From the monthly archives:

September 2012

TweetA federal judge in Massachusetts is facing criticism after approving a request by a convicted murderer to undergo a sex-change operation while serving life in prison. The case highlights that breaking new ground in the law is sometimes extremely unpopular. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Robert Kosilek, who now goes by the name […]

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TweetTwo New Jersey lawyers recently learned a valuable lesson when it comes to social media. While sites like Facebook and Twitter can be an effective marketing tool for law firms, they should never be used as a weapon. John Robertelli and Gabriel Adamo are facing ethics charges after allegedly asking a paralegal to send a […]

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TweetTwo nationwide classes of female employees in a gender discrimination action against club warehouse retail giant Costco Wholesale Corp. were certified by a California federal judge Sept. 25, a year after the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals vacated the original class certification (Shirley “Rae” Ellis, et al., v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, No. 04-3341, N.D. […]

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TweetA trend over the past ten years has seen the separation of classrooms into single gender classes, based on the theory that children learn better when they are separated according to gender.  Proponents claim that it reduces violence in the classroom and fosters a better learning climate. Opponents claim that it furthers stereotypes, and they have […]

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TweetA California federal appeals court recently ruled that the estate of Marilyn Monroe cannot stop a California company from selling her images without her permission.  The Ninth Circuit specifically ruled that The Milton Greene Archives can continue to sell images of the famous star without paying her estate for the publicity rights.  At the time […]

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TweetThree book publishers recently settled charges of price fixing e-books and have agreed to pay over $69 million.  The publishers are Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers and Simon & Schuster.  The attorneys general of 54 U.S. states, districts and territories agreed to the settlement of the antitrust case just a few days ago.  As part […]

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TweetAre you one of those people who turns to the internet to watch their favorite television programs? Looks like you’re going to have to find another way to catch up on your television shows.  The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently barred a company that streams live television shows over the internet from continuing to […]

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TweetNow that U.S. Olympic athletes are back at home, they have another job to do—turning their medals into cash. Unlike other athletes, Olympic athletes are not paid millions of dollars to perform. Therefore, they often have a small window of opportunity in which to capitalize on their success. In addition to lucrative endorsement deals, Olympians […]

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TweetCitigroup recently announced its agreement, subject to court approval, to settle a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of shareholders who bought Citigroup common stock from February 2007 to April 2008, i.e. during the run up to the financial meltdown.  The plaintiff class contended that Citi’s management misled investors about the status of the bank’s […]

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TweetCorporations have long relied on the ability to resolve regulatory enforcement actions by paying a monetary penalty and executing a settlement agreement in which they “neither admit nor deny” the government’s allegations. However, recent scrutiny of these settlement clauses suggests that they may be on the way out. Through the use of “neither admit or […]

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