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Major changes proposed for La.'s higher-education system
Houma CourierDecember 1, 2011

A statewide commission has proposed major changes to the state's higher-education system, including making it easier to increase tuition, boosting money for need-based scholarships and dramatically restructuring the state's TOPS scholarship. ...more »

Bell Pushes Legislation for Eminent Domain Reform
NBC 29 NewsDecember 1, 2011

Restrictions on eminent domain often meet stiff opposition from local governments who don't want state limits on how they can seize property. Bell says the law is all about restoring fairness. House Bill 5 actually passed through the General Assembly ...more »

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Consumer Disputes
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Power bill of Rs 41904 quashed by Consumer Forum
Indian ExpressDecember 12, 2011

Chandigarh Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has quashed a bill of Rs 41904 issued by the UT Electricity Department to Surinder Kaur of Sector 42-B. President of the Forum PD Goel and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota have ...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 »

Consumer Protection
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Unlicensed Silver Spring Lawyer Corey Hankerson Ordered to Cease and Desist
Citybizlist (press release)December 3, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division has issued a Cease and Desist Order against Corey W. Hankerson and his business, The Equity Law Group LLC. The Division alleges that Mr. Hankerson ...more »

On the move: First Choice Health appoints Robinson chief medical officer
The Seattle TimesDecember 26, 2011

Victoria Vreeland opened Vreeland Law in Bellevue, and is joined by attorney Victor Torres and paralegal Natalie Leth. Nonprofits: Bob Lemon and Richard Greaves were named to the board of the Northwest Kidney Centers. Technology: Bill Fehr was hired as ...more »

Product Reclamation
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DOMINGUEZ v. STAFFING
Leagle.comDecember 16, 2011

Plaintiffs allege various Ohio state common-law and statutory claims arising from injuries Jacobo Dominguez allegedly suffered when performing maintenance on a conveyor belt at Resource Reclamation's recycling facility in Toledo, Ohio. ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Former Alton credit union employee admits fraud
STLtoday.comDecember 1, 2011

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS • A former employee of an Alton credit union has admitted allegations of using her employer's money to buy a truck, pay credit card bills and make personal loans to herself and her husband. Kalicza Tegel-Mills, 26, of Plainview, Ill., ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Attorney General Releases Identity Theft Warning
Patch.comDecember 6, 2011

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, according to the State of California Department of Justice website. In Gilroy alone there have been multiple cases of identity theft reported within the past year alone ...more »

Credit Repair
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The shady credit agencies that run your life
SalonDecember 2, 2011

Being Jewish could also earn you a bad credit rating, or being Chinese, or Catholic, or unmarried, all of which were associated with questionable “character.” As communication technology developed in the 20th century, the loose-knit organizations ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Rottenstein Law Group Considers With Some Misgivings Dismissal of Claims ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)December 8, 2011

2243; Civil Action No, 08-08, In Re: Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation (No. II)—moved the court to dismiss all claims against them on the ground that, as generic drug manufacturers, they could not be held liable under any ...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 »

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