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Over the past several weeks, the Supreme Court has issued rulings on many high-profile cases, handing down decisions concerning hot-button issues like the death penalty and stem cell research. But instead of gaining respect for performing their constitutional duty, justices are being lambasted as activists. They are being accused of "legislating from the bench." What is the truth? more...

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So, you're familiar with the risks of an "attractive nuisance" and want to make sure you can protect yourself. Here are some everyday examples and simple steps you can take to ensure you won't fall victim to a lawsuit. more...

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What possesses people to make strange wills? Perhaps it is the idea that this is their chance to "have the last word" with their families. Maybe, it is the chance to do something after death that they could not do in life. Whatever the motive, there have been a number of requests that are just down right weird. Here are the ten that topped our list of the most bizarre. more...

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When Kentucky teenager, Jacqueline Duty, tried to attend her senior prom in a dress styled to look like a confederate flag, school officials stopped her at the door. Duty has since responded by claiming that her right to free speech was violated. Based on her case and ones like it, will the south rise or fall? more...

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When the Godfather of Soul James Brown died on Christmas Day 2006, it took another 2 ? months before he was buried because of family feuding. It should come as no surprise, then, that his estate continues to hang in limbo. more...

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A death in the family and the legal disputes that follow can tear even the closest of families apart. But when the estate is substantial and the people involved are famous, it can get even meaner. Do you want to know which family feuds made our list? more...

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Lovers of offbeat music and hard-core rap would probably never use the names "Weird Al Yankovic" and "2 Live Crew" in the same sentence. Yet, they have something very important in common. The law protects their use of other people's musical works. The reason is that courts consider both 2 Live Crew's rap combined with pop music riffs and Weird Al's combination of everything... to be parodies, which are protected under fair use doctrine. more...

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Domestic Diva Martha Stewart is back in the legal news, but this time it's more about sofas than stocks. Her company's quest to trademark the word "Katonah" in a home furnishings line already on sale has been met with protests from both descendants of Chief Katonah, a great Indian leader, and the community and businesses of the upscale New York hamlet named after him. more...

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When Google acquired user-generated video hosting service, YouTube.com for $1.65 billion, it not only bought a highly trafficked site, it also bought itself a potential legal headache. As a start-up, YouTube founders did not focus on the copyright issues at hand when users upload copyrighted, non-original material. So, what are the potential legal liabilities that YouTube/Google may face? more...

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With an inheritance potentially worth millions of dollars, numerous contentious legal battles, and an out-dated last will and testament, the untimely passing of Anna Nicole Smith may be the most complicated and litigious celebrity death ever. However, the confusion and uncertainty surrounding her estate and custody of her infant daughter, Dannielynn, could have been avoided by following a few simple estate planning tips. more...

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