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Toothache lawsuit may stifle medical gag orders
msnbc.comDecember 1, 2011

Lawyers for Robert Lee, 42, this week asked a New York federal court to declare that dentist Stacy Makhnevich's contract, which effectively attempts to gag patient reviews, is unethical, invalid and illegal. Within hours, the complaint filed by the ...more »

Mortgages paid down by record £9bn in quarter
The IndependentDecember 1, 2011

It was the highest negative figure since comparable records began in 1970 and means the total amount owed on mortgages has fallen by £92.9bn since the height of the credit crunch. Homeowners spent the equivalent of 3.5 per cent of their take-home pay ...more »

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Confidentiality
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House Clears Way For Netflix Streams On Facebook
MediaPost PublicationsDecember 7, 2011

amends the 23-year-old Video Privacy Protection Act, which is aimed at preserving the confidentiality of people's movie-watching records. The law prohibits movie rental companies from disclosing information about customers without their consent. ...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 »

Consumer Disputes
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New EU rules aim to help consumers shop with confidence
Gozo NewsDecember 6, 2011

The second option for consumers is Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), a process similar to ADR but handled entirely online. The plan is to create an EU-wide single online platform for consumers and traders to resolve disputes over online cross-border ...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 »

Product Reclamation
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Renewal authority needs help
Muskogee Daily PhoenixDecember 2, 2011

State law requires a finding that a proposed project area is blighted and constitutes a threat to the community before reclamation and rehabilitation projects can be undertaken. Mayor John Tyler Hammons has suggested an area for the authority to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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House approves bill by Rep. Steve Cohen to exempt Guard and Reserves from ...
Memphis Commercial AppealDecember 2, 2011

The bill extends an exemption to the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act that enshrined in law the presumption that filers of Chapter 7 bankruptcies were abusing the system, and required they prove the inadequacy of their ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Crimestoppers launches campaign to fight ID fraud in the run up to Christmas
Crimestoppers UKDecember 12, 2011

With such a large volume of personal data currently available online, organised criminals are able to steal as well as trade stolen identities in high volume. Fraud is increasing in general , and with more people using the internet and entering their ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Holiday Fraud Ramping Up
KBNDDecember 5, 2011

Local banks say they see a lot of credit card fraud this time of year. The Regional President for Central and Eastern Oregon with US Bank has some advice. Stacey Dodson says now is a good time to downsize your wallet: “So I think its a good time to ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Legal Scholars Release Critical Analysis of US Proposals for Intellectual...
International IP and the Public InterestDecember 6, 2011

As trade officials from nine countries meet in Malaysia for the tenth round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, a report released today by legal scholars analyses the US proposals for chapters on intellectual property and ...more »

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