From the monthly archives:

October 2012

TweetThe new Google SEO algorithm, Penguin, gives a high ranking to social media use.  Businesses that seek to optimize their web site benefit by encouraging their employees to move their business content around the internet.  What happens when a business invests in an employee’s LinkedIn account and that employee leaves to take a job elsewhere? […]

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Tweet- From LexisNexis® Mealey’s™ Daily Legal News. Family Dollar Inc. is not the “operator” of an ATM as defined by the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA), a federal judge in Nevada ruled Oct. 25, granting Family Dollar’s motion for summary judgment in a putative class action alleging that Family Dollar violated the statute because there […]

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Tweet- From LexisNexis® Mealey’s™ Daily Legal News. BALTIMORE – Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. will pay $95 million to the federal government to resolve civil allegations that it marketed three drugs for off-label uses, promoted high doses of two drugs and paid kickbacks to health care professionals, according to a settlement agreement filed Oct. 25 in […]

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Tweet- From Mealeys Daily News Staff. NEW YORK – The U.S. government today filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Bank of America Corp., as successor for Countrywide Financial Corp., alleging that Countrywide violated provisions of the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C.S. § 3729-3733, by engaging in a scheme to defraud Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in connection […]

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Tweet- From LexisNexis® Mealey’s™ Daily Legal News. Merchants moved on Oct. 19 for preliminary approval of a class action settlement with Visa, MasterCard and a large number of banks that the proposed class alleges fixed the prices of interchange fees paid by merchants when customers use Visa and MasterCard credit cards, for $ 6.05 billion, […]

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TweetA prisoner serving time in a Philadelphia prison is making a novel legal argument after being denied access to popular social media website Facebook. He claims his First Amendment rights have been violated. The prisoner did not seek to log on to Facebook, but rather received printouts from the site through the U.S. Mail. After […]

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TweetDo concerns of breaching ethics guidelines for online marketing and social media keep you away from the Web? Well, they shouldn’t. Solo practitioners and partners in small law firms that are wary of how to effectively market their practice AND not violate their state bar association’s ethics rules need to listen to this free one-hour webinar, “Ethics […]

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Tweet- From LexisNexis® Mealey’s™ Daily Legal News. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Pfizer Inc. on Oct. 17 settled a Chantix suicide case designated as the first Chantix multidistrict litigation bellwether trial five days before the case was to begin, according to a court order (In Re: Chantix [Varenicline] Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2039, No. 2:09-1039, […]

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Tweet- From LexisNexis® Mealey’s™ Daily Legal News. A123 Systems Inc., manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries used in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), on Oct.16 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware despite listing assets of $ 459,795,000 and debts of only $ 376,045,000 (In Re: A123 Systems Inc., No. […]

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TweetShould lawyers be able to flex their creative muscles when naming their law firms, or should attorneys be forced to follow the standard Law Offices of Partner A & Partner B model? The Model Rules of Professional Conduct allow the use of trade names by law firms. The only requirement is that the name does […]

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