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TODAY'S Legal News STORIES - November 3, 2006
 

TOP STORIES

Murder Charges For Wildfire Suspect Investigators filed arson
and murder charges against a man in a Southern California wildfire that killed five
firefighters. Raymond Lee Oyler is accused of setting the massive blaze that scorched
more than 60 square miles. More...

    

Watch: Wildfire Arrest Made

• Sheriff Finds Himself On Wrong Side Of Law
• Three More 9/11 Victims ID'd
• Bush Rallies GOP Faithful | Watch

U.S.3 Bodies Found In Drainage Pipe Police found the
bodies of a woman and two other adults inside a drainage pipe near a public
housing complex and said all appear to have been killed during the night.
Authorities had trouble reaching the bodies in the 3-foot-wide pipe. More...


• Missing Indiana Girl Found Dead
• Three More 9/11 Victims ID'd
• Feds: 'Worst Of The Worst' Corralled
• More Stories

WorldU.S. Commander Retires Over Abu Ghraib The U.S.
Army commander who was in charge of all U.S. forces in Iraq during the
Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal has retired, saying senior officers refused
to let him advance his careers after the scandal. More...


Watch: Tension Between Iraq and U.S.


• U.K. To Ease Liquid Carry-On Flight Rules
• Arab World Debates The Veil
• Translating Azerbaijan's Oil Into Reform
• More Stories

PoliticsWill Anger At Congress Sway Voters? Heading into
the midterm elections, public approval of Congress is at its lowest level in
over a decade. But what effect, if any, will that have on how Americans vote? More...


Watch: Sluggish Support For Bush


• Republicans In Uphill Slog In Colorado
• Requiem For Moderate Republicans?
• This Column Is Crooked, Sleazy & Sick | Watch
• More Stories

HealthWomen Sue Maker Of Birth Control Patch The maker
of a popular birth-control patch is being sued by more than 40 women who say
Ortho Evra caused serious illnesses and at least one death. More...


Watch: Patch Birth Control Warning

 
9th Circuit Dissent Goes to Nth Degree
The Recorder

Could there be a greater temperamental -- and ideological -- canyon than the one between 9th Circuit Judges Stephen Reinhardt and Jay Bybee? The former was being called a liberal activist judge years before Bybee considered signing the now-infamous 2002 Bush administration torture memo. Combine those differences with some methamphetamine, heavy metal and murder, and you've got the makings of a good case -- and an especially colorful 43-page dissent.
 
   
 
 
Duane Morris' Conflict Fight Has Broad Reach
Fulton County Daily Report

A ruling expected soon from a Georgia judge could have far-reaching consequences for corporate attorneys and their clients. At issue in the multimillion-dollar dispute is medical service provider McKesson Corp.'s demand that Duane Morris, which in May signed on as outside counsel to two McKesson affiliates in a Pennsylvania bankruptcy case, cease its representation of a couple involved in unrelated arbitration proceedings in Atlanta against a third McKesson entity.
 
   
 
    
     November 2, 2006

TOP STORIES
Poll: Dems Carry Big Pre-Election Lead
Democrats hold a 52-34 percent lead over Republicans one week before the midterm
elections, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll. Women and independents
heavily favor the Democrats, while Iraq remains the campaign's top issue. More...


INSIDE U.S.
Evangelist Resigns Amid Sex Allegations
Evangelical Leader And Same-Sex Marriage Opponent Accused Of Paying For Sex With Man
 
• Feds: 'Worst Of The Worst' Corralled
• 3 Bodies Found In Drainage Pipe
• Sheriff Finds Himself On Wrong Side Of Law
• More

• Did Ann Coulter Vote Illegally?
• Kerry Apologizes For Troop Remarks | Watch
• U.S. Commander Retires Over Abu Ghraib | Watch

U.S.Indictment Expected In Steroids Probe
Track coach Tevor Graham, who helped launch a three-year federal probe of steroid
use by athletes, is expected to be charged as soon as Thursday, according
to two Justice Department officials. More...

    
    

• Is The Risk Of Amniocentesis Overrated?
• Chemo Combo May Beat Breast Cancer
• Top Cop Ousted Over 'Jelly Bellies' Memo
• More Stories

SciTechHigh-Tech Voting Raises Election Anxiety Hundreds of counties are re-training poll workers to run electronic, touch-screen voting machines. But there are concerns over security and technical support, and the paper printouts that are critical in any recount, Armen Keteyian reports. More...

    
    
Politics
  • Kerry Sorry for 'Stuck in Iraq' Remarks
  • S.D. Struggles With Its Own Page Scandal

    Personal Injury
  • NYC to Hire Experts in Sept. 11 Search
  • Amnesia Victim Still Has No Memories

    Product Liability
  • Women in U.S. sue companies over popular birth control patch

    Immigration
  • Canada grants asylum to 54 Palestinians who fled Iraq to Jordan two years ago

    Cyberspace Law
  • The Trademark Dilution Revision Act
  • Children of New York state mother accused of pirating music are sued themselves
    November 2, 2006
  • Legal Commentary
  • Hamilton: Can Religion-Affiliated Organizations Opt Out of Laws Mandating that If Their Employee Health Insurance Covers Prescription Drugs, It Must Also Cover Contraception?

    Business
  • Ex-Computer Associates CEO Gets Prison
  • Blockbuster narrows its loss in the 3rd quarter despite weak DVD releases; shares soar

    International Law
  • White House accuses Syria, Iran of planning to undermine or overthrow Lebanese government
  • Ex-Mexican Drug Czar Faces More Charges

    War on Terrorism
  • Detainees' lawyers ask appeals court to overturn new U.S. military trials law
  • Alleged terrorist mastermind languishes in British legal limbo November 2, 2006
  •     
         September 12, 2006
    September 12, 2006  
    •  A Nation Remembers
    The nation observed the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with moments of silence timed to mark the World Trade Center jetliner crashes and quiet commemorations held around the country.  More...


    •  About That 'Hole In The Ground'
    •  Florence Knocks Out Power In Bermuda
    •  Palestinians Agree To Coalition
    •  20 Iraqis Killed In Baghdad Attacks

      September 12, 2006
    Dismissed Partner Sues Holland & Knight for Fraud, Age Bias
    New York Law Journal

    Ex-partner John K. Weir is suing the 1,300-lawyer firm Holland & Knight in Manhattan federal court, claiming he was fired because of his age and because he raised questions about the "disappearance" of $5 million the firm was awarded in 1999 for a class action representation. Among the 11 counts in Weir's suit: breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, civil claims under RICO based on the alleged $5 million misappropriation -- and age discrimination.
     
       
        
    GC Ann Baskins Faces the Eye of the HP Storm
    The Recorder

    Ann Baskins has spent almost her entire career at Hewlett-Packard, and has been GC for the past six years. Now she's very near the center of a growing storm over the boardroom investigation at the computing giant. Newspaper stories detailing the crisis place Baskins at several key junctures in the ongoing saga questioning the investigative techniques used concerning press leaks by board members. Though the drama has yet to play out, there are already calls, in some quarters, for Baskins to be fired.
    September 12, 2006
       
     
    Disclosure a Key Question in HP Spat
    The American Lawyer

    Hewlett Packard counsel Larry Sonsini said that though he told the company after the fact that the controversial "pretexting" practice it engaged in to gain access to phone records was "within legal limits," he was relying on the opinion of an in-house lawyer. While pretexting may be outside the scope of practice for a corporate lawyer, securities laws governing the disclosure of board activities aren't. For that reason, the aftermath of Tom Perkins' resignation from HP's board raises perplexing questions.
    September 12, 2006
       
     

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    Politics
  • On anniversary, Bush tours 9/11 sites
  • U.S. Senate majority leader and two other senators visit Guantanamo

    Civil Rights
  • Fight 93 families gather at crash site to commemorate anniversary
  • Protesters Hang Bin Laden in Effigy

    Personal Injury
  • 2 Skydivers Fall to Their Deaths in N.J.

