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Moneylife Digital Team 18 July 2023
Upholding the method adopted by a district commission for treating the depreciated value of a truck as equal to the insured declared value (IDV) of the vehicle as per the valid and existing insurance policy, the national consumer disputes redressal commission (NCDRC) directed an authorised...

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Aviral Pathak (The Leaflet) 18 July 2023
The dilemma of avatar ownership arises from its possible status as a copyrightable ‘work of authorship’ as well as the degree to which the game creator and user contribute creatively to that authorship.   —   Lerroy Jenkins, a video game player’s online avatar, gained...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 July 2023
In a landmark judgement the Bombay High Court (HC) ruled that once requisite stamp duty has been paid on a development agreement signed between a developer and cooperative housing society (CHS), the ancillary permanent alternate accommodation agreements (PAAAs), executed between the developer...

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Moneylife Digital Team 14 July 2023
Developing a group housing project without the necessary infrastructure for habitation amounts to unfair trade practice, the national consumer disputes redressal commission (NCDRC) observed while directing New...

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The political atmosphere in India has become so uncertain and unpredictable that it has created a fertile ground for scamsters to fool elected representatives and their loyal supporters just as easily as they fool ordinary...

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Shirish Shanbhag 13 July 2023
When a cooperative housing society (CHS) opts for structural repairs or external repainting of their building, they can choose to utilise the funds collected under the repair fund in the monthly maintenance bill. However, if the expenses are estimated to be higher than the accumulated repair...

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A consumer commission in Bihar's Buxar district has imposed a Rs3,500-fine on a restaurant for not serving sambar with dosa to a customer.   The verdict comes after 11 months of trial.   The customer, Manish Pathak, a lawyer and resident of Bangla Ghat, said: “It was my...

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Soon, the amalgam of health influencers, who give tips on various social media platforms about consuming a particular nutrient or supplement, will have to prove their qualifications and eligibility, to ensure that they are not indulging in surrogate advertising or pedalling half-baked...

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The onset of the Southwest monsoon and recent floods in Delhi's low-lying areas have resulted in a steep rise in vegetable prices here, hitting the budget of families.   In various locations across the national capital, including Azadpur Mandi, tomatoes are being sold at prices of Rs...

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The Delhi High Court has asked social media platform LinkedIn to provide information regarding its grievance officers and the process they follow when receiving complaints under the IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules.   A bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh...

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Google has been sued in a class-action lawsuit that alleged that the tech giant scraped data from millions of users without their consent using its artificial intelligence (AI) tools.   The lawsuit said Google also violated copyright laws in order to train and develop its AI products,...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 12 July 2023
Last week, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) joined forces with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to send cease-and-desist letters to six companies marketing edible THC products — which can cause illness and even hospitalization if consumed by children — in packaging that is almost...

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Abhay Datar 07 July 2023
At Moneylife Foundation, I have received complaints from investors regarding banks deducting money from the principal amount of their fixed deposits (FD). It is important for people to understand when and how this happens. This article aims to shed light on why this happens.   Case...

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Every year, we first hear prayers for a bountiful monsoon. After a few weeks, the prayers turn into the nursery rhyme, 'Rain Rain Go Away' as people struggle with the usual issues of water logging and potholes on the roads. All this is reported in newspapers and on TV channels on a cyclical...

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Sharon Lerner (ProPublica) 07 July 2023
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   Chlorpyrifos is so harmful that America banned its use on food. But a top EPA official made it clear that the US was not ready to support similar protections for the rest of the world under a treaty that restricts pollutants that...

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Meta's Twitter rival Threads, that amassed more than 10mn (million) users in a span of just seven hours, will not let you delete the account as once you try to remove Threads, you will also lose your Instagram account.   In a 'Supplemental Privacy Policy,' Meta said that "You may...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 July 2023
While accepting that the customer had used the vehicle for 15,000km and, hence, cannot receive a full refund, the national consumer disputes redressal commission (NCDRC) directed Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) and its Indore-based dealer Patwa Automotive Pvt Ltd to refund Rs4.80 lakh along...

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Samsung Electronics and Best Buy in the US over Samsung's QLED 4K televisions, industry sources said.   The lawsuit was filed by Ray Kim Law in California Central District Court, reports Yonhap News Agency.   The suit alleges some...

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Shirish Shanbhag 04 July 2023
Residents in a cooperative housing society (CHS) and even owners in a commercial complex are routinely charged operating charges, which are termed maintenance charges, either monthly, quarterly or annually. For residents or tenants to enjoy uninterrupted services provided within the society...

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Just like the rains come every year, followed by news reports about water logging at several places, cybercrime stories are also about old scams or cheating modules being recycled to dupe new persons. For example, every few months, scammers try to lure people with promises to change the...

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