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Author Archives: Pat Murphy

Self-driving cars to usher in new age for personal injury lawyers (access required)

While self-driving vehicles may eventually spell the end of auto accident cases as the staple of a personal injury attorney’s practice, experts see ample room for litigation between now and the time the technology becomes widespread and perfected. One lawyer ...

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FTC briefs U.S. Senate committee on credit reporting accuracy (access required)

Errors in credit reports can cause businesses to deny credit to potentially valuable customers, a director of the Federal Trade Commission warned a U.S. Senate subcommittee earlier this month. “The Commission recognizes the importance of accurate and complete credit reports, ...

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DOL touts benefits of accommodating aging workers (access required)

Employers can preserve “institutional knowledge” by providing accommodations to aging workers who might otherwise leave the workforce prematurely due to disabilities or chronic health problems, according to two new briefs issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. “By promoting workforce ...

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Dating websites providing more evidence in divorce, survey finds (access required)

Divorce attorneys have seen an increase in the number of cases using evidence taken from dating websites, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The organization polled its 1,600 members and found that 59 percent ...

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Idaho Supreme Court rules on bankruptcy case (access required)

A debtor could not reopen his Chapter 13 case in order to avoid having his medical malpractice lawsuit dismissed for failing to include it as an asset of his bankruptcy estate, the Idaho Supreme Court has ruled in affirming judgment. ...

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Utah Supreme Court says bar rule doesn’t violate Idaho lawyer’s ADA rights (access required)

Federal disability discrimination law does not require the waiver of a state bar’s examination requirement for an experienced out-of-state lawyer who was periodically forced to cease active practice due to depression, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled. Utah allows a ...

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Can a sexy assistant be fired when a jealous wife complains? (access required)

Does a male employer risk liability for sex discrimination if he rids himself of an attractive female employee because of his wife’s insecurities? That’s the question one state supreme court had to answer just before heading off for the Christmas ...

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Health care will be hottest law practice area in 2013, says staffing firm (access required)

While a stagnant economy means a tough job market for many lawyers, legal staffing experts predict that attorneys with specialized skills will continue to find themselves in high demand in 2013. It’s a “specialist economy” for the legal profession, according ...

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U.S. Supreme Court to decide on preemption of claims against towing company (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether federal law deregulating the trucking industry preempts state consumer protection and tort claims alleging the wrongful disposal of a towed vehicle. The Court will review a New Hampshire Supreme Court decision that a ...

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