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  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:59:04 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists were found in contempt of court Friday for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

  • Some gray wolves to be returned to endangered list

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:57:42 GMT

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.

  • Man charged with disrupting Qatar-to-Houston flight

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:40:18 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal indictment alleges a Houston man disrupted a flight from the Persian Gulf to Houston earlier this month, including threatening to blow up the plane.

  • Jailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:39:23 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth filed an emergency motion with a federal judge Friday seeking his release, saying the one-time billionaire was willing to provide whatever information the court wants.

  • Man pleads guilty in airplane groping case

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:39:14 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Should Lawyers Take Acting Classes?

    2014-12-19T16:45:01Z

    Being a trial lawyer is truly a theatrical experience. It involves not only the technical elements of theater, like staging and voice, but also the truly "act-y" parts. What will you say, and when? How will you react to a question you already know the answer to? And most importantly,......

  • KBR Employee Appeals D.C. Circuit Ruling in Whistleblower Suit

    2014-12-18T20:03:01Z

    In 2005, Harry Barko, an employee of government contractor Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), filed a False Claims Act complaint. KBR, which at the time was a subsidiary of Halliburton, provided military support services in Iraq. Barko alleged that KBR was inflating costs and receiving kickbacks. This case, for which......

  • The Top 10 Strategist Blog Posts of 2014

    2014-12-18T19:40:01Z

    The 10 most popular posts of 2014 on FindLaw's Strategist blog ran the gamut -- from things you could learn from Frank Underwood to a judge beating a public defender (not in a battle of wits; like, with his fists). Did your favorite post make the cut? Read on to......

  • NLRB Modifies Union Election Rules, With Dissent

    2014-12-18T19:23:01Z

    Just in time for the new year, the National Labor Relations Board has announced changes to its representation case procedures. That's just a fancy, lawyer-talkin' way of referring to union elections conducted by the NLRB at the union's or employer's request. The thrust of the new rules is to streamline......

  • BlackBerry Classic Has Arrived; We've Got Deja Vu x2

    2014-12-18T19:14:01Z

    You miss that QWERTY keyboard, don't you? You're not alone. Many of us do, which is why BlackBerry keeps releasing new keyboard-equipped models, including two entrants this quarter alone -- the Passport and the Classic. We've talked about the Passport -- behemoth phablet meets QWERTY taskmaster at a premium price......

  • The Ultimate Holiday Guide: 65 Last-Minute, Lawyerly Gift Ideas

    2014-12-18T19:01:01Z

    Did you know it's a week until Christmas? Yeah, we couldn't believe it either. And the problem is that we still have outstanding gifts to buy. Not "outstanding" as in "amazing," but as in, "we haven't bought them yet." Perusing the FindLaw archives to get some gift ideas, we discovered......

Criminal Law News

  • Man charged with disrupting Qatar-to-Houston flight

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:40:18 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal indictment alleges a Houston man disrupted a flight from the Persian Gulf to Houston earlier this month, including threatening to blow up the plane.

  • Driver pleads not guilty in pedestrian deaths

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:32:50 GMT

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused of killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy, while running her car into pedestrians outside a California church appeared in court Friday cuffed to a gurney and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges.

  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:29:34 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court — social conservatives and law enforcement.

  • NY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:10:21 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients' overdose deaths was sentenced Friday to more than a decade in prison, after patients' relatives pleaded for a tough punishment and said he put money ahead of medicine.

  • 2-year sentence for man in Connecticut gun scare

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:07:30 GMT

    MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who prompted a lockdown at the University of New Haven when he brought a semi-automatic rifle and other guns to campus was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:24:04 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.

  • 1st Florida gay divorce granted by judge

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:03:52 GMT

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida history was granted Wednesday by a Broward County judge who used the case to join other judges in declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

  • Scalia, Kagan: Common ground often trumps ideology

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:43:21 GMT

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — One is a sharp-tongued, self-described "wise guy" originalist, who believes the Constitution means today what it meant when it was first written.

  • Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:12:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

  • Scalia: Hard to rule out 'extreme measures'

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:07:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report by saying it's hard to rule out the use of extreme measures to extract information if millions of lives were threatened.

Political News

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:59:04 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists were found in contempt of court Friday for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

  • AP WAS THERE: US breaks relations with Cuba

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:58:03 GMT

    EDITOR'S NOTE — When the United States severed its diplomatic relationship with Cuba on Jan. 3, 1961, it kicked off a year in which CIA-funded counterrevolutionaries would try to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and after that, the withdrawal or ouster of almost all American and European media from the island, including The Associated Press' American staff.

  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:53:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

  • Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:52:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

  • Jailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:39:23 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth filed an emergency motion with a federal judge Friday seeking his release, saying the one-time billionaire was willing to provide whatever information the court wants.

Trending Legal News

  • Makers of tainted drugs face criminal charges for meningitis outbreak

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:46:05 GMT

    Just over two years ago, many Americans learned more about the disease meningitis than they ever wanted to know. That’s because hundreds of patients across 20 states contracted fungal meningitis after receiving tainted medicine from a single compounding pharmacy. Before...

  • Eye-tracking tech may be fast and inexpensive test for brain injury

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:10:41 GMT

    Last month, we wrote about an incident in which a high school football player in New York died as the result of a traumatic brain injury that coaches and other officials allegedly failed to address. The player was not taken...

  • Hackers face prosecution, but who exactly is the victim?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:04:06 GMT

    The federal government confirmed this week that North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attack. Officials admit they are still a little fuzzy on the actual mechanics of the Nov. 24 attack, but they are confident that North...

  • The most common motorcycle accident scenarios

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:13:34 GMT

    A lot of Californians will be hitting the road over the next two weeks. Low gas prices and other favorable factors mean that holiday travel may be more popular this year than it has been for quite some time. Here...

  • Understanding the Immediate Relative Process for adopted children

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:20:27 GMT

    Georgia residents who are dealing with child immigration issues may be interested in an alternative method for bringing an adopted child into the U.S. If the requirements are met, this could allow the child to gain permanent residency when brought...