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Author Archives: Sylvia Hsieh

Employers prepare for post-DOMA world

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Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act’s refusal to recognize state same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, employers are scrambling to figure out how far they have to go in changing their employee benefit ...

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Portals keep lawyers more connected to clients

More than five years ago, when employment lawyer Christopher McKinney left a large law firm to open his own practice, he quickly found he was spending too many hours playing phone tag with his clients.

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Indictment charges 7-Eleven owners with immigration fraud, identity theft

In one of the largest criminal immigration investigations and the largest criminal immigration seizure case ever, nine individuals who owned and operated 7-Eleven franchises in New York and Virginia were charged last week with wire fraud conspiracy, identity theft and ...

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Patent trading exchange debuts first offering

The newly-launched financial market for buying and selling intellectual property rights has debuted its first offering — a portfolio of more than 600 patents covering organic LED lightbulbs owned by Philips. The Chicago-headquartered Intellectual Property Exchange International (IPXI) aims to ...

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DEFAMATION

Can an airline be denied immunity for an employee’s defamatory statements about a dangerous pilot without a showing that the statements were materially false? See “Can airline be sued for employee’s statement about dangerous pilot?” Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. ...

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