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Iran Ship Insurance Relief Not Likely
The Maritime ExecutiveDecember 1, 2013

A pledge by world powers to ease ship insurance sanctions on some Iranian oil exports is likely to take months to come into effect due to complex law and regulation and to insurers' unease over providing cover. A deal struck last weekend between Iran ...more »

French animal rights movement breaking the bank of small bullfighting towns
Examiner.comDecember 1, 2013

Bullfighting is illegal in 90% of French territory and is considered a violent crime against animals with penalties of up to two years in prison. It is only allowed under a special judicial exemption in a small area in southern France. Animal rights...more »

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Secrecy in Javad Heydary case prompts concern
Toronto StarDecember 4, 2013

14 court order to return $2.1 million of a $3.6-million settlement his commercial litigation firm, Heydary Hamilton, was holding in trust for the Abuzours. Court documents show that Heydary Hamilton had just $319,067.82 in trust as of Nov. 21, and that ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Why Reheated Rice Can Give You Food Poisoning
Lifehacker AustraliaDecember 2, 2013

A report on common causes of food poisoning by the BBC's news magazine notes that carbohydrates can be much riskier than we realise once they have been cooked. “Chicken, eggs and shellfish are classed as high risk, but so are rice, pasta, couscous ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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PHH settlement costs $6.25 million, but Mt. Laurel mortage firm disputes state ...
Cherry Hill Courier PostDecember 5, 2013

PHH admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement and said it disputes the state's claims. The state's investigation was prompted by more than 100 consumer complaints, according to the Attorney General's Office. It cited “a number of concerns about ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Anti-patent troll bill passes house, has broader implications
Lexology (registration)December 11, 2013

Interestingly, the Innovation Act exempts Hatch-Waxman litigation from the heightened pleading standard it would establish. Moving Toward "Loser Pays" in Patent Litigation. The Innovation Act would establish a type of "loser pays" system for patent ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Indigenous languages crucial to cultural flourishing (blog)December 4, 2013

There are a number of Indigenous scholars who are working to reclaim and restore Indigenous law. Let me diverge yet again for a moment to explain the difference between Aboriginal and Indigenous law. Aboriginal law is the name given to the body of law ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Landmark order puts RTI applicants under Consumer Protection Act
The HinduDecember 2, 2013

In a landmark order, the Ernakulam Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has said when information is denied to an RTI applicant, it will be considered as deficiency in service and the applicant will be entitled to compensation under the Consumer ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Women accused of identity fraud; authorities say hospital patients ...
Post-TribuneDecember 9, 2013

Two Lake County women and one Chicago resident will be arraigned Friday on charges they took part in a identity fraud conspiracy that took information from hospital patients. The defendants — Alexis Young, 31, of Hammond; Cynthia Mullins, 45, of Gary, ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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More credit/debit card fraud cases reported to LCSO
Lebanon Daily RecordDecember 2, 2013

Last week, Laclede County Sheriff Wayne Merritt warned citizens of an influx of credit card and debit card fraud. Reports continue to be made to the Laclede County Sheriff's Office of people stealing account information and making purchases in other ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Portnoy appointed to UH Board of Regents
Hawaii 24/7 (press release)December 2, 2013

A speaker, teacher and author, his practice specialties include media, insurance, employment and product liability law; personal injury defense; attorney and physician malpractice; and securities litigation and arbitration. His prior involvement with ...more »


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