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Health Law Alert: Providers Beware: OIG Alert Highlights FCA Liability Under ...
JD Supra (press release)March 1, 2012

A recent OIG Alert highlights potential False Claims Act (FCA) liability for physicians whose services are billed to Medicare under an independent contractor reassignment. The February 8, 2012, Alert titled, "OIG Alerts Physicians To Exercise Caution ...more »

Cuts in legal aid would harm those already financially strapped
The Seattle TimesMarch 1, 2012

Volunteer lawyers mediate family law cases, provide courthouse-based help for unrepresented litigants, ensure the best interests of disabled wards are met in guardianship matters, and provide free legal support for court-appointed special advocates who ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Voice of the Free Press: South Burlington case: Where's the accountability?
BurlingtonFreePress.comMarch 4, 2012

That means the city paid out money -- covered by insurance -- without revealing to the public evidence that could show that the payment authorized on behalf of residents was justified. The unreleased documents are records of the traffic stop including ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Mutated seeds, food poisoning America
The News RecordMarch 1, 2012

A large, United States-based multi-national corporation is poisoning you — and the government is assisting in the process. Monsanto's GMO seeds make up a wide spectrum of the everyday diet, including: corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, cotton, tomatoes, ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Issues in arriving at a car's salvage value
Hindu Business LineMarch 4, 2012

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission vide its recent order endorsed the views of the State forum — whose orders National Insurance Company Ltd had appealed against — to the following two important effects. First, when the surveyor says ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Aeras lands millions more from Gates foundation
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineMarch 16, 2012

By filing the suit within 45 days of receiving notice of Sandoz's filing for marketing approval with the Food and Drug Administration, United Therapeutics said it triggered a provision of the Hatch-Waxman Act that bars the FDA from approving Sandoz's ...more »

Lemon Law Will Boost Singapore's Retail Industry
Albany Times UnionMarch 13, 2012

Rikvin is optimistic that the Lemon Law will boost Singapore's retail industry in the long run as it caters to the needs of both consumers and businesses. First of all, the Lemon Law gives businesses a chance to repair and replace the defective product ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Court's Time ruling cautions companies
Montreal GazetteMarch 2, 2012

... highest court - in its first major pronouncement on consumer protection law - has now provided clear guidance in a 116-page ruling on what the test is to determine whether or not a consumer has been subjected to false or misleading advertising.more »

Product Reclamation
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Supreme Court grants Bulacan folk relief in fight vs landfill
Inquirer.netMarch 3, 2012

By TJ Burgonio Relief in the form of a legal remedy from the Supreme Court (SC) has raised the hopes of residents opposed to the construction of a P1-billion landfill on Manila Bay off Obando, Bulacan. The Supreme Court has issued a writ of kalikasan ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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3 New York women face credit card fraud charges in Shelton
New Haven RegisterMarch 7, 2012

By Patricia Villers, Register Staff SHELTON — Three women from the Bronx, NY, were arrested late Tuesday afternoon on credit card fraud charges, police said Wednesday. At about 5 pm Tuesday, police responded to TJ Maxx, 865 Bridgeport Ave., ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Identity theft continues to top FTC's complaint list
KOMO NewsMarch 2, 2012

Identity theft is so widespread, it has topped the Federal Trade Commission's complaint list for a dozen straight years now. And the way most ID theft is happening might surprise you. As you might suspect, investigators say you can blame a lot of ID...more »

Credit Repair
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Paper or plastic? A key choice for home repairs
MarketWatchMarch 7, 2012

How you pay your contractor is important. Angie Hicks of Angie's List tells MarketWatch Radio's Adrienne Mitchell that using cash, credit or a check could have a big impact on the outcome of your home repair or remodeling project.more »

Unsafe Products
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Federal judge blocks anti-smoking images required on tobacco products
CNNMarch 2, 2012

"Unfortunately, because Congress did not consider the First Amendment implications of this legislation, it did not concern itself with how the regulations could be narrowly tailored to avoid unintentionally compelling commercial speech," said federal...more »

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