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New law enables home-based businesses
Daily CometDecember 1, 2013

So, when a law passed this year allowing small businesses to operate out of homes without a board of health inspection license, Angel Carrell felt this was something that was a long time coming. “Being that we were always being called in to do birthday ...more »

Folks Raise Funds Following Nanticoke Homicide
wnep.comDecember 1, 2013

NANTICOKE– The Luzerne County Coroner's office confirmed Saturday that Gertrude Price, 97, was killed by blunt force trauma. Detectives said Price, who lived alone, was killed by a burglar who broke in a basement window sometime after 10 p.m. on ...more »

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Confidentiality
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What are the different types of intellectual property and how do you protect them?
Bay View CompassDecember 1, 2013

Trade secrets derive their status by the extent to which they are guarded, which includes keeping the information under lock and key, as well as protecting the information through the use of confidentiality agreements. The law provides a number of ...more »

Credit Repair
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Leaf Credit Solutions to Offer 30-Day Trial Credit Repair Program
PR Web (press release)December 4, 2013

Leaf Credit Solutions, according to Sharp, is an expert in credit systems and federal laws that give everyone the right to inspect their credit reports, dispute and correct errors, and remove inaccurate information. Sharp went on to explain that the ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Restore the Founders' Patent System
National Review Online (blog)December 4, 2013

These unnecessary costs mean American consumers pay more for the products they buy. No one disputes the value of intellectual property. But the recent abuses we have seen do not protect legitimate intellectual-property rights or the interests of inventors.more »

Food Poisoning
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In Canada, Dark Chocolate Recalled for Undeclared Milk
Food Poisoning BulletinDecember 5, 2013

Dark-Chocolate In Canada, Organic Traditions Dark Chocolate is being recalled because it contains undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could have a serious or life-threatening reaction ...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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Texas Court Stays TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) Class Action So ...
The National Law ReviewDecember 6, 2013

See In Re Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, Declaratory Ruling, FCC 12-143, 2012 WL 5986338, ¶ 4 (Nov. 29, 2012) (“SoundBite contends that it does not use an automatic telephone dialing system ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Former Nevada Assemblywoman Vivian Freeman dies
Carson NowDecember 6, 2013

In the legislature, she championed womens' rights, mining reclamation and family resource centers in public schools. She served on the ... 6, 1990, Nevada voters overwhelmingly approved placing a woman's right to choose in Nevada law. (Nevada Revised ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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MARSHFIELD POLICE/ Two face charges of credit card fraud
Wicked Local- MarshfieldDecember 5, 2013

Two Pembroke residents are being charged in credit card fraud, among other charges, after they allegedly used a stolen credit card to purchase more than $4,400 worth of goods. Charles G. Raftes, 39, of 216 Pembroke Woods Drive, Pembroke, and Elizabeth ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Funeral assurance class action 'a matter of time'
Independent OnlineDecember 1, 2013

The FSB has concerns about the abuse of consumers who use funeral schemes and is “looking at how to engage with insurers selling products through funeral parlours”, Dixon says. National Treasury proposed a Microinsurance Act to regulate ... Shone says ...more »

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