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James Brady’s 2014 Death Ruled a Homicide Due to 1981 Shooting

The medical examiner’s office in Virginia has ruled that the recent death of James Brady, President Reagan’s press secretary, was a homicide. So reports the Washington Post.

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Judge OKs $1.3M Award to 'Scruff Face' Jesse Ventura Over Dead SEAL's Story

A federal judge upheld a jury’s $1.3 million unjust-enrichment award in a suit that wrestler-turned-politician Jesse Ventura brought against the author of the best-seller "American Sniper." So reports the Pioneer Press.

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Victoria’s Secret Loses ‘PINK’ Trademark Fight

A British judge ruled that Victoria’s Secret’s PINK brand violates the trademarks of the upscale British shirt retailer Thomas Pink. So reports CNN Money.

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Cheerleaders Seek Free Speech Protection For Bible Verse Banners

A cheerleading squad in Texas has asked that state’s Supreme Court to declare that their Bible-scripture-inscribed banners qualify as protected speech. So reports CBS News.

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Judge Judy Settles Suit Against Attorney Who Used Her Photo in Ads

TV personality Judge Judy Sheindlin settled a lawsuit she filed against an attorney for using clips of her in an advertisement promoting his law firm. So reports New York’s Daily News.

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Granny Goes to Jail For Public Sex

A 68-year-old woman was sentenced to six months in jail after police found her having sex in public at her Florida retirement community. So reports The Smoking Gun.

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Mom Charged With Neglect for Allowing Son to Walk to Park Alone

Authorities arrested a Florida woman and charged her with felony child neglect for allowing her 7-year-old son to walk to the park by himself. So reports CBS News.

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Brooklyn Man Accused of Impersonating Attorney

Federal prosecutors have charged a Brooklyn man who represented clients in at least 12 federal lawsuits with impersonating a lawyer. So reports The New York Times.

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Florida Jury Delivers $23B Verdict Against RJ Reynolds

A Florida jury awarded $23 billion in punitive damages to a woman claiming her husband died of lung cancer because the tobacco industry hid smoking risks. So reports CNN.

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Insurer Delivers $21K Settlement in Buckets of Loose Change

An insurance company paid a 73-year-old California man the $21,000 it agreed to pony up to settle a lawsuit in buckets of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. So reports NBC.

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Consumers turn to Yelp more than any other web site when they’re looking for a lawyer. So reports the blog maintained by the self-proclaimed law-firm marketing guru Larry Bodine.

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Can Going Paperless Make You a Better, Richer Lawyer?

In the year 2000, when New Orleans lawyer Ernest Svenson was handling a case requiring an abundance of discovery -- meaning paper documents -- a friend offered use of his scanner. A somewhat novel piece of office equipment at the time, using the scanner allowed Svenson to organize the discovery on his laptop so he could access it easily and quickly. “It was an epiphany,” he says.

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What 'Apps' Do Attorneys Really Need?

More than 1.2 million applications, or “apps,” are available at the iPhone App Store as of June 2014, according to a recent About.com article. Compare that with October 2008, when only 800 such apps existed.

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FTC Aggressively Approaching Data Security

The Federal Trade Commission has been aggressively working to curb companies’ misrepresentation about their compliance with international data privacy standards, with a settlement with Fantage.com Inc. being its most recent action.

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James Brady’s 2014 Death Ruled a Homicide Due to 1981 Shooting

The medical examiner’s office in Virginia has ruled that the recent death of James Brady, President Reagan’s press secretary, was a homicide. So reports the Washington Post.

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Judge OKs $1.3M Award to 'Scruff Face' Jesse Ventura Over Dead SEAL's Story

A federal judge upheld a jury’s $1.3 million unjust-enrichment award in a suit that wrestler-turned-politician Jesse Ventura brought against the author of the best-seller "American Sniper." So reports the Pioneer Press.

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Victoria’s Secret Loses ‘PINK’ Trademark Fight

A British judge ruled that Victoria’s Secret’s PINK brand violates the trademarks of the upscale British shirt retailer Thomas Pink. So reports CNN Money.

