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Officer fired after arresting mayor’s son can sue

An Illinois police officer claimed he lost his job because he complained that his department had a bad habit of looking the other way when politically-connected drivers were caught committing traffic violations.

Monday, a federal appeals court decided that the officer could sue for a violation of his First Amendment rights.

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Comp recipient didn’t forfeit benefits by ‘working’

An employer thought it had caught a supposedly disabled employee dead to rights when a private investigator’s surveillance video showed the employee working at her boyfriend’s herbal remedies store.

But a state top court decided Friday that her workers’ compensation benefits were safe because she hadn’t “knowingly” engaged in fraud.

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Employee may be late for work, N.Y. court says

A federal court decided yesterday that an employer may have violated federal discrimination law for having the audacity to require an employee to show up for work on time.

I guess next we’ll learn that it’s illegal to force an employee to actually work at work.

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Keyword ‘piracy’ doesn’t violate ethics rules, experts say

A couple of Wisconsin personal injury lawyers had the chutzpah to use the last names of rival attorneys for keyword advertising on the Internet.

A court decided last month that the enterprising lawyers didn’t violate state privacy law, and experts now say that such a marketing scheme probably doesn’t violate professional rules of conduct governing lawyer advertising, either.

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