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Debate intensifies over proposed rules (access required)

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WASHINGTON — Debate is heating up over proposed changes to federal civil procedure rules governing discovery as lawmakers, plaintiff’s attorneys and consumer advocates warn that the amendments could limit some litigants’ access to the courts. The proposed amendments to the ...

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EEOC focus on national origin bias could signal new guidance (access required)

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WASHINGTON — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent focus on compliance and enforcement issues surrounding laws barring national origin-based job bias has some attorneys wondering if new guidance may be forthcoming. The EEOC held a meeting on Nov. 13 to ...

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High court struggles over consent to search case (access required)


WASHINGTON — During a lively Wednesday oral argument, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed torn over whether police can conduct a warrantless search of a home over the previous objection of a tenant when a co-tenant subsequently consents. ...

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Justices question whether AG claim is class action (access required)

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WASHINGTON — Is a state parens patriae lawsuit really a class action in disguise for federal jurisdiction purposes? That’s the question the U.S. Supreme Court addressed Wednesday during oral arguments in Mississippi, Inc. ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp., ...

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Justices hear town meeting prayer case (access required)


WASHINGTON — The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court faced the task of drawing a line between permissible religious addresses by private citizens at public meetings and unconstitutional government-sanctioned prayer during Wednesday’s oral arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway, ...

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