Archive | March, 2011

Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Focuses on Doping

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Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Focuses on Doping
Lately we’ve been talking about some fairly heavy legal issues with far reaching effects — class actions, sex discrimination, IPOs, and worker’s comp — so we figured it was time for some local legal news. Lucky for us, the Barry Bonds trial is happening in our own back yard. What brings homerun king Barry Bonds…
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Class Size Too Big in Wal-Mart Discrimination Case?

Largest Class Action Ever? Supreme Court Hears Wal-Mart Discrimination Case

All eyes are on the Supreme court as the justices are about to hear what could potentially be the largest class action suit in US history. In Dukes v. Wal-Mart, there’s more at stake than just damages for over 1.5 million women: the outcome of the ruling could determine how big a class action suit…
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State of the Unions- Labor and Employment Law

Episode 18: State of the Unions — Labor and Employment Law

In this podcast, we take a look at labor and employment law, particularly as it pertains to unions. After taking a look at the situation of nuclear power plant workers in Japan and the union struggle in Wisconsin, we talk to Portland-based attorney Nelson Atkin about the legal aspects of unions, and how businesses and…
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Social Media Startups Avoid Going Public

Going Public — The Paradoxical Private Ownership of Social Media Tech Companies

CNN Money’s Fortune recently ran an article on the strange paradox of the world’s leading internet startups. Companies like Facebook, Groupon, and Twitter make their reputation (and their money) off of users’ contributions, but when it comes to sharing stocks, it seems they would rather exclude the public. Users’ opinions are valued when it comes to…
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Labor Laws and Japan's Nuclear Workers

Worker’s Comp and Japan’s “Nuclear Gyspies”

The world is looking anxiously on as the Japanese attempt to prevent the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant from melting down. The effects will be far-reaching for many, but the workers themselves are in the most dire situation, risking extreme radiation poisoning as they attempt to control the reactors. Their tragic situation makes one wonder…
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