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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 »

Obama Again Takes a Pass on Trying to Weaken Iran
American Thinker (blog)March 1, 2012

Back to the Kirk-Menendez legislation. There was a deadline regarding one of the provisions. The Obama administration had until today to decide whether to impose sanctions on firms cooperating with Iran's Central Bank. They ignored the deadline (an apt ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Taxman has a win in ANZ Pacific tax haven case
The AustralianMarch 9, 2012

The Federal Court yesterday rejected ANZ's submission that production of the data would be oppressive, breach confidentiality and violate secrecy provisions enacted in the Pacific tax haven. Judge Bruce Lander found that ANZ Vanuatu's customer ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Former food inspectors are angry that "pink slime" is still used in school ...
GlobalPost (blog)March 5, 2012

Six children are hospitalized in France with food poisoning related to E. coli, after consuming frozen ground beef, believed to have been processed at the French company SEB (Societe Economique Bragarde). The company claims part of the meat processed ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Get your own back if your buy is grounded
Independent OnlineMarch 5, 2012

“What consumer protection is available in these situations?” The answer: there is charge-back – it's a protection offered by credit card companies globally. If you pay for goods or services with your credit card and you don't get them, you may apply ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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United Therapeutics sues Sandoz over hypertension drug
ReutersMarch 15, 2012

Since United Therapeutics has responded within 45 days of the receipt of Sandoz's notice, the FDA will automatically stay approval for the generic version for up to 30 months under the Hatch-Waxman Act. In the lawsuit, United Therapeutics alleged that ...more »

Most frequent Mass. consumer gripes to be revealed
San Jose Mercury NewsMarch 12, 2012

Several ordinary consumers are also expected to be on hand to discuss their personal dealings with such things as the state's lemon law for used cars and home improvement contractors. Coakley said recently that complaints to her consumer protection ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CCMR Warns That Inadequate Cost-Benefit Analysis Opens Dodd-Frank Rulemaking ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 7, 2012

Over a quarter of the 192 rules have no cost-benefit analysis at all. Over a third have entirely non-quantitative cost-benefit analysis. The majority of the 50 rules that do contain quantitative analysis limit it to administrative and similar costs, ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Activists: EPA should end Va.'s water permit power
CBS NewsMarch 7, 2012

Activists want the US Environmental Protection Agency to strip Virginia regulators of the power to grant federal Clean Water Act permits for mountaintop removal coal mines. Virginia mining officials have consistently violated federal law in failing to ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Allenstown Woman Charged with Credit Card Fraud
Patch.comMarch 6, 2012

Jessica Lyn Emerson, 30, of 4 Lentendre Ave., in Allenstown was wanted for fraudulent use of a credit card. At 12:54 am, police arrested a Portsmouth woman for drunken driving on the Route 1 Bypass south bound. Sarah E. Willey, 25, of 110 Leslie Drive ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Don't Let Identity Theft Ruin Your Spring Break
Bradenton HeraldMarch 7, 2012

But it's just as important to take steps to protect against identity theft. "Identity theft can happen at any time but can be more likely while traveling because you're carrying a lot of sensitive information in a distracting and unfamiliar environment ...more »

Credit Repair
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Menasha steam plant debacle, uncertainty wind down
Appleton Post CrescentMarch 16, 2012

It marked an important step for the city in starting to repair its damaged credit rating that had plunged to B1 junk bond status. “The closing of the transaction eliminates uncertainty regarding the financial impact to residents,” said Mayor Don Merkes ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Federal judge blocks anti-smoking images required on tobacco products
KTBSMarch 1, 2012

The legal question was whether the new labeling was purely factual and accurate in nature or was designed to discourage use of the products. "The graphic images here were neither designed to protect the consumer from confusion or deception, ...more »

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