FindLaw Legal Professional NewsLegal Professional News

Top Legal Headlines

  • Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:26:42 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:15:25 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

  • Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:14:06 GMT

    HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.

  • Today in History

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:27 GMT

    Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014. There are 11 days left in the year.

  • Iron Mountain reaches $44.5M settlement with US

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:49:11 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Information storage and management company Iron Mountain agreed to pay $44.5 million to settle allegations that the company overcharged federal agencies for record storage services, authorities announced 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

  • San Francisco deputy charged with assault, perjury

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:39:25 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say a San Francisco sheriff's deputy has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a hospital patient in an emergency room and then lying in a police report to say the man attacked him.

  • Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:26:42 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.

  • Today in History

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:27 GMT

    Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014. There are 11 days left in the year.

  • New York mayor caught between protests, police

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:13:23 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected last year after making promises to keep crime low while improving relations between police and the community. As the tensions between those promises continue to mount, Friday showed just how tricky threading that needle has been.

  • 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.

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 gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:26:42 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.

  • China leader cautions against external forces

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:15:28 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, after prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:15:25 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

  • Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:14:06 GMT

    HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.

  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:57:36 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.

Trending Legal News

  • Federal law protects disability benefits while encouraging saving

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:07:13 GMT

    A recent story profiled one disabled North Carolina man’s struggle to further his skill set without jeopardizing his disability benefits. Thanks to a new law called the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE Act, that goal may be a...

  • Scaffolding safety requirements and OSHA

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:56:15 GMT

    Scaffolding is integral to the process of many new construction and repair projects; wherever construction employees or contractors must gain access, scaffolding is likely to be found. As an example, the next time you see a newscast about developments in...

  • Birth injuries remain a serious problem today

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:41:19 GMT

    Bringing a new infant into the world is a beautiful event, and the parents are often filled with both anxiety and excitement on the day labor ensues. However, in spite of new technologies, giving birth continues to be a naturally...

  • The basics of retaliation claims under Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:14:57 GMT

    Lately we've been discussing the problem of workplace retaliation. A claim brought by a Nassau County sheriff's deputy raised the issue. And our more recent post -- "Retaliated against at work? The law is on your side" -- explains some...

  • Worker’s compensation and medical marijuana: What is covered?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:04:11 GMT

    Before North Carolina ended its legislative session in August, a bill passed recognizing the therapeutic effects of marijuana. The North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act allows individuals with a certain form of epilepsy to use a type of marijuana, or...