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Employers prepare for post-DOMA world


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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Judge hits lawyer, client for sanctions of $881K

A “scorched-earth” litigation campaign mounted by a divorcee and her lawyers against the woman’s ex-husband has prompted a Virginia judge to impose a record-breaking $880,748.26 sanction award against both the client and the lawyer. The sanctions award ordered by Fairfax ...

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Justices rule for adoptive couple in Indian custody dispute


WASHINGTON – In a contested interstate adoption case that raised complicated questions about the intersection of federal and state law, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act does not automatically bar the adoption of an ...

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Employees must keep beneficiary designations updated, justices rule

It’s fair to assume Warren Hillman never intended that the proceeds of his federal employee life insurance policy would go to his ex-wife when he died unexpectedly in 2008. But whatever Warren intended doesn’t matter. That’s because the U.S. Supreme ...

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