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  • Calif officials seek redevelopment compromise

    Calif officials seek redevelopment compromise

    Analysis on Litigation 12/30/2011

    The California Supreme Court on Thursday gave Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers the right to eliminate community redevelopment agencies in a crucial victory on the state budget. But the fate of the more than 400 redevelopment agencies remains uncl...

  • Del. court says ex-HP CEO can't keep letter secret

    Del. court says ex-HP CEO can't keep letter secret

    Headline Legal News 12/30/2011

    Former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd will have to make public a letter detailing sexual-harassment allegations that led to his ouster. The Delaware Supreme Court, the state's highest, ruled on Wednesday that Hurd's lawyers didn't show that disclo...

  • Supreme Court gay privacy case victor dead at 68

    Supreme Court gay privacy case victor dead at 68

    Recent Cases 12/28/2011

    The Texas man whose case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that granted privacy rights to gay men and lesbians has died at age 68. John G. Lawrence died in Houston on Nov. 20, according to Sarah Wilson of R.S. Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee...

  • Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Files Class Action Suit

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Files Class Action Suit

    Headline Legal News 12/28/2011

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP today announced that a class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of Veolia Environnement S.A. American Depositary Shares duri...

  • Court: Ark. can't stop desegregation funds

    Court: Ark. can't stop desegregation funds

    Headline Legal News 12/27/2011

    A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can't cut off funding for desegregation programs in Little Rock-area school districts without a separate hearing and judge's order. The ruling from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes mont...

  • Supreme Court says Manchester property tax data private

    Supreme Court says Manchester property tax data private

    Headline Legal News 12/26/2011

    The Vermont Supreme Court says information used by towns to calculate adjustments to residents' property taxes should remain private. In an entry order published Friday, the court reversed a Bennington County Superior Court ruling that said the town ...

  • Supreme Court rejects Hessler appeal

    Supreme Court rejects Hessler appeal

    Recent Cases 12/26/2011

    The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday rejected a death-row inmate’s claim that his lawyer failed to properly represent the convicted kidnapper, rapist and murderer at his sentencing. Jeffrey Hessler had argued that his trial-court lawyer should have d...

  • France ponders removing risky breast implants

    France ponders removing risky breast implants

    Recent Cases 12/22/2011

    Emmanuelle Maria's breasts were burning and globules of silicone gel were protruding into her armpits. Her implants had exploded inside her. Yet her doctors, she says, told her nothing was wrong. Now, she wants the French government to tell 30,000 wo...

  • Suspect in immigration agent killing held in US

    Suspect in immigration agent killing held in US

    Headline Legal News 12/21/2011

    An alleged Mexican drug cartel member was arraigned in U.S. federal court Wednesday on murder charges from the roadside ambush of two U.S. immigration agents working south of the border. A spokesman for the U.S. District Court in Washington says Juli...

  • Poker company co-founder pleads guilty in NYC

    Poker company co-founder pleads guilty in NYC

    Recent Cases 12/20/2011

    The co-founder of an Internet poker company pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy charges, admitting that he knew he was breaking the law when he arranged for U.S. banks to process gambling proceeds. Brent Buckley, 31, entered the plea in U.S. Distric...

  • Gingrich assails judges as he courts conservatives

    Gingrich assails judges as he courts conservatives

    Headline Legal News 12/20/2011

    As he works to rev up his conservative base in Iowa with just two weeks to go until the state's caucuses, Newt Gingrich is launching a full-throated assault on a reliable GOP target: judges. There is little love for the judicial branch among the Repu...

  • Ind. appeals court upholds man's 60-year sentence

    Ind. appeals court upholds man's 60-year sentence

    Recent Cases 12/19/2011

    The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a southern Indiana man's 60-year prison sentence for beating his girlfriend to death with a crowbar. The Princeton Daily Clarion reports the court ruled Thursday that 68-year-old Robert P. Spangler's sentence w...