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  • Law Office Ergonomics: Monitors Can Be a Pain in the Neck


    Big, roomy computer monitors are essential for comfortable lawyering. You spend a lot of your time at your desk, and a big monitor allows you to have multiple documents open side-by-side. But monitors, like every other part of your desk, are governed by the iron-clad Law of Ergonomics. If your......

  • Could Teva Pharmaceuticals Ruling Benefit Patent 'Trolls'?


    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has frequently been criticized as a "rogue" court, and the Supreme Court has been reining it in of late. (Of course, the Federal Circuit was also helped with the resignation of former Chief Judge Randall Rader, who never met a patent......

  • San Jose Strikes Out in 9th Cir. MLB Antitrust Appeal


    When we last left the City of San Jose in its ongoing battle with the behemoth known as Major League Baseball, it was trying to fast-track an antitrust lawsuit against MLB to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Well, the Ninth Circuit has decided, and with Judge Alex Kozinski at......

  • Sheldon Silver's Arrest: Law Firm Referrals Part of Alleged Scheme


    Ah, good old (alleged) bribery. When lawyers behave badly and someone gets hurt or killed, we kind of feel bad about it. But when lawyers get arrested for bribery? No one gets hurt, and we can bask in the awesomeness. New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver found himself on......

  • What the Heck Is a 'Brand'? Here's What Lawyers Need to Know


    We talk all the time on FindLaw's Strategist blog about branding and how it's important to you as a lawyer. Truthfully it is -- and you can, and should, use branding to differentiate yourself from other law firms. Tossing around the word "brand" can be a little bit inside baseball,......

  • N.Y. Politician Sheldon Silver Indicted on 5 Counts of Corruption


    New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been indicted on five criminal counts involving millions of dollars in alleged bribes and kickbacks. The criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court accuses Silver, 70, of receiving more than $6 million from two law firms since 2002 through various schemes, reports the......

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  • Sex-abuse civil trial to unveil Boy Scout 'perversion' files

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:50:48 GMT

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Opening statements have begun in a sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America that could bring years of so-called perversion files into the public eye.

  • 2 suspected looters killed in South Africa

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:41:32 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two suspected looters in South Africa were fatally shot bringing to six the number of people killed in more than a week of attacks on shops owned by African immigrants in the Johannesburg area, police said Monday.

  • Saudi Arabia carries out first beheading under new king

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:38:24 GMT

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has executed a man convicted of raping several girls, the first beheading under the newly enthroned King Salman.

  • Mom going on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:42:32 GMT

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the case of a young mother accused of killing her 5-year-old son by poisoning him with salt.

  • Prosecutor seeks 26 years for Costa Concordia captain

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:40:57 GMT

    ROME (AP) — Prosecutors asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison Monday for the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany that killed 32 people, saying the term is hardly excessive given the death toll.

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  • Jury in CIA leak trial says it can't reach unanimous verdict

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:56:31 GMT

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Jurors said Monday that they could not reach a unanimous verdict in the case of a former CIA officer accused of leaking secrets about a classified operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter, but the judge urged them to keep talking.

  • Storm threatens the Northeast with historic snow

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:54:27 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cities big and small along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people began shutting down and bundling up Monday against a powerful and potentially historic storm that could unload 1 to 3 feet of snow.

  • Spain: Greek F-16 jet crashes at base, killing 10 people

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:54:01 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other planes on the ground during NATO maneuvers in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 people, Spain's Defense Ministry said.

  • House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:47:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats.

  • Low inflation likely to keep Fed 'patient' about a rate hike

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:46:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.

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  • Court Triumph For Union Laborer Injured in Construction Accident

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:24:47 GMT

    Lawyers from all over New York State and beyond bring their most significant cases to Block O'Toole & Murphy. The firm is widely regarded as one of the top trial firms in the entire country and that is typically the...

  • Prescription drug ads: take with a grain of salt and call in the morning, P.4

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:19:35 GMT

    We’ve taken the time on this blog to briefly discuss some of the basics of drug advertising law. The issue is an important one because drug manufacturers who financially benefit from advertising need to be accountable for doing so in...

  • Are Good Samaritans protected after accidents?

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:53:08 GMT

    If you watch “Good Morning America, ” “Today,” or “CBS This Morning,” you may grow tired of the leading news story being a snowstorm on the eastern seaboard. After all, it’s not like snow only falls in New York, Boston,...

  • Debt can complicate property division during a divorce

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:48:45 GMT

    We often discuss the challenges of splitting up money and property in the event of a divorce. For people with complicated or significant assets, this can prove to be very difficult, as it may require business or property valuation as...

  • There are many ways to defend against criminal charges

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:32:20 GMT

    Criminal charges can turn your life upside-down. Authorities take allegations of criminal offenses very seriously in Florida, as is the case throughout the United States. In order to find the truth of such allegations, it is often necessary to carry...