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Three UBS Clients Accused of Hiding Offshore Money From IRS
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Kerr, who ran CCN Worldwide Inc., had accounts worth more than $5.6 million in 2007 that he failed to report to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a Justice Department statement and the Dec. 8 indictment. Quiel, who ran Legend Advisory Corp., ...more »

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Confession attorney-client privilege?
San Francisco ExaminerFebruary 2, 2012

Perhaps Lopez believed that simply graduating from law school was enough to make Madison a lawyer, cloaking every communication with confidentiality. Even if the judge finds that Lopez's communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege, ...more »

Food Poisoning
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650 Indians and others hit by food poisoning after attending campaign rally in ...
Washington PostFebruary 9, 2012

MEXICO CITY — Officials of a Mexican political party are apologizing to 650 Indians and other people who suffered food poisoning after attending a campaign rally in southern Mexico. But the leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party in Guerrero ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Litigious Indian customers
LivemintFebruary 2, 2012

The national consumer redressal department in the consumer affairs ministry has set up a three-tier mechanism of consumer courts at the national, state and district levels. Under the Consumer Protection Act of 1986, a person can take recourse at any of ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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FDA Publishes Draft Guidelines for Biosimilar Product Development
JD Supra (press release)February 10, 2012

Section 351(k) creates a biologics pathway that is reminiscent of the pathway set forth by the Hatch-Waxman Act for small molecule drugs. The FDA promised that it would release the guidance materials by the end of 2011, but failed to meet this deadline ...more »

Product Reclamation
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EDF Submits Proposal to Protect Colorado River Flow, Ecosystems, Western Economy
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bureau of Reclamation today received a proposed set of common-sense solutions to solve the imbalance between supply and demand for water in the Colorado River Basin, where the Bureau projects river flow will ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Eight Bills into Law
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

... into law the following eight bills: House Bill 169 - This bill amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to create new definitions, increase prize limits, and provide for additional rules and regulations for licensing of organizations.more »

Stolen Identity
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Bendigo stolen son remembers upbringing
Bendigo AdvertiserFebruary 7, 2012

Mr Knight is a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri people and member of the stolen generations. He has endured years of searching for his identity and has established himself as a leader within Bendigo's indigenous community. “Beyond all that has happened ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Fraud baron forced henchmen into S&M orgies to prove loyalty – cops
RegisterFebruary 1, 2012

Yadav was charged with credit card fraud and spent a year in prison prior to his deportation in 2010. Riddick, together with two other alleged members of Yadav's crew - Dashun McQuiller and Shaun Grittner - were convicted and sentenced last month.more »

Unsafe Products
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For trademark licensors, quality-control provisions can prove risky
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

On the other hand, quality-control provisions that are too onerous or detailed present the risk that the trademark licensor will suffer a tort/products liability exposure for defective goods or services offered by their licensee.more »

Credit Repair
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Protect yourself against credit repair scams
Examiner.comFebruary 2, 2012

Even those with high credit scores have experienced closed credit card accounts and equity lines. When an account has not been closed, credit limits have been reduced to the current balance due. The terms credit repair, credit restoration or credit ...more »


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