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Two men arrested in Amherst for credit card fraud
WSLSApril 23, 2017

Officers say Joseph Caleb and Jahrulle Terrence Caleb Whyte attempted to make purchases with multiple credit cards at the Food Lion on 1102 Washington Street on Friday, April 21, when employees became suspicious. When officers arrived at the store, the ...more »

Repeat sex offender pleads guilty after Craigslist post
State-Journal.comApril 23, 2017

Phelps placed the ad in 2016 using internet service and a computer at his employer's IP address, as well as his cell phone. As a registered sex offender, Phelps was ... Shepherd issued a criminal summons instead. On Friday, Phelps pleaded guilty to ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC Reminds Investors of Class Action Against BofI Holding ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)April 25, 2017

NEW YORK, April 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Attorney Advertising -- Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC reminds investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed against BofI Holding, Inc. (“BofI” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:BOFI) and certain of its ...more »

Federal Grants
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Medicaid Benefits Children at Doctor's Office and in School
NJ SpotlightApril 26, 2017

As Republicans in Congress struggle to replace the landmark Affordable Care Act, they have focused on ways to control the cost of Medicaid, proposing capped payments or block grants to states that will provide more flexibility, but fewer federal ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Sanofi files U.S. antitrust lawsuit against Mylan over EpiPen | Reuters
ReutersApril 24, 2017

France's Sanofi SA on Monday sued Mylan NV, accusing the pharmaceutical company of engaging in illegal conduct to squelch competition to its EpiPen allergy ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Why Record Numbers of Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship
The National Interest Online (blog)April 25, 2017

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act requires foreign financial institutions, such as banks, to identify and report to the United States most types of transactions for all American clients. These new regulations are ... The reporting burden and ...more »

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BusinessWorld | Duterte signs measure renewing GMA franchise
BusinessWorld Online EditionApril 25, 2017

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law extending the franchise of GMA Network, Inc. for another 25 years. GMA Network logo at its headquarters in ...more »

Banking Law
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Former Lawyer Facing 22 Years in Prison after Real Estate Fraud
Legal ScoopsApril 26, 2017

The owner of the house on Bay Street sought Crispino's services, since she had missed mortgage payments but still wanted to keep the house before the bank assumed its ownership. A 95-year old woman was then residing in the house, and it had been her ...more »

Gaming Law
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Could Legalized Gambling Save Us From the Insufferability of Fantasy Sports?
New York TimesApril 25, 2017

Last month, the N.F.L. announced that the Oakland Raiders would be moving to Las Vegas, putting an N.F.L. team in the heart of the gambling industry. “There's an irreversible momentum for sports gambling,” Daniel Wallach, a gambling expert at the law ...more »

Business Formation
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Today's Brokerage Rating: The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX), Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH)
StockNewsJournalApril 24, 2017

Investors who are keeping close eye on the stock of The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX) established that the company was able to keep return on investment at 30.21 in the trailing twelve month while Reuters data showed that industry's average stands at ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Brandt loses appeal of disqualified Rockingham Road bid
Quad City TimesApril 27, 2017

Brandt Construction Co.'s last ditch effort to win the Rockingham Road reconstruction project has failed. The Davenport City Council has approved awarding the contract to Langman Construction and denied the appeal of Brandt after its bid for the ...more »

Business Law
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General Legal Services and How They Prevent Expensive Litigation Blog (blog)April 24, 2017

A business lawyer can explain legal requirements and ensure that you have policies that are compliant with these laws. Service contracts can include clear language regarding the timing and method of delivery of goods or services. They can also contain ...more »

Conservationists alarmed by Trump Interior nominee
USA TODAYApril 29, 2017

Ileene Anderson, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said it's concerning that Bernhardt's law firm has a financial interest in the Cadiz water project, which would involve pumping groundwater from an aquifer in the Mojave ...more »

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April 24, 2017 People Page
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)April 24, 2017

Members are chosen by their commitment to the legal profession and improving their communities. He is a partner in the corporate department and concentrates on real estate and mineral law, commercial transactions, banking and economic development ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Internal investigation into claims of hostile work environment complete; officials to release records in 10 days
The Augusta ChronicleMay 8, 2017

