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Trump Chooses Neil Gorsuch, Ivy League Conservative, for Supreme Court
The National Law Journal (registration)February 1, 2017

A Colorado native with degrees from Columbia University, Harvard Law School and the University of Oxford, Gorsuch clerked for Judge David Sentelle of the D.C. Circuit and then for Justice Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court in 1993 and ...more »

US Police Departments And Law Enforcement Agencies Are Reportedly Being Infiltrated By White Supremacists
The FADERFebruary 1, 2017

White supremacists and other right-wing extremist groups have been infiltrating U.S. law enforcement agencies and police departments for years, according to a conclusion drawn in classified FBI documents obtained by The Intercept. A new report from the ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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New Advertising Tax Rules Will Give Many a Headache: Important not Only for Media Companies
Budapest Business JournalFebruary 2, 2017

Namely because, under the wording of the law, advertising tax obligations such as tax registration and issuance of a declaration are relevant for any company, irrespective of its place of establishment, that places an advertisement on the internet, ...more »

Federal Grants
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Crimes Unit: Former 1 Voice President Used Grant Money For Personal Expenses
Eagle 99.3 FM WSCHFebruary 1, 2017

He had been sentenced to probation for a 2014 conviction of Fraud and Theft. As 1 Voice's president, Bitzer had been responsible for coordinating the group's public relations and grant applications. According to an affidavit filed in court by ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Mexico's America Movil suffers biggest loss in 15 years
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 3, 2017

It was America Movil's second loss since the fourth quarter of 2001, and comes as the firm grapples with much tougher antitrust regulation and competition at home. In the third quarter of 2015 the company posted a loss of 2.884 billion pesos. In Mexico ...more »

Foreign Investments
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GST Council plans to take up three contentious laws for discussion; targets 1 July roll-out
FirstpostFebruary 3, 2017

Aiming towards a smooth roll out of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 1 July, the GST Council will look into the three GST laws in its next meeting, scheduled for 18 February. ... Today, our economy needs investment in certain sectors. As per the NK ...more »

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Royals believe Brandon Moss' power will translate to Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City StarFebruary 2, 2017

For now, Moss has an opportunity for a fresh start with a new franchise — an organization he has admired for a while, he said. Two years ago, he came to Kauffman Stadium for the 2014 Wild Card Game as a member of the A's, experiencing “the most fun ...more »

Banking Law
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Associated Bank beats suit alleging it facilitated Minnesota's second-biggest Ponzi scheme
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 2, 2017

The receiver's allegations center on Lien Sarles, a former vice president of Associated Bank who oversaw the accounts for Cook, his colleague Patrick Kiley, and various business entities involved in the scheme. Sarles had helped open a bank account in ...more »

Gaming Law
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Idaho lawmakers go after tribal gaming machines with new measure
CalvinAyre.comFebruary 10, 2017

A proposal to alter part of a 2002 law authorizing gambling gaming machines in tribal casinos has gained steam in the Idaho congress. The Idaho State Journal reported that lawmakers believe the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act isn't aligned with ...more »

Business Formation
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Cowen and Company Trims Ralph Lauren Corporation (RL) Target Price to $84.00
Sports PerspectivesFebruary 2, 2017

Ralph Lauren Corporation logo Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) had its price objective reduced by analysts at Cowen and Company to $84.00 in a research report issued on Thursday. Cowen and Company's price target would suggest a potential ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Is Virginia Beach doing enough business with minorities? Answers to 6 questions about the issue
Virginian-PilotFebruary 8, 2017

NFL Hall of Famer and developer Bruce Smith and other groups in Virginia Beach have called on council members to see how minority- and women-owned businesses fare in getting contracts with the city, which has been weighing whether to do that type of ...more »

Business Law
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Three locally connected law firms make big hiring moves
Philly.comFebruary 2, 2017

But he expects the practice in Dallas will be broadened to include such firm specialities as insurance, corporate restructuring, securities and other areas of business law. “There is going to be movement toward consolidation in the law profession, just ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Ministry of Investment opens one-stop shop in Sohag - Daily News Egypt
Daily News EgyptFebruary 5, 2017

