Consumer Protection News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in February, 2012

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The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

Construction starts on Irvine's Great Park development
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The development sits on the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Irvine approved the first phase of the construction last year. "With today's groundbreaking, we are moving forward with the first phase of Great Park Neighborhoods.more »

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Confidentiality
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Students' text messages used in north suburban drug probe
Chicago TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

"It's such a gray area for everyone — students, parents, school officials, even law enforcement," she said. Conrey offered few details of the origin or scope of Stevenson's investigation, saying that it started in December with one student suspected ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Don't Just “Wing It!” Defeat Food Poisoning at Your Super Bowl Party with Food ...
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)February 1, 2012

It's also the second largest day for food consumption in the US, next to Thanksgiving Day. Chips, wings, guacamole, chili—sounds like a good time right? It should be! Don't let this snack-filled day end in food poisoning. Food poisoning has lots of ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Goods carriers can't disown their liability
India TodayFebruary 6, 2012

In their complaint before the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, it was pleaded that the complainant had no right to claim damages as the goods receipt had clearly stipulated the goods were transported on the responsibility of the complainant.more »

Georgia 'lemon law' fee could increase
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 2, 2012

By Kristina Torres New car buyers in Georgia would have to shell out an extra $2 for the state's "lemon law" fee under a bill passed Thursday in the Senate. The increase included in Senate Bill 305 would raise the fee from $3 to $5, ...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 »

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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Brainerd/Baxter stores part of 14-state federal identity theft ring
Brainerd Daily DispatchFebruary 1, 2012

By Jennifer Stockinger A federal indictment was recently filed charging 12 people in connection with an identity theft ring allegedly responsble for the theft of more than $2 million from financial insititutions and retail businesses in at least 14 ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Chip Cards Hit 1 Million in U.S., Visa Says
Credit Union TimesFebruary 6, 2012

By David Morrison Visa USA said that US financial institutions have now issued more than one million credit and debit cards that use information on embedded computer chips to validate transactions. "Migrating the US market to chip will help build an ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Ben Gazzara no more
IANSFebruary 5, 2012

Neither ianslive.in (including its and their directors, employees, affiliates, agents, representatives or subcontractors) shall be liable for any loss or liability resulting, directly or indirectly, from delays or interruptions due to electronic or ...more »

Credit Repair
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Credit advice: How can I dump my timeshare?
OCRegisterFebruary 5, 2012

Deborah McNaughton, a Placentia credit expert, financial coach and author of “The Essential Credit Repair Handbook,” is here to provide her financial advice: Q. If we decide to stop making payments on a timeshare contract, how will it affect our credit ...more »

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