The county requested an internal investigation into Tucker's claims a day after she submitted a resignation letter Jan. 31, in which she cited a hostile work environment by the county administrator as the reason for her leaving after 18 years as county ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Supreme Court Turns Away GM Appeal Over Ignition Switches
CBS DetroitApril 24, 2017

A federal appeals court ruled last year that GM remains responsible for ignition-switch injuries and deaths that occurred pre-bankruptcy because the company knew about the problem for more than a decade but kept it secret from the bankruptcy court.more »

International Transactions
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'Minority Report' moves closer to reality
GCN.comMay 8, 2017

In the wake of terrorist attacks like those in Paris and Orlando, Fla., domestic and international law enforcement agencies alike are investigating how attackers were able to slip through intelligence-gathering networks and what can be done to prevent ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Form 8-K Global Net Lease, Inc. For: Apr 24
StreetInsider.comApril 24, 2017

The information in Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing ...more »

California Advances PBM Licensing and “Transparency” Law | The ...
The National Law ReviewApril 25, 2017

Last week, the California Assembly Committee on Business and Professions voted in favor of Assembly Bill 315. AB 315 seeks to amend the California Business ...more »

Communications & Media
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Lawyer for Philippines Hit-Man Files Complaint Against Duterte at ICC
U.S. News & World ReportApril 24, 2017

It is the first publicly known communication to the ICC against Duterte and is based on the testimony of Matobato and retired policeman Arturo Lascanas, reports from rights groups and media reports, including a Reuters series on the killings ...more »

Locating Funds
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Ga. Law Aims To Slash Funds For Sanctuary Campuses
Law360 (subscription)April 28, 2017

Law360, New York (April 28, 2017, 4:18 PM EDT) -- As part of a growing movement against so-called sanctuary campuses across several states, Georgia will slash funding to any private university protecting unauthorized immigrants, according to a law ...more »

Construction & Development
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How will Trump's 'Buy American, Hire American' executive order impact construction?
Construction DiveApril 25, 2017

So how could this latest executive order impact the construction industry? "What they're looking at is evaluating the laws that they have," said Steve Cvitanovic, co-chairman of the construction law practice group at Haight Brown & Bonesteel. "They can ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Rally Time for Provectus Biopharmaceuticals Inc (OTCMKTS:PVCT ...
The Oracle DispatchApril 28, 2017

Provectus Biopharmaceuticals Inc (OTCMKTS:PVCT) shares started a rally in February from .02 cents a share and climbed to nearly .06 cents by the end of ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Hickenlooper signs 3 health-care bills into law
Denver Business JournalApril 25, 2017

JoAnn Ginal of Fort Collins, establishes parameters under which health-care providers can offer direct primary health-care agreements with patients that are not subject to regulation by the state because they replace insurance with a contract between ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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House moving on blight foreclosure bill - News - The Times-Tribune
Scranton Times-TribuneApril 24, 2017

April the giraffe has brought a bundle to a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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U.S., Mexico officials await decision on Yarrington's extradition
Brownsville HeraldApril 24, 2017

Yarrington was also charged with conspiracy to violate provisions of the Controlled Substances Act, two bank fraud charges and conspiracy to structure currency transactions at a domestic financial institution, while Cano is separately charged with ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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The Broad Institute is testing the limits of what 'nonprofit' means
STATApril 25, 2017

In fact, a nonprofit may not confer a “private benefit” to a corporation. Private benefit is defined 15 as “non-incidental benefits conferred on disinterested persons that serve private interests.” The law says that any private benefit must be ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Tax preparer accused of fraudulent returns netting clients $1.1 million in refunds
NOLA.comApril 25, 2017

The operator of a tax preparation service in Hammond stands accused of filing false tax returns that netted at least $1.1 million in inappropriate refunds for her clients. The U.S. attorney's office in New Orleans said Tuesday (April 25) it charged ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Under the Trump Tax Plan, We Might All Want to Become Corporations
New York TimesApril 28, 2017