Khorshid concluded by announcing the new investment law by the State Council that divides the cities into two areas: A and B. Each area has its own development goals and plans to create more jobs, take advantage of natural resources, and create ...more »

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Lawyers start business-development networking group
Indiana LawyerFebruary 1, 2017

Two law firms launched in recent years also are launching a networking organization they hope can assist other lawyers in starting their own firms. The first gathering of the Indiana Barrister Network will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at The Ball ...more »

Virginia lawmakers still grappling with ethics law
Loudoun Times-MirrorFebruary 17, 2017

Spurred by a gift scandal that engulfed Gov. Bob McDonnell's final year in office, lawmakers have been writing and rewriting state gift laws since 2014. The big pushes came that year and in 2015, when lawmakers settled on a $100 a year gift cap from ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Trump Moves to Undo Dodd-Frank Law
Fox BusinessFebruary 3, 2017

Mr. Trump also plans another executive action aimed at rolling back a controversial regulation scheduled to take effect in April that critics have said would upend the retirement-account advisory business. "Americans are going to have better choices ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Franklin County judge pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds
Columbus DispatchFebruary 2, 2017

An internal investigation was launched by then Common Pleas Administrative Judge Pat Sheeran, which led to investigations by the state auditor and the state attorney general. Donahue and defense attorney Jim Owen said that Horton's plea to the three ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Dispelling the AI myths in the legal sector
ITProPortalFebruary 1, 2017

Multiple commentators have fallen over themselves to suggest AI would scythe through lawyers in commercial law firms, mercilessly cutting their numbers. We've been here before, of course. Legal futurologist Richard Susskind has been predicting the end ...more »

International Transactions
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Greenberg Trial Ends in $9.9M Settlement, but Feud Over Fault Continues
New York Law Journal (registration)February 11, 2017

Jason Grant, New York Law Journal ... Former American International Group chairman Maurice "Hank" Greenberg and New York state prosecutors announced a $9.9 million settlement Friday in their bitterly contested, 12-year legal fight over civil fraud ...more »

Communications & Media
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Net neutrality policy still up in the air under Trump
PCWorldFebruary 1, 2017

But this week, Pai declined to outline a path forward on net neutrality, saying only that he continues to oppose the FCC's 2015 decision to reclassify broadband as a regulated common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. "We haven't ...more »

Editorial: Grand jury should probe construction licensing board
Tampabay.comFebruary 10, 2017

In the Times investigation, Puente documented how the licensing board and its staff failed to keep consistent minutes of meetings and made it difficult for the public to access records of their cases. At least seven times a licensing ... Pinellas ...more »

Construction & Development
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Taking the Land for the Wall Will Be a Nightmare
BloombergFebruary 2, 2017

Along with a potential lack of concrete and documented construction workers, one of the main hurdles Trump will face is the use of eminent domain—taking land from private owners for public use. Federal and tribal lands ... Denise Gilman, director of ...more »

Locating Funds
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Funds raised for tornado areas
Valdosta Daily TimesFebruary 9, 2017

... with law-enforcement agencies throughout the state, Atlanta television station Channel 2 WSB-TV, the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and Caring for Others, Inc., to help raise funds ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Entrepreneurs: Health law changes may mean finding new jobs
Lincoln Journal StarFebruary 1, 2017

Stay in business for themselves or go back to working for someone else? That's the choice some small business owners and freelancers are worried they may have to make, depending on what changes Congress makes in the health care law. The ability to ...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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7 Arrested in Major Methamphetamine Lab Bust in Plymouth, Massachusetts
NECNFebruary 2, 2017

Richard Pearson, 41, of 55 Spooner St., Plymouth, for the manufacture and possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act. He was held on $100,000 bail. David Hill, 20, of 3 Dowd Ave., Marshfield, for the ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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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 »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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BBB: Tips to prevent becoming a victim of income tax fraud
New Canaan AdvertiserFebruary 2, 2017

Connecticut Better Business Bureau recommends taxpayers file their 2016 returns as quickly as possible, to avoid becoming victims of income tax return fraud. For several years, criminals have been using stolen personal information, filing tax returns ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Treatment delay may cost insurer
Minnesota LawyerFebruary 2, 2017

