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Are Elder Bankruptcy Cases a Growing Niche?

For elder law attorneys, an unfortunate trend seems to be on the upswing among the client base: individuals over the age of 65 filing for bankruptcy. However, given that the number one cause of bankruptcies is medical debt, this makes a bit more sense. As Forbes explained, the 65+......

GRE Law Schools on the Rise

So where did this wave -- law schools accepting the GRE instead of the LSAT -- come from? It started last year with James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. The announcement rocked legal educators like sailors on a ship; they were unsteady but also......

Confirmed, Again: $4.2M Class Action Award for Junk Faxes

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was tasked again with reviewing a class action matter that involved an attorney who sent thousands of unsolicited "junk faxes" to prospective clients. This is the third time that this same junk fax case has been before this circuit. While sending unsolicited ...

'Keystone Cops' Mistakenly Arrest Their Own Trainee

The Keystone Cops were fictional, incompetent policemen. Some San Francisco police may not be fans, but they did a fair re-enactment. While patrolling the Golden Gate Park, four police officers arrested one of their own. They thought Bret Cornell, an off-duty police trainee, was running away from ...

J&J Wins Major Defense Verdict in Talcum Lawsuit

Given the massive worldwide market share in the personal care products sector, Johnson and Johnson is no stranger to legal battles. Over the past couple years, the company has been facing hundreds of claims that their talcum powders, or baby powders, contain cancer causing agents. Recently, a ...

Is the World Ready for Self-Driving Semi Trucks?

While we've seen quite a bit of talk about self-driving cars and "taxis" this year, one of the self-driving vehicle industry's greatest challenges has been waiting on the side of the road: Self-driving semi trucks. For most drivers, driving next to, or in front of, an 80,000 pound semi......

How to Help Your Settlement Get Government Approval

Tom Petty will likely be forever remembered by plaintiff's lawyers for one reason, and one reason alone ... wait for it ... wait for it ... the wai-ai-ting is the hardest part. And if you've ever had to wait for a government entity to approve your plaintiff's settlement, you've......

Drug Lawyer Busted for Drugs, BWF: Barging in While Fabulous

A real-life, actual drug, DUI, traffic, family, business litigation, personal injury and real estate lawyer from New Jersey was recently arrested for possession of pure MDMA and trespass. And while drug lawyers get arrested all the time on drug charges , this guy's charges are a bit......

Guard Allegedly Encouraged Inmate's Suicide, Reviving Lawsuit

Ever have one of those days when everything seems to go wrong? From the moment you roll out of bed and stub your toe, you know it's going to be one of those days. That's how it must have felt for Joan Mullin, only much worse. She sued prison......

Court: Fox Show 'Empire' Doesn't Infringe Trademark

Fox News is in the news these days largely because of fake news. Discerning the real news is becoming as confusing as distinguishing trademarks, particularly where Fox News is concerned. In Twentieth Century Fox v. Empire Distribution, the company said its "Empire" show did not violate Empire's ...

Valparaiso Law School Suspends Admissions

Rumors of the demise of Valparaiso University School of Law have been slightly exaggerated. According to reports, the law school is closing its doors. That's true, but not right now. The law school is closing its doors only to new admissions. So it's not over -- yet.......

AlphaBay's PR Man Indicted

How in the world is AlphaBay's public relations man going to spin this? Ronald L. Wheeler III, the PR man for the online drug dealer, has been indicted on charges of "conspiracy to commit access device fraud." This man doesn't need a PR person; he needs a lawyer. If......

How Not to Lose Your In House Job: Avoid Conflicts

The going doesn't get much better than being an in-house lawyer. Regular hours, regular pay, respect from the proletariat, and best of all, no billable hour logs. As such, one of the easiest ways an in-house lawyer can make sure they don't get fired is to avoid conflicts. One......

How to Say 'Seasons Greetings' on a Budget

It's not too early to think about seasons greetings, and for some things it's probably too late. So let's just talk about what you can do this season -- especially if you're on a budget. Assuming you're not a Grinch, let's say you can spend a couple hundred bucks......

Jared Fogle's Sovereign Citizen Appeal Rejected

Remember Jared? He was just that everyday overweight American who lost more than half his body weight by eating a submarine sandwich every day. How could you forget someone that epitomized the American dream so well? He was one of the spokesmen that people were actually inspired by. Which......

Google Fiber. You Want It When?

Two words: speed and access. When it comes to internet service, we want it faster and we want it yesterday. We're lawyers, and we have things to do! Two more words for you: Google Fiber. Actually,......

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez 'Dodges Bullet' in Mistrial

In the criminal defense world, a 10-2 deadlock is a pretty big win. A complete acquittal would be like a home run, but jurors voted 10-2 and sent a big message to the prosecutors in United States of America v. Menendez. Don't try it again. U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, whose......

