Former Ambassador to India Richard Verma Joins Mastercard as Executive VP, Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs | Business

Mastercard announced Dec. 1 the appointment of former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma as executive vice president, global public policy and regulatory affairs, where he will oversee the company’s public policy, regulatory affairs and litigation teams around the world.

Verma, who served as the U.S. Ambassador from 2014-2017, will be reporting to Tim Murphy, general counsel at Mastercard.

The Indian American former ambassador brings over 25 years of international experience across senior levels of business, law, diplomacy, and the military, the company said in a statement.

He joins Mastercard from The Asia Group, where he served as vice chair and partner. In addition, Verma was the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he led the department’s efforts on Capitol Hill, and was the former National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader for many years.

“Rich is a proven leader with extensive experience in public policy, geopolitics,

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New Lawsuit Alleges Erika Jayne’s Divorce Was Really a Business Arrangement

In early November, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne filed for divorce from superstar attorney Tom Girardi, a man whose cases have been featured in films like Erin Brokovich. The news seemed to come as a shock to fans, who believed Jayne’s tales of a picture perfect marriage onscreen. In an announcement that followed the news, Jayne said: “I have great love and respect for Tom and for our years and the lives we built together. It is my absolute wish to proceed through this process with respect and with the privacy that both Tom and I deserved.” In the weeks since, however, this facade of an amicable separation seems to have crumbled.



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Page Six reports that class action firm Edelson PC filed suit in federal court against Girardi and Jayne on Wednesday morning. Edelson PC represents victims of Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed

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Rapper IDK Will Teach a Music Business Crash Course at Harvard

At 28, Jason Aaron Mills, known professionally as IDK, has already seen a lot of what life can throw at a person. Before landing a major label deal, the rapper-producer was incarcerated and struggling to find a purpose. But music propelled him.

IDK — short for “Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge” — wants to ensure the next person in similar shoes doesn’t have to fight so hard. In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, IDK announced the launch of “No Label Academy,” a 10-day music business course curated for aspiring industry leaders who aren’t born with silver spoons in their mouths or record-executive relatives.

IDK’s team will pluck just-starting-out musicians, managers, publicists, A&Rs, and others from around the U.S. and invite them to gather at Harvard University’s Boston campus. The rapper and a number of celebrity guests will teach topics including financial literacy, contract negotiations, networking, social media strategy, and mental

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Scali Rasmussen Recognized as a ‘Most Admired Law Firm’ by the Los Angeles Business Journal

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Law firm Scali Rasmussen announced today that the firm is included in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2020 list of ‘Most Admired Law Firms.’  The journal’s Publisher and CEO Josh Schimmels says the list of LA’s top firms to work for is comprised of “particularly outstanding law firms who are consciously working towards creating diverse, positive, and supportive environments to help drive the success of their attorneys.”

According to the publication, the factors considered in creating the list included diversity and women’s initiatives, company culture, employee compensation, benefits, programs, and work-life balance. 

Scali Rasmussen prides itself on being a team player workplace. “Everyone works together and everyone pitches in when needed,” says the feature. “When you can find the managing partner answering phones at reception, you know you came to a place with no pretentious claims. Working with people who are

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Labor Law: Can employers require workers to take a flu – or COVID-19 – vaccine? | Business News

Each year employers, especially in health care and those working with the elderly, require that employees receive the influenza vaccine, although there have always been legal constraints to mandating the flu vaccine without exception.

The stakes are

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Oldham News | Business News | Free advice for families during Good Divorce Week 2020



Date published: 27 November 2020


Family law professionals at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisors are showing their support for Good Divorce Week this year by offering free advice sessions to families.

Good Divorce Week (November 30 – December 4) is an annual campaign that aims to promote practical and constructive ways for separating parents to put the needs of their children first – an important concept particularly in the run up to Christmas.

Such is the need for good legal advice in 2020 that Oldham-based Pearson Solicitors have extended the free sessions throughout the whole of December.

Organised by Resolution, a community of more than 6,500 family justice professionals, this year the campaign focuses around the benefits of early legal advice, as the organisation prepares to re-launch its public facing Code of Practice.

Resolution determines that the process of separating, sorting out

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Jokowi promotes omnibus law to global business leaders in special WEF dialogue – Business

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo addressed on Wednesday 50 global business leaders in a virtual dialogue held by the World Economic Forum, in which he promoted the Job Creation Law and explained the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The President stressed that the omnibus law would help improve the country’s investment climate and legal certainty and reiterated the government’s commitment to engage in more public-private partnerships that could support the country to build a “sustainable and resilient economic recovery”.

“Significant support from the business community in [the law’s] implementation is essential, as it will add value to the government’s efforts in handling the pandemic and support economic recovery in a balanced and synergetic manner,” he said in his opening remarks as quoted by the WEF.

State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan accompanied Jokowi during the online meeting.

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What type of experience should my business interruption lawyer have?

By nature, any type of legal claim involving an insurance company can be a tricky situation. This is particularly true for business interruption claims. Hiring the right lawyer to handle your business interruption claim may be the difference in how the future of your business is shaped.

Currently, we are seeing a record number of COVID-19 cases—with Texas becoming the first state to pass one million cases. While there are no foreseeable shutdowns, many businesses are dealing with a significant loss of revenue due to patron limitations, fewer operational hours and potential customers opting to stay home and self-quarantine.

Because there are several types of qualifying disasters that can lead to loss of income, you do not want to attempt to handle your business interruption case on your own. The law is inherently complicated and it is important to hire an attorney for the best chance of recovery.

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Money & the Law: Mistaken-identity murder raises legal questions | Business

This column doesn’t usually deal with criminal law matters, but every so often something comes along I find interesting enough to want to share. This time, it’s a case decided by the Colorado Supreme Court in September, People v. Jackson.

The facts go like this. On a dark night in December 2011, a gang in the Westminster area decided to carry out an assassination of a member of a rival gang. The intended victim was E.O. However, the gunman mistook Y.M. for E.O. and killed Y.M. instead. (Y.M. happened to live in the same apartment complex as E.O. and drove a similar-colored car.) Although Jackson wasn’t the gunman, he was part of the assassination plot and was present at the time of the shooting, so he was charged with the first-degree murder of Y.M., just like the gunman. Jackson was also charged with the attempted murder of E.O., the intended

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Levee districts, many controlled by one law firm, charge millions to taxpayers. And bills keep rising | Local Business

Warren Stemme, president of the Howard Bend Levee District, said in an email that tax rates are set at public levee board meetings and reassessments are made through the courts. Landowners are given two notices of the process and have the opportunity to appeal. 

“The board of supervisors operates with the highest ethics, and the accusations of fraud and abuse are untrue and offensive,” he wrote. 

Taxpayers pick up tab

Levee districts regularly charge assessments on tax exempt lands — those owned by cities, counties, even the state highway department.

In Howard Bend, taxpayers and utility ratepayers across the region are paying into the district. The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has a massive treatment plant on the Missouri River there. Its assessment rose to $477,370 this year from $296,714 last year — a 60% jump. 

St. Louis has a water treatment plant in the district and the city utility

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