The statute applies to BCBSM because of its status as a nonprofit corporation. The court rejected the insurer's argument that the external-review decision is binding only as to payment, not to the definition of medical necessity. “The plain language of ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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A plan to reorganize — and mine
Mesabi Daily NewsFebruary 3, 2017

Part of the reorganization plan assumes Shannon will ultimately grant Mesabi Metallics the DNR leases, which the state and Gov. Mark Dayton expressed interest in rerouting to Cliffs Natural Resources. Restructuring documents said the company would ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Making the Machine-Learning Switch: The relative advantages for firms versus law departments
Metropolitan Corporate CounselFebruary 12, 2017

The suite of machine-learning algorithms that law firms and corporate legal departments deploy may be the same, and there are many to choose from, but the circumstances vary significantly. Firm and department motivations and resources are quite different.more »

Customs Disputes
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Regulation risk to medicines overplayed
Financial TimesFebruary 6, 2017

The MHRA could fairly seamlessly assume the EU's responsibility for regulation, first grandfathering past approvals and then taking responsibility for new applications and manufacturing inspections as its capacity augmented. Given their mutual ...more »

Public Offerings
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Presidential Executive Order on a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety
The White House (blog)February 10, 2017

(a) In furtherance of the policy described in section 1 of this order, I hereby direct the Attorney General to establish, and to appoint or designate an individual or individuals to chair, a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety (Task Force ...more »

Debt Collection
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Nestle, Debt Collector Can't Escape Autodialed Call TCPA Suit ...
Law360 (subscription)February 4, 2017

Law360, New York (February 3, 2017, 7:13 PM EST) -- Nestle Waters North America and a debt collection company must face allegations they violated the ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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JND Corporate Restructuring Appoints Steven B. Smith, Esq. as ...
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2017

Steven B. Smith, Esq. has been appointed senior consultant at JND Corporate Restructuring, a subsidiary of JND Legal Administration that provides tech.more »

Debt Settlement
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Debt relief attorneys sued
OCRegisterFebruary 2, 2017

Debt settlement scams typically target people with credit card debt, promising to reduce the amount owed. According to the Federal Trade Commission, many companies try to collect fees before they have settled your debt, which is illegal, and fail to ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Avoid these cannabis startup pitfalls, says top industry legal expert ...
North Bay Business JournalFebruary 1, 2017

Cannabusinesses face challenges getting traditional funding and higher tax bills, says a top industry legal expert.more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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A 100-Year-Old Court Rule That Can Favor A Defendant's Case Blog (blog)February 6, 2017

It's been a common rule in cases of negligence for over 100 years – mention of whether or not a defendant has liability insurance is forbidden. The rule was conceived to bar any prejudice on the part of a jury against the defendant in knowing that they ...more »

Trade Associations
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Want to Keep Hackers Out of Gadgets? Try International Law
WIREDFebruary 7, 2017

Second, once these standards are set, international law would be able to incorporate them within the ambit of international trade. For example, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade allows countries to impose restrictions on imports if they are ...more »

False Advertising
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Some want to see restrictions on local-government use of private attorneys
Northern California RecordFebruary 5, 2017

Officials in the Orange County District Attorney's office, which has hired private law firm Robinson Calcagnie Inc. a handful of times to help in large consumer-protection cases, told the Northern California Record that such criticism is wrongly ...more »

Unfair Competition
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Global antitrust in 2017 - Disruptive innovation
Lexology (registration)February 1, 2017

However, in regulated industries, such as the taxi and hotel industries, traditional market players perceive platforms as not complying with local laws and regulations and thus competing on an unfair footing. That raises another question regulators are ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Ex-LePage lawyer represents group seeking state contract
Press HeraldFebruary 2, 2017

AUGUSTA – The former chief legal counsel of Republican Gov. Paul LePage is representing a company trying to get a state contract, and he's confident his new position does not conflict with his past government service. Avery Day filed papers with the ...more »

Venture Capital
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Plaid Technologies Raises $44M With Citi, Amex VC Arms Taking Part
PYMNTS.comFebruary 7, 2017

Plaid Technologies, a startup that helps FinTechs like Venmo and Lending Club access their customers' bank accounts, has raised $44 million in a Series B round of venture capital funding. According to a report, the venture units of Citi and Amex took ...more »


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