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In-House Counsel Can Play a More Exciting Role

Today’s in-house counsel can do more than just throw a wet blanket on every potentially risky initiative that their companies’ many teams might propose. So reports The Atlantic.

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Man Who Stabbed Senior 15 Times Gets 75-Year Sentence

A Brooklyn judge sentenced a man to 75 years in prison for stabbing a 75-year-old woman 15 times after breaking into her apartment and finding only $40 in cash. So reports The New York Daily News.

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Florida Mom Faces Charges Relating to Decisions About Son’s Circumcision

A Florida mom, who spent more than a week in jail for refusing to obey a judge's order requiring her to circumcise her 4 1/2-year-old son, finally consented to the procedure. So reports the Sun Sentinel.

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Federal Suit: Four Cancer Charities Are Scams

The FTC and prosecutors in all 50 states filed a suit claiming that four self-described cancer charities spent only 3% of the donations they collected for the causes they professed to support. So reports The New York Daily News.

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Ultrasound Tech Students: We Were Forced Into In-Class Vaginal Exams

Two former students in the medical diagnostic sonography program at a Florida college have filed a federal lawsuit alleging they were forced to submit to vaginal exams in front of their classmates as part of their training. So reports CNN.

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Lower-Income Lawyers Are Happiest in the Profession: Survey

Lawyers occupying typically low paying jobs, such as public defenders, are more likely than other members of the profession to report that they are happy. That's according to a survey of 6,200 attorneys. So reports The New York Times.

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Starbucks Wins Hot-Coffee-Burns Case

A North Carolina jury found that Starbucks is not liable for any damages in a case filed by a man who said he suffered third-degree burns as a result of the lid on his coffee popping off and causing the beverage to spill into his lap. So reports The New York Daily News.

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Art Dealer Accused of Theft by Picasso’s Stepdaughter

French officials are investigating Oliver Thomas, a Swiss art dealer who was accused by Pablo Picasso’s stepdaughter, Catherine Hutin-Blay, of stealing some of the Picasso works he was hired to transport. So reports The Telegraph.

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Assistant Sues Singer Robbie Williams and Wife for Sexual Harassment

A man who worked for a short time as an assistant to singer Robbie Williams and his wife, actress Ayda Field, is suing the couple, alleging Field, among other things, walked around partially clothed and questioned the assistant about his sex life. So reports TMZ.

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Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel to Pay Ex $26K a Month

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ordered Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel to pay her soon-to-be ex-husband Jason Hoppy, a pharmaceutical salesman, $26,000 a month plus another $100,000 in lawyer fees. So reports The New York Post.

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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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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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In-House Counsel Can Play a More Exciting Role

Today’s in-house counsel can do more than just throw a wet blanket on every potentially risky initiative that their companies’ many teams might propose. So reports The Atlantic.

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Man Who Stabbed Senior 15 Times Gets 75-Year Sentence

A Brooklyn judge sentenced a man to 75 years in prison for stabbing a 75-year-old woman 15 times after breaking into her apartment and finding only $40 in cash. So reports The New York Daily News.

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Florida Mom Faces Charges Relating to Decisions About Son’s Circumcision

A Florida mom, who spent more than a week in jail for refusing to obey a judge's order requiring her to circumcise her 4 1/2-year-old son, finally consented to the procedure. So reports the Sun Sentinel.

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Federal Suit: Four Cancer Charities Are Scams

The FTC and prosecutors in all 50 states filed a suit claiming that four self-described cancer charities spent only 3% of the donations they collected for the causes they professed to support. So reports The New York Daily News.

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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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Judge Judy Litigant Arrested for Stealing on Her Way Home From the Show

A Bronx woman was arrested for grand larceny after Port Authority police learned that she had stolen property while en route from Los Angeles, where she had just appeared in a taping of the Judge Judy show. So reports The New York Post.

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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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