Dan Wheldon Dead: Was Indy Car Track Too Crowded, Badly Designed?

By |2011-09-30T20:42:40+00:00September 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|

IndyCar champ Dan Wheldon was killed over the weekend during a fiery crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The night prior, a number of racers, including Wheldon, raised concerns about the track's safety. The 1.5-mile oval is traditionally us...

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'$10 if You Guess Who Will Be Fired Next'

By |2011-09-30T16:00:46+00:00September 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|

An Iowa administrative law judge has blasted QC Mart convenience store owner William Ernst for operating a "firing contest." Ernst announced the contest in a chain-wide memo sent to his employees. He encouraged them to predict which cashier would be fi...

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Supreme Court rules age is a factor in Miranda custody analysis

By |2011-09-29T23:24:40+00:00September 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in JDB v. North Carolina [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a court should consider a juvenile's age when determining whether the ind...

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Ruling Upholds 'Testimonial' Dying Declaration

By |2011-09-29T21:05:30+00:00September 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Addressing a question left open in a 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a New York state appeals panel has found that the U.S. Constitution's confrontation clause does not bar the use at trial of dying declarations even where they are clearly "testimonial...

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Former CHOP GC Pleads Guilty in $1.7 mil. Embezzlement

By |2011-09-29T20:58:23+00:00September 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

A federal judge accepted the guilty plea Wednesday of Roosevelt Hairston Jr., the former general counsel of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who admitted embezzling about $1.7 million from the institution since 1999.

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3rd Circuit: Pa. Can Assert Liens to Recover Medicaid Payments

By |2011-09-29T20:25:31+00:00September 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

In a ruling that will have a direct and immediate impact on the litigation and settlement of personal injury cases, the 3rd Circuit has ruled that Pennsylvania has the right to assert liens to recover Medicaid payments.

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Texas legislature passes TSA anti-groping law

By |2011-09-29T18:44:09+00:00September 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The Texas legislature on Monday passed a pair of bills that criminalize enhanced airport security pat-downs if they involve touching a passenger's "private" areas. The Texas House of Representatives [official website] passed HB 41 [materials] while the Senate [official website] simultaneously passed SB 29 [materials], both seeking to reduce "groping" during airport security screening processes. A person acting in violation of the law could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor [Reuters report], which is punishable by up to...

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Panel Disbars Attorney For Federal Conviction

By |2011-09-29T15:09:08+00:00September 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

A New York panel has determined that a federal charge against Robert S. Brown, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to obstruction of justice in connection with his participation in a securities fraud, mandated his disbarment. Brown still faces a possible prison...

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Class Suit Over Refusal To Cover Eating-Disorder Treatments Settles

By |2011-09-29T12:38:13+00:00September 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

AmeriHealth of New Jersey and its contractor for mental health claims have settled a class action suit alleging they shirked their statutory obligation to cover treatments for eating disorders by wrongly categorizing them as nonbiologically based menta...

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