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EPA proposes stricter rules for ship ballast water
Wall Street JournalDecember 1, 2011

The EPA's draft permit lays out rules similar to those recommended by the International Maritime Organization in 2004, which shipping industry groups have said are achievable. But environmental groups and some states contend those standards are ...more »

CNPA attorney: City Council violated open meeting law
Patterson IrrigatorDecember 1, 2011

Councilwoman Annette Smith said a final decision had not been made regarding the hiring of Hallinan, because the council was in contract negotiations. The matter was part of talks and did not have to be revealed, she said. “It's an employment issue,” ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Frayman Group Sets the New Standard for Law Firm Ethical Walls, Information ...
Business Wire (press release)December 6, 2011

Compliguard Protect 6 features a complete overhaul, new features and functionality, and overall improvement across of all key functions relevant for an enterprise-class confidentiality management application. “We have improved every aspect of the ...more »

Food Poisoning
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80 guests 'struck down by food poisoning' at Salford's Lowry Hotel gala dinner
Daily MailDecember 2, 2011

Eighty guests fell ill with food poisoning blamed on a contaminated chicken paté after attending a gala dinner at a five-star hotel. Diners who had paid £60-a-head for the event at The Lowry Hotel in Salford reported suffering fever, ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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'Flat buyers don't have to shell out extra for parking'
Times of IndiaDecember 8, 2011

The Mumbai Suburban District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum on December 2 directed Dinshaw Trapinex Builders Private Ltd to allot an open or covered parking space to buyer Firoz Khan at no additional cost. Khan had purchased an 839-ft apartment at ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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FTC staff report summarizes recent pay-for-delay settlements
Lexology (registration)December 1, 2011

This first-filer exclusivity is provided by the Hatch-Waxman Act, passed by Congress to promote the entry of generic equivalent drugs to the market by granting market exclusivity to those companies first to challenge the patent of a branded drug. ...more »

Police & Fire
Juneau EmpireDecember 19, 2011

This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. • At 11:20 pm Friday, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Credit Card Complaints Addressed In CARD Act Still Drive Consumer Anger
Huffington PostDecember 1, 2011

A sizable minority of the more than 5000 complaints about credit cards submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau between mid-July and mid-October involved issues that were supposedly addressed by the CARD Act, signed into law in February ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Monday Log (12-5): Stranger Tries to Enter Woman's Car While Stopped On ...
Patch.comDecember 7, 2011

1304 hours: Identity Theft: A citizen reported being a victim of ID theft. 1409 hours: Recovered Stolen Automobile: An officer saw a stalled vehicle on Sycamore at Willow. The vehicle had been reported stolen to Richmond PD on 11/16/11. ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Fraud and identity theft are a concern during holiday season
Albert Lea TribuneDecember 6, 2011

Other times it is an outsider calling to say their checks, debit cards or credit cards are being used in the area. “In 47 percent of the cases, you know who stole your identity,” Mortensen said. “They're someone in your circle of friends, ...more »

Unsafe Products
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TorqueNews Exclusive: Fred Fresard, attorney for Dykema, addresses Chevy Volt fire
Torque NewsDecember 12, 2011

So, it comes as no surprise that despite the fact there hasn't been any recorded incidents stemming from a Chevy Volt catching fire after a crash, plaintiff attorneys will not stop jumping to conclusions. Fred Fresard, a partner in law firm Dykema's ...more »

Credit Repair
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The Holiday Gift of Credit Repair: A Guide
Marketwire (press release)December 7, 2011

CreditInfoCenter.com's online free credit repair guide goes into great detail about the theory and logistics behind the credit repair process. Here are the basic steps: 1. Request copies of your credit reports. It is essential you take advantage of the ...more »

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