A WARNing Shot: Former Thelen staffers are taking an unusual approach in their $18 million lawsuit against five firms that hired many of Thelen's partners. The Recorder reports that the employees are arguing that the firms' hiring of the partners amounted to purchasing a portion of Thelen's business. Therefore, the firms are bound by the same obligations as an employer under the WARN Act.
Better Know a Lobby: The Washington Post reports that AARP has put its full 40 million-member weight behind health care reform, saying many of the proposed changes to the status quo would lower costs and increase the quality of care for older Americans. What the lobbying campaign is not doing however, is talking about the group's substantial earnings from insurance royalties and the
potential benefits that could come its way from many of the reform
Drawing Up a Fail Safe Plan: Global economic policy makers are beginning to consider one of the key issues that arose out of last year's bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings, namely what to do if a global megabank faces collapse. The Wall Street Journal reports that policy makers are assigning each of the world's 25 most complex international banks to a multinational crisis-management team to draw up contingency plans should they run into trouble.
Child Prostitution Sting: Federal law enforcement officials have arrested more than 700 people, including 60 suspected pimps, in a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution. Fifty-two children were rescued during the raids, which were led by almost 1,600 agents and officers The Los Angeles Times reports.