Legal News Headlines Archive


Implications of ruling on teacher's firing; Some praise it as a religious liberty decision, others urge caution.
WASHINGTON ? The direction the courts will take with other cases related to religious employment is far from clear, but the Supreme Court's Jan.
Banks, States Close To Deal On Mortgages; $25 Bil For Foreclosure Flap
A $25 billion settlement by major banks and U.S. states over questionable foreclosure practices in the housing crisis is nearing completion.
N. Jersey Democrat wants to raise minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, among nation's highest
While Gov. Christie is pitching tax cuts for all in 2012, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex) wants to give a boost to the 40,000 New Jerseyans...
Parental alert: Today's stronger pot isn't like your; Experts say pot use is rising, and ambivalence of today's parents may be partly to blame
Growing up in Greeley, Colo., Justin Luke Riley says he heard lots of anti-drug messages at home, school and church.
Communities in crisis Foreclosure storm; Neighbors who hold on face foreclosure impact
Despite his best efforts to hold on, the foreclosure drag on his community near Lithonia High School became too much for Donavan McArthur.
Exposing shameful corporate behavior; Journalist compiles irrefutable evidence of plundered pensions in 'Retirement Heist'
Sometimes the real crime consists of activities considered "legal," despite the damage they cause. That adage has never been more apt than when applied...
PENSIONS; Delta retirees set for appeal
Years after being bitten by one of the biggest corporate bankruptcies of a Georgia company, a group representing thousands of retired Delta Air Line pilots...
NYC protesters vow to defy order to leave park
New York City officials ordered "Occupy Wall Street" protesters to clear their sleeping bags and tarps by this morning from a private park so it could...
SEPTA, D.A. take aim at phony accident claims
Attention, passengers: The SEPTA lawsuit lottery may be coming to an unexpected halt. Prosecutors have launched a campaign to raise awareness that they...
Man who Facebooked about driving 90 mph sued over crash
A Naperville man whose car struck a couple as they rode a motorcycle last month had posted photos on Facebook shortly before the accident touting how he...
History's lesson: Government compelled to protect tipsters
Brooklyn haberdasher Arnold Schuster was minding his own business on a New York City subway car on Feb.
3 teens charged with helping friend kill parents for money; Youths split $35,000 in deaths of Palos Township couple, prosecutors say
He needed help. He hated his parents, authorities said, and knew they kept cash in the family home his father had built.
Plan to squeeze $15 mil. from workers comp
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee, have agreed to work together to wring $15 million...
Quaker worker claims racial discrimination; Cites slurs, noose; case joined by white men
The first thing I notice about Glenda Brooks is her size. Though a woman in her 60s, she is as petite as a girl.
Justified protests are not going away
Occupy Wall Street protests have now spread to several cities. It's spreading like a fire on a strong wind over a dry field.
Man sues rafting company over injury
CHATTANOOGA - An Atlanta man has sued an Ocoee River rafting company, asking for a jury trial and $4.
Tellico dream house hid drugs
? Officials: Couple had sophisticated growing operationAuthorities say the homeowners of a posh Tellico Village home within the city limits of Loudon...
Students may get cell calls about delinquent loans
Students failing to pay back college loans should expect cellphone calls from private debt collectors, if Congress approves President Barack Obama's request...
ORLANDO, FLA.; Casey Anthony says she's unemployed
Casey Anthony told her probation officer this week that she is unemployed and hasn't used any illegal drugs, according to a report released Tuesday by...
Justices hear religious workplace dispute; Teacher sued church over firing
The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday with a case fundamental to the separation of church and state, testing when people who work for religious organizations...
School employee charged with child porn; Deer Isle-Stonington computer network administrator arrested for possession of photographs
DEER ISLE ? An employee of the Deer Isle-Stonington public schools has been charged with possession of child pornography, although police said Tuesday...
New state law speeds protective orders against batterers
Thanks to a couple of determined Santa Clara County prosecutors, domestic-violence victims throughout the state will soon be able to obtain long-term protective...
Judge rips firing contest, sides with workers
The owner of a chain of convenience stores, branded by one former employee as the "boss from hell," offered a $10 cash prize to workers who could predict...
AMANDA KNOX FREED; ITALY | American sobs as court overturns murder conviction
PERUGIA, Italy - Amanda Knox left prison Monday, a free woman for the first time in four years, after an Italian appeals court threw out the young American's...
Hispanic students vanish from Alabama schools; new immigration law | Families afraid kids will draw attention of authorities
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new...
Low-income borrowers get options; New offerings aim to replace payday loans, check cashers
As more and more Americans rely on costly, non-traditional ways to borrow money, companies are starting to step up to provide safer, more affordable financial...
