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Emergency Declared: Stabbing the Rule of Law in Egypt
JURISTMay 1, 2017

Mohamed Abdelaal joined Alexandria University Faculty of Law in Egypt in the Fall of 2009 and became Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law in 2014. Abdelaal also teaches political sciences at the American University in Cairo on ...more »

Womenomics - Part II: Its Critics And Solutions
IZANAU (satire) (blog)May 1, 2017

Again, using Finland as an example, while their maternity and paternity benefits may have garnered world renown, Finland has a culture that lends itself to these values which is shown in different spheres of their society. Would it suit Japanese ...more »

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Advertising
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UK warns Internet giants about hate
Taipei TimesMay 1, 2017

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd warned Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google and Twitter Inc to improve monitoring of extremist and hate content after a panel of lawmakers urged her to consider making the hosting of such material a crime. A report from ...more »

Federal Grants
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Tax testimony continues as Corrine Brown's fraud trial enters fifth day
Florida Times-UnionMay 2, 2017

Brown's former chief of staff was indicted with her last year but in February took a plea deal that involved admitting conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and a separate theft of about $735,000 in government funds. He's at the center of dueling ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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FTC Clears $3.15B Emerson-Pentair Deal
Bloomberg BNAMay 1, 2017

s proposed $3.15 billion acquisition of Pentair Plc with divestiture conditions to resolve antitrust concerns, the agency announced April 28. St. Louis-based ... The settlement resolves the third FTC merger enforcement action under President Donald Trump.more »

Foreign Investments
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RPT-Libyan wealth fund trial against SocGen to start in UK court
NasdaqMay 2, 2017

(Repeats story first issued on April 28) By Claire MilhenchLONDON, May 2 (Reuters) - Libya's$67 billion sovereign wealth fund will go head-to-head with Societe Generale in London'sHigh Court on Tuesday over claims the French investment bank paid $58.5 ...more »

Franchising
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GUEST COMMENTARY: Alabama should protect its small business franchises
Gadsden TimesMay 1, 2017

218 among the top 500 franchises for 2017 by Entrepreneur Magazine and last month was named the 2017 Medium Manufacturer of the Year by the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network. Today, LINE-X has more than 600 ...more »

Banking Law
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Trump Administration Ousts Obama Holdover at Bank Agency
Bloomberg Big Law BusinessMay 3, 2017

Noreika, who graduated Harvard Law School in 1997, ran his law firm's financial-regulation practice. The veteran lawyer has spent the bulk of his career representing banks in dealings with regulators such as the OCC. He has also taught banking law.more »

Gaming Law
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6 reasons why you can't miss the Gaming in Holland conference & expo
CalvinAyre.comMay 19, 2017

Representatives of various trade associations, including VAN, Speel Verantwoord, and the International Masters of Gaming Law, will both attend and contribute to the proceedings. 3. This year's conference will feature a free Expo. Exhibitors include ...more »

Business Formation
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Closing The Communication Gap In Enterprise Fraud Risk
PYMNTS.comMay 2, 2017

In order to effectively manage enterprise fraud risk, business leaders have to understand the “so what?” behind the fraud issues facing the company. Without that knowledge, there won't be clarity on the potential impact to the business, and action may ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Uganda: Museveni Blocks Dott Services From Getting New Govt Contracts
AllAfrica.comMay 5, 2017

Kampala — President Museveni has barred government agencies from entering into any new contract with local construction company Dott Services Limited. The construction company was recently implicated by the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led ...more »

Business Law
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Nevada coalition seeks unprecedented insulin refund law
Beloit Daily NewsMay 1, 2017

The Nevada bill would mark the first time drugmakers would be required to publicly detail business data about specific drugs including research costs and discounts they give insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and wholesalers. Supporters claim ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Egypt passes a long-promised investment law
The EconomistMay 11, 2017

But Egypt, which ranks a dismal 122nd place on the World Bank's ease-of-doing-business index, hopes to reform its ways. On May 7th it finally passed an investment law, more than two years overdue, designed to lure foreign investors back. But don't ...more »

Commercial
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Signature Litigation opens Gibraltar office
The Global Legal PostMay 3, 2017

Gibraltar-based international commercial litigation and trusts disputes specialist Elliott Phillips joins the firm as a Partner to take up the reigns at the new operation. He has acted for the Secretary of State for Defence and Ministry of Defence in ...more »

