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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of China Organic Agriculture, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) despite indicating otherwise, China Organic had received no initial payments for its September 2008 sale of Jilin ...more »

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of Commercial Metals Company
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP is a national law firm which represents investors and individuals in class action litigation. The firm is focused on providing exemplary legal services in complex litigation in the areas of securities, shareholder, antitrust and ...more »

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Asset Protection
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Trademark wars heat up. Be ready.
CNNDecember 1, 2011

Furthermore, more law firms have found trademark litigation to be a lucrative business, said Matthew Swyers, founder of The Trademark Company, which represents thousands of small businesses. Law firms are hurting, he said. "They need billable hours. ...more »

Guardianship & Conservatorship
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Proprietor of care home in Lexington defends his operation
Lexington Herald LeaderDecember 20, 2011

State guardianship officials said five state wards have "transitioned'' out of the home in the past three months, Cabinet spokeswoman Gwenda Bond said. By December, guardianship staff had visited seven times in the last 90 days to check the welfare of ...more »

Charitable Trusts
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Legitimate charity or scam? State's website can help donors
New Philadelphia Times ReporterDecember 5, 2011

The AG's charitable registration search, Wilson said, “will give people an avenue to check whether they're legitimate or not.” The AG Office's Charitable Law Section recently updated the registration process for charitable trusts in Ohio to an online ...more »

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The CorkmanDecember 2, 2011

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Living Trusts
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Senior-housing market booms
Kansas City StarDecember 1, 2011

In the third quarter of 2011 alone, 39 senior housing deals worth $5.5 billion were completed, primarily by real estate investment trusts that specialize in housing for the elderly. That figure includes independent-living and assisted-living...more »

Estate Administration
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Philadelphia Lawyer Transported to New Jersey to Face Charges that he Stole ...
Insurance News Net (press release)December 14, 2011

Kwasnik allegedly misappropriated the funds for his own benefit and for other purposes unrelated to the administration of the estate, including paying other clients and paying operating expenses of his firm. The Attorney General's Office announced the ...more »

Power Of Attorney
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Virginia online health registry to improve accessibility to documents
Roanoke TimesDecember 8, 2011

Besides detailing wishes for end-of-life care, such as do-not-resuscitate orders, people also can include information appointing a medical power of attorney. Records are protected by a password and personal identification number. ...more »

Why now is the time to take advantage of gift tax exemptions
Smart Business NetworkDecember 1, 2011

Now is the time to sit down with your estate planner to take advantage of tax law that likely will change in the coming year. The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 increased the applicable exclusion amount ...more »

Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts
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Milton Hershey School releases statement regarding lawsuit brought by ...
CBS 21December 1, 2011

However, the School acknowledges that this is an evolving area of the law. This case poses questions that were left unanswered in the Doe v. County of Centre decision and an application to a unique residential private school setting. ...more »

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