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

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Alumni take law into own hands over jobs 'hype'
Times Higher EducationMarch 1, 2012

So unhappy, in fact, that 15 law schools are currently facing lawsuits for fraud, unfair competition and false advertising. Among those being sued are Albany Law School, DePaul University College of Law and New York Law School. "The numbers reported by ...more »

Flint Waters
Government TechnologyMarch 1, 2012

At the time, Waters was a police investigator and chief of Wyoming's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. He was there to discuss software he developed to track down online predators by identifying computers that were trading child ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Maryland law proposed to redefine agency
Boston.com (blog)March 1, 2012

The legislature in Maryland is taking a look at their agency disclosure law right now. I could explain agency pretty easily. In Massachusetts, the form reads: (Check one) ____The real estate agent listed below, the real estate firm or business listed ...more »

Food Poisoning
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NYC: Eatery grades, drop in food poisoning linked
Santa Maria TimesMarch 7, 2012

... of restaurants in New York City _ from humble delis to celebrity chef-powered eateries _ has been a boon to business and has led to a decline in the number of cases of salmonella food poisoning, the mayor and health officials said Tuesday.more »

Consumer Disputes
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CFPB Opens Door to Bank-Fee Complaints
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

"Consumers need someone on their side to keep banks and credit unions accountable—that is our job at the Consumer Bureau," said the bureau's director Richard Cordray. The consumer bureau, a central plank of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law, ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Amerigen Announces ANDA Filing and BYSTOLIC® Patent Challenge
MarketWatch (press release)March 15, 2012

Based upon available information, Amerigen believes that it may be a first applicant to file an ANDA for a generic version of BYSTOLIC® containing a Paragraph IV certification under the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act. Should its ANDA for nebivolol ...more »

Police and fire for Tuesday, March 13
Juneau EmpireMarch 13, 2012

This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. • At 8:07 pm Sunday, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Tenn. AG obtains temporary order
Legal News LineMarch 2, 2012

... Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act and the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. GH "Mack" McDonald, Nancy Juniper and Christopher M. McDonald have also been named as relief defendants to protect assets for potential distribution as restitution.more »

Product Reclamation
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Sheriff issues report for January
Penn Yan Chronicle-Express (blog)March 7, 2012

Emergency 911 Dispatchers handled 1614 calls for service with 1070 assigned to law enforcement, 78 calls to fire departments, and 253 assigned to emergency medical services with 67 handled by corrections and 146 miscellaneous.more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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4 Ways to Fight Card Fraud
BankInfoSecurity.comMarch 5, 2012

But banking institutions and merchants continually fail to address the greatest security gap - the point of sale. As a special agent within the Cyber Intelligence Section of the Secret Service's Criminal Investigative Division, Rasmussen has ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Edinboro police seek identity of man wanted for questioning in theft case
GoErie.comMarch 5, 2012

EDINBORO -- Borough police are looking for help in identifying a man wanted for questioning in an investigation into some reported retail theft at a grocery store in early February. Police said baby-related items were stolen from the Giant Eagle store, ...more »

Credit Repair
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NC Attorney General: Top Ten list of consumer complaints
StarNewsOnline.com (blog)March 5, 2012

Complaints about scams that promise to fix your credit or settle your debts for an upfront fee are increasingly common. Under North Carolina law, it's illegal to charge an upfront fee for credit repair or debt settlement help.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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