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Ramada Hotel In Casper Files For Bankruptcy; Parkway Plaza Owner Now Operates It
K2 RadioFebruary 1, 2017

The hotel didn't respond, so Sullins granted AVANA's request. On Jan. 25, Western States, Inc., filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. Chapter 11 is the section of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code that allows businesses to reorganize under court ...more »

Millville OKs hiring firm to probe emails
Vineland Daily JournalFebruary 1, 2017

MILLVILLE – City commissioners on Tuesday agreed to retain professional assistance to pursue an internal investigation into what is now described as an unauthorized, anonymous access to confidential emails about litigation matters involving municipal ...more »

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Confidentiality
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New Law Allowing 16 & 17 Year Olds to Register for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation
Hudson Valley News NetworkFebruary 14, 2017

The New York State Donate Life Registry is a confidential, computerized system that registers an individual's consent to donate his/her organs upon death. Under State law, the Registry can only be accessed to determine an individual's donation status ...more »

Food Poisoning
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No evidence of food poisoning in hospitals – caterers
Times of MaltaFebruary 1, 2017

It was reacting to a report by this newspaper that said no action would be taken against the hospital caterers after 97 patients suffered food poisoning last month. A spokeswoman for Health Minister Chris Fearne had told the Times of Malta that ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Mangaluru: Activate promised number or pay Rs 50000, Consumer Forum tells Airtel
Daijiworld.comFebruary 3, 2017

Mangaluru, Feb 3: In a clear victory for an aggrieved consumer, Dakshina Kannada District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has decreed that mobile service provider Airtel is guilty of deficiency in service and ordered the company to pay compensatory ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Second Circuit Declares That, to Survive Motions to Dismiss, Antitrust Allegations Require Factual Support for All ...
Lexology (registration)February 16, 2017

This certification is deemed an act of patent infringement, allowing the patent holder to sue. But to encourage applications, the Hatch-Waxman Act provides a 180-day window of exclusivity to the first generic filer that files its ANDA and is approved ...more »

Woman says Chevrolet automobile was defective
The Pennsylvania RecordFebruary 9, 2017

For related counts of violating the Pennsylvania Automobile Lemon Law, the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act and the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law through the ineffective repairs, the plaintiff is seeking damages not in excess of $50,000 ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer groups urge new FCC chairman not to reverse robo-call ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2017

Consumer advocates are urging Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, to uphold rules restricting companies from inundating people ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Bureau of Reclamation OKs Lake Nighthorse lease
The Durango HeraldFebruary 1, 2017

The next big step is the annexation of the property into the city so the city can provide law enforcement, said Cathy Metz, director of Parks and Recreation. The process generally takes about three months, said Justyn Liff, spokeswoman for the bureau.more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Financial fraud detector accused of cashing in on hundreds of phony credit cards
Toronto SunFebruary 17, 2017

A woman whose job is detecting financial fraud has been busted along with her husband for allegedly cashing in on phony credit cards, fake ID, and bogus cheques. Toronto Police ... The business owner discovered later the cheque was fraudulent.more »

Stolen Identity
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Identity Theft a Top Security Issue for Income Tax Season
CPAPracticeAdvisor.comFebruary 3, 2017

The IRS has issued a filing season alert, warning taxpayers and tax professionals to watch out for identity theft at tax time, and highlighted the crime as a recurring scam in the agency's “Dirty Dozen” series. The Dirty Dozen is compiled annually by ...more »

Credit Repair
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5 Big Credit Score Killers & How You Can Avoid Them
Credit.com News (blog)February 12, 2017

Bankruptcy. Foreclosure. Short sale. These are the items that probably jump to mind when you hear the words “credit score killers,” but there are plenty of other line items that can really tank your credit — particularly if your score was stellar at ...more »

Unsafe Products
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EU Court of Justice Clarifies Product Liability for Notified Bodies
Regulatory FocusFebruary 20, 2017

According to the German Federal Court of Justice, these questions are critical to establishing whether TÜV can be held liable under German law, as the notified body "must have infringed a rule conferring legal protection or a contractual obligation ...more »

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