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A Debate Over Who Regulates Gas 'Fracking' in Pa.
NPRDecember 1, 2011

A new Pennsylvania law could curb municipalities' ability to zone and regulate hydraulic fracturing — or "fracking." And that raises questions about how much say a local government should have over what goes on within its borders. ...more »

Major changes proposed for La.'s higher-education system
Houma CourierDecember 1, 2011

A statewide commission has proposed major changes to the state's higher-education system, including making it easier to increase tuition, boosting money for need-based scholarships and dramatically restructuring the state's TOPS scholarship. ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Sheriff stokes fears of cover-up
BlueRidgeNow.comDecember 14, 2011

We understand the laws protecting the confidentiality of medical records and the desire of any person to maintain privacy surrounding an illness. But this situation demands an explanation. Davis is not only a public figure but the top law enforcement ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Suspected Food Poisoning Kills 4, Hospitalizes 6
CRIENGLISH.comDecember 2, 2011

Four people have been killed, and another six hospitalized, in a suspected food poisoning case in southwest China's Guizhou province, local authorities said Friday. More than 30 ate at a household at about 4 pm Thursday while preparing a funeral for a ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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NBN promises price certainty
The West AustralianDecember 5, 2011

But the NBN Co has been forced to make major concessions to internet service providers such as Optus and Perth's iiNet, allowing greater scope to the consumer watchdog to intervene in pricing disputes. In a landmark strategic document released ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Lipitor's end and the travails of Big Pharma
FT.com (blog)December 6, 2011

The original intention of the Hatch-Waxman Act of 1984 was to encourage such competition after the 20 year lifespan of the patent. The fact that Pfizer is defying such pressure shows that times are tough.more »

Wis. gov signs bill capping attorney fees
CNBC.comDecember 7, 2011

Scott Walker signed a bill Wednesday designed to limit attorneys' fees after a well-known lemon law lawyer collected more than $150000 in an auto-repair dispute. The measure, part of Walker's special legislative session on jobs, requires judges to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Housing and 'Occupy' activists take aim at foreclosed homes, empty lots
msnbc.comDecember 6, 2011

According to the limited GAO audit of the Federal Reserve that was mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the grand total of all the secret bailouts conducted by the Federal Reserve during the last financial crisis ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Thieves Hit BPA Substation
Newstalk 1450 KBKWDecember 9, 2011

The power is produced at 31 federal dams operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation and one nuclear plant in the Northwest and is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA purchases power from seven wind projects and has ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Frenchtown police say gas station employee committed credit-card fraud
Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.comDecember 6, 2011

By Renee Kiriluk-Hill/Hunterdon Democrat FRENCHTOWN — A 25-year-old employee of the Frenchtown Citgo gas station had been charged with six counts each of fraudulent use of a credit card and of credit card theft. Borough police are asking customers to ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Taking steps to protect your identity now can have lasting benefits
Milwaukee Journal SentinelDecember 2, 2011

By learning to take these precautions during the busiest online retail season - when identity thieves are on the prowl - you'll develop good habits that will benefit you throughout the year and help you avoid identity theft. 1. Look at the address. ...more »

Credit Repair
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MISCOR Group Announces Refinancing of Debt
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

PK), a provider of outsourced maintenance and electro-mechanical repair and complementary services for a diverse range of industries, has completed refinancing of its senior secured credit agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, NA replacing its existing ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Goodwin Procter Selected as One of New York City's "Best Places to Work" by ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 6, 2011

The office's litigation practice advises clients in matters involving intellectual property, white collar crime, products liability, securities, general commercial disputes, and labor and employment issues. Goodwin's corporate lawyers represent clients ...more »

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