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Business-Method Patents Clog the System

Jul. 14, 1999
By Amy Bourne

SAN FRANCISCO - You're a new entrepreneur, and you've got an idea for a business selling special-edition books on the Interne...


Expense Checks

Jul. 14, 1999
By Columnist

By Shelley L. Albaum, Harold J. Cohn and Seth D. Kramer Although a trial court has broad discretion in modifying spousal-supp...



Theory and Practice

Jul. 14, 1999
By Columnist

^^Theory and Practice^^ By Conrad R. Aragon Sam Thompson was waiting for a bus in downtown Louisville, Ky., in January, 1959....


Up in Arms

Jul. 14, 1999
By Columnist

By Marjorie Cohn After World War II, the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal was established to try Japanese military and political lea...



SAN FRANCISCO - A new battle in a long war between Sonoma County District Attorney J. Michael Mullins and local political act...


Federal Prosecutors Ask Judge to Deny Discovery

Jul. 14, 1999
By Craiq Anderson

SAN JOSE - Hoping to block an effort by class-action plaintiffs' attorneys to get a look at documents from the Justice Depart...



Seas of Fees

Jul. 14, 1999
By Columnist

By Gerry Holt Running a law firm without a carefully prepared business plan is like choosing a destination without selecting ...


Paraplegic Claims Medical Mistreatment in Jail

Jul. 14, 1999
By Lauren Bartlett

A paraplegic man with a bladder problem who claims county jail personnel ignored court orders to provide him with a catheter ...



Bench Fears Suits Over Unification

Jul. 14, 1999
By Denise Levin

A civil rights attorney says the county will become "more vulnerable" to lawsuits alleging violations of the federal Voting R...


The six plaintiffs who were awarded a record $4.8 billion in punitive damages against General Motors have announced they will...



A Giant Among Defenders

Jul. 14, 1999
By Michael Harris

Funeral services are scheduled Wednesday for prominent Santa Monica-based defense attorney Charles R. English, who died Satur...


Mark B. Simons Judge Contra Costa County Superior Court Mark B. Simons Judge Contra Costa County Superior Court Appointed by:...



Investigation of S.D. Mayor a Historic Rarity

Jul. 14, 1999
By Claude Walbert

SAN DIEGO - One can almost feel the ground stir while walking through the Gaslamp Quarter these days. That's because current ...


Teacher Testing Scheme Wins Court Approval

Jul. 14, 1999
By Pamela Mac Lean

SAN FRANCISCO - A divided federal appeals court Monday upheld California's controversial teacher certification exam, finding ...



At one time, former entertainment attorney and federal prosecutor James Tierney considered himself Stephen Cooperman's best f...


No Pooling

Jul. 13, 1999
By Tom Orewyler

To many in corporate America, it's more than just a misguided regulatory move by the federal government's accountants. It's m...



By Rex Heeseman The plaintiffs' bar has eagerly embraced the Unfair Competition Act, Business and Professions Code Section 172...


For Rodeo Rider, There's No Horsing Around

Jul. 13, 1999
By Pearl Piatt

When Los Angeles lawyer Ron Goldie says in his heart of hearts he's a cowboy, he means it. His favorite pastime is a rodeo sp...



Many Thanks

Jul. 13, 1999
By Columnist

Delay Gratification Rewards of contingency representation extend beyond potential monetary benefits By Kurt Osenbaugh The hol...


Palo Alto Native Enjoys Home-Field Advantage

Jul. 13, 1999
By Elizabeth Freudenthal

Richard Peers is a Palo Alto man. The Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe partner grew up there, went to college there, works...



Public Spirit

Jul. 13, 1999
By Stacy Cohen

By Stacy L. Cohen A former social worker who watched over troubled teens and drug offenders, attorney Ronald Low today acts a...


Parachute to Safety

Jul. 13, 1999
By Columnist

By Eric M. Abramson Requirements of secrecy and confidentiality are frequently imposed as conditions of money payments to vic...



Heller Ehrman PHARMACEUTICAL CONCERNS JOIN FORCES The Alza Corp. of Palo Alto will be acquired by Abbott Laboratories in a de...


Leased Domain

Jul. 13, 1999
By Columnist

Leased Domain CYBERSPACE LAW: A business that seeks to acquire an Internet address registered by another party can rent it fr...



Plaintiffs' Attorneys Seek Prosecutors' Files

Jul. 13, 1999
By Craiq Anderson

SAN JOSE - Plaintiffs' attorneys who are pursuing a class action against a medical device company will ask a federal judge to...


Working Model

Jul. 13, 1999
By Leslie Gordon

By Leslie A. Gordon Littler Mendelson is not the largest firm on this year's list of San Francisco's Top 20 firms. Nor is it ...



Hire Calling

Jul. 13, 1999
By Pearl Piatt

By Pearl J. Piatt Los Angeles lawyer Jeffrey A. Berman has always been interested in religion. During his undergraduate years...


PacBell Agrees to Change Leave Policy

Jul. 13, 1999
By Pamela Mac Lean

SAN FRANCISCO - At least three other lawsuits around the country may be influenced by Pacific Bell's agreement to credit the ...



Quick Fire

Jul. 13, 1999
By Columnist

^^Antitrust Law^^ Quick Fire Court Rejects Abbreviated Review of Restrictions on Dentists A factual inquiry into both the ant...


It is hard to say whether the doctors of law or of divinity have made the greater advances in the lucrative business of myste...