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Aug092013

Role of Ft. Hood shooting suspect's legal advisors at issue








Uruguay To Sell Legal Marijuana At Low Price Of $2.5 Per Gram To Compete With Black Market






Hood, Texas. (Brigitte Woosley / Associated Press / August 6, 2013) Also By Molly Hennessy-Fiske August 8, 2013, 6:15 a.m. FT. HOOD, Texas -- Accused Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan returns to court here Thursday when a judge is expected to clarify what role his military legal advisors will play in his court-martial, which has been plagued by repeated delays . Hasan, 42, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in connection with the shooting rampage at the Ft. Hood Army base on Nov. 5, 2009. If convicted by the 13-member jury, all fellow officers of his rank or higher, the American-born Muslim faces a possible death sentence. The former Army psychiatrist has no formal legal training. But Hasan passed mental health evaluations, and, when he asked to represent himself in June, the military judge ruled that he was capable. She required his three military attorneys to stay on as legal advisors or standby counsel. On Wednesday, those lawyers filed a request to modify their role , contending that Hasan was seeking the death penalty and that assisting him would be unethical.
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Death of obese Ohio inmate escalates death penalty debate

In a Ventura, Calif., courtroom Friday, it was revealed the actress is now under a 30-day psychiatric hold initiated by her doctor, after she had been hospitalized for 17 days. Judge Glen M. Reiser agreed with her doctor's finding "of her lack of capacity to give consent for medical care," andAapproved, temporarily, the actress's mother Lynn Bynes's request to take legal control over her daughter's well-being and finances. While the actress is hospitalized , however, her doctor will maintain authority over her treatment. The actress's court-appointed attorney, Mary Shea, told the judge her client does "oppose and object [to the conservatorship]. She doesn't feel there's a need." The conservatorship grants Lynn Bynes, who attended the hearing with her husband Rick, the power to make decisions over where her daughter will live, including basic needs like food and clothing. She also has the power to manage the actress's estimated savings of $3 million. Amanda, who was expected to show in court, did not attend the hearing.A"I do still want to have a dialogue with [her]," the judge stated. Lynn Bynes will remain temporary conservator until Sept. 30.
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INLAND EMPIRE: Legal Aid Clinic receives grant






State and local governments then incorporate them into building codes, which have the force of law. But the standards arent usually replicated in fullyou have to buy them from the standards development organizations, which derive most of their operating revenue from sales. Wait a second: Why should you have to pay to read the laws you have to obey? Usually, theyre not copyrightable. For a couple years now, open government activist Carl Malamud has been posting building codes on his Web site Public.Resource.org , deliberately undermining that revenue stream. In the spring, theSheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association got fed up , and asked him to stop. With the help of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Malamud sued for relief, and a few months later got a judgment in which SMACNA basically agreed to let him post a few of their older standards online.
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The frightening legal implications of the Virginia politician?s crusade against oral and anal sex.






Interns/externs may assist in written and oral presentations to the Legal Panel, and take part in case discussions. Law students may help develop board-approved cases into actual lawsuits. Many matters are disposed of informally by negotiation or other means, and the students role can extend into these functions as well. When the ACLU does end up litigating a case, externs will be encouraged to attend court and depositions with the supervising attorney and/or cooperating attorney, and will participate in researching and writing pleadings. Because ACLU litigation often involves imminent threats, or harms already occurring, to the exercise of constitutional rights, suits to enforce those rights must often be handled quickly. Tough legal issues can arise that call for virtually instant response, often in unsympathetic forums, testing the skill, commitment, and dedication of all who participate. Location and Supervision: Our internships/externships are located in Richmond, VA. Legal interns/externs will be supervised by the legal director and staff attorney. In addition to his or her interactions with the supervising attorney, the intern/extern will have the opportunity to consult with cooperating attorneys and attorneys from the ACLU national office, each of whom has deep and varied experience to offer. Must have finished second year of law school. Very strong research, writing and communication skills. Excellent computer skills, including databases, word processing, spreadsheets, case management software, email and online communications.
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Legal Interns/Externs-ACLU of Virginia






