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    Washington Law Bars Dismissal of Disruptive Employee

    By Mary Swanton | May 31, 2007

    Stephanie Gambini's supervisors at DaVita Inc., a dialysis provider, were concerned about her attitude and work performance. They knew she suffered from bipolar disorder and noticed that she was irritable and having trouble concentrating on her work as a clerk.

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    The Regulator Rundown

    By Staff Writer | May 31, 2007

    One of the greatest challenges facing general counsel is keeping up with current legal issues while anticipating future liabilities. But it's difficult to know where to turn your attention first when dealing with employee complaints, shareholder pressures, potential litigation and a host of regulatory agencies enforcing a host of constantly...

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    Word Wars

    By Bruce D. Collins | April 30, 2007

    MacDowell Colony lawsuit leaves non-profit attorneys scrambling to keep language intact.

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    Reebok Sues Rival Over Shoe Design

    By Staff Writer | April 30, 2007

    Canton, Mass.-based Reebok International has a bone to pick with sporting goods rival Nike Inc. On April 3 Reebok filed suit against the Oregon company in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, accusing Nike of infringing its "Collapsible Shoe" patent. According to the filing, several Nike...

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    Ohio AG Files Lead Paint Suit

    By Staff Writer | April 30, 2007

    Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann filed a lawsuit April 2 against several paint manufacturers and chemical companies, including Sherwin-Williams and DuPont, alleging the companies violated the state's public nuisance law. The AG's suit is similar to claims filed in Wisconsin and Rhode Island that allege companies that manufactured lead paint...

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    Discovery Stalemate

    By Staff Writer | April 30, 2007

    There's no silver bullet to end the burdens caused by e-discovery.

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    Arsonist Must Pay McDonald's Owner

    By Staff Writer | April 30, 2007

    Jason Troff was convicted in 1997 of setting fire to a McDonald's in Salt Lake City. The court sentenced him to probation and $239,696 in restitution. As a term of his probation, he began paying installments of $100 a month to the state, which disbursed that money to the owner...

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    Court OKs UP's Benefits Plan

    By Staff Writer | April 30, 2007

    The 8th Circuit ruled March 15 that an employee health plan that provides prescription drug coverage for Viagra but not for birth control does not violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) or Title VII. Female employees of Union Pacific Railroad launched a class action in a Nebraska district court in...

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    Costco Challenges Washington's Alcohol Regulations

    By Keith Ecker | April 30, 2007

    Costco Wholesale Corp. thinks Washington state is drunk with power. In a case before the 9th Circuit, the retailer claims the state's alcohol regulations are overly restrictive and anti-competitive. The feud began in 2003 when John Sullivan, Costco's deputy general counsel for litigation, started researching why the company was paying...

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    Court Tightens Reins on FMLA Policies

    By Michael T. Burr | April 30, 2007

    When Alice Repa underwent surgery for a non-work related injury, she asked for a leave of absence to recuperate. Her employer--trucking company Roadway Express--approved her request. But in accord with its FMLA policies, the company required Repa to use her accrued sick days and paid-vacation time as part of the...

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