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Oklahoma Supreme Court Nullifies Part of Workers’ Comp Law

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has struck down part of a new worker’s compensation law that prevents chiropractors and certain other medical professionals from serving as independent medical examiners in workers compensation cases. The state’s highest court invalidated the provision in …

Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Capping Attorney Fees

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill designed to limit attorneys’ fees after a well-known lemon law lawyer collected more than $150,000 in an auto-repair dispute. The measure, part of Walker’s special legislative session on jobs, requires judges to …

Law Pushed After Study Shows Massachusetts Seat Belt Drop

A coalition is pushing for a new seat belt enforcement law after a study showed that seat belt use in Massachusetts is among the lowest in the country. According to a University of Massachusetts study prepared for the state, seat …

Whistleblower-law Passage Stalls in Some States

For many states, a law intended to root out corruption also has been good for the bottom line. Over the last decade, more than 20 states have passed a version of the federal anti-corruption law known as the False Claims …

Rules to Handle Youth Concussions Nears Law in Pennsylvania

Coaches are likely to get new rules shortly on how they handle concussions sustained by Pennsylvania student athletes. The state Senate voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the Safety in Youth Sports Act, which would require coaches to remove students …

Michigan Lawmakers Advance Motorcycle Helmet Law

Proposals that would allow some motorcyclists to ride without helmets in Michigan continue to advance in the state Legislature. The House Transportation Committee on Wednesday approved bills that would allow riders 21 or older to go without helmets if they …

New Tennessee Workers’ Comp Exemptions Take Effect

A new state law allows more people to become eligible for exemptions from workers’ compensation. According to the Secretary of State’s office, business owners in construction services can opt out of the requirement to cover themselves with workers’ compensation insurance …

Could One Music Downloader Change U.S. Copyright Law?

In the age of iTunes and an-app-for-everything, Joel Tenenbaum’s battle with the music industry over illegal downloading seems as relevant as an eight-track cassette. But it turns out the fight could produce something surprisingly enduring: a change in copyright law. …

New Ark. Laws Prohibits Cell Phone Use Near Schools, Highway Work Zones

Two new Arkansas laws restrict drivers from using their cell phones near schools and in highway work zones. The Southwest Times record reports that starting Saturday, police gained the power to ticket motorists for using a mobile phone when driving …

Maine Texting While Driving Ban to Start This Week

A ban on sending text messages while driving is among the new laws taking effect in Maine this week. The texting ban is prominent among the scores of laws taking effect Wednesday, the 90th day after the close of the …