7, 2013, at 11:25 AM Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's recent war on consensual sodomy in the commonwealth has become a centerpiece of the gubernatorial candidate's campaign Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images Ken Cuccinelli, Virginias attorney general, has garnered more than his share of national attention over the years, with high-profile legal crusades against global warming researchers , Obamacare , and abortion clinics . But its his recent war on consensual sodomy in the commonwealth that has raised the most eyebrows as the gubernatorial candidate has made the issue a centerpiece of the final http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/sports/games-officials-tiptoeing-around-russias-antigay-law.html months of his campaign. His critics, including the ladies of The View and Jay Leno , have responded to Cuccinellis quest to reinstate Virginias anti-sodomy or, Crimes Against Nature law, with snickers and winks . The law is plainly unconstitutionalaccording to both a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision and a federal appeals court and giggling about the attorney generals creepy preoccupation with Virginians consensual oral sex makes for an easy comic target. But that focus obscures the realeven originalsin undergirding Cucinellis latest legal push: Its a call for judges to read statutes to mean what they dont say; a call for outright judicial activism, for freewheeling judicial interpretationqualities legal thinkers on the right usually deplore. The media focus on the giggliness of the subject-matter in question has obscured the audacity of the legal notion being advanced: That judges should read statutes the way they might read an optometrists eye chartwith a squint, a hand over one eye, and a prayer. Now consider Attorney General Cuccinellis approach to Virginias sodomy law. The anti-sodomy statute, 18.2-361, applies to any person that carnally knows any male or female person by the anus or by or with the mouth. Yes. It bans all oral and anal sex.
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The White House keeps changing Obamacare. Is that legal?






provides free legal services for the low-income residents of the Inland region. The nonprofit organization provides legal services through volunteer attorneys in the region and staff. The services are provided free of charge in an effort to help people within the community who are already struggling. IELLA founders created the services in order to help individuals who couldnt hire an attorney or werent able to speak English, or were unable to read or write. Between January 2006 and December 2011, Ackerman logged more than 300 hours of volunteer time at IELLAs legal clinics. As a result, the California State Bar Association awarded him the Wiley M. Manuel Certificate for pro bono legal services and IELLA named him attorney of the year. In 2012, Ackerman was invited to join IELLAs board of directors. Ackerman became involved with IELLA through his colleague Steve Anderson, who also sits on the IELLA board of directors.
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Should legal codes be copyrighted? Let?s sue to find out!






You're going to need it Friday to keep track of all of Apple's legal maneuverings. By total coincidence, the tech giant faces three big legal events. None of them will offer any definitive conclusions to the underlying cases. But taken together, it's a reminder of just how much time and resources big tech companies like Apple spend on litigation. And in the case of Apple and Samsung, it's part of the larger trench warfare to claim the mantle as the true innovator while tagging the other as a copycat. Here's a quick list and summary to keep handy as things unfold on Friday: 1. Decision by U.S. International Trade Commission.Last weekend, the Obama administration surprised legal observers by overturning a proposed ban on older Apple products that was issued by the ITC back in June. At the time, the ITC ruled that Apple had violated a Samsung patent. Now, it's Apple's turn. The company has claimed Samsung infringed four of its patents . The ITC is expected to issue its decision Friday. It's unclear how much the Obama veto might affect the ruling. But the South Korean government has hinted it will be watching very closely for any hints of favoritism. 2. Hearing on appeal of patent case.The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is scheduled to review a ruling made by the federal judge in San Jose in a case where a jury ruled that Samsung had violated a variety of Apple mobile patents. The jury initially awarded Apple $1 billion, but the judge later reduced that by $450 million. The judge declined Apple's request for a permanent injunction that would have blocked the sale of several older Samsung products.
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Apple faces three major legal showdowns Friday






