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The Enron cast: Where are they now?
Financial NewsDecember 1, 2011

The leading characters in the Enron saga have had varied fortunes since the disgraced trading giant collapsed into Chapter 11 bankruptcy a decade ago this week. A few went to prison, a couple have since died, while another employee went on to become a ...more »

Sales-Tax Measures 'to Cost Us Big'
Wall Street JournalDecember 1, 2011

But Ms. Strawn, and others like her who operate with just a dozen or so employees, would have to begin collecting and remitting taxes for the more than 40 states that currently charge sales and use taxes, along with thousands of cities and counties ...more »

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Franchise Laws: What You Should Know Before Expanding Internationally By Susan ...
JD Supra (press release)December 22, 2011

While most articles on this topic focus on domestic inadvertent franchising, international franchise laws can be just as complex as US franchise laws, and the implications of running afoul of international franchise laws can be just as severe. ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Happy Valley bowlers left feeling green
Southern Times MessengerDecember 5, 2011

A DOZEN pennant bowls players from Happy Valley Bowling Club were laid low in a suspected food poisoning scare at Somerton Bowling Club last month. They were among about 30 bowlers from three clubs who suffered vomiting and diarrhoea for up to 48 hours ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Credit card disputes resolved 3/4 of time, new consumer agency reports
Denver PostDecember 1, 2011

Though the most frequently cited issues were billing disputes and interest rate terms, the biggest concern at the bureau was how consumers still seem confounded over their credit cards, CFPB said in its seven-page report. "We are learning that there is ...more »

Lemon Law king still sour on fees law
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)December 7, 2011

Vince Megna, the lemon law attorney whose large fees in case against a Racine County car dealer prompted legislation that would limit fees in those and other consumer protection cases, is still angry the law ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Iron mining legislation finally arrives, would speed permit process
Lakeland TimesDecember 13, 2011

Also, under the proposal, standards for actual mining - grading and stabilization, backfilling, vegetative cover, prevention of pollution resulting from leaching of waste materials, and reclamation - would be placed in the statutes themselves rather ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Sunshine Act Meeting
Insurance News Net (press release)December 5, 2011

Memorandum and resolution re: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Treatment of a Mutual Insurance Holding Company as an Insurance Company for the Purpose of Section 203(e) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Memorandum and ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Police report: Alamo/Danville/San Ramon
Tri-Valley HeraldDecember 15, 2011

THEFT -- 9:11 am Identity theft was reported, 400 block of Arlewood Court. THEFT -- 11:44 am Forgery or fraudulent documents were reported, 2600 block of Bishop Drive. STOLEN VEHICLE -- 1:25 pm A stolen vehicle was reported at Broadmoor Drive and Pine ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Woman indicted on 47 counts of fraud, forgery
Richmond RegisterDecember 6, 2011

In addition to writing the fraudulent checks, the indictment alleges that Amanda L. Hoerauf, 26, of Richmond, fraudulently ran up more than $10000 in charges on a credit card. The offense is a Class C felony. Hoerauf also was indicted on 30 counts of ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Consumer Bureau Seeks Simpler Credit-Card Terms
Wall Street JournalDecember 7, 2011

Its newest project focuses on simplifying credit-card agreements, the contracts the nation's banks send to consumers to explain interest-rate policies and other terms. The agency also released a database of credit-card agreements to help consumers see ...more »

Credit Repair
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The Credit Report with Bill Lewis moves to AM 740 WSBR
Examiner.comDecember 6, 2011

Originally launched on AM 1400 WFTL in 2004, as the “Credit Restoration Consultants Hour,” Bill Lewis provided self-help tips and advice regarding credit repair, finances, and related topics. Throughout the years, Bill's show strayed from the original ...more »


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