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Much of the public may not have sympathized with O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony, but was it the jury's fault that much of the evidence was circumstantial and therefore with enough reasonable doubt to acquit them? And so the controversy surrounding circumstantial evidence continues. more...

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Outside of a defendant saying, "Sure, you're right," the easiest to win a civil lawsuit is by default judgment. When a defendant fails to respond to the claims made by the plaintiff, the court can find for the plaintiff and award them a monetary sum. Moreover, that sum can be large: $1.26 billion large.

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How do you distance yourself when a company that shares your name files bankruptcy for the third time? Quit. more...

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April Fool's Day is a great excuse for playing elaborate jokes on friends, but what happens when the jokes go too far? Check out some of the biggest April Fool's backfires in recent memory. more...

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False advertising, slighted employees, and cheated stockholders: We take a look at some of 2008's biggest class action lawsuits. more...

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Although the term itself may seem self-explanatory, there is more to the hearsay rule than is covered on Perry Mason. Broadly defined, "hearsay" is testimony or documents quoting people who are not present in court, and hearsay evidence is inadmissible for lack of a firsthand witness. But, evidence always seems to make its way into court through various exceptions. So what exactly are they? more...

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We've all heard the one about the woman who spilled scalding coffee and successfully sued McDonald's. But we've also heard reports of burglars suing homeowners after injuring themselves during a robbery. Are they urban legend? You might be surprised, however, by how many of these are true. more...

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Pepsi and Coke are battling it out again. This time the dust up is about the carbonated rivals' sports drinks, PepsiCo's Gatorade and Coca-Cola's Powerade Option. Stokely-Van Camp Inc., the PepsiCo subsidiary that owns Gatorade, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that accused Coca-Cola of false advertising in its ad campaign for the Powerade Option sports drink. more...

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Although its origins are unclear, the celebration of April Fools' Day on April 1 has been around for centuries. While pranks, practical jokes, and hoaxes among friends probably won't get you into any trouble (assuming you know your friends well), remember that the legal concept of liability never takes a holiday—not even on April Fools' Day. more...

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Although Sacha Baron Cohen's new blockbuster comedy, Borat, received lots of laughs from American audiences, not everyone has found the movie funny--especially many of the film's unwitting actors. From humiliated University of South Carolina fraternity brothers to destitute citizens of a remote Romanian village, Cohen has made enemies across the globe. In fact, these disgruntled participants are now lining up to take legal action against Twentieth Century Fox, the studio behind Baron Cohen's movie. more...

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