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ASSUMING the position (access required)

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Should a bill that gives leaders of the General Assembly standing to intervene in lawsuits on the state’s behalf become law, its use would likely be expensive, disruptive and possibly irrelevant to federal courts.

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Changes to psychiatric association diagnostic manual will impact litigation (access required)

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Changes in the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual are likely to have an impact in the courtroom. The fifth iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – better known as DSM-5 – updated existed diagnoses, including a broadened definition of post-traumatic stress disorder; added new diagnoses; and eliminated disorders that appeared in previous editions, such as Asperger’s syndrome.

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Judge tosses EEOC suit over background checks (access required)

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A federal judge in Maryland has dealt a stinging blow to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s attempt to cast the use of pre-employment background checks as a discriminatory hiring practice. The EEOC maintains that criminal and credit background checks have a disparate impact on minority applicants, who comprise a disproportionate percentage of people with criminal histories or poor-credit records. However, Judge Roger W. Titus faulted the agency’s evidence, saying it would “condemn the use of common sense” to let the case against Dallas-based convention coordinating company Freeman proceed in U.S. District Court.

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You’ve been served – or maybe not (access required)

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Looking to duck a process server? Moving into a building manned by a concierge might be a good idea. North Carolina’s law on service of process is rather murky when it comes to concierges and other building staff, such as doormen, signing for certified mail. The statute only states that service can be completed by “delivering to the addressee.”

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