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Filling Seats on the Fifth Circuit

Sep 22, 2014 By: Jason Steed

Although President Obama has created Democratic majorities in eight circuits since taking office, the Fifth Circuit remains held by a Republican majority … for now?

To Change Law Firm Culture, Quit Fighting The Current

Sep 22, 2014 By: Rachel Merrick Maggs

Anyone who has spent time near the shore knows that if you are caught in a riptide pulling you out to sea,

E.U. High Court Determines No Permission Required for Library Book Digitization

Sep 22, 2014 By: Craig Blakeley and Jeff Matsuura

In a recent decision, the Court of Justice of the European Union determined that libraries are not required to obtain permission before creating digital copies of published books for distribution through library “electronic reading points.”

Congress decides which days are holidays

Sep 22, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

The designation of federal holidays is the prerogative of Congress, not the judiciary.

Today in 2005: State Department gives immunity to Pope Benedict in sex abuse lawsuit

Sep 19, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 19, 2005, the U.S. State Department submitted a “suggestion of immunity” for Pope Benedict in a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Church

SEC chair highlights importance of women in the boardroom

Sep 19, 2014 By: Pamela S. Park

SEC Chair Mary Jo White has also weighed in on the importance of including women on corporate boards.

Use case statement orders to pump-up RICO pleadings

Sep 19, 2014 By: Rebecca Spear

Pleading deficiencies pop up in opinion after opinion in civil RICO cases. So, why not tackle the problem head on, at the

Cheese Heads

Sep 19, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

Under Wisconsin law, cheese wedge hats did not have secondary meaning and were thus not entitled to trademark protection.

The ACA and Legal Practices (#11) / Boundary issues for program financing

Sep 18, 2014 By: Ferd H. Mitchell

The ACA has introduced new program “boundary problems” into the health care system, which continue to persist and to be challenged.

Cheese Party is not a dangerous condition

Sep 18, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

Just because wine and cheese party attendees were in hallway where plaintiff slipped doesn’t mean that the nursing home was liable.