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EPA Proposes Stricter Rules For Ship Ballast Water
SalonDecember 1, 2011

The agency took over the pension plans in 2004 and 2005 after United filed for bankruptcy court protection in December 2002. When the PBGC takes over plans, it pays promised benefits to retirees up to certain limits. ...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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Confidentiality
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Anti Terror Law on the Job - Journalists in the Streets
BianetDecember 2, 2011

Furthermore, these organizations and institutions took special notice of Articles 215 (praising offences and offenders), 220 (establishing organizations for the purpose of criminal activity), 285 (violation of confidentiality), 288 (attempt to ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Hygiene for kitchens: Why IIT-B can't crack food poisoning case?
Daily News & AnalysisDecember 2, 2011

By DNA Correspondent | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Three months after the food poisoning incident, the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) has still not figured out why more than 600 students had fallen ill afterdinner at the hostel mess. ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Speedy redress to complaints for online shoppers
Times of MaltaDecember 5, 2011

The EU will be setting up a new mechanism aimed at settling disputes between online shoppers and traders in just 30 days. The new mechanism will be of great benefit to Maltese consumers, considered to be among the top cross-border online shoppers in ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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California appeals court rejects antitrust challenge to “pay-for-delay ...
Lexology (registration)December 1, 2011

In 1991, Barr challenged the validity of the patent pursuant to the Hatch-Waxman Act, which gives an incentive to the first drug manufacturer to successfully dispute a patent in the form of 180 days to exclusively market a generic version of the drug. ...more »

Anderson, Fletcher Author 10 New California Laws for 2012
Patch.comDecember 31, 2011

AB 1111, co-authored by Holly Mitchell, D-El Segundo, “would prohibit a court from garnishing wages or levying a bank account for the enforcement and collection of fees, fines, forfeitures, or penalties imposed by a court against a person under 25 ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Peter Hustinx: European Data Protection Supervisor [INTERVIEW]
New EuropeDecember 1, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission has also shown that they can be very strong in the enforcement of consumer protection laws. The EU and the US have the 'safe harbour' agreement. Will the proposed changes to the Directive effect this agreement and how? ...more »

Product Reclamation
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New Gold Closes Acquisition of Geo Minerals - Adds to Land Position Around ...
PR-CANADA.net (press release)December 24, 2011

New Gold/Geo/GeoNovus's expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Yuba sheriff warns residents of credit card fraud
Appeal-DemocratDecember 8, 2011

A spike in credit card fraud reports in Yuba County in recent months is pushing Sheriff Steve Durfor to issue a warning to residents. Durfor said in a statement released Wednesday that investigators are looking into more than 15 cases of credit card ...more »

Stolen Identity
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New CMS program to assist physician ID theft victims
American Medical NewsDecember 5, 2011

These contractors, which operate according to region and state, can investigate instances of identity theft after being notified by a potential victim. The American Medical Association lists contact information for the contractors on its website ...more »

Credit Repair
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Credit Repair Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint -- Here's How to Stay In the Race!
Huffington PostDecember 1, 2011

Repairing credit is a marathon, too. Don't expect to fix your credit in an overnight sprint (and run in the opposite direction of any scammer who says you can instantly repair your credit). A marathon will feel like it takes a long time, ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Dealing with derivatives in an emerging market
International Law OfficeDecember 14, 2011

Innovative financial products usually give rise to novel legal and regulatory issues, and this is particularly true for derivatives. Derivatives, particularly credit derivatives, require effective legal documentation to delineate the rights and ...more »

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