Odd allies in Medicare fight

An imposing new obstacle is getting in the way of the nation's personal-injury lawsuits: Medicare, the federal health insurer for the elderly. Lawyers say the program is disrupting a countless number of their settlements.

Grais & Ellsworth Removes Bank of America MSB Settlement Case to Federal Court, Claims Deal is Covered by Class Action Law

Just days before the deadline for investors to file objections in New York state court to a proposed $8.5 billion settlement over mortgage-backed securities, Grais & Ellsworth has removed the suit to federal court on behalf of disgruntled Countrywide i...

US prosecutor to investigate Kosovo PM for organ trafficking

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo [official website] announced Monday that US prosecutor John Clint Williamson will lead an investigation into allegations that Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci [official profile] participated in an organ trafficking scheme during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Claims made in a report [text] authored by Council of Europe (COE) [official website] member Dick Marty [BBC profile] indicate that Thaci served as the "boss" of an illegal criminal...

Guantanamo military commissions on hold until new year

[JURIST] Retired Vice Admiral Bruce MacDonald [official profile] on Monday notified both prosecution and defense lawyers in the trial of five detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] that he will be accepting recommendations until early 2...

Video: Robert Peck, Appellate Lawyer of the Week

Tony Mauro talks to Robert Peck, president of the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

Europe committed crimes during counter-terrorism efforts: rights chief

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] on Thursday accused European governments of numerous human rights violations [statement] during counter-terrorism efforts over th...

Search warrant issued in 'Baby Lisa' case

Authorities have obtained a search warrant for the home where a missing 11-month-old Missouri girl was reportedly last seen, Kansas City police said Tuesday.

DOJ asks to dismiss case seeking release of bin Laden photographs

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit calling for the release of photographs taken shortly after Osama bin Laden's death. Nonprofit organization Justice Watch [advocacy website] fil...

Giants Fan Bryan Stow's Children Can't Join his Lawsuit, Judge Rules

This week brought some mixed news for the family of Giant's fan Bryan Stow. Kids Tabitha and Tyler may not sue the Dodgers at this time, according to Superior Court Judge Abraham Khan. However, Stow may seek punitive damages against the club, which cou...

What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

It's hard to plan your final wishes. That's why many Americans put it off. But what exactly happens if you die without a will? Where do your assets go? It all depends on the laws of intestacy in your jurisdiction. When you die without a will, you die "...

DOJ reports drop in violent crime for 2010

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Thursday that the national rate of violent crime decreased by 13 percent [press release] during 2010. The announcement stemmed from statistics in the annual National Crime Victimi...

The death penalty has some unlikely opponents

Charisse Coleman has no real compassion for the man who walked into the Thrifty Liquor Store in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1995 and put three bullets in her brother, Russell.

Top 3 Halloween Lawsuits of All Time

If there's one thing that gets a lawyer giddy this time of year, it'd have to be the Halloween lawsuit. And not because it brings in the money. No, Halloween lawsuits are a reprieve from the seriousness normally attributable to the courts. They can be ...

No Qualified Immunity for Officer Who Mistook Gun for Taser

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday revived a suit against a police officer who shot and killed a handcuffed man after mistakenly drawing a firearm instead of a Taser, finding that she was not entitled to qualified immunity.

Mother of missing Maryland boy was stabbed, beaten

A Maryland mother who was found dead two days ago died as a result of being stabbed and beaten, police said Friday. Her 11-year-old son remains missing.

DOJ asks appeals court to vacate 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' ruling

[JURIST] Lawyers for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official websites] to overturn a ruling that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC 654; JURIST news archive] is a violation of service members' constitutional rights. The repeal of DADT is set to take effect on September 20, and the DOJ argued the impendency of the repeal renders the original court case moot [LAT report]. The...

911 tapes from quarry shooting: 'People are dying right now"

Anguished victims bombarded police dispatchers with frantic calls and pleas for help after a gunman opened fire on his co-workers at a Northern California quarry this month.

