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Lying about a vasectomy does not constitute “extreme” or “outrageous” behavior, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Wednesday. In a dating relationship, there is no legally defined duty of honesty, the court found. Therefore, it upheld the dismissal of a woman’s suit against her ex-boyfriend, who had said, yes, yes, he wanted children, too — then eight months later mentioned he’d been snipped … A bankruptcy lawyer was beaten to death this week in Auburn, Wash. William W. Messer, 57, was found in his office, a strip-mall location that had been burglarized in recent months. Messer was described as a “regular nice guy” with a passion for racehorses … If it had borrowed the “win” part of Windows, would software startup Lindows have enjoyed better legal luck? Wednesday, the company that sells Linux-based operating systems announced a new name: Linspire. The change is meant to appease Microsoft, which has sued the company for trademark infringement in so many countries, the litigation has the makings of a package tour. Last month, a Netherlands judge ordered Lindows to change its name in that nation. The California company has vowed to continue its U.S. legal fight, now making its way through the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … There was no preaching to the choir for a fired church music director who made his case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Randall Egan lost his post with Hamline United Methodist Church of St. Paul after he refused to apologize for calling a church member homophobic. Egan, a bisexual, claimed his termination violated the state’s Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Perhaps, said the court, but religious workers are exempt from the law. – Lori Patel

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