Nashville passes law requiring county approval for any new or expanded landfill permits
Waste DiveMay 4, 2017

... law could actually favor landfill operators and noted that the bill's sponsor used to work for a landfill company. Different legal standards will now be applied during a potential appeals process that opponents believe could work against the county ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Loss of faith: Gordon Cooper's post-NASA stories
The Space ReviewMay 1, 2017

Then he was told the aircraft had not even been Smith's (who was also convicted of fraud for some other business activities), and it was repossessed, leaving Cooper in the hole for his work. ... Within a year it was all gone and Vis-Tec filed for ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Report: Jail Lt. Fired For Conduct During Internal Inv.
KBNDMay 10, 2017

"We don't discuss active investigations; we don't discuss personnel investigations, especially with those that report the incident. So, it had nothing to do with the original criminal allegation. This was strictly a violation of personnel policy and ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Info on startups in Odisha now a click away
Odisha Television Ltd.May 1, 2017

Besides, they can also know about commercial lease agreements, consultancy agreements, lease agreements, employment and non-disclosure agreement through sample tools in the portal. Under the Odisha Start-up Policy, a financial assistance of Rs ...more »

International Transactions
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House overwhelmingly backs new sanctions against North Korea
Fox BusinessMay 4, 2017

... International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the bill states. At times when the nation is facing unusual or extraordinary threats, the president has wide authority under the law, including the power to block or prohibit transactions involving ...more »

Communications & Media
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Arizona public records aren't so public
Arizona Capitol TimesMay 1, 2017

One possibility why Arizona agencies deny, reject and ignore such requests is the state's public records law requires only those requests be filled in a “timely manner” with no specific definition as to what is timely. That concept is beginning to see ...more »

Senate passes bill to license gun dealers
Columbia ChronicleMay 5, 2017

The Gun Dealer Licensing Act—Senate Bill 1657—introduced by Harmon Feb. 9, would require Illinois gun dealers to be licensed at the state as well as the federal level. The bill passed in the Senate April 27, 30–21, and is awaiting an unscheduled ...more »

Construction & Development
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Construction starts on 'synergistic' Superior Medical office building
Colorado Real Estate JournalMay 1, 2017

The next development piece of the Downtown Superior master-planned project is underway. Sawtooth Development Group broke ground April 4 on Superior Medical, a four-story, 60,000-square-foot multitenant medical office building at Three Superior Drive ...more »

Locating Funds
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EL CHAPO Act seeks to use kingpin's money to build border wall, would divert funds from law enforcement
ReutersMay 5, 2017

Ironically, the law enforcement authorities who once found humor in the proposition that Guzman will fund the wall are no longer laughing. Funds seized and forfeit in drug trafficking cases at present are deposited into the Justice Department's so ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro take differing actions on water intake
Wilkes Journal PatriotMay 3, 2017

County Attorney Triplett said he would send the same contract to each town. The county board's action resulted from the North Wilkesboro board's failure to act on a redesign contract from Municipal Engineering, which they received in February. Triplett ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Cross Country Healthcare Announces First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Yahoo FinanceMay 3, 2017

These ranges do not include the potential impact of any future divestitures, mergers, acquisitions or other business combinations, any impairment charges or valuation allowances, any acquisition-related measurement period adjustments, changes in debt ...more »

Controlled Substances Law
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Dangerous new street drugs: What you need to know
WYFF GreenvilleMay 4, 2017

Carfentanil is a Schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act, used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals. Street names for fentanyl and carfentanil include Apache, China White, China Girl, Apache, Goodfella, Tango ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Supreme Court clears the way for cities, including LA, to sue banks over foreclosure crisis
Los Angeles TimesMay 1, 2017

The Supreme Court expanded the reach of federal housing law Monday, ruling that cities — including Los Angeles — can sue major banks for discriminatory lending practices that hurt low-income neighborhoods during the Great Recession. The decision ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Revolving doors: DLA Piper, Ince & Co bulk up in Germany while Shearman and Fox Williams bring in City partners
Legal Business (blog)May 1, 2017

Schulze Steinen advises local and international companies in corporate law, above all in restructuring measures, the law relating to stock corporations and corporate finance, and Fuechsel focusses on the fields of private equity/M&A, company law ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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But How Are The Lawyers Themselves Embracing Innovation?
Above the LawMay 3, 2017

