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Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Hurdles can arise in hunt for public information
Delmarva Daily TimesFebruary 5, 2012

In Onancock, Charles Landis prevailed in court last month when he filed a petition claiming the town violated the state Freedom of Information Act by providing a copy of the town manager's employment contract with signatures and dates removed.more »

Food Poisoning
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Slander applies to Internet: legal warning over food-poison allegations in UK
barfblog (blog)February 6, 2012

A warning for armchair epidemiologists: people who make unsubstantiated allegations about food poisoning in reviews on user-generated websites such as TripAdvisor could face legal action. “It's almost impossible to say with any certainty that food ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Top trial lawyer departs Dechert for Weil, Gotshal
Chicago TribuneFebruary 13, 2012

(Reuters) - Top product liability trial lawyer Diane Sullivan has joined the elite law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges from Dechert. Sullivan, who focuses on class actions, consumer fraud, life sciences, and other complex commercial disputes, ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Watson Confirms Beyaz(R) Patent Challenge
MarketWatch (press release)February 10, 2012

The lawsuit was filed under the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act, resulting in a stay of final FDA approval of Watson's ANDA for up to 30 months from the date the plaintiffs received notice of Watson's ANDA filing or until final resolution of the ...more »

Negative Connotations Surrounding Sharia Must Be Dispelled
JURISTFebruary 3, 2012

Based on US conflicts of law, the law where the tort occurred would govern the dispute. The court would require expert testimony regarding the tort law of the country using Sharia, which would include issues relating to Sharia. A, a Saudi company, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FIO Misses Deadline for First Report to Congress
LifeHealthProFebruary 2, 2012

The FIO was created as a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law by President Obama on July 21, 2010. The Act mandated that the FIO present the report to Congress within 18 months of the Act becoming law ...more »

Product Reclamation
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AP Enterprise: CA mine dispute recalls wild past
Fox NewsFebruary 8, 2012

Joseph Hardesty's attorney, William Brewer of San Diego, denied that his client is mining gold and insists he wants to operate a sand and gravel business to complement another he owns in Sacramento County. "He's not a crook, he's not a cheat, ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Credit, Debit Card Fraud on the Upswing at Tampa Restaurants
LoanSafeFebruary 9, 2012

by Alex Ferreras on February 9, 2012 in Scams (Source: Ray Reyes, Jeff Patterson Tampa Tribune, Fla.) – TAMPA He paid a $20 tab at La Teresita Cuban restaurant with a credit card. A few days later, Fredy Villalobos was notified by his bank that an ...more »

Stolen Identity
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13 WTHR IndianapolisTargeting children: the young victims of identity theft
WTHRFebruary 7, 2012

Entertainment News from AP By Bob Segall - bio From toddlers to teenagers, hundreds of thousands of children are now victims of identity theft and, according to the Federal Trade Commission, most of their parents don't even realize it.more »

Credit Repair
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The US Supreme Court reaffirms the enforceability of arbitration agreements
Lexology (registration)February 1, 2012

Specifically, the plaintiffs relied on a provision of the CROA stating that consumers: “have a right to sue a credit repair organization that violates” its provisions and that this right cannot be waived. The US District Court for the Northern District ...more »

Unsafe Products
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San Diego Lemon Law Attorney Sues Team Kia Of El Cajon For Falsifying Down ...
EIN News (press release)February 6, 2012

The defendant JKC Palm Springs Automotive, Inc. does business under a fictitious business name, and operates the El Cajon dealership "Team Kia of El Cajon" in El Cajon, California. The Plaintiffs, who are represented by California lemon law attorney...more »

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