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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 »

Reportage: Looking to liability
Insurance AgeFebruary 1, 2012

Arguably, what the wide vista of liability reveals is that a broker's learning does not cease with their product knowledge. For Neil Grimshaw, director at Ravenhall Risk Solutions, educating clients on risks and building a long-term partnership is a ...more »

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Confidentiality in Arbitral Proceedings: An Assumed Reality?
BusinessDayFebruary 2, 2012

Confidentiality in arbitral proceedings is perhaps not as certain as is often stated. In fact, to say it would be a shock to contracting parties who opt for arbitration as their preferred mode of resolving their disputes, and who choose Nigerian law as ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Health Department Cautions Residents About Norovirus
TribLocalFebruary 1, 2012

The virus causes gastroenteritis and is often called “stomach flu,” or “food poisoning.” Symptoms include: Symptoms usually last only a few days, but are often severe. People generally spread the virus while they are experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Conway: Former Movie Gallery customers have protection
Evansville Courier & PressFebruary 10, 2012

"This settlement helps protect Kentucky consumers from abusive collection practices and gives them a better opportunity to object to charges that they dispute," Conway said in a statement. Under the agreement, if a consumer disputes the debt, ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Dechert LLP | Guest Post - Pay For Delay, There For The Taking?
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)February 23, 2012

The Biosimilars Act mirrors the quid pro quo created in the Hatch-Waxman Act: although innovators lose on one hand (the trade secrets disclosed in their applications are used by the FDA in approving a competitor's products) they gain on the other (the ...more »

LA Woman Took on Honda and Won - Can You?
ABC NewsFebruary 5, 2012

Randy Sottile, an automotive expert who has been involved in more than 11000 lemon law cases, said the move is not for everybody. "For the average consumer who does not have a lot of time and money, this would be at best a daunting task," he said.more »

Consumer Protection
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Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECPG) Investor Investigation Focuses on ...
SBWire (press release)February 14, 2012

Specifically, the investigation concerns allegations that Encore Capital Group's business practices may have violated consumers' rights, including possible violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) and comparable state statutes.more »

Product Reclamation
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Water Ways: Future Growth of Local Agriculture Questioned
Reno Gazette JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The Farm Security and Reinvestment Act found in Public Law 107-171 (also known as the 2002 Farm Bill and Desert Terminal Lakes Program) appropriates $375 million in federal funds to achieve the goals set out in this legislation.more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Lakeway restaurant customers victimized by cybercrime credit fraud
KVUEFebruary 2, 2012

But owners say the restaurant has lost 15 percent of its business after a computer virus infiltrated its credit card system in December, leaving some Flores customers open to credit card fraud. "At first we did not know what it was," said Jose Flores, ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Woman accused of $400000 tax fraud
Chicago TribuneFebruary 10, 2012

A Chicago woman is scheduled to appear in federal court tomorrow afternoon, accused of misusing identities to get more than $400000 in bogus tax refunds and Social Security benefits, federal authorities announced today. Zorana Theresa Charleston-Black ...more »

Credit Repair
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Your credit score is too important not to maintain
Chicago TribuneFebruary 8, 2012

Your credit score will determine not only whether you can obtain credit, but also the cost of credit to you. The difference of even a few points can cost -- or save -- you thousands of dollars in interest expense. The most commonly used credit score is ...more »

Unsafe Products
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PetSmart agrees to pay fine in settlement over toxic metal allegation
Nashua TelegraphFebruary 9, 2012

The state has alleged that PetSmart, which has a store in Nashua, sold products in packaging containing levels of cadmium exceeding state regulatory limits. Under the settlement, PetSmart didn't admit liability for the alleged violation, but agreed to ...more »


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