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  • Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:22:49 GMT

    HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:49:15 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

  • Lawyer: Woman did not intend to hit pedestrians

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:04:28 GMT

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone who "does not live her life recklessly."

  • Bush officials did little oversight of CIA program

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:19:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.

  • Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:26:42 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks. Legal Blogs

  • Should Lawyers Take Acting Classes?


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • Kidnapped Mozambican businessman released

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:32:16 GMT

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — A wealthy Mozambican businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released, authorities said on Saturday.

  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:15:36 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

  • Robbers strike at Berlin's famed KaDeWe store

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:37:23 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Jewelry robbers struck at Berlin's famous KaDeWe department store Saturday, smashing display cases and running off with their loot.

  • Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:06:33 GMT

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.

  • Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:40:12 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home.

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:24:04 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.

  • 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.

Political News

  • China's Xi cautions Macau against foreign forces

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:57:04 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following the prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.

  • US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:56:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has returned four Afghans from Guantanamo Bay back to their home country.

  • Afghan leader's two-man government raises concerns

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:46:14 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Ashraf Ghani has promised a complete overhaul of Afghanistan's government to root out corruption and incompetence, but after three months in office, three missed deadlines and countless promises, he and his election rival-turned-deputy have yet to appoint a single Cabinet minister.

  • Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:38:59 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.

  • China's leader cautions against external forces

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:29:51 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following the prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.

Trending Legal News

  • What does "standard of care" mean in medical malpractice cases?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:03:28 GMT

    Someone who gets sick or is injured while visiting New Orleans does not go to a doctor or hospital for treatment expecting to leave with a worsened medical condition. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of doctors and other health care...

  • Will change to Cuba policy impact immigration?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:01:56 GMT

    Residents of the state of Florida are likely trying figure out what to make of President Obama’s recent shift regarding Cuba. Though the embargo was not actually lifted, the change eases travel restrictions and encourages trade between the two nations....

  • How federal and Texas laws can help you after a truck accident

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:39:19 GMT

    Many business owners will tell you that a source of frequent headaches for them is government regulation. As a general rule, the higher the risk that a business or its employees can cause injury to others, the more extensive government...

  • Federal law protects disability benefits while encouraging saving

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:07:13 GMT

    A recent story profiled one disabled North Carolina man’s struggle to further his skill set without jeopardizing his disability benefits. Thanks to a new law called the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE Act, that goal may be a...

  • Scaffolding safety requirements and OSHA

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:56:15 GMT

    Scaffolding is integral to the process of many new construction and repair projects; wherever construction employees or contractors must gain access, scaffolding is likely to be found. As an example, the next time you see a newscast about developments in...