    Iraq
  • Saddam Hussein tells countrymen to feel no guilt over crushing Kurdish insurgency
  • Mini bus explodes at Iraqi army recruiting center in central Baghdad to kill at least 16, wounding at least seven
  • Legal Commentary
  • Mariner: Bush's "Alternative" Set of Interrogation Procedures for Detainees

    Business
  • No Word on Dunn's Fate From HP's Board
  • Dell to delay filing quarterly report due to ongoing accounting investigation

    International Law
  • World remembers Sept. 11 with memorials and renewed determination against terror
  • Council of Europe criticizes anti-terror methods, says world no safer 5 years after Sept. 11

    War on Terrorism
  • Nation Marks 9/11 Fifth Anniversary
  • U.S. safer since Sept. 11 attacks, but not completely safe from attack, Rice says
  •      September 12, 2006
         Legal News STORIES - September 10, 2006
    September 10, 2006  
    •  Atlantis's Launch Was 'Really Clean'
    After two frustrating weeks of delays, space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts blasted off on a mission to resume construction of the international space station for the first time since the Columbia disaster 3 1/2 years ago.  More...


    •  N.Y. Fugitive Has Court Hearing
    •  Iraq, Iran To Hold Talks
    •  Missing Air Force Major Found Alive
    •  Is Mullah Omar Living In Pakistan?

    September 10, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Saudi Students Pour Into U.S. Colleges
    Thousands of students from Saudi Arabia are enrolling on college campuses across the United States this semester under a new educational exchange program brokered by President Bush and Saudi King Abdullah.  More...


    •  Garbage Problem? Vaporize It.
    •  Army Meets Goals With Signing Bonuses
    •  Woman Kills Intruder With Bare Hands
    •  N.Y. Fugitive Has Court Hearing

    September 10, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Is Mullah Omar Living In Pakistan?
    Pakistan on Saturday denied an international media report that Taliban chief Mullah Omar, who is on the U.S. most wanted list, is living in Pakistan.  More...


    •  Notebook: Pope Makes German Visit
    •  American Journalist Released In Sudan
    •  Pakistan's Nuke Founder Has Surgery
    •  Tight Security For Shiite Gathering

    September 10, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Bush, Dems Debate Post-9/11 Safety
    The president and the Democrats both focused on 9/11 in their weekly radio adresses. Mr. Bush argued for Congress to authorize military commissions to prosecute alleged terrorist, while Rep. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said the U.S. remains unsafe.  More...


    •  Chertoff: Congress Must Up Security
    •  Schwarzenegger Sorry For Latino Remark
    •  Report: No Proof Of Qaeda-Saddam Link
    •  ABC Defends 9/11 Miniseries

    September 10, 2006 • Section Front
    •  50 Cent Ticketed In New York
    Maybe 50 Cent was in a hurry to get to the 'Candy Shop' when he made an unsafe lane change in Manhattan on Friday. Police ticketed the rapper for various minor offenses.  More...


    •  Second Cup Cafι: Derek Trucks Band
    •  Lindsay Lohan's Bag Found
    •  Pitt Talks Marriage In New Interview
    •  A Week Of Lights, Camera, & Action

            September 10, 2006
         September 10, 2006
    Politics -   September 10, 2006
  • Bush plans prime time address on Sept. 11
  • Where are they now? Sept. 11 figures five years later

    Civil Rights
  • 3 white students removed from Louisiana school; were accused of putting nooses in tree

    Personal Injury
  • Lawmakers meet in New York to discuss Sept. 11 health problems

    Product Liability
  • J&J unit commissions safety test of heart failure drug
  • US judge finds promotions for bone drug Boniva are fair

    Immigration
  • U.S. lawmakers drafting new border security package that closes door to immigration  compromise
  • Movie tells tale of immigrant New York pushcart vendors
  • Legal Commentary
  • Dean: Why Are We Suddenly At War With "Islamic Fascists"? A Neologism that Signals a Change in Strategy As Elections Near
  • Mak: "Free" And Legal Downloads: Are Ad-Supported Music Subscription Services Like SpiralFrog The Answer To An Ailing Industry?

    Business
  • California attorney general says HP tactics violate state laws; unclear who to prosecute
  • Judge Halts Petroleum Lease Sales

    International Law
  • Mafia mobster arrested in London after more than 10 years on the run
  • EU says French plan to keep "golden shares" in Suez-GDF appears legal

    War on Terrorism
  • Judge rejects Padilla bids to suppress evidence, statements
  • Police terror experts: New York City remains a ripe target  
  •      Legal News STORIES - September 9, 2006
     
    •  Police Close In On Cop Killer Suspect
    Police say they may have "Bucky" Phillips, the fugitive suspected of killing a state trooper, contained in an area near the New York-Pennsylvania border. Cops fired shots at a man believed to be Phillips this morning, sparking a massive manhunt.  More...


    •  9/11 Victim's Dad Skewers Congress
    •  Report: No Proof Of Qaeda-Saddam Link
    •  Space Shuttle Launch Postponed
    •  Kabul Car Bomb Kills At Least 16

    • Section Front
    •  9/11 Victim's Dad Skewers Congress
    The father of a New York police detective who died after breathing in dust at ground zero told lawmakers that the government has spent too much time studying the health problems that killed his son.  More...


    •  Insider: EPA Lied About WTC Air
    •  Police Close In On Cop Killer Suspect
    •  Iran's Ex-President Visits Washington
    •  Space Shuttle Launch Postponed

    • Section Front
    •  FDA: Red Cross Broke Blood-Safety Laws
    The Food and Drug Administration said it was fining the American Red Cross $4.2 million for violating blood-safety laws. The violations include failing to ask appropriate questions of potential donors and not following test procedures.  More...


    •  Cancer's Genetic Code Cracked
    •  9/11 Victim's Dad Skewers Congress
    •  Awareness Found In Vegetative Patient
    •  Some Parents Question Cancer Vaccine

    • Section Front
    •  Google Seeks Middle Ground On Privacy
    Google may have set a legal precedent when it forced Brazil to go through the U.S. court system in a battle for personal user information.   More...


    •  Evangelicals, Environmentalists Unite
    •  Space Shuttle Launch Postponed
    •  Second Online Gambling Official Busted
    •  Xanga.com Settles With FTC For $1M



    Labor and Employment
  • Company Settles Katrina Workers' Suit
  • US aviation agency cracks down on air controllers who nap during break time

    Environment
  • Former BP executive declines to testify as lawmakers grill company over Alaska pipeline spill
  • Rio Grande Levees Need Massive Repairs

    Cyberspace Law
  • Amazon.com launches long-awaited TV, movie download service
  • Web site aims to be depository of Pearl Harbor survivor memories

    Telecommunications
  • FortuNet wins state board approval to be mobile gambling operator
  • Court slows FCC in enforcement of tougher indecency guidelines
  • Crime & Trials Iraq
  • U.S. soldier killed by roadside bomb in Iraq
  • Al-Arabiya says police arrive at Baghdad offices to close Arabic satellite network

    Crime & Trials
  • Guardian Angels founder testifies at 'Junior' Gotti retrial
  • 11-year-old girl sexually assaulted by as many as 20 boys as older girl supervises, police say

    Entertainment
  • ABC says criticism of miniseries on Sept. 11 is 'premature' after Clinton officials object
  • CBS, David Letterman sign pact to stay in late-night business together for 4 more years

    Sports
  • IAAF concerned over Chinese doping reports
  • Amid retirement speculation, Schumacher still a force - on the soccer pitch
  •      Legal News STORIES - September 8, 2006
    September 8, 2006  
    •  Video Shows Bin Laden, 9/11 Hijackers
    Al-Jazeera TV has aired what it calls previously unseen footage of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden meeting with some of the Sept. 11 hijackers. The network also broadcast what is believed to be the first tape from the new leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.  More...


