InsideCounsel Magazine February 2007

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  • Budget Stuff

    During the first six months of my marriage, it was my job to pay the bills and balance our checking account on Quicken. Everything was going just fine until the day my wife uncovered a bunch of entries marked "stuff." This was a creative accounting technique I had developed in...

Inside Perspective

Circuits

  • Eli Lilly Wins Patent Protection

    Eli Lilly faced some significant ?? 1/2 hurdles in 2006. After losing $65 million in a patent dispute against competitor Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc., the pharmaceutical giant faced another scare over the possibility of losing its patent on its blockbuster antipsychotic drug Zyprexa. However, Lilly's luck changed Dec. 26, when the...

  • Texas Court Sticks Lerach Firm with Bill

    When District Court Judge Melinda Harmon granted AllianceBernstein's motion for summary judgment in the sprawling In re Enron Corp. Securities, Derivative and ERISA Litigation class action, the decision might have gone down as a minor footnote in the multibillion-dollar lawsuit. After all, Alliance Capital Management (AllianceBernstein's predecessor) already was exonerated...

  • Video Game Ban Runs Afoul of First Amendment

    When Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich proposed "The Safe Games Illinois Act" in 2004, he hailed the bill as "common-sense legislation" to protect children from video games with violent content. "There's a reason why we don't let kids smoke or drink alcohol or drive a car until they reach a certain...

  • Employees Sue for Birth Control Coverage

    The proverbial last straw snapped for Jackie Fitzgerald when she found herself short of cash and debating whether to fill her car's fuel tank or her birth control prescription in 2001. Fitzgerald, a trainman for Union Pacific Railroad Co. (UP), spent her last $40 to buy gas to get to...

  • Paid Leave Can Be Retaliatory Under FMLA

    Some people might be perfectly happy if their employer paid them to not work for more than a year. But Wayne Foraker objected when it happened to him. Foraker says the University of Phoenix forced him to take paid administrative leave in retaliation for taking time off under the Family...

  • MetLife Settles With N.Y. AG

    MetLife Insurance Co., the nation's largest group life insurer, reached a final settlement with the New York State attorney general's office Dec. 29, concluding an investigation into allegations the insurer engaged in bid rigging and client steering to illegally inflate its profits. MetLife agreed to pay restitution of $16.5 million...

  • No Workers' Comp for Burned Teen

    After David Gross suffered severe burns while cleaning a pressure cooker at a KFC restaurant chain, the 16-year-old high school student began receiving workers' compensation for his injuries. However, after the company investigated the claim, it found Gross was ineligible for workers' comp because he had violated KFC safety rules,...

  • Man Without Larynx Wins Suit

    When Stanford Burris applied for a job as a truck driver with Delaware-based Richards Paving Inc. in 2003, he thought his 40 years of experience made him a perfect candidate. But despite his experience, Richards didn't hire Burris. He alleges the company rejected him not because he was unqualified, but...

Small Talk

Blog Review

  • The Patry Copyright Blog

    Law firm attorneys and professors have dominated the legal blog landscape ever since legal blogs came into existence. But more and more in-house counsel are taking the plunge into cyberspace, including Sun Microsystems GC Mike Dillon and Microsoft attorney David Rudin.

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