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Voters Doubt Police Tax Promises
fox4kc.comMarch 1, 2012

Our goal is to work at problem solving to prevent the crimes from happening, prevent the situations, so that's the whole key to this. Proactive policing is preventing crime from occurring.” If the tax (which is $0.3629 per $100 of assessed valuation) ...more »

New laws needed to combat jet ski hoons
Melbourne Weekly BaysideMarch 1, 2012

SFA president Dr Vicki Karalis said more accidents would happen unless tougher licensing laws were passed and zoning regulations changed. Ms Karalis criticised mixed zoning laws – which allow jet skiers to drive to the foreshore – adding that an ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Bankruptcy jabs silenced as sides prep for mediation
Stockton RecordMarch 4, 2012

That secrecy is a good thing, said Chicago-based attorney James Spiotto, a nationally recognized authority on municipal bankruptcy. City Manager Bob Deis and representatives of Stockton's stakeholders have been busy accusing each other of spinning the ...more »

Food Poisoning
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DeMarcus Cousins practices, but little clarity provided on food poisoning ordeal
Cowbell Kingdom (blog)March 9, 2012

“They just said food poisoning,” said head coach Keith Smart when asked what Cousins ate that caused him to become sick. “I don't hang out with them, (know) what they eat. So whatever he had, I don't want to put anybody on the spot.more »

Consumer Disputes
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Better Business Bureau's tough approach roils some businesses
Orlando SentinelMarch 16, 2012

The national BBB, which celebrates its centennial this year, has long been viewed by the public as a referee in business-consumer disputes and by members as implicit seal of approval. But while some criticize the BBB as too lenient, allowing members to ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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USPTO Establishes Visiting Professionals Program; First Visiting Professional ...
Patent DocsMarch 7, 2012

Thomas (at left) recently prepared a report for Congress entitled "Patent Infringement and Experimental Use Under the Hatch-Waxman Act: Current Issues." In that report, Prof. Thomas notes that "[r]eflecting its compromise nature, the [Hatch-Waxman Act] ...more »

Product Reclamation
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ROCHELLE WASTE DISPOSAL, LLC v. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD
Leagle.comMarch 9, 2012

An Administrative Law Judge found that Jarvis was improperly discharged. The National Labor Relations Board affirmed the decision of the Regional Director that Jarvis did not have supervisory status, and the Administrative Law Judge's finding that ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Fruit Roll-Ups Maker Moves to Dismiss CSPI Class Action Suit
ForbesMarch 5, 2012

The suit alleged that the truthful information General Mills placed on its packaging violated California and Minnesota consumer protection laws. Yes, you read that right. CSPI didn't take issue with the truthfulness of the statements, but argued that ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Social media increases risk of ID theft
Rutland HeraldMarch 4, 2012

Javelin Strategy & Research, in its latest report about identity theft, says about 36 million people were notified of a data breach in 2011. Having your information lost or stolen during a breach doesn't automatically mean you will be a victim of ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Man Sought In Credit Card Scam
WCVB-TVMarch 1, 2012

BOSTON -- Natick police are searching for a man accused of in a credit fraud scam up and down the East Coast. Police said the man steals credit cards and uses them to buy gift cards. He then allegedly buys items with the gift cards and returns them for ...more »

Unsafe Products
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How far does the intermediary doctrine hold physicians accountable?
ModernMedicineMarch 1, 2012

But since the drugs are sold to consumers only at the recommendation of a physician, a different regime of products liability law is needed to govern tort actions when patients are injured by a medication. The learned intermediary doctrine arose to ...more »

Credit Repair
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Common scams in Palo Alto
Palo Alto OnlineMarch 9, 2012

The number of scams listed by the FBI is mind-spinning: telemarketing fraud, the Nigerian letter, advance-fee schemes, health care and health-insurance bonds, letter of credit, Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, Internet fraud, credit-card fraud, ...more »

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