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  • Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:58:58 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.

  • Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:57:03 GMT

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland is debating its ban on abortion again as doctors keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support, awaiting a judge's verdict on what do to with the living fetus.

  • Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:49:16 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has made his final court appearance before his trial begins next month.

  • 2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:38:59 GMT

    Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table.

  • Ohio high court upholds traffic camera enforcement

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:28:08 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state's municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera use. Legal Blogs

  • Eager Judge Declares Obama's Immigration Plan Unconstitutional


    This guy. How badly did he want to make headlines? Late last month, President Barack Obama announced that he would use executive orders to push through certain immigration reforms. Republicans screeched. Congress bemoaned the trampling of their authority. States' attorneys general filed a lawsuit. Even a few members of the......

  • DIY Law Firm Website? Here's Your Shopping List


    It you build it, they will come. Maybe. If you build it right. And there's a lot that goes into building a law firm website "right": SEO, graphics, mobile-friendly layout, content, conversion optimization, and a whole lot more. But don't jump off that building yet. Just like those with DIY......

  • From Zillow's Orange County Office: Another 5 Employee Lawsuits


    Zillow might be better off burning down this office. First opened in 2012 as an office for selling ads to real estate agents, Zillow's Irvine, California, office has become a hotbed for employee lawsuits. There was the sexual harassment lawsuit that we blogged about earlier this month. And this week,......

  • Clearing Up 5 Things About the Apple iPod Antitrust Lawsuit


    Yesterday, a federal jury found that Apple's iTunes 7 updates, made between 2006 and 2009, weren't anticompetitive . The verdict caps 10 years of litigation alleging Apple locked other music providers out of its iPods. There's been quite a bit of misreporting what's actually going on in this case, so......

  • ABA Report: Law School Enrollment Declines, as Expected


    Did anyone not see this coming? We've seen sign after sign after sign of decreased demand for law school seats: fewer LSAT takers, fewer applications, dismal post-graduation job prospects, and more. We've seen some schools cut class sizes, one cut a campus, and a few that obstinately refuse to correct......

  • No Sexual Reassignment Surgery for Inmate: En Banc 1st Cir.


    Michelle Kosilek, born as Robert, is a transgender individual who identifies as female and who wishes for her physical sex to match her gender. The problem is, she murdered her wife in 1990. The Massachusetts Department of Correction does not wish to pay for sexual reassignment surgery. Kosilek argues that......

Criminal Law News

  • Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:25:05 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" against young inmates.

  • Reformers target traffic courts in Ferguson

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:22:28 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.

  • Feds: Uganda-based man counterfeited $2M in cash

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:17:29 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a man with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other locations in the United States.

  • Self-defense fails in Montana man's murder trial

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:38 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hairstylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.

  • 3 plead not guilty to sodomizing teen in Kentucky

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:39:11 GMT

    HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Three adults charged with sodomizing a 15-year-old boy who suffered critical injuries in the attack have entered not guilty pleas.

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

  • Exiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:45:16 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country's largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets.

  • Saudi says oil decisions not linked to politics

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:40:35 GMT

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil chief said in comments published Thursday that there are no links between the kingdom's decision to oppose production cuts and political objectives — an apparent response to accusations last week from Shiite powerhouse Iran.

  • 2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:38:59 GMT

    Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table.

  • EU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:35:29 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders met Thursday to seek solutions to two major challenges —how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia.

  • Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:33:26 GMT

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country.

Trending Legal News

  • Setting up a living revocable or irrevocable trust

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:16:24 GMT

    Massachusetts residents set up living trusts -- which is a trust created during the life of its creator -- for a variety of reasons. For instance, a revocable trust (changeable) or irrevocable trust (unchangeable) can be created to provide for...

  • Civil Rights Lawyer Discusses Ferguson, Staten Island event and Grand Juries.

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:14:50 GMT

    It's unfortunate that I'm writing about something like the recent incidents that took place in Ferguson and Staten Island, considering that it's the year 2014. Being a civil rights lawyer, over the years I've seen and heard about a lot...

  • How workers' compensation works in California

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:14:19 GMT

    Accidents on the job are common in California, just as they are in other states. The most unsafe work environments such as construction sites, mines and fishing boats are often places that generate high numbers of workers' comp claims....

  • Wilmington man faces multiple drug charges

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:13:51 GMT

    When residents of North Carolina are accused of a crime, they often consider what steps to take to avoid the charge. But when an individual is charged with multiple charges, they might consider developing a strong defense strategy in...

  • Reporting a work-related illness

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:13:18 GMT

    Most Americans go their entire lives without having to worry about getting injured on the job or being diagnosed with a work-related illness. Work environments are much safer today than they were even 20 years ago, with the ever-increasing...