    •  9/11 Special Angers Clinton Officials
    •  Blair To Step Down Next Year
    •  Terror Trials Worry Pentagon Lawyers
    •  Iraqis Take Charge Of Armed Forces

    September 8, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Arrest In Phoenix 'Baseline' Probe
    Police investigating eight serial killings blamed on the "Baseline Killer" have arrested a man for two sexual assaults connected to the case. In all, there have been 23 crimes connected to the case.  More...


    •  Meet Midge, A 7-Pound Police Dog!
    •  Second Online Gambling Official Busted
    •  Poll: Many Americans Feel Less Safe
    •  3 Of 4 Maine B&B Victims Dismembered

    September 8, 2006 • Section Front
         September 8, 2006
    •  Former EPA Head Blames NYC Officials
    Former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman tells Katie Couric the agency didn't have the authority to force ground zero workers, many of whom are now sick, to wear respirators — but says the City of New York did.  More...


    •  China Enters Bird Flu Vaccine Race
    •  Is Chemo Worth It? New Test May Tell
    •  Progress Vs. Serious Pregnancy Ailment
    •  A Teen Who Sees With Sounds
     

    September 8, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Facebook Under Fire For New Feature
    The operators of the online hangout Facebook wanted to help users save time by highlighting changes their friends make to their personal profile pages. Instead, the feature has drawn complaints, and thousands of users have threatened a boycott.  More...


    •  Stem Cell Claim Draws Fire In Senate
    •  Second Online Gambling Official Busted
    •  'Intersex' Fish Spark Pollution Debate
    •  Friday Launch Possible For Atlantis

    September 8, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Torturing The Truth
    CBSNews.com's Dick Meyer says President Bush's declaration to Katie Couric that the United States doesn't torture prisoners is beyond doublespeak and above spin. It's a lie.  More...


    •  The Facebook Rebellion
    •  Good Intentions V. The 14th Amendment
    •  Better Late Than Never
    •  No Extra Charge For UFOs And Aliens

        
      September 8, 2006
    No Happy Ending for Net Movie Renters
    The National Law Journal

    The legal clash between Blockbuster and Netflix presents a crucial question: Is the concept of renting movies over the Internet an original idea that deserves patent protection? Netflix says yes. Blockbuster not only disagrees, it has countered with antitrust claims, also alleging that Netflix obtained its patents fraudulently by failing to disclose pertinent information to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. On Aug. 22, a federal judge in San Francisco allowed Blockbuster to pursue its claims.
    September 8, 2006
       
     
    Former Justice Officials Critical of Thompson Memo Policy
    Legal Times

    A bipartisan group of 11 former senior Justice Department officials has written AG Alberto Gonzales to protest the government's tactics in investigating corporate wrongdoing. Singled out for criticism are Justice Department policies outlined in the 2003 Thompson memo -- named for former Deputy AG Larry Thompson -- encouraging prosecutors to demand that companies under scrutiny waive the attorney-client privilege in return for more lenient treatment from government investigators.
     
       
      September 8, 2006
    3rd Circuit Reverses Itself on Groundbreaking Sex Discrimination Ruling
    The Legal Intelligencer

    In a judicial about-face, the 3rd Circuit has reversed itself and upheld a lower court's dismissal of sex discrimination claims against Gannon University, a Catholic diocesan college in Pennsylvania, brought by a former chaplain who said she was ousted from her post only because she is a woman. The court vacated a groundbreaking opinion authored by the late Judge Edward R. Becker that had revived the lawsuit and rejected the university's defense under the "ministerial exception" to Title VII.
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    September 8, 2006
       
      September 8, 2006
    Is Time Ripe for 'Dr. Miles' to Fall?
    Legal Times

    The Supreme Court has moved closer toward re-examining one of the biggest and hoariest precedents in antitrust law, known to law students everywhere as the Dr. Miles rule. Under that rule, established in a 1911 case, minimum prices manufacturers set on what dealers can charge customers are deemed as illegal per se under the Sherman Act. The rule has come under increasing attack in recent years, and the Court has just issued a stay of judgment in a case that squarely challenges it.
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      September 8, 2006
    InterDigital Gets $134M in Samsung Dispute
    The Associated Press

    Wireless technology company InterDigital Communications said Wednesday it won about $134 million from South Korean company Samsung Electronics in arbitration proceedings over a contract dispute from 2003. The dispute stemmed from Samsung's election to have its royalty obligations determined according to the terms of InterDigital's patent licensing agreements with mobile phone maker Nokia. Samsung sought binding arbitration after disagreeing with InterDigital's interpretation of the agreement.
    September 8, 2006
       
      September 8, 2006
         Legal News STORIES - September 7, 2006
     
    •  Bush Talks About His Biggest Fear
    Speaking exclusively to Katie Couric, President Bush reflected on the upcoming Sept. 11 terror attacks anniversary, the war in Iraq, and why he thinks that country is central to America's fight in the war on terror.  More...


    •  New Trouble For Paris Hilton
    •  Arrest In Phoenix 'Baseline' Probe
    •  Poll: Many Americans Feel Less Safe
    •  Stem Cell Claim Draws Fire In Senate

    • Section Front
    •  Arrest In Phoenix 'Baseline' Probe
    Detectives are keeping the details to themselves – at least for now – but word is that a suspect is in custody in connection with an attack linked to the so-called Baseline Killer case: eight murders and eleven sexual assaults in the Phoenix area.  More...


    •  3 Of 4 Maine B&B Victims Dismembered
    •  Bush Talks About His Biggest Fear
    •  New Trouble For Paris Hilton
    •  A Teen Who Sees With Sounds

    • Section Front
    •  Austrian Teen Shares Her Nightmare
    "Surely I didn't come into the world so I could be locked up and my life completely ruined." Kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch says that thought – and hope of escape – never left her mind in the eight years she was held in an underground cell.  More...


    •  Bush Talks About His Biggest Fear
    •  Split Awaits The Pope In His Homeland
    •  Florence Could Be Hurricane By Weekend
    •  U.S. Army Bans Torture Of Prisoners

        
     
    Motion to Dismiss Fails in Closely-Watched Comcast Antitrust Suit
    The Legal Intelligencer

    Comcast suffered a significant setback last week when a federal judge refused to dismiss a class action antitrust suit that accuses the company of setting out to establish monopolies in the Philadelphia and Chicago markets, then increasing prices once it had eliminated all the competition. The suit could reverberate throughout the cable industry because it alleges that many of the big cable companies cooperated in carving up much of the nation into separate markets where each would be an exclusive provider.
     
       
        
    Politics
  • Montana U.S. attorney nominated to No. 3 post at Justice
  • Bush Plans to Meet With Automakers

    Civil Rights
  • Wiretap Program Justified, Lawyer Says
  • Detroit Cancels School Amid Strike

    Personal Injury
  • 2004 Memo Warned About Ky. Air Staffing
  • 34 Hurt in Bus Rollover in Mass.

