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    The requirements for a class-of-one equal protection claim remain unclear. Sitting en banc in a 2012 case that ended with a tie vote on whether to affirm the dismissal of a class-of-one complaint, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals split three ways.
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    This is the fourth and final column in a series based on a recorded discussion with George Collins, who died in October at age 85.

    George Collins handled many law firm dissolutions over the six decades he practiced law. He talked about the two issues that come up in almost every firm breakup: Who keeps the main phone number and who keeps the office space.
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    The International Olympic Committee executive board met last Thursday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the host of next year’s Winter Olympic Games. Among other topics, the board addressed doping.
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    In a recent New York Times op-ed piece, Gloria Steinem defined “chick flick” as a movie “that has more dialogue than car chases, more relationships than special effects and whose suspense comes more from how people live than from how they get killed.”
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