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  • Judge dismisses suit by family saved at sea

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:55:16 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a satellite phone company by a California couple rescued with their sick 1-year-old from a disabled sailboat that was attempting to circle the world.

  • Prosecutor: No charges in church disturbance death

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:24:18 GMT

    INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturbance during an upstate New York service, according to prosecutors.

  • US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:49:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

  • Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:20:29 GMT

    Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.

  • Autopsy describes abuse by mayor before his death

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:01:47 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autopsy report for a Southern California mayor who was shot to death by his wife provides more detailed allegations that he inflicted domestic abuse over a span of two decades. Legal Blogs

  • Should Lawyers Take Acting Classes?


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • Police: 1 NYC cop dead in shooting, 2nd critical

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:56:58 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say one New York City officer has died after being shot inside a patrol car and a second officer is in critical condition.

  • Police: 2 NYC cops shot in car, critically injured

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:34:28 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, striking them both before running into a nearby subway station and apparently committing suicide, police said.

  • Prosecutor: No charges in church disturbance death

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:24:18 GMT

    INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturbance during an upstate New York service, according to prosecutors.

  • Police: Man in elf costume charged with DWI

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:14:44 GMT

    RIVERDALE, N.J. (AP) — Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunken driving charges in New Jersey.

  • French police shoot dead knife-wielding assailant

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:13:23 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Officials say a man armed with a knife has attacked a police station and been killed by an officer in a suburb of Tours, a city in central France.

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

  • Egypt's powerful intelligence chief replaced

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:55:44 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Security officials say Egypt's powerful intelligence chief has been removed and replaced by his deputy.

  • Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:52:03 GMT

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest of police brutality that caused at least part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shoppers.

  • Latest developments on the US-Cuba story

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:29:04 GMT


  • Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:17:14 GMT

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system.

  • Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:10:44 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — Waving U.S. and Cuban flags and chanting "Obama, traitor," anti-Castro protesters gathered Saturday in a Little Havana park in a show of opposition to the president's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation.

Trending Legal News

  • Medical Board: Botched tubal ligation caused by surgical errors

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:27:12 GMT

    An obstetrician was handed a $5,000 fine at the conclusion of proceedings with his state's Medical Examining Board following a mistake that he had made over a year ago. New Jersey parents may already be familiar with the procedure known...

  • Options exist after a loved one dies in crash

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:30:48 GMT

    Everyday people throughout the state of Connecticut get into their vehicles to run errands and go to home, work and school. Though much of the time these trips are uneventful, on some occasions drivers are involved in serious crashes. In...

  • What does "standard of care" mean in medical malpractice cases?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:03:28 GMT

    Someone who gets sick or is injured while visiting New Orleans does not go to a doctor or hospital for treatment expecting to leave with a worsened medical condition. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of doctors and other health care...

  • Will change to Cuba policy impact immigration?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:01:56 GMT

    Residents of the state of Florida are likely trying figure out what to make of President Obama’s recent shift regarding Cuba. Though the embargo was not actually lifted, the change eases travel restrictions and encourages trade between the two nations....

  • How federal and Texas laws can help you after a truck accident

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:39:19 GMT

    Many business owners will tell you that a source of frequent headaches for them is government regulation. As a general rule, the higher the risk that a business or its employees can cause injury to others, the more extensive government...