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  • Federal appeals court rules for Mexican on torture claim

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:56:23 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned decisions that put the burden of proof on foreigners who claim they were tortured in their home countries to show they cannot safely return to another part of the country they fled.

  • Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:49:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.

  • California couple's kidnap-for-ransom claim: Things to know

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:48:39 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California woman and her boyfriend say kidnappers entered their house in the middle of the night this week, abducted the woman and held her for ransom before releasing her two days later. Police are skeptical.

  • Clerics urge US to end family detention of immigrants

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:48:25 GMT

    DILLEY, Texas (AP) — About 80 faith leaders from around the U.S. have signed a letter to President Barack Obama urging the government to stop detaining immigrant families, while high-ranking clerics visiting a South Texas detention facility Friday criticized the practice.

  • Colorado defends pot law, says states free to legalize weed

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:37:52 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — States are free to legalize marijuana, Colorado argued Friday in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit from neighboring states that have asked the nation's highest court to shut down Colorado's pot law.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Sexual Assault Survivor Can't Sue Feds for Failing to Investigate

    2015-03-27T16:01:05Z

    A former University of Virginia undergrad who was allegedly sexually assaulted while a student has lost her suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education for mishandling her complaints against the University. The plaintiff, suing as Jane Doe, had complained to the......

  • Lawyers Need a Booth at the Farmers Market or County Fair

    2015-03-27T16:56:47Z

    It's officially now spring, which means (for most of the country) blue skies and warm weather. People are outdoors at fairs, festivals, and farmers markets. What are you doing indoors on a beautiful Saturday afternoon? You should be out there, at the fair, drumming up business. Outdoor events are a......

  • Dealership Workers get Overtime, 9th Rules in Circuit Split

    2015-03-27T16:08:59Z

    Customer service workers at car dealerships aren't exempt from the FLSA's overtime protections, the Ninth Circuit ruled on Tuesday. The court's unanimous holding revived a lawsuit seeking unpaid overtime brought by four "service advisers" at a Mercedes Benz dealership in California. The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes minimum pay and......

  • Pregnant UPS Employee Can Proceed With Discrimination Suit

    2015-03-27T15:56:23Z

    An employment policy that accommodates disabled workers must also accommodate pregnant workers, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday in a 6-3 opinion in Young v. UPS. After becoming pregnant, UPS driver Peggy Young was advised by her doctor not to lift more than 20 pounds; however, UPS requires drivers to......

  • What UPS v. Young Means for Corporate Employment Policies

    2015-03-27T12:56:39Z

    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court allowed a lawsuit brought by a pregnant driver against UPS to proceed. The driver, Peggy Young, was told by her doctor that she shouldn't be lifting more than 20 pounds. UPS drivers, however, have to lift 70 pounds. She asked for an accommodation, UPS said......

  • Proactive Domain Name Purchases: How to Head off Domain Trolls

    2015-03-27T12:56:08Z

    As you may have heard, pop star Taylor Swift recently bought TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult. It's not a sign of a career change, though, it's simply good business. Swift and many others are taking proactive steps to snap up embarrassing domain names before anyone else can. With the growing proliferation......

Criminal Law News

  • Police officer wounded, suspect killed in Boston shootout

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:53:26 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A suspect in a motor vehicle stop has opened fire on Boston police and seriously wounded an officer before being killed by authorities. An apparent bystander also has been injured.

  • California couple's kidnap-for-ransom claim: Things to know

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:48:39 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California woman and her boyfriend say kidnappers entered their house in the middle of the night this week, abducted the woman and held her for ransom before releasing her two days later. Police are skeptical.

  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:35:55 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.

  • Ex-police officer indicted in Kansas City-area stun gun case

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:27:34 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges accusing him of excessive force when he used his stun gun on a teenager during a traffic stop.

  • Police: Man stabs wife to death while their 7 kids are home

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:23:30 GMT

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A man stabbed his wife to death after he slapped one of their seven children for playing videogames and she confronted him about it, police said Friday.

Supreme Court News

  • Justices revive ex-UPS worker's pregnancy bias lawsuit

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:10:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court gave a former UPS driver another chance Wednesday to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

  • Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:59:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

  • Justices side with ex-UPS worker who claims pregnancy bias

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:01:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

  • Major trials prompt calls for cameras in federal courtrooms

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:02:27 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but can't take photos or videos inside the courtroom. The same was true of the New York trial and conviction last month of Khaled Al-Fawwaz for conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. In both cases, the public had to rely on the drawings of courtroom artists. Some are calling on the courts to reconsider the camera ban.

  • US high court limits investor suits over deceptive comments

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:20:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that investors can't sue companies for making misleading statements of opinion prior to a public stock offering, even if those statements turn out to be wrong.

Political News

  • Federal appeals court rules for Mexican on torture claim

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:56:23 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned decisions that put the burden of proof on foreigners who claim they were tortured in their home countries to show they cannot safely return to another part of the country they fled.

  • Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:49:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.

  • Clerics urge US to end family detention of immigrants

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:48:25 GMT

    DILLEY, Texas (AP) — About 80 faith leaders from around the U.S. have signed a letter to President Barack Obama urging the government to stop detaining immigrant families, while high-ranking clerics visiting a South Texas detention facility Friday criticized the practice.

  • France says will propose UN Security Council draft on Israel

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:47:20 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's foreign minister said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Colorado defends pot law, says states free to legalize weed

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:37:52 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — States are free to legalize marijuana, Colorado argued Friday in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit from neighboring states that have asked the nation's highest court to shut down Colorado's pot law.