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Calif. woman sentenced in Alaska credit card scam
San Jose Mercury NewsSeptember 1, 2011

Amber Marquardt, 25, of Oakland, Calif., pleaded guilty to bank and credit card fraud. As part of a plea agreement, US District Judge Ralph Beistline sentenced her to 16 months in prison and the repayment of $124000—the amount prosecutors say she ...more »

Law to address exempt homes
San Angelo Standard-TimesSeptember 1, 2011

"Under a law passed by the Texas Legislature, homeowners who apply for a new property tax homestead exemption beginning Sept. 1 must provide proof to the county appraisal district that they live in the house they claim as their principal residence," a ...more »

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Government proposes law on real estate activity
International Law OfficeSeptember 1, 2011

Parallel to the draft law, a supplementary diploma is also expected to be approved which will specify the rules and procedures for the administration of licensing, for the enforcement of the bill and for real estate activity (among other provisions). ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Power Outage: Is the Food in Your Fridge Safe?
Patch.comSeptember 9, 2011

Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or leftovers) that has been above 40° F for two hours or more. The last thing you need after a power outage is a case of food poisoning. Here are some tips on food safety ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Use Sony's PlayStation Network, Waive Rights to Class-Action Suit?
PC MagazineSeptember 16, 2011

"Where Sony gets ridiculous is in claiming that this change 'is designed to benefit both the consumer and the company by ensuring that there is adequate time and procedures to resolve disputes.' That makes me think of a two syllable word whose first ...more »

High-end cocktails part of less-is-more trend at Valley bars
AZ Central.comSeptember 22, 2011

We're squeezing fresh lemon and lime, creating house-made soda and picking up trends like coconut water." The Old Town Group, which owns Valley-wide Stingray Sushi and Jimmy Woo's Chinese Restaurant, Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club and Geisha a Go Go, ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Proposed law promises to hasten pace of economic growth
Daily NationSeptember 10, 2011

Mr Kamau identified some of the high-potential sectors for the partnership as information and communications, tourism, land reclamation, sports facilities and business process outsourcing (BPO). He said national legislation is also attractive to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFTC eager to clean up swaps market
PoliticoSeptember 1, 2011

Just over a year ago, Congress and President Barack Obama came together to pass the historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, giving the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other regulators new enforcement tools. ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Man accused of stealing IDs and posing as women
abc13.comSeptember 8, 2011

According to court documents, White set up a rental agreement on July 27, presenting himself as a woman and allegedly using a stolen identity. The victim, who lives in Grand Prairie, had reported her purse stolen in Houston in 2010. ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Crime Report: Credit Card Fraud, Assaults and Thefts from Vehicles
Patch.comSeptember 12, 2011

September 8 – Personal credit card information was reported stolen in the 300 block of S. Fayette St. at 5:48 pm The information was then used to make fraudulent purchases. The case is pending September 8 – An assault was reported in the 300 block of ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Volusia County public records for Sept. 13, 2011
Daytona Beach News-JournalSeptember 13, 2011

Florida United Methodist Children's Home Inc., products liability; Green Tree Servicing LLC v. Teresa Soto, real property; Bank of America NA v. Scott D. Liseno, real property; Bank of America NA v. Randy L. Barnhart, real property; SunTrust Mortgage ...more »

Credit Repair
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Improving A Low Credit Score Or Establishing Credit For Young Consumers–Steps ...
Red, White, and Blue PressSeptember 8, 2011

... for their predicament but a better understanding of what is seen as positive credit score building practices and what can work against a consumer will allow these men and women to make more informed bad credit repair decisions in the near future.more »


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