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SC Treasurer Sounds Alarm About State Investments
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

He says the legislature doesn't need to pass any new laws regarding the state's investments; the current laws just need to be enforced. So who enforces those laws? "In some cases it's the treasurer; some cases the Budget and Control Board; ...more »

$1m missing from real estate agency
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Authorities are investigating after a NSW real estate agency admitted more than $1 million was missing from its books. NSW Fair Trading has appointed auditor Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to manage Dougmal Harcourts Warilla after discrepancies totalling ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Local legislators sign nondisclosure on redistricting
Chippewa HeraldFebruary 9, 2012

Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) each signed a confidentiality and nondisclosure agreement in May 2011 with the law firm Michael Best & Friedrich, which handled the redistricting process for the state. The agreement prohibited public discussion of ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Ottawa 'poisoning' kids: MP
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 8, 2012

OTTAWA -- Manitoba NDP MP Pat Martin says the government is poisoning Canada's kids by backing away from a plan to limit trans fats in Canadian food products. An access to information request from Health Canada was made public Tuesday, showing Health ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Freephone number to empower consumers
VoxyFebruary 6, 2012

It will give consumers better access to services to help them clearly understand their rights and resolve disputes with finance companies. "Too many consumers are being treated unfairly by their loan providers," says Mr Tremain.more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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AstraZENECA PHARMACEUTICALS LP, v. APOTEX CORP.
Leagle.comFebruary 10, 2012

As required by the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 (popularly known as the Hatch-Waxman Act, hereinafter "the Act"), AstraZeneca notified the FDA of all patents that it believed could be infringed by the unlicensed ...more »

Product Reclamation
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How to seek payment from a customer in bankruptcy
Washington PostFebruary 17, 2012

Limitation on reclamation If the customer financed its operations through a lender which holds a valid security interest in the goods, then the reclamation claim is subject to the lender's rights under state law. Additionally, if the goods delivered ...more »

Consumer Protection
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KB Home Announces Upsizing and Pricing of Senior Notes Due 2020
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... but not limited to, the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, tax credits, tax incentives and/or subsidies for home purchases, tax deductions for residential consumer mortgage interest payments and property taxes, ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Man gets 5 years for tax return scheme
TucsonSentinel.comFebruary 8, 2012

A Tucson man was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in a tax return scheme that used stolen identities of disabled people, the US Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Shelton DeWayne Tanner, 40, pleaded guilty on Oct. 25 to conspiracy to ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Calif. businessman charged with credit card fraud
Sacramento BeeFebruary 10, 2012

Prosecutors say a Northern California businessman used more than 20000 credit cards to process nearly $1 million in fraudulent charges. A Sacramento federal grand jury on Thursday indicted 41-year-old Leonid Yakovlev of Antelope on 11 counts of wire ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Sidley Austin LLP | Sidley Austin LLP Elects Eight in Chicago to Partnership ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)February 3, 2012

Lawyers in the litigation practice have trial and appellate experience in virtually all areas of litigation, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class action litigation, criminal, corporate takeovers, directors' and officers' liability, employment, ...more »

Credit Repair
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Doing Credit Repair the Wrong Way
Auto Credit Express (blog)February 9, 2012

Here's how it works: A credit repair agency sends out letters to people with a recently completed bankruptcy. These letters typically explain that because of the bankruptcy they'll be unable to get a credit card, personal loan or most other types of ...more »

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