cooling-off period

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Cooling-Off Period

An interval of time during which no action of a specific type can be taken by either side in a dispute. An automatic delay in certain jurisdictions, apart from ordinary court delays, between the time when Divorce papers are filed and the divorce hearing takes place. An amount of time within which a buyer is permitted to cancel a contract for the purchase of consumer goods—designed to effect Consumer Protection. A number of states require that a three-day cancellation period must be allowed purchasers following door-to-door sales.

A cooling-off period is frequently used in labor disputes. There might, for example, be a period of one month following the filing of a grievance by a union or company against the other, during which neither the union nor the company is allowed to take retaliatory actions against each other.

cooling-off period

a time during which a person can withdraw from a binding contract without any serious penalty. A cooling-off period is not normally available. Such provisions can be found in relation to CANCELLATION of consumer credit contracts, TIMESHARE contracts and DISTANCE SELLING contracts among others.
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LONDON -- Actavis says it delivered about 10 million levothyroxine tablets within a critical 20-day period recently to parts of earthquake-devastated Japan.
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Yet BBC Alba averages around 58,000 viewers, whereas leaked figures earlier this year showed that, over one 20-day period, as many as 196 of the 890 programmes put out by S4C were rated as having zero viewers.
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Leaked documents handed to us show that over a 20-day period between February and March this year, more programmes on the Welsh-language channel were watched by statistically zero people than pulled in a five-figure audience.
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City ethical governance executive member Cllr Paula Keaveney says it is one of her "political priorities" to sort the council's FoI record out - which includes the fact that up to 20% of requests are not answered in the statutory 20-day period.
Although this resolution is not as bold and uncompromising as Minnesota's was, it has the virtue of being passed into law through overwhelming votes of 39-1 and 19-1 in the House and Senate respectively, and through Governor Sarah Palin's acquiescence when she failed to either sign or veto the bill in the mandatory 20-day period.
While a single oral dose of doxycycline is only 20% to 30% effective at preventing these diseases in mice, researchers found that a new formulation of doxycycline hyclate that is programmed to release the drug over a 20-day period is 100% effective.
Requires the 20-day period during which an agency must determine whether to comply with a FOIA request to begin on the date the request is received by the appropriate component of the agency, but no later than 10 days after the request is received by any component that is designated to receive FOIA requests in the agency's FOIA regulations
In one case described in the report, Amnesty International staff describe the torture endured by many detainees, including a 14-year-old boy from Chad who was hung up by his wrists in a prison in Karachi and regularly beaten with a metal rod over a 20-day period before being sold to US forces and taken to Guantanamo, where he remains.