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Author Archives: Sylvia Hsieh

TV stars and coaches charged in college bribery scheme

BOSTON — Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged along with nearly 50 other people Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed college coaches and insiders at testing centers to get their children into some of ...

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Will Obama’s proposals rein in patent trolls?

In this June 2013 file photo, White House press secretary Jay Carney holds up a folder with an image of a troll and the words “innovation, not litigation” during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. Carney pointed out that the Obama administration is taking action to limit frivolous patent lawsuits, or “patent trolling.” AP Images

The Obama Administration has announced five executive actions and seven legislative proposals aimed at holding back the tsunami of litigation by patent trolls, and lawyers are weighing in on whether the recommendations will wall off the tidal waves or merely ...

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Class action settlements face growing scrutiny

Facing new objectors, class action settlements are attracting greater scrutiny from appellate courts, which are gutting those settlements and sending them back to be renegotiated. In particular, the amount and proportion of attorney fees and the payment of money into ...

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FTC issues new guidelines for online ads

The Federal Trade Commission has updated its guidelines for online advertising disclosures to grapple with some of the new technologies since its last guidance in 2000. The guidelines are called “.com Disclosures: How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising.” ...

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Lawsuits over hair loss drugs surge forward

Since last year when the first lawsuits against Merck were filed over its hair loss drugs Propecia and Proscar, the number of suits has multiplied to approximately 1,000 cases in multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District ...

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Medicare proposes PI settlement rules

Proposed rules on how future medical bills in personal injury settlements should be handled to protect the interests of Medicare have been released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. New reporting requirements have ushered in a regime in ...

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Firm wins $121.5M ‘triple malpractice’ verdict

In a rare case of triple malpractice, a jury has awarded $121.5 million against three hospitals that treated a patient during a one-month period that began with an office visit for seizure medication, progressed to a severe allergic skin reaction ...

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Tort litigation, verdicts make news in 2011

The past year featured a flurry of activity on the personal injury and tort scene, with several new drug and device developments, significant U.S. Supreme Court rulings and some staggering verdicts. Here’s a wrap-up of the highlights of personal injury ...

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