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Court Upholds Voter-Approved Affirmative-Action Ban

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court, delivering its second major blow in less than a year to civil rights organizations, on Tuesday upheld Michigan's voter-approved ban on the use of race preferences in admissions at the state’s public universities.

Class Action Accord Over Collection Law Firm's Foibles OK’d

By Charles Toutant |

A federal judge in Camden, N.J., on April 15 approved settlement of a class action suit against a New Jersey law firm that allegedly violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by sending out letters that failed to mention the consumer’s right to dispute the debt.

Report Warns About Off-the-Bench Behavior

By John Caher |

With a shot-across-the-bow warning that "drinking and driving offenses almost always should and will result in disciplinary action," the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct is cautioning judges to confront alcohol-related problems before they result in embarrassing or career-ending punishment.

Judge Overturns Ban on Painkiller By Massachusetts

By Sheri Qualters |

A Boston federal judge on April 15 struck down a Massachusetts ban on the painkiller Zohydro ER because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the drug trumped the state’s authority.

L-R Co-Counsel, Michael Mills and Lead Counsel, SK Rod Dixon

Jury Awards $7 Mil. in Auto-Accident Death Case

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County, Ga., jury has awarded nearly $7 million to the children of a woman killed as she and the driver of the car in which she was a passenger were attempting to change a flat tire on a Thomasville, Ga., highway two years ago.