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September 19, 2014
En Banc Court May Call Foul on Bonds Conviction

The panel seemed skeptical of the government's position that evasive but true statements can support an obstruction conviction.

September 19, 2014
Apple?s Privacy Policy May Not Prove Unassailable

Apple Inc.?s new privacy policy won?t stop law enforcement officers determined to view encrypted data on iPhones and iPads, according to privacy attorneys. But it will impose additional burdens.

September 19, 2014
Iraq Loses Its Bid for Oil-for-Food Damages

The Republic of Iraq cannot pursue damages against some 90 companies for allegedly conspiring with Saddam Hussein to corrupt and plunder the United Nations-administered oil-for-food program during the last years of the dictator's regime, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday.

September 19, 2014
Closing Statements Debate Bank's Links to Terrorist Attacks

During closing arguments in a five-week trial over Arab Bank's alleged material support for Hamas, the bank insisted that terror victims failed to offer evidence linking the bank's financial services to terrorist violence, stressing the bank has abided by existing government rules and blacklists. But the attorneys for some 300 victims or their estates swung back.

September 19, 2014
Court Divides Over Agency's Subpoena Power in Deepwater Probe

A federal appeals court Thursday divided over the power of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board to issue administrative subpoenas in the investigation of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The panel majority upheld enforcement of the subpoenas.

September 19, 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."

September 19, 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.

September 19, 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.

September 19, 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.

September 19, 2014
Patent Defendant Seeks to Recover Contingency Fees

Two sides in Kilopass case, now deemed exceptional, go to battle over Sidense's fee agreement with Kilpatrick Townsend.

September 19, 2014
Pharma Whistleblower Can Bring Wrongful-Termination Claim

A marketing director who blew the whistle on the pharmaceutical company she worked for can bring her state-law claim that she was forced out of her job in retaliation in federal court.

September 19, 2014
Attorney: Patti LaBelle Had Bodyguard Beat Cadet

An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy.

September 19, 2014
Oxfam Sues SEC over Oil Industry Transparency Rule

In its second lawsuit related to requirement for publicly traded oil and gas companies to disclose payments to foreign governments, Oxfam claims the wait for a final version of the rule has gone on far too long.

September 19, 2014
Pittsburgh Lawyer's Defamation Suit Moved From Phila.

A Pittsburgh attorney who was falsely called a child molester in fliers cannot keep his defamation suit in Philadelphia, the state Superior Court has ruled, despite his claims that having the case in his home county would damage his reputation.

September 19, 2014
NYC police to revise decoy purse operation to settle lawsuit

New York City’s police department has agreed to settle a lawsuit that claimed a decoy purse operation was leading to arrests of good Samaritans who…

September 19, 2014
Judge scolds BP for squeezing extra lines into brief

BP is on notice that a federal judge will be closely scrutinizing its briefs for excess words in litigation over the Gulf oil spill. In…

September 19, 2014
Cartoon poll: Which guilt-written-all-over-his-face caption fits best?

We had fewer entries for this month’s contest, but many gems in the mix of submitted captions. The following are the three staff favorites. Now…

September 19, 2014
Emma Greenwood helps the defense bar integrate tech—and levels the criminal justice playing field

Emma Greenwood’s background—working for tech companies and startups—came in handy when she started her own law practice in 2007. The New York City lawyer found…

September 19, 2014
Lawyer’s photoshopped celebrity pictures lead to suspension recommendation

Screenshot from Svitlana Sangary’s website. A lawyer who apparently photoshopped…

September 19, 2014
No prosecutor? No defense lawyer? Judge allegedly held trial anyway; 3rd Circuit allows lawsuit

A judge accused of trying two defendants without a prosecutor or defense lawyers may have shed his immunity to a civil rights suit, a federal…