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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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Vassar Fends Off Discrimination Claim Brought by Student Expelled For Sexual Assault

A federal court in New York decided in favor of Vassar College in a suit brought by a former student who claims the school discriminated against him by expelling him as a result of a female student’s sexual assault claim. So reports the Associated Press.

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Chobani Founder Settles Ex-Wife’s $1B Suit

Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of the $2 billion-plus Chobani Greek yogurt company, has settled his ex-wife’s lawsuit claiming she owned 53% of Chobani. So reports The New York Post.

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Aaron Hernandez Case: Not All Celebrity Trials Created Equal

The “court of public opinion” in the case of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been in session for months. High profile cases have a number of nuances that impact which way the pendulum will swing, and attorney Rusty Hardin has experienced a number of them.

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Hooters to Pay $250k to Black Waitress Fired Because of Her Blond Hair

A woman who worked as a Hooter’s waitress has secured a $250,000 judgment against the restaurant chain for terminating her because of her hair color. So reports The New York Daily News.

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Lawmaker Faces Charges for Bedding Wife with Dementia

An Iowa state lawmaker will stand trial for sexual abuse in the third degree for having sex in a nursing home with his wife, whom he was told was no longer mentally capable of legally consenting to have sex. So reports the Associated Press.

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Probation For Dad Whose Child Died in Hot Car

A Connecticut father who accidentally left his 15-month-old son in an 80-degree car to perish has been sentenced to conditional release, a sentence similar to probation. So reports NBC New York.

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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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Reuters Offers Interactive Library of Legal Forms

Thomson Reuters is offering a new NetClient CS module containing an online library of legal and business forms that tax and accounting professionals can give their clients access to through secure Web portals.

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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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Vassar Fends Off Discrimination Claim Brought by Student Expelled For Sexual Assault

A federal court in New York decided in favor of Vassar College in a suit brought by a former student who claims the school discriminated against him by expelling him as a result of a female student’s sexual assault claim. So reports the Associated Press.

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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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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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