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  Volume 60 Number 6

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How to Avoid Japan Earthquake Scams

With each great tragedy comes a great scam. Sadly, the devastating events in Japan are no exception. Scammers use tragic times to manipulate generous people out of their money. After the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, consumers should look out for fraudulent donation websites. If you decide to donate over the internet, check the URL carefully and make sure there are no spelling mistakes on the site. Confirm that you're dealing with a reputable charity. When possible, type in the website manually rather than clicking any links. For tips on avoiding Japanese earthquake and tsunami scams, Click here for more.


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Is your adjusted gross income less than $58,000? If so, you may be eligible for free tax preparation services. "Tax Day" is quickly approaching, so don't put it off any longer. Although "Tax Day" is April 18 this year, three days later than usual, it is a good idea to get started early in the event you hit some snags along the way. For more information on free tax preparation services, Click here for more.


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For the Lawyers

Pain pump litigation preempted by federal law. The 11th Circuit held that federal law regulating medical devices preempts state product liability claims against the manufacturer of a pain pump. Click here for more.

 

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