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Insurers Using Familiar Playbook to Protect Profits in California

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.

Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

The Hall of Fame and Dead Kentucky Lawyers

Don McNay | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business
Don McNay

It was a session of the Kentucky Bar Association, but it felt like a wake. A reasonably large crowd came to hear about the downbeat topic of attorney suicides. Two years ago, a number of Kentucky attorneys took their own lives.

Pandora's Box: Dems Should Pay Close Attention to Victims Facing Asbestos Perjury Claims

Sara Warner | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

It's one thing to embrace political allies like the trial lawyers, but I'm hoping my fellow Democrats shed light on this gray area. By doing so, and by focusing on protecting victims, we can avoid some of the election-year debris from this particular train wreck.

How Judge Lance Ito and OJ Simpson Ruined the Legal System

Don McNay | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Don McNay

One of the worst moves in American judicial history was Judge Lance Ito's decision to allow the OJ Simpson murder trial in 1995 to be televised. Making a bad idea worse, Ito went on entertainment programs like a small-time comic trying to work his way to Vegas. The OJ Simpson trial was the precursor of the modern reality television series.

Attention Lawyers: Now Is the Time to Get Social

Monica Zent | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Monica Zent

There's no reason to be intimidated -- there's not one right way to do social media. There are, however, best practices. These six suggestions are most useful to achieving a successful and productive presence on social media.

What Goes on in a Judge's Chambers Conference?

Scott B. Piekarsky | Posted 03.31.2014 | Small Business
Scott B. Piekarsky

Have you ever wondered what goes on when your attorney goes into chambers with other counsel and the judge? Are they busy talking about the weekend football games or basketball games?

Can-Do

Tom Deegan | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Deegan

Unfortunately, efforts to stop the spread of these hospital born-and-bred mutants have focused so far on changing human behavior by reprogramming bedside caregivers.

Things to Consider Before Litigating

Mark Baer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
Mark Baer

As you can see, decisions rendered in court are not based on all of the evidence -- just all of the legally admissible evidence

Tell BP to Drop Dudley

Brian Young | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Brian Young

They must pay their debt to society -- and they cannot be let off the hook simply because they have the resources to run a PR campaign on their own behalf.

Lawyers Fail to Give Clients All Options Available for Resolving Conflict

Mark Baer | Posted 10.26.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

As I like to remind people, you can only give what you have and teach what you know. If the legal community won't embrace ADR, maybe an educated public can force the issue.

Dead Lawyers and Dying Young People

Don McNay | Posted 09.14.2013 | Celebrity
Don McNay

"Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night" -Jim Steinman (song by Meat Loaf and later the cast of Glee) My first news on Sunday was seeing...

The Law Is a Baseline and Nothing More

Mark Baer | Posted 08.10.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Consider the impact of a family systems and service based approach, meaning that there are value-added inputs being offered to the families, rather than merely a brokering of deals.

Peter Perlman- Life Lessons from a Lawyer's Lawyer

Don McNay | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Don McNay

"I need a hero. I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night. He's gotta be strong And he's gotta be fast And he's gotta be fresh from the fig...

Helping the Wounded Trial Warrior

Don McNay | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Don McNay

Trial lawyers have a unique caveat to their job. They are always making someone mad. Often times, like Atticus Finch's character in Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, they can find that their entire community has turned against them.

Ghostbusters

Tom Deegan | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Tom Deegan

Last Saturday I was a panelist at an Adams State University Healthcare Forum in Alamosa, Colo. Some knowledgeable speakers were there including the Re...

Shedding a Tear for the Insurance Industry?

Brian Young | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business
Brian Young

ALEC and their allies in government and the media can cry their crocodile tears for the poor, downtrodden insurance companies, but I won't shed a tear for the multimillion dollar industry.

Bruce Stanley's Got a Chip on His Shoulder

Laurence Leamer | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

Bruce Stanley's enraged that the legal and political system is his native state of West Virginia is so corrupt that the bad and the compromised often float to the top of the system while the true and the caring are just as often endlessly stymied.

Rights Have to Be Enforced Somehow

Joshua Shulman | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Joshua Shulman

We as a country have to decide what rights we want to enforce, and whether to enforce them with government agencies, or with private contractors. But whipsawing back and forth is unfair.

Doctors Use Arbitration Agreements to Escape Jury Trials

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 04.10.2012 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

By allowing arbitration agreements to be used in the context of medical procedures, patients often unknowingly give away their rights to sue doctors in courts of law.

"Occupy" Your Local Courthouse?

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

The Wall Street Malaise has Seeped Into Our Halls of Justice In the past we have commented about the dysfunctional class action system and how class ...

The Bigger They Come

Henry J. Stern | Posted 02.21.2012 | New York
Henry J. Stern

While only a relatively small portion of elected officials are criminals, still the frequency of arrests and indictments of members of the political class causes people to doubt the integrity and validity of the legislative process.

Zach Carter

ERROR 404: Congress Wants To Break The Internet

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans joined together to voice support for legislation that would ...

Beware of the French Cuff Cowboy

Cliff Schecter | Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Rick Perry, who has seemingly been governor of Texas since The Alamo began to look like a questionable career move, is now ready to throw his 10-gallon hat, frothy intellect and custom-made cowboy boots into the national political ring.

Class Warfare III -- Losing Your Right to Fight Back

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Larry Beinhart

Litigation seems to be a particularly American disease. Why? We don't believe in collective responsibility and collective solutions.