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Friday morning docket: Hot August news

With all the federal lawsuits, case dismissals, new regulations and Supreme Court action, it’s hard to believe that it’s August!

ABA sues: The American Bar Association filed suit to prevent the Federal Trade Comission from enforcing the anti-identity theft Red Flags Rule against lawyers. (Lawyers USA)

Speaking of ID theft: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was a victim! It all started when his wife’s purse was snatched off a chair at Starbucks. You can’t make this up. (ABA Journal)

New HIPAA regs: The Health and Human Services Department issued regulations last week concerning the HIPAA breach notifications requirements enacted as part of the stimulus bill earlier this year. (Lawyers USA)

FDA’s smoking guns: The Food and Drug Administration has established the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, the latest step in implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed into law earlier this year. (Lawyers USA)

Supreme Court orders bail: Yesterday the Supreme Court ordered Massachusetts to grant bail to a man convicted of beating a  teacher with a baseball bat. (AP)

Chrysler SCOTUS challenges dismissed: Just before Chrysler announced it would accept product liability claims on vehicles built before the company was reorganized in bankruptcy, the Supreme Court dismissed several challenges to the deal. (SCOTUSBlog)

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