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Author Archives: Kimberly Atkins

Proposed FMLA reg would require same-sex benefits

WASHINGTON — A proposed federal regulation requiring employers to provide legally-married same-sex couples with benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act regardless of their employees’ state of residence could help clear up some complications caused by conflicting federal and ...

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NLRB ruling spurs concerns of bottleneck

Lawyers say a June 26 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down President Obama’s 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board threatens to invalidate hundreds of rulings made over an 18-month period. But the ruling in ...

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EEOC guidance attracts renewed scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Two years after a guidance warning employers against the overly-broad use of criminal background checks to screen potential new hires was issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is drawing renewed criticism from employers, business groups ...

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Defense bar urges caution after ‘straw buyer’ ruling

WASHINGTON — The recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court holding that a man who bought a firearm on behalf of another qualified buyer violated a federal law barring “straw purchases” of guns may be limited to its facts. But ...

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Effect of high court’s CERCLA ruling uncertain

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that preemption language in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act aimed at overriding state statutes of limitation does not extend to statutes of repose. But attorneys say that while the ...

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High court rulings could create problems for ‘patent trolls’


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down a pair of decisions that could make it more difficult to bring patent infringement claims in some circumstances, further hampering suits brought by so-called “patent trolls.” But while the justices’ rulings ...

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Police chase case raises concerns among defense attorneys


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that police did not violate the Fourth Amendment by shooting more than a dozen rounds into the car of a fleeing unarmed suspect is making defense attorneys and civil liberties advocates uneasy. The ...

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‘Raging Bull’ copyright ruling may KO common defense

WASHINGTON — A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a closely-watched copyright case involving a classic Hollywood film may have dealt a knockout punch to a commonly used affirmative defense in a much broader range of cases, including patent litigation. ...

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Ruling adds new twist to same-sex marriage challenges

WASHINGTON — The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a state law barring the consideration of race in public university admission decisions is having an immediate effect on a set of closely watched appeals involving an entirely different issue: the ...

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