“Four lawyers take on history in Supreme Court gay marriage case”

“Four lawyers take on history in Supreme Court gay marriage case”: Catherine Ho of The Washington Post has an article that begins, “When the Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday on same-sex marriage, they will come from four people that many Americans probably have never heard of: attorneys Mary Bonauto, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, John Bursch and Joseph Whalen.”

And Stephanie Condon of CBSNews.com reports that “Four days early, line forms at Supreme Court for gay marriage case.”

The Twitter feed titled Equality Case Files is providing ongoing coverage of the wait in line for seats to observe next Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court oral argument.

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“On eve of Supreme Court arguments, judge refuses to dismiss Alabama gay marriage lawsuit”

“On eve of Supreme Court arguments, judge refuses to dismiss Alabama gay marriage lawsuit”: Brendan Kirby of The Mobile Press-Register has this report.

You can access here and here Thursday’s orders of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama denying motions to dismiss.

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“Republicans debate keeping ObamaCare subsidies until 2017″

“Republicans debate keeping ObamaCare subsidies until 2017″: The Hill has a report that begins, “Congressional Republicans are locked in a debate about whether to temporarily keep in place the ObamaCare subsidies that are at risk of being struck down at the Supreme Court. More than a half-dozen competing plans have already been put forward in response to the King v. Burwell case, and Republicans are anxious to unify behind one before the ruling comes down in June.”

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“Gay marriage pioneer, free from skeptics, prepares for Supreme Court”

“Gay marriage pioneer, free from skeptics, prepares for Supreme Court”: Richard Wolf of USA Today has this report.

Mark Sherman of The Associated Press reports that “Same-sex marriage pioneer among lawyers for high court cases.”

NPR has posted online a podcast titled “Pop-Up Podcast: Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court” featuring, among others, Nina Totenberg and Tom Goldstein.

And the ABC News program “This Week” has posted online an item headlined “Same-Sex Marriage Hearings at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know.”

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If I Find Treasure, Can I keep It?

Welcome to the new FindLaw series, “If I Find,” where we’ll discuss the rule of finders keepers as it applies to different topics. We hope you’ll check back regularly!

This week, we’ll follow the treasure map to where X marks the spot. Regardless of whether you followed a map or a rainbow to its end, if you find treasure, can you keep it?

Treasure Trove Rule

The treasure trove rule dictates that a treasure trove belongs to the finder. Courts distinguish a treasure trove from other mislaid property as refined gold and silver, or paper money buried or otherwise hidden or concealed. Treasure troves aren’t only found underground. Courts have ruled that treasure troves can be hidden in airplanes, safes, and even mattresses.

Currently, not all states recognize this rule. The treasure trove doctrine has been recognized in only Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

In Tennessee and Idaho, the treasure trove belongs to the landowner instead of the finder. These states did not want to reward a trespasser with money he found on someone else’s land.

State Laws

Most other states have laws that require people who find lost property to make an effort to return it. These laws do vary slightly from state to state, but the general principles are similar.

For example, California law requires that anybody who finds property worth $100 or more, and the owner is unknown, must turn the property over to the local police. If the police can find the owner, they must notify him of the found property and return it to him.

If the owner doesn’t show up within 90 days, and the property is worth more than $250, then the police must make a public announcement to try to find the owner. If no owner shows up after seven days, then the finder can become the keeper. If the property is worth less than $250, the finder can keep it after 90 days.

However, if you find lost property and don’t try to return it or report it, then you are guilty of theft.

So if you’ve found buried treasure, be sure to check your state’s law to see if you can keep it before you fly off to Bermuda with your new found riches.

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“Mila Kunis being sued for allegedly ‘stealing’ a chicken as a child”

If you dream of being a celebrity, consider whether you really want to turn yourself into a lawsuit magnet: a woman who says she grew up in Ukraine with actress Mila Kunis claims that when they were about five years old Kunis took a beloved chicken away from her; “she could not get over the loss and became an ‘emotional wreck,’ who required therapy.” [Fox]

Tags: celebrities

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SmallLaw – The All-Business Branding

The era of the friendly small produce store is over.

BigGrocer Kroger is dominating more and more categories, including the growing healthy eating one. It’s doing that primarily through being all-business.

For example, its fundamentals include relatively low pricing for usually high-priced items such as low-fat cheese. Those obsessives who do comparative shopping and post results on the Internet, in a sense, are in the front lines of Kroger’s marketing.

SmallLaw can learn from that all-business approach. As we all know, it’s a dog fight for most categories in legal practice. In response, small law firms are investing more in marketing. Yet the positioning and packaging that takes is frequently ineffective.

A classic example is the kind of ad for the firm on television, in movie theatres, in social media and on billboards. The message is some version of “we care” or “we are relentless about seeking justice.”

With so many options available for legal counselor, we consumers don’t care that your care. Sure, you have to communicate that you are accessible. You accomplish that with your offer of a complimentary consultation.

The effective message is: We get results. Those are better than our competition. Here are some of the numbers (Quantify).

Hard economic times, before, during and after The Great Recession, have hardened Everyman and Everywoman. We push for the best deal for ourselves. Make concrete what outcomes you can get for us.

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Update: jury acquits man charged with sex with demented wife

Updating our earlier report: “A jury found a longtime Iowa state lawmaker not guilty of sexually abusing his wife who suffered from dementia, in an unusual case that centered on when a person is no longer mentally capable of consenting to sex.” [KWWL] More: NYT Room for Debate.

Tags: crime and punishment, Iowa, nursing homes, sexual assault

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David Messerschmitt – Unsealed Court Documents Reveal Long-Term Double Life

Now it’s documented. David Messerschmitt was living a double life.

Sure, he had the buttoned-down position of associate in BigLaw and image of happily married man. Court records which have been unsealed, however, provide the details of a history of pursuing casual sexual encounters with other men. The fatal incident in the Donovan was not the first time he had attempted to arrange male-with-male recreational sex.

In MyFoxDC, Marina Marraco reports:

“[Through a Tablet computer Messerschmitt’s wife gave police it became clear that] Messerschmitt was using an all-male social network known as Grindr, and he had an alternate email account dcguy456@gmail.com on Grindr as well as Craigslist … [He also had] a Google Voice phone number … to meet male partners for sexual encounters.”

The risk involved in these kinds of meetups probably heightened the excitement.

Now, of course, his family has to absorb the reality that they might not have really known who this man was. Those in his professional life may be stunned by what they perceive as reckless behavior when he had so much going for him. After all, it is increasingly difficult to land a position in a major law firm such as DLA Piper.

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Killing Off Characters – Shouldn’t We Have A Say

Will Garner should never have been allowed to die on “The Good Wife.” Neither should have Derek on “Grey’s Anatomy.” It was a bitter pill to swallow when Lane Pryce, who had the potential to break free of his father, wasn’t given time to.

In this interactive era, we should push to have a say in who dies, who lives and who can be brought back to life. On “Downton Abbey,” I would like to see Sibby return as a type of Greek Chorus for the show’s last season. That device was used well in “Desperate Housewives.”

Perhaps the FTC can help us out on this one.

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