Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 24, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 24, 2010

Some pharma companies still practicing off-label marketing

Pharmaceutical companies paid billions in fines last year for off-label marketing, when drugs are promoted for a use that hasn't been approved by the FDA. But the large fines haven't stopped some companies from continuing the practice.
Posted In: Health

Colorado suing settlement advance companies for high interest rates

Settlement advance companies take a gamble on lawsuits, advancing people money for a lawsuit and not asking anything in return if the person loses. But the advance money comes with high interest rates that violate Colorado's limits, and so the attorney general is suing.
Posted In: Law

Jill Schlesinger: Looking forward to 2011

It has been a strange year for the economy. The markets are back at pre-recession highs. Companies have reported strong earnings. But unemployment remains high and the housing market is still sputtering. What will the next year hold?

Fears remain that Ivory Coast could return to civil war

The west African state of Ivory Coast is still without a new President. The old president Laurent Gbagbo has refused to leave office despite losing the election almost a month ago. Now he won't have access to the country's bank account. The Central Bank of West African States decided to recognize his opponent.

Stock prices end the year at the highest level since 2008

Stock prices are ending the year at their highest level since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Markets both here and in Europe have enjoyed a powerful pre-Christmas rally.

Making online shopping more personal

Want to shop in your jammies but still get the personalized attention that you can get at a store? Reporter Gigi Douban test drives Lands' End video chat customer service.
Posted In: Retail

Strawberry Shortcake's trendy new look

Strawberry Shortcake at 30 now sports a cute miniskirt and plays rock guitar. No more dowdy pinafore for her -- but reporter Sally Herships misses the Strawberry Shortcake of her childhood.
Posted In: Retail

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