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September 1, 2014
Appeals Court Silent on Texas Abortion Clinic Law

A Texas law imposing new regulations on abortion clinics fell into Labor Day limbo Monday after a federal appeals court made no response to an urgent plea from the state to let the statute take effect.

September 1, 2014
Ninth Circuit Ratchets Up Oracle's Copyright Damages Against SAP

The court upped damages to $356.7 million but won't allow Oracle to argue for hypothetical license fees iif it instead opts for a new trial.

September 1, 2014
Detroit Bankruptcy Trial Steps into Uncharted Territory

The city's proposed plan to emerge from the biggest municipal bankruptcy is fraught with complexities. Among the issues to be argued by several Am Law firms during the six-week trial, which begins Tuesday, is whether securities holders insured by Syncora Guarantee Inc. are getting their fair share.

September 1, 2014
Federal Judge Dismisses Claims Ford and IBM Aided Apartheid

"That these plaintiffs are left without relief in an American court is regrettable," Judge Shira Scheindlin said, but she was "bound to follow" recent interpretations of the Alien Tort Statute by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Second Circuit "no matter what my personal view of the law may be."

September 1, 2014
SEC Adopts Credit-Rating Reforms

A divided commission last week adopted new rules for credit-rating agencies, stepping up review and disclosure requirements and adding safeguards to prevent sales and marketing considerations from influencing the ratings.

September 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 2014
The Supreme Court 'What-If' Game

In an era of extreme partisanship, could President Barack Obama get any Supreme Court appointments confirmed?

September 1, 2014
GM's Problems Could Grow

General Motors Co.'s record recalls has so tainted the brand that every one of its customers has lost money, according to plaintiffs attorneys planning a nationwide class action against GM next month.

September 1, 2014
Proskauer, Greenberg Removed From Lawsuit

A judge has dismissed Proskauer Rose and Greenberg Traurig from a lawsuit that accused the firms, respectively, of aiding a fraudulent scheme involving Facebook shares and a sham real estate transaction.

September 1, 2014
Third Circuit OKs ERISA Attorney Fees Under Catalyst Theory

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that attorney fees may be awarded in Employee Retirement Income Security Act cases under the catalyst theory, which entitles plaintiffs to fees where the pressure of a lawsuit causes a defendant to voluntarily change its conduct.

September 1, 2014
Employers Bowing to ACA Mandate

Trade groups and big companies in the service industry are reluctantly preparing to live with the health mandate.

September 1, 2014
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September 1, 2014
Questioning jurisdiction, state supreme court finds Google does not have to reveal blogger’s ID

Google does not have to identify a blogger who criticized an Ohio-based software company, the Texas Supreme Court found Friday because it was not established…

September 1, 2014
Determining driver impairment with marijuana involves imperfect science, says law enforcement

How do you determine if someone with THC in their blood was driving under the influence? It’s an imperfect science, say Oregon cannabis supporters and…

September 1, 2014
Protesters sue city of Ferguson, St. Louis County and their police chiefs for $41.5 million

Five protesters are suing the city of Ferguson and St. Louis County, Missouri, as well as their police chiefs, based on allegations that they were…

September 1, 2014
‘How many more riots will it take before the Supreme Court changes course?’ Chemerinsky asks

If the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot Michael Brown is found to have acted improperly, it could be difficult to hold him accountable in…

September 1, 2014
Lawyer is accused of persuading client to invest $120K in his cat litter box invention

A California lawyer has been charged with financial elder abuse, grand theft and securities fraud for allegedly persuading a client to invest in his cat…