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October 2014 Archives

As dusk falls and the sun oozes into an orange puddle on the horizon, you hear the slow but steady cadence of footsteps approaching your front door. You're not expecting company, and you get a chilling sensation as you hear a dull knock at the door, the clap of thunder, and what sounds like the word "brains." Halloween was several weeks ago, so you're not expecting trick-or-treaters (or zombies, for that matter).

You peer through the peephole and see a young man holding a few papers in his hand; nothing out of the ordinary. It's not a monster, you conclude, but something much, much worse... a process server!

That's right, you're being sued for something that happened on October 31, and apparently it's your fault (Oh, and the guy serving you the complaint said "rain" under his breath when he felt a few drops on his head). The horror!

Actually, there are quite a few ways you can expose yourself to a lawsuit on Halloween. Let's explore a few -- if you dare:

State laws can be confusing. Some laws are quite similar across state lines -- like the 0.08 percent blood-alcohol concentration limit for drivers 21 and over -- while others vary greatly.

That's why FindLaw's team of lawyer-writers has been hard at work on our State Laws section, where we break down some of the most sought-after laws from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The result: dozens of new pages on topics such as DUI and debit card fraud, specific to certain states. Check out these 10 new State Law pages to get a better idea of what you'll find:

FindLaw's SCOTUS Week: Celebrating the Return of The Nine

SCOTUS Week at FindLaw

We'll admit it: We're a little bit obsessed with the Supreme Court. And by a little bit, we mean Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia are our desktop wallpapers. We follow everything the justices do (in their professional capacities -- we're not creepy), so when the Court goes on break for the summer, we feel the void of their absence.

That's why, with the Court's October 2014 Term finally underway, we celebrated in our typical style: by blogging obsessively. For (nearly) every federal circuit, we covered the already granted petitions -- even the incredibly obscure ones -- both for your reading pleasure, and also so that when the Court does issue its decisions, we'll be prepared.

Here's everything from FindLaw's "SCOTUS Week," presented in a massive list:

User Complaints: We Love 'Em. No, Really, We Do.

Everyone has seen that sign for the "complaint department" asking the complainer to pull his number from a grenade. There is also one that says, "Complaint Department --> 300 Miles." You get the idea, nobody likes to hear complaints.

This month's From The Managing Editor post is going to take that idea on, just a bit. Do I like complaining? Not particularly -- just ask my son. However, our user comments system, the place where we get many complaints and comments our readers may have, is actually pretty important to us.

So much so that sometimes, yes, I could almost say we love it.

14 Legal Reminders for the 2014 Elections

Civic-minded Americans may already know that we're about a month away from Election Day. You might be someone who always schedules out your trip to your polling place, or you might even be someone who's planning on voting for the first time.

Regardless of your experience, FindLaw can help you enhance your participation in our democracy, with helpful articles in our Blogs and in our Learn About the Law section.

To wit, here are 14 legal reminders for the 2014 elections: