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Mortgages paid down by record £9bn in quarter
The IndependentDecember 1, 2011

It was the highest negative figure since comparable records began in 1970 and means the total amount owed on mortgages has fallen by £92.9bn since the height of the credit crunch. Homeowners spent the equivalent of 3.5 per cent of their take-home pay ...more »

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 »

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Nigerian ObserverDecember 1, 2011

Confidentiality law may require additional consent for subsequent disclosures to other parties. Here, the law or policy grants individuals or institutions discretion to disclose HIV information without consent under specific circumstances. ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Police: Woman poisoned grandmother with morphine
The Associated PressDecember 1, 2011

... woman is behind held without bail in the poisoning death of her 90-year-old grandmother three years ago. York Area Regional Police say Shelby Lyn Adams mixed morphine with her grandmother's chili during a May 2008 outing to a fast food restaurant. ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Power bill of Rs 41904 quashed by Consumer Forum
Indian ExpressDecember 12, 2011

Chandigarh Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has quashed a bill of Rs 41904 issued by the UT Electricity Department to Surinder Kaur of Sector 42-B. President of the Forum PD Goel and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota have ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Another Brand Name vs. Generic Drug Maker Fight Plays Out in Supreme Court ...
BNADecember 7, 2011

The Supreme Court granted Caraco's petition for a writ of certiorari June 27. Caraco's Sept. 6 brief set up the public policy argument by accusing Novo of “gamesmanship” in its FDA actions (188 PTD, 9/28/11). “Using a patent to block the marketing of ...more »

Police & Fire
Juneau EmpireDecember 15, 2011

At 1:13 am Tuesday, a 33-year-old man was arrested for domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal mischief, and he was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center. • At 2:52 am Tuesday, advanced life support care was provided to a man on ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Mohlala targets iBurst, FNB Connect
Business DayDecember 5, 2011

NATIONAL Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala has accused mobile operators iBurst and First National Bank (FNB) of contravening section 63 of the Consumer Protection Act by not rolling over unused prepaid internet data. She requested that they amend ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Talison Lithium Concludes First Sales Contracts for 2012 With 15% Price Increase
MarketWatch (press release)December 5, 2011

The Company also provided an update on its Greenbushes Lithium Operations and proposed lithium minerals conversion plant. Talison is currently engaging in discussions with its customers with regards to prices for calendar 2012 sales. ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Insurance FYI: Protect Your Identity and Your Credit This Holiday Season
VillageSoup BelfastDecember 4, 2011

Thieves can take information from identifying documents and use them to impersonate a victim, steal from bank accounts, establish phony insurance policies, or open unauthorized credit card accounts. In 2008, 1.2 million identity theft and fraud...more »

Stolen Identity
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Attorney is victim of identity theft
Tillamook Headlight HeraldDecember 7, 2011

It was my life savings, everything I've worked for. And I had to close my law office in Gresham. That hurt. I had a contract there to provide legal defense services for a program for DUII offenders. I cared about that program. I believed in it. ...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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TORT REPORT: Is Wisconsin now just like everybody else?
Wisconsin Law JournalDecember 5, 2011

The Legislature's special session in September saw the passage of additional reforms dealing with attorney fees, judgment interest rates and trespasser liability. While the reforms have been alternately derided and praised by the plaintiffs and defense ...more »


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