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Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...more »

Construction starts on Irvine's Great Park development
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The development sits on the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Irvine approved the first phase of the construction last year. "With today's groundbreaking, we are moving forward with the first phase of Great Park Neighborhoods.more »

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Commercial Contracts
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Xcel Energy 2011 Year End Earnings Report
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

The rate increases are net of a provision for refund of approximately $67 million for Minnesota and $2.3 million for North Dakota, based on settlements reached with various parties in both cases. In addition, NSP-Minnesota reduced depreciation expense ...more »

Franchise Contracts
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Grimes & Battersby, LLC Announce the Completion of Their Website
PR Web (press release)February 10, 2012

The firm can provide assistance with legal matters pertaining to entertainment licensing, product licensing, character licensing, franchising or trademark, copyright, patent and intellectual property enforcement. They are a full service law firm that ...more »

Contract Disputes
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Insurance deal ends uncertainty for SLU, Des Peres patients
STLtoday.comFebruary 2, 2012

WellPoint companies have also earned the reputation of driving hard bargains in their contract talks. In the last year or so, Anthem Blue Cross companies have engaged in numerous publicly reported contract disputes with hospitals and medical groups in ...more »

Government Contracts
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House Republican seeks to curb 'deceitful' subcontracting
GovExec.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Charles S. Clark Seeking to level the playing field for small business in federal contracting, the chairman of a House Small Business subcommittee on Thursday introduced a bill to “give small contractors a voice when their work is being unfairly ...more »

Lending Agreements
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The responsible lending and borrowing imperative: addressing the root causes ...
EURODADFebruary 2, 2012

The lack of transparency, accountability, and respect for democratic processes and information-sharing surrounding loan agreements and international financing has serious implications. The report calls for a reassessment of the holistic explanations ...more »

Contract Drafting, Review & Negotiation
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Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.more »

Secured Transactions
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Equity One Closes $200M Unsecured Term Loan
Retail TrafficFebruary 21, 2012

Equity One plans to use the proceeds from the transaction to pay down the outstanding balance on its $575 million revolving credit facility, in addition to acquisitions, development projects and general corporate purposes. PNC Capital Markets LLC and ...more »

Employment Contracts
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50000 state workers still without a contract
Albany Times UnionFebruary 2, 2012

Thanks to a state law known as the Triborough Amendment, many of the existing conditions in public employee labor contracts remain in place when the old agreement expires. Thus workers can still get the same health insurance and other benefits such as ...more »

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory | You Say Article 2A, I Say Division 10
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)February 2, 2012

The trial court concluded that the indemnification provision on the invoice was enforceable under Section 2207 of the California Uniform Commercial Code. Students of the UCC will recognize Section 2207 as the infamous “battle of the forms” provision.more »

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