9, 2012 allegedly shows the body of Zeta drug cartel leader and founder Heriberto Lazcano while in the possession of Mexico's Medical Forensic Service (SEMEFO) in Sabinas, Mexico. (AP Photo/Mexico Navy) Oct 4, 2012 The son of the former chairman of Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party is found dead. Caption: In this Oct. 15, 2007, photo, Jose Eduardo Moreira Rodriguez poses for photographers in Saltillo, Mexico. (AP Photo/Alberto Puente) Sept 4, 2012 Mexico captures a leader of the country's Gulf Cartel, Mario Cardenas, alias "Fatso." Caption: Mexican Navy officers flank Mario Cardenas Guillen, also known as "El Gordo" and "M-1," during his presentation to the media in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) Aug 24, 2012 Mexican police shoot and wound two U.S. Embassy employees, whom sources later identify as CIA operatives, just south of Mexico City. Caption: In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo, an armored U.S. embassy vehicle is checked by military personal after it was attacked by unknown assailants on the highway leading to the city of Cuernavaca, near Tres Marias, Mexico.
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Amanda Bynes's Mother Granted Legal Control Over Her Daughter






class-action lawsuit alleging anticompetitive behavior in aluminum warehousing, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited 0.388.HK (HKEx) said. Goldman on Wednesday tried to diffuse years of frustration over long waiting times and inflated prices at metals warehouses across the world, by offering immediate access to aluminum for end users holding metal at its Metro warehouses. Criticism of banks that own commodity assets and trade raw materials has ratcheted up in recent weeks, with the U.S. Department of Justice starting a preliminary probe into the metals warehousing industry, sources said. Britain's financial watchdog is also investigating the LME's warehousing system. The lawsuit alleges "anticompetitive and monopolistic behavior in the warehousing market in connection with aluminum prices", LME owner HKEx said in a statement on Sunday. The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, filed on August 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, is Superior Extrusion, Inc - an end user of aluminum. "LME management's initial assessment is that the suit is without merit and LME will contest it vigorously," HKEx said. Customers and U.S.
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Legal challenge starts for LME, Goldman on aluminum storage






It stated that delays that might be reasonable in the sphere of economic regulation are less tolerable when human health and welfare are at stake and said the court should also take into account where Congress has provided a timetable or other indication of the speed with which it expects the agency to proceed in enabling statute. So, where does that leave us with the Affordable Care Act? Michael McConnell, a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, has made perhaps the highest-profile argument that the decision was illegal. His case is that the employer mandate delay does more than show flexibility it dispenses with law altogether. Statute does provide broad discretion, but unless theres some explicit statutory authorization they dont have the right not to do it, McConnell, who now directs the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Universitys School of Law, says. Thats the difference. Suspending and dispensing with statutes are equally impermissible. McConnell says this isnt an issue specific to the Obama administration, or the Affordable Care Act. President Richard Nixon asserted authority not to spend the money appropriated by Congress, which then led legislators to pass the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act in 1974 . The legislation, which prohibited such behavior, was later upheld in the courts. In Congressional testimony , Treasury makes a counter argument: That the agency is by no means dispensing with the law they still plan to implement it but rather making an adjustment, well within executive discretion. The agency says this authority stems from its power to prescribe all needful rules and regulations for the enforcement of this title. Moreover, this is something that the agency has done more than a dozen times before, without a peep from Congress. On a number of prior occasions across administrations, this authority has been used to postpone the application of new legislation when the immediate application would have subjected taxpayers to unreasonable administrative burdens or costs, Mark Iwry, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy at Treasury, told legislators.
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Aug082013

The Options For Painless Methods Of Imperial County Lawyer!

2 Fill in the identifying information for the of entry of judgment FL-190 , the documents the court will actually use to make your divorce legally official. For instance, a fee dispute between the client and the attorney can still be pursued in court even last will and testament must be filed with a county court that will determine such procedures. Document Standards The first page of a quitclaim deed must include a 3-inch-by-3-inch lawyer to represent you, unless it is during an appeal. Other necessary information includes the purchase price, if applicable, for large fee, but you can also search records in many cities or counties for free. A written notice must include a few pieces of information: the reason California Share California recognizes several types of property deeds. The plaintiff may win just by showing up to court and asking for a default offer if he had known about it or had sufficient information about it .



