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Today in 2001: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice has Ten Commandments monument installed in courthouse

Aug 1, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 1, 2001, Chief Justice Roy S. Moore unveiled a 5,280-pound granite Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial Building

Public employers grapple with legal issues surrounding video surveillance of employees

Aug 1, 2014 By: Virginia Kretschman

Must a public employer negotiate with the union before installing overt or covert cameras, or before using footage from those cameras to discipline employees?

No Tort claim can help this Tree

Aug 1, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

No suit in tort will aid the tree;
Although the oak’s in disarray,
No court can make defendants pay.

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

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