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Doctors and lawyers can’t be sued for false advertising under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, the state’s high court has ruled. In a unanimous decision, the court found that the act does not cover such professionals, whose public claims are regulated instead by peer groups such as the Committee on Attorney Advertising. The ruling, which overturned an appeals court decision, was a disappointment to patients who’d hoped to sue an eye surgeon for allegedly handing off their care to an unlicensed colleague … Former Interior Department solicitor Bill Myers is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee today for a hearing on his nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Idaho native enjoys support from cattle and mining groups but faces scorn from environmental and tribal associations. Myers was cleared in January of conflict charges for meeting with mining and grazing groups during his time with the Interior Department … The cockfights will go on in Caddo Parish, La. State district judge Charles Scott ruled Tuesday that state law permitting such battles trumps a local ordinance banning animal cruelty … Sovereign immunity enjoyed by tribal villages does not extend to an association they formed to administer social services, the Alaskan Supreme Court has ruled. In a unanimous decision, the court cleared the way for plaintiffs to sue the Association of Village Council Presidents over alleged troubles at a Head Start program … Superior bench presses and squat lifts secured multiple powerlifting titles for a Washington Supreme Court justice. Faith Ireland, 61, walked away from the Women’s National Powerlifting Championships last weekend with American records for her age and weight in the squat and bench press. The justice, who can also deadlift 253 pounds, says she began strength training to counter chronic back pain. – Lori Patel

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