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Class conflict at Charleston School of Law (access required)

Class confict

Charleston has long been a place where social distinctions matter and who you know determines where you stand in the pecking order. But in recent weeks the city experienced a stirring of the proletariat – or at least what passes for it -- at the Charleston School of Law. Roy T. Willey IV, a Harvard graduate now studying at the law school, formed an exclusive club and sent private invitations to a carefully selected few for an inaugural garden party. But the invitations didn’t stay private for long.

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Ascent of the ‘patent troll’ (access required)

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE NEARLY IDENTICAL BUS TRACKING SYSTEMS? The Mountain Line system in Missoula, Mont., (top) has been sued for patent infringement. Raleigh's Capital Area Transit (bottom) hasn't -- at least yet.

Waiting for a Capital Area Transit bus that’s running late in Raleigh? Regular riders know they can track its whereabouts. There’s an app for that. There’s a patent for that too, and it doesn’t belong to the city – at least that’s the claim made by ArrivalStar S.A., a Luxembourg-based company that has, in recent years, filed more than 100 patent infringement lawsuits arising out of the use of package and other tracking devices.

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Charleston ex-cop gets day in court (access required)


A former Charleston police officer and Navy reservist will be allowed to pursue his claim that the City of Charleston terminated him without cause in violation of federal statutes that protect the employment rights of returning veterans. The case is now scheduled to go to trial in federal court on June 19.

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Palmetto Proud (access required)

Palmetto proud

Despite being involved in some of the nation’s biggest legal cases, from the BP oil spill to Toyota’s unintended acceleration litigation and even the Penn State sex abuse scandal, many of South Carolina’s top gun lawyers say they are still overlooked and underestimated. And that suits them like seersucker.

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Real estate suits closer to closing


Two class actions against South Carolina real estate brokerages charged with conspiring to restrain competition can move forward, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. In a unanimous opinion handed down on May 14, the court affirmed U.S. District Judge Sol Blatt Jr. and held that consumers had sufficiently stated claims that the various brokerage defendants, acting through employees who were board members for area multiple listing services, had adopted rules designed to exclude innovative, lower-priced competitors from membership in the MLS — and, effectively, from the local real estate market.

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The multi-volume collection every federal litigator must have (access required)

When I agreed to do a book review of the third edition of the multi-volume treatise “Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts,” I knew that the new edition would be substantial, but did not know that it would be expanded to 11 volumes containing almost 13,000 pages, plus a separate appendix that contains tables of all jury instructions, forms, laws and rules, and cases discussed.

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‘In Chambers’ pulls back curtains at Supreme Court (access required)

Supreme Court

A U.S. Supreme Court justice stands in his august chambers concentrating on his latest project while a law clerk looks on in admiration. Is the subject a petition for certiorari that seeks to upend decades of constitutional precedent? Hardly. All attention is on a golf ball that Byron White is poised to putt across his carpet in an attempt to best his clerks in a contest of athletic prowess.

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Failed preservation (access required)


The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an appeal of a $1.26 million judgment against Belk retail stores after Belk’s attorneys failed to file a post-verdict motion to preserve crucial issues for appeal.

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