Can I Refuse a Sobriety Test?

If you've ever thought about refusing a breathalyzer test or a field sobriety test you might want to think again. Many states have enacted laws that dole out punishments if you voluntarily refrain. Why exactly are you compelled to consent to testing? I...

Rothstein investor ordered to pay $14.7 million to victims

One of the top 20 investors in former law firm partner Scott Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme has been ordered to pay $14.7 million to victims -- but the final judgment, signed by a federal bankruptcy judge, could be uncollectable.

Video surfaces from night girl vanished

Friends and family gathered Sunday for an emotional prayer vigil for a missing 11-month-old Missouri girl as new surveillance video emerged from the night Lisa Irwin disappeared.

SAT Cheaters Paid Others to Take Exam

Nassau County prosecutors recently charged seven Long Island teens in an SAT cheating scandal. Six students at Great Neck North High School are accused of paying alumnus Samuel Eshaghoff between $1,500 and $2,000 to sit for the exam in their names. The...

'Original Patent Troll' Is Back After Long Hiatus, With a New Name and New Patents

Anthony Brown, who inspired the term "patent troll," has founded a new "non-practicing entity" called Cascades Ventures, and two of its subsidiaries have already sued Exxon Mobil, Samsung and others for allegedly infringing patents that Cascades began ...

Second Group of MBS Investors Wins Class Certification Ruling

In what appears to be the first written decision granting class certification in a mortgage-backed securities case, a federal judge has certified a class of investors who bought securities issued by Credit Suisse First Boston Mortgage Securities Organi...

In Medicaid cases, another health issue for the Court

A set of cases involving Medicaid, to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on the first day of its fall term, has produced some unusual twists and turns, including a surprise stance from the Obama administration, and some interesting briefing.

Justices increasingly asking the SG's office for its views

In the term just ended, the Supreme Court issued 28 CVSGs -- calls for the views of the solicitor general -- and in the term before that, it asked for 29. Both numbers are significantly higher than usual. So why have those calls come more often lately?

Introducing Jobs The FindLaw Goose

What would you do if you got to your desk in the morning and there was a large plastic goose staring at you? That's right....a goose.Well, here at FindLaw's Sunnyvale office, you never know when such a visitor may pay you a visit.  Allow us to...

Fourth Circuit rejects Virginia health care law challenge

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Thursday dismissed two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 text; JURIST backgrounder]. In Virgin...

Lions, Wolves Roam Zanesville, Ohio Streets

Terry Thompson, owner of an exotic animal preserve in Zanesville, Ohio, opened the cages to his animals and set them free Wednesday. He then fatally shot himself. What transpired next was a frantic operation conducted by local authorities. At least 25 ...

Legislature Repeals Missouri Facebook Law

It looks like the Missouri Facebook law has met its end. In late August, the law was put on hold by a state judge, who found that its enforcement "would have a chilling effect" on the First Amendment rights of teachers and students. And late last month...

Class Certified in Law Firm's Suit Over 'Time Bomb' in Management Software

A federal judge has breathed new life into a law firm's class action suit claiming there was a deliberately placed "time bomb" in its calendaring and billing software, which allegedly was designed to shut down automatically so users would be compelled ...

Australia Guantanamo detainee Hicks petitions UN over alleged rights violations

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] has filed an appeal [text, PDF] with the UN Human Rights Committee [official website] complaining of multiple violations of international law stemming from his five-year incarceration at Guantanamo from 2002 to 2007. Hicks, an Australian national, is asking the Australian government to "request the US authorities to formally overturn" his 2007 conviction on charges of aiding terrorism before a US military court and nullify the plea deal...

California governor signs law providing financial aid to undocumented students

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] signed [press release] the California Dream Act [AB 131, PDF] into law on Saturday, expanding financial aid to undocumented students. Under AB 131, high achieving students who are in the proce...

