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  • Union Not Responsible for Facebook Posts, D.C. Cir. Rules

    2015-04-27T18:58:40Z

    An AFL-CIO transit union cannot be held responsible for disparaging comments made by its members on Facebook, the D.C. Circuit has ruled. The case involved comments about picket line crossers made on the Union's private Facebook page during a strike. The comments, which predictably called non-union workers scabs and......

  • Navajo Prisoner Entitled to Venison, Colored Bandana: 7th Cir.

    2015-04-27T19:56:45Z

    The Free Exercise Clause lets practitioners of Santeria in Florida ritually slaughter chickens, and lets a Muslim inmate have a half-inch-long beard. Add David Schlemm to the list. He's a member of the Navajo tribe, imprisoned in Wisconsin, who wants to be able to practice certain religious rituals, namely eating......

  • Penalties for Abuse of IRS Preservation Deduction Upheld

    2015-04-27T18:55:53Z

    Getting "creative" with your tax returns can cost you, as Gordon and Lorna Kaufman found out last week when the First Circuit affirmed penalties against them for an "historic preservation easement" that had no value. After Lorna bought a $1 million house in Boston, the Kaufmans learned about a "tax......

  • 5 Legal Marketing Myths

    2015-04-27T21:55:08Z

    Lawyers are still relatively new to marketing. While Sears and Coca-Cola have been reaching out to the public since the pioneer days, attorneys have had just a few decades to refine their marketing craft. Yet, even in such a short time, several marketing myths have developed. Like all myths,......

  • First Week at the Firm: Five People You Should Avoid

    2015-04-27T19:10:22Z

    Welcome to "First Week at the Firm," a new FindLaw feature for beginning associates, focused on helping you navigate the transition into firm life. We hope you'll enjoy this new series and come back regularly for more insider tips. Remember the kid in grade school who cheated off your......

  • Look! Abercrombie Finally Shifts Hiring Focus After Years of Lawsuits

    2015-04-27T18:56:14Z

    Models won't be the only ones working for minimum wage at Abercrombie and Fitch this summer. The clothing retailer has announced that it will no longer consider "body type or physical attractiveness" in hiring decisions -- it's even considering letting employees wear shirts to work.O brave new world. Abercrombie's......

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  • Tuesday's the day: Gay marriage arguments at Supreme Court

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:46:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday is a potential watershed moment for America's gay and lesbian couples. After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it should be the law of the land.

  • Court weighs excessive force against inmates awaiting trial

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:19:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a growing national debate over police use of force, the Supreme Court struggled Monday with a related question of claims of excessive force against jail officials by people who are accused but not yet convicted of crimes.

  • Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:27:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.

  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy's views

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:40:25 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings.

  • Same-sex marriage pioneer among lawyers for high court cases

    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:19:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.

Political News

  • Greek PM says initial deal in bailout talks 'very close'

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:38:37 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister voiced hope that bailout talks between the cash-strapped country and its international creditors are "very close" to an initial deal, and ruled out early elections if the dragging negotiations fail.

  • GOP defense budget challenges Obama on Ukraine, Guantanamo

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:35:23 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP chairman of the House Armed Service Committee on Monday recommended a $604 billion defense budget for 2016 that challenges the White House because it includes lethal weapons for Ukraine, makes it harder for the president to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and restores funding for the A-10 fleet.

  • Latest on police-custody death: Marchers take to streets

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:33:37 GMT

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  • Pennsylvania top court reinstates monsignor's conviction

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:32:51 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The state's highest court on Monday reinstated the landmark child-endangerment conviction of a Roman Catholic monsignor who was the first U.S. church official ever prosecuted over his handling of sex abuse complaints.

  • US court upholds Chicago suburb's assault weapons ban

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:27:32 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court Monday upheld a Chicago suburb's assault weapons ban that had become a focus in the statewide debate over gun control, though a dissenting judge sharply criticized the majority opinion.