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Legal dispute over engagement ring is complicated by text message
Buffalo NewsDecember 1, 2013

Louis J. Billittier Jr. gave Christa M. Clark a diamond necklace and diamond and sapphire earrings, among other gifts, and took her on trips during their time together. “Everything was always over the top,” Clark said of the Chef's Restaurant co-owner ...more »

Wrongful death lawsuit blames Chantix prescriber
kgw.comDecember 1, 2013

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A Eugene woman whose husband killed the couple's son and himself has sued the dentist who prescribed her husband a nicotine-cessation drug and the hospital that determined he was not a danger to himself or others two days before ...more »

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New York Affirms the Protection of Confidential Sources
New Yorker (blog)December 11, 2013

She relied on New York's “shield law,” which provides absolute protection for confidential sources. Under the law, a reporter cannot be forced to disclose a source, and reporters cannot be held in contempt for refusing to do so. The New York Supreme ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Dozens of children suffer food poisoning at Waipahu Elementary School
WXIXDecember 11, 2013

About 40 students were identified as being sick with symptoms that may indicate food poisoning starting at about 1:15 p.m. Affected students were treated on campus by Emergency Medical Services personnel and transported to area hospitals for further ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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UAE marks 42nd National Day as Union gets more competitive and dynamic
Emirates 24/7December 1, 2013

This is followed by the Cabinet, which represents the executive authority, the Federal National Council (FNC), that represents legislative and regulatory authority, and the judiciary, which has full independence in accordance with the Constitution ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Idenix Pharmaceuticals sues Gilead Sciences for multiple patent infringements
InsideCounselDecember 4, 2013

However, The Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 – known as the “Hatch-Waxman Act” – made significant changes to the patent laws in order to encourage innovation in the pharmaceutical industry while facilitating the fast ...more »

India government likely to review anti-gay sex law
Fremont TribuneDecember 12, 2013

The minister, Kapil Sibal, says he's for decriminalizing homosexual acts, hinting that the government could seek a judicial review of Wednesday's Supreme Court decision or that Parliament could enact a new law. Sibal made the comments Thursday on his ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Inside the Beltway: Obamacare team lauds 'private sector velocity' of website ...
Washington TimesDecember 2, 2013

Critics of Obamacare have wondered for months — years, even — why nimble, practical, fair, free market, private-sector principles were not used in the creation of the Affordable Care Act from the start. ... There is more work to be done to continue ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Anti-KXL activists look to get W.H.s attention McCarthy turns to China for ...
PoliticoDecember 3, 2013

The projects are notable as some of the first approvals for floating LNG projects — waterborne facilities that can be moored to offshore gas fields (in these cases, sources at the Port of Brownsville) and can process, liquefy and store gas for ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Suspect sought in credit card fraud, Charleston police say
Charleston Post CourierDecember 17, 2013

Desray Gallashaw, 35, of Fort Johnson Road in Charleston, is wanted on six counts of financial transaction card fraud in connection with a theft that happened September 2013. Charleston police are searching for a man accused of making purchases with a ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Congress might make death records private to help stop identity theft
Oneida DispatchDecember 20, 2013

In a typical case, an identity thief files a tax return using a stolen Social Security number before the legitimate return could be filed, claiming a refund and plunging the real taxpayer's family into months of limbo. “Worrying about the stolen...more »

Credit Repair
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United Credit Consultants™ President & CEO Joseph McGlynn Hosts his Own ...
PR Web (press release)December 5, 2013

Mr. McGlynn's company, United Credit Consultants™ is nationally renowned for its ability to repair and restore the credit of its clients, and is rated in the top 1% nationally. The goal of the program is to educate listeners on the concepts and ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Robert T. Franklin Sr., lawyer
Baltimore SunDecember 3, 2013

"In his early years, he was employed in a variety of jobs from earning his keep as a dishwasher to working as an assistant manager at Best Products," his son said. After earning his law degree in 1983 from the ... "He was a good workers' compensation ...more »


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