Consumer Protection News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in March, 2012

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Coming Home to Roost?
The American LawyerMarch 1, 2012

Law firms have evaded blame from companies harmed during the financial crisis. But that may be changing. The game of who's to blame for the complex financial instruments that helped create the global financial crisis has been under way for just over ...more »

Plaintiffs' lawyers spend millions in online ads. Should we care?
Thomson Reuters News & InsightMarch 1, 2012

"We should be spending three times as much on advertising to bring fraud to public light." Phillips noted that when people type "false claims" or "whistleblower" into a search engine, they're probably already pretty sophisticated.more »

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Confidentiality
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Clarkstown School Board Receives And Releases Investigative Attorneys' Report
Patch.comMarch 2, 2012

By Robin Traum The Clarkstown Board of Education received the investigative attorneys' report on the public release and distribution of a confidential district document. The six board members present at Thursday night's meeting voted to release the ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Closer Axford taking charge in Brewer pen
Beloit Daily NewsMarch 1, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — John Axford was fighting food poisoning last spring, leaving the Milwaukee Brewers uncertain about his future with the team. After a breakthrough season, they no longer have any doubts about the tall Canadian closer.more »

Consumer Disputes
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There is no excuse for delay
Indian ExpressMarch 2, 2012

A well-known developer having a project in the Palam Vihar neighbourhood in Gurgaon was made to pay a hefty fine and 24 per cent interest to the buyer by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) for not giving timely possession.more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Watson Confirms BYSTOLIC(R) Patent Challenge
Sacramento BeeMarch 15, 2012

... 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware seeking to prevent Watson from commercializing its product prior to the expiration of US Patent No. 6545040. The lawsuit was filed under the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act, ...more »

How to support Maryland's puppy lemon law
ohmidog!March 26, 2012

Both Best Friends and Maryland Votes for Animals are backing the bill, and they're urging Marylanders to do the same by letting legislators know that the time for a puppy lemon law is now. Most puppies sold at pet stores come from puppy mills, ...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 »

Product Reclamation
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Controversial hydropower bill passes House
The Colorado IndependentMarch 7, 2012

The Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, aka HR 2842, passed by a vote of 265-154. It will face a tougher test in the Democrat-controlled Senate where more legislators will be opposed to language in the bill ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Steelton man charged by feds in alleged credit card/bank fraud scheme
Patriot-NewsMarch 1, 2012

By MATT MILLER, The Patriot-News Federal authorities have indicted a Steelton man in US Middle District Court on charges that he was part of a scheme to steal and re-use credit card numbers. US Attorney Peter J. Smith said Albert Caban, 46, ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Consumer Alert: Identity theft on the rise
KTBSMarch 3, 2012

Texarkana, Arkansas police spokesperson Kristi Mitchell says most of the identity theft cases they see come from thieves taking checks and credit applications from mailboxes. "We're recommending that you use a locked mailbox or a post office box and ...more »

Credit Repair
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Today in America TV Announces New Series on Credit Repair
PR Web (press release)March 12, 2012

Today in America TV is pleased to bring an episode to the audience about credit repair. No one other topic is hitting the general public harder than this one as people are maxing out credit cards to pay for the necessities of life.more »

Unsafe Products
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North Andover Police Choose LEID Products to Ensure Evidence Safety
Houston ChronicleMarch 14, 2012

“The North Andover Police Department is looking forward to the installation of the LEID Products biometric evidence system for our new police headquarters,” said Chief of Police, Paul J. Gallagher. “Evidence control must be strictly adhered to and ...more »

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