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Berkshire paying $150M for Omaha newspaper company
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionDecember 1, 2011

Berkshire owns more than 80 subsidiaries, including clothing, insurance, furniture, utility, jewelry and corporate jet companies. It also has big investments in companies including Coca-Cola Co. and Wells Fargo & Co.more »

Personal Injury Claims Turn on Medical Evidence
TrethowansDecember 1, 2011

Medical Evidence is key when determining the value of any personal injury claim. It is imperative that the right medical expert is asked to report on your injuries. Your solicitor will select the most appropriate medical expert from the relevant ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Aussie defibrillator victims angry
Perth NowDecember 3, 2011

Medtronic said it could not comment about compensation ``due to privacy and confidentiality''. ``Due to privacy and confidentiality reasons we cannot discuss particular patient cases or claims,'' a company statement said.more »

Food Poisoning
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Tyrese: I Was in ER for 'Exhaustion' not Food Poisoning
Eurweb.comDecember 1, 2011

The singer was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital with what TMZ first reported as food poisoning. He posted a twitpic of his feet in the hospital bed [see photo above] and the message, “ER…pray for me.” But Tyrese later tweeted that his ailment was ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Consumer agency shares top beefs against credit card issuers
msnbc.comDecember 2, 2011

An interim report issued this week offers insight into the bank practices that most bug consumers: Billing disputes, collection practices, and debt protection sales pitches. Surprisingly, late fees did not crack the top 10. Mysterious fine print is a ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Supreme Court hears diabetes drug patent case
89.3 KPCCDecember 5, 2011

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in its first patent case of the year. A company that makes a diabetes drug is challenging part of a law co-written by Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman from Los Angeles. ...more »

Bill would limit attorneys' fees
Janesville Gazette (blog)December 7, 2011

The bill came in response to a Racine County case in which lemon law attorney Vince Megna got $151250 in fees in a deal to settle a lawsuit against a Burlington car dealer. Megna alleged the dealership performed $5000 in unauthorized repairs on his ...more »

Consumer Protection
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White House to push Cordray confirmation
UPI.comDecember 5, 2011

The Senate is expected to vote this week on Cordray's nomination as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created under the Wall street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Obama administration, indicating it expects some ...more »

Product Reclamation
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A culture of corruption
Egyptian GazetteDecember 8, 2011

Some 500 investors bought 4.5 million acres for reclamation, only paying peanuts for the land. But the investors exploited it for their own ends. The Egyptian Mail this week investigates the reasons why this land is being misused and offers possible ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Behind the financial crisis: A fraud investigator talks
CBS NewsDecember 5, 2011

During that time, Borgers saw hundreds of bank executives prosecuted and sent to prison, a stark contrast with what's happened in our current economic crisis. Borgers tells Kroft that the FCIC found evidence of trillions of dollars of fraud and gross ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Albuquerque identity theft victim almost sent to jail mistakenly
KOB.comDecember 5, 2011

An Albuquerque man learned his identity was stolen when a lawyer called to notify him about a felony charge he didn't commit. The Public Defenders Office called the man to talk about a criminal case against him and that he might want to accept a plea ...more »

Credit Repair
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Christmas Holiday Bad Credit Loans Being Used For Bills, Not Gifts
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 18, 2011

Featuring bad credit loan offer comparisons, the online financial site is reporting a rise in desperation borrowing. Connecting borrowers with easy to approve loan offers and credit repair services, the financial website has serviced 10's of thousands ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Carlock, Copeland & Stair Attorneys Selected as Legal Elite by Georgia Trend
Citybizlist (press release)December 9, 2011

Throughout his career, Carlock has handled a wide variety of civil litigation including medical malpractice cases, catastrophic injury cases including wrongful death cases, coverage disputes, and every other type of civil lawsuit imaginable. ...more »

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