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  • Top French court approves extradition of Kazakh banker

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:43:28 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — France's top appeals court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a Kazakh oligarch-turned-dissident to Russia or Ukraine — but his lawyers urged the French government to reconsider, arguing that the case is politically motivated.

  • Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:59:37 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday.

  • Toyota promotes US execs, gives power to North American CEO

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:58:16 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote some U.S. executives to senior posts in Japan.

  • Alabama probate judges ordered to halt gay wedding licenses

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:49:04 GMT

    Probate judges must again decide whether to issue wedding licenses to gay couples after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite a federal court's decision to the contrary.

  • High court takes up major fight over health law subsidies

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:40:54 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Hillary Clinton Didn't Have a Work Email Account, but Lawyers Should

    2015-03-03T19:45:01Z

    As if Hillary Clinton needed more trouble stemming from her time as secretary of state, The New York Times reports that she used a personal email account "exclusively" to conduct official State Department business. That's potentially problematic, thanks to federal laws requiring retention of agency emails as official records. This......

  • 8 Pros and Cons of Working as a Contract Attorney

    2015-03-03T17:58:01Z

    Many people dreamed of the big firm job when they entered law school. But how many considered being a contract attorney? With hiring for full-time attorney positions down since the recession, many new graduates are turning to contract work as an alternative career path. Should you consider a career......

  • Calif's Sex Offender Residency Law Is Unconstitutional: Supreme Ct.

    2015-03-03T16:01:01Z

    Blanket prohibitions on where registered sex offenders can live are unconstitutional, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday. The case was brought by registered sex offenders in San Diego who objected to mandatory residency restrictions in the penal code. Sex offenders can't, for example, live within 2,000 feet of a......

  • Justice Dept. Seeks Clarification on Insider Trading

    2015-03-03T15:55:01Z

    Last week, the United States went back to the Second Circuit to ask for a rehearing in United States v. Newman, where that court overturned the convictions of two hedge fund managers for trading on inside information. The Second Circuit rejected Newman and Chiasson's convictions on a "tipper/tippee" theory of......

  • 9th Cir. Resisting Efforts to Dilute CDA Section 230 ISP Immunity?

    2015-03-03T15:48:01Z

    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) generally affords immunity for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) with respect to content posted by users on their websites. There have been various efforts by plaintiffs......

  • 1st Cir. Denies 2nd Tsarnaev Request for Change of Venue

    2015-03-02T20:29:01Z

    Three times, attorneys for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal district court in Boston to change the venue for the trial, arguing that he couldn't get a fair shake in the city where the bombing took place in 2013. The district court denied his request, which meant......

Criminal Law News

  • 2 killed in shootings at California nightclub, gas station

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:48:20 GMT

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed and five others were wounded in shootings at a Southern California nightclub and a nearby gas station.

  • Suspected German member of Islamic State group arrested

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:45:16 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors say they have arrested a German suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group and undergoing weapons training with the extremists.

  • Top French court approves extradition of Kazakh banker

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:43:28 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — France's top appeals court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a Kazakh oligarch-turned-dissident to Russia or Ukraine — but his lawyers urged the French government to reconsider, arguing that the case is politically motivated.

  • Man killed by LAPD stole French identity, stirring questions

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:29:00 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Months before he was fatally shot by police, a man walked the streets of Skid Row, keeping those he encountered in the dark about his past bank robbery conviction, his wanted probation status or even that the false name he lived under had been purloined from a Frenchman years earlier.

  • Official: Mexico arrests Zetas leader Omar Trevino Morales

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:20:04 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and soldiers arrested the Zetas drug cartel leader Omar Trevino Morales, alias "Z-42," on Wednesday, a federal official said.

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court allows challenge to Colorado Internet tax law

    Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:56:24 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal courts can hear a dispute over Colorado's Internet tax law. One justice suggested it was time to reconsider the ban on state collection of sales taxes from companies outside their borders.

  • Supreme Court allows challenge to Colorado Internet tax

    Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:32:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal courts can hear a dispute over Colorado's Internet tax law, a decision that could lay the groundwork for future changes in how states can tax retail sales to companies outside their borders.

  • High court weighs limits on child abuse evidence

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:02:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is considering limits on the type of evidence that can be used in child abuse cases, a move that could hamstring prosecutors in domestic violence trials.

  • Fisherman's high court win spurs call for legal reform

    Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:04:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court case of a fisherman hooked by a law meant to preserve documents, not fish, is renewing calls to curb the reach of criminal laws that critics say are too vague.

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    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:07:55 GMT

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Political News

  • Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:57:40 GMT

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing back against the Israeli prime minister's assertion that a developing nuclear deal with Iran should be scrapped.

  • Italy rescues nearly 1,000 migrants; 10 die

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:50:52 GMT

    ROME (AP) — In a dramatic sea rescue north of Libya, a flotilla of rescue ships saved nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday.

  • Greek police guidelines on migration control spark confusion

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:48:56 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's radical left-led government has revoked new police guidelines on migration control after a wave of criticism from the opposition, saying they were issued without prior consultation.

  • Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:44:38 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch are cautioning against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout.

  • Top French court approves extradition of Kazakh banker

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:43:28 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — France's top appeals court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a Kazakh oligarch-turned-dissident to Russia or Ukraine — but his lawyers urged the French government to reconsider, arguing that the case is politically motivated.