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  • Dec 19, 2013
  • Shanon Carson
  • Marketing

In a decision that could have far-reaching effects, an appellate court recently ruled that federal courts have jurisdiction to hear lawsuits against companies that bombard potential customers with unwanted phone calls, text messages, and faxes.…

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  • Nov 26, 2013
  • Greg Coleman
  • Labor & Employment

Workplace bullying is defined as a repeated, severe mistreatment of one or more employees through verbal abuse, offensive conduct, or behavior that may threaten, humiliate, or intimidate individuals or interfere with their work.…

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  • Nov 25, 2013
  • Shanon Carson
  • Labor & Employment

On November 4, 2013, New Jersey citizens voted in support of a proposed amendment to the state's Constitution to raise the minimum wage by $1 and to automatically adjust the rate annually to account for inflation.…

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  • Nov 4, 2013
  • Chris Placitella
  • Defective & Dangerous Products

On October 29, 2013, an appellate court in California affirmed a $21 million jury verdict in favor of a mesothelioma victim and his wife against John Crane, Inc. ("JCI"), a manufacturer of products containing asbestos. In an important ruling that may help other mesothelioma victims…

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  • Oct 29, 2013
  • Louis Marlin
  • Labor & Employment

What to Expect When Hiring a Competitor's Employee Noncompete agreements have become more popular in the last 10 years than ever before. The number of published court decisions over the agreements has risen more than 60 percent since 2002. Some even suspect this figure is a low estimate,…

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  • Oct 28, 2013
  • Christopher M. Placitella
  • Defective & Dangerous Products

Not only did one of the country's largest tobacco companies once sell cigarettes made with filters containing tiny, but deadly, asbestos fibers, but the company also advertised that the asbestos cigarettes were safe and healthy alternative to non-filtered cigarettes. Now, decades later,…

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  • Sep 26, 2013
  • Christopher M. Placitella
  • Defective & Dangerous Products

Earlier this month, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a closely watched case addressing whether plaintiffs in asbestos lawsuits must demonstrate that but for exposure to a particular defendant's asbestos products, the plaintiff would not have developed mesothelioma. A…

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  • Sep 26, 2013
  • Jeffrey Phillips
  • Uncategorized

On September 18, 2013, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in Bland v. Roberts that the Sheriff's Office of Hampton, Virginia violated the First Amendment rights of two employees who were terminated for "liking" the Facebook page of a political opponent of the Sheriff. In…

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  • Sep 26, 2013
  • H. Lee Thompson
  • Marketing

It's a cliché, but it's true: the Internet has revolutionized all aspects of business. Social media, especially, has altered the way individuals and businesses communicate both with each other and the wider world, and the effectiveness of well-harnessed social media is underestimated at…

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  • Aug 27, 2013
  • Christopher Placitella
  • Personal Injury

While the links between asbestos and mesothelioma are now well known, the use of the material in buildings and manufacturing was commonplace just forty years ago. Workers who were exposed to the material decades ago may still experience severe health problems and may have legal recourse as…

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