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High court mulls whether lawyers are ‘debt relief agencies’ (access required)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case that could clarify the limits on what bankruptcy attorneys can advertise and what advice they can give their clients. The case, Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz v. U.S., began when two ...

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The Obama presidency: what it will mean for lawyers (access required)

President Barack Obama has been in office for less than a year, but already his White House has implemented or signaled a host of changes that affect the way trial attorneys practice law and run their businesses. On the employment ...

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The next pick for U.S. Supreme Court? (access required)

President Obama seated his first U.S. Supreme Court justice within months of taking office, leaving open the very strong possibility that he will get another chance to make an appointment to the nation’s highest court – perhaps even before his ...

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High court hears ineffective assistance case (access required)

WASHINGTON—Having a bad lawyer can cost you time and money. But when relying on bad legal advice results in a deportation order, does that cost you your constitutional rights? That is the question the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Budget report reignites tort reform debate (access required)

WASHINGTON—As lawmakers continue to wrangle with health care reform legislation, a new report reignited the issue of tort reform in the debate. An analysis issued Oct. 9 by the Congressional Budget Office found that medical malpractice reform efforts such as ...

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AAJ study: 28,000 motor carrier companies violated safety regs (access required)

A new report by the American Association for Justice shows that 28,000 motor carrier companies, operating more the 200,000 trucks on American roadways, have violated federal safety regulations. The report, which evaluated data not previously released to the public, found ...

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White House revises border laptop search rules (access required)

Responding to concerns that federal law enforcement officials have been poking through travelers’ personal electronic data, the Obama administration has tightened restrictions on laptop searches at border crossings. Searches of laptops and other electronic devices will still take place, but ...

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Feds again delay use of E-Verify system (access required)

WASHINGTON — For a third time, the federal government has delayed the implementation of a rule requiring all companies working on federal contracts to electronically check the legal working status of their employees through the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify ...

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Justices mull felony drug sentencing case (access required)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on whether the use of a cell phone to set up a cocaine purchase falls under a federal criminal law making it a felony to use a phone to “facilitate” ...

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With pay and penalties, companies push law firm diversity (access required)

Companies are using the proverbial carrot, or stick, or sometimes both to prompt real movement toward greater diversity in law firm staffing for corporate legal matters. Some companies offer bonuses to law firms. Others threaten to take away their business. ...

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