In the wake of the many complex real estate ownership situations that have developed over the past decade, California residents could be confused about what to do in the case of a bankruptcy. One of the more common of these complicated situations is when a person holds a bare legal title and is preparing to enter bankruptcy proceedings. Without truly owning the property, the question of whether to include it as part of the bankrupt estate can be a tricky matter.

It is surely a sign of the times that a growing number of intellectual property cases are revolving around the online world. One of the latest to hit the California court system is Lenz v. Universal Music Corporation, which pits a mother who uploaded a YouTube video against a large music publishing conglomerate. While much has been made about the recording industry extending their reach to protect their copyrighted material in cyberspace, this case asks the question of whether those bounds have been overstepped.

The financial crisis of 2008 may have started more than four years ago, but new cases are continuing to come to light in the aftermath of the global meltdown. In the United States, the Justice Department has recently taken aim at Standard & Poor's, one of the three major firms commonly used to rate financial packages. The suit claims that S&P not only inflated the value of specific mortgage investments, but did so intentionally, defrauding investors and contributing directly to the crisis that spread across the world. The suit was filed in the Los Angeles Federal Court.

One of the most interesting cases in all of California in 2012 started off as a murder trial, but ended up being something more. In People v. Duenas, it was not the actual murder that ended up being a major debate, but rather the question of whether animation should be admissible. On one hand, the prosecutors believed that the animation was an effective method of providing a visual example of their case to the jury.


As you prepare for your next trial, you may be looking into options for the best trial presentation tool. Those options basically boil down to two categories: Trial presentation software, which runs on a laptop, or an iPad application. Both offer benefits, but what are the main differences – and the pros and cons of each?


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The year 2013 may be relatively young, but there are already some huge cases that are sending waves through the biotechnology industry. Often the subject of controversy, the gray area of intellectual property when it comes to genetically-modified seeds and other agricultural patents is becoming more complex with every passing day. The following two cases have made it to the Supreme Court and their decisions could drastically change the landscape of biotechnology law.

For slightly less than seven years, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has held true to his belief that listening is more important than talking. Letting his actions speak for him, he has never once in this time interrupted an oral argument to ask a question. However, a recent case involving the competency of attorneys in a Louisiana murder case saw Thomas make a comment (not thought to be a question) which may, at the very least, add an asterisk to his long period of silence.

The court reporting industry is like nearly every other in the fact that it has been invaded by the advancement of technology. Tablets and smartphones have become standard for many firms and a regular part of their daily operations, but few are using the devices to their full potential. To bridge this gap, there are a number of apps that could serve a useful purpose for any court reporter looking to make their work as easy as possible.

The story of court reporters rapidly disappearing from California court rooms has largely only been noticed by those directly employed or affiliated with the legal field. However, awareness of the problem is beginning to pick up steam from a number of sources. One such outlet is the KPCC public radio station in Southern California, which recently released a story about the shrinking court reporting workforce in Los Angeles, San Diego, and other areas of the state.

It would appear that no state is immune to public court reporting issues as yet another jurisdiction has made their problems public. The state of Iowa has recently announced that a lack of resources and funding is affecting their ability to provide the services required for their justice process needs. Joining California and other states that have similar problems, Iowa is just the latest member of a growing epidemic.


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