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Tough week? Take a few moments to enjoy our guest blogger, Celia Elwell, RP and senior paralegal, who sends us interesting links and articles. Enjoy! Judge Throws Out RICO Claims Against Johnson & Johnson, by Shannon P. Duffy, The Legal Intelligencer http://www.law.com/jsp/pa/PubArticlePA.jsp?id=1202504306265 Federal Judge Dismisses BP Oil Spill Fraud Lawsuit, by Maureen Cosgrove, JURIST http://bit.ly/odVde4 Jury Awards $900 Thousand In Age Discrimination Case, by Ellen Simon, Employee’s Rights Post Blog http://bit.ly/r7kUkO Third Circuit Okays Collection of DNA from Criminal Suspects, by Nathan Koppel, Wall Street Journal Law Blog http://on.wsj.com/mQC5sq Preparing Americans for Death Lets Hospices Neglect End of Life, by... Read more →

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DOJ Paralegal Whistleblower Dissed & Dismissed - Exclusive Interview!

Exclusive to KNOW, The Magazine for Paralegals From Justice Dream Job to Nightmare Tamarah Grimes, Justice Department Paralegal: Why This Whistleblower Was Dissed & Dismissed By Andrew Kreig, J.D., M.S.L. As federal prosecutors prepared in 2006 for the corruption trial of Alabama’s former Gov. Don Siegelman, Justice Department paralegal Tamarah Grimes thought she was progressing well in her career. She was past beginner stage after three years at the Middle District U.S. Attorney’s office helping prepare federal cases in the state capital of Montgomery. Indeed, she was the government’s top in-house paralegal in one of the country’s most important federal... Read more →

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"Give Women A Fair Pay Day"

Think your salary is fair & equitable? Responses might just depend on your gender: "We’re coming up on Equal Pay Day again. That’s the day in April every year—this year the 24th—when women’s earnings finally catch up with what men made by December 31 of the previous year. Women’s groups, led by the National Committee on Pay Equity, will rally on Capitol Hill to call attention to the issue. "The pay gap is still a stubborn problem, with women who work full time, year-round making 76 cents to a man’s dollar. Though it consistently polls number one with female voters... Read more →

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EEOC: Harassment of paralegal violated earlier consent decree

What was this firm thinking? "A Forest Hills law firm has agreed to settle a second sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a rare occurrence. "The agency announced the latest settlement last week with Rappaport Hertz Cherson & Rosenthal. The EEOC had sued on behalf of Melissa Castillo, a Bronx resident who worked as a paralegal for the law firm from May 2003 to August 2004. "The EEOC attorney handling the latest litigation said the agency sued because of Castillo's allegations and because Rappaport had violated a three-year consent decree it signed in December 2003,... Read more →

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"Simpson Thacher Achieves Denial of Class Certification"

Firm's press release on winning the case also acknowledges paralegals! Although the firm does not currently post paralegal bios, a site search pulls up several more press releases naming paralegals as part of the team: "On July 11, 2006, the Firm [Simpson Thacher & Bartlett] won the dismissal of a consolidated ERISA putative class action filed against American Electric Power. The dismissal of this ERISA action culminated four years of litigation in which the Firm successfully achieved the dismissal of each of a large number of litigations filed against AEP, including federal court securities class actions, state and federal court... Read more →

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"Few Employers Prepared for the Impact of Blogging"

We've discussed this topic before so it's quite surprising that so few employers have published policies on blogging! "Weblogs are booming, but the latest survey conducted by the Employment Law Alliance, a large network of employment and labor lawyers, is reporting that only about 15% of employers have specific policies addressing work-related blogging. "It is estimated that as many as 5% of the American work force -- millions of workers -- are maintaining online personal diaries called blogs. "'While employee-bloggers have some legal protection, blogs create substantial new issues for employers,'" said Kurt Sherwood, labor and employment attorney at Miller,... Read more →

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