Legal & Regulatory

Offshore oil platform

Green light for some would-be U.S. oil exporters; more questions for others

U.S. export regulators are seeking more information from at least three would-be exporters of domestic condensate, including Marathon Oil, while half a dozen other firms have recently been cleared to sell the abundant ultra-light oil abroad, people familiar with the process told Reuters.

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Wi-Fi

U.S. FCC warns against blocking personal Wi-Fi access

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday warned hotels and other entities against blocking personal Wi-Fi access, or hot spots, saying it was illegal and could incur heavy fines.

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Gold Mining

German watchdog sees no signs of gold, forex manipulation

Investigators at German financial watchdog Bafin have not discovered any signs of systemic efforts to manipulate currency benchmarks, rather, only individual efforts, banking supervisory head Raimund Roeseler said in a newspaper interview on Tuesday.

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Jason Furman

Obama's top economic adviser seeks tighter broker regulations: Bloomberg

A top economic adviser of U.S. President Barack Obama has called for tighter regulations on Wall Street brokers, saying abusive trading practices were costing billions of dollars to clients in their retirement savings each year, Bloomberg reported.

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Cigarettes

UK aims to pass law to ban branding on cigarette packs before May

The British government plans to introduce a law before May forcing tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding in England, ending years of debate and lobbying.

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Oil refinery

U.S. refinery workers, oil firms start talks for new contract

Union and oil company negotiators began talks on Wednesday for a new nationwide contract covering hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for 64 percent of national refining capacity, according to a union spokeswoman.

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Viacom Inc.

FCC fines Viacom, ESPN for misusing emergency alerts in movie promo

U.S. broadcast regulators have fined Viacom Inc and ESPN $1.4 million "for misusing the emergency alert system" warning tones in a movie promotion in 2013, the Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday.

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Transportation app Uber

Uber ordered to shut down South Carolina operations for now

Ride-sharing company Uber has been ordered by South Carolina regulators to cease operations in the state while it remains in the process of seeking permission to legally do business there.

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Amazon.com

EU regulators said had doubts over Amazon's Luxembourg tax deal

European antitrust regulators believed Amazon's (AMZN.O) arrangement with Luxembourg to minimise its tax bill did constitute state aid and expressed doubt that such aid was lawful, according to a document released on Friday.

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Dollar Tree

Two proxy firms back Dollar Tree's bid for Family Dollar

Changing their previous stance, two influential proxy advisory firms advised Family Dollar Stores Inc shareholders to vote for the retailer's acquisition by Dollar Tree Inc, saying the deal offered more certainty of closure.

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MetLife

U.S. insurer MetLife to sue regulators over high-risk tag

MetLife Inc (MET.N) on Tuesday sued U.S. regulators over a decision to subject the insurer to tougher oversight because it harbors enough risk to endanger the financial system if the next crisis hits.

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Family Dollar

20 states join U.S. antitrust probe of Family Dollar merger

Some 20 state attorneys general have joined the federal antitrust investigation of competing bids by Dollar General Corp (DG.N) and Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR.O) to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc (FDO.N), a development that potentially complicates the companies' efforts to win U.S. approval for a deal.

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Uber

Top German court deals blow to Uber complaint

Germany's highest court has declined to hear a complaint brought by online taxi service Uber over a ban on its activity in the city of Hamburg, dealing a blow to the company.

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Ellen Pao is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters June 13, 2012. Pao has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers at which she is a partner. The suit has become the talk of S

Kleiner Perkins partner tried to quit 5 years before filing bias lawsuit

Ellen Pao, a former partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who has filed a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the venture firm, had offered to resign from Kleiner five years before filing her lawsuit, court documents show.

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Family Dollar

20 states join U.S. antitrust probe of Family Dollar merger

Some 20 state attorneys general have joined the federal antitrust investigation of competing bids by Dollar General Corp (DG.N) and Dollar Tree Inc (DLTR.O) to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc (FDO.N), a development that potentially complicates the companies' efforts to win U.S. approval for a deal.

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