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A document that is filed or introduced in evidence in a lawsuit, as in the phrases papers in the case and papers on appeal.

Any written or printed statement, including letters, memoranda, legal or business documents, and books of account, in the context of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the people from unreasonable searches and seizures with respect to their "papers" as well as their persons and houses.

In the context of accommodation paper and Commercial Paper, a written or printed evidence of debt.

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A member of an old Venetian family of glass artists, he is generally credited with the manufacture of the first glass paperweight in 1845.
The collecting of paperweights can border on obsession, especially if you are hunting for an early French design.
The Digger Mechanical Paperweight is an elegant and functional desktop solution that speaks to Alaska's construction industry.
well, now your desk can reflect your mood with the Batman: Arkham Knight Batman Unmasked/Battle Damaged Statue Paperweight. Standing approximately 8 inches tall, this statue paperweight features the Dark Knight unmasked, revealing the steely gaze of billionaire Bruce Wayne.
Ayotte's talk is sponsored by the New England Paperweight Collectors Association.
Jefferies & Co Inc, DLA Piper LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP are consulting Appleton, while Deutsche Bank Securities Inc and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP are advising Hicks Acquisition.Country: USASector: Paper/Packaging/Office SuppliesTarget: Appleton Papers IncBuyer: Thomas Hicks, Hicks Acquisition Company II IncVendor: Paperweight Development CorpDeal size in USD: 675mType: Corporate acquisitionFinancing: Cash & Stock, Existing resourcesStatus: AgreedBuyer advisor: Deutsche Bank Securities Inc, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
VINTAGE LOOK The Hammered Propeller paperweight has a decorative yet industrial look TRULY INDIVIDUAL The splendid Hestor dining chair, made from pressed steel in a vintage distressed finish, is a timeless design REFLECT ON THIS Porada's Lotus and Frasca individual leaf and flower-shaped mirrors can be arranged to create a stunning wall display.
London, June 5 (ANI): In one of those rare, bizarre accidents, a 4-pound paperweight caused 300,000 pounds of fire damage to a family's 1 million pound home.
The use of such desk stationery is hardly a must for someone in charge of half a ton of thoroughbred but his boss, being the good sport that he is, purchased one of the prizes in the hope that there is now something to put under the other paperweight.
His daughter Karen Riley had placed an orange glass paperweight of a fish on her father's grave at Canley more than a year ago.
The first thing anyone stepping into a glass studio immediately picks up on is the heat -glass is cooked to around 1,300 degrees in roaring gas furnaces so it's a good job I have Okra Glass's Dean Hopkins on hand to guide me through the making of my own paperweight without melting my fingerprints off in the process.
I WONDER if you could give me a valuation on what I believe to be a paperweight. I bought it at a car boot sale for pounds 15.