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A Thumbnail Sketch of the Lemon Law
Huffington Post (blog)August 1, 2011

These cars are "Lemons" and are the subject of "Lemon Laws" in all fifty states. While everyone is familiar with the concept of the lemon automobile, not everyone is so clear on the law. Most people don't worry all that much about it until they find ...more »

Crystal Cathedral looks to donations to emerge from bankruptcy
Los Angeles TimesAugust 2, 2011

Mark Winthrop, the cathedral's bankruptcy attorney, reaffirmed in court that the church's board, which was reorganized last week, is relying on a "faith-generated belief" that funds will come through. He said board members understand that the creditors ...more »

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Bad Faith Insurance
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Obama concedes health care law won't control costs
Washington ExaminerAugust 17, 2011

The law raised taxes and made cuts to Medicare, but instead of using the money for deficit reduction, it was plowed into a new entitlement. The health care law will spend nearly $1.4 trillion in its first eight years of full implementation alone (2014 ...more »

Hipaa Compliance
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The Future of Health Care
MD News (press release)August 29, 2011

This failed to be realized in the new health care law passed last year and does not seem to be possible with the insurance industry as large and powerful as it is. The new law is on hold for now, to some degree. The final version will be decided in the ...more »

Elder Care Abuse
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Elder care workers with a checkered past get a pass
Minneapolis Star TribuneAugust 3, 2011

The case is part of a broad problem of elder abuse in Minnesota that raises questions about the state's oversight of a rapidly growing industry. In at least a handful of cases, state records show, breakdowns left vulnerable adults exposed to abuse. ...more »

Living Wills
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Please, Governor, run for a fifth term
Concord MonitorAugust 28, 2011

Given the Republican supermajorities in the House and Senate, the odds that more bad law will be made in the next session are excellent. Undoing them will require the replacement of inflexible ideologues with pragmatists who understand that progress is ...more »

Medicare & Medicaid Issues
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Long search for Medicare doc for Vancouver couple
Seattle Post IntelligencerAugust 17, 2011

You could go through 286 pages of legalese, and it still doesn't tell you how to bill for it." Physicians also never know from year to year whether Medicare reimbursement rates might plummet. A federal formula written into law triggers automatic ...more »

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