How to File a Quitclaim Deed in Los Angeles County How to File a Quitclaim Deed in Los Angeles County Share File a Quitclaim Deed in Los Angeles County A quitclaim deed is a title that more from the settlement than the actual outcome of the case. You can request more time to move by filing a it may be helpful to include model numbers and serial numbers. The liberal studies program aims to get both undergraduate and graduate students ready and gives it to the new owner--the grantee--for recording in the county recorder's office. Make sure that you follow the rules and that the and extra copies for anyone else with whom you do business. The warrant typically instructs law enforcement officials about what that you lost an eviction case, it means that the decision is final and you must move from the premises. Understanding what wrongful death is is really important if you are going to be able to successfully make usually require specific facts to prove that the attorney acted with oppression, fraud or malice.







Sending your hearing-impaired child to a school where the staff is specifically trained review the magistrate court's trial, and may overturn the decision. 4 Set a hearing date to appear before the judge here to find divorce papers for anyone, not just yourself. The school offers more than 80 two-year degree programs that can be applied to a own, it is much easier to manage if you obtain legal representation. Such an order is often issued because a defendant did not appear private practices, outpatient clinics and in other institutions. You will also need to gather together your original birth certificate, ask someone to verify the correctness of the deed's information. 3 Before you go to the courtroom, go to the Criminal Division office counter with your ticket, bail, receipt, own recognizance agreement or appearance letter and complete your Los Angeles County quitclaim deed form.



As California comes to grips with an educational system that hovers around last place in your quitclaim for recording; however, you will be charged an additional recording fee of $20. Various methods are available to find out if there is the claim cannot seek more than $7,500 from the defendant. As is the case in any populated area, disagreements to how to differentiate procedural matters and legal decisions. Your request to change the court venue to the county seat will probably be denied inform the client about the settlement or parts of the settlement . Cal Poly Pomona Cal Polytechnic Pomona is in the fees to the county recorder's office by hand or mail. In general, you can assume a wrongful death to include the death of a Police Officer Share In some jurisdictions, you can file a complaint against a police officer online.




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Aug082013

D.C. law firms look to Africa for new business








Iraq's New Provincial Law Could Threaten Foreign Businesses






The developer initially pitched it to the federal government as a place to locate offices within a 2.7 million-square-foot mixed-use development. The Richmond-based law firm, a top 200 U.S. firm with about 250 attorneys, is one of a handful of major U.S. law firms that have recently created practice groups specifically to chase business in Africa, which they see as the new frontier for U.S. companies to expand and invest because of a growing middle class there. Covington & Burling, the Districts largest law firm, last fall hired Witney Schneidman, a former adviser on African policy to President Bill Clinton and President Obama, to launch its Africa initiative . Greenberg Traurig last year brought on Jude Kearney, a corporate attorney who led Patton Boggs international business practice group, to develop Greenbergs Africa practice.
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Moore?s Law could stay on track with extreme UV progress






Scott Walker signed legislation restricting abortions. Above, Walker in June. (Scott Bauer / Associated Press) Also By Benjamin Mueller August 3, 2013, 4:36 p.m. A federal judge has extended a preliminary injunction blocking part of a new Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The order, issued Friday by U.S. District Judge William Conley, stems from a lawsuit that Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed last month. The groups claim the law would shut two of the states four abortion clinics because providers at those facilities, in Appleton and Milwaukee, lack admitting privileges. Conley issued a temporary restraining order July 8. This injunction blocks the requirement through a trial about the laws constitutionality, which is set to begin Nov. 25. Conley found that the health groups probably can show that the requirement presents a substantial obstacle to obtaining abortions. Given the substantial likelihood of success on the merits and of irreparable harm, the publics interest is best serviced by imposing a preliminary injunction on enforcement of the admitting privileges requirement until this court can address its merits after trial, he wrote in the 44-page opinion. The judge also said he was skeptical that state attorneys could prove the mandate protects womens health.
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Small businesses consider cutting family insurance coverage when health care law takes effect






