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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 »

Deputies investigate double homicide
WANEDecember 1, 2011

FORT RECOVERY, Oh. (WANE) - The Mercer County Sheriff's Department is investigating what it believes to be a double homicide. Deputies say it happened between the hours of 5:00PM Tuesday and 9:00AM Wednesday. Robert Grube and his daughter Colleen Grube ...more »

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DOJ: Lawyer Admits Guilt In $37 Million Insider Trading Case
Wall Street JournalDecember 14, 2011

"Not only did Matthew Kluger defraud the investing public, he betrayed the colleagues and clients who depended on his confidentiality in some of the biggest deals of the last decade," US Attorney Paul Fishman said. Former trader Garrett Bauer, ...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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John Dalli wants easier dispute resolution for EU consumers
Malta Independent OnlineDecember 2, 2011

John Dalli, the European commissioner for health and consumers, presented draft legislation on alternative dispute resolution, which aims to allow consumers settle disputes without resorting to the courts. While there are 750 alternative dispute...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Pfizer Maneuvers to Undermine Generic Lipitor
The Fiscal TimesDecember 2, 2011

The 1984 Hatch-Waxman Act gives the generic manufacturer that is first to file an application for the right to produce a copycat version of a drug 180 days of market exclusivity. Indian drug maker Ranbaxy has those rights for Lipitor. ...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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Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)December 2, 2011

Thank you for inviting me to testify today regarding the implementation of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank Act" or "Act") by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). n1 As you know, ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Board debates federal public land surveillance
Ukiah Daily JournalDecember 7, 2011

... Service of the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation of the Department of the Interior. "This is not just about Mendocino County," Hamburg said to Allman. "This is a federal bill with federal application." Allman said, "The legal...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 »

Stolen Identity
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DHC: EHR Data Target for Identity Thieves
MedPage TodayDecember 7, 2011

NEW YORK -- Medical identity theft has become one of the most lucrative forms of identity theft, according to a panel of cybersecurity specialists. Stolen patient data -- including electronic ...more »

Credit Repair
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Study identifies mechanisms cells use to remove bits of RNA from DNA strands
PhysOrg.comDecember 4, 2011

Two mechanisms, enzymes called ribonucleases (RNases) H and the DNA mismatch repair system, appear to interplay to root out the RNA components. "We believe this is the first study to show that cells utilize independent repair pathways to remove ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Elections 2012: A ballot stew starts to boil again
Capitol WeeklyDecember 1, 2011

Stricter limits on retirement benefits, personal liability, legislation exemptions and gift-giving for candidates for office, government officials, and government advisors have also been fighting for space on the 2012 ballot. If critics of the state's ...more »


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