Federal judge blocks Florida law restricting doctors from asking patients about firearms

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Wednesday temporarily enjoined [ruling, PDF] a Florida law restricting what physicians can ask or say about firearms to their patients as violative of the doctors' First Amendment rights. Under the Firearm Owners' Privacy Act (FOPA) [text], violating doctors risk losing their medical license and up to a $10,000 fine for "asking questions concerning the ownership of a firearm" or "unnecessarily harassing a patient...

Defense to begin in Connecticut family murder, sex assault case

The defense is expected to lay out its case Wednesday in the trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky, who is accused in the July 2007 home invasion, sexual assault and murders of three members of a Connecticut family.

Credit card fraud ring may be biggest in U.S. history, DA says

A New York City crackdown on suspects allegedly involved in forged credit cards and identity theft led authorities to a $13 million global crime ring, the largest and perhaps most sophisticated of its kind in U.S. history, U.S. District Attorney Richar...

Missouri girl now missing for a week

Kansas City police said that they are glad the parents of a missing 10-month-old Missouri girl have resumed conversations with them. "We couldn't be happier about it," police Capt. Steve Young said. "Their involvement in this invest...

Second Circuit Holds that Goodwill and Loss Reserve Figures Are Opinions Not Subject To A Strict Liability Standard

A company's valuations of its goodwill and loss reserves are opinions that are not subject to a strict liability standard under securities laws, the 2nd Circuit has expressly ruled for the first time in a purported class action of investors in preferre...

Staged Raise of 27% Is Endorsed for Judges

A special pay commission voted Friday to gradually raise the $136,700 salary of New York state Supreme Court justices to the $174,000 earned by federal district judges. Judges and bar groups expressed disappointment at the size of the proposed raises, ...

South Carolina Democrats protest voter ID law to DOJ

[JURIST] South Carolina's Senate Minority Caucus filed an objection on Friday with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], asking for the rejection of the state's new voter identification law. The caucus, comprised of Democrats in the st...

Tiffany Startz Acquitted in Party Punch Death

An Illinois judge has ruled that Tiffany Startz is not guilty in the party punch death of rapper John Powell. A fellow partygoer had offered $5 to anyone willing to take a punch from Startz. Powell, who was performing at the party, agreed to the bet. W...

Tape of Michael Jackson slurring: 'I hurt'

The trial of Michael Jackson's doctor reached another emotional peak Wednesday as jurors heard Jackson say, using slow and slurred speech, "I hurt, you know, I hurt."

Lawyers and Law Firms Filling Up Obama Campaign Coffers

A fundraising committee backing President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election bid has raised $39 million so far this year, with 11 percent of that sum coming from lawyers, lobbying shops and law firms. Skadden, home of former White House counsel Gregory Cr...

Ex- government worker sold stolen National Archives recordings

A Maryland man pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling on eBay sound recordings donated to the National Archives, including one of baseball great Babe Ruth.

Judge Calls Deputy's Harassment of Neighbor 'Atrocious Conduct'

A deputy sheriff who undertook a campaign of harassment against a neighbor he thought was a pedophile has been hit with a default judgment by a federal judge who termed the officer's alleged behavior "outrageous, atrocious conduct that is utterly intol...

FBI reports decrease in violent crime for fourth straight year

[JURIST] Violent crime in the US dropped for the fourth consecutive year, the FBI [official website] announced [press release] on Monday. The estimates are part of the annual figures prepared as part of the Bureau's Crime in the United States (CIUS) [o...

Two more Somali pirates sentenced to life in prison

[JURIST] US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] Judge Mark Davis on Monday ruled [Virginian Pilot report] that two Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] who killed four Americans will spend their lives in prison. Mahdi Jama Mohamed and Muhidin Salad Omar, the two convicted men, apologized to the victims' familieswho did not attend the sentencingbefore being taken away. In August, a Somali man was also sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] for his role in...

Judge: FDNY minority hiring practices will be monitored

A federal judge has ordered that an official monitor be put in place to prevent discrimination in the hiring of New York City firefighters.