Another Reason to Take Up a Rural Law Practice

Do you pine for a simpler life away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Are you still buried in law school loans? Well, as has been suggested before, taking up practice in a rural area might be for you. Also, you may be in luck if the......

Right to a Jury Trial Denied in Revived McAfee Shareholder Case

In reviving a shareholder action against McAfee, the California Court of Appeals, for the Sixth Appellate District, explained that the plaintiffs still did not have a right to a jury trial. Though the appellate court did revive the case, sending it back down to the court to try the......

Tesla Board Member Vows Defamation Action

Every lawyer knows that defamation cases are hard to win -- especially if your client is a public figure. You have to get over the First Amendment, New York Times v. Sullivan, and all those privileges you learned in law school. Even if you can prove actual malice, the......

Should Juries Know If a Witness Is Undocumented?

The legal issues surrounding undocumented immigrants are varied and often controversial. When it comes to disclosing a defendant, litigant, or even a witness's immigration status, courts must exercise a careful balancing act between the probative value and the potential for prejudice. However, a new ...

Blind Voters Win Accessible Voting Appeal

A group of blind voters, along with the National Federation of the Blind, successfully appealed the dismissal of their lawsuit against Ohio's Secretary of State, Jon Husted, to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case involves a challenge to Ohio's absentee voting process claiming it is ...

Avoid ADA Lawsuits by Training Employees

A good chunk of the Americans with Disabilities Act cases have nothing to do with tangible physical barriers. Often, it is simply a business's policies, practices, rules, or lack thereof, that leads to an ADA claim. Many ADA claims can be easily avoided by general counsel or outside counsel......

Court Footnotes 'Internet' v. 'internet' Dilemma in Privacy Matter

The civil rights case of a man alleging a violation of his right to privacy against Verizon is notable for a couple reasons. But the Alexander v. Verizon matter might not be getting as much attention for the substantive part of the case, but rather for an interesting footnote.......

Top 5 Tips for Outfitting Your Law Firm With the Latest Tech

Law firms, from solos to big law, can usually benefit from using the latest, most advanced technologies available. At least, that's the promise of new tech. However, when it comes to new tech for practicing lawyers, not everything will add value or create a worthwhile benefit. In fact, if......

Yelp Ordered to Turn Over Documents That May Reveal Anonymous User's Identity

'Anonymous' doesn't mean what it used to mean in the media. Back in the day, a news reporter might go to the grave with a source's true identity. Today, with everybody publishing something online, it's not so easy to hide. Yelp, the online review site, tried to keep one......

Court Affirms Case Against Muslim FBI Agent

When the FBI gets involved, you would expect some cloak-and-dagger story. This is not that movie. In Gill v. United States Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation, the real-life drama is about as interesting as a long case citation. Basically, agent Kaiser Gill lost his security ...

Drunk Prosecutor Fired After Threatening Uber Driver

A former assistant district attorney in Dallas County, Texas, earned herself that former moniker due to her alleged actions, while seemingly intoxicated , while taking an Uber ride home. Unfortunately for the former prosecutor, regardless of the fact that the incident remains nothing more than......

Can 'Best Practices' Be Bad for Your Law Practice?

Before Copernicus published his book 'On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres,' the scientific community traditionally thought that the Earth was the center of the universe. That's thousands of years of wrong. So what does that have to do with "best practices" and law practices? Well, maybe the ...

Getting Your Settlement Recommendation Approved by the Board

Whether you represent a corporation, or private or public entity, chances are you'll need to get some board or council to approve any settlement offer or demand you make or receive. Typically, when you go to the board, you not only need to present the demand or offer, you......

Can VoIP Providers Avoid State Consumer Protection Rules?

In the state of Minnesota, an appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals is likely inspiring the state's residents to make the switch from traditional landline telephones to VoIP telephones. The state has posed the following question that the court will likely avoid answering: Whether the......

What's in a Footnote? An Answer to THE 'Internet' v. 'internet' Question

For years, grammarians and spell checkers have been telling you to capitalize the word "internet." Then, a couple years back, a change in the capitalization tide took place, and over time, the word lost its proper noun status. It even reached, or maybe was just exacerbated by, the Supreme......

Law School Wants to Stop ABA From Disclosing Accreditation Warning

Beleaguered Thomas M. Cooley Law School has been fighting to defend its reputation for a long time. With the American Bar Association, the battle started a decade ago. Now, according to reports, the end may be near. Jacob Gersham, a legal reporter for the Wall Street Journal, says Cooley......

