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Putting an end to corruption
Management TodayNovember 1, 2011

'It's surprisingly common in international construction contracts, but a kind of bribery. These "sponsors" are often connected to the ruling elite and you're expected to pay them a retainer to make "connections".' Darby declined and didn't get the ...more »

Attorney General Kamala Harris to Round Up Homeless Sex Offenders Tonight
SF Weekly (blog)November 1, 2011

In compact San Francisco, the law has meant that the parolees can't live anywhere indoors at all, and have instead been living in vans, on a series of couches, or on the street. In today's press conference, state adult parole director Robert Ambroselli ...more »

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Building Codes
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Dallas Intellectual Property Law Firm Adds Partner, Changes Name
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

"Keith brings a wealth of trial experience covering federal securities, corporate governance, antitrust, unfair competition, lender liability, commercial contracts, toxic tort, bankruptcy, real estate, environmental law, employment discrimination, ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Egypt settles legal disputes with foreign firms
ReutersNovember 1, 2011

Saleh said discussions were under way to amend Egypt's investment law to allow for out-of-court reconciliation as a method to solve disputes. (Reporting by Tamim Elyan; Editing by Tom Pfeiffer and Erica Billingham)more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Security Concerns Limit Law Firms' Use of Cloud Computing, The American ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Respondents were all among the 200 largest US law firms. Full survey results are available from ALM Legal Intelligence at www.almlegalintelligence.com . ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news and ...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Consumer Tip: Ins, outs about homestead declarations
Marin Independent-JournalNovember 22, 2011

It will not prevent the foreclosure and possible sale of the home from claims of creditors secured by a mortgage, deeds of trust or businesses that have mechanic's liens on the property as a result of providing services or improvements. ...more »

Michael Bloomberg: 'It Was Not The Banks That Created The Mortgage Crisis' [WATCH]
Huffington PostNovember 1, 2011

It was not the banks that created the mortgage crisis. It was, plain and simple, Congress who forced everybody to go and give mortgages to people who were on the cusp." Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who was also at the breakfast, took issue with ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Navy schedules opening ceremony for Goliad airfield
Victoria AdvocateNovember 7, 2011

Goliad County retained the law firm on a contingency contract, which provides payment based on how much money the county can collect beyond the $2.36 million, should the property be condemned. In August, the Navy approved the Goliad construction...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Ex-Links chief Angel to be charged with integrating an emerging global legal...
Legal WeekNovember 4, 2011

The fact that Angel's title bridges both partnerships is a crucial distinction from that of his UK-based senior partner predecessor, Janet Legrand, whose mandate was limited to the international LLP. Marking the first time that the firm has appointed a ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Stradley Ronon Partner to Participate in Construction Contract Seminar
Citybizlist (press release)November 11, 2011

In addition, he has tried both jury and non-jury cases and has represented clients in arbitrations, mediations and hearings before administrative law judges and referees. Kingsley is co-chair of the firm's construction practice group. ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Newsmaker spotlight: Nohrr reappointed to judicial commission
Florida TodayNovember 6, 2011

“His commitment to the profession is evident through his continued dedication and support for the legal community in Florida.” Nohrr, 68, has practiced law in the areas of real estate, land use and zoning, civil litigation, corporate and estate ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Pressure builds in Nebraska over TransCanada pipeline
CTV.caNovember 1, 2011

Eminent domain laws in the US require landowners to grant easements across their land, for fair market value, to projects such as railways and pipelines that are considered to benefit the public good. But unlike some states along the pipeline's route, ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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10-Q: SIERRA MONITOR CORP /CA/
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkNovember 10, 2011

Sales of Environment Controllers to the telecommunications industry in the three-month period ended September 30, 2011 were approximately $238000 compared to $213000 in the three-month period ended September 30, 2010. In the nine-month period ended ...more »

Foreclosure
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Occupy Wall Street to March Against Foreclosure Fraud Settlement
FiredoglakeNovember 4, 2011

... a crime (a felony) to fine improper paperwork with the courts, subject to 10 years in jail and fines of $10000 per violation. Note that this legislation did not change the legal requirement for foreclosure; it simply criminalized failure to comply. ...more »

Title Litigation
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Cohen & Grigsby Recognized as Tier 1 Law Firm in U.S. News & World Report Rankings
Sacramento BeeNovember 2, 2011

1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and an office in Bonita Springs, FL, is pleased to announce that several of the firm's practice areas have received Tier 1 rankings as part of the ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 21, 2011

... environmental matters, legal matters, reliance on key personnel, unitholder liability, income taxes, the investment in the United States of America ("US"), US currency and RioCan's qualification as a real estate investment trust for tax purposes. ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Officials back trailer homes
KC Community NewsNovember 1, 2011

After listening to the concerns of several Tanglewood Lakes residents, the commission agreed to develop an amendment to the Linn County zoning regulations that would allow residents to live in travel or camping trailers if they live in an area owned by ...more »

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