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TweetThe Pemberton Mill collapse in 1860 bears a strong resemblance to a tragedy that occurred just a few month ago in Bangladesh. An eight-story garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka collapsed killing over 1,000 people and injuring many more. The accident is blamed on substandard construction and poor enforcement safety regulations. The 1862 Boston […]

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TweetWhile the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on same-sex marriage were a significant victory for the LGBT community, discrimination still exists in the courtroom. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is currently considering whether lawyers should be able to use peremptory challenges to exclude jurors based on sexual orientation. Peremptory challenges are […]

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TweetWith no end in sight to the ongoing sequestration cuts, federal court judges and lawyers are growing increasingly concerned about the impact on our judicial system. Sequestration resulted in $332 million budget reduction for the federal judiciary, or approximately 5 percent of its current $6.97 billion budget. With Congress set to return from break, the […]

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TweetThe billable hour model has been criticized for years, both inside and outside of the legal community. Now it has many clients of big law firms questioning whether they have been overcharged. The latest controversy arose from a fee dispute between DLA Piper and a former bankruptcy client. When DLA Piper sued to collect $675,000 […]

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TweetThe exact legal definition of the horrible acts that took place in Boston could have a significant impact on area businesses. Many businesses in the immediate vicinity were damage during the blasts, while several blocks of hotels, restaurants and offices were closed for days during the investigation. Most of these small businesses have insurance. However, […]

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TweetIn today’s digital world, unhappy consumers often take to the Internet to gripe about bad service. These negative reviews, whether true or not, can severely impact a business’s reputation. The power of bad reviews prompted one New York dentist to require patients to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to treatment.  However, Stacey Makhnevich is now […]

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TweetThe National Football League is investigating allegations that teams may have broken the law at February’s scouting combine. In the wake of the Manti Te’o scandal, at least one team reportedly asked a potential draftee about his sexual orientation and relationship status. The NFL has notoriously lagged behind when its comes to acceptance of homosexuality. […]

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TweetIf Skecher USA’s claims were true, we could all get in shape without ever stepping foot in the gym. Unfortunately, there is mounting evidence that these shoes may do more harm than good. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged Skechers with making unsubstantiated advertising claims that its Shape-ups and other “toning shoes” would […]

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TweetThrough modern reproductive technology, a woman can carry a baby for nine months, but not be the child’s mother. Similarly, a man can provide the genetic material to create a child with no intention of becoming a father. However, while science has dramatically changed how people become parents, laws regarding parental rights have failed to […]

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TweetPractical things like the rules of court and civil procedure are often the most difficult things for law students to master because this is one area where experience is more important than memorization.  While there are some rubrics all lawyers come to know, such as the deadline for responding to a complaint, many find it […]

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