    Product Liability
  • Korean Air bans in-flight use of Dell, Apple laptop computers over battery problem
  • Ky. Pulls Old Air Packs From Inspectors

    Immigration
  • Auditors find outdated information used in visa waiver decisions
  • Asylum given to all 14 Sierra Leone athletes from Melbourne Games
  • Legal Commentary
  • Colb: Taking Notes Without a Computer: How Laptops Distract From Classroom Learning

    Business
  • Katie Couric makes big format changes in much-awaited 'CBS Evening News' debut
  • Bertelsmann AG agrees to sell BMG music to Vivendi for 1.63 billion

    International Law
  • Court convicts Thai woman of murdering British husband
  • Japan's Princess Kiko gives birth to boy, defuses succession dilemma

    War on Terrorism
  • Charges dropped against Palestinian-American men once accused of bridge terror plot
  • U.S. Embassy: No evidence jailed American activist plotting terrorist acts in Vietnam

    Iraq
  • Iraq Extends State of Emergency
  • U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,657
  •     
     
    Motion to Dismiss Fails in Closely-Watched Comcast Antitrust Suit
    The Legal Intelligencer

    Comcast suffered a significant setback last week when a federal judge refused to dismiss a class action antitrust suit that accuses the company of setting out to establish monopolies in the Philadelphia and Chicago markets, then increasing prices once it had eliminated all the competition. The suit could reverberate throughout the cable industry because it alleges that many of the big cable companies cooperated in carving up much of the nation into separate markets where each would be an exclusive provider.
     
       
        
    Bankruptcy Judge Threatens $10M in Sanctions for Latham, Client
    The Recorder

    A U.S. bankruptcy court judge is threatening to sanction Latham & Watkins and one of its clients $10 million. Judge Brett Dorian has issued an order to show cause asking why he shouldn't sanction magazine publisher Entrepreneur Media Inc. and its lawyers for their conduct in a long-running battle stemming from a trademark dispute. A conflict of interest can arise when attorneys and their clients are both threatened with sanctions, according to one legal ethics expert. A hearing is set for next month.
     
       
     
     
    Tort Reform's Next Big Push
    The National Law Journal

    Tort reform groups and lawyers representing some of the nation's largest corporations are working with state legislators to amend consumer protection laws, seeking to curb what they see as costly class actions. The new momentum represents continuing fallout from California's Proposition 64, a landmark 2004 initiative that tightened the reins on consumer cases in that state. Tort reformers are circulating model legislation and hope to introduce proposed amendments as early as December in some states.
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     Entertainment-September 8, 2006
     

    Elton John's career spans three decades, September 7, 2006

    Paris Hilton Heiress-DUI, entertainer and businesswoman is in trouble with the law-2006-09-07

    Propmaster for "The Kingdom," a movie starring Jennifer Garner and Jamie Foxx, died of injuries suffered ...

    Entertainment-VMAsRed Hot Chili Peppers and Shakira 2006-09-01

    Glen Ford dead at 90- August 31, 2006

    Jackie Chan and fellow stars marched in protest after singer Gillian Chung was photographed adjusting her bra

        
         Legal News STORIES - September 6, 2006
    September 6, 2006  
    •  Bush: Key Qaeda Leaders Sent To Gitmo
    President Bush confirmed that 14 top terror suspects, including the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, have been transferred to Guantanamo Bay to await trial. He also acknowledged the existence of previously secret CIA prisons.  More...


    •  'A Dark You've Never Seen'
    •  No State Funeral For Crocodile Hunter
    •  Father Wants To Own 'O.J. Simpson'
    •  Austrian Girl 'Thought Only Of Escape'

    September 6, 2006 • Section Front
    •  'A Dark You've Never Seen'
    Five years after being buried alive in the rubble of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, former EMT Bonnie Giebfried is suffering from numerous health problems. Worse yet, she's still struggling to get the medical treatment she needs.  More...


    •  Bush: Key Qaeda Leaders Sent To Gitmo
    •  3 Of 4 Maine B&B Victims Dismembered
    •  Colleges Use Films As Ice-Breaker
    •  Five Years Post-9/11: Are We Safer?

    September 6, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Austrian Girl 'Thought Only Of Escape'
    The young Austrian woman imprisoned for 8½ years in an underground cell "thought only of escape" during her entire ordeal, and once tried to jump out of her captor's car, she told a magazine and a newspaper in published interviews.  More...


    •  Pakistan Vows To Keep Hunting Osama
    •  Iran-EU Nuke Talks Postponed
    •  Tensions Over Mexico's Vote Continue
    •  Palestinian Government Strike Widens

    September 6, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Virgin Olive Oil Best For Heart Health
    A new study shows that all olive oils may not be created equal when it comes to protecting against heart disease.  More...


    •  Older Fathers And Autism
    •  Prenatal Testing Can Mean Hard Choices
    •  Lactose-Intolerant Kids Need Dairy
    •  Protein Triggers Weight Loss Hormone

      September 6, 2006
    Battle Building Over Net 'Tollgate'
    The National Law Journal

    The telecommunications reform act pending before the Senate is likely to create a litigation frenzy. "Internet neutrality" advocates want to keep the telecom industry from creating "tollgates," in the form of a tiered payment system. The debate left the blogosphere and hit the mainstream when AT&T Chairman Edward Whitacre Jr. threw down the gauntlet, saying that content providers like Google were "nuts" for thinking they could use "my pipes" -- AT&T's cable and broadband networks -- without paying extra.
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    Five Strategies for a Life Sciences Company
    Special to Law.com
    September 6, 2006
    While scientists focus on medical and pharmaceutical breakthroughs and technologies, the management of life sciences companies must contend with financings, licensing and joint venture arrangements, patents, regulatory approvals and various other business and legal issues. Cheryl Reicin, the practice leader of Torys' technology and life sciences group, discusses the issues facing this sophisticated and highly regulated sector -- from lab to legal.
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    September 6, 2006
       
     
    Computer Voir Dire
    The National Law Journal

    Does software that weeds out jurors put lawyers in a dilemma between the database and their gut instinct? JuryQuest checks jury questionnaires against national surveys and scores potential jurors as prosecution- or defense-friendly. Pitfalls range from computer glitches to concerns that programs using race and sex as a demographic might be ruled discriminatory. A computer won't replace voir dire, but one jury consultant calls a computer's advice a good gamble for a lawyer stuck between two jurors.
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    September 6, 2006
       
     
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    Calif. High Court Cold to Liability in Online Speech
    The Recorder-September 6, 2006

    During oral arguments Tuesday, the California Supreme Court signaled that it doesn't intend to make untold numbers of Internet users liable for every allegedly defamatory posting on the Web. A state appeals court held that the federal Communications Decency Act didn't immunize a women's health advocate accused of posting an allegedly defamatory opinion piece with two online newsgroups. Dozens of amici curiae -- such as Amazon.com and Earthlink Inc. -- argued that the ruling could chill free speech.
    September 6, 2006
       
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    Judge Rules Attorney's Faxes Are Prohibited Advertising
    New York Law Journal-September 6, 2006

    A Manhattan judge has ruled that a lawyer's faxed advisories about legal malpractice issues and cases are prohibited "unsolicited advertisements" because they indirectly highlight his availability to represent clients in such matters. Solo practitioner Andrew Lavoott Bluestone said the faxes contained no language touting him or his work and only contained his name, address, Web site and contact information. But Supreme Court Justice Jane S. Solomon said that was enough.
    September 6, 2006
       
      September 6, 2006
    Legal Blog Watch: $18M Verdict Could Cripple Firm
    Law.com

    After a six-day trial, an Indiana jury found Fillenwarth, Dennerline, Groth & Towe liable for $18 million for failing to notify a health plan's trustees of the plan's growing financial losses. The verdict, which covers unpaid medical claims faced by the now-defunct plan's 8,200 members, "amounts to a potentially crippling financial blow for the 43-year-old Eastside firm," says a reporter. What's worse is that verdict could have been avoided.
     
