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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 »

Law enforcement learns to 'like' Facebook
Anderson Independent MailDecember 1, 2011

In September the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Center for Social Media released the results of a survey involving 800 law enforcement agencies from 49 states. A total of 88.1 percent of these agencies reported that they were now using ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Supreme Court Denies Petition for Review in Suit Over Disclosure of Medical ...
BNADecember 14, 2011

The high court action leaves standing a June decision in which the California Supreme Court reinstated claims brought against Stewart Mortensen, d/b/a Credit Bureau Services, alleging he violated California's Confidentiality of Medical Information Act ...more »

Food Poisoning
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In Japan, food poisoning cases haven't cut appetite for 'yakiniku' raw meat cuts
barfblog (blog)December 4, 2011

The agriculture ministry urged restaurants to ensure the trimming of all raw meat and to remind customers of the higher risks of food poisoning for children and the elderly. It's now December, and according to a report released last week, ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Navigant Expands Technology Solutions Practice in Chicago
MarketWatch (press release)December 20, 2011

Additionally, he has provided risk mitigation services and transactional data analysis in internal audit committee and regulatory investigations, M&A, bankruptcy, regulatory infractions and other general distressed situations. ...more »

Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Capping Attorney Fees
ClaimsJournal.comDecember 12, 2011

Scott Walker has signed a bill 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 presume ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Renewal authority needs help
Muskogee Daily PhoenixDecember 2, 2011

State law requires a finding that a proposed project area is blighted and constitutes a threat to the community before reclamation and rehabilitation projects can be undertaken. Mayor John Tyler Hammons has suggested an area for the authority to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Kansas attorney general says Mo. paving company banned from doing business in ...
The RepublicDecember 5, 2011

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says a Missouri paving company can no longer do business in Kansas after violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. Cloud County District Judge Kim Cudney banned Quality Road Construction from doing business in ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Wal-Mart refuses to pay handicapped victim of identity theft
WCNCDecember 2, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC -- With the holiday shopping season in full swing police are warning shoppers to protect themselves against identity theft. The case of a 45-year-old disabled woman is an example of the pitfalls. ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Experian signs contract to catch £800m benefit cheats
Telegraph.co.ukDecember 5, 2011

Finance experts will identify benefit cheats by trawling through their household bills, credit card applications and employment records and will be paid “by results”. The drive will target welfare claimants who say ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Albany Area Law Firm Has Proven Record in Defective Smoke Alarm Cases
U.S. Politics TodayDecember 1, 2011

Other injury cases handled by the firm include motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and products liability. Hacker Murphy LLP continues to accept cases involving injuries caused by defective smoke ...more »

Credit Repair
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OFT launches third party repair and credit hire investigation
Insurance AgeDecember 14, 2011

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched an investigation into the provision of third party vehicle repairs and credit hire replacement vehicles in the UK motor market. The government department claimed the probe was prompted by responses to its ...more »

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