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Will shortcomings undermine the new Competition Act?
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

On February 6 2012 the government submitted a draft of the new Competition Act to Parliament. The reform of the country's key competition legislation attracted a level of public participation rarely seen in Portugal's recent legal history.more »

Ryan's Medicare Revolution
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

True, Mr. Obama's health-care law has created an Independent Payment Advisory Board with the task of limiting Medicare spending, now rising at 6% a year, to the economic growth rate plus a half percentage point. Not only does the board lack the tools ...more »

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House ICT Committee Okays Bill
Manila BulletinMarch 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — Taguig 2nd District Representative Freddie R. Tinga, Chairman of the House Information Communications Technology (ICT) Committee, expressed optimism for the passage of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (House Bill 5808) which ...more »

Food Poisoning
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NYC: Eatery grades, drop in food poisoning linked
Grand Island IndependentMarch 7, 2012

Giving letter grades to the thousands of restaurants in New York City _ from humble delis to celebrity chef-powered eateries _ has been a boon to business and has led to a decline in the number of cases of salmonella food poisoning, the mayor and ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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LIC faces music for letting policy lapse, asked to pay Rs 60k
IBNLive.comMarch 1, 2012

The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed Life Insurance Corporation of India to pay compensation of Rs 60000 to policy holder Manoj Kumar for mental pain caused to him and directed the insurance company to revive the policy of Rs one ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Draft biosimilars approval guideline released by FDA: more questions than answers?
Lexology (registration)March 23, 2012

The BPCI Act was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. Similar to the Hatch- Waxman Act, which established abbreviated pathways for the approval of generic drug products, the BPCI Act creates an abbreviated licensure pathway for ...more »

'Lemon law' on defective goods to kick in from Sept
Straits TimesMarch 10, 2012

Retailers will soon have to replace, exchange or give refunds on defective goods, by law. The Consumers Association of Singapore has been lobbying for a lemon law since 2005 after a rise in complaints over faulty goods. -- ST PHOTO: TED CHEN By Jessica ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Contractor given 30 days in jail
EMC ArnpriorMarch 1, 2012

Hubert Belisle, operating as HB Expert Pro-Renovations in Renfrew, has pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in an unfair practice under Ontario's Consumer Protection Act, 2002. The plea was entered Feb. 16 and Belisle was sentenced to 30 days in ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Beware: Identity thieves may want your tax return
Bucyrus Telegraph ForumMarch 2, 2012

"The IRS is very firmly committed to working with taxpayers victimized by ID thieves to work out these problems as quickly as possible." When you receive a notice from the IRS, you should first contact the agency to determine the legitimacy of the ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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UICCU Achieves 16 Percent Decrease in Fraud Write Offs in 2011 (press release)March 1, 2012

Des Moines, Iowa, March 1, 2012 – With guidance from the fraud and risk management team at The Members Group (TMG), University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU) has made significant changes to several of the credit union's credit card fraud...more »

Unsafe Products
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Carroll, Burdick & McDonough Once Again Expands Internationally
MarketWatch (press release)March 5, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Mar 05, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Carroll, Burdick & McDonough (CBM), a preeminent litigation and business law firm working both nationally and internationally, today combines its operations with Schweiger & Partners, ...more »

Credit Repair
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CT BBB: Check your credit report
The Hour (blog)March 5, 2012

Avoid companies that claim they can improve your credit for free. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cautions consumers to be wary of companies that make claims regarding credit repair. These businesses, commonly referred to as credit “clinics,” don't ...more »


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