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Decision in Wal-Mart case a balanced approach

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision, Salvas v. Wal-Mart Store, Inc., 452 Mass. 337 (2008), has provided a clarification of class action procedure that may disappoint business defendants and plaintiffs alike. On the one hand, the decision precludes business ...

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Vioxx rulings painful to plaintiffs

The latest wave of Vioxx rulings appears to have dashed any lingering plaintiffs’ hopes as the pain-killer litigation winds down. And the decisions – especially one from the New Jersey Appellate Division – may make it harder to pursue other ...

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Building an effective trade-secret policy

The subject of trade secrets arises often in business, especially when employees move from one company to another – sometimes to a competing company. Depending on the position formerly held, an employee may be privy to information considered proprietary and ...

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Mediation can quickly resolve employment disputes

As companies’ internal alternative dispute resolution programs continue to grow, in-house counsel and human resources managers should consider adding mediation to their ADR options. As an alternative to arbitration at the pre-litigation phase, mediation offers many of the same advantages ...

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