US law and business press ~ Judicial nominations vote, e-discovery violations, closing airline anti-terror court proceedings

In Tuesday's US law and business press, The Recorder is reporting that as the presidential election nears, Republicans are expected to push for a vote on controversial judicial nominations.... The Recorder also reports that a San Francisco Superior Court judge has slashed attorney fees in a CA consumer class action suit against Microsoft Corp., stating that the $270 million requested was unwarranted because of the relatively low risk of pursuing the case.... Law.com carries an AP report that the DOJ's watchdog office is investigating whether the USA PATRIOT Act was used improperly to arrest an OR lawyer in connection with the March 2004 Madrid bombings.... The Dallas Business Journal reports that TX has won $585,000 in a George Foreman Grill settlement.... The ABA Journal reports on two recent court opinions imposing harsh sanctions for deleting e-mails and resultant e-discovery violations.... FindLaw's Writ features attorney/author Julie Hilden's commentary on the federal government's request to close court proceedings relating to airline anti-terror list criteria, as well as attorney Jared Leland's guest commentary on awarding punitive damages against religious institutions.

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