InsideCounsel Magazine March 2006

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  • Noise Pollution

    When I was about 14 years old, I started going to concerts--lots of them. These weren't normal concerts. For reasons that now boggle my mind, I loved heavy metal bands such as Judas Priest, AC/DC and Iron Maiden. During these concerts, I would try to get as close to the...

Inside Perspective

Circuits

  • Activists Dig Up Old Mining Law

    A group of Colorado natives and environmentalists are trying to revive a 2004 lawsuit against mining company Phelps Dodge Corp., and the decision could affect the way private mining companies purchase public land. The town of Crested Butte, Colo., Gunnison County and the High Country Citizens Alliance argued before a...

  • Taser Wins Another Suit

    As the world's largest maker of electronic stun guns, Taser International has faced its fair share of wrongful death or injury lawsuits. However, the company has come out on top within the past 18 months, winning 11 straight courtroom victories. The most recent victory involved a lawsuit two plaintiffs filed...

  • Politicians Join Hurricane Lawsuits

    As thousands of devastated Gulf Coast residents continue to file suit against insurance companies that refuse to pay claims for flood damage, some high-level politicians are joining the fight. U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., joined other plaintiffs and filed suit against State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. for refusal to...

  • Bally Engages in Proxy War

    A Delaware Court issued a blow to Bally Total Fitness Jan. 11, adding more fuel to a bitter proxy battle between the fitness-center giant and hedge funds Pardus Capital Management and Liberation Investments. The Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware denied Bally's motion for expedited discovery in its...

  • Staples Settles with Vouchers

    Staples Inc. has agreed to hand out $7.50 vouchers to 76,800 customers to settle a lawsuit charging the office-supply retailer with breaking Massachusetts' pricing laws, which require retailers to put "clear and accurate" price stickers on all items for sale or to provide aisle scanners that let consumers determine prices....

  • NRA and Companies Duel Over Gun Legislation

    The rights of employers in Florida, Georgia and Alabama to control the presence of guns on their property and to set the terms and conditions of the workplace are in the crosshairs of the National Rifle Association. Bills pending in those states are among the latest in the powerful gun...

  • Public Entities Pose Threats to Trade Secrets

    When Evanston, Ill.-based Northfield Laboratories Inc. entered into agreements with the University of California?? 1/2 San Diego (UCSD) and San Diego County in 2003 to help test one of its pharmaceutical products, it never imagined that doing so would compromise its trade secrets. The pharmaceutical company had invented a blood...

  • Small ISP Crushes Spammer In Court

    When millions of unsolicited e-mails wreaked havoc on an Iowa business owner's small ISP company, he didn't take it lightly. After tracking down the source of the spam, Robert Kramer III, owner and operator of CIS Internet Services, sued and won an $11.2 billion judgment on Dec. 23, 2005, in...

  • Court Rules Strikebreakers Act Invalid

    Negotiations between the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago and UNITE HERE Local 1 have been at a standstill for the past two years. The union, which comprises nearly 130 housekeepers, cooks, dishwashers and other hotel employees, went on strike in 2003. The sudden lack of workers left the hotel in...

Inside Non-Profits

  • Feedback Loop

    Part of my role as the publisher of InsideCounsel is to stay tuned in to how in-house counsel interact with the law firms they employ. To do that, I've recently moderated several panels of general counsel who--for the benefit of law firm attorneys in attendance--discussed their opinions of outside counsel...

Blog Review

  • Anonymous Lawyer

    If you ever miss law firm life, one look at the "Anonymous Lawyer" Web log will remind you why you made the switch. With satirical tales of partner brutality and associate groveling, you'll wonder why anyone puts up with life at a major firm.

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