Some of the stories about courts, the law and lawyers in the news this past week:
- Court strikes down Obama recess appointments: The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Obama’s appointment of three NLRB members was unconstitutional because Obama claimed them as recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess.
- Debt collectors posing as Facebook friends: Some collectors masquerade as friendly personalities to catch an alleged debtor’s attention.
- Sheriffs raise concerns about NY’s new gun law: Some sheriffs said the law takes positive steps to address mental health issues and access to illegal guns, but they said it also infringes on Second Amendment rights,
- Important IRS deadline for small businesses is just daysaway: If your business paid any individual $600 or more in 2012, the IRS wants to know about it.
- Two sue Subway for 'short' footlong subs: Plaintiffs' lawyer says the company should either make their sandwiches 12 inches long or stop advertising them as footlongs.
- Reid, McConnell reach Senate filibuster deal: The agreement focuses on limiting the ability to stall action at the very beginning of debate and after a bill has passed the Senate and before negotiations begin with the House.
- Foes of New York City soda size limit doubt racial fairness: The NAACP and the Hispanic Federation, a network of 100 northeastern groups, say minority-owned delis and corner stores will end up at a disadvantage compared to grocery chains.
- Facebook $20 million “sponsored stories” class-action settlement could mean $10 for users:
The lawsuit alleges that Facebook “unlawfully used the names, profile pictures, photographs, likenesses, and identities of Facebook users in the United States to advertise or sell products and services through Sponsored Stories without obtaining those users’ consent.”
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