       
     
      September 6, 2006
    'Offensive' Speech Gets Narrow Reading at 2nd Circuit
    New York Law Journal

    Wading into a murky area of the law, a 2nd Circuit panel has ruled that a Vermont school district violated a seventh grader's free speech rights when it forced him to cover up images of drugs and alcohol on a T-shirt ridiculing President Bush. Resolving an issue of first impression in the circuit, the panel ruled that a 1986 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing school authorities to ban "plainly offensive" messages was not applicable to this case.
     
       
     
    $21.9M Antitrust Settlement Wins OK in N.J. Federal Court
    The Legal Intelligencer

    A federal judge has given final approval to a $21.9 million settlement in a class action antitrust suit accusing manufacturers of electrical carbon products of a decade-long conspiracy to fix prices. District of New Jersey Judge Jerome B. Simandle also awarded $5.7 million in fees to the plaintiffs lawyers, calling the deal an "excellent result" for the plaintiffs. A previous settlement was jeopardized when 13 of the largest class members filed opt-out notices, but many parties agreed on the reworked deal.
    September 6, 2006
       
     
         Politics- September 6, 2006
        

    Rep. Katherine Harris easily won the GOP nomination

     

         Legal News STORIES - September 5, 2006
    September 5, 2006  
    •  'Crocodile Hunter' Killed By Stingray
    Steve Irwin, the popular Australian TV personality and passionate conservationist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed by a stingray while filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef off of Queensland, Australia. He was 44.  More...
    September 5, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Chargers Linebacker Steve Foley Shot
    Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was shot and wounded by an off-duty policeman in front of his suburban home Sunday, team and sheriff's department officials said.  More...

    •  Cops: Top Psychiatrist Killed By Teen
    •  Trooper Shot By Escaped Inmate Dies
    •  Polygamist Sect's Future In Doubt
    •  Olympian, Congressman Bob Mathias Dies

    September 5, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Sudan Issues Peacekeeping Ultimatum
    Sudan said African Union peacekeepers would have to leave Darfur unless they accept a deal within a week that would effectively block a proposed U.N. force.  More...


    •  Nomads Are China's Energy Vanguard
    •  2 Marines Die, Soccer Star Kidnapped
    •  Gunman Attacks Tourists In Jordan
    •  Iran Blames U.S. For Nuclear Impasse

    September 5, 2006 • Section Front
    •  GOP Candidates Seek Distance From Bush
    Republicans who were once cozy with President Bush are distancing themselves from both the president, whose approval rating remains low, and their own party in campaign ads.  More...


    •  CBS Exit Poll Pioneer Dies
    •  Report: Medicare Chief Set To Resign
    •  Former Iran Leader Speaks In Chicago
    •  Pittsburgh Mayor Dies At 61

         September 5, 2006
    Who Owns Your Software Code?
    Special to Law.com

    With systems increasingly built on open-source software teeming with other people's code, identifying your organization's code has become harder than ever. Freelance writer John K. Waters sees even muddier waters ahead in emerging Web 2.0 technologies, but finds hope in software applications. Palamida audits a system for open-source and third-party software; Black Duck software IDs the code clogging your system, sorting out the homegrown bits. Don't leave your code lost in the Web 2.0 wilderness.
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    September 5, 2006
       
      September 5, 2006
    A Millionaire Club of High Court Justices
    Legal Times

    Though the Supreme Court's only woman justice and its sole bachelor appear to be the wealthiest of its nine members, they are far from alone in the Court's millionaire club. The justices' financial disclosure forms for 2005 bear statistical witness to some of the controversies and oddities of the past year. For instance, one of Justice Antonin Scalia's disclosed trips gave ABC News the fodder to report, with video, that Scalia was playing tennis when Chief Justice John Roberts was being sworn in.
    September 5, 2006
       
      September 5, 2006
    Attorney Arrested in Murder Case May Be Able to Mount 'Emotional Disturbance' Defense
    The Connecticut Law Tribune

    Last week's arrest of patent lawyer Jonathon Edington in the fatal stabbing of a neighbor he allegedly believed had sexually assaulted his 2-year-old daughter has captured the attention of Connecticut's legal community, which is speculating over a possible defense strategy in the case. At least one attorney says Edington's situation seems to fit the parameters of a classic case of extreme emotional disturbance: "almost instantaneous action, no preparation, a visceral reaction to shocking news."
    September 5, 2006
       
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         Legal News STORIES - September 4, 2006
    September 4, 2006  
    •  End Of The Road For Agassi
    U.S. tennis great Andre Agassi played his last match Sunday, losing to German qualifier Benjamin Becker in the third-round at the U.S Open. Agassi has said the U.S. Open would be his final tournament after a career spanning three decades.  More...


    •  6 Children Dead In Chicago Blaze
    •  Top Iraq Terror Suspect Arrested
    •  Polygamist Sect's Future In Doubt
    •  Talks Won't Deter Iran From Nuke Plans

    September 4, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Polygamist Sect's Future In Doubt
    The arrest of Warren Jeffs, head of America's largest polygamous group, is a law-enforcement coup, but it leaves open the question of whether his followers will persist in their illegal practices or rejoin mainstream society.  More...


    •  Olympian, Congressman Bob Mathias Dies
    •  6 Children Dead In Chicago Blaze
    •  Father Shoots 2 Sons, Self in W.Va.
    •  Accused Trooper Shooter No Folk Hero

    September 4, 2006 • Section Front
    •  200 Taliban Killed In Fighting
    Afghan and NATO forces killed more than 200 Taliban fighters in a major operation in southern Afghanistan, NATO said. More than 80 suspected Taliban fighters were captured by Afghan police and 180 insurgents were seen fleeing the district, NATO said.  More...


    •  Obesity An 'International Scourge'
    •  Top Iraq Terror Suspect Arrested
    •  Iran To Host Holocaust Conference
    •  U.K. Police Nab 16 In New Terror Raids
     

    September 4, 2006 • Section Front
    •  CBS Exit Poll Pioneer Dies
    Warren Mitofsky, a pioneer in exit polling, a giant in the field of survey research and the former Executive Director of the CBS News Election and Survey Unit, died Friday in New York City of an aortic aneurysm. He was 71.  More...


    •  Former Iran Leader Speaks In Chicago
    •  Pittsburgh Mayor Dies At 61
    •  Sen. Allen Compelled To Decline Award
    •  Montana Senator Does It Again

    September 4, 2006 • Section Front
    •  University Suicide Policies Attacked
    Policies barring potentially suicidal students from campus dorms have popped up recently as U.S. colleges have struggled to decide how best to curb an estimated 1,100 suicides a year. But just as quickly, some of those rules have come under attack.  More...


    •  Obesity An 'International Scourge'
    •  No Cancer Risk From Arthritis Drugs?
    •  Oh, Those End-Of-Summer Blues
    •  Tobacco Companies Fight For 'Lights'

    September 4, 2006 • Section Front
    •  European Spacecraft Crashes Into Moon
    Europe's first spacecraft to the moon ended its three-year mission Sunday with a planned crash on the lunar surface. Scientists hoped the resulting cloud of dust and debris would provide clues to the geologic composition of the site.  More...


    •  Interceptor Missile Passes Key Test
    •  Lucy The Elephant Euthanized
    •  Lockheed Martin Gets Spaceship Deal
    •  Weakened Ernesto Still Packs A Punch

    September 4, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Cruise Says 'Sorry' To Brooke Shields
    Brooke Shields says that Tom Cruise has apologized for publicly criticizing her use of antidepressants. The 41-year-old actress says Cruise apologized in person Thursday.  More...


    •  End Of The Road For Agassi
    •  Kenny Rogers Thinking About The Future
    •  Ellen DeGeneres Unharmed In Crash
    •  Maggie Gyllenhaal: Mom And Movie Star

         September 4, 2006

    Men get six months in jail
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    NYT: New Questions About Inquiry in CIA Leak...

