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Lawsuit: Trump Family-Planning Rule ‘Politicizes’ Medicine

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The new Department of Health and Human Services rule would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the federal Title X program from making abortion referrals.

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Texas Judge Reprimanded for Telling Jury God Said Defendant Was Innocent

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Judge ack Robison acknowledged to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct that his conduct was improper, adding that it might have been caused by stress from treatment for a severe medical condition.

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Zapproved Introduces Proportionality Volume of Ediscovery Case Law Summaries

Zapproved Introduces  Proportionality Volume of Ediscovery Case Law Summaries

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This volume includes 17 cases analyzing the boundaries of the scope of discovery and proportionality under the amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

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California Attorney in Hot Water for Sexist Insult of Judge

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A California attorney is in professional trouble for calling the ruling of the female judge in his case “succubustic,” among a host of other insults, according to Bloomberg Law.

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Jury Finds Texas Football Players Liable in Sexual Assault of 14-Year-Old Girl, Awards $32 Million

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A jury in Denton, Texas, has found two former high school football players liable in the aggravated sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

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New Survey Results: 264 Federal Judges Report on Litigation Practices

New Survey Results: 264 Federal Judges Report on Litigation Practices

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More than 250 active and recently retired federal judges responded to a recent Exterro survey on how they would like legal teams to manage litigation/e-discovery processes in their courtrooms.

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Texas Supreme Court Ruling on Attorney-Client Privilege Can Benefit Insurers

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The ruling is significant to Texas because it aligns the state with the federal rules on expert disclosure and production.

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Court Agrees General Counsel Was Fired for Whistle-Blowing; Upholds $8 Million Verdict

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The 9th Circuit ruled that the former general cousnel had acted as a whistle-blower and was dismissed in retaliation for reporting conduct that he “reasonably believed” to be illegal.

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Law Firm Sues Associate Who Quit After 1 Year

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Above the Law reports on a law firm’s breach-of-contract lawsuit against an associate who wants to leave the firm.

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Dallas Won’t Release Police Files on Slaying of Prominent Lawyer, Despite Judge’s Order

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Ira Tobolowsky, 68, was found dead inside his burning garage at his North Dallas home in 2016, and the death was ruled a homicide.

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Army Vet Files Lawsuit Over Hearing Damage from Defective 3M Earplugs

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An Army combat veteran in Utah has filed a lawsuit against 3M, seeking damages for permanent hearing loss caused by defective earplugs and alleging that the manufacturer doctored test results to win a government contract.

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Judge Could Revoke Roger Stone’s Bond And Send Him to Jail Because of ‘Crosshairs’ Instagram Post

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Stone apologized to the court for the photograph, which included a crosshairs image beside the judge’s photo.

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Roberts Again Sides With Liberal Supreme Court Justices in Disagreeing With Lower Court Interpretations

Roberts Again Sides With Liberal Supreme Court Justices in Disagreeing With Lower Court Interpretations

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has sided with liberal Supreme Court justices in cases involving the death penalty and abortion access, reports The Washington Post.

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Dallas Quadriplegic Crash Victim Wins $37.6 Million in Seat Belt Suit

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The plaintiff claimed Honda’s design for the seat belt in the third row of the minivan’s middle seat is defective.

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Opioid Epidemic Lawsuits Take Strategy from Epic Big Tobacco Litigation

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Trial lawyers are demanding that manufacturers and companies along the prescription drug supply chain pay sweeping economic penalties for damages caused by opioid drugs.

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Courtroom Reference Book ‘On the Jury Trial’ Tops UNT Press’ Best-Sellers List

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Upon its release, “On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practice for Effective Advocacy,” vaulted to the top of University of North Texas Press’ best-sellers list.

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Houston Federal Judge Bars Female Prosecutor From Trial, Sparking Standoff With U.S. Attorney’s Office

Houston Federal Judge Bars Female Prosecutor From Trial, Sparking Standoff With U.S. Attorney’s Office

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The federal judge has twice ejected Assistant U.S. Attorney Tina Ansari before trials, claiming she lacked ability and integrity, records show.

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Former Football Players Ran Out of Time to Sue NFL, 9th Circuit Says

Former Football Players Ran Out of Time to Sue NFL, 9th Circuit Says

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The players failed to explain adequately why they lacked the essential knowledge to file their lawsuit within the four-year statute of limitations.

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Overbroad Geographic Restriction Dooms Covenant Not to Compete

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The reach of the geographic restriction in the convenant should extend only as far as the employee’s geographic activities extend.

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Fired Hershey IP Attorney Sues Alleging Race, Age, Sex Bias

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The 52-year-old former senior counsel for global intellectual property at Hershey Co., has sued his ex-employer, claiming he was replaced with a younger, black, female lawyer in a case of race, age and sex bias.

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