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WINNERS Apartment Dwellers The Department of Community Affairs will set up a fund to provide low-interest loans for the removal of lead paint in housing units under a new law. Plaintiffs’ Class Lawyers A plaintiffs’ firm in a settled U.S. class action may demand fees from a firm representing clients who opted out of the class and needed the discovery for their state court suits, the Third Circuit rules. [See page 26.] Women Drivers The Taj Mahal Atlantic City casino pays $60,000 to settle state charges that it violated equal opportunity rules by meeting a female gambler’s request that she be given a male limousine driver. LOSERS Cell-Phoning Drivers A new law bans drivers’ use of hand-held telephones unless lives are in danger or an emergency needs to be reported. Drunken Drivers A new law requires a motorist who commits a third or subsequent DWI offense to serve a 180-day term in a county jail or workhouse. Judge Edward Coleman His gag order on prosecutors and defense lawyers in the Jayson Williams homicide trial doesn’t stop subpoenaed prosecution witnesses from discussing the case — one of them with Bryant Gumbel on HBO.

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