         September 4, 2006
    Politics
  • FBI Probes Office of Sen. Stevens's Son
  • Va. Senator Who Used Slur Declines Award

    Civil Rights
  • `It's part of our life': Polygamy persists despite society's rejection in southwestern US

    Personal Injury
  • Fire forces evacuation of Associated Press headquarters in New York

    Labor and Employment
  • Man Gets 28 Years in Colo. Slavery Case
  • Judge criticized for short sentence imposed on repeat sex offender is retiring

    Entertainment
  • MTV Video Music Awards take cameras backstage for real-time Internet coverage
  • Jessica Simpson, no longer a `Newlywed,' charts new path with CD "A Public Affair"
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         September 4, 2006
    September 1, 2006

    CBSnews.com News Alert! Chargers linebacker Steve Foley shot

    Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was shot by an off-duty policeman in front of his home, team and sheriff's department officials said. His condition wasn't immediately known.

    Log on to www.cbsnews.com for details.

         Legal News STORIES - September 1, 2006
    September 1, 2006  
    •  Ernesto Drenches N.C., Moves North
    The tropical storm — almost a hurricane — dumped 8 inches of rain on eastern North Carolina and promised to do nearly the same for Virginia as it moved north, dampening the Labor Day Weekend.  More...


    •  CNN's Kyra Phillips Laughs It Off
    •  Feds Raid State Lawmakers In Alaska
    •  Mosquito-Borne Virus Kills Boston Boy
    •  USA Falls Short In World Hoops Tourney

    September 1, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Rough Landing In Miami
    It was dramatic, but no one was hurt, officials say, when one of two blown-out tires on a U.S. Airways jet caught fire, forcing over a hundred passengers and crew to go into emergency mode and escape using the jet's inflatable slides.  More...


    •  Ernesto Drenches N.C., Moves North
    •  Tests Show Mine Air Pack Problems
    •  Schieffer Hands Over The Anchor Desk
    •  Mosquito-Borne Virus Kills Boston Boy

    September 1, 2006 • Section Front
    •  John Upgraded To Category 3
    Hurricane John strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane as it took aim at Mexico's Baja California peninsula, where authorities threatened to forcibly evacuate people from their homes and thousands of tourists sheltered in hotel ballrooms.  More...


    •  Iran Defies U.N. Nuke Deadline
    •  Stolen Masterpiece 'Scream' Recovered
    •  Bush Speech Links Iraq War And Nazis
    •  Diana Death Anniversary Passes Quietly

    September 1, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Bush Speech Links Iraq War And Nazis
    President Bush opened a series of speeches on Iraq and terrorism by likening the struggle against Islamic fundamentalism with the fight against Nazis and communists. He said that pulling out of Iraq now would be "absolutely disastrous."  More...


    •  Feds Raid State Lawmakers In Alaska
    •  Calif. Flirts With Health Insurance
    •  IRS Hangs Up On 19th-Century Phone Tax
    •  Health Guidelines Set For 9/11 Workers

    September 1, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Tests Show Mine Air Pack Problems
    West Virginia alerted its underground coal operations Thursday about potential problems with emergency air packs after decay was found inside packs carried by state mine inspectors.  More...


    •  Gene Therapy Breakthrough
    •  Ernesto Comes Ashore In N.C.
    •  John Weaker; Baja Orders Evacuations
    •  Betrayed By A Cell Phone

    September 1, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Vatican Advice For Conservatives
    Heading into the mid-term election season, political and social activists should heed Pope Benedict’s advice to be cognizant of the principles inspiring their activism in the first place, The National Review says.   More...


    •  Labor Day? How About Labor Week?!?
    •  Caring About Conservation
    •  Reality Or Racist TV?
    •  Big Easy's Big Problem: Politicians

         September 1, 2006
    Conflict Claim Sours Big Firm's Work With Health Giant
    Fulton County Daily Report

    Accusations of bad faith, breach of loyalty and attorney activity "bordering on extortion" are flying in Fulton County Superior Court, where medical conglomerate McKesson wants to have the Duane Morris firm disqualified from representing two Georgians against a McKesson subsidiary. At issue is whether Duane Morris' representation of the Georgians against McKesson Information Solutions, while serving as local counsel for two other McKesson subsidiaries in Harrisburg, Pa., is a conflict of interest.
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    September 1, 2006
       
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    Search Terms Mean Savings in E-Discovery
    The Legal Intelligencer

    When an e-discovery request grows to financially threatening proportions, using search terms can narrow scope and cut costs. A search term is a word or phrase the parties agree to use on the producing party's cache of e-data. As attorney Kamal Kamara explains, it's not just a matter of choosing the right words, but the manner in which you conduct your search that counts. Search terms are no financial panacea for e-discovery, but they are part of the cure.
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    September 1, 2006
       
     
    September 1, 2006
    Ex-Partner's Lawsuit Highlights Title VII Issues
    The National Law Journal

    A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Susan Hickman, a former equity partner at Chicago's Hinshaw & Culbertson, again calls into question whether partners can use federal workplace discrimination laws against their firms. Similar to the pending age discrimination case brought by 32 of Sidley Austin's former partners, the suit alleges that the firm violated discrimination laws that apply to employer-employee relationships. The outcome may hinge on the amount of management control Hickman had as a partner.
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    Conflict Claim Sours Big Firm's Work With Health Giant
    Fulton County Daily Report

    Accusations of bad faith, breach of loyalty and attorney activity "bordering on extortion" are flying in Fulton County Superior Court, where medical conglomerate McKesson wants to have the Duane Morris firm disqualified from representing two Georgians against a McKesson subsidiary. At issue is whether Duane Morris' representation of the Georgians against McKesson Information Solutions, while serving as local counsel for two other McKesson subsidiaries in Harrisburg, Pa., is a conflict of interest.
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    September 1, 2006
       
     
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    The Legal Intelligencer-September 1, 2006

    When an e-discovery request grows to financially threatening proportions, using search terms can narrow scope and cut costs. A search term is a word or phrase the parties agree to use on the producing party's cache of e-data. As attorney Kamal Kamara explains, it's not just a matter of choosing the right words, but the manner in which you conduct your search that counts. Search terms are no financial panacea for e-discovery, but they are part of the cure.
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    Ex-Partner's Lawsuit Highlights Title VII Issues
    The National Law Journal

    A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Susan Hickman, a former equity partner at Chicago's Hinshaw & Culbertson, again calls into question whether partners can use federal workplace discrimination laws against their firms. Similar to the pending age discrimination case brought by 32 of Sidley Austin's former partners, the suit alleges that the firm violated discrimination laws that apply to employer-employee relationships. The outcome may hinge on the amount of management control Hickman had as a partner.
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    Texas Juror Took Loans From Plaintiff in Vioxx Case
    The Associated Press-September 1, 2006

    Attorneys for Merck & Co. want to see records that could show the extent of a juror's financial relationship with a plaintiff who won a $32 million verdict against the company. Jose Manuel Rios testified in a post-trial deposition to borrowing up to $10,000 interest free from the widow of Leonel Garza, who had a fatal heart attack after taking the painkiller Vioxx. Plaintiffs attorneys had hailed the case as the first in which a U.S. jury found short-term Vioxx usage a factor leading to a heart attack.
    September 1, 2006
       
     
    N.Y. Patent Attorney Censured Over High Fees
    The Recorder-September 1, 2006

    Patent lawyer Michael I. Kroll of Syosset, N.Y., has been publicly censured for charging excessive fees to 75 clients and signing the names of his clients to several power of attorney forms. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began investigating Kroll's fees in 2000 after one of his clients complained that he had overcharged her when she sought to patent a computer software program that allows users to have simulated conversations with deceased relatives.
     
