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4th Circuit says posthumously conceived child can’t get benefits

BOSTON — A child conceived through in vitro fertilization six years after her father’s death is not entitled to survivors’ benefits under the Social Security Act, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in affirming judgment. The plaintiff’s ...

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ABA may relax rules on legal business structures

BOSTON — Lawyers and non-lawyers may be able to form law firms or businesses that provide non-legal services, in light of changes the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 is weighing. The commission formed a working group to look into the ...

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Study fuels medical malpractice reform arguments

BOSTON — As lawmakers continue to push a bill that would limit medical malpractice lawsuits, opponents are boosting their criticism of the measure, pointing to a recent study showing that hospital errors occur 10 times more frequently than previously thought. ...

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Court: Tax preparer can’t be sued for credit violations

BOSTON, MA — A tax preparer that arranges refund anticipation loans for its customers is not subject to state disclosure requirements applicable to credit services, the Court of Special Appeals has ruled in affirming the Montgomery County Circuit Court’s dismissal. ...

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Tax changes spur legal business

The new federal tax law, which contains changes to estate, gift and income tax rules, should keep estate-planning attorneys busy advising clients on retirement planning for at least the next two years. The changes packed into the tax law signed ...

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Employer can be liable for harassment by client

RICHMOND, Va. — When your biggest client is sexually harassing your employee, it’s a tough situation to manage. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hasn’t officially looked at whether an employer can be liable for harassment by non-employees. But ...

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