Obama at the DNC: Sen. Barack Obama officially became the first African American to lead a major party into the fall presidential election last night at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo. The nomination caps a hard-fought contest Obama faced against fellow senator Hillary Clinton, The Washington Post reports.
Blind Lawsuit Hits Target: Target Corp. will pay $6 million in damages and make its Web site accessible to blind customers as part of a settlement the retail giant reached with the National Federation of the Blind, The Recorder reports via Law.com. An attorney involved in the litigation called it a "bellwether case."
Immigration Catch-22: Major U.S. employers are upset with a federal immigration program that is designed to check new hires' employment documents called E-Verify, saying the program creates a catch-22. The Washington Post reports that businesses that fail to register with the program open themselves up to a raid by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. But if they sign up, they face added costs, labor disruptions and discrimination complaints.
Not a Penny More Than $1.55 Billion: A federal judge capped legal fees in the massive suit against makers of the discontinued painkiller Vioxx at a relatively low 32 percent, The Associated Press reports via Law.com. U.S. District Judge Elden Fallon wrote in an order that while the limit is below the usual 33.3 percent to 40 percent that lawyers collect when they take cases on a contingency, 32 percent of the $4.85 billion settlement will still give attorneys more than $1.55 billion.