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Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

Bill would make it a crime for first responders to photograph accident victims ...
Shore News TodayFebruary 1, 2012

Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have requested legislation that would make it a crime for any first responder to take photographs or electronic images, or make a video recording of an accident victim ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Police shootings: Officers' names must be made public, court rules
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 7, 2012

The names of officers involved in shootings are public information subject to disclosure by law, a California appellate court ruled Tuesday, marking the latest legal opinion in a public records court battle that has embroiled law enforcement and the ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Food poisoning! What to watch out for in 2012
GadlingFebruary 2, 2012

Even if you're only traveling as far as the other end of the state, chances are there's a regional specialty, street food, farmers market, or restaurant that's a destination in its own right. Sometimes, however, the pickings are slim, or no matter how ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Consumers Can't Sue Credit Card Companies for Deceptive Language and Hidden Fees
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

The plaintiffs had hoped that the 1996 Credit Repair Organization Act, aimed at stopping deceptive credit card practices, would allow them to be heard in front of a jury. Not so, said the court—nothing in the act decisively prevents companies from ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Paul A. Ainsworth Joins Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox as Of Counsel
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC (SKGF), an intellectual property law firm in Washington, DC, announced today the addition of Paul A. Ainsworth as Of Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group.more »

Call Kurtis: Is Your Vehicle A Lemon?
CBS LocalFebruary 16, 2012

So how do you know if you're car is a lemon? And how do you go about getting your money back? Call Kurtis decided to take a closer look at California's law. Rita Uhren of Shingle Springs recalls the first few days with her Can-Am Spyder Roadster, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bring Call Centers Back To U.S., Bill Proposes
InformationWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Bishop's US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3596) would prohibit companies that place call centers offshore from receiving federal grants or guaranteed loans. The bill also requires the Department of Labor to maintain a publicly ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Report backs $1 billion plan to raise dam; Some relocation is necessary, but ...
Record-SearchlightFebruary 7, 2012

But some roads, buildings and businesses around the lake would be inundated by the higher lake level, said Pete Lucero, a spokesman for the US Bureau of Reclamation, the agency that prepared the report. Lucero said some of the resorts on the lake would ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Graves Co. Sheriff warns of credit card scam
WPSD Local 6February 2, 2012

A scam involving a "work from home" offer and stolen credit cards is making the rounds in the Local 6 region. Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon is warning residents in the area that yet another scam has been uncovered recently.more »

Stolen Identity
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Identity stolen, mail stopped
WPSD Local 6February 3, 2012

A local woman says someone from Nigeria stole her identity, opened multiple accounts in her name and took out a big loan, all things she says she probably would've caught except she stayed in the dark for weeks because scammers managed to stop her mail ...more »

Credit Repair
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Morning Drive on The Credit Report with Bill Lewis
Examiner.comFebruary 6, 2012

Originally launched on AM 1400 WFTL in 2004, as the “Credit Restoration Consultants Hour,” Bill Lewis provided self-help tips and advice regarding credit repair, finances, and related topics. Throughout the years, Bill's show strayed from the original ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Sheppard Mullin Elevates 12 To Partner
Metropolitan Corporate CounselFebruary 8, 2012

Mr. Keshavarzi has extensive experience in complex business litigation matters in state and federal courts involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition and unfair business practices, violations of state and federal antitrust laws, ...more »

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