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Federal Judge to SCOTUS: “STFU”

Richard Kopf, who sits on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, told the U.S. Supreme Court to “STFU” in a recent post on his personal blog, “Hercules and the Umpire.” So reports Business Insider.

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Napping Yankees Fan Sues ESPN for Mocking Him On Air

A fan who was filmed snoozing during a game at Yankee Stadium and was mocked for it by ESPN commentators has sued the network, the team and the announcers for $10 million. So reports the New York Post.

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Benjamin Moore Named Brown Paints After Black Employee: Lawsuit

A black man from New Jersey claims he was terminated from Benjamin Moore after he complained it created a hostile work environment by naming brown paint colors after him, according to a lawsuit filed by the former employee. So reports the UK’s Daily Mail.

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Potential Clients Turn to Yelp For Law Firm Recommendations: Study

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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Court Dumps Zimmerman’s CBS Defamation Suit

A Florida court dismissed a lawsuit brought by George Zimmerman alleging that NBC News defamed him in its editing of a story about the shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. So reports CBS News.

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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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Is Congress the Right Party to Sue Obama?

The judiciary is going to have to play referee in the ongoing dispute between Republican Congressional leadership and the president, although not everyone is sold on the motive, method or likelihood that the case will yield any meaningful results for the House.

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Litigant Claims ‘Dexter’ Ad Caused Her Fall

A woman has filed a lawsuit blaming the injuries she sustained in a fall on the parties responsible for posting an ad for cable television's "Dexter" show. So reports Reuters.

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SCOTUS Decision Likely to Shut Aereo TV-Streaming Service

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that Aereo, a service that allows consumers to stream broadcast TV to their computers for eight dollars a month, violates copyright law. So reports the New York Post.

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Judge to Burger King Worker: ‘Get a Real Job’

A Montana judge told a Burger King employee ordered to pay $13,600 in restitution for vandalizing to “get a real job” that will allow him to compensate his victims.

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Potential Clients Turn to Yelp For Law Firm Recommendations: Study

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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Napping Yankees Fan Sues ESPN for Mocking Him On Air

A fan who was filmed snoozing during a game at Yankee Stadium and was mocked for it by ESPN commentators has sued the network, the team and the announcers for $10 million. So reports the New York Post.

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Benjamin Moore Named Brown Paints After Black Employee: Lawsuit

A black man from New Jersey claims he was terminated from Benjamin Moore after he complained it created a hostile work environment by naming brown paint colors after him, according to a lawsuit filed by the former employee. So reports the UK’s Daily Mail.

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Court Dumps Zimmerman’s CBS Defamation Suit

A Florida court dismissed a lawsuit brought by George Zimmerman alleging that NBC News defamed him in its editing of a story about the shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. So reports CBS News.

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Litigant Claims ‘Dexter’ Ad Caused Her Fall

A woman has filed a lawsuit blaming the injuries she sustained in a fall on the parties responsible for posting an ad for cable television's "Dexter" show. So reports Reuters.

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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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Federal Judge to SCOTUS: “STFU”

Richard Kopf, who sits on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, told the U.S. Supreme Court to “STFU” in a recent post on his personal blog, “Hercules and the Umpire.” So reports Business Insider.

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Is Congress the Right Party to Sue Obama?

The judiciary is going to have to play referee in the ongoing dispute between Republican Congressional leadership and the president, although not everyone is sold on the motive, method or likelihood that the case will yield any meaningful results for the House.

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Using Google Maps While Driving May Soon Be Illegal

Should the battle against distracted driving go beyond bans on cellphone use and texting while driving to include laws regulating the use of smartphone navigation aids like Google Maps? The Transportation Department thinks so. So reports The New York Times.

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Bergdahl swap sparks debate, but will litigation follow?

The return home for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and the attached exchange of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners some consider a threat to U.S. security, has led to partisan bickering, policy debates and questions about loyalty, terrorism, and Presidential authority. But, it may not be the impetus for any future litigation.

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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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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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Humorist-at-Law Puts the ‘CLE’ in Clever

Eleven years ago, when Sean Carter was a 35-year-old attorney handling business matters in California, he hit a roadblock… a sort of midlife crisis. Carter fancied himself as the “next Bernie Mac,” a successful African-American comedian.

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