DOJ announces $500 million Google settlement

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday announced that the agency had reached a $500 million settlement [press release] with Google [corporate website] for permitting Canadian pharmaceutical companies to advertise to...

Soulja Boy Arrested in GA with Pot, Guns, Cash in Car

Rapper Soulja Boy was arrested in Georgia on Tuesday after a traffic stop turned into a drug, cash, and gun bust. An officer stopped Soulja Boy's rented Cadillac Escalade early in the morning. Inside his vehicle, officers found a "substantial amount" o...

USS Cole bombing suspect to face military tribunal at Guantanamo

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] Wednesday officially referred charges against a high-profile Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee who allegedly planned the 2000 attack on the USS Cole [JURIST news archive] that l...

Case Shows Even a Sex-Toy Purveyor Can Have a Sexually Hostile Workplace

The fact that an employer sells sexually oriented merchandise -- marketed in a "sexually charged atmosphere" not deemed objectionable by female employees or customers -- gives it no special cover from claims of sex harassment and retaliation, a New Jer...

3rd Circuit Upholds Slashing $10 Million Verdict to $900,000

A jury's award of $10 million to three former Philadelphia police officers in a race discrimination suit was properly slashed to just $900,000, a federal appeals court has ruled, because the plaintiffs had sued only under federal law, which imposes a $...

Judge Sent E-Mail Advising Fellow Democrats in Voting Case Before Him

A judge has admitted to "a lapse" in judgment over a 2004 email to fellow Democrats advising them how to oppose a county redistricting plan and urging them to not "tell anyone this petition has been assigned to me." Sources say concerns over the email ...

Federal judge dismisses Arizona counterclaim over immigration law

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Friday dismissed a counterclaim [order, PDF] filed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) [official website] and state Attorney General Tom Horne [official...

SCDOT and SCHP to work together to address speed related car accidents – South Carolina Now

SCDOT and SCHP to work together to address speed related car accidentsSouth Carolina NowToo fast for conditions ranks as the second leading cause of fatal collisions in South Carolina, with DUI ranking first. SCDOT and SCHP have agreed to ...and more&n...

Run With the Bulls in AZ? Sign Huge Waiver First

The Arizona bull run is back after a 10 year hiatus, and it comes with a 7-page waiver. This isn't Pamplona, after all.  Hundreds of runners are expected to descend on Cave Creek next weekend, where they will be chased by 1,500-pound bulls. De...

SEC Considering Settlement with Berry in Backdating Case

Lisa Berry, the former GC for Juniper Networks and KLA-Tencor accused of backdating stock options, has submitted a settlement offer to the SEC. The two sides had recently squabbled over whether Berry had adequately answered questions about her role in ...

Accused celeb hacker sent to California

Christopher Chaney, the man accused of hacking celebrities' online accounts from which private images were ultimately posted on the Internet, was ordered back to a California court on November 1 to answer charges against him.

Georgia executes Troy Anthony Davis after Supreme Court denies stay

[JURIST] The state of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday night after his eleventh-hour appeal for clemency was denied [order, PDF] by the US Supreme Court. Davis was put to death by lethal injection, t...

EPA to develop standards for fracking wastewater discharge

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Thursday announced plans to develop standards for the disposal of wastewater [press release] from the process of hydraulic fracturing [EPA backgrounder]. Hydraulic fracturing, or ...

US legal memo justifies killing of al-Awlaqi

[JURIST] An Obama administration legal memorandum from last year found that the killing of US citizen and senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader Anwar al-Awlaqi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] would only be legal if it were not feasibl...

Federal appeals court allows damages against Chevron for Ecuador oil spill

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ended an injunction [JURIST report] on damages levied against US oil company Chevron [corporate website; JURIST news archive], making the company potentially liable fo...

Son 'shocked' parents accused of holding captives

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 19 for three suspects charged with imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in the basement boiler room of a Philadelphia apartment building, the attorney for one suspect said.

