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In Debt and Afraid: Dealing With Debt Collectors
ABC NewsJanuary 22, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission, which enforces the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, also said debt collectors generate more complaints to its offices than any other industry. While many debt collectors are careful to comply with consumer protection ...more »

Catawba Indian leader says $4.5 million debt to Rock Hill schools is hardship for tribe
The HeraldJanuary 22, 2017

The Rock Hill school district's latest attempt to collect a decades-long $4.5 million debt from the Catawba Indian Nation would hurt the tribe's future, says Chief Bill Harris. After failed attempts to have the tribe pay a debt it owes from an ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Prison Companies' Bid to Withhold Documents Fails
New York Law Journal (registration)February 9, 2017

She rejected its claim that the documents were shielded under FOIA Exemption 4 for trade secrets; and under Exemption 7(e) for information that would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions. The government ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Food poisoning: Causes, symptoms, treatment and how to prevent it
Omaha World-HeraldJanuary 25, 2017

Food poisoning is a common ailment caused by bacteria or a virus infecting your food or drink. Some of these bacteria or viruses release toxins or poisons into the body, hence the name food poisoning. Luckily, it can normally be treated at home and ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Consumers have a powerful tool in card chargebacks
Sumter ItemFebruary 14, 2017

A chargeback occurs when a credit card holder disputes a charge and the transaction is reversed. People tend to think of chargebacks as remedies for billing errors or fraudulent purchases. But consumers can also dispute a charge if they're dissatisfied ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Interchangeability for Biosimilars: The Next Big Step
Bloomberg BNAJanuary 31, 2017

The Biologic Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), which is part of the Affordable Care Act, created an abbreviated pathway for the FDA to approve biosimilars of a biologic just as the Hatch-Waxman Act created such a pathway for generic drugs.more »

Product Reclamation
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GUEST APPEARANCE: Foundry neighbors' claims vs. city, others are uphill fight
Finger Lakes TimesFebruary 6, 2017

Case law is littered with failed toxic tort claims like those contemplated by the foundry neighbors against government agencies. Most were dismissed based on this “governmental immunity defense.” For example, in a Texas case that is eerily similar to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau orders Mastercard and Unirush to pay $13 million for rushcard breakdowns that ...
CUinsight.com (press release)February 1, 2017

WASHINGTON , DC (February 1, 2017) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today took action against Mastercard and UniRush for breakdowns that left tens of thousands of economically vulnerable RushCard users unable to access their own money to pay ...more »

Stolen Identity
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104 Arrested in South Florida in $60M Identity Theft Ring
Insurance JournalFebruary 3, 2017

Federal officials say South Florida remains the nation's epicenter for fraud linked to identity theft. Since 2012, Ferrer said more than 600 people have been charged with such crimes while trying to steal some $600 million from individual accounts ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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New Yorkers get prison for credit card fraud; used Auburn apartment
Lewiston Sun JournalFebruary 2, 2017

Delima and Wray were part of a group that came to Maine from New York to commit credit card fraud in March 2015, according to court records. They bought equipment used to make bogus credit cards. They bought stolen credit card account numbers from a ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Christy D. Jones Named Product Liability Attorney of the Year by Benchmark Litigation
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 21, 2017

RIDGELAND, MS--(Marketwired - February 21, 2017) - Butler Snow is pleased to announce that Christy D. Jones has been named Product Liability Attorney of the year by Benchmark Litigation, a leading national law publication. Jones was honored at the ...more »

Credit Repair
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Progrexion Celebrates Five Years of Community Giving
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 1, 2017

Progrexion – a leading provider of credit report repair services for consumers in the U.S. – celebrated an important year of growth and giving in 2016. The end of ...more »

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