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Oil spill aftermath tests the legal waters
China DailySeptember 1, 2011

"Obviously in the case of the Bohai oil spills, polluting companies are not deterred by the government's administrative power, which has always been a major force in tackling pollution problems in China," said Zhou Ke, a law professor at Beijing-based ...more »

NBA, union meet but no announced progress
USA TodaySeptember 1, 2011

The following day the league filed a suit against the players in federal court and an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. The NBPA had filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB in May and is awaiting a ruling ...more »

Consumer Protection News and Stories

Confidentiality
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Owner liable for using bidder's info
Journal of CommerceSeptember 28, 2011

Common law confidentiality duties can apply during a tendering process and create obligations with respect to the proper protection of a supplier's information. For example, in its decision in Pharand Ski Corp. v. Alberta, the Alberta Court of Queen's ...more »

Food Poisoning
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27 children hospitalized for suspected food poisoning
China DailySeptember 6, 2011

SHIJIAZHUANG - Twenty-seven students of a primary school in Hebei province were receiving medical treatment Tuesday after a suspected food poisoning incident, local authorities said. Fifteen children were being treated at the Intensive Cure Unit in the ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Consumers aren't alone when they've been wronged
Belleville News DemocratSeptember 12, 2011

A recent column on a little-known Maryland group that helps consumers with medical disputes generated emails from readers asking if organizations exist that can help them tackle other problems. ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Classen Immunotherapies, Inc. v. Biogen IDEC (Fed. Cir. 2011)
Patent DocsSeptember 1, 2011

Assaying the legislative history and the purported purposes of the Hatch-Waxman Act, the opinion states that the safe harbor only applies to pre-approval activities (which the Biogen and GSK actions clearly were not): §271(e)(1) provides an exception ...more »

Bachmann: Anti-gay bullying 'not a federal issue'
Washington BladeSeptember 18, 2011

At least four suicide victims were victims of bullying because they were gay or perceived to be gay. In July, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against the district on behalf of students who say ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Alexander Maslarski: It will be beneficial to consumers, if electronic ...
Focus NewsSeptember 3, 2011

In addition, the latest amendments to the Consumer Protection Act state that complaints must be signed. The issue was raised and discussed by the commission at its meeting on August 15. Two options were suggested to solve the issue and Mr. [Damyan] ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Pittsburgh seeking new ways to keep up with number of vacant properties
Pittsburgh Post GazetteSeptember 18, 2011

He turned to a land bank model that new laws and property tax reforms in Michigan made possible. The land bank allows the county to take ownership of thousands of tax-delinquent properties quickly through tax foreclosure and reuse them to advance ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Victims of Two Georges' credit card fraud increases to 18
Corpus Christi Caller TimesSeptember 26, 2011

One person told investigators they had a dinner party earlier this year, and have found approximately $14000 in new charges on their credit card statements. The other person told police she had more than $1700 in unauthorized charges. ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Huntsville police blotter
al.com (blog)September 28, 2011

A stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer were stolen. Delia Lane: A 55-year-old woman reported her identity stolen between Sept. 1 and Monday. Jonathan Drive: A home in the 2200 block was burglarized about 12:10 pm Tuesday. ...more »

Credit Repair
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Money Monday: Don't Get Tricked! Recognize a Credit Repair Scam
BETSeptember 19, 2011

You see the advertisements on television and on the radio, but the FTC says that most credit repair services are illegal. By Danielle Wright Your money and especially your credit are valuable to you. Your credit is your “financial trustworthiness. ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Major overhaul of U.S. patent system becomes law
San Francisco ChronicleSeptember 17, 2011

Passed in a rare display of congressional bipartisanship, the America Invents Act is the first significant change in patent law since 1952. It has been hailed as a milestone that will spur innovation and create jobs. The bill is meant to ensure that ...more »

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