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Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

Kaneland OKs advertising banners at stadium
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Linda girardi For The Beacon-News January 31, 2012 6:16PM The Kaneland School Board has approved a minimum $1500 annual fee for advertising space on the high school athletic field fences as a new revenue source to fund stadium capital projects.more »

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Questions mount over Maine treasurer's property-tax breaks
Lewiston Sun JournalFebruary 3, 2012

By Steve Mistler, Staff Writer AUGUSTA — Questions lingered Thursday over whether State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin improperly used a longstanding conservation law to obtain property-tax breaks. Such inquiries could soon come from the Georgetown Board of ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Tips to reduce your food poisoning risk
KOMO NewsFebruary 8, 2012

Food poisoning is more common than most of us realize. It's estimated that one in six people will get food poisoning this year. Most cases are mild, but some can be really serious. Rinse in running water. You don't need special cleaners.more »

Consumer Disputes
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'Company is under consumer definition'
Indian ExpressFebruary 14, 2012

Therefore, we are unable to accept the case of the bank that the complainant is not a consumer. We hold that such a dispute will perfectly come under the purview of the Consumer Protection Act. Hence, we hold that the complainant is a consumer,” the ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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February 2012: Life Science Litigation Update: Federal Circuit Vacates ...
JD Supra (press release)February 17, 2012

Upon approval of Mylan's ANDA, the Plaintiffs sued for infringement within the period prescribed by the Hatch-Waxman Act. Mylan responded that the '161 patent was not infringed, and was invalid and unenforceable. The question of infringement turned on ...more »

Some retailers worry buyers will abuse lemon law
Straits TimesFebruary 14, 2012

While consumers cheer the news of a lemon law, some retailers are worried there will be a rise in frivolous demands. Other retailers welcome the law, saying it will weed out the poorer practices of others. -- ST PHOTO: TED CHEN By Jessica Lim While ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bring Call Centers Back To U.S., Bill Proposes
InformationWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Bishop's US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3596) would prohibit companies that place call centers offshore from receiving federal grants or guaranteed loans. The bill also requires the Department of Labor to maintain a publicly ...more »

Product Reclamation
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AP Enterprise: In Calif. foothills, a mining dispute harkens back to area's ...
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 8, 2012

He filed a reclamation plan for the El Dorado County property in 2009 and has put up a total of $188000 in bonds, beginning in 2007. Brewer, the lawyer, contends that gives Hardesty the legal right to mine while his own lawsuit against the state mining ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Agency hit with credit card fraud
Record-SearchlightFebruary 17, 2012

By Alayna Shulman Someone used the Fall River Valley Community Services District's credit card to charge more than $2500 on pizza, garbage, dating and alcohol treatment services, and it was most likely a former employee, the district's manager said.more »

Stolen Identity
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Pilot Scoop: ABC Picks Up Reba McEntire's Country Comedy and Identity Theft Sitcom
TVLineFebruary 2, 2012

The network also picked up Prairie Dogs, a sitcom from That '70s Show's Jackie and Jeff Filgo, which centers on a nerdy guy whose identity is stolen by someone far cooler than he is – so cool, in fact, that he engages the con man to help boost his ...more »

Credit Repair
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Manhunt Monday: Home Repair Con Artist Wanted
KTSM News Channel 9February 20, 2012

According to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, several victims came forward claiming that Natera used their name and information to obtain credit for tools and other supplies. Workers also reported that Natera hired them for the work, but never paid ...more »

Unsafe Products
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How an Internet and Website Legal Audit Can Protect Your Business
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Violations of the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act can result in fines between $1000 and $100000 per domain name. Legal Issues • Advertising Problems: The Federal Trade Commission has very specific guidelines regarding advertising for ...more »


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