Consumer Protection News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in September, 2011

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Financial-Planning.comSeptember 1, 2011

Thomas believes "most financial planners simply won't address estate tax planning with sufficient vigor [because] there is no incentive to pursue this type of planning. Some planners would love to do really complete plans, but struggle to get clients ...more »

A Shipping Line Is Crossed
Wall Street JournalSeptember 1, 2011

But market freight rates had tumbled to under $20 a ton. BRS brought the two sides together and, after months of negotiation, cut a new deal for nine ships at $25 a ton. A Cosco cargo ship sails at the Kaohsiung port in Taiwan. ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Rounds' post stirs conflict concerns
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderSeptember 4, 2011

The company eventually would need the approval of the state Public Utilities Commission for its multibillion-dollar project - the same PUC where most employees are carryovers from the Rounds administration. That includes analyst Brian Rounds, ...more »

Credit Repair
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DEMSA responds to calls for tougher regulation
Debt Management TodaySeptember 21, 2011

National charity Citizens Advice has responded to the Office of Fair Trading's consultation on debt management and credit repair services guidance by calling for the regulator to ensure it imposes tougher sanctions on companies which break the rules. ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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5 Smart Uses for Credit Cards
Money Talks News (blog)September 21, 2011

Consumer protections. While credit cards can't protect you from yourself, they can protect you from shady merchants or bad merchandise. Paying by credit card gives you the option to dispute charges for damaged or defective goods and to enlist your bank ...more »

Opinion Line Extra (Sept. 20)
Kansas.comSeptember 20, 2011

What we need is a presidential lemon law. In fact, we need a politician lemon law. I really admire our president for standing up to those racist hypocrites in Congress. The Republican Party will do everything it can to prevent a black president from ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Va uranium-mining trip to include repeat travelers
Boston GlobeSeptember 13, 2011

He also went to France in 2010 to visit a uranium reclamation site. He and Watkins listed the trip as gifts, each valued at just under $10000. Del. Lionell Spruill Sr., D-Chesapeake, was among a delegation of more than 12 state legislators who traveled ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Is the Lemon Law ripe for the picking?
Inquirer.netSeptember 6, 2011

Doria added that in the absence of a Lemon Law, buyers would have to seek redress via the Consumer Protection Act, which, he assessed, has been “weak” in settling disputes. It also does not specify the parameters by which a car can be classified as a ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Woman Pleads Guilty To Fema Fraud, Possession Of Stolen Mail, Identity Theft
Insurance News Net (press release)September 1, 2011

GEE also pled guilty to one count of possession of stolen mail matter belonging to victim PD on or about December 12, 2008 and one count of identity theft of the same victim's social security number and financial and credit information in May 2008 . ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Cyber-Fraud Trends, Defenses Debated at Cyber-Defense Summit
eWeekSeptember 15, 2011

Some types of cyber-fraud such as identity theft, and check and payment card fraud have been declining since 2006, said David Nelson, a specialist with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes section. ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Products liability – Implied warranty of merchantability
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklySeptember 1, 2011

The Massachusetts courts have not adopted plaintiffs' theory of the case, and we, as a federal court, have no warrant to extend state product liability law. …” Hatch, et al. v. Trail King Industries, Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. ...more »

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