Time for government to butt out; Religious freedom -- and the Founders' vision of it -- is put to test before the Supreme Court in the Hosanna-Tabor...
What do evangelical Christians, Mormons, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and Hare Krishnas have in common? Normally, you wouldn't expect these groups to agree on...
Justices' new term likely to be historic; U.S. SUPREME COURT; Immigration, health care, policing among top issues
The U.S. Supreme Court, in the 2011-12 term that starts Monday, will examine the legality of secret police tracking of motorists - including the tracking...
Sideshow: Kutcher accuser playing for payoff?
In what sounds like a totally smarmy - and possibly illegal - move, the woman who claims she had sex with Ashton Kutcher on his sixth wedding anniversary...
Action Line: Warning shoppers: shoplifting can carry a heavy penalty
Q Dear Dennis, my granddaughter, 15, got caught shoplifting at a department store. They didn't call the police, just her mother.
FBI's rape definition too narrow, critics say
New York Times News Service WASHINGTON -- Thousands of sexual assaults that occur in the United States every year are not reflected in the federal government's...
Some couples step back from edge of divorce; Many who file papers still aren't sure
They were a few steps shy of divorce, separated and working out child custody, when Rick DeRosia of Hartford, N.Y., realized he wasn't so sure he really...
Obama appeals to Supreme Court; Paves way for ruling on health care law during presidential race
The Obama administration on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality of a requirement that most Americans buy health insurance...
Will baseball toss out tobacco?; It may be a long shot, but Selig is pressing to ban addictive tradition
Standing in front of his locker, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Joel Hanrahan spits a trickle of tar-black tobacco juice into a plastic water bottle.
'Horrendous' error: Nurse used wrong tube for supplement
The cancer patient who died because of a medical error at Oakland's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center was killed by a nutritional supplement that a replacement...
Are new city property-tax reassessments illegal?
BACK IN early 2010, city homeowners were relieved when Mayor Nutter announced that he would halt new property assessments until the city had time to fix...
Website founder pleads guilty in piracy
A founder of the NinjaVideo website plead guilty on Friday for his role in offering pirated downloads of movies and television shows.
Undocumented immigrant's hospital stay stretches to 2 years
CHICAGO -- Instead of bouquets of freshly cut flowers, potted houseplants line the windowsill in hospital Room 537.
Banker fought feds, won $276M for PSFS shareholders
THE BOY WAS 8, maybe 9. He was perched on his grandfather's knee, listening to the old man talk about life.
Dugard sues feds over poor monitoring of Garrido; COURTS
Sex-slavery victim Jaycee Dugard sued the federal government Thursday, saying probation officers' lax supervision of her abductor helped lead to her nearly...
Poster informing workers of right to form a union triggers three lawsuits
In some ways, it will be just another poster - one of a handful that gather dust in company break rooms, tacked up near the yellowed notices about minimum...
No choice of last meal on Texas' death row
Texas inmates set to be executed will no longer get their choice of last meals, a change prison officials made Thursday after a state senator became miffed...
Charges in beating death at Phillies game to be decided in Oct.
The future of murder charges against three men in the 2009 beating death of a man outside the Phillies' ballpark will be decided after an Oct.
What should food stamps be able to buy?
Hard times are compelling 46 million Americans to use food stamps, a number up an astonishing 70 percent from four years ago.
Details emerge in grisly killing
On the last Monday in July, Christopher Serna left work early and sat, alone, at his regular North Naples bar.
Spanking case nets 60 days in jail
? Mom pleads to misdemeanor child abuseROGERSVILLE, Tenn. - An upper East Tennessee woman accused of "excessive spanking" of her 19-month-old son in...
Serious scandals don't stop stars from comeback; We love to see the mighty fall - and watch them rise again
The TV promos leading up to last Sunday's game between the Falcons and Eagles played up Michael Vick's return to Atlanta, home of his former team.
$1B home loan fund unable to meet goal
A $1 billion federal program to help financially strapped homeowners avoid foreclosure will not meet its goal of helping 30,000 homeowners, a government...
$10,000 for sober man in DUI case; naperville | He blew a 0.0 on Breathalyzer - but was arrested anyway
A west suburban man has settled his lawsuit against Naperville for $10,000 after claiming he was humiliated when the city released information about his...
Another push by Pa. lawmaker to protect gays, lesbians, and transgender citizens
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act has long banned discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of gender, race, religion, and...
Fee-fi-fo-fum, airline charges leave some travelers numb; In first quarter, U.S. airlines took in a record $1.
Zach Bennett decided not to fly on Delta Air Lines this month after learning that the fee for taking his dog, Matilda, along was more expensive than his...
