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US law and business press ~ Relaxed judicial disqualification rules, unauthorized infomercial footage suit, FERC energy refunds

[JURIST] In Friday's US law and business press, Law.com carries an AP report that a federal bankruptcy judge has approved bonuses for Owens Corning executives offered to keep them from leaving the bankrupt corporation.... The New York Law Journal reports that the NY Office of Court Administration has relaxed a rule requiring judges to disqualify themselves when they own stock in companies involved in cases before them.... According to the Fulton County Daily Report, a GA family is suing Atlanta's St. Joseph Hospital and Doctors for Medical Liability Reform for including unauthorized footage of a now deceased patient's visit to St. Joseph's emergency room in a tort reform infomercial.... The Sacramento Business Journal reports that the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered FERC to rethink energy refunds for CA after FERC's refusal to approve the state's demand for $2.8 billion in refunds from power companies who gouged CA during the 2000-2001 energy crisis.... FindLaw's Writ features former White House counsel John W. Dean's commentary on the so-called "dream team" that Osama bin Laden would like to see win the White House, as well as attorney/author Noah Leavitt's book review of Elaine Cassel's The War On Civil Liberties: How Bush And Ashcroft Have Dismantled The Bill Of Rights.

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