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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 »

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Brower Piven Notifies Investors of Class Action Lawsuit And Encourages Those Who Have ...
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 1, 2017

31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The securities litigation law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, announces that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of ...more »

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Advertising
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UPDATE: Hanover gangster was a suspect in murder of Williamsfield children
Jamaica ObserverFebruary 4, 2017

However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com. 6. If readers wish ... These types of criminal eradication needs to be done en mass such as under a State of Emergency. This will clear up ...more »

Federal Grants
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New polling data shows widespread bipartisan support for federal funding of contraception, sexual health info
Lebanon DemocratFebruary 2, 2017

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released a new poll recently that shows three-quarters of adults, including 66 percent of Republicans and 84 percent of Democrats, support Title X, the federal program that provides free or ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Algorithms May Test Antitrust Law's Reach, CMA Chair Warns
Law360 (subscription)February 3, 2017

Law360, London (February 3, 2017, 6:44 PM GMT) -- Though U.S. and U.K. competition watchdogs have not hesitated to tackle online price-fixing using algorithms, the increasing sophistication of algorithmic decision-making could ultimately test the ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Indian expats in UAE praise 2017-18 budget
ZawyaFebruary 2, 2017

“Moreover, the reformed FDI [Foreign Direct Investment] laws and the new laws underlining cash transactions will surely change the way businesses are run in India and we can definitely expect a better economic environment as well as larger growth.”.more »

Franchising
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Look What These 25 Regulations Are Doing to Small Businesses
Small Business TrendsFebruary 1, 2017

Franchise businesses and subcontractors that work with other businesses could be considered “joint employers” with those other parties. For those small businesses, that can mean facing regulations meant for businesses with more employees and higher ...more »

Banking Law
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Deutsche Bank to Pay $425M to Settle State Investigation
New York Law Journal (registration)February 1, 2017

The Department of Financial Services said this week that Deutsche also must hire an independent monitor as part of a consent order for violations of laws involving a "mirror trading" scheme. Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo said in a ...more »

Gaming Law
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Idaho lawmakers propose bill targeting tribal gaming machines
The Smithville HeraldFebruary 10, 2017

The Idaho House State Affairs Committee agreed to a full hearing Thursday about proposed legislation aimed to alter part of a 2002 law authorizing gambling gaming machines in tribal casinos. Introduced by House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, ...more »

Business Formation
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Business start-up workshop scheduled
New Castle NewsFebruary 1, 2017

Among the topics covered during the workshop are business structure and formation, fictitious name registration, employee issues, insurance, government procurement, environmental concerns, financing options, taxation requirements and major components ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Crowell & Moring
Law360 (subscription)February 4, 2017

Law360, New York (February 3, 2017, 4:43 PM EST) -- Since its founding in 1979 as Washington, D.C.'s go-to government contracts firm for defense companies, Crowell & Moring LLP has considered the practice the bedrock of its business and expanded the ...more »

Business Law
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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 »

Institutional Investing
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Investment in fintech globally falls nearly 50% in 2016 but PSD2 could be catalyst for new funding, says KPMG
Out-Law.comFebruary 24, 2017

KPMG said, however, that new EU laws on payment services could spur new fintech funding during 2017. It flagged the potential influence of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) on fintech investment as it noted that fintech companies raised $24 ...more »

Commercial
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Waller Elects Twelve New Partners
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 2, 2017

Cleveland R. Burke, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, represents healthcare providers, banks and financial institutions, energy companies and other corporate clients and individuals in bankruptcy and commercial litigation. His experience includes the ...more »

Buffett, Icahn interests square off in biofuels law fight | Agriculture ...
messenger-inquirerFebruary 13, 2017

U.S. railroads, including Warren Buffett's BNSF, are joining a corporate brawl over ethanol mandates that pits American corn farmers and fuel distributors against ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Fantasy Aces Bankruptcy Hurts Antitrust Argument For FanDuel And DraftKings Merger
ForbesFebruary 2, 2017

