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February 15, 2013
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  • Court OKs Transocean's settlement with U.S. over Gulf spill
    Transocean's $400 million settlement with the Department of Justice over criminal charges arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been cleared by U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo, a company spokesman says. Milazzo accepted the company's guilty plea to one criminal misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act. Transocean will also pay $1 billion in civil penalties for Clean Water Act violations, but another judge needs to clear that settlement. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Are you falling behind, or do you just think you are?
    While it's useful to compare yourself to colleagues, keep in mind that such comparisons are more complicated than they seem, Rhymer Rigby writes. For instance, someone working at a different firm may be making more money than you but might also have a less flexible schedule. "Similarly, some metrics can be deceptive: a colleague may earn more than you for no reason other than that they drive a harder bargain," Rigby writes. Fast Company online (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Free Friday Has Something to Tell You
    At the free on-demand Web segment Disclosure Basics, taken from Understanding the Securities Laws 2012, learn about the duty to disclose, Regulation FD and dealing with analysts, stock exchange disclosure requirements, rumors and leaks, and loss contingencies. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • There Is a Lot to Learn From Apple's Patents
    We all know that Apple is an innovator in technology, but did you know that their patent applications are also the best in the business? Gene Quinn writes on PLI's Patent Law Practice Center that he has long told students and others that if you work in an area where Apple innovates and you are looking for good, well-written patents to learn from, then read whatever Apple patents you can find. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lanai, Hawaii, is blooming once again
    Restoration and renovation efforts under way in Lanai, Hawaii, are helping bring back the island's former beauty, this feature says. Dole Park in Lanai City offers dining areas and retail outlets, while the island's two Four Seasons resorts offer refreshed interiors and amenities. San Francisco Chronicle (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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