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Can a court force jurors to turn over Facebook posts about a trial?
Thomson Reuters News & InsightMarch 1, 2012

Now, thanks to a case in California state appellate court, we're going to get some guidance on how far a court can go to discover just what a juror is telling his "friends" and "followers." Next month, the Third Appellate District of the California ...more »

American Airlines parent AMR, in bankruptcy protection, lost $234 million in ...
Washington PostMarch 1, 2012

... trying to turn around while in bankruptcy protection, says it lost $234 million in January. That includes restructuring expenses of $155 million related to renegotiating aircraft financing and $15 million in fees paid to advisers such as lawyers.more »

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Taking the law out of the old firm
Sydney Morning HeraldMarch 3, 2012

Plexus' legal work goes beyond basic due diligence and discovery to more complex work including contractual reviews, rebuilding compliance functions and reviewing credit collection functions. However, the legal outsourcer does not run litigations or ...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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iPad Dispute Signals New Era in Trademark Troubles
CIO TodayMarch 7, 2012

The number and variety of such disputes is rising as Chinese companies seek to leverage trademarks to their advantage, either for the sake of acquiring attractive brand names or for financial gain, said You Yunting, a lawyer with the Debund Law Office ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Watson Confirms BYSTOLIC(R) Patent Challenge
SYS-CON Media (press release)March 14, 2012

The lawsuit was filed under the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act, resulting in a stay of final FDA approval of Watson's ANDA until June 17, 2015 or final resolution of the matter before the court, whichever occurs sooner, subject to any other ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Voterama in Congress for the week ending March 2, 2012
The Doings Clarendon HillsMarch 2, 2012

(HR 2117) California Water Dispute: Members passed, 246-175, a bill to override existing California and US compacts and laws for allocating San Joaquin River water in the Central Valley and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. A yes vote backed a GOP bill (HR ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Oklahoma could ban lawsuit financing
Legal News LineMarch 13, 2012

In lawsuit financing agreements, a plaintiff is given an amount usually between $500 and $5000 with the promise of paying the company back with funds from a settlement or jury award. If the plaintiff loses, nothing is owed. Critics say it encourages ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Procrastinators: File as soon as you can to avoid identity theft
Sacramento BeeMarch 12, 2012

Coral Springs, Fla., accountant Joe Feller said the theft appears to be worse than last year, based on his clients' identities being stolen before they can file their own taxes. "Last year we had 18 identity theft cases out of approximately 1000 ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Police Log: Credit Card Fraud Arrest
Patch.comMarch 1, 2012

8:07 pm Nicholas B. Hutchins, 24, of Farnum Street in North Andover, Mass., is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. 4:42 am Theft is reported on Cluff Crossing Road. 2:19 pm Criminal threatening is reported on Porcupine Circle.more »

Unsafe Products
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judge blocks anti-smoking images required on tobacco products
CNNMarch 1, 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 »

Credit Repair
[read all news] is Now Offering Merchant Cash Flow Loans
Food and Drink Digital (press release)March 3, 2012

Merchant Cash Flow Loans are based on total gross sales. Businesses do not need to accept credit card payments to qualify. Loans are available to restaurants, salons, repair services, and to any business that is open and generating revenue.more »


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