Parents plead for return of missing Missouri 10-month-old

The parents of a missing 10-month-old Missouri girl issued an impassioned plea for her return Wednesday, as police said they have found little to go on in investigating her disappearance.

Lohan misses her first day of community service, blaming media

Actress Lindsay Lohan missed her first day of community service at the Los Angeles County morgue Thursday, one day after a judge rebuked her for similar failures, revoked her probation and forced her to post $100,000 bail.

Apple sues Motorola for touch-screen patent infringement

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] filed two lawsuits [first complaint, PDF; second complaint, PDF] Friday against rival smartphone maker Motorola [corporate website] alleging that several of Motorola's products infringe six patents owned by Apple. The...

Federal judge blocks North Carolina Planned Parenthood defunding law

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday issued a preliminary injunction against a provision in North Carolina's budget that denies state and federal funding to Planned Parenthood...

Latest search effort yields no clues in 10-month-old's disappearance

Authorities in Kansas City conducted another search Tuesday for a 10-month-old girl who went missing more than a week ago in a suspected kidnapping.

Public Nudity Advocate Strips Down in Court

Holly Van Voast is a public nudity advocate in New York. She is so deeply entrenched in her beliefs that she stripped down in court. Why was she in front of a judge in the first place? She was summoned to court for stripping in the middle of Grand Cent...

Obama to allow states to opt out of No Child Left Behind

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] announced changes to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday, allowing states to opt-out of the program [video; transcript]. The new program [fact sheet, PDF; press release] gives states flexibility in how they design their curriculum, provides schools relief from the "failing" designation and provides increased flexibility in how education funding is distributed. If states choose to opt into the new flexible standards, they are required...

Federal judge issues order blocking enforcement of Idaho abortion law

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Idaho [official website] issued a temporary order on Friday preventing the state of Idaho from enforcing a law that prohibits a woman from terminating her own pregnancy. Jennie Linn McCormac...

Lawyer: Police contacted in 2003 about suspect in Philly captives case

Philadelphia police were told nearly eight years ago about a possible kidnapping involving the alleged ringleader of a group charged last week with imprisoning four mentally disabled adults, according to a lawyer for the family of one of the captives.

California governor signs bill prohibiting circumcision bans

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Sunday announced that he has signed into law [press release] a bill that will prevent local governments from banning male circumcision. The legislation, AB 768 [text, PDF], "preclude[s] a city, county, or city and county ordinance, regulation, or administrative action from prohibiting or restricting the practice of male circumcision, or the exercise of a parent's authority to have a child circumcised." It also provides that laws "affecting male circumcision must have uniform...

'West Memphis Three' Go Free

Three men convicted in the nightmarish slayings of three Cub Scouts went free Friday after being permitted to plead guilty to murder in exchange for time served, nearly two decades after they were sent to prison in a case that raised questions about DN...

N.Y. police officer charged with civil rights violation

A New York City police officer is being charged with violating civil rights law after allegedly arresting a black man in Staten Island without cause and later using racial slurs to describe the incident to a friend during a phone call that was intercep...

Actress Sues Amazon.com for $1M for Revealing her Age

An anonymous actress has sued Amazon, claiming that the company's Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) published her age without her consent. In Hollywood, age matters. Most people consider it common knowledge that the older the actress, the less likely ...

Federal appeals court rules 17-year sentence for Padilla too lenient

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a 17-year sentence [JURIST report] was not enough for Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive], convicted [JURIST report] on terrorism-related charg...

2008 death may be linked to woman at center of captives case

The family of a woman who died three years ago wants to know whether she is the victim of a suspect accused of locking up four people in a Philadelphia basement.

US forces kill senior al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaqi

[JURIST] A CIA drone strike in Yemen on Friday killed senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader, US citizen Anwar al-Awlaqi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The strike marks the US government's most successful attack against al Qaeda sinc...

