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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 »

Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Twitter subpoenas a challenge to intellectual privacy
Washington University in St. Louis NewsFebruary 14, 2012

Privacy law expert Neil Richards, JD, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, says that it's not surprising that law enforcement groups are interested in accessing the volume of records relating to our speech that social media platforms ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Combating the flu
ABC7Chicago.comFebruary 2, 2012

Norovirus is one of many viruses that is sometimes called the 'stomach flu' or 'food poisoning.' It is not related to the flu (influenza), which is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. The influenza vaccine is readily available, ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Freephone targets lenders
Times Online - AucklandFebruary 9, 2012

The service, 0800 LOAN STRESS, started on Tuesday and is intended to give people better access to services to help them understand their rights and resolve disputes with finance companies. “Too many consumers are being treated unfairly by their loan ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Roundtable: Life Sciences 2012
Who's Who LegalFebruary 21, 2012

It is increasingly recognised that the Hatch-Waxman Act of 1984 was a failure, for two reasons. First, it relied on patent protection to provide an adequate period of market protection to recoup the major investment necessary to obtain approval of a ...more »

Proposed lemon law will cover defects in both new and used cars
Straits TimesFebruary 14, 2012

The new law will also cover used vehicles. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE Flaws in cars covered by the proposed lemon law can range from serious safety-related ones such as stalling and loss of power steering to minor ones such as noise, vibration and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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DTI leaves consumers hanging
ITWebFebruary 3, 2012

As a result of the lack of funding, about half of the provisions in the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) that deal with direct marketing cannot be enforced. The CPA became law last April and provides for a national opt-out registry, which allows consumers ...more »

Product Reclamation
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History of a river
Herald and NewsFebruary 12, 2012

1933: Commercial salmon fishing on the Klamath River is banned; tribal gillnet fishing is prohibited. 1956: Klamath Project irrigators' electricity rate contract is renewed for 50 years at the 1918 rate of .6 of a cent per kilowatt-hour; ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Card fraud's a big problem in region
The ColoradoanFebruary 1, 2012

One of the many cases a detective investigates is credit card fraud, and this past fall we had a significant incident that affected multiple victims in several jurisdictions. Victims were reporting their cards were being used in various places from in ...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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Identity thefts tops list of consumer complaints
WFMZ AllentownFebruary 28, 2012

1 consumer complaint -- irking consumers more than debt collectors, imposter scams and shady credit repair companies. Out of the more than 1.8 million complaints the Federal Trade Commission received last year, 15% -- or 279156 -- were about identity ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Zuckerberg: Facebook rakes in cash... to make world a better place
RegisterFebruary 2, 2012

These existing and proposed laws and regulations can be costly to comply with and can delay or impede the development of new products, result in negative publicity, increase our operating costs, require significant management time and attention, ...more »

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