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Health Law Alert: Providers Beware: OIG Alert Highlights FCA Liability Under ...
JD Supra (press release)March 1, 2012

A recent OIG Alert highlights potential False Claims Act (FCA) liability for physicians whose services are billed to Medicare under an independent contractor reassignment. The February 8, 2012, Alert titled, "OIG Alerts Physicians To Exercise Caution ...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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When to Tell
Inside Higher EdMarch 2, 2012

“There's many different interests they're trying to serve, and one of those is the student's best interests. Trying to differentiate that from the family's best interests, and then from the school's legal responsibility, and then the potential that ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Raw Milk Linked to Food Poisoning Outbreaks
CisionWire (press release)March 16, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published new research showing that the rate of food poisoning outbreaks from raw (unpasteurized) milk and dairy products is 150 times higher compared to outbreaks caused by pasteurized milk.more »

Consumer Disputes
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Redressal cell pulls up SMC
GreaterKashmir.comMarch 3, 2012

Srinagar, Feb 3: Acting tough on Srinagar Municipal Corporation for keeping premium of Rs 3 lakh for allotment of a shop with it, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Cell has directed the Corporation to allot the shop to the complainant within 10 ...more »

18-wheeler goes off highway, kills driver
Daily Comet (blog)March 2, 2012

Tracey Ann Lemon, 32, of Utica., Miss., had to be cut out of the carriage of the 18-wheeler and was pronounced dead at the scene. The right lane of the exit was closed for hours while authorities worked to remove the truck, which was facedown in a ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Govt committed to uplifting Balochistan: Zardari
PakTribune.comMarch 9, 2012

Matters relating to developmental projects, law and order and political situation in the province and the implementation status of Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package also came under discussion during the meeting. The newly elected senators ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Tenn. Consumer Affairs Warns of Mortgage Settlement Scams
WTVCMarch 1, 2012

Charging consumers upfront fees for loan modification services is unlawful under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. “Tennessee consumers should not pay anyone to receive assistance with loan modification or refinancing programs,” Cordell said.more »

Stolen Identity
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Your Online Profile May Help Identity Thieves
The RootMarch 1, 2012

In her Washington Post/Bloomberg column, Michelle Singletary cites a study about identity theft, saying that most thieves can be traced to social networking sites. Crooks use social networking as a tool to garner personal information, ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Comox Valley Week in Crime: Drugged driver, credit fraud, missing money
HQ Comox ValleyMarch 2, 2012

By Jennifer Faerber Comox Valley RCMP are investigating $1800 worth of credit card fraud. The victim of the fraud had his card stolen in Nanaimo and a short time later they were used at Future Shop and Staples in Courtenay.more »

Unsafe Products
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Supreme Court Decision Derails Railroad Workers' Asbestos Claims
Mesothelioma NewsMarch 2, 2012

But Wednesday's Supreme Court decision, citing an obscure federal law from the days of steam engines, will save unscrupulous asbestos companies from liability in future claims involving railroad workers. The Justices point to the Locomotive Inspection ...more »

Credit Repair
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Ark. AG's office lists frequent complaints
Stuttgart Daily LeaderMarch 8, 2012

... debt collection, check-cashing and payday-lending services, cable TV and satellite services, telephone services, home improvement, repair and construction, cellular phone services, mortgages, credit and credit repair services, Internet services and ...more »


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