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


    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.


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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......

Criminal Law News

  • Tenn. coalition asks court not to release rape case records

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:58:48 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four victims' rights groups are asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to rule against a coalition of news media organizations, including The Associated Press, that is fighting to get access to some of the records in a high-profile rape case involving four former Vanderbilt University football players.

  • Riot erupts after funeral for man hurt in police custody

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:41:23 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.

  • Teacher says he ran toward gunfire like anyone else would

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:31:42 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — A popular teacher being hailed as a hero for tackling a 16-year-old shooter inside a Washington state high school said he did what any other U.S. educator would do: He ran toward the gunfire instead of away from it.

  • Arizona firefighter charged with murder in 3 cold cases

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:18:16 GMT

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A high-ranking firefighter in southern Arizona has been charged with murder in the cold case slayings of his ex-wife, her mother and a third woman.

  • Robert Durst to be moved to jail closer to New Orleans

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:15:28 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The real estate heir being held in Louisiana while awaiting extradition to California on murder charges is moving to a jail closer to New Orleans.

Supreme Court News

  • 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

  • Filmmaker among 4 Americans killed on Everest

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:44:00 GMT

    A documentary filmmaker from Colorado was among four Americans killed in a Mount Everest avalanche triggered by the earthquake that shook Nepal.

  • Uruguay urges ex-Guantanamo detainees to sign for housing

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:36:00 GMT

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's foreign minister said Monday that six former Guantanamo Bay detainees resettled here will be out of a house and off public assistance unless they agree to terms they have so far rejected, the latest in an increasingly public battle over who is financially responsible for the men and for how long.

  • Rand Paul faces tough questions from Orthodox Jewish crowd

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:31:34 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Looking to woo New York's Orthodox Jewish community, Republican presidential contender Rand Paul faced tough questions Monday about his support for Israel and his approach to foreign policy in the Middle East.

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

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:14:18 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 marathon negotiations fail.

  • Corinthian Colleges closes all 28 remaining campuses

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:04:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation.