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July 30, 2014
Mississippi Abortion Law Blocked by Fifth Circuit

A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday struck down a Mississippi law that would have had the effect of closing the state?s only remaining abortion clinic.

July 30, 2014
DC Circuit Rejects Flanking Attack on Health Reform Law

A week after a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a conservative challenge to the Affordable Care Act, a different panel of the same court on Tuesday unanimously rejected another avenue of attack.

July 30, 2014
Full D.C. Circuit Upholds Meat Labeling Rule

Meat producers must disclose where an animal is born, raised and slaughtered, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday, holding that the congressionally mandated disclosure requirement does not violate commercial free speech protections.

July 30, 2014
Fed. Judge Applies Ban on Juvenile Life Sentences Retroactively

A Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama, deeming mandatory life sentences without parole for juvenile homicide defendants unconstitutional, applies retroactively.

July 30, 2014
Texas Appeals Ruling Striking Its Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Same-sex marriage appeals continue to advance in the federal appellate courts, with Texas filing a defense of its ban with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

July 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 2014
Apple Jabs at Samsung's Academic Allies in Smartphone Appeal

Defending Apple's $930 million judgment, Wilmer Cutler partner William Lee cites law review articles from professors who have backed Samsung.

July 30, 2014
$123M 'Revenge Porn' Suit Filed Against Facebook, Former Friend

Plaintiff alleges that Facebook has paid "tens of millions due to privacy concern violations alleged against Facebook," and she wants the company to "stand up, take notice and pay attention to the serious privacy violations concerns involved in revenge porn situations."

July 30, 2014
Second Circuit Offers More 'Clarity' in False Advertising Case

A district court's award of treble damages and legal fees against a dietary supplement maker that falsely advertised the chemical composition of its product was upheld Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

July 30, 2014
Restlessness in NFL Concussion Settlement

Discord among the dozens of lawyers representing thousands of former NFL players in a suit against the league for head injuries was illustrated in the motion filed Tuesday seeking the data that underpins the recently reached settlement.

July 30, 2014
Square Taps Wilson to Fend Off Infringement Claims

Payment company filed a declaratory judgment action Monday against a Cayman Islands-based company on a litigation spree.

July 30, 2014
Metrics create benchmarks for 'granular' evaluations of lawyer performance

Metrics measuring attorney and law firm performance have exploded in recent years, and trend watchers say the implications for the industry are only beginning to be felt.

July 30, 2014
Video depositions can be a more compelling tool to use at trial

The ability to catch the nonverbal messages and vocal inflections made by witnesses and experts are the biggest benefits to videotaping depositions, attorneys say. A slouch, a gulp, a snide tone of voice can bring added meaning to the testimony that cannot be conveyed through a cold reading of the transcript.

July 30, 2014
Hammerle On … 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Begin Again'

Bob Hammerle says if you loved "Once," then you should see "Begin Again."

July 30, 2014
Decision against travel bureau over domain name draws sharp dissent on appeal

An Indiana Court of Appeals judge recently wrote that her colleagues who formed the majority to rule against a local tourism board were “out of touch,” and she suggested a case over an Internet domain name presented a novel issue that no court in the country has addressed.

July 30, 2014
Whaley: Adventures in e-discovery and social media

With the amount of social media people use, it is not surprising that social media can have a significant impact on litigation and discovery. Occasionally something dramatic provides a cautionary tale, like the confidential settlement in a Florida employment discrimination case that the defendant private school voided when the plaintiff’s daughter bragged about it on her Facebook account. But there are many aspects of social media which, while not flashy, present interesting e-discovery challenges.

July 30, 2014
ABA releases tool to assess cognitive impairment

To help attorneys who are concerned about the intellectual fitness of another lawyer or judge, the American Bar Association has recently released a cognitive assessment tool. The “Working Paper on Cognitive Impairment and Cognitive Decline” is a questionnaire designed to give attorneys guidance in determining whether a partner or friend is just having a bad month or is suffering from something more serious. It also provides recommendations for talking to a colleague who is exhibiting troublesome behavior.