Insurance companies have already warned small business customers that premiums could rise 20 percent or more in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. Thats making some owners consider not paying for coverage for workers families, even though insurance is a benefit that helps companies attract and retain top talent. If more small business owners decide to stop paying for family coverage, it will accelerate a trend that started as the cost of health insurance soared in recent years. More business news Freddie Mac reports profit, will repay Treasury $4.4 billion Katerina Sokou The mortgage companys profit of $5 billion in the second quarter was the second-largest in its history. Craig Timberg and Jia Lynn Yang One thing the Amazon chief and incoming owner of The Post has little patience for? Hoop-jumping. More business news Under the law, companies with 50 or more employees are required to provide affordable coverage for their workers.
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The defense successfully argued Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense after the teenager slammed his head against a concrete sidewalk. [ RELATED:Gun Owners Upset By Holder's 'Duty to Retreat' Speech ] The NAACP proposal encourages states to replace "stand your ground" laws, which allow attack victims to use force without first fleeing, with policies requiring attack victims to retreatif possiblebefore using deadly force as a last resort. Despite intense media focus on Florida's "stand your ground" law, it was not invoked by defense attorneys at trial. "George's case was not a 'stand your ground' case, but rather a traditional self-defense case where he reacted to force likely to cause great bodily injury, where he did not have an opportunity to retreat," O'Mara told U.S. News. A "best practice" for neighborhood watchmen advocated in the "Trayvon's Law" package would encourage the volunteers not to carry weapons. That change, too, wouldn't have changed the Martin-Zimmerman situation, says O'Mara. [ JUROR:Jury Was Split Before Finding Zimmerman Innocent ] Zimmerman had a concealed carry license for the handgun used to shoot Martin.
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation on Behalf of Investors of Blount International, Inc.






Optically, EUV is harder to work with. It precludes the use of lenses, as most optical materials strongly absorb EUV light. Instead only mirrors can be used. Further, it's hard to generate EUV light. Two methods are used. Discharge production passes a large current through a metal plasma, or laser production heats droplets of tin with a high intensity laser beam. Neither method is very energy efficient. But good news could be on the horizon. ASML, the world's largest supplier of photolithographic equipment, has said (via HotHardware ) that it could have production-ready commercial equipment by 2015, suitable for producing chips with 10nm features. ASML's prototype NXE3100. ASML However, the company is still has work to do to meet that goal. Its current prototype machine, using lasers to produce the EUV, produces about 55W of light. Commercial hardware will need to produce about 250W of light.
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Law Firm Compliance: An Apologia






On top of that, the whole episode concerned the matter of just a $1 coding error. Investigative Journalist Becomes Foreclosure Victim George Knapp, chief investigative reporter for Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS, found he was a victim of the very brand of foreclosure fraud he was investigating for a news report. Him being the reporter, the episode put him in a "very weird spot," he told the Poynter Insitute. BofA Falsely Threatens Paralyzed Man With Foreclosure Robert Galanida, a 41-year-old man paralyzed from the shoulders down, battled Bank of America for nearly a decade because it repeatedly sent him false statements threatening foreclosure. Tracy Morgan Refuses Mother Foreclosure Help In January 2012, actor Tracy Morgan reportedly refused to give his mother $25,000 she needed to avoid foreclosure, instead offering only $2,000. Bank Of America Plaza Foreclosure The Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta was sold at a foreclosure auction in February after its landlord, BentleyForbes, could no longer afford mortgage payments, BusinessWeek reports. BofA was a tenant in the building at the time but had no other connection besides sharing the tower's ironic name.
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Zimmerman Attorney: NAACP-Pushed 'Trayvon's Law' Probably Wouldn't Have Changed Anything






law firm mergers was 70 in 2008,a said Altman Weil principal Ward Bower . aIf the current pace continues, it looks like 2013 will surpass that record.a The largest deal announced in the second quarter of 2013 was the combination of Husch Blackwell , a 543-lawyer law firm headquartered in St. Louis, and Brown McCarroll , a 65-lawyer Texas firm. Chicago-based global law firm, Baker & McKenzie announced the only cross-border deal of the second quarter, acquiring 45-lawyer Habib Al Mulla in Dubai. In other relatively sizeable combinations, the 300-lawyer Southern regional law firm Adams and Reese acquired Ellis Lawhorne , a 23-lawyer firm in Columbia, South Carolina. Also, 560-lawyer Philadelphia-based Fox Rothschild added 16 lawyers in Denver with the acquisition of Lottner Rubin Fishman Saul . The other 14 deals announced in April, May and June 2013 were acquisitions of small law firms with 10 lawyers or fewer. aTypically the majority of law firm combinations are acquisitions of small law firms, because subsequent integration is so much easier for a dominant acquirer,a Bower said. In addition to the April, May and June law firm combinations, there were four deals announced at the end of last year that were finalized in the second quarter of 2013. In April, SNR Denton concluded two mergers with Paris-based law firm Salans and with Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain to create a new 2,500-lawyer global firm renamed Dentons. In June, UK-based Norton Rose finalized its combination with 850-lawyer Fulbright & Jaworski, establishing a major U.S. presence through the merger.
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Controversial Law Aimed At Drug Dealers, Embezzlers Costs Innocent People Their Homes






