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California judge upholds public utility's subscriber data sharing
Northern California RecordFebruary 1, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California ordered last fall that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) could hand over requested confidential subscriber information to The Utility Reform Network (TURN ...more »

Longtime newspaperman Don Law remembered as 'Friend of Aiken'
Aiken StandardFebruary 1, 2017

He was president of the Historic Aiken Foundation and a member of the City of Aiken Historic Preservation Commission. Law was a former member of the board of the South Caroliniana Society. As a hobby, he collected books on subjects related to South ...more »

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Advertising
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California consumer accuses Presidio of false advertising
Legal News LineFebruary 2, 2017

... of California against Presidio Brands Inc. alleging the defendant obtained profit through unfair or deceptive trade or commerce, violating the California's Consumers Legal Remedies Act, the Unfair Competition Law, the False Advertising Law, and ...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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Disney Makes $100 Million Settlement with Animation Workers in Hollywood Studio Antitrust Lawsuit
Animation World Network (press release) (registration) (blog)February 1, 2017

Disney has agreed to a $100 million settlement in the class-action lawsuit filed in December 2014 claiming that it and other Hollywood studios violated antitrust laws by conspiring to suppress the wages of animation and VFX artists. According to a ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Budget 2017: FIPB Abolished, Foreign Investors To Get Single-Window Clearance
BloombergQuintFebruary 1, 2017

The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) was initially constituted under the Prime Minister's Office in the wake of the economic liberalisation of the early 1990s. After over 25 years of its existence, the body responsible for processing foreign ...more »

Franchising
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Lexington college planning company ranked in top 100 among franchises
The Lane ReportFebruary 2, 2017

“We're very honored to have been named a top franchise by Franchise Gator,” says Tom Pabin, founder and CEO of Class 101. “Our low initial investment makes us a potentially lucrative business opportunity that also happens to be a very fulfilling ...more »

Banking Law
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11th Circ. Upholds Bank VP's TARP-Related Fraud Conviction
Law360 (subscription)February 2, 2017

In a per curiam opinion, a three-judge panel denied William “Rusty” Beamon Jr.'s appeal of a December 2014 jury conviction on five counts of bank fraud. He also had appealed the sentence and the denial of his motion for a new trial, which the panel ...more »

Gaming Law
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Reid Rubinstein & Bogatz Welcomes John P. Witucki as Partner, Karlie M. Gabour and Kerry Kleiman as Associate ...
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 6, 2017

Prior to joining RRB, Ms. Kleiman served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Elissa F. Cadish in the Clark County District Court. Ms. Kleiman has published articles in both the Nevada Law Journal and the UNLV Gaming Law Journal and co-authored a ...more »

Business Formation
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Scams were more costly last year
Allentown Morning CallFebruary 2, 2017

Get the latest news from The Morning Call on the Amazon Echo · LV Business Cycle ... Scam victims were hit harder in the wallet last year, according to a report Wednesday by the National Consumers League. It received more than ... The top fraud ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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BAE, NH see big returns on federal contracts
The Union LeaderFebruary 5, 2017

Measuring how much money federal contracts provide to New Hampshire businesses is difficult even with a government website that tracks contract spending, according to David Pease, program manager at the New Hampshire Government Contracting ...more »

Business Law
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Risks of 409A Non-Compliance (Part 2 of 2)
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)February 1, 2017

Butterfield Schechter LLP is San Diego County's largest firm focusing its law practice on business counseling, tax law, and benefits. Our firm can help your startup grow while staying in compliance with the latest regulations and filing requirements ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Romania Urged to Respect Rule of Law and Improve Investment Climate
PR Newswire (press release)February 2, 2017

... Government to propose legislation that would exacerbate the situation." "Our particular interest is to promote a positive investment climate for businesses, where much-needed foreign investors can have faith that the rule of law will be respected ...more »

Commercial
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Investigations 2017: Analysis
Who's Who LegalFebruary 2, 2017

The “superb” Tom Epps specialises in business crime defence and regulatory investigations work, often involving an international dimension. At BERWIN LEIGHTON PAISNER, Aaron Stephens is an “excellent lawyer” who is credited by sources for his work ...more »

