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What Lawyers Need to Know About Google's 'Mobile-geddon'

Over the years, history has included countless debacles and scandals described with names ending with “-geddon” and “-gate.” Ready examples include Armageddon, Watergate and Deflategate, a controversy that arose after the Indianapolis Colts were soundly defeated by the New England Patriots in the 2015 AFC Football Championship. Some alleged the Patriots deflated footballs, making it easier to pass and handle the ball.

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Transgender Teen’s Lawsuit Results in DMV Policy Change

As the result of its settlement agreement with a 17-year-old transgender teen, the South Carolina DMV will now allow everyone to be photographed "the way they appear regularly, even when [it] doesn't match the DMV's expectations of how a man or a woman should look." So reports The New York Daily News.

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Minnesota Bar Owners May Face Felony For Selling Wisconsin Brew

The owners of a Minneapolis-area bar could face felony re-sale charges for selling a beer manufactured by a brewing company that only distributes its beers to bars and stores in Wisconsin, thereby making it illegal to buy and sell those beverages in other states. So reports KMSP-TV.

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Male Student Sues Columbia for Allowing Alleged Rape Victim to Carry Mattress Around Campus

A male Columbia University student accused of rape by a fellow female student, whose accusations went viral after she began carrying a mattress around campus in protest, has filed a federal sex discrimination claim against the university. So reports The Associated Press.

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Judge Orders Hearing to Determine Chimps’ Right to Freedom

A New York State Supreme Court judge has ordered officials at Stony Brook University to show cause for holding two chimps in captivity. So reports The New York Times.

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Man Who Became Dad Via Turkey Baster Entitled to Parental Rights: Court

The Virginia Court of Appeals held that a man is entitled to parental rights over his biological child despite the fact that the child’s mother used a turkey baster to impregnate herself with the man’s sperm. So reports CNN.

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How to Combat Negative Online Reviews

Criticism can be difficult to swallow, especially when it demeans a person or the services they provided to a client or customer. However, receiving negative feedback online doesn’t spell the end of your professional career, says Josh King, Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel of Avvo, an online legal repository.

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Georgia Police Chief Who Paralyzed Wife Indicted for Misdemeanor

A man who resigned from his position as the police chief of a Georgia town after he mistakenly shot and paralyzed his wife has been charged with a reckless conduct misdemeanor. So reports WSB-TV in Atlanta.

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Court Denies 'Gossip Girl' Star’s Right to Raise Her Kids in the U.S.

A California court denied “Gossip Girl” star Kelly Rutherford’s right to bring her two American-born children back to the United States from France, where they live with their father. So reports The New York Daily News.

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Utah H.S. Teacher Faces Lawsuits for Alleged Affairs With Underage Students

Two Utah high school students have filed separate lawsuits against their former English teacher for allegedly engaging in illegal sexual activity with them. So reports the The Salt Lake Tribune.

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What Lawyers Need to Know About Google's 'Mobile-geddon'

Over the years, history has included countless debacles and scandals described with names ending with “-geddon” and “-gate.” Ready examples include Armageddon, Watergate and Deflategate, a controversy that arose after the Indianapolis Colts were soundly defeated by the New England Patriots in the 2015 AFC Football Championship. Some alleged the Patriots deflated footballs, making it easier to pass and handle the ball.

Read more...

How to Combat Negative Online Reviews

Criticism can be difficult to swallow, especially when it demeans a person or the services they provided to a client or customer. However, receiving negative feedback online doesn’t spell the end of your professional career, says Josh King, Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel of Avvo, an online legal repository.

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Is Your Practice's Website Focused on the Right Stuff?

Sure, you can buy a URL to give your web site an online address, but just having a web address doesn’t necessarily mean people are going to visit your site.

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Cloud Storage and Client Confidentiality: A Perfect Match or Perfect Storm?

If you thought storing your clients' files on the clouds not only ensured nearly constant access to the information anytime, anywhere as well as complete confidentiality, think again.

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Transgender Teen’s Lawsuit Results in DMV Policy Change

As the result of its settlement agreement with a 17-year-old transgender teen, the South Carolina DMV will now allow everyone to be photographed "the way they appear regularly, even when [it] doesn't match the DMV's expectations of how a man or a woman should look." So reports The New York Daily News.

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Minnesota Bar Owners May Face Felony For Selling Wisconsin Brew

The owners of a Minneapolis-area bar could face felony re-sale charges for selling a beer manufactured by a brewing company that only distributes its beers to bars and stores in Wisconsin, thereby making it illegal to buy and sell those beverages in other states. So reports KMSP-TV.

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Male Student Sues Columbia for Allowing Alleged Rape Victim to Carry Mattress Around Campus

A male Columbia University student accused of rape by a fellow female student, whose accusations went viral after she began carrying a mattress around campus in protest, has filed a federal sex discrimination claim against the university. So reports The Associated Press.

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Judge Orders Hearing to Determine Chimps’ Right to Freedom

A New York State Supreme Court judge has ordered officials at Stony Brook University to show cause for holding two chimps in captivity. So reports The New York Times.

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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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Space: The Final Frontier of Litigation?

With the goal of ensuring the amicable sharing of other-worldly resources, international, national and private organizations conducted, or will be conducting in the near future, informational symposiums aimed at finding the best practices of space law.

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When a Law Isn't Used for Lawyering Should it Be a Law?

If it looks like a law, and reads like a law, it’s probably a law; but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be used like one. There has been a great deal of rhetoric surrounding an open letter penned by Republican Senators criticizing a potential nuclear agreement between President Barack Obama and Iran, with both sides of the isle making political and policy claims and accusations.

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Dispelling Legal Myths: Trespassing and Deadly Force

Law governs nearly everything one does -- from taxes, to traffic, to murder, merchandising, mandates and more.

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Federal Legislation On Tap to Fight ‘Revenge Porn’

Scorned lovers, vengeful exes and other smut peddlers are among those perpetuating revenge porn, according to those trying to legislate the practice to its end.

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Kung-Fu Lawyer’s Promotional Video Pulls Out All the Stops

A young attorney in Texas has launched a publicity campaign with an over-the-top YouTube video featuring flames and screeching birds. So reports Lawyers Weekly.

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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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Deaf Lawyer Breaks Barriers in the Courtroom

Being in the minority is something Jared Allebest knows all too well. First, he is among the 11 million Americans who are either deaf or hard of hearing. Allebest is also a member of another distinctive minority: one of the approximately 200 practicing attorneys in the United States who can’t hear.

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February Verdicts: Lady Gaga, The Dread Pirate Roberts, And a Hate Crime for Punching a Straight Guy

From the Dread Pirate Roberts to Lady Gaga, hate crimes and murder, here are some of the most notable verdicts from February.

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Snowden Leak Shows Dutch Company As Target of Brits, NSA

Edward Snowden’s proliferation of leaked documents has again caused an international stir. Documents posted on the website the Intercept show British intelligence agencies and the NSA stole codes that would ultimately allow them to eavesdrop on mobile phone users. So reports the Associated Press.

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Murder Victim’s Family Sues Funeral Home for Burial Mistake

The family of 40-year-old murder victim Nequia Webb-Davidson is suing the New York City funeral home and the New Jersey cemetery they entrusted with her remains for ruining her burial. So reports CBS News.

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