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  • FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:55:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, providing the most detailed accounting to date of a hugely expensive break-in that could lead to a U.S. response.

  • After school massacre, 2 Pakistan militants hanged

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:49:02 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants on Friday — the country's first executions in years — after the government reinstated the death penalty in response to a horrific Taliban school massacre this week that killed 148, most of them children.

  • Correction: Custody-Surrender story

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:46:01 GMT

    LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about a custody dispute, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a judge did not rule on a prosecutor's request that the daughter at the center of the case be brought out of hiding for a psychological evaluation. The judge denied that request but said he would rule separately if a motion were made to produce her for questioning by prosecutors.

  • Cuban cigar boom? A look at what new rules mean

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:32:51 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — Americans travelers can soon legally bring back one of Cuba's most celebrated products, but some limitations remain. Here's a look at some facts and figures surrounding the loosened restrictions on cigars:

  • Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:28:09 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

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

  • After school massacre, 2 Pakistan militants hanged

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:49:02 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants on Friday — the country's first executions in years — after the government reinstated the death penalty in response to a horrific Taliban school massacre this week that killed 148, most of them children.

  • Maine woman who foiled abduction ready for a fight

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:29:16 GMT

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine museum worker who prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says there would've been a "big fight" if the man hadn't given up.

  • Russia seeks 10 years in prison for Putin foe

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:27:31 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday asked a court to sentence President Vladimir Putin's chief foe to 10 years in prison, but the defiant opposition leader vowed to keep up his fight against the Kremlin regime.

  • Report: Turkish prosecutor wants US-based cleric arrested

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:10:14 GMT

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish prosecutor is seeking a warrant to arrest U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen — a former ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's state-run media reported Friday.

  • Officials: Pakistan executes 2 convicted militants

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:10:00 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say authorities have hanged two convicted militants in the first executions following the reinstatement of the death penalty in the wake of this week's Peshawar school massacre.

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

  • FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:55:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, providing the most detailed accounting to date of a hugely expensive break-in that could lead to a U.S. response.

  • T-Mobile paying up to $90M for unwanted services

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:49:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — T-Mobile US will pay up to $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators.

  • After school massacre, 2 Pakistan militants hanged

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:49:02 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants on Friday — the country's first executions in years — after the government reinstated the death penalty in response to a horrific Taliban school massacre this week that killed 148, most of them children.

  • Suspected bomb found under N. Ireland soldier's car

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:41:00 GMT

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — British army experts have dismantled a suspected booby-trap bomb hidden underneath an off-duty British soldier's car in Northern Ireland.

  • Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:34:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.

Trending Legal News

  • 4 vehicles involved in California highway incident, 1 dead

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:20:43 GMT

    Around 9 a.m. on Dec. 7, a Ford F-150 truck rear-ended a Kia and struck a Chevy pickup at the intersection of Moreno Street and Vista Way at the point where State Route 78 ends, according to Oceanside Police. The...

  • California driver crashes into restaurant, injures 2 diners

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:20:34 GMT

    A woman and child were hospitalized with severe but non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a Mercedes that crashed through the glass façade of a restaurant in Garden Grove where they were dining. Police say this accident was similar to...

  • Texas is number 1 in construction worker deaths

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:20:31 GMT

    The Workers Defense Project stated that 585 construction workers died in Texas from 2007 to 2011 while on the job. According to this figure, the number of deaths is almost twice the number of deaths that occurred in California during...

  • Butler County farmer injured by tractor

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:57:14 GMT

    A Butler County man was injured when his tractor was accidentally activated and ran over him. As this Clay Township, Pennsylvania man was getting off of his tractor, his foot knocked the vehicle into gear. Subsequently, he was hanging onto...

  • Jail time given to Deion Sanders' ex-wife for visitation violations

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:45:11 GMT

    When, in a divorce decree regarding parents with minor children, one of the parents is granted visitation rights, the decree will generally contain a visitation schedule. It is very important for parents to not wrongfully violate such a schedule. Some...