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Fannie Mae pursues borrowers for foreclosure losses in ‘robo-signer redux’

Tue, 2014/11/18 - 5:45am

Mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae is pursuing borrowers for its foreclosure losses in Florida, where a new law required the deficiency suits to be filed…

Can second mortgages on underwater property be voided in bankruptcy? SCOTUS to decide

Mon, 2014/11/17 - 2:23pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a second mortgage on an underwater house can be voided in bankruptcy.

The court accepted two…

Unique city plan to ban all tobacco sales ignites firestorm among residents

Mon, 2014/11/17 - 2:05pm

Tired of a “whack-a-mole” approach, as it attempted to restrict the sale of new tobacco products that appeal to young people, the board of health…

Wind farm sues feds to stop release of bird-death data to Associated Press

Mon, 2014/11/17 - 1:00pm

Flying eagles looking for prey are much like texting drivers behind the wheel.

They don’t notice wind farm turbines in their flight path until it’s…

Priests group says it won’t comply with DC Circuit ruling upholding contraceptive opt-out procedure

Mon, 2014/11/17 - 11:37am

A group called Priests for Life says it won’t comply with a federal appeals court ruling on Friday upholding an accommodation that allows religious nonprofits…

Trial court’s ban on alternate defenses wasn’t structural error requiring reversal, SCOTUS says

Mon, 2014/11/17 - 9:53am

The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the robbery convictions of a defendant who argued the trial court improperly forced his lawyer to choose between defenses…

FBI isn’t the only federal agency going undercover; investigators pose as lawyers, SCOTUS protesters

Mon, 2014/11/17 - 8:37am

Undercover work by at least 40 federal agencies has proliferated to such as extent that sometimes undercover agents end up investigating a person who, it…

Lawyer is disbarred for ‘inexplicable incompetence’ (see video of his argument in Jefferson garb)

Mon, 2014/11/17 - 7:29am

A lawyer who told jurors his capital murder client was a “professional drug dealer” and a “shooter of people” has been disbarred for “inexplicable incompetence.”

Fired bar leader’s suit is baseless and his whistleblower claims are ‘bewildering,’ Calif. bar says

Mon, 2014/11/17 - 6:15am

The State Bar of California is firing back after its former executive director claimed in a lawsuit that he was fired for exposing “egregious improprieties.”

Cop sues lawyer for alleged defamation over comments about penis search warrant

Mon, 2014/11/17 - 5:45am

A detective in Manassas, Virginia, has filed a defamation suit against a lawyer for a teen sexting defendant who claimed prosecutors had a plan

Morgan Lewis OKs ‘mass lateral move’ of 227 Bingham partners, but not a merger

Fri, 2014/11/14 - 3:05pm

Despite earlier news that a Morgan Lewis & Bockius had approved a merger with struggling Bingham McCutchen, the firm has stopped short of doing…

School district wins civil case after arguing that girl, 14, could consent to sex with teacher

Fri, 2014/11/14 - 12:22pm

A rape-shield law is supposed to prevent sexual abuse victims from being questioned about their sexual history in California criminal trials.

But it doesn’t apply…

Managing partner, wife were stabbed in ‘torture session,’ prosecutor says; lawyer arrested in diaper

Fri, 2014/11/14 - 11:35am

Prosecutors alleged in court on Friday that a law firm managing partner and his wife were stabbed and held on Sunday night in a “torture…

Fired California bar leader sues ‘with heavy heart,’ alleges ‘egregious improprieties’

Fri, 2014/11/14 - 10:28am

Updated: The fired executive director of the California State Bar says in a lawsuit filed on Thursday that he was let go for exposing “egregious…

Scalia and Thomas criticize inconsistent cert denials, cite gay-marriage cases

Fri, 2014/11/14 - 7:54am

Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia are citing cert denials in gay-marriage cases as an example of the Supreme Court’s inconsistency in deciding when to…

Cellphone data is secretly tracked by US planes in search of criminal suspects

Fri, 2014/11/14 - 7:02am

The U.S. Marshals Service has a fleet of secret spy planes that can mimic cellphone towers as they search for criminal suspects.

The planes are…