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Labor Lawyers Predict NLRB Fumble on Football Decision

By Jenna Greene |

Labor lawyers are skeptical that a decision by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago giving football players at Northwestern University a green light to unionize would survive judicial scrutiny.

HUDSON CRASH: The pilot’s widow recovered $14.2 million—the largest individual payout.

U.S. Cuts Legal Tab in Half

By Jenna Greene |

The federal government spent about half as much to resolve lawsuits as it did during 2012, doling out $1.7 billion from the Judgment Fund — an open-ended account that the Treasury Department uses to pay legal judgments and settlements.

Andre M. Davis, during his nomination hearing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit. April 29, 2009.

Court Lets FTC Keep Its Big Gun

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last week kept intact a key part in the Federal Trade Commis­sion's "arsenal," upholding a $163 million judgment against a woman who allegedly helped dupe consumers into buying computer-security software.

Michelle Lee, Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, described the administration's plan, including adoption of common terms of art to bring clarity to patent language and avoid

Patent Bar Underwhelmed by Obama's Reform Initiative

By Todd Ruger |

The Obama administration last week expanded its effort to improve the patent system and curb abusive legislation, but intellectual property lawyers said the initiative's limited scope suggested that any major reforms must come from Congress.

Former FTC Head Says CFPB Poses 'Mortal Threat'

By Jenna Greene |

The Federal Trade Commission faces a "mortal threat" from the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, former FTC chairman Timothy Muris said during a panel discussion today.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission building

FTC's Long Winning Streak Ends

By Jenna Greene |

The Federal Trade Commission's 19-year winning streak is over. The agency's four commissioners ruled today in a split decision that pipefitter McWane Inc. did not collude to fix prices in the water works fittings market.

Senior judge Paul Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Judge Tosses Suit Over IRS Health Care Law Regulation

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Washington today dismissed a legal challenge to the Internal Revenue Service's enforcement of a section of the federal health care law.

Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission Edith Ramirez

Apple to Refund $32M to Settle FTC Charges

By Jenna Greene |

Apple Inc. will pay at least $32.5 million in consumer refunds to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it wrongly billed parents millions of dollars for unauthorized charges incurred by their children in kids’ mobile apps.

Artisanal miners dig for gold outside of Mongbwalu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Court Grills SEC Over Costly Conflict Minerals Rule

By Jenna Greene |

One of the most controversial — and costly — rules in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission history is under scrutiny by a panel of federal appellate judges, who questioned whether the requirement that publicly traded companies disclose the use of certain minerals from the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo violates the First Amendment.

Banks Draw Out Their Knives

By Jenna Greene |

When federal financial regulators last week adopted the massive Volcker Rule, it didn't mean their work was finished. If anything, lawyers say the work is just beginning.