Judge's Unusual Order Revives Law Firm Diversity Issue

A stir recently erupted in the securities class action bar after Southern District of New York Judge Harold Baer Jr. issued an order in a case against Gildan Activewear, directing two of the largest firms in the field, Labaton Sucharow and Robbins Gell...

Those Scary New Kids on the Block

As the first general counsel of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Leonard Kennedy understands that the new entity -- described by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as "the most powerful regulatory agency that's ever been put together" -- makes some ...

American held in Aruba disappearance denied release

A man detained in the disappearance of a Maryland woman during a vacation in Aruba will seek his release from custody during a court proceeding Monday.

Rights groups urge Senate to pass bill allowing cameras in Supreme Court

[JURIST] A coalition of 37 public interest groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the Alliance for Justice [official websites], sent a letter [text, PDF] to the Senate Thursday urging it to pass legislation [S 446 text, PDF] that would allow television coverage of Supreme Court proceedings. The letter argues that coverage of Supreme Court oral arguments would allow the public to better understand the justice system, which will "inure...

RAND Report Examines Relationship of Asbestos Trusts and Torts

A new study on asbestos trusts and their relationship to the current U.S. tort system raises questions about the way settlement amounts are being determined, the costs shouldered by some defendants, and the availability of funds to settle future asbest...

Judge Approves Sirius XM Settlement, Rejects Ted Frank's Claims that Deal Is a Dud for Class Members

A federal judge has approved a purported $180 million antitrust class action settlement with Sirius XM Radio, rejecting objections by the Center for Class Action Fairness that the deal provided nothing of value to the class while giving plaintiffs lawy...

Federal judge denies FOIA request for Kagan involvement in health care reform

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday rejected [opinion text, PDF] a request [complaint, PDF] by Judicial Watch and the Media Research Center (MRC) [advocacy websites] for documents pertaining to Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's involvement with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 text; JURIST Feature] as solicitor general. A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [5 USC 552] request for documents disclosing Kagan's involvement in...

Do Young People Need a Will?

When you have youth and health on your side, you tend to think that you're invincible. Unfortunately, none of us are. Which means in some cases, even young people need wills. Have you ever meditated on the question, "Do I need a will?" Whether you have...

Rights groups file Canadian indictment against Bush for torture

[JURIST] Two rights organizations filed an indictment [text, PDF; case materials] against former US president George W Bush [JURIST news archive] with the Canada Department of Justice [official website] on Thursday accusing him of commissioning a tortu...

Suspect in killing of 8-year-old New York boy is insane, defense says

An insanity defense will be pursued for the Brooklyn man accused of kidnapping and brutally murdering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, according to the suspect's attorney.

'Robo-Calls' Spark Debate Over Justice O'Connor's Support for Ballot Initiative

What began as an amusing story about a technical glitch in some automated phone calls that went out to voters in Nevada has since turned into a discussion of judicial ethics involving retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and her passionate...

Defense grills search of Jackson's room

Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyer suggested Thursday that coroner's investigator made "substantial mistakes" when she searched Michael Jackson's bedroom after the pop icon's death and that she made significant changes in her testimony since the preliminary he...

Cornel West Arrested on Supreme Court Steps

Princeton University professor and civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West was arrested Sunday during an Occupy D.C. protest at the U.S. Supreme Court. Just prior to his arrest, West gave a speech to a group of 500 people. He then spontaneously led about...

Larry Flynt's Brother Sues Him for $20M Over Porn Empire

Jimmy Flynt, Larry Flynt's brother, has sued the Hustler magazine publisher. Jimmy is accusing Larry of wrongfully terminating him from his $250,000 position at Flynt Management Group LLC. Jimmy is now seeking more than $20 million in damages. Just goe...

Hezbollah leader could get US military trial: report

[JURIST] US counter-terrorism officials have indicated that the administration of President Barack Obama [official website; JURIST news archive] is considering trying the former leader of Hezbollah [JURIST news archive] in a military commission [JURIST...

