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Legal news from Saturday, December 4, 2010
by Daniel Makosky

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Friday heard conflicting testimony from top military leaders on the services' readiness to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Amos urged the Committee to delay the policy's repeal, arguing that ongoing operations in …

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by Erin Bock

US tobacco companies including Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds, along with an industry trade group, filed an appeal [cert. petition, PDF] with the US Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn a $271.5 million class action settlement. The settlement was awarded by the Louisiana Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in order …

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