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Today in 1993: President Clinton signs the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law

Nov 16, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On November 16, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, which overturned an earlier Supreme Court decision on the Free Exercise clause.

“trivial bellyaches”

Nov 16, 2012 By: Legal Solutions

>ERISA provision prohibiting retaliation “against any person because he has given information or has testified or is about to testify in any inquiry or proceeding relating to this [Act]” does not cover trivial bellyaches; …

Health care benefits for retirees under pressure

Nov 15, 2012 By: Ferd H. Mitchell and Ferd H. Mitchell

As employers respond to financial pressures by reducing retiree health care benefits, courts struggle to tackle the legal conflicts arising therefrom.

Attorney marketing plans should include a “Business Development Presentation”

Nov 15, 2012 By: Alan Gutterman

When considering an overall plan for building and maintaining their law practice, attorneys should take note that successful marketing begins with visibility, and the attorney should take steps to create and maintain a positive public image.

Hot Docs: Smokers not a “suspect class,” appeals court rules

Nov 15, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that a smoker challenging city anti-smoking laws was not entitled to heightened constitutional protections because smokers are not a “suspect class.”

“laughable, silly, unintelligent or insulting”

Nov 15, 2012 By: Legal Solutions

Trial counsel can legitimately consider the impact an argument would have on jurors in assessing whether to proffer it, …

Westlaw Topical Highlights: Labor and Employment, Nov. 14, 2012

Nov 14, 2012 By: Legal Solutions

Westlaw Topical Highlights for Labor and Employment provides summaries of significant federal and state judicial decisions and legislative and administrative activities affecting

LGBT in OT 2012: The impact of a Supreme Court decision in Windsor v. U.S (part 2)

Nov 14, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

If the Supreme Court agrees to hear Windsor v. U.S., and, more importantly, rules to affirm it, there will be wide-ranging consequences from such a decision.

Fiddler on the stand

Nov 14, 2012 By: Legal Solutions

Question to defendant’s witness as to whether he could play fiddle held error, …

Mobile Device Messaging and E-Discovery: Part 4 of 4

Nov 13, 2012 By: Daniel Garrie

Courts should consider the need for the requested electronic discovery materials with caution, an approach necessary to appropriately balance the substantial costs, burdens and policy concerns attendant to mobile electronic discovery.