Prop 8 Amicus Brief Challenges 99-Year-Old Calif. Initiative Process

A California appellate attorney has filed an amicus brief before the 9th Circuit, arguing that California's same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8, should be found invalid because the state's ballot initiative process was improperly voted into law 99 yea...

Federal judge again declines to hold CIA in contempt for destruction of interview tapes

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday again refused [decision, PDF] to hold the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] in contempt for destroying videotapes of ...

Beware of the Private Attorney General

The Supreme Court received much praise from the business community this year when it upheld the enforceability of consumer class action waivers. Some even believe that the ruling upholds mandatory arbitration agreements in employment contracts. Unfortu...

Merger creates Fort Lauderdale legal powerhouse

Atkinson Diner Stone Mankuta & Ploucha has signed an agreement to merge with Fowler White Boggs, creating a powerhouse Fort Lauderdale office with two former Florida Bar presidents. All 12 Atkinson Diner attorneys will join Fowler White, boosting its l...

Facebook Settles Trademark Fight with Lamebook

The trademark battle between Facebook and a parody site is over. The companies have agreed that Lamebook, which mocks the "lame" things people post on Facebook, can continue to operate under its current name but it will add a disclaimer to its website ...

Answer's Top Contributors Now Have Gold, Silver, & Bronze Badges

We at FindLaw know your time is valuable. There is a lot of information out there. But at FindLaw Answers, it's as simple as posting your question in our community and waiting to hear back from our users. Still, what if you could see which users were a...

Federal appeals court stays release of Proposition 8 trial videos

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday extended a hold [order, PDF] on the release of the video recordings of last year's trial on the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban. In response to ...

Obama reaffirms support for DOMA repeal

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Saturday told gay rights activists that he would continue to fight for the repeal [text] of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. During a speech given at the 15th annual dinner hosted by equal rights group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) [advocacy website], Obama told the audience that DOMA "runs counter to the Constitution, and it's time for it to end once and for all," and that his administration...

Star Maps and the silent standoff

On a foggy morning in Holmby Hills, one of L.A.'s most gilded neighborhoods, a silent standoff is taking place outside the mansion where pop music superstar Michael Jackson breathed his last breath.

Justices weigh whether inmate should die after mailroom slipup

The Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to give an Alabama death row prisoner another chance to appeal his conviction after a mailroom mistake left him unable to pursue further claims in court.

High Court Split Paves Way for Arizona Execution

The Supreme Court on Tuesday night split along conservative-liberal lines, with Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the conservatives, to allow the Arizona execution of Jeffrey Landrigan to proceed in spite of lower court concerns about the safety of the d...

Gibson Dunn's Snyder Facing Off Against Boies in High-Stakes Fight Over Executive Non-Compete Contracts

Two former executives sued by Capital One last month for violating the terms of their non-compete agreements have hired a heavy hitter for their defense: David Boies, who will now square off against the bank's lead lawyer, Orin Snyder of Gibson, Dunn &...

Wal-Mart Associate GC Joseph West Moving on to Lead MCCA

Joseph West, associate GC for Wal-Mart Stores, is slated to leave his post at the retail behemoth to become president and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. West fills the position left open by Veta T. Richardson, who became president o...

Federal appeals court blocks Alabama immigration law

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Friday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] portions of a controversial Alabama immigration law [HB 56 text]. The ruling came in response to a motion filed last week [JURIST re...

UK PM announces investigation into alleged renditions to Libya

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] on Monday gave a speech [text] on the situation in Libya [JURIST backgrounder], announcing an investigation into collusion between MI6 [official website], the overseas British Security Service...

Justice Department honors FBI chief, others

Longtime FBI Director Robert Mueller received one of the Justice Department's highest awards Wednesday for outstanding professionalism and exemplary integrity.

