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  • Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:02:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and leaders were briefing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday.

  • 2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:59:05 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.

  • NY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:58:36 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.

  • Theater shooter's parents plead for his life

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:51:42 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes pleaded Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.

  • Court finds Texas 'stand your ground' trial unfair

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:23:08 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas appeals court has ruled that a man convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one.

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......

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  • 2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:59:05 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.

  • NY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:58:36 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.

  • Driver charged after car crashes into crowd

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:48:07 GMT

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A woman was charged Friday with five felony counts for allegedly driving into a crowd outside a California church, killing four people including a 6-year-old boy.

  • Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:27:59 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A drilling company has pleaded guilty to committing environmental and maritime crimes in Alaska's Arctic.

  • Court finds Texas 'stand your ground' trial unfair

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:23:08 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas appeals court has ruled that a man convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one.

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

    Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:05:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.

Political News

  • Volcker critical of delays in namesake rule

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:05:29 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Friday criticized a decision to delay full implementation of a rule that bears his name and aims to curb banks' risky investments.

  • Jerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:04:25 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.

  • Brazil trying to make good use of new stadiums

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:03:47 GMT

    SAO PAULO (AP) — It's white elephant time for World Cup stadiums — again.

  • Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:02:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and leaders were briefing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday.

  • EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:09 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.

Trending Legal News

  • The Latest in 'Reasonable' Police Searches: Broken Taillights

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:58:37 GMT

    A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling tackles once again the issue of what is reasonable and what is not reasonable in terms of police searches. For the uninitiated, this is a Fourth Amendment issue. The rather heady Fourth Amendment...

  • Handling a non-performing business partner

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:40:15 GMT

    If a California business owner is dissatisfied with the performance of a business partner, certain actions can be taken to resolve the dispute. How the situation is dealt with depends on a variety of factors, including how the business is...

  • Protecting and promoting the interests of Dallas area business owners and developers

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:31:28 GMT

    The Dallas-Fort Worth area is currently experiencing a commercial real estate building and renovation boom. This means commercial property and business owners are in a unique position to capitalize on numerous growth opportunities. For more than 20 years, the attorneys...

  • Louisiana police increasing DUI enforcement over the holidays

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:26:29 GMT

    December tends to be a dangerous and deadly month on Louisiana’s roads and highways. In December 2013, for instance, 59 people were killed in 55 fatal crashes around the state. Many of these crashes involved an allegedly impaired driver. In...

  • Drunk driving accidents

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:22:32 GMT

    While most Maryland drivers know that impaired drivers may cause serious car accidents, they may not know the estimated number of people who are impacted. In fact, it is estimated that drunk drivers cause 30 deaths throughout the nation every...