with cash at Shiloh Road and Broadwater Avenue after it was used in a suspected robbery at Valley Federal Credit Union. prev. next. A Billings-area man was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon ...more »

Gaming Law
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Following the money trail: Operation Reveal the Deal
Firstcoastnews.comFebruary 7, 2017

A $300 million illegal gambling business was brought down in Florida Spring 2013. Allied Veterans of the World ran 50 different gaming rooms in strip malls across the state allegedly selling internet time. Prosecutors and law enforcement called it ...more »

Business Formation
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Drinker Enters Dallas as Sedgwick Sheds 40 Lawyers in Texas, New Jersey
The American LawyerJanuary 27, 2017

Sedgwick acknowledged the partner exits in a press release on Wednesday, characterizing them as “efficiency adjustments” related to a “rapidly evolving national and international business climate.” Chairman Michael Healy said the firm is cooperating ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Give local gov't a smarter way to build big projects
NewsdayFebruary 5, 2017

Design-build is a method that allows government agencies to join the design and construction phases of a project under a single contract so that one entity is responsible. It's supposed to save time and money, while allowing for a cohesive ...more »

Business Law
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How the HR-7 Anti-Abortion Bill Will Hit Small Businesses
FortuneJanuary 25, 2017

Passage of the law would have implications for small businesses that purchase plans for employees. Right now, most employer-based health insurance covers abortions, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. If HR-7 becomes law, small businesses ...more »

Institutional Investing
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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders with Losses on their Investment in TG ...
ForexTV.comFebruary 11, 2017

NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against TG Therapeutics, Inc. (“TG Therapeutics” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:TGTX) and certain of its officers. The class action, filed in ...more »

Commercial
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The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017
Law360 (subscription)January 29, 2017

Law360, New York (January 28, 2017, 10:26 PM EST) -- In many quarters of the legal market, commercial litigation finance has become ubiquitous. In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since ...more »

Trump's Exclusion of Aliens from Specific Countries Is Legal
National ReviewJanuary 28, 2017

Federal immigration law also includes Section 1182(f), which states: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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New bankruptcy judge in Tacoma
Business Examiner (blog)January 31, 2017

A practicing attorney at Seattle firm Lane Powell since 1993, Heston's work has focused on contract, commercial litigation and transactions, and business bankruptcies, reorganizations, receiverships and workouts. Prior to joining the private sector ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Documents detail claims ex-Baylor coach Briles ignored sex assaults, kept football players on field
Fox NewsFebruary 3, 2017

Briles was fired last May after an internal investigation determined the football program acted as if it was "above the rules." That report said coaches and staff interfered with or tried to stifle investigations of sexual and physical assault. The ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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County Approves Lease With Airport Fixed-Based Operator
Jamestown Post JournalJanuary 26, 2017

P-J photo by Jimmy McCarthy. MAYVILLE — With legislative approval of a fixed-base operator and hangar lease agreement at the Jamestown Airport, county officials have declined to go with cost-cutting recommendations found in a study by an aviation ...more »

International Transactions
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Russia Considers Allowing Use of Cryptocurrency in the Unbanked Region of Crimea
CoinTelegraphFebruary 1, 2017

Bringing to the table cryptocurrency-based payment instruments and using it for international transactions was discussed among other initiatives to improve the banking climate on the peninsula. Eventually, however, this idea ... In December 2016 ...more »

Communications & Media
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President Trump Designates Ajit Pai As Chairman Of FCC
ForbesJanuary 23, 2017

But it is easy to describe broad themes of a Chairman Pai: follow the law, less regulation, and a folksy approach to government. Chairman Pai is a lawyer's lawyer. He becomes chairman with a deep understanding of communications law—he served for many ...more »

Fatal auto crashes in Oregon on the rise again
Statesman JournalFebruary 5, 2017

And while Oregon has put nine of those laws into place -- placing Oregon among the 10 best states -- there are six laws where the group believes the state falls short. Of those six, five are related to graduated driver licensing, the process of ...more »

Construction & Development
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Trump orders construction of border wall, threatens cuts to sanctuary cities
RTJanuary 25, 2017

The second order aims to empower Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and “strip federal grant money from sanctuary cities and states that harbor illegal immigrants,” according to Spicer. Federal agencies will “unapologetically enforce the law, no ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Evercore Partners Inc Class A (EVR) Moves Higher on Volume Spike for February 02
Equities.comFebruary 2, 2017

Evercore Partners Inc is an investment banking and investment management firm. It provides advice to clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic corporate transactions. Headquartered in New York, NY, Evercore Partners Inc Class A ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Behind the Court Case That Could Shut Down State Government
Chicago Tonight | WTTWJanuary 30, 2017

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 will continue voting through Feb. 18. A majority vote won't necessarily mean 38,000 workers will hit the picket line, but it authorizes the possibility. They could lose ... The ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Middle Township to consider ordinance requiring registration of vacant homes
Shore News TodayJanuary 23, 2017

