WASHINGTON – The fallout from the complicated legal battle between the late pinup model Anna Nicole Smith and the estate of the elderly oil magnate she married is still being felt by bankruptcy lawyers across the nation because a new circuit split has emerged, making an already complex legal issue even more knotty.
It’s an issue that leaves employment lawyers and their clients scratching their heads: Must an employer reassign a disabled employee to a vacant position that would have otherwise been filled by a competitive process?
The question of whether the warrantless search of a cellphone’s content violates the Fourth Amendment has divided state and federal courts, making it one of the thorniest legal issues around.
WASHINGTON – A federal statute makes it mandatory for victims of child pornography to get restitution for the losses they suffer. But federal court rulings deciding how those losses should be categorized and what proof is required to establish liability are so divergent that the term “circuit split” doesn’t quite cut it. It’s more like a “circuit shatter.”
Mass tort litigators are abuzz over a recent Washington state court ruling that some say expands manufacturers’ duty to warn about potential hazards associated with their products, even when those hazards are not caused by the products themselves.
WASHINGTON – After several U.S. Supreme Court rulings that toughened the standards for bringing class action claims and boosted companies’ ability to compel arbitration to resolve conflicts, a new focus for litigation has emerged: class arbitration.