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Changes in two federal rules expected

Beginning Wednesday, attorneys who practice in federal court will have greater work-product protection for draft reports generated by their expert witnesses under forthcoming changes to civil procedure rules. These lawyers also expect to face changes to information they must include ...

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Justices weigh challenge to gender differences in immigration law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with issues of gender bias, judicial remedies and Congress’ power in an Equal Protection challenge to a law that makes it easier for a child of unmarried parents to obtain citizenship if ...

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High court case could eviscerate consumer class actions

Class action lawyers who represent consumers and employees are bracing themselves for the possible end of practice as they know it. The cause of their anxiety: a Supreme Court case that has garnered little attention but could wipe out class ...

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Supreme Court term packed with big cases

BOSTON — The U.S. Supreme Court begins its upcoming term with a docket full of cases important to litigators. Starting on Oct. 4, the justices will take on such issues as the ability to file suit in matters involving arbitration ...

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Grandma fights back against bullying

Renola Dower, who has sued Baltimore school officials for allegedly ignoring her grandson’s complaints about being bullied, seems to be part of a growing national trend. Her lawsuit, seeking $10 million for the teasing that allegedly left the 9-year-old Leith ...

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Bill would extend FLSA to home care workers

Legislation that would extend the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide minimum wage and overtime compensation to home care workers has been filed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Direct Care Workforce Empowerment Act, H.R. 5902, would also allow ...

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear work product challenge

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a closely-watched case asking whether the work product doctrine prevents IRS officials from examining materials prepared by in-house attorneys in support of audited corporate financial statements. The case, Textron ...

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4th Circuit: Judge erred in slashing contingency fee

RICHMOND  — A trial judge should not have cut the contingency fee in a personal injury case from $6 million to $600,000, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held this week. The plaintiff, who was struck by an alleged ...

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Oil leak leads to complaints about attorney solicitation

NEW ORLEANS, LA — There is growing concern that out-of-state attorneys are improperly soliciting workers who were on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig when it exploded April 20 and fishermen who are working to contain the resulting leak. The Louisiana ...

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