Federal appeals court reinstates $675,000 damages in music sharing case

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] on Friday reinstated [opinion] a $675,000 verdict against a Boston University [academic website] student who illegally downloaded 30 songs and then shared them on the Web.The verdict was, at one point, reduced to $67,500, because then-judge Nancy Gertner, who has since retired, found the original penalty "unconstitutionally excessive." Gertner should not have approached the reduction as a constitutional question, the appeals court ruled. A trial judge may reduce...

Rick Ross' Seizure Turns FL Plan Around, Rapper Rushed to Hospital

Miami rapper Rick Ross had a seizure on a flight departing from Fort Lauderdale today. In fact, the seizure was serious enough that pilots turned around and landed Rick Ross' plane. After the abrupt landing, Ross was taken to a nearby hospital for trea...

Ban on Non-Lawyer Investments Defies Market Reality, Firm Argues

On the heels of an American Bar Association commission vote to permit non-lawyers to hold a minority ownership role in law firms, Jacoby & Meyers on Friday fired broadside at a New York court rule barring firms from accepting outside investments. In it...

Chaining Disabled Adults in PA Basement was 'Pure Evil'

Four disabled adults were found chained in a basement in Philadelphia, malnourished. The horrific crime was part of a fraudulent scheme to collect their disability checks. A Philadelaphia police spokesman described the crimes as "pure evil." Three susp...

GPS Windshield Mounts Legal in Your State?

Is it legal to use GPS windshield mounts? This is a common question for those who wish to affix the directional devices to their vehicles. After all, suction cups are often the cheapest option, and tend to be a free part of the GPS package. Luckily, th...

Supreme Court to hear double jeopardy case

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Blueford v. Arkansas [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide whether the Double Jeopardy [Cornell LII backgrounder] clause pr...

Father accused of decapitating son unfit for trial, judge rules

A 30-year-old father who police say decapitated his 7-year-old disabled son is unfit for trial, a Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, judge ruled Tuesday.

3 Amish men accused of cutting hair, beards of others

Three Ohio Amish men remained in police custody in Monday after allegedly assaulting other members of their local community in part by forcibly cutting off hair and beards -- a particularly egregious offense in Amish society.

5 law officers among 70 charged in Arkansas drug trafficking bust

Five law enforcement officers were among 70 people in Arkansas charged in a federal drug-trafficking crackdown that also involved public corruption charges, authorities said Tuesday.

Supreme Court to hear immunity, discrimination, free speech cases

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in four cases. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will determine whether three oil companies are immune from US lawsui...

Federal appeals court denies benefits for child conceived after father's death

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that an Iowa girl born two years after her father's death was not entitled to his Social Security [official website] benefits. After the death of her...

Nebraska Bus Crash Injures 40 En Route to Denver

Approximately 40 people were injured in a Nebraska bus crash early Thursday morning. The accident occurred around 2 a.m. just outside of Gibbon and involved two semi-trailer trucks. Before the bus crash, a semi overturned, blocking both westbound lanes...

MGA drops malpractice claim against O'Melveny

Facing potential discovery sanctions in a claim for $10.2 million in unpaid legal fees, Bratz doll manufacturer MGA Entertainment has agreed to drop malpractice claims against its former law firm, O'Melveny & Myers, and three of its lawyers.

Death delays Murray trial

Testimony in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor has been put on hold Monday, and possibly longer, because the father of the prosecution's last witness died.

US deported 400,000 illegal immigrants in 2011: DHS

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official websites] announced on Tuesday that 396,906 illegal immigrants were deported in 2011 [press release], the largest number in the agencies' hist...

US Flag Pin Gets Man Fired at FL Hotel

A controversy is brewing in St. Augustine, Fla., where resident Sean May was fired over an American flag pin. The front desk supervisor at Casa Monica Hotel had worn the lapel pin for two years. But last Thursday, he was told to take it off, as its pre...

Women's group challenges Wisconsin voter ID law

[JURIST] The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit [complaint, text] Thursday in Dane County Circuit Court [official website] challenging Wisconsin's new voter identification law as a violation of the Wisconsin Constitution [text, PDF]. P...