Friday morning docket: Conventional wisdom edition

The conventions are over, but the legal news keeps on coming:

Madame Justice: We don’t know who the next president will be yet, let alone who the first Supreme Court nominee of the next administration will be. But it’s a good bet that pick will be a woman. (Lawyers USA)

Future boom in ADA lawsuits? Legislation that would expand the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act will likely cause a rise in requests for workplace accommodations as well as an increase in associated costs. It could also lead to a spike in charges of discrimination and lawsuits as workers, employers, employment lawyers and judges wrestle with what constitutes a disability.(Lawyers USA)

Is it safe to go in the water (bottle)? Just weeks after the FDA called the chemical safe to use, a report by the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program cited “some concern” that bisphenol A can cause developmental problems in the brain and hormonal systems of infants and children. Meanwhile more scientific studies are raising more questions about the possible effect of the chemical, found in plastic bottles – including baby bottles and sippy cups. (WaPo).

Warning signs: The FDA ordered stronger warnings for prescription drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and other conditions on Thursday after dozens of patients contracted severe fungal infections and died. (Reuters)

Judge wants (redesigned) cash fast! Four months after a ruling that the Treasury Department’s currency design discriminates against the blind, a federal judge ordered attorneys for the government to meet with the American Council of the Blind up with a schedule that requires changes in the next generation of bills. (AP)

Judge gives Abramoff 4 years: The sentence for Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist tied to influence peddling, was longer than prosecutors sought. (NYT)

PR is not just for the big firms anymore: More and more small firms are finding that, in the increasingly competitive legal market, a little PR can go a long way. (Lawyers USA)


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