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The WSJ reports that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is set to drop its strategy of filing lawsuits against individuals who allegedly illegally download music from the internet. Instead it plans to work with internet service providers to discourage people from making illegal downloads, including slowing down their internet service.
This plan is a [...]

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A New Jersey Appeals Court ruled last week that the plaintiff in a rollover case involving a 2000 Ford Explorer who lost at trial will have a second bite at the apple since the trial judge gave improper instructions to the jury.
More specifically, the trial judge refused to give a limiting instruction that evidence of the [...]

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The AP reports that actor Dennis Quaid and his wife agreed to a $750k settlement with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles which administered an overdose of heparin, a blood thinner, to their newborn twins.
Months ago, “60 Minutes” reported on this event, and my memory is that the labeling of the different dosages was not distinct and could [...]

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The WSJ reports that Mattel and its Fisher Price unit have settled a case with 39 states for $12 million based on the importation of toys with lead paint from China.
Millions of Chinese-made toys were recalled because they contained amounts of lead that exceeded U.S. standards.

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In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court allowed a class action lawsuit to go forward brought by smokers of light cigarettes against Altria and its Phillip Morris unit for fraud.
The case was brought by Maine smokers under the state’s consumer protection law alleging they had been harmed by the tobacco company’s false statements that “light” [...]

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously upheld a lower court injunction preventing subprime lender Fremont Investment & Loan from foreclosing on certain types of mortgage loans without first notifying the state attorney general and obtaining court approval.
The lower court had said that ”presumptively unfair” loans — the ones subject to the injunction – are those that meet four conditions:

An adjustable [...]

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This is the advertisement by the Chamber of Commerce that I made reference to in a recent post. Hmm… after further reflection, I think the word propaganda better describes it than does advertisement.
The piece obviously seeks to have a psychological effect on viewers seeing that it plays gripping music while a voiceover claims that lawsuits [...]

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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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The Chamber of Commerce has begun a campaign highlighting what it claims are the abundance of frivolous lawsuits filed in the courts that are supposedly plaguing small businesses.
Whenever a politician or interest group for business tries to limit the rights of ordinary citizens to bring a lawsuit, it’s commonly done in the name of small business. [...]

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Surprise, surprise … the WSJ editorial board is in favor of imposing caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. For good measure, here are a couple of other equally surprising facts: Bill O’Reilly thinks there is a “war on Christmas,” and Britney Spears is, well, a little nutty.
In a December 1, 2008 editorial, the [...]

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