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Medical errors study fuels med-mal debate

As lawmakers continue to push a bill that would limit medical malpractice lawsuits, opponents are boosting their criticism of the measure, pointing to a recent study showing that hospital errors occur 10 times more frequently than previously thought.

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FLSA retaliation ruling could impact other cases

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that oral complaints about workplace conditions made to a company supervisor are covered by the anti-retaliation provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act has employment lawyers taking notice. The decision in Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. not only clarifies the protections against retaliation in the FSLA, it could also apply to other statutes with similar wording.

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Wisdom of Solomon’s memos questioned

Management-side attorneys are ratcheting up criticism of the National Labor Relations Board and its acting general counsel in the wake of a memo that was sent to regional agency officials urging them seek out cases that can be used to overturn recent precedent restricting back pay for illegally discharged employees. Attorneys claim the memorandum, issued by Acting General Counsel Lafe E. Solomon, demonstrates pro-union activism never before displayed by anyone acting as the agency’s top prosecutor.

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As solicitor general, Kagan shielded from health care talks

Even before she was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan was largely shielded from discussions about the health care law and how to defend it, according to the National Law Journal’s Tony Mauro.

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Department considers new visa rules for guest workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed new regulations that would require employers to document their attempts to hire American workers before employing foreign guest workers.

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Legal scholars pick five worst U.S. Supreme Court rulings

Sometimes even the highest court in the land can blunder, right? Sure, according to legal scholars who gathered recently at Pepperdine University’s School of Law to discuss the five worst U.S. Supreme Court rulings ever.

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Supreme Court considers if generic drug suits are preempted

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Wyeth v. Levine that state law failure-to-warn claims against brand-name drugmakers are not automatically preempted by federal law, the justices are considering whether that same rule applies to generic drugmakers.

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Wal-Mart employees face skepticism during arguments at Supreme Court

The case of Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes involves a complex set of legal and procedural issues that will determine whether a group of 1.5 million current and former retail store employees can join to form the largest class ever in an employment discrimination case.

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