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Preview: Gay-marriage cases to define U.S. Supreme Court legacy
In their first-ever review of same-sex marriage laws, the nine justices are hearing arguments on one of the most politically charged dilemmas of the day.

Bayer opposes efforts to consolidate IUD lawsuits
Over 40 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts across the country over the Mirena IUD’s labeling. Bayer argues consolidating the cases would slow the litigation’s progress.

Emma Thompson copyright maneuver protects screenplay rights
The unusual federal court case could provide a procedural roadmap for copyright cases involving fictional works based on historical facts.

Arcapita creditors irked by offer to pay legal fees in failed IPO
The bankrupt investment bank and its creditors are butting heads over just how much an adviser’s fruitless effort is worth.

Goldman can arbitrate gender discrimination lawsuit – U.S. court
The case has been closely watched by employers seeking to avoid costly class action lawsuits and instead require individuals to pursue cases alone in private arbitrations.

Triple damages capped in False Claims Act case
The 7th Circuit joined a majority of fellow courts to address the issue in concluding that “net trebling” of damages rather than “gross trebling” should be used.

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