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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 »

Secure Communities not deporting many, but still a big concern
KNDO/KNDUSeptember 1, 2011

Secure Communities is the program that has law enforcement checking a persons immigration status with the federal database, determining if deportation is needed. Yakima is 1 of 8 counties in Washington state to have adopted the controversial program. ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Couple banned from volunteering at Taunton's Elizabeth Pole Elementary School
Taunton Daily GazetteSeptember 5, 2011

Two Taunton parents were banned from volunteer activities at an elementary school attended by four of their children after the father was accused of “intimidation” of parents and “disregard for confidentiality for specific staff ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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The future of skinny labels
Lexology (registration)September 2, 2011

The Hatch-Waxman Act provides a counterclaim to a charge of patent infringement to permit challenges on the ground that an asserted patent does not claim either “(aa) the drug for which the application was approved; or (bb) an approved method of using ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Lawmaker: Credit checks stymie unemployed job seekers
Tbo.comSeptember 4, 2011

Pulling credit reports is a common hiring practice, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, which found in a recent survey that nearly half of all employers screen selected job candidates that way. Business groups say credit reports can ...more »

Business groups expect Congress to okay reforms
BusinessWorld OnlineSeptember 6, 2011

One of them was passed in the last Congress but became law in this new administration in July last year,” said John D. Forbes, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) legislative committee chairman, referring to the Financial ...more »

Product Reclamation
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City Ready to Face Judicial Review of 2011-2030 Spatial Plan Bylaw
BeritaJakarta.comSeptember 10, 2011

Regarding the objections of some NGOs who disagree about the reclamation allowed in the 2011-2030 RTRW Bylaw, he strongly stated that the north beach reclamation has a higher law protection than bylaw, namely President Regulation No. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Senate refuses to consider Obama nominees
Washington PostSeptember 2, 2011

Community banks have to compete with many of these entities, and they will continue to suffer from unfair competition and pressure to do things they would rather not do if the new bureau is not able to assume its full powers. ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Referees Accused of Identity Theft Plot to Evade Taxes
BusinessWeekSeptember 16, 2011

15 (Bloomberg) -- Former basketball referees at New York's Chelsea Piers sports complex were charged with using stolen identities, including names of players on a youth sports team, to evade taxes. Referees at Chelsea Piers on Manhattan's West Side are ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Attention Maine small-business owner: Is your company safe from fraud?
Bangor Daily NewsSeptember 6, 2011

As a result, it's important to protect money losses from workplace fraud. Fidelity insurance is a type if coverage that protects your business against criminal acts such as robbery, embezzlement, forgery and credit card fraud. ...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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Score Optimization Systems' Credit Score Technology Provides a 140 Point ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)September 1, 2011

Oklahoma resident meets FHA home loan credit score requirements after S&S Private Capital's Score Optimization Systems' credit repair technology produces a 140 point credit score increase. Oklahoma native, G. Oberste, with the aid of S&S Private ...more »

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