Contracts News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in February, 2012

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November Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico up 12.7% Year-over-year
TruckinginfoFebruary 1, 2012

Trade using surface transportation between the US and Canada and Mexico was 12.7% higher in November 2011 than in November 2010, totaling $76.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the US Department of Transportation.more »

Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Contracts News and Stories

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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US Women's Soccer & Where The Narrative Should Lie….
The Shin GuardianFebruary 6, 2012

Contractually, it was a violation of its mandated mediation guidelines to take or even feign preemptive legal action to terminate the franchise. Mediation must come first, and in failing to address these concerns according to its own bylaws, ...more »

Contract Disputes
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Consumers Can't Sue Credit Card Companies for Deceptive Language and Hidden Fees
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

The plaintiffs had hoped that the 1996 Credit Repair Organization Act, aimed at stopping deceptive credit card practices, would allow them to be heard in front of a jury. Not so, said the court—nothing in the act decisively prevents companies from ...more »

Government Contracts
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House lawmakers push for additional small business contracting reforms
Washington Post (blog)February 8, 2012

By JD Harrison One week after proposing legislation to raise small firms' allotment of federal spending, House lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a trio of bipartisan bills intended to further reform small business contracting. Rep. Judy Chu and Rep.more »

Lending Agreements
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Police hunt for loan shark Frank Buyanga
Nehanda RadioFebruary 12, 2012

The recipients were made to sign agreements of sale documents giving his company powers of attorney and an eviction notice which were to be used in the event that they failed to settle their debts. The lending rate was 10 percent of the total borrowed ...more »

Contract Drafting, Review & Negotiation
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There's More Than One Way to Draft a City Charter
VoiceofOCFebruary 6, 2012

The city employees' union filed suit last May, arguing that the outsourcing plan breached the city's labor contract and violated a state law that prohibits "general law" cities like Costa Mesa from outsourcing many of their services.more »

Secured Transactions
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DPG Investments and Affiliates Expedite $7.2 Million in Financing for Haverly ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 16, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- DPG INVESTMENTS, LLC, and affiliates successfully originated, financed and expedited a $7.2 million senior-secured 80 percent LTC bridge loan for Wilkinson Corporation's acquisition of Haverly at Stone ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Memorial Service Tuesday for Garvens; Visitation Included Police Honor Guard
Patch.comFebruary 14, 2012

Garvens is survived by Lorna, his wife of 54 years; his children Jim, Jon, Jay, Grant and Sandy; his daughters-in law Angie, Marlo and Angela; and his grandchildren Ben, Jake, Logan, Alex, Ian, Asher, Ella, Nadia and Anna.more »

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