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11th Circuit seeks to stop flood of bogus bankruptcy claims

Jul 31, 2014 By: David Light and Richard D.R. Hoffmann

Buyers of consumer debt are flooding the dockets of Chapter 13 bankruptcy courts with claims for debts that are unenforceable under state


Jul 31, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

A person has no reasonable expectation of privacy in odors that emanate from a car in a public place; once a drug dog alerts to a car, therefore, …

Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, or Contractors, (in Texas)

Jul 30, 2014 By: Marc Schneier

With all due respect to Willie Nelson, three Texas Supreme Courts decisions in combination virtually guarantee financial ruin for Texas general contractors.

The Inversion Excursion

Jul 30, 2014 By: Craig Eastland

For 20 years, a steady trickle of U.S. corporations has chosen exile – renouncing U.S. corporate citizenship and reincorporating abroad. From Fruit of the Loom to Chiquita to AbbVie, a broad range of companies has sought asylum in a variety of exotic locales, from The Cayman Islands to Australia.

Taking the simple road: Supreme Court rejects ‘claim-by-claim’ approach

Jul 30, 2014 By: Richard D.R. Hoffmann

The U.S. Supreme Court, in its unanimous decision in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp., echoed its previous words in its landmark decision in Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles

Job search tips: What to do when rejections get you down

Jul 30, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

As mentioned in an earlier post, being tenacious is important to surviving in today’s legal job market. Of course, after the eighth or ninth rejection letter, that’s easier said than done.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Jul 30, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

Highlights from the past week’s litigation news headlines over at the Westlaw Journals blog include a ruling by Delaware’s high court allowing

Supreme Court Review: Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College Generate Flags for Federal Regulations

Jul 30, 2014 By: Loren Singer

Sherlock Holmes, famously, deduced something from the curious incident of the dog that didn’t bark during the night. In Hobby Lobby and

Changes in Washington Practice (#19) / The public interest element in consumer protection actions

Jul 30, 2014 By: Ferd H. Mitchell

This is installment #19 in a continuing series of Changes in Washington Practice Reports. Differences between the treatments of consumer transaction disputes

Efforts to Oust Tennessee Supreme Court Justices Raise Questions

Jul 30, 2014 By: Mark P. Chalos

Three of the state’s five Supreme Court justices are standing for retention election this year, which means voters can choose to “retain” or “replace” them.