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Court Revives Slavery Quote Libel Suit Against NYT

Walter Block, an economics professor, will be remembered for his statements in the New York Times more than for his lectures. In 2014, the Times quoted him in an article about scholars at the Mises Institute who "championed the Confederacy." Block, an adjunct instructor at the institute, described ...

Authenticity on Social Media Is the Key to Brand Success

When it comes to online marketing for lawyers and law firms, one of the hottest areas that lawyers are investing in is social media. However, those "promoted" posts and advertisements on social media might not help as much as naturally good content that's consistent with your branding. For the......

Why Your Law Firm Needs a Tech Committee

If you were on a rocketship going to the moon, how long would it take to get there? Oh wait, you don't have a rocketship and you don't know how to command one anyway. So basically, you're not going to make it. That's kind of the problem with many......

Why Corporate Legal Departments Are a Petri Dish

'General counsel -- and large corporate departments -- are the law's petri dish.' As corporate counsel balance competing interests -- acting as a company's legal naysayer and can-do partner at the same time -- they conduct business experiments they hope will lead to success. It's a delicate balance, ...

Undocumented Immigrants Can Practice Law in the U.S.

A few years ago, something unexpected started happening across the country: undocumented immigrants started seeking admission to practice law in the U.S.. Surprisingly, this even occurred before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was even passed. Although there is no federal ...

Millions of PACER Documents Made Free

PACER, your favorite tool for getting federal court documents, may not be your favorite for long. CourtListener, a service of the Free Law Project, now offers every free written order and opinion that is available on PACER. And unlike the court's preferred provider, CourtListener does not require a ...

New ABA President: 'Just the Facts'

Attorney Hilarie Bass took a page from Detective Joe Friday when she became president of the American Bar Association. "Just the facts, ma'am," Friday reportedly said in the television series, Dragnet. Bass said as much in announcing a new program, ABA Legal Fact Check. "With all the various ...

Nuclear Security Guard's Disability Suit Fails

We do not want mentally disturbed people in charge of nuclear power -- and we're not even talking about certain world leaders. In the case of McNelis v. Pennsylvania Power & Light Company, the court was talking about a security guard at a nuclear power plant. He sued for......

How Much Laptop Do You Need for Law School?

When it comes to choosing the right computer for law school, many prospective and current students often succumb to decision paralysis. After all, lawyers are known for loving their laptops. Luckily, choosing the wrong laptop is easily avoidable. First and foremost, most law schools will provide ...

Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

There are two words a sperm donor does not expect to hear: "Hi, Dad." But that's about what a California appeals court said while interpreting the Family Code in County of Orange v. Brian Jeffrey Cole. The appellate panel said Brian Jeffrey Cole could not escape child support because......

Cuba Wins Assassination Default Appeal Thanks to Bankers

Aldo Vera Jr. filed a lawsuit against the nation of Cuba due to the alleged assassination of his father in the late 1970s in Puerto Rico. After receiving a default judgment on his claims in 2008 in a Florida state court, which were presumed to be permissible under the......

Common Mistakes When Starting a Law Practice

What's the most common mistake an attorney makes when starting a law practice -- besides choosing to become a lawyer? Just kidding. Starting a law business may be the best thing about entering the practice of law. It's the great American dream -- now that home ownership is just......

Is the PACER Security Problem Fixed or Not?

If you ever wondered about your federal court PACER bill, there was a good reason. It turns out that the electronic access service had a software issue for decades. The flaw made it possible for hackers to access court documents and charge it to other user accounts. The courts......

Why Treating Lawyers Well Is Good PR for Your Firm

A London law firm is in hot water after an Indeed.com job ad that was purportedly posted by the firm offered a junior associate salary of just $12,885.00 per year. The salary is more than a few dollars below the minimum wage. This translates to roughly $7 per hour,......

Bath Salts, Drug Analogue, Sentencing Confirmed

The First Circuit affirmed the lower court's decision in the case of U.S. v. Giggey. The appeal questioned the sentence that was imposed on an individual convicted of conspiracy to sell, and possession with intent to sell, both controlled and analogue substances. The substance in question was bath ...

Should Companies Force Employees to Take Vacation Time?

Tom Hanks, portraying a stranded survivor on a remote island, looked at a portable toilet siding and said: This could work. Forget that he was talking to a volleyball. It was his insight that a piece of plastic could be repurposed as a sail. It literally, at least in......

Endangered Species Act Protects Zoo Animals From Disruptive Treatment

Pacing around concrete pits at the Cherokee Bear Zoo, four bears begged for food from visitors. Patrons obliged, throwing apples and dry bread supplied by the zoo. Two visitors, however, walked away disgusted. Peggy Hill and Amy Walker, members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, sued for ...

Charlotte School of Law Is Expiring

For Charlotte School of Law, the funeral march started a year ago. It began when the American Bar Association suspended its accreditation. Then the Department of Education stopped its federal student loans. Now its license as an educational institution has expired. "o ensure that CSL does not ...

Will Anti-Abortion Activist Out People in Fetal Tissue Research?

An anti-abortion activist may have short-lived success against the University of Washington's Birth Defects Research Laboratory following an appeals court decision. David Daleiden, notoriously famous for releasing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood facilities, demanded the university produce ...

Silicon Valley Billionaire Ordered to Reopen California Beach

Vinod Kholsa, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, and a Silicon Valley billionaire, just lost in court again. Kholsa isn't losing in court on anything tech related, but rather, he is losing his private beach. The California Court of Appeal denied Kholsa's appeal and ordered the ...

Why John Oliver v. Murray Defamation Case Was Remanded to State Court

In the Robert Murray v. John Oliver case, the recent decision to remand the case back to state court is making headlines. However, those headlines and articles tend to focus on what's happening, and all the comedic language, rather than the strategy behind it all. Despite the careful analysis......