... Zicklin School of Business, where he has published more than 30 law review articles on sports law matters, including, most recently, “Regulating Fantasy Sports.” He also previously practiced antitrust law with the New York offices of Skadden, Arps ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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FIFA's internal investigation said to uncover more crimes
THE BUSINESS TIMESFebruary 7, 2017

[LONDON] An internal investigation of world soccer's governing body has uncovered wrongdoing that extends beyond the corruption alleged last year by US prosecutors, according to a person familiar with the information. The new details could prompt fresh ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Letter: Stop expansion of gambling
Danville Commercial NewsFebruary 5, 2017

Gambling is an unstable source of revenue that comes with a high human cost of addiction bankruptcy, crime, family problems, child neglect and suicide. People who have never been in trouble with the law have been sent to prison because of crimes they ...more »

International Transactions
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Annual Review on International Tax Matters in Korea - Supreme Court Precedents
Lexology (registration)February 8, 2017

The Supreme Court determined that the assessment made in this case was not in contravention of the Korea-Luxembourg Tax Treaty and the Law for Coordination of Tax Affairs and that the acquisition value argued by the Plaintiff is only applicable when ...more »

Communications & Media
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Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Files Class Action Suit Against BT Group plc
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 1, 2017

Robbins Geller is widely recognized as one of the leading law firms advising U.S. and international institutional investors in securities litigation and portfolio monitoring. With 200 lawyers in 10 offices, Robbins Geller has obtained many of the ...more »

United States: Obama Administration Antitrust Enforcers Take Last-Minute IP Licensing Actions
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 6, 2017

While the antitrust agencies generally applaud the licensing of IP rights and believe that the antitrust and IP laws work in tandem to promote innovation and enhance consumer welfare, IP owners should be aware of the limits – revealed in these two ...more »

Construction & Development
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Neil Gorsuch's Law Firm Years
Bloomberg Big Law BusinessFebruary 2, 2017

Using those “I don't knows” as evidence, Gorsuch later won a ruling in Virginia state court barring the company from presenting most of its arguments in the civil case, which was a dispute over a hotel deal in which Gorsuch represented Sir Bernard ...more »

Locating Funds
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Georgia considers banning state funds to 'sanctuary' campuses
Online AthensFebruary 2, 2017

Ehrhart's bill would ban state funds for private schools with a policy preventing or restricting employees from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The bill does acknowledge existing law protecting the privacy of students' records ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Complimentary Online Business Law Education for Small Business ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2017

Complimentary business law education for small business owners offered via Geniecast in partnership with Coco Soodek's Seasongood Law Inc.more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Stout Risius Ross, Inc. to purchase FMV Opinions, Inc.
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 3, 2017

... firm has served its clients by providing intricate and highly specialized financial opinions, property appraisals, complex litigation support, tax and business valuations, as well as investment banking services focused on mergers, acquisitions and ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Hemp Industries Association Sues DEA Over Illegal Attempt to Regulate Hemp Foods as Schedule I Drugs
PR Newswire (press release)February 6, 2017

On January 13, 2017, the Hemp Industries Association, among other petitioners, filed a Petition for Review with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, to challenge the DEA's recent effort to append Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to include ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Power of the pen
Sandusky RegisterFebruary 2, 2017

When Paul first came to see us, his bank (in reality his loan servicer) had violated federal law by refusing to accept his mortgage payment. We immediately put the law to work for him by writing a letter pointing out the error and demanding that the ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Trump vows to 'totally destroy' restrictions on churches' support of candidates
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2017

President Trump vowed Thursday to “totally destroy” a law passed more than 60 years ago that bans tax-exempt churches from supporting political candidates, a nod to the religious right that helped sweep him into office. Speaking at the National Prayer ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Rand Corporation Issues Report on US Blood System
The National Law ReviewFebruary 6, 2017

The Report describes in detail the component parts and coordinated activities of the multiple stakeholders in the blood system, including the following: (1) voluntary donors of blood and its components; (2) nonprofit blood centers that collect, test ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Chamberlayne Auto Sales and Repair files bankruptcy
WWBT NBC12 NewsFebruary 2, 2017

