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Fla. Foreclosure Defense Lawyer Holds Contest for a Free House

Christmas miracle? Not quite. Mark Stopa is a defense-side foreclosure lawyer in Florida who wants to give away a house. The deadline to apply has already passed, but we wonder who the lucky winner will be. Stopa announced November 3 that one lucky family would win a brand-new foreclosed house......

Office Holiday Party Lessons From an Egg Nog Chugging Contest

As they like to say, lawyers are risk-averse. And no lawyers are perhaps more risk-averse than inside counsel. Every time someone in the company comes to you, your answer is probably going to be "no." And that's why GCs should steer clear of the holiday party, where liability abounds. This......

Joe Arpaio's Suit Against Obama's Immigration Policies Dismissed

A lawsuit filed against President Obama by the self-styled "America's Toughest Sheriff" was dismissed today by Judge Beryl A. Howell in the D.C. District Court. In his complaint, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio claimed that Obama's new immigration policy, announced last month, was unconstitutional. Rather than dismiss Arpaio's case out......

Top 10 Posts From the 5th Cir. in 2014

Executing a crazy person? Preposterously one-sided arbitration agreements? A forklift is a motor vehicle? Yes, yes, and yes, said the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals over the course of the year.The Fifth contains many, um, colorful cases. Ten of those were the most popular of the year, and here they......

The 12 Days of Christmas -- for Lawyers

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... 12 Waivers Waving -- Yup, the best way of going about stopping a class action is preventing it from starting. And how do you do that? Binding arbitration with a class action waiver, of course. 11 Circuits Piping......

E-Readers, Tablets, Smartphones Are Ruining Your Sleep: Study

Having trouble sleeping at night? Here's the latest culprit: backlit digital screens. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, the blue light from backlit devices (that would be pretty much everything: smartphones, tablets, and most e-readers) can lead to reduced melatonin, which leads to less......

Sony Bullying Twitter Over Users' Posting of Hacked Documents

Boies' bluster is still blustery. And it may be having the opposite of the desired effect. Last week, we told you about the letters noted litigator David Boies has sent on behalf of Sony to numerous media outlets. The letters basically threaten to rain down fire and brimstone upon anyone who......

From the 2nd Cir.: Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

Y'all are nasty. Just kidding. But you do like nasty blog topics. (We all do.) Need proof? Here are the 10 most popular blog posts from FindLaw's U.S. Second Circuit blog for the past year. The docket includes incest, sprayed feces, oral suction during circumcision, plus a litany of other......

4th Cir. Strikes N.C. 'Informed Consent' Abortion Script for Doctors

On Monday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appellate court to overturn a state's "informed consent" law for abortions. These laws require physicians to recite a state-mandated script before performing an abortion. In the case of North Carolina, physicians were required to conduct an ultrasound, point......

The Top 11 Stories From the 11th Cir. for 2014

A federal judge allegedly gets into a physical fight with his wife. A lawyer gets "seized" at a security checkpoint when she refuses to take off her coat. A child pornographer gets a rehearing because his lawyer was late coming back from lunch. These were among the most-viewed posts in......

An Excuse for Midday Drinking? It Boosts Creativity: Study

Like many lawyers, we can't live without a midday break. Why? A wee little dose of creativity in the coffee. You see, it turns out that drinking may indeed inspire creativity, just as all the greats (here's to you, William Faulkner) said it did. But the researchers behind this study......

2014 at the 7th Cir.: So Many Posner Benchslaps

As part of our ongoing year-in-review series across all of FindLaw's Legal Professional blogs, we decided to take a look back at the 10 most popular posts of the past year in the Seventh Circuit. What posts were a hit with you, our dear readers? Posner. Posner benchslappings. And sanctions......

Court Makes Obvious Ruling: Cops Can Use Fake Social Media Accounts

Here's some non-news: Cops use social media to catch criminals. But it's not just criminals broadcasting their misdeeds to the wider world, unimpeded by privacy settings or discretion. No, cops can and do make fake profiles to stalk criminals without being detected. If a cop walks into a bar, pretends......

Microsoft Settles With Patent Holding Co. VirnetX for $23M

In September, we blogged about the ongoing legal battle between VirnetX, a patent holding company (or patent troll, depending on your point of view), and Apple. VirnetX claimed a patent on the process of establishing a secure tunnel between two computers on the Internet. Apple uses something like this technology......

5 Law Firm Marketing Chores for a Slow Time of Year

That time between Christmas and New Year's can be pretty dead in the legal world. Some law firms are open, others aren't. Clients are busy worrying about their own holiday problems. Business is slow. But you're coming into the office every day, right? For some reason? You could sit there......

2014 at the 3rd Circuit: Porngate, Ejaculation, Led Zeppelin

What is there to say about the Third Circuit? It's geographically small. It's in the mid-Atlantic. That about sums it up. But it was also the source of a lot of fun blog material this year: from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ridiculous infighting to the most beautiful legal complaint I've......

Lookie Here: An Online MBA in Running a Law Practice!

What's the worst possible decision you can make after paying six figures for a law degree that isn't paying off? If "take on more non-dischargable student loan debt" was your answer, the William Howard Taft University MBA in Professional Practice Management is probably not for you. But, if you don't......

2014 in Review: The SCOTUS Stories You Loved Most This Year

We're nearing the end of the year: a time for reflection, a time for planning and resolutions. Part of our process is to look back and see what you liked, measured by blog traffic. And for 2014, that included juicy justice gossip, a Scalia screw-up, and a few posts about......

Should Your Law Blog Have Comments?

Should your law blog allow for comments? Here are two better questions: Do you want engagement, and do you have time to moderate? You've started a law blog. Good. You write regularly on topics of interest to your target audience. Even better. You write response pieces to other blogs' posts......

Injunction Violated: Sea Pirate Hippies Aid Foreign Cousins

It's the oldest trick in the book. Your parents tell you not to do something, so you have your brother do it for you. That's the gist of what happened here. Last year, we brought the tale of the sea pirate hippy bench-slapping, a master class in insulting multiple parties......

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