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February 1, 2013
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  Corporate Spotlight 
  • DOJ sues to block $20B merger of major beer-makers
    The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit to block Anheuser-Busch InBev from acquiring the remaining half of Mexican beer-maker Grupo Modelo for $20.1 billion. The U.S. government said the combination would illegally restrict competition. The lawsuit calls into question one of 2012's biggest merger deals and a related deal involving the world's biggest wine company, Constellation Brands. Reuters (1/31), Bloomberg (1/31), St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SEC appoints temporary leadership in enforcement unit
    George Canellos, currently deputy of the Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement division, has been named acting head of the unit effective Feb. 8. The agency named David Bergers, head of its Boston office, as acting deputy director of enforcement. Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  National News 
  • Fed paper highlights investor dynamics
    The Federal Reserve posted a research paper online that delves into how investor dynamics affect the corporate-bond market. Researchers say institutional investors tend to exhibit "herd-like" behavior more in the corporate-bond market than in stocks. "We find substantial institutional herding in U.S. corporate bonds, much higher than that previously documented in the equity markets," staff economists Fang Cai, Song Han and Dan Li wrote. Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Groups are divided on proposal regarding patent owners
    Business and intellectual-property groups are divided on whether to support a proposal from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that would require the true owner of a patent to be disclosed. The American Antitrust Institute noted that more complete ownership information could "help operating companies, both incumbents and potential new entrants, manage their legal risk and reduce their search costs." Other groups have expressed concerns about the additional cost and time that compliance might require. The National Law Journal (free registration) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional and Business Development 
  • How to pick the right productivity tools
    Technology can make you more productive, but it can also get in the way if you choose tools that are complicated or that don't really address your particular productivity problems, experts say. Any system should be flexible, easy to use and serve as your "road map" to help you "prioritize and re-prioritize on the fly," says Julie Morgenstern, author of "Time Management from the Inside Out." The Wall Street Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PLI News 
  • Affordable Care Act: Compliance Program Considerations for Health Care Providers
    Enforcement activities at both the state and federal level are on the rise, making compliance programs and plans for the health care industry a must. Under the ACA, mandatory plans will be required for certain providers by March 23, 2013. This Feb. 4 One-Hour Audio Briefing will walk through the required and suggested elements of an effected compliance program, as well as hot areas of compliance. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Chefs get creative when diners want salads in winter
    Some restaurants say they've seen more salad orders in recent weeks, which is making it a challenge for chefs to find fresh produce in colder climates. Hartford, Conn., chef Billy Grant says he uses fruits and creative toppings to make up for a shortage of fresh veggies in the winter, and he offers warm vegetable dishes, such as beets and red kale, that still fit into the salad category. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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