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Plaintiffs: We All Own ‘Happy Birthday’

Litigation surrounding the most recognizable song in the world is coming to a head as a dispute between the Warner Music Group and a collection of plaintiffs nears judgment.

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NYC Paid Out $20M to Resolve Playground-Injury Claims in Last 5 Years

In the last five years, New York City has paid out $20 million in settlements for playground-related personal injury claims. So reports The New York Daily News.

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Colorado Man Gets Probation for Blowing Up His Home

A Colorado man who set his house on fire after spray-painting the name of his wife’s alleged lover and the words “my wife is a cheater” on it has been sentenced to five years probation. So reports The Denver Post.

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Unpaid Intern Sues the Olsen Twins

A young woman is suing the Olsen twins--Mary-Kate and Ashley--claiming that when she interned for their fashion line, the grueling work that she and other interns performed for free was essentially the same work performed by the company’s paid employees. So reports Gawker.

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CA Woman to Pay $15K Fine for Renting Rooms Via Airbnb

A San Diego woman was ordered to pay $200 for every day she did not comply with the city’s order to stop renting rooms in her home via the Airbnb website. So reports NBC News.

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Colo. Appeals Court Rules Against Baker Who Refused to Bake Cake for Gay Wedding

The Colorado Court of Appeals has held that a baker who refused to create a cake for a gay couple’s wedding based on his religious beliefs violated Colorado’s public accommodations law. So reports The New York Times.

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Int'l Sports Court: High Testosterone Level Doesn’t Necessarily Give Female Competitors an Edge

A court that has the final say on global sports has given track and field’s governing body two years to scientifically prove that there’s a link between enhanced testosterone levels and improved athletic performance. So reports The New York Times.

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Man Convicted of Murder at 12 is Released From Prison

Curtis Jones, who was convicted for the 1999 murder of his father’s girlfriend when he was just 12-years-old, has been released from prison. So reports Florida Today.

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Federal Appeals Court: Skadden Arps May Owe Contract Lawyer Overtime

A federal appeals court held that the law firm known as Skadden Arps may owe overtime to a contract lawyer who performed document review for $25 an hour. So reports Reuters.

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James Woods Sues Twitter Troll Over 'Cocaine Addict' Tweet

The actor James Woods has filed a defamation suit against an anonymous social media user who sent a tweet calling Woods a “cocaine addict.” So reports the Hollywood Reporter.

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How Lawyers Can Improve Their Online Rankings

When someone performs a Google search for a certain attorney or law firm, there isn't any magic or secret voodoo involved when that law practice’s website appears atop the search results.

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Does Your Firm Need a Virtual Assistant?

So much relating to the practice of law is tangible. Law books, fee agreements, and case files are just a few examples. But, with the advent of technology, the luxury of a secretary or legal assistant sitting at their desk right outside your office door isn’t a mandatory aspect of running a law practice, even when your busy schedule demands work from outside sources.

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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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NYC Paid Out $20M to Resolve Playground-Injury Claims in Last 5 Years

In the last five years, New York City has paid out $20 million in settlements for playground-related personal injury claims. So reports The New York Daily News.

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Colorado Man Gets Probation for Blowing Up His Home

A Colorado man who set his house on fire after spray-painting the name of his wife’s alleged lover and the words “my wife is a cheater” on it has been sentenced to five years probation. So reports The Denver Post.

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Unpaid Intern Sues the Olsen Twins

A young woman is suing the Olsen twins--Mary-Kate and Ashley--claiming that when she interned for their fashion line, the grueling work that she and other interns performed for free was essentially the same work performed by the company’s paid employees. So reports Gawker.

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CA Woman to Pay $15K Fine for Renting Rooms Via Airbnb

A San Diego woman was ordered to pay $200 for every day she did not comply with the city’s order to stop renting rooms in her home via the Airbnb website. So reports NBC 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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Plaintiffs: We All Own ‘Happy Birthday’

Litigation surrounding the most recognizable song in the world is coming to a head as a dispute between the Warner Music Group and a collection of plaintiffs nears judgment.

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Nuns: 10th Circuit Decision Forces Choice Between Faith and Fines

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor, who argued the Affordable Care Act’s provision requiring insurance coverage for contraception is at odds with their religious beliefs even if they are not themselves providing the contraception.

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SCOTUS Favors Religious Rights in Workplace Decision

The nation’s high court ruled that employers have a responsibility to give “favored treatment” when accommodating faith-based observances.

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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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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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Federal Appeals Court: Skadden Arps May Owe Contract Lawyer Overtime

A federal appeals court held that the law firm known as Skadden Arps may owe overtime to a contract lawyer who performed document review for $25 an hour. So reports Reuters.

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Roberts' Dissent on Gay Marriage Inspires Montana Man to Apply to Legally Marry Second Wife

Inspired by Justice Roberts’s dissent in the Supreme Court case that made gay marriages legal nationwide, a Montana man applied for a marriage license to wed a second wife. So reports the Associated Press.

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Truants No Longer Criminals in Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law that no longer treats truancy as a misdemeanor criminal offense—a change that means truants will no longer face jail and fines of up to $1,500. So reports NPR.

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KFC Clucking About Alleged Bird Lies in China

A KFC operator is suing three Chinese companies for allegedly using social media to spread false information about the chicken restaurants’ food. So reports The Associated Press.

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