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     1.) Acts of Disbarred Lawyers Called ‘Most Shocking, Unethical’ Ever
     Disbarring two lawyers who got opposing counsel arrested for drunken driving, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday slammed the misconduct as some of “the most shocking, unethical, and unprofessional” it has ever seen.
     
     2.) Jury Could Decide AIG’s Post-Bailout Tax Suit
     If “productive” settlement discussions fail, a jury can decide whether insurance giant American International Group deserves $306 million in foreign tax credits from a lawsuit it filed six months after its bailout, the financial giant’s lawyers agreed on Friday.
     
     3.) Blood Banks Should Test for Zika, Feds Say
     The Food and Drug Administration recommended Friday that all U.S. blood banks begin screening for the Zika virus, which has been transmitted locally in three separate areas of Florida over the past few months.
     
     4.) Trump Fears ‘Mini-Trials’ in Trump U. Class Action
     Donald Trump asked a federal judge to decertify one of two class actions against Trump University, saying proposed changes by the class would create a series of “mini-trials” that he wouldn’t have the opportunity to challenge.
     
     5.) Judge Sanctions Priest-Abuse Group SNAP
     A federal judge sanctioned the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests and of its two leaders for violating her orders in a defamation case filed by a priest who claims he was wrongfully accused.
     
     6.) Court Strikes Down Puerto Rico ‘Wal-Mart Tax’
     Puerto Rico’s so-called “Wal-Mart tax” is unconstitutional, the First Circuit ruled, finding that the financially struggling commonwealth cannot force the retail giant’s local affiliate to pay a special tax on corporations.
     
     7.) Judge Weighs Fight Over Dietary Guidelines
     The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine breathed new life into its lawsuit accusing the government of downplaying the risks of high cholesterol from eating eggs, even as a federal magistrate indicated she would toss it.
     
     8.) Michigan Sex-Offender Law Denied Retroactivity
     Michigan’s sex offender registration requirements are so stigmatizing and burdensome that they must be considered an ongoing punishment and cannot be applied retroactively, the Sixth Circuit ruled.

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