State alimony ruling sets precedent
? Court: Wife doesn't need lifetime supportNASHVILLE - In a highly anticipated opinion that will shape how money is allocated in divorce cases across...
Court sets aside suit filed by female workers at Costco; CLASS ACTION
Citing the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Walmart ruling, a federal appeals court set aside - but did not dismiss - a class-action suit by more than 700 women...
Cameras as deterrent get mixed reviews; blue-light | Crime goes down in one area, stays the same in another
Chicago's blue-light cameras have become a fixture in high-crime neighborhoods since they were first installed in 2001, but do they really deter crime...
Parents fail child seat test; Most not doing all they can to protect their kids
After hitting road debris, their car slid into a guardrail and spun across the highway before flipping over and landing upside down on rocks.
Missing boys' father gets prison; Judge gives Mich. man 10- to 15-year sentence
A father accused last fall in the disappearance of his three young sons was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 15 years in prison, more than double the sentencing...
Court tosses lawsuit by teacher ordered to remove banners with religious references
A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by a San Diego high school teacher who was ordered to remove large banners containing patriotic excerpts...
Cosmetic surgery gets cheaper, faster, scarier; Commoditization opens door to dubious practices
Elsie Soto says she couldn't move her legs after she had liposuction and fat-transfer surgery last year at a clinic near here.
30-TO-LIFE FOR BLAGOJEVICH?; Ex-gov's lawyer calls numbers 'harsh and cruel'
Federal prosecutors argue Rod Blagojevich could serve 30 years to life in prison, sources say - a sentencing range that will be bitterly disputed by the...
Prosecutors: Mom killed over Avril Lavigne tickets; DUPAGE | Son beat, 'stabbed her in fit of rage': prosecutor
Robert Lyons wanted to see an upcoming Avril Lavigne concert so badly he flew into a rage when his mother refused to call a friend to arrange skybox tickets...
Insurance company balks at giving $1 million to beneficiary of slain Delco man
Veno Leigertwood Jr. was "a poster boy for success" who was helping low-income students in Philadelphia get into college.
Big award for cancer patient after firing; EMPLOYMENT LAW
A state civil rights agency has ordered an electrical supply company to pay a record $846,000 for firing its Novato-based regional sales manager on the...
Anthony's attorney seeks civil suit dismissal
McClatchy Newspapers ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Anthony's civil attorney has asked that a lawsuit filed against the woman be dismissed arguing that it lacks...
In a disaster, help may arrive at tax time; No flood insurance? You might be able to deduct repair costs
In recent months, homeowners across the country have been forced to flee their homes to escape tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and other harbingers of...
Investigators sue Riley Fox parents; slain girl | Firm says it was never paid for looking into murder
An Oak Forest security firm is suing the parents of slain 3-year-old Riley Fox for nearly $70,000, claiming the Foxes hired it to investigate the girl's...
Libraries bar sex offenders
- Burchett signs order for Knox County People listed on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry are banned from visiting county libraries under an executive...
Few clear answers in Rutgers webcam case
It is a case built around many indisputable facts, most gleaned from the text messages, e-mails, and tweets that define the way a generation now communicates...
How to sell a small business; Entrepreneurs face many tough decisions before taking that step
It's a gem of a business story. The founders of Silpada Designs took a small jewelry business and grew it into the world's largest seller of sterling silver...
N.H. businesses have unique insurance tool ; State enforces law for storm claims
It will take years and cost millions of dollars for businesses in New England that have been damaged by Hurricane Irene to recover.
New lawsuit alleges Saudis aided 9/11 attacks
Nearly 10 years to the day after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a London-based insurance syndicate Thursday filed a new lawsuit against the government...
County spends $123,000 to restock nerve gas antidote
A decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Hamilton County Commission has approved more than $590,000 to fund bioterrorism preparedness...
Authorities check 'credible' threats to NYC, D.C.
Federal authorities investigated "specific, credible but unconfirmed" threats Thursday night involving possible plots to attack New York City and Washington...
Court rejects new DNA test in Knox appeal; Doubt cast on evidence used to convict American
American student Amanda Knox won another battle in her quest to overturn a conviction for murdering her British roommate in Italy when an appeals court...
Rep. wants ex-wife sanctioned in back child support case; Walsh allegedly owes over $100,000
Six days after the Sun-Times reported that Rep. Joe Walsh allegedly owes more than $100,000 in child support for three of his children, the McHenry Republican...
Judge cancels competency hearing for Bevilacqua
The judge in the looming sex-abuse trial of four current and former priests on Wednesday canceled a competency hearing and deposition for Cardinal Anthony...