... different from an organizational perspective — Apttus is a rapid growth start-up company valued at over a billion dollars, while CLOC is a non-profit organization with the stated goal of “driving positive change across the corporate legal services ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Puerto Rico turns to courts for debt protection
WQOW TV News 18May 3, 2017

US attorney details why no charges in Alton Sterling case ... A white former South Carolina police officer whose killing of an unarmed black man running from a traffic stop was captured on cellphone video has pleaded guilty to federal civil rights ...more »

Professional Corporations
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IBM Says New Watson Tool Could Dramatically Reduce Outside Counsel Spend
Corporate Counsel (registration)May 17, 2017

"Outside counsel spend is really a significant concern for corporate general counsel," Kuhn said, noting that "on average, corporate law departments spend one-third to 50 percent of their annual budget on outside counsel." To cut down on these costs ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Another Anti-Immigrant Hardliner Scores a Key Administration Appointment
Mother JonesMay 3, 2017

John Feere, formerly of the Center for Immigration Studies, now works for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Stephen Miller, who worked to defeat immigration reform as a Senate staffer to current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is now a White House ...more »

Public Offerings
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Public defender appointed for Lake County dad charged in son's death
Chicago Daily HeraldMay 2, 2017

A Park City man facing allegations that his failure to give his son medication led to the 11-year-old boy's death last year was appointed a public defender Tuesday after his private attorney was forced to step down. Defense lawyer LaTonya Burton, who ...more »

Debt Collection
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Legal Notices for May 1, 2017
The Transylvania TimesMay 1, 2017

Collections System and Maintenance Division personnel remained on duty and monitored pump speed and pressures during the event. The total estimated amount of discharge was 228,000 gallons from the Neely Road site. ... Reasons of such inability to ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Memorial Production Partners Bankruptcy Reorganization Effective
Bankrupt Company News (press release) (blog)May 5, 2017

Memorial Production Partners' Second Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization became effective, and the Company emerged from Chapter 11 protection under the name Amplify Energy. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court confirmed the Plan on April 14, 2017.more »

Debt Settlement
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Monarca Minerals Inc. Announces Private Placement, Debt Settlement and Share Consolidation
Yahoo FinanceMay 1, 2017

Monarca currently has 146,475,695 Common Shares outstanding and, following the Consolidation, will have approximately 29,295,139 Common Shares outstanding before giving effect to the Financing and Debt Settlement. The change in the number of ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Protect Your Business With Succession Planning
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)May 4, 2017

You need to work with a skilled business attorney to ensure your business will continue to thrive even if you are unable to manage the operations. For assistance developing a succession plan for your business, contact The Posey Law Firm, PC today.more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Introduces Employment
Property and CasualtyMay 3, 2017

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance ( www.bhspecialty.com ) provides commercial property, casualty, healthcare professional liability, executive and professional lines, surety, travel, programs, medical stop loss, and homeowners insurance. The ...more »

Unfair Competition
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More Scrutiny Seen for Noncompete Agreements
Bloomberg BNAMay 5, 2017

“It is still a very vibrant area of law, if done correctly,” Carlson said. There is “tremendous pressure to protect against unfair competition” because modern technology allows “information to be shared in a nanosecond,” he said, with employees able to ...more »

False Advertising
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Boston: Gov. Baker to Unveil Bill to Update State's Wiretapping Law
95.9 WATD-FM (blog)May 2, 2017

Charlie Baker is teaming with Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey to unveil legislation he says is aimed at updating the state's wiretapping law. The Republican governor says changes to the outdated laws are needed to give police and the courts ...more »

Venture Capital
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List Extra: A roundup of VC in KC
Kansas City Business JournalMay 4, 2017

As part of this week's Top Area Venture Capital Providers List, we gather some key data points, an instructive quote and a short story. Subscribe to get the full story. Already a subscriber? Sign in. Subscribe to get the full story. Already a ...more »

Federal Contracts
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How Corporate Chiefs Saw Their Stock Soar After White House Visits
New York SunMay 1, 2017

“Following meetings with federal government officials, firms receive more government contracts and are more likely to receive regulatory relief,” the professors write. “Firms with access to the Obama administration experience significantly lower stock ...more »

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