Author Archives: Sylvia Hsieh

Will Obama’s proposals rein in patent trolls? (access required)

The Obama Administration has announced five executive actions and seven legislative proposals aimed at holding back the tsunami of litigation by patent trolls, and lawyers are weighing in on whether the recommendations will wall off the tidal waves or merely ...

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Student loan law: A niche for a few good lawyers? (access required)

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With huge numbers of students facing crushing debt and national student loans surpassing credit card debt, some lawyers have found a new niche: representing clients hounded by student loan creditors, debt collectors and loan servicers. In some cases, these attorneys ...

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Retirement planning: Big traps for small law firms (access required)

Many lawyers at small firm are intimidated by the prospect of planning for retirement. Because establishing a retirement plan for your firm can be a daunting task, here are some tips and traps from a few experts: Not so fast ...

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Rule lets some undocumented immigrants stay in U.S. (access required)

A new federal rule will allow certain undocumented immigrants who are applying for permanent residency to stay in the U.S. while they seek waivers to remain in the country, rather than require them to wait overseas while their applications are ...

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Juries see more than just the evidence (access required)

Don’t wear a pinky ring. Don’t wear monogrammed shirts. Don’t drive your fancy sports car to the courthouse. These are some of the rules lawyers follow if they don’t want to alienate jurors on Day 1. Why? Because juries are ...

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Medicare’s secondary payer process remains messy

Attorneys engaged in settling personal injury suits say the process for squaring away Medicare’s secondary payer rights is still a mess, and some suspect that new required reporting, from which Medicare collects data on personal injury settlements, is only making ...

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Medicare proposes PI settlement rules (access required)

Proposed rules on how future medical bills in personal injury settlements should be handled to protect the interests of Medicare have been released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. New reporting requirements have ushered in a regime in ...

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