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We’ve bailed out the banks, we’ve bailed out insurance companies, we’re bailing out the auto industry … you’d think by now that even the most die-hard Libertarians among us would throw up their hands and admit that some regulation of industry is good.
Well, not Richard Epstein, a Law Professor at the University of Chicago, who, [...]

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The Boston Globe reports that a federal judge in California has ruled that roommates.com, an on-line service that matches roommates, is subject to the federal Fair Housing Act.
Roommates.com reportedly requires the disclosure of race, gender and sexual orientation from its users and allows them to query for roommates using these categories.
The website contends that the Fair Housing [...]

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Here are some law-related articles that recently came out:

The Chicago Tribune reports that Afni, Inc., a debt collection company, must pay damages to 7,000 Cingular Wireless customers in Wisconsin who were illegally assessed collection fees.
Florida attorney Tomas Gamba writes in a Miami Herald op-ed that stronger disclosure laws are needed for contributions made to and [...]

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Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights!
That’s just what Bobby T. Brown of Western Massachusetts (not to be confused with Bobby Brown of Roxbury, and later New Edition, followed by husband of Whitney Houston fame) did in bringing Jiffy Lube to court after it implemented a grooming policy requiring employees who came into [...]

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It hardly seems fair, but hey, I guess that’s federalism … at least in a class-action decided by the Eighth Circuit against insurance companies for allegedly charging higher homeowners insurance rates to residents of the “black community” in Kansas City, Missouri, when compared to the same coverage provided to residents of the city’s “white community.”
Judicial View reports how [...]

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The ACLU has begun awarding students who blow the whistle on constitutional violations with college scholarships.  Hey, I wish that had been the case in my hometown of Sterling, Mass. back in the days when me and my classmates were all made to stand and say the pledge of allegiance – although it did provide a good [...]

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The WSJ Law Blog has a piece about how women at big law firms are still up against a glass ceiling. In fact, 99% of the top paid partners at big firms are men. In addition, while women make up half of the ranks of newly-minted associates, that percentage dwindles considerably higher up in the [...]

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The AP reports that an all-white Kentucky jury awarded a Latino teen $2.5 million in a civil lawsuit brought on his behalf by the Southern Poverty Law Center after the teen was severely beaten by two members of a Kentucky chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. 
The teen suffered a broken jaw and left forearm, cracked ribs and [...]

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This is a little off-topic, but it was surprising to read in The Boston Globe today that the FBI had kept tabs on Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author David Halberstam for over two decades. Of course, his reporting on Vietnam and later his best-selling book, The Best and the Brightest, was highly critical of that [...]

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The New York Law Journal today reported that Judge Weinstein of the Eastern District, in a written decision to be published on Monday, emphatically denied a request by the City of New York to use race as a basis for setting damages.
James McMillan, a black man, was rendered a quadriplegic after the 2003 crash of the Staten Island [...]

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