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06/30/10

An Investigation Has Begun Into Potential ERISA Violations from BP
The New York-based Lanier Law Firm will investigate potential legal claims regarding 401 (k) retirement plans for U.S. employees of the under-fire oil giant, BP. The firm claims they have reason to believe there may have been violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) by the executives in charge of the company’s retirement plan, which is known as the BP Employee Savings Plan.

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''BP not only disregarded important safety rules, they also took unbelievable unnecessary risks which is why people are facing one of the worst environmental and financial disasters in history,'' claims Evan Janush, an attorney at Lanier. ''There are laws designed to protect employees from the precise, devastating scenario facing a lot of workers at BP.''

The Lanier Law Firm has offices in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Houston and New York. The firm is composed of trial attorneys with experience in cases dealing with oil & gas law, maritime law and ERISA litigation.

Apple May be Facing a Class Action Suit Due to Poor Reception
Apple may be facing a class action law suit over reception problems with its top-selling iPhone 4.

The California-based Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP has launched a ''consumer investigation'' post for users of the new iPhone who have ''recently purchased the new iPhone and have experienced poor reception quality, dropped calls and weak signals.

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff is the firm that filed a federal class action suit against Facebook and Zynga over deceiving offer ads in the popular Facebook games such as Farmville and Mafia Wars.

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, based in Sacramento, CA, deals in a variety of cases among which include serious defective medical devices, insurance bad faith, serious personal injuries, class actions, wage and hour claims, dangerous drugs, and false claims act matters.

Hearings Begin On Capitol Hill For Nominee Kagan
Hearings on Capitol Hill for Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan began Monday, June 28.

''We have less evidence about what sort of judge you will be than on any nominee in recent memory,'' said Senator. Herbert Kohl, a Democrat from Wisconsin. ''Your judicial philosophy is almost invisible to us. We don’t have a right to know in advance how you will decide cases, but we do have a right to understand your judicial philosophy.''

Senator Kohl’s comments were perhaps echoed by the conservative members of the bench who were not in attendance at the hearings.

Kagan attempted to maintain a middle of the road approach, saying in her opening statement that, ''The Supreme Court, of course, has the responsibility of ensuring that our government never oversteps its proper bounds or violates the rights of individuals. But the court must also recognize the limits on itself and respect the choices made by the American people.''

Those close to Kagan claim that she is confident and anticipates contesting her critics. They also say she is aware she cannot be too open about her own views.

''I will make no pledges this week other than this one,'' said Kagan. ''That if confirmed, I will remember and abide by all these lessons. I will listen hard, to every party before the court and to each of my colleagues. I will work hard.''

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