Chamberlayne Auto Sales and Repair, Inc. is in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The owner just recently filed for protection from its creditors and the man behind the now-bankrupt business is a familiar face. Oliver Lawrence's used car dealership has no assets ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Nova Southeastern's Law School to Open Legal Clinic Focusing on IP and Corporate Law
Daily Business Review (registration)February 10, 2017

Nova Southeastern University will open a legal clinic in the fall that will provide legal services to nonprofits, students, researchers, educators and entrepreneurs. The enterprise is made possible thanks to a donation by Berger Singerman founder ...more »

Customs Disputes
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'Ireland faces fines if customs law not enforced at Border'
Irish IndependentFebruary 2, 2017

... place - even if the UK chooses not to' Photo: Getty. Ireland faces financial penalties from Europe if it systematically fails to enforce customs controls with the UK should the latter leave the Customs Union, a former European Commission official ...more »

Public Offerings
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Colorado Springs slaying suspect hires Casey Anthony attorney for his defense
Colorado Springs GazetteFebruary 24, 2017

Woo was previously represented by court-appointed attorneys from the Colorado Springs Public Defender's Office, but he fired them after persistent reports of attorney-client conflict. How he managed to qualify for free legal assistance before hiring an ...more »

Debt Collection
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Trump, Wall Street and the 'banking caucus' ready to rip apart Dodd-Frank
Center for Public IntegrityFebruary 1, 2017

Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, two years after the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression vaporized about $14 trillion in wealth, according to the Federal Reserve. Taxpayers spent ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Peabody Energy Announces Upsize And Pricing Of $950 Million Senior Secured Term Loan Facility
PR Newswire (press release)February 8, 2017

... risks associated with third-party motions in the Chapter 11 Cases, which may interfere with the Company's ability to confirm and consummate a plan of reorganization and restructuring generally; increased advisory costs to execute a plan of ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations Watered Down as Trump Signs Executive Orders
NBCNews.comFebruary 3, 2017

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday scaling back the sweeping 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory framework enacted under his predecessor as a direct response to the financial crisis. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer labeled ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Business Milestones
Winston-Salem JournalFebruary 5, 2017

Pharr was also included in Business North Carolina Magazine's 2017 Legal Elite in Con-struction Law. Stacey Bailey Pharr of Pharr Law, PLLC has been included among Business North Carolina Magazine's 2017 Legal Elite in Construction Law.more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Bellamy's five weeks of hell
Queensland Country LifeFebruary 11, 2017

The other delicate call at that time was made to the firm providing Bellamy's with director's liability insurance to make doubly sure everyone at the top table was adequately covered if the worst were to happen. The road taken was the cautious one, by ...more »

Trade Associations
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Deutsche Bank: Trump Poised to Name China a 'Currency Manipulator'
NewsmaxFebruary 8, 2017

Gary Hufbauer, an expert on trade law at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, recently told the Associated Press that as president, Trump could nonetheless escalate any dispute over the currency on his own. Over the years, Congress has ...more »

False Advertising
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CrossFit Seeks Sanctions For Hidden Docs In False Ad Row
Law360 (subscription)February 3, 2017

... a California federal judge on Thursday to sanction the National Strength and Conditioning Association, saying the nonprofit produced hundreds of documents in a related state court case that it intentionally withheld from the federal false ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Competition Appeal Tribunal Refuses Interim Relief in Pharma Pricing Case
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2017

The CMA had given the direction as part of its unfair pricing decision in December 2016. In its judgment on 19 January 2017, the CAT dismissed the interim application. The case is significant because it concerns the first CMA decision on excessive ...more »

Federal Contracts
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I Can See Clearly Now (Well, Almost): Congress Initiates Legislation to Abolish the Contractor Blacklisting Regulations
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2017

Among other things, the executive order would have given enforcement personnel at the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Office of Federal Contract ...more »

Venture Capital
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VentureCapital.org announces its 2017 Investors Choice Venture Capital Conference with 27 firms slated to “pitch ...
Utah PulseFebruary 7, 2017

VentureCapital.org announced that 27 companies will “pitch” their stories in front of hundreds of investors at the upcoming 2017 Investors Choice™ Venture Capital Conference in an effort to raise between $200,000 to $10 million per company. Held on ...more »

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