Led Zeppelin denies claims they did not write ‘Stairway to Heaven’
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Led Zeppelin denies claims they did not write ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Led Zeppelin denied liability last month in its answer to a federal copyright infringement lawsuit that challenges the authorship of the group’s iconic “Stairway to Heaven” song. Defendants admit that Led Zeppelin has been called one of the greatest bands in history and its members were and are exceptionally talented,” the pleading states, “but otherwise…

Obama won’t seek intervention on blocked immigration plans after adverse 5th Circuit ruling
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Obama won’t seek intervention on blocked immigration plans after adverse 5th Circuit ruling

The Obama administration won’t ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow him immediately to implement an immigration program that would defer deportation for millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States, the U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday. Instead, the administration will defend its planned executive actions on the merits before the New Orleans-based 5th…

A fired worker sued and won $5.7 million against his employer for wrongful termination
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A fired worker sued and won $5.7 million against his employer for wrongful termination

Workers suing their former companies for wrongful termination and discrimination are increasingly adding defamation claims to their lawsuits. The defamation claim often alleges that companies gave false reasons for firing a worker.  About 60 to 70 percent of the wrongful termination and harassment cases include defamation claims, “whether or not they’re appropriate.” A defamation claim made…

Mobile App Records Police During Drunken-driving Stops and Will Call Lawyer For You Automatically
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Mobile App Records Police During Drunken-driving Stops and Will Call Lawyer For You Automatically

A fledgling smartphone application could put lawyers in contact with potential clients in drunken-driving cases almost before they are ticketed. Known as the Duey Dialer, it allows a driver to activate audio recording of a traffic stop at the touch of a button.  The app also automatically contacts an attorney with drunken-driving expertise if it…

Window washer who survived 11-story fall is sued by driver whose car he struck
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Window washer who survived 11-story fall is sued by driver whose car he struck

A news story about the miraculous survival of a window washer who fell from the roof of an 11-story building in San Francisco’s financial district last year credits a passing motorist with saving his life. Instead of hitting the pavement on California Street after he fell from a scaffold, Pedro Perez, 58, struck the roof…

BigLaw partner wasn’t working during commute and isn’t covered by law firm insurance
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BigLaw partner wasn’t working during commute and isn’t covered by law firm insurance

A former Hogan Lovells partner has failed to persuade the Virginia Supreme Court that his law firm’s insurance policy should cover an auto accident because he was working when driving to work. The Virginia Supreme Court ruled (PDF) on Thursday in the coverage dispute involving lawyer H. Christopher Bartolomucci, now a partner at Bancroft, the…

Prolonging a traffic stop for drug-dog sniff may violate Fourth Amendment, Supreme Court says
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Prolonging a traffic stop for drug-dog sniff may violate Fourth Amendment, Supreme Court says

Police who use drug-sniffing dogs in conjunction with traffic stops can’t keep the motorist waiting after the ticket is written when they have no reasonable suspicion justifying the extra time, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The court ruled in the case of motorist Dennys Rodriguez, who says police violated his Fourth Amendment rights when…

Man is jailed for refusing to turn over Facebook and Twitter passwords
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Man is jailed for refusing to turn over Facebook and Twitter passwords

Jeremy Alcede personally maintained the Facebook and Twitter accounts for his former Texas gun store and shooting range. He thought of them as his own, and didn’t hesitate to inject his political views as he publicized Tactical Firearms in Katy. But a federal bankruptcy judge disagreed, and ordered Alcede to turn over the passwords to…