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Md. lawmakers oppose continued federal pay freeze
Baltimore Sun (blog)December 1, 2011

Several public employee unions who have members in Maryland agreed. “We made our sacrifice,” Jacqueline Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees, said in an interview, referring to the current pay freeze. ...more »

IRS Form 2290 HVUT Tax Return Filing Deadline is November 30, 2011 for Tax ...
PR Web (press release)December 1, 2011

Beginning November 1, 2011, IRS will provide a stamped (receipted) Schedule 1 to those who file and pay their tax. E-File and Pay 2011-2012 Truck Tax 2290 and Schedule-1: IRS e-file for 2290 is now available for the tax period beginning July 1, 2011. ...more »

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Confidentiality
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SEC Lets Some Investors Keep Quiet
Wall Street JournalDecember 8, 2011

Keith Schaitkin, general counsel for Mr. Icahn's funds, said the SEC's rules "apply differently to Mr. Icahn, because substantially all the invested money is his." The 1975 law directed the SEC to exempt "natural persons," as opposed to money managers, ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Probe Following Campylobacter Outbreak
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

MANCHESTER, England, December 1, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A probe has been launched after 80 guests fell ill with food poisoning after a fund-raising dinner at luxury Lowry Hotel, Salford. It is thought the campylobacter bacterial infections, ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Companies told to compensate vehicle owners
Times of IndiaDecember 13, 2011

MUMBAI: In two separate orders relating to vehicular theft, the Mumbai suburban district consumer disputes redressal forum ordered two insurance companies to reimburse two city-based vehicle owners, after observing that purpose for which the vehicle ...more »

Q&A: Lemon Grove Mayor Mary Sessom
SignOnSanDiego.comDecember 27, 2011

It gives law enforcement a greater stake in the community. Q: East County has no shortage of colorful mayors. Randy Voepel of Santee has a lip on him. Mark Lewis of El Cajon has a comic side. Art Madrid of La Mesa is no pushover. How do you fit in? ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Mining for compromise: Bill favors GTac, promises new jobs
ThirdCoast DigestDecember 19, 2011

Finally, the new law would reduce the amount of citizen input on mining applications from two public hearings and a contested case (where sworn testimony and cross-examinations can be conducted) to one public hearing and no contested cases. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Hacked Credit Processor Won't Face Most Claims
Courthouse News ServiceDecember 7, 2011

Rosenthal granted the banks leave to amend the dismissed claims for breach of contract, breach of implied contract, express misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation based on nondisclosure, and violations of the California Unfair Competition Law, ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Heather Yankin: Be cautious as ID theft rises, gets more refined
Times Herald-RecordDecember 3, 2011

Identity theft hit 8.6 million households in 2010, according to a report issued a few days ago by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, and a big chunk of the rise in ID theft over the past several years is the misappropriation of ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Man Sentenced For Fraud, Identity Theft
KGTV San DiegoDecember 6, 2011

Khris St. Ives Dulay Lu, 34, was convicted of credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft after being extradited from Japan to face charges. According to court records, Lu used information stolen from a local San Diego business to open credit cards ...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 »

Credit Repair
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MISCOR Group Announces Refinancing of Debt
Sacramento BeeDecember 2, 2011

PK) provides electrical and mechanical solutions to industrial, commercial and institutional customers through two segments: Industrial Services, consisting of the Company's maintenance and repair services to several industries, including electric ...more »

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