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July 24, 2014
Judge OKs Wage-and-Hour Class Against Apple

Judge Ronald Prager said plaintiffs theories that Apple's policies were illegal and made it too difficult for workers to take breaks are suitable for class treatment.

July 24, 2014
Twitter, Yahoo Lead MDL Fee Fight Against NPE

Dozens of corporate defendants sued by an arm of Acacia Research Corp. say they are owed legal fees under the Supreme Court's new standard.

July 24, 2014
Feds Sue Law Firms in Foreclosure Relief Scams

Federal and state consumer protection watchdogs on Wednesday took aim at lawyers, filing more than three dozen suits targeting law firms and other entities for running illegal foreclosure relief scams.

July 24, 2014
Decision in $114 Billion Yukos Case to Be Announced Monday

The potentially record-shattering arbitration award will be unveiled in London by former Yukos shareholders and their longtime counsel at Shearman & Sterling.

July 24, 2014
Professor Made Reputation Online, and Is Remembered There

Dan Markel launched his pioneering PrawfsBlawg as soon as he landed an assistant professorship at the Florida State University College of Law in 2005 — even before teaching his first class. So it seems fitting that the reaction to Markel's July 20 shooting death was immediate, intense and to a large degree expressed online.

July 24, 2014
Patent Law — Best Practices as Seen From the Bench

Three U.S. district judges and a U.S. magistrate participated in a roundtable discussion in Dallas, "Patent Law: Best Practices As Seen From The Bench."

July 24, 2014
Roberta Gelb on Technology Training

Roberta Gelb, president of Chelsea Office Systems, talks about how trends such as cloud computing and bring your own device (BYOD) have law firms realizing the importance of training in the adoption of new technologies.

July 24, 2014
Eric Turkewitz on Legal Blogging

Eric Turkewitz, of The Turkewitz Law Firm and author of the New York Personal Injury Law Blog, offers dos and don'ts for first-time legal bloggers.

July 24, 2014
Twitter: A Sleeping Discovery Giant?

Attorney Daniel Cummins and staff reporter Ben Present discuss the emerging issue of social media law. In this installment, the two discuss the differences between Facebook and Twitter, and whether Twitter posts can be discoverable.

July 24, 2014
Disbarred California Attorney Fights Transfer of GM Suit

Plaintiffs who have sued General Motors Co. over defects in their cars, including disbarred civil rights attorney Stephen Yagman, are continuing to fight a federal panel?s decision to transfer their lawsuits to a coordinated proceeding in New York.

July 24, 2014
Ga. Couple's Suit Against GM Takes 'Center Stage'

The Cobb County couple suing General Motors over an ignition switch defect they say caused their daughter's death have won an important victory.

July 24, 2014
Looking to Rewrite Music Copyright for the 21st Century

The U.S. Copyright Office is soliciting further input for its study on the efficacy of the music-licensing system in the digital age.

July 24, 2014
N.J. Turnpike Authority Sues Over Restaurant's Look-Alike Logo

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has filed suit in federal court against a Florida restaurant franchise with a New Jersey theme, claiming its yellow-and-green logo infringes the agency's service mark for the Garden State Parkway.

July 24, 2014
Will Plaintiffs Pursue Class Actions to Fight Fracking?

More than 500 people turned up at Denton City Hall about a citizen-led petition—signed by 1,900 voters—to ban fracking.

July 24, 2014
Online adoption agency resolves suit by Illinois AG

An online adoption agency that matches prospective parents with birth mothers has entered into a consent decree to resolve a suit by the Illinois Attorney General’s office that claimed the agency was not approved to place children in the state. The Adoption Network Law Center registered with the state after…

July 24, 2014
Study: Cognitive impairment, other mitigating factors present in cases of most executed inmates

A study of 100 inmates executed in 2012 and 2013 has found that the “overwhelming majority” had mitigating factors in their backgrounds such as cognitive impairment and childhood trauma. The study in the Hastings Law Journal found that nearly nine out of 10 of the executed offenders fell…

July 23, 2014
Judge OKs class action over working conditions for almost 21,000 Apple employees

A ruling Monday by a California judge means Apple Inc. will have to defend state-law wage and hour claims by as many as 21,000 hourly employees who worked for the company between 2007 and 2012. San Diego Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Prager said it would not be feasible for…

July 23, 2014
Official says Chicago will allow drivers to appeal 9,000 red-light tickets after usual deadline

Some 9,000 drivers who may have inappropriately been ticketed in Chicago for running a red light over issues with a controversial camera system will be able to fight their cases, even though the usual deadline for doing so has expired. Details of how that challenge process will work were not…

July 23, 2014
Backup Tapes Scrutinized As Hunt for Missing IRS Emails Resumes

WASHINGTON—The inspector general for the Internal Revenue Service is reviewing some agency computer backup tapes to find out whether missing emails are still recoverable, Commissioner John Koskinen said at a congressional hearing Wednesday. Mr. Koskinen's comments to a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee confirmed a report Monday that some of the backup tapes —which perhaps contain copies of the missing emails—might not have been reused, as the IRS has previously said.

July 23, 2014
Florida Accuses Special-Effects Company of Misusing Economic Grants

The state of Florida has filed a lawsuit against former executives of Digital Domain Media Group Inc., saying the movie-special-effects company was essentially a Ponzi scheme that defrauded the state out of more than $80 million in job-creation grants.