FAMU band leader out in wake of death

By |2011-10-31T23:35:05+00:00October 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

The president of Florida A&M University moved Wednesday to dismiss the school's longtime band director in the wake of last weekend's hazing-linked death of a drum major in the school's famed marching band.

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Ohio collective bargaining law to go before voters in November

By |2011-10-31T23:14:35+00:00October 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] Ohio voters will decide whether to repeal a law [SB 5 text, PDF] limiting the collective bargaining rights of state workers after opponents of the bill gathered 915,456 signatures [press release] Thursday, almost 700,000 more than the required...

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BankAtlantic Securities Class Action Judge Sanctions Labaton Sucharow, Kessler Topaz over Confidential Witness

By |2011-10-31T22:54:30+00:00October 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

In the latest in a string of decisions cracking down on unnamed sources in securities fraud cases, a federal judge has sanctioned Labaton Sucharow and Kessler Topaz over misrepresentations about a confidential witness in the BankAtlantic securities lit...

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Supreme Court adds 7 cases to 2011 docket

By |2011-10-31T22:34:32+00:00October 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in eight cases, consolidating two for oral arguments. In Filarsky v. Delia [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will consider whether a lawyer retained to work with government employees in conducting an internal affairs investigation is precluded from asserting qualified immunity solely because of his status as a "private" lawyer rather than a government employee. Firefighter Nicholas Delia brought suit against the city of Rialto, the...

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Former Ropes & Gray associate sues firm alleging racial bias

By |2011-10-31T21:45:25+00:00October 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Claiming he was treated as a "token black associate," a former Ropes & Gray associate has filed a racial discrimination and retaliation case against the firm, 13 of its partners and the firm's former chief people officer in Boston federal court.

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Ciavarella Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison

By |2011-10-31T20:01:44+00:00October 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Former Luzerne County, Pa., Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. has been sentenced to 28 years in federal prison. Ciavarella, who was found guilty of 12 of 39 counts of corruption, said he had been unfairly demonized when the prosecution used the term "kids-f...

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Judge Kaplan Green-Lights Most Claims in Giant Lehman Securities Case

By |2011-10-31T19:47:52+00:00October 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that many of the core claims could move forward in the mammoth securities fraud case against five former top Lehman officers, nine former directors, outside auditor Ernst & Young and 51 underwriters of Lehman securities.

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Federal Judge Tosses Securities Fraud Lawsuits

By |2011-10-31T19:14:21+00:00October 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

An Atlanta judge has tossed out securities fraud suits against the United States' largest supplier of blood reagents to hospitals, blood banks, clinical labs and blood donation centers. But in doing so, he raised a red flag about Immucor's assurances a...

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Google's Chief Legal Officer Lashes Out Online

By |2011-10-31T18:55:25+00:00October 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

When Google chief legal officer David Drummond posted an eight-paragraph missive, "When patents attack Android," on a Google blog Wednesday, did he make his case about the chokehold of patent litigation -- or did he make a huge misstep?

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Federal Circuit upholds sanctions over patent suits brought in 'bad faith'

By |2011-10-31T17:10:29+00:00October 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

In a rare ruling in a patent case, the Federal Circuit has upheld sanctions against a patent holding company without a finding of inequitable conduct, in a decision that discussed the inequities involving "patent trolls" that use their patents solely t...

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