Trump begins rollback of Dodd-Frank financial regulations
Fox NewsFebruary 3, 2017

President Trump signed an executive order Friday taking aim at the regulatory labyrinth created by Dodd-Frank, the massive 24,000-page law passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. “We expect to be cutting a lot ... Trump also signed a ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Post-Confirmation Examinations Pursuant to Bankruptcy Rule 2004
Delaware Business Court InsiderFebruary 1, 2017

2, 2016), Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein granted the post-confirmation motion of a trustee of trusts created pursuant to the debtors' plan of reorganization to examine third parties regarding the cause of the debtors' financial collapse ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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PBSO asks FDLE to investigate deputy involved shootings at the sheriff's request
WPTV.comFebruary 2, 2017

Per the agreement with FDLE, FDLE will not consider or review those PBSO internal investigations, in the course of their own investigation. The final investigation presented to the State Attorney's Office will be FDLE's. While the agreement does allow ...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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How a President's Immigration Order Mobilized Big Law
New York Law Journal (registration)February 4, 2017

Hameed Khalid Darweesh became the face of the legal resistance to President Donald Trump's immigration order this week, with his chaotic release from detention at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday splashed across newspapers and ...more »

Communications & Media
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Tweaks Ordered for Media Bill, But Oversight Council to Stay
Khaosod EnglishFebruary 2, 2017

BANGKOK — A media law that would empower a council to license journalists was kicked back for changes by a junta-appointed reform body. The bill, which has won the opposition of just about every journalist organization, was sent back to its drafters ...more »

Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property
Lexology (registration)February 6, 2017

According to the agencies, the updated Guidelines are intended to modernize the 1995 Guidelines and reflect intervening changes in statutory and case law, as well as relevant enforcement and policy work, including the agencies' 2010 Horizontal Merger ...more »

Construction & Development
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How tentative grant-in-aid class action settlement affects NCAA, student-athletes
Sports IllustratedFebruary 5, 2017

These critics highlight how massive revenue generated by college students playing sports fuels construction of professional sports-quality stadiums for college teams and enables college coaches to sign multi-million dollar employment contracts. Some ...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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Anchorage settles with port contractors, MARAD suit ongoing
Alaskajournal.comFebruary 1, 2017

Assistant Municipal Attorney Robert Owens said in an interview that the $96 million QAP-MKB construction contract was bonded, but those bonds were released by ICRC, which hired the construction team, as part of a September 2012 settlement in which ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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FTC Issues Report Evaluating Merger Remedies
Lexology (registration)February 8, 2017

Divesting Selected Assets: Although the merging parties may propose a divestiture of selected assets rather than a divestiture of an ongoing business, Commission staff will accept such a proposal only if it is demonstrated that divesting the more ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Local MMJ Cancer Patient Loses Fight Against High Court
The Mountain JackpotFebruary 7, 2017

The court's decision was based on the idea that requiring law enforcement agencies to return seized pot puts them into conflict with federal drug laws, specifically the federal Controlled Substances Act, and puts them at risk of being prosecuted as ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Texas Dems Defend Corporate Campaign Contribution Rules
Law360 (subscription)February 8, 2017

The case stems from the Texas Democratic Party's accusation nonprofit corporation King Street Patriots had violated Texas Election Code provisions by acting as a political committee without complying with registration requirements. ... Dunn argued if ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Phillips Edison & Company Appoints Kevin O'Neil as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 1, 2017

Mr. O'Neil has more than 25 years of experience, both domestically and internationally, in the areas of securities law, M&A, corporate financing, corporate governance, corporate law, defense from activist shareholders, executive compensation, corporate ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Neil Gorsuch Would Be a Dream Justice for Corporations Suing the Government
Center For American ProgressFebruary 1, 2017

The approach outlined in Judge Gorsuch's August 2016 opinion would benefit wealthy corporations challenging laws that protect workers, consumers, and the environment. This approach would tie the government's hands in keeping Americans safe and ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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The European account preservation order at a Glance - 7 questions & 7 answers
Lexology (registration)February 1, 2017