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Granny Goes to Jail For Public Sex

A 68-year-old woman was sentenced to six months in jail after police found her having sex in public at her Florida retirement community. So reports The Smoking Gun.

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GE’s GC Tops List of Highest Paid

General Electric's general counsel's 2012 compensation package afforded him almost $11 million in cash, making him the highest paid general counsel on Corporate Counsel magazine's latest list of the nation's 100 highest paid GCs. So reports Law.com.

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Rash of Kentucky Lawyer Suicides Cause for Concern

In the wake of the suicide of a dozen lawyers in Kentucky during the past three years, several organizations are looking at different ways to curb the tragic trend. Reports have cited as many as six suicides in the last year and 12 dating back to 2010.

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Ex-Nixon Peabody Partner’s Co-Defendant Pleads Guilty to Ponzi Scheme

After entering a guilty plea, John Farahi, founder of Newpoint Financial Services Inc., was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on March 20, according to a National Law Journal story. The Beverly Hills businessman admitted his role in a $20 million Ponzi scheme and the plea could have ramifications for former Nixon Peabody securities partner David Tamman, who was found guilty for his role in the scheme.

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Herbalife Legal Coffers Bolstered to Fend Off Pyramid Scheme Charge

A Los Angeles nutrition company is locked in a legal battle with billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who has accused the company of perpetuating a pyramid scheme. Herbalife officials said the company will up their legal defense costs from $25 million to $40 million in the wake of Ackman’s accusations, according to a Los Angeles Times article.

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Cheerleaders Seek Free Speech Protection For Bible Verse Banners

A cheerleading squad in Texas has asked that state’s Supreme Court to declare that their Bible-scripture-inscribed banners qualify as protected speech. So reports CBS News.

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Florida Jury Delivers $23B Verdict Against RJ Reynolds

A Florida jury awarded $23 billion in punitive damages to a woman claiming her husband died of lung cancer because the tobacco industry hid smoking risks. So reports CNN.

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Supreme Court Decisions Prove Justices Are Tech-Savvy

Three recent SCOTUS decisions prove that the justices are tech-savvy enough to accurately apply the law to emerging technology. So reports Salon.com.

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Calif. Death Penalty Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge has held that California’s death penalty law is unconstitutional. So reports the San Francisco Gate.

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LinkedIn Helps Small Law Firm Attract Work

A partner in a small Northern California law firm attracted work worth $12,000 in billable hours by investing three-to-five hours on the professional networking website LinkedIn.

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In Pets We Trust: Providing for Animal Care After Death

Pet ownership in the United States has tripled since the 1970s, when, according to the Humane Society, approximately 67 million American families owned a pet. In 2012, that figure ballooned to more than 164 million, meaning a staggering 62% of American households included at least one pet. Correlated with the impressive number of American pets is the incredible amount of money spent on caring for them.

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Hanging a Single Shingle: A Primer for Practicing Law Solo

According to the American Bar Association, the United States is home to nearly 1.3 million attorneys. Of those, it is estimated that about one-third are solo practitioners.

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Marketing 101 for Lawyers

It’s no secret competition among lawyers for a solid, paying client continues to grow fiercer with each passing day. Between law firm websites, social media websites like LinkedIn and Twitter, and good old fashioned television and radio commercials, countless opportunities for marketing one’s legal services avail themselves.

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Judge Judy Settles Suit Against Attorney Who Used Her Photo in Ads

TV personality Judge Judy Sheindlin settled a lawsuit she filed against an attorney for using clips of her in an advertisement promoting his law firm. So reports New York’s Daily News.

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First Native American Woman Confirmed as Federal Judge

Diane Humetewa has become the first female Native American to serve as a federal judge. So reports the Huffington Post.

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Depressed Lawyers Blog: Meet the Creator

Dan Lukasik took a painful time in his life and made it the impetus to create a resource for others facing similar challenges.

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Meet the Pinball Wizard Attorney and Other Legal Collectors

Collections give attorneys a fun way to relieve stress.

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