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Chicago debt settlement company fined $314K for unlicensed business
Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2011

A Chicago-based debt settlement company was fined $314000 on Monday and was issued a cease-and-desist order of its unlicensed business by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. IDFPR found that at least ...more »

Henes: Top 5 Questions About the Central Falls, RI Bankruptcy
CNBC.com (blog)August 2, 2011

As the chapter 9 bankruptcy of Central Falls is being watched, here are the top five questions to be answered. 1 - Will Chapter 9 Help Central Falls Fix its Fiscal Issues? Probably yes (if done right). Plain and simple, Central Falls has an unfunded ...more »

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Confidentiality
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PRESS RELEASE: SPLC Urges “Common Sense” Ruling in University of Illinois Open ...
Student Press Law CenterAugust 19, 2011

The university claimed the documents were “education records” protected by a federal confidentiality law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA. FERPA requires colleges and schools to maintain a policy of keeping students' ...more »

Credit Repair
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On The Money: Beware of credit-repair services
Sun-SentinelAugust 19, 2011

Advertisements for credit-repair services appear regularly over the radio, on television and via the Internet. But do these services really work? And what steps does credit repair require? Several websites provide information on credit repair and how ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Builder ordered to pay Rs 1L for frivolous petition
Times of IndiaAugust 15, 2011

MUMBAI: The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission ordered Thanebased Siddhivinayak Developers to fork out a Rs 1 lakh fine for filing a "frivolous" petition against two flat buyers who had purchased houses in their project but never received ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Contaminated food blamed for poisoning deaths of 11 in China
Irish TimesAugust 22, 2011

The fact that the mass food poisoning took place in a politically sensitive area like Xinjiang may explain why many online reports were taken down over the course of the day to preserve order. This year, there have also been problems with contaminated ...more »

Product Reclamation
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CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY v. U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
Leagle.comAugust 22, 2011

We consider here a challenge by environmental groups to a proposed incremental drawdown of water from the lake. As always, our review under the National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA"), 42 USC § 4321 et seq., is limited to determining whether the ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Debit Card Fraud and Keeping Your PIN a Secret
Deposit Accounts (blog)August 26, 2011

It's well known that credit cards are safer to use than debit cards. If your credit card is compromised, you just report the fraudulent charges to the issuer. No money is removed from your bank accounts. However, with a debit card, money is removed ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Metairie woman pleads guilty to FEMA fraud
Houston ChronicleAugust 31, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 39-year-old Metairie woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges of theft of government funds, possession of stolen mail and identity theft. According to court documents, Gee received disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency ...more »

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