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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Church lawyer tells judge: 'Only Scientology law applies'
Tampabay.comFebruary 4, 2012

It wants the court to force a former church executive to abide by a confidentiality agreement she signed with the church in 2007. The church last week sued Debbie Cook, the highest ranking church official in Clearwater for 17 years, saying she violated ...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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Honda Messed With the Wrong Woman
Fox BusinessFebruary 8, 2012

She wasn't some failed, two-bit lawyer who let her law license lapse. She practiced business litigation, defending corporations. She worked at Barger & Wolen, which has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newport Beach, Calif., New York and London.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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'Marshes aren't wastelands, don't dump toxic waste there'
Hindustan TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Leaving aside the impact of proposed projects, reclamation at Uran, Airoli and Kasheli in Thane has already wiped out wetlands and also resulted in the vanishing of migratory birds, seen at Uran also. Environmentalists stress the need for citizens to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Eight Bills into Law
Sacramento BeeFebruary 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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CHPD Reports Three Thefts from Vehicles, One Theft of a Vehicle
Patch.comFebruary 3, 2012

DUI, retail theft and identity theft are also among offenses recently reported by the Clarendon Hills Police Department. By Joe O'Donnell Motor vehicle theft—A white Ford F-250 was stolen by an unknown suspect sometime during the night of Jan.more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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President of Finsphere Robert Boxberger to Present at FinovateEurope
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

"Debit and credit card fraud is a serious issue that is costing the banking industry more than four hundred million pounds a year in the UK alone," said Boxberger. "Finsphere looks forward to sharing real world examples and advice with financial ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Pfizer sued by parents claiming Zoloft use caused birth defects
The Louisiana RecordFebruary 6, 2012

The defendant is accused of violations of the Louisiana Products Liability Act and for allegedly violating the warranty of redhibition. The parents are seeking an award of damages for medical expenses, mental anguish, emotional distress, ...more »

Credit Repair
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Credit Cards For Kids
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 6, 2012

Some parents give their kids credit cards to help them learn to manage credit while they can still be supervised, says Brette Sember, author of "The Complete Credit Repair Kit." "You can help your child learn how to use credit and teach them to use it ...more »

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