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  • Theater shooter's parents plead for his life

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:57:32 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.

  • Sugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:50:40 GMT

    MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday.

  • Man pleads guilty in airplane groping case

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:48:41 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday.

  • U. Va. Board chair decries 'drive-by journalism'

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:47:16 GMT

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors ripped into Rolling Stone magazine Friday, saying the magazine unfairly tarnished the school's image with a piece of "drive-by journalism," hurt innocent people and set back sex assault prevention efforts.

  • Great Lakes wolves ordered returned to endangered list

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:46:43 GMT

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf population in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.

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

  • Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:49:06 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested for murder 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.

  • U. Va. Board chair decries 'drive-by journalism'

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:47:16 GMT

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors ripped into Rolling Stone magazine Friday, saying the magazine unfairly tarnished the school's image with a piece of "drive-by journalism," hurt innocent people and set back sex assault prevention efforts.

  • Lawmaker wants investigation of St. Louis prosecutor

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:44:10 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is calling for an investigation of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, saying he "manipulated" the grand jury in the Ferguson case. McCulloch said in a radio interview on Friday that some witnesses obviously lied to the grand jury.

  • Man pleads guilty in gun case linked to marathon

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:42:29 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A man charged with having the gun prosecutors believe the Boston Marathon bombing suspects used to kill an MIT police officer has pleaded guilty to gun possession and drug charges.

  • China arrests US aid work in N. Korean border town

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:41:31 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — A Korean-American aid worker working in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.

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

  • US says traffic deaths fell 3 percent in 2013

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:55:05 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Driving is getting safer.

  • NLRB alleges that McDonald's Corp. violates worker rights

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:54:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board on Friday designated McDonald's Corp. as a "joint-employer" with franchisees at nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, delivering a big win to unions.

  • Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:53:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Flipping the script on a Republican rival, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday criticized Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as "an isolationist" as the GOP's intra-party feud over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy intensified.

  • US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:51:21 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index notch its second-best week this year.

  • Kim Jong Un game spoof 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:50:17 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea.

Trending Legal News

  • Couple accused of squatting in home handed fraud charges

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:50:45 GMT

    A married couple in Florida turned themselves in to authorities on Dec. 8 after receiving various fraud charges involving a foreclosed property. According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the young couple filed a forged quit deed while they were...

  • South Carolina's farmers install safety devices

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:50:32 GMT

    Since the development of mechanized farm equipment, the risk of injury for farmers and their families or paid laborers has skyrocketed exponentially. Although the dangers associated with farming are nothing new for lifelong farmers, the potential for liability is a...

  • How to avoid workplace injuries in retail outlets

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:50:22 GMT

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released a new publication, "Ergonomic Solutions for Retailers," to help retailers and their employees avoid the sprains and strains that are often suffered in the industry. The publication gives West Virginia...

  • Alcohol + energy drinks = higher drunk driving likelihood?

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:42:10 GMT

    Drunk driving takes a huge toll here in Louisiana and the rest of America. There are far too many instances in which a person, despite how well-known the dangers of drunk driving are, gets behind the wheel when intoxicated and...

  • Defining sexual harassment in California

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:40:20 GMT

    Sexual harassment at work may be considered any unwanted sexual advances or conduct that leads to a hostile working environment. Most states have laws that ban sexual harassment in the workplace, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of...