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Don’t try to dupe Kent Parker just because he’s blind and operates a deli in the Hamilton County Courthouse in Ohio. Every once in a while, somebody tries to cheat him despite the security cameras trained on the cash register and about a dozen sheriff’s deputies a few steps away. In the past two weeks, two women offered bills smaller than they claimed and were arrested within minutes. “I have a lot of friends who watch out for me,” said Parker, 43, who has been operating the Courthouse Deli for eight years. Sometimes Parker can tell if a customer is acting suspiciously. “They test me, hand me money, seeing if I know what it is,” he said. “I don’t see at all, but there are tricks to the trade.” One is to simply lay the bill on the counter and ask one of his three employees to verify it. But not until the customer turns away. “I don’t want to insult anybody by making them think I’m doubting them,” Parker said.� ASSOCIATED PRESS Gere gets break from Indian court India’s Supreme Court temporarily suspended an arrest warrant last week against Hollywood star Richard Gere, who was wanted for allegedly breaking public obscenity laws by kissing Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. The court suspended all legal proceedings against the pair until it decides on the proper jurisdiction for the case. Gere embraced and kissed Shetty on her cheek at a public AIDS awareness event in New Delhi on April 15, prompting Hindu hard-liners to allege the pair had offended the sensibilities of India’s traditionally conservative culture. The case has grabbed headlines, although the allegations have failed to stir any wider outrage among Indians.� ASSOCIATED PRESS O’Melveny back to drafting board On the section of its Web site describing its labor and employment practice, O’Melveny & Myers says that “much of our work and advice is preventive in nature, conducted with the goal of minimizing or eliminating the employer’s exposure to liability and costly litigation.” But with a ruling last week, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that the firm didn’t live up to its marketing when it tried to impose an aggressive arbitration agreement on its employees. The ruling came in an overtime case brought by former paralegal Jacquelin Davis, who left the firm in 2003. In striking down the agreement � which applied to all of the 1,044-lawyer firm’s employees, including its associates � the panel found that several distinct areas of the agreement violated California law, beginning with the fact that it was foisted upon employees with a 2002 e-mail that said it “applies to and is binding on all employees (including associates) hired by � or who continue to work for � the firm on or after November 1, 2002.” Hawaii Senior U.S. District Judge Samuel King � sitting on the 9th Circuit panel by designation � said that this notice gave employees an illegal “take it or leave it” choice by saying that employees unwilling to sign the agreement must leave the firm within three months. He also said the agreement imposed improper confidentiality restrictions on employees; allowed the firm an overly broad opportunity to opt out of arbitration in cases involving attorney-client issues; illegally curtailed employees’ ability to bring administrative actions with public agencies; and illegally restricted employees’ time frame to bring claims against the firm to one year.� THE RECORDER

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