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Consumer Bankruptcy and Household Debt

Consumer Bankruptcy and Household Debt

Date: February 8, 2002
Creator: Jickling, Mark
Description: Financial distress is most common among lower-income families, but its incidence has grown in all income brackets. This trend suggests that explanations for the rise in consumer bankruptcy filings are more likely to be found in micro-analysis of individuals and groups of debtors than in macroeconomic indicators. This report presents statistics on bankruptcy filings, household debt, and households in financial distress.
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Class Actions and Proposed Reform in the 107th Congress: Class Action Fairness Act of 2002

Class Actions and Proposed Reform in the 107th Congress: Class Action Fairness Act of 2002

Date: March 12, 2002
Creator: Wallace, Paul Starett, Jr
Description: This report discusses the Class Action Fairness Act of 2002. The bill reflects a preference for class actions to be adjudicated in federal courts and would enlarge U.S. district courts original jurisdiction over class actions with claims aggregating $2,000,000 or more (even if each of the members of the class had not sustained damages in excess of $75,000 as is now required).
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Telemarketing: Dealing With Unwanted Telemarketing Calls

Telemarketing: Dealing With Unwanted Telemarketing Calls

Date: May 30, 2002
Creator: Riehl, James R
Description: This report provides summaries of the federal laws and regulations particular to telemarketing, the establishment of a national do-not-call registry, and the options that are available to consumers to limit the calls that they receive from telemarketers and to report questionable telemarketing practices to local or federal authorities. The report also lists sources of additional information with addresses, phone numbers, and Internet sites (if available).
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President Bush's Proposed Medicare-Endorsed Drug Discount Card Initiative: Status and Issues

President Bush's Proposed Medicare-Endorsed Drug Discount Card Initiative: Status and Issues

Date: June 20, 2002
Creator: Villarreal, M. Angeles
Description: None
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Date: June 21, 2002
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A
Description: None
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Ecstasy: Actions of the 107th Congress to Control MDMA

Ecstasy: Actions of the 107th Congress to Control MDMA

Date: July 5, 2002
Creator: Eddy, Mark
Description: Legislation has been proposed in the 107th Congress to combat the use and abuse of Ecstasy (MDMA) and other “club drugs.” In a 2001 survey, 12% of 12th graders reported ever having taken the drug. The Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000, enacted by the 106th Congress, directed the U.S. Sentencing Commission to increase penalties for Ecstasy offenses. As of March 2001, MDMA penalties became more severe than for powder cocaine but less severe than for heroin.
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Date: July 9, 2002
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Date: July 10, 2002
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: None
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Importing Prescription Drugs

Importing Prescription Drugs

Date: July 16, 2002
Creator: Randall, Blanchard, IV & Vogt, Donna U
Description: None
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Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Date: July 16, 2002
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: None
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Comparison of Two Key Provisions in the Bankruptcy Reform Act Conference Report: The Homestead Exemption and Dischargeability of Liability for Abortion Clinic Violence

Comparison of Two Key Provisions in the Bankruptcy Reform Act Conference Report: The Homestead Exemption and Dischargeability of Liability for Abortion Clinic Violence

Date: July 30, 2002
Creator: Jeweler, Robin
Description: This report examines two provisions in the Conference Report on the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2002, H.R. 107-617, 107th Cong., 2d Sess. (2002): the homestead exemption and dischargeability of liability for abortion clinic violence.
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Date: August 1, 2002
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A
Description: None
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Ecstasy: Actions of the 107th Congress to Control MDMA

Ecstasy: Actions of the 107th Congress to Control MDMA

Date: August 14, 2002
Creator: Eddy, Mark
Description: Legislation has been proposed in the 107th Congress to combat the use and abuse of Ecstasy (MDMA) and other “club drugs.” In a 2001 survey, 12% of 12th graders reported ever having taken the drug. The Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000, enacted by the 106th Congress, directed the U.S. Sentencing Commission to increase penalties for Ecstasy offenses. As of March 2001, MDMA penalties became more severe than for powder cocaine but less severe than for heroin.
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Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Date: August 14, 2002
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: None
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Importing Prescription Drugs

Importing Prescription Drugs

Date: August 22, 2002
Creator: Randall, Blanchard, IV & Vogt, Donna U
Description: None
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The Hatch-Waxman Act: Proposed Legislative Changes

The Hatch-Waxman Act: Proposed Legislative Changes

Date: September 3, 2002
Creator: Schacht, Wendy H & Thomas, John R
Description: None
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Consumer Bankruptcy and Household Debt

Consumer Bankruptcy and Household Debt

Date: September 6, 2002
Creator: Jickling, Mark
Description: Financial distress is most common among lower-income families, but its incidence has grown in all income brackets. This trend suggests that explanations for the rise in consumer bankruptcy filings are more likely to be found in micro-analysis of individuals and groups of debtors than in macroeconomic indicators. This report presents statistics on bankruptcy filings, household debt, and households in financial distress.
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Date: September 9, 2002
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Two Key Provisions in the Bankruptcy Reform Act Conference Report: The Homestead Exemption and Dischargeability of Liability for Violations of Laws Relating to the Provision of "Lawful Goods and Services"

Two Key Provisions in the Bankruptcy Reform Act Conference Report: The Homestead Exemption and Dischargeability of Liability for Violations of Laws Relating to the Provision of "Lawful Goods and Services"

Date: September 19, 2002
Creator: Jeweler, Robin
Description: None
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Date: October 4, 2002
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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President Bush's Proposed Medicare-Endorsed Drug Discount Card Initiative: Status and Issues

President Bush's Proposed Medicare-Endorsed Drug Discount Card Initiative: Status and Issues

Date: October 8, 2002
Creator: Villarreal, M. Angeles
Description: None
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Telemarketing: Dealing With Unwanted Telemarketing Calls

Telemarketing: Dealing With Unwanted Telemarketing Calls

Date: October 8, 2002
Creator: Riehl, James R
Description: This report provides summaries of the federal laws and regulations particular to telemarketing, the establishment of a national do-not-call registry, and the options that are available to consumers to limit the calls that they receive from telemarketers and to report questionable telemarketing practices to local or federal authorities. The report also lists sources of additional information with addresses, phone numbers, and Internet sites (if available).
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Ecstasy: Actions of the 107th Congress to Control MDMA

Ecstasy: Actions of the 107th Congress to Control MDMA

Date: October 31, 2002
Creator: Eddy, Mark
Description: Legislation has been proposed in the 107th Congress to combat the use and abuse of Ecstasy (MDMA) and other “club drugs.” In a 2001 survey, 12% of 12th graders reported ever having taken the drug. The Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000, enacted by the 106th Congress, directed the U.S. Sentencing Commission to increase penalties for Ecstasy offenses. As of March 2001, MDMA penalties became more severe than for powder cocaine but less severe than for heroin.
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Date: November 1, 2002
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A
Description: None
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