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December 11, 2012
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  • Court says company isn't required to rehire poor-performing veteran
    Minco Products does not have to rehire a veteran with a poor performance record who was dismissed from the company after returning from his military service, a federal appeals court has ruled. The veteran had argued that discrimination based on his military service led to his dismissal, and that he was entitled get his job back under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Workforce online (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch 
  • Retailers fail in early attempt to appeal settlement of credit card case
    An appeals court has deferred an appeal in a case alleging price fixing involving credit card companies until the proposed $7.25 billion settlement is given final approval. The case is based on allegations that the card companies and banks worked together to fix the "swipe" fees that retailers pay. The retailers that oppose the agreement are worried that the deal would prevent them from suing in the future. Bloomberg (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to present yourself in a clear, concise way
    When someone asks "tell me about yourself," don't respond with "wooly and wandering statements," but instead focus on your key skills, achievements and work responsibilities, Paul Sloane writes. "We aim for about a one-minute delivery or about 120 words when written. It is best to write it out and then practice saying it in a natural way," he writes. (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to overcome a long employment gap
    If you're re-entering the job market after a significant amount of time away, consider making yourself more attractive to employers by getting new certifications or training, this article suggests. Also, be willing to take on volunteer work and temporary roles until you find something permanent, says Carol Fishman Cohen, founder of iRelaunch. Reuters (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The End of the Kappos Era
    Early in the day on Nov. 26, David Kappos announced internally at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that he had decided to step down and leave the agency. After a controversial start, Kappos made great progress in erasing the animosity that existed between the patent bar and the USPTO. On PLI's Patent Law Practice Center, Gene Quinn reflects on his tenure and what lies ahead for the new director. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Current State of Health Care and Life Sciences Law
    Health Care and Life Sciences Law 2012, in New York and at PLI Online on Dec. 19, will cover the broad range of issues confronting you and your clients today: structuring compliant relationships with health care providers and clinical investigators; promotional guidelines affecting FDA-regulated products; trends in government investigations; and compliance with fraud and abuse laws, including the federal False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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