       
      September 1, 2006
    Calif. Court Finds Employees Can't Be Forced to Sign Noncompetition Agreements
    The Associated Press

    Companies operating in California cannot make employees sign contracts promising not to work for a competitor, a state appellate court ruled. Wednesday's decision rejects 20 years of federal case law that had held the non-competition agreements were legal if they were crafted narrowly enough that an employee who left a company still could work in his or her profession. A federal appellate court "misapplied" California law on the issue, said the decision by California's 2nd District Court of Appeal.
     
       
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    2nd Circuit Rejects N.Y. Judicial Conventions
    New York Law Journal

    This year should be the last that political parties in New York can use the state's arcane convention system to nominate candidates for Supreme Court, the 2nd Circuit ruled Wednesday. The unanimous decision agreed with a district court ruling that the convention system is a top-down apparatus totally controlled by party leaders, which tramples the associational rights of candidates lacking leadership support to run for Supreme Court and violates the First Amendment rights of voters as well.
    September 1, 2006
       
      September 1, 2006
    Law School Sued for Expelling Students
    The National Law Journal

    A former law student has filed a federal class action, claiming that St. Thomas University School of Law of Miami is illegally accepting and then expelling more than 25 percent of its first-year class to boost its bar pass rates. The action also alleges that the school began a scheme in 2003 to accept large numbers of students -- and their tuition dollars -- but subsequently dismissed, or pressured the withdrawal of, about 30 percent of its first- and second-year students.
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    Jackie Chan and fellow stars marched in protest after singer Gillian Chung was photographed adjusting her bra

        
        
         Legal News STORIES - August  31, 2006
    August 31, 2006  
    •  Ernesto Strengthens, Eyes Carolinas
    Ernesto is a tropical storm again and headed for the Carolinas, where residents braced for heavy rain and possible flooding. The storm is expected to make landfall again late Thursday along South Carolina's coast.  More...


    •  Comair Controller Slept Just 2 Hours
    •  Iran Blows Off U.N. Nuclear Deadline
    •  Actor Glenn Ford Dead At Age 90
    •  California OKs Global Warming Law Deal
     

    August 31, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Comair Controller Slept Just 2 Hours
    A federal investigator says the lone air traffic controller on duty during the crash of a commuter jet in Kentucky had only two hours of sleep before starting work. Forty-nine people died when the jet crashed after veering down the wrong runway.  More...


    •  Ernesto Strengthens, Eyes Carolinas
    •  Sex Offender Guilty In Student Slaying
    •  Murder Uncovered After School Shooting
    •  California OKs Global Warming Law Deal
     

    August 31, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Iran Blows Off U.N. Nuclear Deadline
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country won't accept any bullying or violation of its rights. The International Atomic Energy Agency has found evidence of uranium enrichment as recently as just a few days ago.  More...


    •  Iraq 4-Day Death Toll Climbs To 200
    •  Hurricane John Weakens To Category 3
    •  Lebanon Nixes Any Treaty With Israel
    •  An Owens Returns To Berlin

    August 31, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Ex-State Dept. Official Revealed Plame
    Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told columnist Robert Novak the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame in 2003, according to the New York Times. Plame now may add Armitage to her lawsuit.  More...


    •  Report: Broadcast Chief Misused Funds
    •  Bush Hits Road To Bolster Iraq Support
    •  Dems Bash Rumsfeld's Nazi Comments
    •  California OKs Global Warming Law Deal

    August 31, 2006 • Section Front
    •  FDA May Limit Skin Bleaching Products
    The FDA is seeking to ban over-the-counter sales of skin-bleaching drug products, citing the possible risk of cancer and skin discoloration from hydroquinone typically found in these products.  More...


    •  Brain's 'God Spot' Hard To Pin Down
    •  Study: Cigarettes Pack More Nicotine
    •  Celebrex: Colon Benefit, Heart Risk
    •  Aspirin May Cut Enlarged Prostate Risk

    August 31, 2006 • Section Front
    •  California OKs Global Warming Law Deal
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats in the legislature reached agreement on a bill that will make California the first state to impose a cap on all greenhouse gas emissions, including those from industrial plants.  More...


    •  Betrayed By A Cell Phone
    •  FBI's New Data Warehouse A Powerhouse
    •  Ernesto Strengthens, Eyes Carolinas
    •  Hurricane John Weakens To Category 3

    August 31, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Labor Day? How About Labor Week?!?
    Labor Day 2006 calls for extra crankiness, says CBS' Dick Meyer, pointing to income inequality now at Depression-era levels. And as for the cherished day off – why can't it be a week, at the very least?  More...


    •  Reality Or Racist TV?
    •  Big Easy's Big Problem: Politicians
    •  In Defense Of Pluto
    •  If Only Bush Had Landed In New Orleans

     
    Trying to Bottle Up Coke's Former GC
    Fulton County Daily ReportAugust 31, 2006

    When W. Thomas Haynes was reorganized out of his GC job with Coca-Cola North America in 2001, the company gave its blessing for him to become executive director of the Coca-Cola Bottlers Association. Then, in February, 55 independent bottlers sued The Coca Cola Co. and its affiliated bottler over distribution rights. Now Coke has moved to bar Haynes from testifying in the case or advising the bottlers -- and Haynes is fighting back, particularly outraged at Coke's attack on his professional ethics.
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      August 31, 2006
    Conn. Lawyer Accused of Stabbing Neighbor to Death
    The Associated Press

    A Connecticut patent lawyer climbed through a neighbor's bedroom window and stabbed him to death after being told by a family member that the man had molested his 2-year-old daughter, authorities say. Jonathon Edington, 29, was charged with murder and burglary and was released on $1 million bail Wednesday. Capt. Gary MacNamara said that police had not received a complaint about the child being assaulted before the killing, and "we have no indication it's true or not true."
    August 31, 2006
       
     
      August 31, 2006
    Former Brocade Execs Plead Not Guilty in Stock Options Case
    The Associated Press

    The first two executives ensnared in the nation's stock options scandal pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court to charges of making false statements to securities regulators, falsifying records and other charges. Gregory Reyes, former chief executive of Brocade Communications Systems and Stephanie Jensen, Brocade's former vice president of human resources, have said that any backdating was meant to attract employees, not to skew financial results. They face as many as 20 years in prison if convicted.
    August 31, 2006
       
      August 31, 2006
    Man Ordered to Jail Over Failure to Make Child Support Payments
    New York Law Journal

    A New York judge has ordered a Florida man to serve six months in jail for refusing to pay child support to his ex-wife. Supreme Court Justice Robert A. Ross stayed the jail sentence to give Daniel Porush more time to pay the $31,700 in child support payments he was ruled to be in arrears, but the deadline came and went Monday without payment. In an attempt to secure the funds, Ross wrote that he plans to "pierce the corporate veil" by going after the skin-care company that he said Porush controls.
     
       
        
         Legal News STORIES - August 30, 2006
    August 30, 2006  
    •  Tropical Storm Ernesto Fizzles
    The storm came ashore at Plantation Key, Fla., with much weaker winds than expected. While it could strengthen a little after crossing Florida, it's more likely to put a damper on Labor Day weekend plans up and down the East Coast.  More...


    •  Iraqi Marketplace Bomb Kills 24
    •  Lawsuit Filed In 'Big Dig' Death
    •  SUV Mows Down San Fran Pedestrians
    •  South Dakota Governor Halts Execution
     

    August 30, 2006 • Section Front
    •  SUV Mows Down San Fran Pedestrians
    One person was killed and at least 13 others were injured as a SUV driver rammed into pedestrians in a dozen places on streets, crosswalks and even sidewalks in San Francisco. A suspect is under arrest.  More...


