Dealbook, The Abridged Version (09.08.06)

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Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries:
HP spied on reporters as well as board members [legal]
Former Merrill brokers set to square off in Texas court [legal]
Bernie Ebbers ordered to jail [legal]
Grasso out to clear his name not settle [legal]
Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank may benefit from recent Enron decisions[legal]
Ghost of Ken Lay agrees to pay off employee pension claims [legal]
Justice Department looking into options practices at Michaels Stores [backdating]
Court decision on shareholder proposals prompts SEC to reconsider rules [governance]
Bankruptcy overseer kept busy even when things are good [bankruptcy]
Rock? Hard place? Meet Conrad Black [legal]
Former Staples executive indicted on embezzlement charges [legal]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
American Real Estate Partners selling NEG Oil & Gas to Riata Energy.
Alltel href="http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=7106">+ Midwest Wireless Holdings.
For Sale/ LBOs/ Going Private/ Auctions/ Offerings:
NEC selling Packard Bell to Lap Shun Hui [Sold]
Hedge funds want Stork to sell assets [For sale?]
EnergySolutions prepares bid for British Nuclear Group [Bidding]
Enron sells last major asset [Sold]
Takeover bid for Australian x-ray clinic company [Takeover]
Shutterfly preparing for IPO [Offering]
French telecom prepares $4.45 billion stock float [Offering]
Money Raising:
RenaMed Biologics wraps up a $40 million mezzanine financing [$$]
People & Moves:
Gateway names J. Edward Coleman as its chief executive [CEO]
New Viacom chief to get $2 million in salary and bonuses up to $14 million [CEO]
Robert Rubin is totally hot these days [Policy]
Miscellaneous:
EADS dismisses criticisms of Airbus [ Planes]
French debate energy privatization bill [ Energy]
Kramer all heated up for banks [ banking]
NYSE fee hike may kill your job [ Exchange]

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