In Franklin Township, a home anywhere in the foreclosure process triggers registration, he said. If the committee decides to pursue the ordinance, there are questions that need to be sorted out prior to passing a law, said Frank Corrado, the township ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Costco to pay $11.75 million in prescription settlement
Northern California RecordFebruary 3, 2017

Costco Wholesale has agreed to pay $11.75 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from allegations that its pharmacies violated the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) by filling prescriptions for controlled substances. The settlement was announced by ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Brenna A. Davenport
Employee Benefit Adviser (registration)February 2, 2017

... and administration of retirement, welfare, fringe, and executive compensation plans. In the area of business law, she advises small and midsize closely held corporate clients and non-profit entities regarding a broad range of corporate ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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When To Expect Your W-2, 1099 & More Tax Forms In 2017 (And What To Do If They're Missing)
ForbesJanuary 30, 2017

Tax season is open. That means most tax forms are either in the hands of taxpayers or in the mail. Here's what you need to know about tax form due dates and what to do if yours is late. The form that most folks care about is the form W-2, which has an ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Legal Services: Making Firm Allies
The Lane ReportFebruary 4, 2017

According to a November 2016 survey of corporate legal counsel by HBR Consulting, in-house budgets are up 1 percent for 2017, and their average budgeted tech spend is up 2 percent in the areas of document management, legal spend analytics and ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Indiana business' bankruptcy disrupts Kentucky bluegrass center's construction
WTHRFebruary 1, 2017

(AP) - Three weeks after the Indiana company that was building an Owensboro, Kentucky music center filed for bankruptcy, officials still aren't sure when work will resume on the $15.3 million facility. Construction on the International Bluegrass Music ...more »

Public Offerings
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Nevada attorney general wants stiffer penalties for insurance fraud in staged traffic crashes
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 15, 2017

CARSON CITY — Insurance fraud rings that stage traffic crashes to shake down drivers have drawn the attention of the Nevada attorney general's office. The office is backing a bill that would create stiffer penalties for people who stage motor vehicle ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Protesters block LAX traffic, face off with police as they rally against Trump's travel ban
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 29, 2017

Thousands of protesters converged on Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday to condemn President Trump's travel restrictions as attorneys filed court papers on behalf of those who were detained at the airport. ... Lindsay Toczylowski, an attorney ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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AstraZeneca Investors Nervous as Recovery Hinges on Success of New Meds, Key Drug Data
PharmaLive (press release) (subscription)February 2, 2017

As the company faces declining revenues, it has undertaken several steps to reorganize, including a restructuring plan and divesting itself of non-core assets. In 2016, Soirot announced the company was undergoing a restructuring plan to net savings of ...more »

Debt Collection
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Ohio Democrats want Donald Trump to make good on campaign pledge to rein in banks (video)
cleveland.comFebruary 2, 2017

The banking industry opposes reinstating the old law, with American Bankers Association President Rob Nichols arguing it would "restrain banks' ability to drive our economy forward." The bill to restore the old law didn't go anywhere when Kaptur ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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General Musings on Privacy
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)January 29, 2017

Privacy in the digital age has become a buzzword that few fully understand. Most clients understand privacy is important at a basic level, but don't full inform themselves as to what this means or how to fully take advantage of it. This post will cover ...more »

Debt Settlement
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BRIEF-Eshippers announces details of share consolidation, debt settlement, private placement
ReutersFebruary 1, 2017

Reuters is the news and media division of Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news ...more »

Trade Associations
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Is California climate law worsening pollution in communities of color?
89.3 KPCCFebruary 2, 2017

Jerry Brown sees the so-called cap and trade system of buying and selling pollution permits as key to cutting greenhouse gas emissions nearly in half by 2030. The California Chamber of Commerce calls it an illegal tax, and the program could collapse if ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Meet the Lawyer, 93, Who Tried the Torts Spring-Gun Case
Law.com (subscription)January 30, 2017

You don't get those things in secured transactions. Andrew McClurg has witnessed these two competing sides for a long time. The University of Memphis Law School professor—and creator of the wonderful website lawhaha.com, which takes a look at the ...more »

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

Plaintiff's complaint alleged that defendant, a competitor, improperly raided employees from plaintiff, and asserted claims of tortious interference, unfair competition, and civil conspiracy against defendant. .... Given the nature of the contentions ...more »

False Advertising
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Lawyers: Republican-Led FTC Positive Sign for Dietary Supplements
Natural Products INSIDER (blog)January 26, 2017

“We're not suggesting that … a new FTC should gut the new advertising requirements … but they should not be taking such an expansive view of how much science is required to support a claim," said Mister in a phone interview earlier this month before ...more »

Venture Capital
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Cleantech Venture Capital Roundup: Batteries and Smart Windows Pick Up Millions
Greentech MediaFebruary 6, 2017

Doerr has invested in some of venture capital's most famous successes (Google, Amazon, Sun, Intuit), as well as in some less than successful efforts (GO Corporation, MyCFO, Segway). He spearheaded KPCB's investment efforts in greentech, including ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Trump Admininstration Orders EPA Contract Freeze and Media Blackout
U.S. News & World ReportJanuary 25, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants, part of a broader communications clampdown within the executive branch.more »

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