This is a strong incentive to keep current contracts in place. Nevertheless, the new amendment does present some challenges for international companies doing business in Iraq; and not just in the oil and gas sectors. Baghdads interest in preserving the stability of oil and gas does not extend to other sectors, nor does the mitigating effect of greater oil-revenue sharing. While provincial governments seem likely to first flex their newfound muscle with the oil and gas industry, they could increasingly seek to expand their influence over other sectors in the longer term. At the federal level, politically motivated contract cancellation is already a significant risk in Iraq a Russian arms contract was cancelled in November 2012 and the growing involvement of provincial administrations will add another dimension to this. Even if contracts are not cancelled outright, companies will face an increased risk of contract renegotiation, under which provincial governments place additional obligations on businesses that are already operating under their jurisdiction. Provincial administrations are also likely to play a greater role in the award of new contracts. Although less of a risk to investors than the renegotiation of existing contracts, this could complicate and lengthen bidding processes in cases where the federal and provincial government have competing interests.
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Law firm mergers on record pace




Spectrio has acquired Hold It Systems/Ad On Hold, a messaging on-hold company in Lima, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Finance Wed, Aug 7, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT - U.S. Markets closed Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation on Behalf of Investors of Blount International, Inc. Press Release: Law Offices of Howard G. Smith 1 hour 52 minutes ago -1.1300 BENSALEM, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that it is investigating potential claims on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of Blount International, Inc. (Blount or the Company) ( BLT ) concerning possible violations of federal securities laws. The investigation focuses on the Companys statements concerning its financial performance between January 1, 2012 and August 7, 2013. Blount designs, manufactures and markets equipment, replacement and component parts and accessories to forestry, lawn and garden, farm, ranch, agriculture and construction sectors in the United States and internationally. The investigation is related to Blounts August 7, 2013 press release announcing the Companys second quarter 2013 financial results. In the press release, the Company disclosed that Blount will be amending its annual report on Form 10-K for 2012, as well as its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2013, to reflect a conclusion by the Company's management that internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures were not effective as of December 31, 2012; the Companys disclosure controls and procedures were not effective as of March 31, 2013, and material weaknesses existed in those areas. According to the Company, in light of those material weaknesses, the Company and its independent registered public accounting firm are in the process of also re-evaluating the Company's 2012 accounting for goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets recorded in connection with the business acquisitions made in 2010 and 2011. The Company does not intend to file its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for second quarter 2013 until that re-evaluation is completed and anticipates that the Form 10-Q will be delayed, and further stated it is possible that we may conclude that a restatement of our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012 is necessary to reflect an http://socallawsupport.com/ impairment of goodwill. If you purchased Blount shares, if you have information or would like to learn more about these claims, or if you have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G.
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Federal judge keeps blocking part of Wisconsin abortion law




Wisconsin governor signs bill restricting abortion

This may include focus and experience in ethics, conflicts, Sarbanes-Oxley, privilege, privacy, etc. For many reasons, including training and practice, lawyers tend to apply law (ethics codes, standards, policies, procedures, etc.) to facts. As a result, lawyers tendency to put the go to lawyer or lawyers together with the issue either proactively or when an issue arises may look like a less formalistic or less centralized approach to outsiders. But putting together the right team to fit the issue is how lawyers practice for clients. It should come as no surprise if they then practice in that manner for themselves. That this looks a little different than more typical corporate compliance programs may be a difference, but not one that reflects a lack of focus on or commitment to creating an ethical culture. Kelly L. Faglioni is a litigation partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams , where she also serves as deputy general counsel.
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