InsideCounsel Magazine January 2006

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  • Changing Names

    While attending the Texas General Counsel Forum's annual conference in Austin recently, a general counsel kept staring at the nametag pinned to my chest. After a moment of hesitation, he leaned across the table and asked, "Why are you guys changing the name of Corporate Legal Times?" I was going...

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  • Sony's Rootkit Creates a Legal Fiasco

    As if Celine Dion's voice wasn't bad enough, one of her albums poses a major security threat to computer users. When inserted in a PC, the CD installs an insidious piece of software known as a rootkit--an application that hackers typically use to implant viruses and trojans on victims' computers....

  • FDA Wins Increased Power

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled Oct. 21, 2005, that a company that deceptively promoted products as cancer cures must issue refunds to customers who bought the drugs. A three-judge panel unanimously upheld an earlier court ruling that required New Jersey-based Lane Labs to pay $109...

  • United Uses Unique Strategy to Slash Pensions

    United Airlines didn't intend to raise ire of nearly 20,000 flight attendants. But to successfully reorganize and pull itself out of the red, something had to give. And that something was their employees' pension plans, which the airline decided to cut. But cutting pension plans, especially plans under contract with...

  • DOJ Intervenes in BlackBerry Patent Case

    It's often said that necessity is the mother of invention. However, when the Department of Justice stepped into a high-stakes patent infringement dispute regarding the BlackBerry e-mail device, it suggested that sometimes, invention breeds necessity. On Nov. 8, 2005, the DOJ filed a "statement of interest" in the U.S. Court...

  • Pharmaceutical Practices Under Scrutiny in Court

    It's not surprising that the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry attracts a great deal of government scrutiny. As prescription drug prices and uninsured rates continue to climb, states and the federal government are constantly watching the activities of major players in the industry, seeking to root out wrongdoing and wastefulness that...

  • S.D. Rancher Loses Insurance Battle

    When South Dakota rancher Perle O'Daniel discovered that hundreds of his cattle had been stolen, he assumed that his insurance company would cover the loss. However, on Nov. 1, 2005, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals held the insurer had no liability. O'Daniel purchased an insurance policy from Minnesota-based NAU...

  • Court Upholds Unsigned Contracts

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld a ruling that a 10-page letter to Gulfstream Aerospace sent to its employees that placed limits on employees' rights to sue the company is an enforceable contract. On July 15, 2005, Gulfstream Aerospace sent the letter to all of the...

  • LSAT Prep Firms at War

    When aspiring law students paid nearly $1,100 for a month-long LSAT-prep course by TestMasters, they assumed the prestigious Santa Monica, Calif., company would help them score higher on the law school entry exam. However, several students soon discovered that they had mistakenly signed up for a class with Houston-based Test...

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