The scene at the Manhattan headquarters of WeWork, a company that rents shared office space in trendy settings — handy for the employee seeking to join the ranks of the self-employed. Changes in tax laws could make it more appealing for high earners ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Greece, creditors to resume talks in Athens, seek swift deal
WANDApril 24, 2017

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Representatives of Greece's international creditors are due in Athens to restart talks on further cutbacks required under the country's bailout deal. A European Commission spokesman says that the officials are returning to Athens ...more »

Public Offerings
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Can Philadelphia's Next District Attorney Follow Through on Reform?
The AtlanticMay 16, 2017

In large cities like Philadelphia, DAs—the most common title for the head prosecutor in a particular district—play an additional role as the public face of criminal justice. Philadelphia's law-enforcement legacy is a controversial one, especially ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Hogan: May could be persuaded to stay in Customs Union
RTE.ieApril 23, 2017

Ireland's EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has said he believes the British Prime Minister Theresa May might be persuaded to stay in the EU Customs Union. Mr Hogan said Mrs May did not mention the Customs Union in her letter triggering Article 50 to ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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USDA Offers Hope of Reorganizations without Job Cuts
FEDweekMay 17, 2017

In a signal that reorganizing a federal agency doesn't necessarily mean job cutting, the Agriculture Department has outlined a plan for restructuring several functions that anticipates that their staffing levels will remain about the same. The Trump ...more »

Debt Collection
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Litigating Debt Collections May Subject You to Liability
Connecticut Law TribuneApril 26, 2017

Accordingly, attorneys and law practices who engage in debt collection litigation would be well-served to consider the potential ramifications. In Miljkovic v. Shafritz and Dunkin, P.A., the court held as a matter of first impression that ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Secretary of State Connie Lawson Hails New Act That Modernizes Business Law
WBIW.comApril 25, 2017

(INDIANAPOLIS) - "The Indiana General Assembly has passed, and Governor Eric Holcomb has signed into law, the most far-reaching revision of Indiana business laws in more than two decades," Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said Monday.more »

Debt Settlement
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Lawyers want Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction dismissed - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports
WAOWApril 25, 2017

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill). Aaron Hernandez's defense attorneys, from left, Ronald Sullivan, Jose Baez, Linda Kenney Baden and Robert Proctor speak after a private service for Hernandez at O'Brien Funeral Home, Monday, April 24, 2017, in Bristol, Conn. Th..more »

Trade Associations
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Canada mustn't roll over on trade for America's bully-in-chief: Neil Macdonald
CBC.caMay 16, 2017

Ritchie says it was the Americans themselves who demanded that disputes be settled by ad hoc panels, and those panels are meant to ensure "you can apply your unfair trade law, but you have to apply it fairly, and they have failed that test every ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Devices, Drones, Data: What's Next in Torts
The RecorderMay 2, 2017

But as driverless cars make their way onto the roads, the picture becomes a lot more complicated, said Farella, Braun + Martel insurance lawyer Dennis Cusack in our latest podcast. Right now, the autonomous cars that are on the road are "hybrids," with ...more »

Unfair Competition
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New Balance in China is rare win against piracy - The Boston Globe
The Boston GlobeApril 28, 2017

BEIJING — New Balance has won a rare legal victory in China in an intellectual property dispute: A court has ordered five shoe manufacturers and sellers to pay ...more »

False Advertising
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Confide Messaging Service Sued For False Advertising 04/24/2017
MediaPost CommunicationsApril 24, 2017

The messaging app Confide, reportedly a favorite of some Trump administration staffers, doesn't keep messages as private as advertised, according to a new ...more »

Venture Capital
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Dundee Venture Capital tops goal with oversubscribed, $31M fund
Startland NewsMay 4, 2017

In conjunction with welcoming a new partner to its ranks, regionally-focused fund Dundee Venture Capital recently surpassed its goal to raise a $30 million investment fund targeting Midwest startups. The Omaha-based fund announced that its third fund ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Corporate Law: The Synergy of Law and Finance
The CommentatorApril 23, 2017

In order to do this, they must have a detailed knowledge of the aspects of contract law, tax law, accounting, bankruptcy, accounting, securities law, and intellectual property rights, and the laws specific to the business of the corporations that they ...more »


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