Inmate Needs Stuffed Animals to Meditate; 2nd Cir. Allows Religious Claims

It's not nice to make fun of people's religions, and sometimes it's illegal. Like Christopher Grief, who believes that stuffed animals are necessary to practicing his religion. He wanted some inside his jail cell and sued so he could worship. A federal judge thought it was nonsense, but an......

DOJ: Trump's Tweets Are Official Presidential Statements

As the 'Twitter President,' Donald Trump may leave a legacy to the law that will outlive his judicial appointments. According to the Department of Justice, Trump's tweets are official statements of the White House and the President. It's hardly trivial because his tweets are at issue in more ...

SCOTUS to Hear Challenge to Political Apparel Law

In the shadow of the U.S. Supreme Court, millions of Americans have marched on Washington to express political opinions on everything from abortion to war. But in the one place that their vote actually counts -- the polling place -- several states have declared political speech off-limits. Federal ...

'Go Topless' Day at the Seventh Circuit

Some cases naturally get more attention than others, like the 'Go Topless' case. It started in 2014 when Sonoku Tagami celebrated "GoTopless Day" by walking half-naked around Chicago. She wore nothing over breasts but body paint, and received a $100 fine for violating a public nudity law. The ...

CNN Faces Repeat of Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

If at first you don't succeed, add more plaintiffs? That's apparently part of the strategy in re-filing a class action against CNN for racial discrimination. Atlanta lawyer Daniel R. Meachum sued the broadcast company earlier this year, only to have a federal judge dismiss it. Meachum says he ...

Tips When Asking Clients for Testimonials

Testimonials are the next best thing to referrals -- real people saying good things about your practice. There are pluses and minuses, however. And when it comes to lawyer advertising, of course ethics rules apply. But if there is one watch-word when looking for testimonials, the word is ...

Alcohol Not Cool in Law School

When it comes to alcohol in law school, times have changed. A few years ago, critics raged against university administrators who banned alcohol at student functions. But like tobacco use, it is not so cool to drink in law school anymore. It only took a few hazing incidents, sexual......

Baseball Star's Plane Crash Hits an Industry

When baseball star Roy Halladay crashed his plane and died, it was a tragedy for people and an industry. It shocked family and friends who knew the 40-year-old, former major league pitcher. It also troubled makers of the ICON A5; it was the third fatality in the new design.......

How a Mistranslation Can Ruin Your Case

It's a rare condition, in this day and age, that a non-English speaking litigant in a courtroom will get an unqualified translator. However, when it does happen, and it does happen, the consequences can be rather pronounced. Given the semantic nature of legal analysis, a case can be completely ...

White House Wants to Stop ABA Rating/Embarrassing Nominees

At this point, you've likely heard or read about the ABA's issuance of the 'not qualified' rating for a handful of President Trump's federal judicial nominations. Though the ABA's been interviewing, scrutinizing, and rating nominees since the 1950s, it was never really big news because nominations ...

Should Lawyers Embrace Legacy Systems?

Attorneys are often advised to learn and adopt the latest and greatest new tech has to offer. But, there is a certain appeal to just having a system that reliably works and doesn't require continual updates. For lawyers who have that, convincing them to change their ways will be......

Roy Moore's 2015 Child Rapist Appeal Dissent Controversy

An Alabama Supreme Court decision from 2015 may have flown under the radar at the time it was issued, but then-Chief Justice Roy Moore's dissent is coming back to haunt the now-Republican Senate candidate. The majority decision upheld the conviction of a 17-year-old child rapist (that was working ...

Third Travel Ban Wins and Loses Emergency Appeal

In the latest chapter in the Trump travel ban saga, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has partially lifted the preliminary injunction issued by the federal district court in Hawaii. After Judge Watson issued the order, the feds appealed and filed for an emergency appeal regarding the preliminary ...

Top 5 Reasons Greedy Lawyers Are Good

Lawyers all too often get a bad rap for being greedy. However, with the exception of lawyers that break the ethical rules and boundaries , being a greedy lawyer can actually benefit your clients and society-at-large . Sure, there are......

AI Beats Attorneys in Law Competition

Remember that show where the computer totally destroys the lawyer? No, not that one. That was a computer-generated dinosaur crunching on the attorney. We're talking about CaseCrunch, which hosted an AI-versus-lawyers competition. You guessed it: the robot killed the lawyers.......

5 Most Common In-House Lawyer Mistakes

Being an in-house lawyer is not without its attendant risks and ethical obligations. Both new and experienced in-house counsel can make mistakes both as a lawyer and just in terms of the business they work for. However, knowing about some of the more common mistakes can help you avoid......

How to Persuade a Client to Reject a Settlement

Hypothetical: After putting countless hours into a case you know you can win, the other side ships over a dismal settlement demand or offer that you know is garbage, and to your dismay, your client, even after being told it's garbage, still wants to accept it .......