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Granny Goes to Jail For Public Sex

A 68-year-old woman was sentenced to six months in jail after police found her having sex in public at her Florida retirement community. So reports The Smoking Gun.

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Mom Charged With Neglect for Allowing Son to Walk to Park Alone

Authorities arrested a Florida woman and charged her with felony child neglect for allowing her 7-year-old son to walk to the park by himself. So reports CBS News.

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Brooklyn Man Accused of Impersonating Attorney

Federal prosecutors have charged a Brooklyn man who represented clients in at least 12 federal lawsuits with impersonating a lawyer. So reports The New York Times.

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Florida Jury Delivers $23B Verdict Against RJ Reynolds

A Florida jury awarded $23 billion in punitive damages to a woman claiming her husband died of lung cancer because the tobacco industry hid smoking risks. So reports CNN.

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Insurer Delivers $21K Settlement in Buckets of Loose Change

An insurance company paid a 73-year-old California man the $21,000 it agreed to pony up to settle a lawsuit in buckets of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. So reports NBC.

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Dad in Custody Case Can’t Sue Judge for Affair With Mom: Court

A federal appeals court held that a judge presiding over a custody case can’t be sued by the child’s father for having an affair with the child’s father. So reports the Detroit Free Press.

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Supreme Court Decisions Prove Justices Are Tech-Savvy

Three recent SCOTUS decisions prove that the justices are tech-savvy enough to accurately apply the law to emerging technology. So reports Salon.com.

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First Woman Prosecuted Pursuant to Prenatal Drug Use Law

After she and the baby she gave birth to tested positive for methamphetamine, a 26-year-old Tennessee woman became the first mother to be charged under a state law that criminalizes drug use by pregnant women.

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Calif. Death Penalty Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge has held that California’s death penalty law is unconstitutional. So reports the San Francisco Gate.

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Are Prisoners’ Emails to Lawyers Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege?

Federal judges are divided over whether inmates have a right to confidential email communications with their counsel. So reports The New York Times.

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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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Granny Goes to Jail For Public Sex

A 68-year-old woman was sentenced to six months in jail after police found her having sex in public at her Florida retirement community. So reports The Smoking Gun.

Read more...

Mom Charged With Neglect for Allowing Son to Walk to Park Alone

Authorities arrested a Florida woman and charged her with felony child neglect for allowing her 7-year-old son to walk to the park by himself. So reports CBS News.

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Insurer Delivers $21K Settlement in Buckets of Loose Change

An insurance company paid a 73-year-old California man the $21,000 it agreed to pony up to settle a lawsuit in buckets of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. So reports NBC.

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Dad in Custody Case Can’t Sue Judge for Affair With Mom: Court

A federal appeals court held that a judge presiding over a custody case can’t be sued by the child’s father for having an affair with the child’s father. So reports the Detroit Free Press.

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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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Florida Jury Delivers $23B Verdict Against RJ Reynolds

A Florida jury awarded $23 billion in punitive damages to a woman claiming her husband died of lung cancer because the tobacco industry hid smoking risks. So reports CNN.

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Supreme Court Decisions Prove Justices Are Tech-Savvy

Three recent SCOTUS decisions prove that the justices are tech-savvy enough to accurately apply the law to emerging technology. So reports Salon.com.

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Calif. Death Penalty Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge has held that California’s death penalty law is unconstitutional. So reports the San Francisco Gate.

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Are Prisoners’ Emails to Lawyers Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege?

Federal judges are divided over whether inmates have a right to confidential email communications with their counsel. So reports The New York Times.

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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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