Truck Drivers not Revved up about New Safety Rules

CNBC; June 30, 2013 The federal government thinks long-haul truckers like Bryan Spoon need more rest. But with the Department of Transportation’s new rules forcing drivers to take longer breaks and cut back on hours behind the wheel, Spoon thinks … Continue reading

Mirena Side Effects Lead to Early Hysterectomy for Young Plaintiff; June 17, 2013 Kelli Baugh was only in her 20s when she faced a total hysterectomy, experienced the rigors of surgically induced menopause, and required daily doses of estrogen. Why? Mirena birth control side effects. The Mirena intrauterine device … Continue reading

Divorce Due to Adderall; June 17, 2013 “I was divorced and lost everything because of Adderall,” says Christie, who was wrongly diagnosed with ADHD and regretfully wound up having a “manic episode,” one of Adderall side effects. Christie, 37 years old and a … Continue reading

The Apple e-books Trial Takes a Detour into the Absurd

Fortune; June 18, 2013 What started as a small “gotcha” moment in the cross examination of a mid-level Apple (AAPL) executive last week grew into a federal case — literally — on Monday, the ninth day of testimony in U.S.A. v. … Continue reading

Ask a Lawyer: Did Superman Have a Legal Obligation to Save Lives in Man of Steel?

Wired; June 17, 2013 In Man of Steel, the latest film about Superman, we see a version of the iconic DC Comics hero who exists largely without agency. Decisions are made for him; restrictions are imposed upon him by others, … Continue reading

McDonald’s Worker Says She Was Required to Receive Pay on Fee-Laden Debit Card

ABC News; June 17, 2013 A former McDonald’s worker in Pennsylvania is suing a franchiser owner saying she was required to receive her wages through a debit card that charged fees, resulting in some hourly employees receiving less than minimum … Continue reading

Clarence Thomas’s Legal Time Machine Zooms to 1789

Bloomberg; June 17, 2013 Don’t let the U.S. Supreme Court’s very contemporary cases on gene patenting and same-sex marriage fool you: At least one justice is still living in the 18th century and doesn’t care who knows it. Justice Clarence … Continue reading

Bank of America Paid Bonuses to Foreclose: Lawsuit

CNBC; June 17, 2013 Bank of America routinely denied qualified borrowers a chance to modify their loans to more affordable terms and paid cash bonuses to bank staffers for pushing homeowners into foreclosure, according to affidavits filed last week in … Continue reading

NCAA May Seek to Recover Legal Fees in O’Bannon Case

USA Today; June 14, 2013 If the NCAA prevails in an lawsuit pertaining to the use of college athletes’ names and likenesses, it could take what it says is an usual step in anti-trust cases: It may try to recover … Continue reading

Analysts Can’t Eavesdrop on Domestic Calls without ‘Proper Legal Authorization’

Politico; June 16, 2013 The director of national intelligence pushed back on assertions that the National Security Agency can listen in on domestic U.S. phone calls based solely on an analyst’s decision. “The statement that a single analyst can eavesdrop … Continue reading