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The mess isn't over: Florida residents search shadows for end to foreclosure ...
Naples Daily NewsApril 1, 2012

The homeowner tells the judge he thought a loan modification had been finalized, allowing him to keep the home, until a lawyer called to say it was back in foreclosure. "That's ridiculous," Lewis tells the lawyer for the bank. "I'm not doing this thing ...more »

Gunshot confirmed as cause of death in homicide
Ottawa CitizenApril 1, 2012

By Meghan Hurley, The Ottawa Citizen March 31, 2012 8:03 PM An autopsy confirmed Saturday that Ottawa's third homicide victim of the year died from a gunshot wound. Peyman Hatami, 31, was found lying on the ground outside a Chinese restaurant on Dynes ...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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Kids' Kare: Pets and Salmonella
CIproud.comApril 9, 2012

When we think about Salmonella, we usually think about food poisoning. Salmonella typically grows in spoiled food, and there have been stories in the news about recent recalls of peanut butter, chicken, turkey, and other foods because they were ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Unitech held guilty of unfair trade
Business TodayApril 9, 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, its agent, ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Impax Laboratories Confirms Patent Challenge Relating to Generic GRALISE® 300 ...
BenzingaApril 12, 2012

On April 10, 2012, Depomed, Inc. filed suit for patent infringement against Impax Laboratories, Inc. in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. This action formally initiates the patent challenge process under the Hatch-Waxman Act.more »

Governor Corbett Signs 10 Bills into Law
MarketWatch (press release)April 12, 2012

Senate Bill 304 (PN 281) - This bill amends the Air Pollution Control Act to require that the State Implementation Plan or revisions to the plan be published and maintained on the publicly accessible website of the Department of Environmental ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Some internal trading should be exempt from financial reform law
Crain's Cleveland BusinessApril 2, 2012

Companies currently use centralized hedging, where one or a small number of affiliates act as the external-facing party. This allows companies to concentrate trade expertise, better evaluate counterparty credit risk and secure better pricing through ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Wilmette Park District to study harbor
Wilmette LifeApril 10, 2012

... and a 2010 change in state law requires the sewer board to put the lease out for public bid, unless the association can work out a management agreement with yet another public body, such as the Park District. The Water Reclamation District extended ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Sacramento Man Indicted for Bank Fraud, Identity Theft
LoanSafeApril 20, 2012

Yasir Mehmood, 41, is charged with multiple counts of bank fraud, submitting false documents to an agency of the United States, obtaining US mail by fraud, aggravated identity theft, and credit card fraud, according to a federal Department of Justice ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Missing ID Means Man Must Live on Streets
Cape May County Herald (press release)April 1, 2012

We misplace a Social Security card, our license gets lost or stolen, we can't find a birth certificate. A quick trip to the DMV, Social Security Administration office or letter sent to the Bureau of Vital Statistics with the appropriate documentation ...more »

Credit Repair
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CITI: Homebuilders Have Not Reported This Magnitude Of Sales Spikes In Over ...
Business InsiderApril 9, 2012

The majority of our prospects require some form of credit repair prior to loan approval resulting in an additional 6 to 8 weeks delay in contract to close. We find ourselves forced to absorb increases in prices from our vendors in order to continue ...more »

Unsafe Products
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JONES v. WALKER MFG. CO.
Leagle.comApril 6, 2012

He brought this action against Emmett and the manufacturer of the mower, Walker Manufacturing, Inc., raising statutory and common law products liability counts, a negligence claim that Emmett failed to affix a new warning label to the mower both when ...more »

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