Consumer Protection News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in December, 2013

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Benefits overhaul: the system is unfair and cruel
The GuardianDecember 1, 2013

Even with a numerate first-class degree in a field for which visas are issued, I am unemployable. A mentor confirmed that I was the only applicant for a mundane job for which I was still not interviewed even though I had the relevant experience. Going ...more »

All in the family
The Herald BulletinDecember 1, 2013

The National Funeral Directors Association estimates that approximately 86 percent of the funeral homes across the nation are privately owned by families, individuals, or closely held companies. Only 14 percent are publicly traded corporations. Funeral...more »

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Confidentiality
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Tokyo Extends Parliament to Push Through Secrets Bill
Wall Street JournalDecember 6, 2013

Civil activists, legal scholars and the media have expressed concern that the bill will infringe upon press freedoms and the public's right to information. The bill expands the fields of confidentiality covered by law to matters of defense, diplomacy, ...more »

Food Poisoning
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StockPot is recalling Chicken Noodle Soup Because of Undeclared Wheat
Food Poisoning BulletinDecember 7, 2013

StockPot, Inc. of Washington is recalling 1,864 cases (about 22,368 pounds) of chicken noodle soup for misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The Classic Chicken Noodle Soup product is made with wheat, one of the major food allergens. But the product ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Why Are Cancer Drugs Commonly The Target Of Schemes To Extend Patent ...
Health Affairs (blog)December 4, 2013

Patent disputes tend to concentrate on drugs with significant market demand, creating high revenue risk of generic entry for originating branded firms and high revenue reward for generic manufacturer challengers. Branded prices .... Medicare ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Cephalon files patent infringement suit against Glenmark's bendamustine ...
pharmabiz.comDecember 31, 2013

A complaint against Glenmark has been filed on US patent 8,445,524. This lawsuit was filed under the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act. Bendamustine is indicated for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. This ANDA has been ...more »

Used car nightmare: Does California's 'Lemon Law' apply?
Los Angeles TimesDecember 4, 2013

Does California's "Lemon Law" apply in such cases? And what should S.C. do? Check out today's Ask Laz video for answers. If you have a consumer question, email me at asklaz@latimes.com or contact me via Twitter @Davidlaz. Copyright © 2013, Los ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Second Circuit Ruling Opens Door To Telephone Consumer Protection Act...
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)December 19, 2013

Litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has skyrocketed in recent years, with an estimated eighty percent of all cases filed in or transferred to federal court under the statute occurring in the past five years.1 Because of the ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Building New Korean City Tests Developer
Wall Street JournalDecember 3, 2013

Songdo means “island of pine trees” in Korean and was the name of an island in the Yellow Sea that was part of the reclamation project. Korea envisions turning Songdo into a regional finance and business hub for Northeast Asia to compete with such ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Chinese immigrants busted in $2M credit fraud scheme
New York PostDecember 10, 2013

The feds on Tuesday busted 23 Chinese immigrants living in Queens, charging them in a massive $2 million credit card scheme that included stealing more than 1,000 account numbers. The crew allegedly stole credit and debit card numbers to create ...more »

Stolen Identity
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A Thief Is Attempting To Hide $US100 Million In Stolen Bitcoins -- And You Can ...
Business Insider AustraliaDecember 3, 2013

Selling those bitcoins and turning them into cash is going to be extremely difficult, as the major Bitcoin exchanges all demand proof of identity (specifically to avoid charges that they're involved in money laundering), and if they're broken down into ...more »

Credit Repair
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2 plead guilty to heading Vegas credit repair mill
U-T San DiegoDecember 3, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two men have admitted in Las Vegas they headed an illegal credit repair mill called Trade Line Pros, with victims in southern Nevada, the Los Angeles area and New York. Court records and a defense attorney say Michael Lee Olden and ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Compiled by Natalie Hill / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post GazetteDecember 2, 2013

Samuel W. Braver, shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, received the 2013 Professionalism Award by the Civil Litigation Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. The award is given each year to the lawyer who best exemplifies the highest ...more »

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