If the creditor holds a judgment or settlement which is not yet enforceable, the creditor may be granted the right to obtain account information if there is an urgent need to preserve the creditor's rights. The details as to how the account information ...more »

Public Offerings
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Overwhelmed public defenders fear losing their license, request more resources
Ravalli RepublicFebruary 17, 2017

Alisha Backus, a public defender in the Kalispell office, said she's required to take all types of cases even though she only has a year and a half of experience. Right now, she's the lead counsel on a deliberate homicide case. Because the agency ...more »

Customs Disputes
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International Trade Group Of The Year: King & Spalding
Law360 (subscription)February 1, 2017

Law360, New York (February 1, 2017, 11:50 AM EST) -- Securing a number of impactful trade remedies on behalf of U.S. manufacturers and successfully lobbying the U.S. Congress to pass enhanced customs enforcement provisions scored King & Spalding ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Dynegy Subsidiary Genco Emerges From Chapter 11 Proceedings; Restructuring Eliminates $825 Mln of Bonds
Providence StandardFebruary 4, 2017

Dynegy (DYN) and Illinois Power Generating Company (Genco), an indirect and wholly owned subsidiary of Dynegy, said Genco emerged on Friday from its Chapter 11 restructuring. Genco implemented a planned reorganization, which was approved on Jan.more »

Debt Collection
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Murtha Launches Appellate, Banking Blogs
Connecticut Law TribuneFebruary 8, 2017

The other, "Community Banking Insights," has posts about foreclosure law, debt collection and many other topics of interest to banking institutions. Murtha Cullina managing partner Jennifer M. DelMonico says that even though blogging does not add ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Argentine lawyer challenging Tennessee Board of Law Examiners
Nashville Post (subscription)February 3, 2017

He practiced law in Argentina and eventually married an American citizen, thus his desire to move to Tennessee and practice law near his wife's business in Memphis. After earning a 3.919 GPA in the Vanderbilt LL.M. program (one Vanderbilt professor ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Q&A: How much will 38 Studios cost RI taxpayers when all is said and done?
WPRI 12 Eyewitness NewsFebruary 1, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The announcement Wednesday that the state of Rhode Island's former financial adviser has agreed to a $16-million settlement over 38 Studios likely brings to an end years of litigation over the failed deal. So where does this ...more »

Trade Associations
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Florida ports send $65 million in goods to Cuba even as governor tries to limit trade expansion
Miami HeraldFebruary 17, 2017

Humanitarian shipments, frozen chicken parts, chocolate bars, empty beer kegs from the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, medicine, even a traveling Bible exhibit. These items and more have flowed through the state's ports and airports headed to or ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Moody's: Passive investing to overtake active in just four to seven years in US; global traction to pick up
Moodys.com (press release) (subscription)February 2, 2017

To the extent permitted by law, MOODY'S and its directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, licensors and suppliers disclaim liability to any person or entity for any indirect, special, consequential, or incidental losses or damages ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Anti-corruption
Lexology (registration)February 10, 2017

On February 25, 2016, the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council released the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (the Revised Draft AUCL) to solicit public comments. The Revised Draft AUCL details relevant prohibitions on commercial bribery and ...more »

False Advertising
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Walmart Stores, Jet.com Settle Consumer Protection Lawsuit
NoozhawkFebruary 2, 2017

In accordance with the PRC and false advertising laws, the stipulated judgment prohibits Walmart and Jet.com from selling or offering for sale plastic products labeled as “biodegradable,” “degradable,” or “decomposable.” Walmart and Jet.com are further ...more »

Venture Capital
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Green Technologies Get Boost From EU's Venture Capital Funds
BloombergFebruary 9, 2017

Green technologies from rooftop solar to projects that turn waste into electricity are getting a boost from venture capital funds, which raised their investments in clean energy at the fastest pace in nine years in 2016. VC funds funneled $834 million ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Contractor at heart of Atlanta City Hall bribery scheme made bank withdrawals close to billing city for contracts
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)February 3, 2017

All of those contracts were awarded without competitive bidding during the time frame of the bribery scheme, as identified by federal prosecutors. The AJC discovered the payments by searching an enormous database of city payments, obtained in 2015 ...more »

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