    •  Tropical Storm Ernesto Fizzles
    •  JonBenet D.A.: 'Hindsight Is 20/20'
    •  NTSB: Air Controller Had Back Turned
    •  Lawsuit Filed In 'Big Dig' Death

    August 30, 2006 • Section Front
    •  Iraqi Marketplace Bomb Kills 24
    A bomb interrupted the morning bustle Wednesday at the Shurja market - Baghdad's oldest and largest gathering place for wholesalers - a day after the grisly discovery of two dozen tortured bodies, in two Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad.  More...


    •  Iranian President Wants To Debate Bush
    •  Jesse Jackson, Annan In Mideast
    •  Hurricane John Strengthens Off Mexico
    •  3 More Charged In U.K. Terror Plot
     

    August 30, 2006 • Section Front
    •  More Than 46M Lack Health Insurance
    More than 46 million people in the United States lacked health insurance in 2005, an increase of 1.3 million since 2004.  More...


    •  And The Fattest State Is ...
    •  Long Hours Up High Blood Pressure Risk
    •  Antigen May Predict Cancer Survival
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      August 30, 2006
    Judge Facing Ethics Charges Seeks Recusal of Two N.J. High Court Justices
    New Jersey Law Journal

    A New Jersey judge facing a Supreme Court hearing on charges he made inappropriate comments to jurors and about other judges is asking that two members of the court recuse themselves due to alleged bias. Superior Court Judge Wilbur Mathesius filed a motion last week urging that Chief Justice Deborah Poritz and Justice Jaynee LaVecchia not participate in his disciplinary case. He says both justices have accused him or made findings of wrongdoing, which means they are predisposed to find against him.
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    Schering-Plough to Pay $435 Million, Plead Guilty to Settle Probe
    The Associated Press

    Schering-Plough has agreed to pay $435 million and will plead guilty to conspiracy to settle a federal investigation into its drug sales and marketing practices and its clinical trial programs. The Kenilworth, N.J.-based company will pay $255 million to resolve civil aspects of the previously disclosed investigation. A subsidiary, Schering Sales, will pay a criminal fine of $180 million and plead guilty to one count of conspiracy under the agreement, which is subject to court approval.
     
       
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    Ken Starr Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hear 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' Case
    The Associated Press

    Former Whitewater special counsel Kenneth Starr petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take up an Alaska case involving a high school student, a banner and a tough school policy. Starr filed the petition Monday on behalf of the Juneau School District in response to a March ruling by the 9th Circuit that former student Joseph Frederick's free speech rights were violated when he was suspended for displaying a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during an Olympic torch relay in 2002.
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         August 30, 2006
    Sonsini on Board of Several Companies With Dubious Stock Awards
    The Recorder

    Semiconductor maker LSI Logic Corp. generally awarded stock options to executives at regular intervals, leaving no room for improper backdating. But in 2002, the company reported a deviation to the SEC, an option granted to the CEO the previous April. That was the time of year that LSI board members -- including Larry Sonsini -- typically received their options. SEC filings from two other companies where Sonsini was a board member also reveal stock options granted to executives at exceptionally low levels.
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      August 30, 2006
    Barnes & Noble Gets Options Subpoena
    The Associated Press

    Bookstore chain Barnes & Noble Inc. said Tuesday it received a subpoena regarding its stock option practices from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In a regulatory filing with the SEC, the company said it received the subpoena last week and it intends to fully cooperate in its response. Barnes & Noble reported in July that the SEC had launched an informal inquiry into its stock option granting practices.
     
       
      August 30, 2006
    Judge Rules No Privilege in Enron Fraud Case
    New York Law Journal

    A Manhattan bankruptcy judge has rebuffed Enron Broadband Services' efforts to exclude from a bond dispute executives' testimony about their communications with in-house counsel. Judge Arthur J. Gonzalez said the communications at issue are not protected by the attorney-client privilege because the crime-fraud exception applies. He held that insurer Travelers had established a "reasonable basis" to suspect the perpetration of a fraud.
     
       
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    August 29, 2006  
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         August 29, 2006
    Nonprosecution Agreement Doesn't Guarantee a Dodged Bullet
    Corporate Counsel

    Shortly after concluding a nonprosecution agreement in lieu of federal criminal charges for antitrust violations, the government said it would indict shipping giant Stolt-Nielsen anyway, claiming the company had broken the pact. According to Susan Hackett, GC of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the government's attempt to renege on its deal has caused in-house counsel to question whether nonprosecution agreements can still deliver their main benefit -- freedom from indictment.
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    August 29, 2006
    Exacting Easterbrook to Be Chief of 7th Circuit
    The National Law Journal

    Judge Frank H. Easterbrook has long told his law students, only half in jest he says, that he wishes he had a button on his courtroom bench that he could push to open a trapdoor beneath the feet of attorneys not properly prepared for court, sending them down a chute to the street outside. So far, he has no plans to install such an apparatus when he becomes chief judge of the 7th Circuit in November. Court watchers praise Easterbrook's intellect, but opinions about his tough courtroom style vary widely.
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      August 29, 2006
    Beatles Reunite to Sue Record Companies for $25M
    New York Law Journal

    A lawsuit filed by the Beatles, their representatives and their recording label Apple Records against Capitol Records and EMI Records will go forward following a Manhattan judge's denial of a motion to dismiss. The complaint alleges that the companies concealed their use of the band's recordings. The plaintiffs are seeking at least $25 million, asserting causes of action for fraud, breach of contract and -- in a difficult and unusual claim against a record company -- breach of fiduciary duty.
     
       
     
      August 29, 2006
    Conn. Supreme Court Overturns Mother's Conviction in Son's Suicide
    The Associated Press

    The Connecticut Supreme Court on Monday overturned a woman's conviction on charges that she contributed to her 12-year-old son's suicide by keeping a filthy house. Judith Scruggs was convicted of risk of injury to a minor in 2003, after her son hanged himself in his closet. Legal experts said it was thought to be the first time a parent had been convicted over a child's suicide. In ordering the trial court to acquit, the justices said the law used to convict the mother was unconstitutionally vague.
     
       
      August 29, 2006
    Attorney's $2 Million 9/11 Fee Called 'Shocking, Unconscionable'
    New York Law Journal

    Laura Balemian's husband died in the World Trade Center, and she received one of the largest awards from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund: $6.7 million. But she then paid out what may be the highest legal fee to Thomas Troiano: a one-third contingent fee of over $2 million. Now the propriety of the fee is before the courts, and the situation is uncomfortable for trial lawyers' groups, who support contingent fee arrangements but want to avoid being seen as profiting from the terrorist attacks.
     
       
      August 29, 2006
    Plaintiff Who Came to Deposition Stoned Has Case Dismissed and Must Pay Fees
    New Jersey Law Journal

    A plaintiff whose deposition was aborted because he was under the influence of drugs, and who failed to comply with consequent sanctions, has seen his case dismissed with prejudice. John Freeman, a roofer who sought $3 million for injuries sustained in a fall at a jobsite, must also pay $9,375 in fees to six defense attorneys. At the deposition Freeman's speech was slurred and his pupils rolled backward, according to the attorneys, who said they suspected he was also using drugs at the time of his fall.
     
       
        
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    August 28, 2006  
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         August 28, 2006
    Prominent Corporate Lawyers Didn't Stop Shady Options Deals
    The Recorder

    A review by The Recorder of SEC filings for 17 companies that had prominent Silicon Valley lawyers serving as directors has uncovered questionable option grant dates for executives at five. While the grant patterns aren't necessarily evidence of wrongdoing, they do suggest that suspect pay practices at startups may be more commonplace than previously thought. They also raise new questions about what some name-brand lawyers knew, or should have known, in their roles as directors.
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