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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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In a previous post, I wrote about Kevin Phillips’ latest book, Bad Money, which I believe provides a good overview of the current financial debacle we are in.
Phillips pulls no punches - he believes that America is a leading world power on the decline, much like the Spanish, Dutch, and British before us. To that end, he points out signs of decline [...]

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In a recent message, New York County Lawyers Association President Ann Lesk urged that a Civil Gideon law be enacted guaranteeing counsel to all low-income persons facing eviction or foreclosure.
Ms. Lesk should be congratulated for taking this stance.
Presently, a Senior Citizen Right to Counsel Bill is being considered by the New York City Council, which would establish a right [...]

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The official numbers are that 5,400 people are killed on the job each year and more than 4 million are injured. Some experts say that these statistics are inaccurate and that up to 13 million workers are injured each year. The Democratic Policy Committee website notes that hispanics workers are 12% more likely to be injured than [...]

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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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Rumor on the street — the streets of Massachusetts, that is — is that Superior Court Judge Ralph Gants is going to be appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) by Governor Deval Patrick. Although my office is in NYC, I started off practicing law in Massachusetts and keep my license active there, not to [...]

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The Boston Globe published a short article today about how there is a growing trend of self-representation in the courts — no doubt brought about not only by high lawyers’ fees but also the faltering economy.
Notably, it’s happening in cases that have significant consequences such as divorces, child custody, evictions and bankruptcies.
This brings to mind the [...]

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AIG has extended its hands to the government, palms facing upward, and so have the banks in order to ask for billions of dollars in corporate welfare. Now lining up behind them are life insurance companies, according to The Boston Globe.
These insurers are trying to convince the government that they need a bailout in order [...]

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The American Association for Justice (AAJ), the nationwide organization of plaintiff’s lawyers of which I am a proud member, is presently keeping an eye out for 21 possible anti-consumer regulations that the Bush administration may try to enact before leaving office. According to an AAJ press release:
The list includes regulations that have included “preemption” language [...]

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