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April 19, 2014
Fourth Circuit Orders Identity of 'Company Doe' Revealed

The sealing of the identity of a company that fought to block public access to a consumer safety report was improper, a federal appeals court said Wednesday in ordering the disclosure of its name and publication of case documents.

April 19, 2014
Judge Names Committee to Audit BP Oil-Spill Claims

A federal judge overseeing the $9.2 billion Deepwater Horizon settlement has approved creation of a committee headed by a local law professor to audit oil-spill claims.

April 19, 2014
LinkedIn IDs Company Accused of Creating Fake Accounts

Robocog Inc. used thousands of fake profilles on LinkedIn to harvest data for a recruiting service, the company alleges.

April 19, 2014
Drugmaker Settles Qui Tam Suit for $7.3 Million

The maker of the intravenous antifungal medication Mycamine has settled a whistleblower action against it with the U.S. government and several states for $7.3 million.

April 19, 2014
TSA Officers Can Be Sued Over Baggage Search

Officers of the Transportation Security Administration aren't immune to Bivens actions, a federal judge has ruled in a case arising from the contentious search of a woman's baggage at the Philadelphia airport.

April 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."

April 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.

April 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.

April 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.

April 19, 2014
Judge to Weigh Uber's ADR Mandate for Drivers

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen has already deemed the arbitration agreement to be potentially misleading and coercive. But the company's lawyers aren't giving up.

April 19, 2014
Justice Stevens: Phone Data Collection Is 'Price We Pay'

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on Wednesday spoke to more than 500 lawyers, federal and state judges and law students in Atlanta, focusing on what he said were the limits of the Fourth Amendment's application to the government collection of cellphone data.

April 19, 2014
U.S. Senator Fights Subpoena in Labor Dispute

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is fighting a subpoena that would force him to give deposition testimony and turn over documents in a labor dispute between health care management companies and unions.

April 19, 2014
Openings Completed in Trial of Accused Terrorist

After accused al Qaida conspirator Mustafa Kamel Mustafa's request to deliver his own opening statement was rebuffed, Joshua Dratel opened for the defense, telling the jury that the leader at a radical mosque in London never lifted a finger to help al Qaida. Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Kim presented a dramatically different view.

April 19, 2014
Scalia, Ginsburg Offer Amendments to the Constitution

Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg discuss their proposed amendments to the Constitution, their writing styles and government surveillance.

April 18, 2014
Chief Justice Roberts Refuses to Block Ruling Canceling Teva Patent

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts refused Friday to block a lower-court ruling that invalidated Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s patent for the multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone while the Israeli drugmaker pursues an appeal to the Supreme Court.

April 18, 2014
License to Offend? Woman Sues N.J. Over Denial of ’8THEIST’ Vanity Plate

A New Jersey woman is suing the state's motor vehicle commission for refusing to let her have a personalized license plate identifying her as an atheist.

April 18, 2014
DUI laws could be complicated by SCOTUS ruling

In December 2012, Emily Sue Falkenstein of Renton, Wash., drove into a marked crosswalk where wheelchair-bound Gregory Ramirez, 48, was crossing with his 6-year-old niece in his lap. The crash broke his leg and his wheelchair, and it left the girl with bruises and scrapes, according to court papers. The…

April 18, 2014
Lawyer who defended Prop 8 before SCOTUS is looking forward to daughter’s same-sex wedding

A lawyer known for his work on behalf of supporters of California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state, says he learned while working on the case that one of his own children is attracted to others of the same sex, says the author of a new book.…

April 18, 2014
Captain who abandoned sinking ferry is arrested; 29 dead, hundreds missing in South Korean waters

The captain of a ferry that sank Wednesday in South Korean waters, killing at least 29 people, has been arrested. Although specific charges against Lee Jun-seok, 69, haven't been revealed, reports that he abandoned ship ahead of passengers and crew may have resulted in his arrest, according to

April 18, 2014
Bankruptcy Judge Says AMR Can’t Cut Retiree Benefits

Bloomberg A bankruptcy judge ruled that former American Airlines parent AMR Corp. doesn't have the unilateral right to terminate benefits to about 46,930 retirees.