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European venture deals hit 11-year low
Financial NewsNovember 1, 2011

European venture capital investment has fallen to its lowest quarterly level since the dot-com crash, according to Dow Jones VentureSource, despite hopes that the region's venture industry is set for a growth spurt. The number of venture deals in the ...more »

Meet the people who've given themselves crazy names by deed poll 1, 2011

The reason behind her name change 18 months ago is simple. “I love wolves,” she says. Throughout her Leicester home, the 53-year-old, who runs a web development business with her partner Paul, has countless pictures of – you guessed it – wolves. ...more »

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Building Codes
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Real estate lawyer Michael Eddings closes firm amid audit
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerNovember 2, 2011

“Audits for real estate law practices are very common and routine,” he added, saying he'd discuss the matter after the audit is complete. Carrie Navarifar, a First American spokeswoman, said the company does not comment on “internal matters. ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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How One CEO Took on the Law
Inc.comNovember 1, 2011

... an industrial abrasives manufacturer based outside Minneapolis. But it was his passion for home-brewed beer that led him to launch his company, Surly Brewing. Despite some obstacles, including a state law that Ansari's customers recently helped ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Goodwin Procter Selected for 19 Top Tier National Practice Rankings in US News ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Goodwin was ranked in 71 metropolitan practice categories overall in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, DC The firm was honored for excellence in Corporate Governance, FDA Law, Public Finance, ...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Cain's book on Bialek's money woes
PoliticoNovember 8, 2011

In 2005, when Bialek was living in a different Lake Shore Drive apartment, another creditor won a judgment against her for $3900, and in 2006, a different company took out a mechanic's lien against her claiming that she failed to pay $886, ...more »

US Commercial-Property Lending Rises to Highest Since 2007
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

New loans for commercial and multifamily mortgages climbed 98 percent from a year earlier and 10 percent from the second quarter, according to an index compiled by the Washington-based association. The group's gauge reached 138, the highest since the ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Related urges court to overturn ILSA ruling amid concerns over condo presales
The Real Deal New York (blog)November 3, 2011

The judge ordered Related to refund a $510000 deposit to the buyers, saying the sales contract was never notarized and that ILSA law requires contracts to be in a "recordable" format that can be filed with the Office of the City Register, ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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TGEG to Build 500000 Homes in New Partnership with Universal Resources ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 11, 2011

This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of the 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections.more »

Construction Litigation
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Women can hold own in male industries
Herald SunNovember 9, 2011

In some cases, she said, women perform better in traditionally male-dominated industries like construction, forestry, mining and energy, than men. "Representing workers in the mining industry, we find that employers tend to prefer women when it comes ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Crackdown on vacant home scam brings two arrests
Tbo.comNovember 4, 2011

By STEVE ANDREWS | News Channel 8 Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents and Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives arrested two men tied to a real estate scam that spread to five counties in the Tampa Bay area. The Florida attorney general's ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Eminent Domain Reform at the Mississippi Ballot Box
Reason Online (blog)November 8, 2011

In 2009 the governor vetoed a similar eminent domain reform bill that enjoyed bipartisan support in the Mississippi statehouse, explaining that the proposed law would cramp his ability to lure large corporations to the state. As I observed at the time, ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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In defence of our human rights defenders
Ottawa CitizenNovember 1, 2011

Restrictive real estate covenants were used by landowners in Ontario to prohibit Jews, racial minorities and others of "questionable" nationality from doing so. In the late 1940s, despite widespread belief that Canada, and especially Ontario, ...more »

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Matt Taibbi on Russia, Wall Street and Prosecuting Corporate Crime
Corporate Crime ReporterNovember 9, 2011

“They have to first stop the foreclosure settlement,” Taibbi says. “Those two things go hand in hand.” “It would relieve these companies from widespread civil liability at the very least. And there is talk that it is also going to encompass criminal...more »

Title Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC is a full service business litigation and shareholder rights advocacy firm with more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional matters. Powers Taylor, LLP is a boutique litigation law firm that ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Kenny Feng: What Are MLPs and Why Are They Outperforming? (press release)November 9, 2011

MLPs are similar to REITs in that they own hard assets with permanent storage value. But REITs are much more exposed to economic cycles than MLPs and REIT distributions are consequently much more volatile. MLPs have raised their distributions on ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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USD officials concerned by medical marijuana
USD VistaNovember 11, 2011

The lack of local zoning laws on medical marijuana dispensaries has thrown the whole matter into turmoil, said Tom Cleary, USD's Director of Community and Government Relations and Chairman of the Linda Vista Planning Group. "It's an odd situation. ...more »


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