Speaking of Marriage

Planning to wed? Mazel tov! #lovewins and so will you and your betrothed with a little planning: http://www.thejewishweek.com/special-sections/celebrate/letter-law

Justin Bieber Faces Copyright Claim

Readers of On Your Case know of my deep affection for Justin Bieber — not his music, necessarily, but his endless, and instructive, run ins with the law. The intersection of his immense stardom and his … sometimes ill-considered decisions have made him almost a one-young-man teaching tool for topics that range from criminal behavior […]

Texas Grants Same-Sex Divorce, But Not Same-Sex Marriage (Yet)

Just days before the United States Supreme Court rules on a case that may make same-sex marriage legal throughout the land, the highest court (for civil cases) in Texas decided a same-sex couple could divorce there, despite the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The decision ends four years of waiting for the couple, Angelique […]

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Adoption Joy

Who says law can’t create joy? This story from the Dallas Morning News warmed my heart: a 92-year-old woman adopted the 76-year-old woman who she had raised as her daughter (they are cousins) in a Texas courtroom, where the judge replace the usual teddy bear gifts with elegant orchids to mark the occasion. Dallas Morning […]

Music To Their Ears: Former Warner Music Interns Settle Suit

Another settlement in the ongoing battle between employers and former interns who insist they should have been paid for their efforts: this time, Warner Music Group has agreed to pay more than $4.2 million to resolve a lawsuit. Said the company: “We continue to stand by our internship program as an invaluable educational experience for […]

Embryo Wars: A Surprising Decision in Chicago

When a couple creates embryos together,who gets to decide their fate if the couple breaks up? These cases are arising across the country as the use of assisted reproductive technology explodes without uniform law to guide its users. Much of the time, a court will favor the person who doesn’t want the embryos used. But in […]

Prom Paperwork?

The New York Times has unearthed what it claims is a mini-trend: vaguely worded and possibly unenforceable releases parents are asked to sign before prom parties. Hmmm. Pro tip #1: cross out the indemnification clause. Pro tip #2: how about talking to your teen instead of shouldering additional responsibility for their foolish behavior? Pro tip #3: as I […]

An Insider’s Take On The New York Prison Escape

On The Cycle yesterday, I spoke with Marty Tankleff, a former prisoner at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility, who provided a compelling first-hand take on conditions inside, and his thoughts about the two convicted murderers who are on the run. Take a look at the clip, and also at some background about Marty, whose extraordinary […]

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