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Judge to push for settlement in Yaz, Yasmin MDL

The federal judge presiding over Yasmin and Yaz multidistrict litigation said he is formulating a plan for prodding the parties into reaching a settlement. “The court has no intention of presiding over anything into eternity, let alone this litigation, and the court is presently working on a process that will engage the parties in settlement discussions following the bellwether trials in a meaningful way,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge David R. Herndon in an Aug. 18 order.

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Facebook messages kept out of criminal trial

A Connecticut man facing imprisonment for assault wants the chance to undercut a key prosecution witness with messages from the woman’s Facebook account. Unfortunately for him, a state court this month decided that traditional rules of evidence apply to new social media and that the disputed Facebook messages in his case couldn’t be authenticated.

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