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PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker Seized by the FBI Pursuant to an Arrest Warrant

(September 20, 2011) UPDATE: Today, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office asked U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand for permission to add the new allegations to a civil forfeiture case filed against Full Tilt, PokerStars, Absolute Poker and other businesses back in April. Prosecutors contend that Full Tilt Poker paid board members more than $440 million…

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201106.27
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Employers Using Technology Should Have an Employee Handbook and Acceptable Use Policies in Place

Technology Creates Hidden Problems for Businesses With Employees. It is near impossible to run a business without using technology and having access to email and the Internet.  You may even employ cloud computing, software-as-a-service (SaaS), social networks like Facebook and Twitter to be more productive and increase your business visibility. Be careful — implementing technology…

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201101.25
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What are the Changes in the Estate Tax Laws?

New legislation, called the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010 and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2010, which affects federal estate taxes. A summary of the new law is as follows: As a temporary…

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201011.09
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Should I Buy or Hold My Investment Property in an LLC?

Deciding what legal entity in which you buy and hold your real estate is important.  You should to consult with your financial and tax advisors along with your New York real estate attorney to figure out the right legal entity.  You should consider, among other things, the type investment property (is it undeveloped land, commercial…

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201011.04
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How Can I Protect My Website or Blog from Copyright Infringement?

Can websites and blogs be liable for copyright infringement?  It depends.  If the blog owner is copying other creators’ content verbatim (in whole or in part), depending on the facts at hand (perhaps there is a “fair use” defense), such copying would generally open the blog writer up to liability for copyright infringement.  This can…

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201010.05
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Buying a Small Business, Company or LLC in New York

Your business acquisition attorney is not only your legal expert, but also will facilitate the business purchase process. Your business lawyer will coordinate the processes, interface with all the players, and move the business transaction along, culminating in a successful closing. As your legal expert, your business lawyer will conduct the legal due diligence, negotiate, draft and review the necessary legal documents…

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201010.03
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Google Settles Google Buzz Privacy Class-Action Lawsuit – But No Money for Gmail Users

Back in February 2010, Google launched a new social network tool called “Google Buzz.” Google Buzz allowed Gmail users to share status updates, images, and videos.  It also sent real-time updates of a Gmail account user’s Google Buzz feed that showed up on Google’s mobile maps on Android and iPhone mobile phones. The problem was…

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201004.30
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How to Prepare/Stage Your Home (or Condo or Coop) For Showings — Perception Is Reality

In most cases, you have one shot at impressing potential buyers.  Don’t take it personally separate yourself from the personal feelings you have about the home (it’s not your home now, it’s a commodity you intend to market).  If you were buying the condo, coop or home, what would you think about the home?  Take…

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201004.30
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How to Buy a Condo, Coop or Real Estate in New York

Manhattan home ownership — whether a condo, coop, or townhouse — we can provide you with many benefits, including, a long-term investment and tax advantages. Of course, a home is also a major financial commitment.  There are ways to avoid costly pitfalls that can strain your budget and your patience. At the time of the…

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201004.30
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Using a Real Estate Broker to Sell Your Condo, Coop or Home

Find a broker with whom you are comfortable. A broker can: (1) research comparable sales in your neighborhood and has an accurate understanding of the current market (newspaper “asking prices” may be misleading); (2) provide you with a realistic selling time frame, set up a sales promotion plan, advertise the property for you, and adjust…

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