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Adrian Peterson of Vikings suspended without pay for rest of season after plea in child-abuse case

Tue, 2014/11/18 - 10:25am

Citing “no meaningful remorse,” among other factors, Commissioner Roger Goodell of the NFL has suspended star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, without pay, for…

Lawyer accused in passed-note cover-up may be bounced from case, 1st Circuit says

Tue, 2014/11/18 - 9:50am

A lawyer accused of showing a note to a client during a deposition and then lying about its contents won’t be able to continue as…

‘Some random guy in Queens’ is three-time FantasySCOTUS winner

Tue, 2014/11/18 - 7:45am

A Queens man who never went to law school is able to predict Supreme Court decisions with such accuracy that he has won a law…

Efficiency rather than billable hours will be used to evaluate associates at this large law firm

Tue, 2014/11/18 - 7:06am

The nearly 300 associates at Jackson Lewis will no longer be evaluated based on billable hours.

Beginning next year, the firm will instead evaluate associates…

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