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  • Supreme Court declines to review insider trading case

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:29:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court ruling that made it tougher to prosecute people for trading on leaked inside information.

  • Kindergarten kidnapper tells girl, 'I'm not a monster'

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:22:46 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A girl abducted from her kindergarten classroom and sexually tortured during a bizarre overnight ordeal faced her kidnapper in court Monday and asked a judge to stop her from harming other children.

  • Accused leader of Guatemala corruption ring turns himself in

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:09:47 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas, the alleged leader of a customs corruption scandal that has rocked the Guatemalan government, has turned himself into authorities, officials said Monday.

  • Student injured in Seattle bus crash sues duck boat operator

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:06:25 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — A 21-year-old college student injured in a deadly bus crash is suing the operator of an amphibious vehicle and the company that refurbished the so-called duck boat.

  • Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:03:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's new term began Monday with no cross words between the justices, although a steady stream of divisive social issues awaits them in the coming months. Legal Blogs

  • 8 Tips for Cross-Border Discovery and International Privacy Laws


    Many of us are perfectly happy to practice in a limited geographic area. But, given the increasingly interconnected nature of today's world (the Internet, cheap airfare, free trade), it's not uncommon for attorneys to be faced with cross-border issues. We're not talking state lines here. This is international. Cross-border......

  • Mandatory Retirement for Lawyers: How Old Is Too Old to Practice?


    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest Justice on the Supreme Court, will turn 83 next March. Antonin Scalia, her BFF, will hit 80 just four days before. (They're both Pisces!) If they were practicing in many Big Law firms, both would have faced mandatory retirement policies years before. Sorry, Ruth......

  • Berkeley Law Segregates Its Black Students ... Really?


    It seems inconceivable that Berkeley Law administrators did't see this coming: the school's current arrangement of students looks like a form of segregation. Law schools routinely break the incoming students into smaller sections, which Boalt calls "mods." It's standard practice that mods take 1L classes together. But Berkeley's current......

  • Lawyer, Trustee Bills Estate for Vacation, Gets Removed for Cause


    If you're going to couple business travel with a family trip, don't bill your client for your vacation expenses. That's the lesson from a recent Fifth Circuit ruling upholding the removal of a bankruptcy trustee who billed the estate for his family's extended stay in New Orleans during oral......

  • 'Good Cause' Standard Not Needed to Amend Complaints


    It's always nice when a panel of judges rule unanimously on a particular issue -- thereby creating the much sought after "bright-line" rule. The three-judge panel of the First Circuit ruled that Massachusetts Judge Richard Stearns erred in applying the "good cause" standard when purported whistleblower, Jeffrey D'Agostino, sought......

  • The Internet of Things: It's Not Just Data Collection, It's Evidence


    Sooner rather than later, your fridge could be connected to your Facebook account. Your toilet could send out tweets. It's the Internet of Things -- the universe of web-connected devices from Fitbits to smart appliances -- and it's becoming more of a reality every day. The IoT, of course,......

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  • Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:03:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's new term began Monday with no cross words between the justices, although a steady stream of divisive social issues awaits them in the coming months.

  • Today in History

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:00:58 GMT

    Today is Sunday, October 4, the 277th day of 2015. There are 88 days left in the year.

  • Abortion, birth control, race top Supreme Court's agenda

    Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:20:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of them in the next few years.

  • Supreme Court to review European suit against R.J. Reynolds

    Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:12:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether the European Union can pursue its lawsuit claiming that tobacco company R.J. Reynolds sponsored cigarette smuggling in Europe as part of a global money-laundering scheme with organized crime groups.

  • Supreme Court justice says she owes female predecessors

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:16:18 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said Wednesday she stands "on the shoulders" of the women who came before her on the court.

Political News

  • Carly Fiorina's campaign includes the rare job: "body woman"

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:58:37 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Presidential candidates typically hire a right-hand man to handle everything from their lunch orders to pens for autographs.

  • The Latest: Israel seizes alleged Palestinian attacker

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:41:08 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments in ongoing tensions between Palestinians and Israel following days of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank (all times local).

  • Bernanke defending Fed actions to battle recession

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:36:44 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the U.S. economy is outperforming Europe at the moment because the Fed moved more quickly and aggressively to fight the 2008 financial crisis than Europe did.

  • Leaders who follow: What candidates' Twitter lists reveal

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:34:22 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jeb Bush follows Donald Trump on Twitter but that's a one-way street: Trump mainly follows people with a connection to himself. Ted Cruz's follow list is a big tea party, though he keeps an eye on President Barack Obama, too.

  • Spain to get European warning on budget

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:31:13 GMT

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's executive arm is to warn Spain over its draft budget plans for this year and next.