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FHA Mortgages Could Become Major Choice of Financing
FreeRateUpdate.comDecember 1, 2011

Now that loan limits for FHA have been increased, FHA mortgages could become a major choice of financing for many people interested in purchasing a home or refinancing an existing FHA mortgage. Popular with consumers because of the low down payment ...more »

Villalobos' attorneys drop him for not paying legal fees
Los Angeles TimesDecember 1, 2011

However, in legal papers, Villalobos unsuccessfully argued that Cooley should not be relieved from representing him until a US Bankruptcy Court in Reno, Nev., approves his hiring of new counsel. "If this court grants Mr. Villalobos' request, ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Michigan health depts targeting HIV-positive pregnant women unfairly,...
The American IndependentDecember 2, 2011

Confidentiality of all reports, records and data pertaining to testing, care, treatment, reporting, research, and information pertaining to partner notification activities is, however, protected by law (MCL 333.5131 (7)). ...more »

Food Poisoning
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VIDEO: Fargo Jail Inmates Get Sick After Evening Meal
KFGODecember 1, 2011

Health officials are investigating whether food poisoning caused inmates at the Cass County Jail in Fargo to get sick. READ MORE A North Dakota Crime Bureau investigation of former Valley City, ND Police Chief Dean Ross has found no crimes were ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Consumer court dismisses negligence complaint against dentist
Indian ExpressDecember 19, 2011

While hearing the complaint of 72-year-old Ram Kumar of Zirakpur against dental surgeon Dr. Anuradha Gupta, Anuradha, Dental and Surgical Center, Panchkula, the Court of District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, SP Singh dismissed the complaint on ...more »

Consumer Reports: The Truth About Fish Oil; Testing Suggests Some Brands Fall ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 7, 2011

Just as digital versions of the story were being readied for publication, however, the company challenged that conclusion based on the fact that its product includes natural lemon oil as a flavoring. Upon further review, CR found that the ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Wanger cuts legal ties to Westlands Water District
Fresno BeeDecember 6, 2011

β€œHis decision not to proceed with this matter is entirely consistent with the meticulous attention he applied to all aspects of the law during his long career in the federal judiciary.” Birmingham concluded by saying Westlands hopes to work with Wanger ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Spammers still a law unto themselves
MarkLives.comDecember 5, 2011

The National Consumer Protection Act would provide some recourse if it actually implements its national opt-out database – something the legislation caters for but which for now doesn't exist. There has been some discussion as to who should operate the ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Beware of bogus charities; be careful buying online
Hometownlife.comDecember 1, 2011

After all, that's what this is all about β€” reducing the chance of your identity being stolen and also, if it is stolen, to reduce the consequences. During the holiday season, one of the major sources of identity theft is bogus charities. ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Consumer Agency Aims to Publish Credit-Card Complaint Data
BusinessWeekDecember 2, 2011

30 (Bloomberg) -- The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to publish data on complaints it has begun collecting from consumers about billing, fraud and other issues involving credit cards. Under the proposal released today, ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Rottenstein Law Group Notes Common Benefit Order in DePuy ASR Multidistrict ...
WebWire (press release)December 6, 2011

(New York, NY, December 6, 2011) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims of harm stemming from the recall of defective hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics, has considered with interest the latest ...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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