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October 25, 2014
DUI firm will accept payments via Apple Pay

A DUI defense firm in Michigan has announced it will accept Apple Pay from its clients with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The Barone…

October 25, 2014
Women lawyers group asks NBC to cancel ‘Bad Judge,’ a show about an ‘unethical, lazy’ female jurist

The Miami-Dade chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers has asked NBC to cancel a new comedy series about a hard-drinking, hard-partying female judge—appropriately…

October 25, 2014
Chinese Communist Party announces reform measures to increase judicial independence

China’s ruling Communist Party has announced measures to increase judicial independence, particularly by shining more sunlight on party officials getting involved in legal matters, the…

October 25, 2014
Political groups ready their legal teams in preparation for contentious midterm elections

Armies of lawyers monitoring and working the upcoming midterm elections are gearing up for potential legal battles, Bloomberg reports. The reason: unusually tight races…

October 25, 2014
DOJ denounces ‘irresponsible’ leaks in Ferguson police-shooting case

The Department of Justice has denied any involvement in multiple significant leaks concerning a state grand jury investigation of a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who…

October 25, 2014
Additional federal resources are needed to provide representation for unaccompanied minors, ABA says

Pro bono efforts, alone, are not a complete solution to the need for counsel for unaccompanied immigrant children, ABA President William C. Hubbard says in…

October 25, 2014
‘Vaudeville’ closing argument with pill-a-day song doesn’t warrant sanction, 2nd Circuit says

A $2,500 sanction was imposed on a New York plaintiffs lawyer because he “insidiously sought to inject” the issue of punitive damages into his closing…

October 25, 2014
What questions do you always ask new clients?

A new client comes into your office for the first time. “At this meeting, it should be your No. 1 priority to launch what you…

October 25, 2014
Dozens of shots fired in Canada’s parliament building; Soldier killed at nearby war memorial

Most of downtown Ottawa, Ontario, is in lockdown—though restrictions have been eased as the day has gone on, the Guardian reports—after a gunman entered…

October 25, 2014
Law schools dominate list of grad schools with highest-earning alumni; Santa Clara makes top 10

Updated: Harvard Law School graduates earned the highest median salaries among graduate-school alumni at the midpoint of their careers, according to a website that asks…

October 25, 2014
As fewer law grads become lawyers, the profession shows its age

The legal profession is aging as the percentage of younger lawyers continues to shrink in a decades-long trend. In 1980, 36 percent of the nation’s…

October 25, 2014
Oxycontin marketing suit is Purdue Pharma’s ‘legal nightmare’

A civil lawsuit filed by the state of Kentucky against the maker of Oxycontin could tarnish the company’s mostly successful legal track record in cases…

October 25, 2014
Is your firm’s phone line secure? If not, a hack attack can cost you big bucks

Many small businesses don’t realize it, but their phone system may be a potential gateway for hackers. Large companies that contract for service with major…

October 25, 2014
Las Vegas DA to seek county OK for reality TV show about cold and closed cases

A new reality television show about the work of the Las Vegas coroner could soon be followed by one about its district attorney. Apparently inspired…

October 25, 2014
Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends its own Justice McCaffery, asks for ethics investigation

In a highly unusual order Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court invoked its King’s Bench power and temporarily suspended one of its own justices, with pay,…

October 25, 2014
Obama picks favorite SCOTUS decision of his tenure, sees downside to becoming a justice

The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Congress’ power to enact the health-care law isn’t President Obama’s favorite ruling by the court. Neither is the decision…

October 25, 2014
Pistorius gets five-year sentence; can he serve part of the time at home?

South African track star Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five-years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend by firing his gun through a bathroom…

October 25, 2014
Suit claims law firm violated law with unsolicited texts

A would-be class action lawsuit claims a New York law firm violated federal law by sending unsolicited text messages. The suit (PDF) filed in…

October 25, 2014
Harvard University restricts travel to Ebola-stricken countries

Amidst international debate over whether travel to and from countries ravaged by the deadly Ebola virus should be banned or restricted, a major American university…

October 25, 2014
Facebook sues DLA Piper, other firms, 9 attorneys, says they conspired on fraudulent case

Sued in 2010 by Paul Ceglia, who claimed a majority ownership interest in Facebook Inc. based on documentation since determined by a federal court to…