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Check crowdfunding investments carefully; pitfalls abound
Palm Beach Daily NewsApril 1, 2012

However, crowdfunding is about to take on a new dimension in the world of investing. Federal legislation at this writing was being finalized to let small companies issue stock with significantly limited registration and disclosure requirements.more »

Washington Wizards' rookies have rough first season
Washington PostApril 1, 2012

The Washington Wizards' draft room was filled with enthusiasm last June when the franchise pulled off what appeared to be a successful coup, despite a talent pool that had been described by most scouts and executives as a weak draft class.more »

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Confidentiality
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Governor signs victims rights bill, making it law
Yuma SunApril 7, 2012

The new law changes the definition of “victim advocate” and what constitutes privileged communications between an advocate and the victim. Both Umphress and Smith previously said the law will not violate defendants' rights. Smith noted the statute will ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Jacobs battles food poisoning, dehydration while trying to continue down river
Fremont TribuneApril 2, 2012

Keep it clean. Avoid language that is obscene, vulgar, lewd or sexually-oriented. If you can't control yourself, don't post it. Don't threaten to hurt or kill anyone. Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Be nice.more »

Consumer Disputes
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Unfair trade: Unitech guilty, to pay Rs 6L
Indian ExpressApril 10, 2012

The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, in its order, observed that the firm and its agent made "unjustified" demands from the customer and also threatened to forfeit his deposited money. "The action of the Unitech Ltd and its agent in raising ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Impax Laboratories Confirms Patent Challenge Relating to Generic GRALISE® 300 ...
MarketWatch (press release)April 12, 2012

This action formally initiates the patent challenge process under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Once the ANDA is approved by FDA, Global Pharmaceuticals, Impax's generic division, intends to commercialize the product. Gralise® is indicated for the management ...more »

Steep Declines Seen in Lemon Grove Crime Rate, Says New SANDAG Study
Patch.comApril 25, 2012

SANDAG Lemon Grove saw a steep drop in serious crime over the last year and a greater decline in the latest 5-year period, according to a report released Wednesday by the San Diego Association of Governments. Between 2007 and 2011, the city's rate for ...more »

Consumer Protection
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In Person: Bubble-spotter Shiller says consumers need more protection
The Seattle TimesApril 2, 2012

Q: Are the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Volcker Rule, which generally prohibits commercial banks from engaging in proprietary trading, examples of the kind of regulation you'd favor? A: I think Dodd-Frank in the ...more »

Product Reclamation
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RAMSAY v. KANE COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCE SPECIAL SERVICE DISTRICT
Leagle.comApril 6, 2012

3 "We review the district courts' dismissals for lack of subject matter jurisdiction for correctness and accord no deference to their legal conclusions." Strawberry Water Users Ass'n v. Bureau of Reclamation (In re Uintah Basin), 2006 UT 19, ¶ 7, ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Pattie's Blog: Will smart chips curb fraud?
CTV.caApril 2, 2012

In Canada, credit card fraud is a $407 million a year business and almost half of it stems from counterfeit cards. Fraudsters are now using modern devices like (embossers, encoders and decoders often supported by sophisticated computers) to read, ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Mail conman jailed for four years over identity theft campaign
Daily MailApril 4, 2012

By David Gerges A serial conman who stole the identity of his victims by intercepting their post and using their information to fund his lavish lifestyle has been jailed today for four years. Kevin Castle, from, West Buclkand, Somerset, made a reported ...more »

Credit Repair
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MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon, 4/13
Energy Digital (press release)April 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 13, 2012) - JOBS Act, oil cleanup, medical records, stock bashers, better sleeping, mortgage rush, credit repair; this week on MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon. MoneyTV is the internationally syndicated television ...more »

Unsafe Products
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UCB : Transparency notification of Pharmahold SA – Cosylva SA – Compar Finance SA
4-tradersApril 5, 2012

Participation on March 30, 2012 (according to Article 6 of the law of May 2, 2007 on the disclosure of large shareholdings). Brussels (Belgium), April 5, 2012 - 7.30 pm (CET) - regulated information - Pharmahold SA (having its registered offices at ...more »

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