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Land of Milk Money: Dairy Consumers Cash in on Class-Action Settlement

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:25:46 +0000

Got milk? If the answer is yes, you might be owed a little pocket cash. Lactose-tolerant Americans are cashing in on a class-action settlement from a milk price-fixing lawsuit. It’s not a lot of money; at the moment, under $20. But millions of Americans are eligible to claim it by filling out an online form […]


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E.U. Starts to Ponder Whether Future Robots Could Have Legal Rights

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:35:39 +0000

The idea a Roomba possessing legal rights may be preposterous. But as robots get smarter and more human-like, the question of recognizing the legal status of “electronic persons” could be taken more seriously. At least in Europe. The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee is urging the E.U. to explore the idea of “creating a specific legal status […]


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AM Roundup: New Scrutiny of Clinton Probe

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:25:41 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning’s legal news: Comey’s call:  The Justice Department’s inspector general launched an investigation into how the head of the FBI and his deputy handled probes into Democratic presidential candidate .  [WSJ] Baltimore settlement: With a week left in President Obama’s tenure, the Department of Justice struck an agreement with Baltimore aimed […]



SpongeBob and Krusty Krab Prevail in Real-Life Trademark Battle

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:52:20 +0000

Owned by a penny-pinching crab and catering to sea creatures, it’s an underwater restaurant that exists only in a cartoon universe. The Krusty Krab may not be real like or Red Lobster, but its trademark rights are no fiction. A federal judge ruled this week that the restaurant from Nickelodeon’s longrunning animated hit “SpongeBob Squarepants” is worthy […]


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Leslie Caldwell, Head of DOJ’s Criminal Division, Stepping Down

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:45:02 +0000

The head of the Justice Department’s criminal division will leave her post on Friday, leaving behind efforts to simplify and speed up white-collar investigations that helped pave the way for the indictment of Volkswagen AG executives and a multi-billion dollar fine against the company this week.


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AM Roundup: SCOTUS Scrutinizes Special-Ed Standards

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:31:15 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.



Come Inauguration Day, Will Trump Violate His Own Hotel’s Lease?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:05:47 +0000

The recently opened Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. -- which has turned into a symbol of the president-elect's potential business conflicts -- is back in the spotlight.


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Meet Sheri Dillon, The Lawyer Helping Trump with Conflict-of-Interest Issues

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:55:03 +0000

Donald Trump's plan to put distance between the White House and his business empire was crafted with the help of a seasoned tax lawyer who's spent a career helping clients maximize wealth while avoiding IRS crosshairs.


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AM Roundup: VW’s Historic Settlement

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:01:50 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.



AM Roundup: Sessions Confirmation Hearing Begins

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:14:55 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.



Morrison & Foerster Nabs DOJ Security Expert John Carlin

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:05:06 +0000

John Carlin, a Justice Department national security expert, is the latest government lawyer to join the private sector.


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Do Reversed Convictions Come With a Money-Back Guarantee?

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:12:55 +0000

The state of Colorado has a unique way of refunding the fines, fees and other costs it imposes on defendants whose convictions later are overturned: It doesn’t.


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Hole-in-One Lawsuits Are Par for the Course

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:19:08 +0000

Hole-in-one contests add fun and drama to golf tournaments — until someone lands a lucky shot. That’s when lawyers often get involved. A case decided Friday actually involved two lucky strokes: a pair of holes-in-one at PGA’s Greenbrier Classic golf tournament in West Virginia in July 2015. Tournament host Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs […]


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AM Roundup: Senate Confirmation Hearings to Start With Sessions

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:50:11 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.


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IMDb.com Steps up First Amendment Fight With California Over Law Shielding Actor Birth Dates

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:53:14 +0000

IMDb.com is stepping up its First Amendment fight with the state of California, refusing to comply with a new law that gives actors and other entertainment figures the right to shield their ages from public view on the site. The popular film and TV database is taking an aggressive stand against the law as its lawyers […]


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AM Roundup: A 180 from Mary Jo White

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:15:59 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.



Raisinets Boxes ‘Recklessly’ Underfilled, Lawsuit Alleges

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:05:35 +0000

Nestlé SA has been slapped with a lawsuit in California for allegedly underfilling boxes of its Raisinets candy. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in a California federal court claims Nestlé packages some of its Raisinets in opaque movie-theater-style containers that lead customers to believe they are buying a full box, when in fact only 60% of the box contains […]


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Harvard Law School Plans Search for New Dean

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:14:57 +0000

One of the most prestigious jobs in legal education is about to become open. Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow said Monday that she’ll step down in May at the end of the academic year. The university is launching a search for her replacement. Prof. Minow, a human-rights scholar, has served as dean since 2009, […]


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AM Roundup: Senate Moves to Dismantle Health Law

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:45:39 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.



AM Roundup: Judge Reaffirms Roof’s Competence

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:30:23 +0000

Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.