US law and business press ~ Bad-faith HMO claims, increased juror pay, punitive damages against religious institutions

In Thursday's US law and business press, the ABA Journal reports on a recent study raising doubts about the validity of the FBI's comparative bullet-lead-analysis evidence.... The Legal Intelligencer reports on a Third US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that PA bad-faith claims against HMOs are preempted by ERISA.... The National Law Journal reports on AZ's new "Jury Patriotism Act," which dramatically increases juror pay in cases lasting longer than 10 days.... The Sacramento Business Journal reports on a lawsuit filed by the California First Amendment Coalition seeking fees disclosure by CalPERS regarding fees CalPERS pays to venture capital funds.... FindLaw's Writ has Cardozo law professor Marci Hamilton's column on the constitutionality of punitive damages awards against religious institutions.

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