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Vaccine claims thrown out

The plaintiffs in three cases alleging a causal link between childhood vaccines and autism have failed to show a connection, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ruled.

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Out-of-state gay adoption is enforceable

A lesbian could enforce an Illinois adoption order in a custody dispute with her former partner, even though the state where she now resides – Michigan – doesn’t recognize adoptions by same-sex couples, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled ...

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Fired employee entitled to long-term disability benefits

An employee was wrongfully denied long-term disability benefits for injuries suffered in two automobile accidents – even though she didn’t apply for benefits until months after she was fired for allegedly poor performance, the 6th Circuit has ruled in affirming ...

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Justices to rule on seizure of property

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether local law enforcement agencies may seize and retain personal property indefinitely without a hearing pursuant to a state forfeiture statute.

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Is battery a ‘violent’ felony?

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a defendant’s prior conviction for felony battery constitutes a “violent” felony for the purpose of imposing a heightened sentence under the federal statute governing career criminals.

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Justices rule in domestic violence case

The Federal Gun Control Act may be applied to a defendant convicted of a misdemeanor violent offense against domestic partner, even though the presence of a domestic relationship was not a predicate of the underlying offense, the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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