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Facebook Lawyers Want 'Stratospheric' Fee, Ceglia SaysWeighing In: Who is Brewster's Woman of Distinction? [POLL]Judge: BP contract shielded Halliburton in spillJudge Declares Mistrial In 'Sting' Bribery CaseAgriculture Department Eases Stance on ContractsEmployment Law Lessons from the $16M MacAndrews & Forbes VerdictLaw Firms Resume Poaching Partners in Tough MarketNuance Introduces eCopy Legal Solution Pack, Streamlining Paper-to-Digital ...No Call List violations top Missouri scam in 2011DA, Sheriff Enforce New Law Banning Dangerous 'Bath Salts,' Designer DrugsAutomatic renewal clauses in “business contracts” now regulatedJudge Declares Mistrial in Bribery 'Sting' CaseCitizens board hires attorney to dispute judgmentChina-Based Hackers Target Law Firms to Get Secret Deal DataIs the Tide Turning for Home Rule in Pennsylvania? Nine GOP Senators Oppose ...

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China's quest for energy from Russia exposes history of distrust
The Seattle TimesJanuary 1, 2012

While the law of supply and demand — as well as a common desire to curb the United States — pushes the two countries together, a long history of mutual distrust, similarly hard-nosed business styles and gnawing fear of dependency keeps them apart. ...more »

On the move: People in business
Jackson Clarion LedgerJanuary 1, 2012

•Robert Parrott has joined the law firm as a litigation associate in the firm's Jackson office. He previously interned with the Mississippi Supreme Court under Justice David Chandler and with the US District Court for the Northern District of ...more »

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Facebook Lawyers Want 'Stratospheric' Fee, Ceglia Says
BusinessWeekJanuary 31, 2012

Ceglia then switched to a team led by DLA Piper LLP, one of the biggest law firms in the world, with 4200 attorneys in 30 countries. DLA Piper quit less than three months later. Ceglia was then represented by a San Diego lawyer who was replaced by ...more »

Weighing In: Who is Brewster's Woman of Distinction? [POLL]
Patch.comJanuary 31, 2012

By Ashley Tarr and Plamena Pesheva State Sen. Greg Ball (R, C — Patterson) is accepting nominations to honor a woman from each town, village and city in the 40th Senate District. Municipalities either have selected or are currently in the process of ...more »

Judge: BP contract shielded Halliburton in spill
Boston.comJanuary 31, 2012

By Cain Burdeau AP / January 31, 2012 NEW ORLEANS—A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Halliburton can avoid paying most of the pollution claims that resulted from the catastrophic 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because it was shielded in a contract with ...more »

Judge Declares Mistrial In 'Sting' Bribery Case
Wall Street Journal (blog)January 31, 2012

... defense minister of Gabon to win a military equipment contract. The government has prioritized the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars US companies and individuals from paying bribes to foreign officials, in recent years.more »

Agriculture Department Eases Stance on Contracts
Wall Street JournalJanuary 31, 2012

The groups said the proposed change would have unfairly required businesses with USDA contracts to certify that their subcontractors and suppliers are in compliance with labor laws, a mandate they called a burdensome and impossible task that runs ...more »

Employment Law Lessons from the $16M MacAndrews & Forbes Verdict
Corporate CounselJanuary 31, 2012

Although the legal theories put forth in last week's MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. trial may have been classic, as in all contract disputes the devil was in the details. David Dunn, a partner in the New York office of Hogan Lovells, says there are ...more »

Law Firms Resume Poaching Partners in Tough Market
Wall Street JournalJanuary 31, 2012

Billable hours increased only 1% overall last year and dropped sharply for transactional work in the fourth quarter, according to the index, which is based on data from about 130 large law firms. Bankruptcy work declined throughout the year.more »

Nuance Introduces eCopy Legal Solution Pack, Streamlining Paper-to-Digital ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 31, 2012

“Where we see paper as part of a business workflow within the legal industry, not only do we see inefficiencies with the process, we also see costly manual or outsourced paper processes that could save legal organizations thousands of dollars.more »

No Call List violations top Missouri scam in 2011
KY3January 31, 2012

Koster encourages consumers to provide credit card information only to familiar merchants and only when the consumer initiates the call. 5. HOME REPAIR AND REMODELING (926 complaints) – Complaints against home improvements/home repair contractors are ...more »

DA, Sheriff Enforce New Law Banning Dangerous 'Bath Salts,' Designer Drugs
ScoopSanDiego.comJanuary 31, 2012

"We're taking this action to let businesses know about the new law and penalties they could face," Dumanis said. "More importantly, we want to be proactive to let San Diegans know how dangerous these drugs can be. "Bath salts" in particular have been ...more »

Automatic renewal clauses in “business contracts” now regulated
WisBarJanuary 31, 2012

As a practical matter, this law (effective May 1, 2011) generally impacts business contracts involving equipment and services in a variety of industries, including health care, construction, food service, consulting, information technology, ...more »

Judge Declares Mistrial in Bribery 'Sting' Case
Wall Street JournalJanuary 31, 2012

The federal government in recent years has made a priority of enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars US companies and individuals from paying bribes to foreign officials to gain a business advantage. Prosecutors declined to comment.more »

Citizens board hires attorney to dispute judgment
Daily CometJanuary 31, 2012

The governing board of Louisiana's property insurer of last resort has agreed to a $500000 legal contract to dispute a $93 million judgment against the company for late payments after the 2005 hurricanes. The Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.more »

China-Based Hackers Target Law Firms to Get Secret Deal Data
BusinessWeekJanuary 31, 2012

The Canadian government later killed the BHP takeover using federal powers to declare it wasn't in the nation's interest. Similarities between the Canadian attack and other recent intrusions at US law firms suggest that cyberattacks on attorneys are ...more »

Is the Tide Turning for Home Rule in Pennsylvania? Nine GOP Senators Oppose ...
Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)January 31, 2012

Those cases held that, while existing state law doesn't allow a municipality to regulate a technical “feature” of gas drilling or pass an ordinance whose “purpose” is the regulation of gas drilling, it can zone the areas where a frack well may be put ...more »

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