Technical Difficulties: What to Do When Gadgets Fail in Court

There's no question to it, using technological gadgets during a trial, or even just a hearing or scheduling conference, has made the lawyer's life increasingly easier. Using laptops, smartphones, tablets, digital projectors, and other devices can make a big difference, not just in saving time, but ...

New Mental Health Recommendations for Lawyers

Being an attorney can be stressful. It requires skills in time management, people management, business administration, bookkeeping -- not to mention meeting strict filing deadlines while upholding ethical standards and exercising due diligence on behalf of clients. The stress of practice can often ...

Trump Emoluments Case Gets Closer: Arguments Begin Oct. 18

Pressure is mounting in the other Russia case against President Donald Trump. A federal judge has set a hearing over whether Trump's businesses run afoul of the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause. The clause prohibits public officials from accepting any emolument, i.e. money, of any kind from a ...

500 Smart Locks Fail After IoT Update

You know how frustrating it is when you get locked out of your phone? Now imagine getting locked out of your house -- by a so-called smart lock. Don't you just want to smash the thing? Take a number because faulty software locked out hundreds of homeowners. It's another......

Employee Data Theft Threatens Winery's Business, Lawsuit Claims

The Peju Province Winery is a family-owned business in the sunny countryside of Napa Valley, California. Tony Peju and his wife Herta bought 30 acres there in 1982, cultivated and nurtured the winery, all while raising two daughters who rode bicycles and horses in the rambling vineyards. They ...

Florida Bar Launches Pro Bono Online

The American Bar Association has made it a lot easier for lawyers to provide pro bono services in Florida. Working through the Florida Bar Association, the ABA has launched a free legal service online in the Sunshine State. ABA Free Legal Answers is a website that provides legal answers......

What Does the Future Look Like for Personal Injury Lawyers?

Personal injury attorneys, it's time to take a good look at yourselves in the mirror. If you think a future with driverless cars and fewer accidents will kill your practice, you need to slap yourself in the face. That's not how technology works. It's supposed to make life better,......

California Also Sues AG Jeff Sessions Over Sanctuary Cities Funding Threat

On the heels of Chicago's lawsuit last week, and San Francisco's lawsuit over the weekend, the State of California has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding President Donald Trump's executive order threatening to without federal grants from "sanctuary jurisdictions." ...

Tweet Illustrates Sandra Day O'Connor's Struggle as a Woman Lawyer

In the Ruth Bader Ginsburg era, sometimes it's easy to forget what Sandra Day O'Connor went through to become the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. O'Connor was appointed in 1981, ending 191 years of Supreme Court history without a woman on the bench. She retired in......

No Take-Backs on Civil Settlement, 6th Circuit Rules

When is it too late to take back a federal court settlement? Can you unwind it when you realize you made a mistake about the terms? What about when the terms are not equitable? Don't the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provide for "any other reason that justifies relief?"......

Tech Acumen: Many Companies Falling Behind

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet. Corporate America and companies around the globe are spending vast amounts of money trying to keep up with all sorts of threats in this new digital age. So, how are companies ...

New Lawyer Going Solo? Here's the Playbook to Land Your First Clients

Newly minted lawyers are hanging their own shingles at a much higher rate than ever before. While some law schools have started offering courses on the practical business skills for running a firm as a result of this increase, the ivory tower is a bit too far removed from......

Nintendo Sued for Allegedly Stealing Gamevice Invention

The video game business is no game; it is all business. That's the bottom line when it comes to Nintendo's Switch, a controller-console that slides onto a tablet computer to allow portable gaming. The company has sold almost 5 million units since March, boosting revenue to $1.41 billion ...

Women Get Fewer Chances as Lead Counsel

Women lawyers serve as lead counsel in only 25 percent of all cases in New York courts, according to a new study. The New York State Bar Association survey found an even lower percentage of women served as lead counsel in private civil cases. The lowest representation occurred in......

Tips for Lawyers After Getting Fired: Reevaluating Your Career

'You're fired!' For many lawyers, that expression could be President Trump's most quotable expression because he has fired so many attorneys in his short tenure. But whether you've been canned by a president, a partner, or a client, getting fired is not a death spiral to your career. It......

Is It Time to Update Your Company's Parental Leave Policy?

A trucking company boss asked a job prospect how close he could drive to the edge of a cliff. Having seen two other seasoned drivers leave the interview room dejectedly, the applicant wondered if his skills were up to snuff. He finally replied: "I'd steer clear of the edge......

How to Manage Yourself at Your Law Firm

When it comes to law firm management, wouldn't it be great if there were an app for that? Actually, there are dozens of software programs and management systems that you could employ. In a few years, a robot will be able to take over firm management. But what about you?......

Can Patreon Help Fund Your Legal Endeavors?

Perhaps you've heard of Patreon, the crowd-funding site that helps online artists and content creators establish a monthly income from masses of low-level subscribers. The website allows content creators to make profile pages and request support for their creative endeavors in the form of pledges. ...

Ex-Felon Turned Good Samaritan Seeks Admission to Connecticut Bar

It might be a bit of a far cry from Arlo Guthrie being asked if he'd rehabilitated himself after being a litterbug so that he could be drafted into the Vietnam War, but Reginald Betts, an ex-con like the most famous Guthrie, is being asked to prove his good......

Uber's Former CEO Sued for Fraud by Major Investor

Uber's former CEO, Travis Kalanick, has found himself in the media limelight once again. But this time, it's not for any one thing in particular, but rather for all of it. One of Uber's largest investors, the venture capital firm Benchmark, has filed suit against the former CEO for......