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The U.S. Supreme Court is on summer break for the moment, but its next term begins in October with a handful of very interesting cases.

Beginning October 6, the nation's highest court will hear appeals involving issues of criminal law, prisoner's rights, labor law, class-action claims, and patent law.

Here's a preview of the Supreme Court's first 10 cases of the October 2014 Term:

Knowing how to respond to a lawsuit can be incredibly valuable in warding off future legal issues. Failing to file a proper response can have serious consequences for your case.

So whether it's knowing when you're actually being sued or knowing when your response is due, the ability to respond properly to a lawsuit is key.

Here are the basics for how to respond to a lawsuit:

When can lawsuits be consolidated? Cases that are similar enough in fact or in the legal issues presented can often be grouped together and heard at the same time. That's what's happening with more than 80 lawsuits alleging economic injury from GM's ignition-switch recall.

Both criminal and civil cases can be consolidated, although courts have to consider the potential risks and benefits to each party before granting or denying a motion to consolidate.

Here are some of the more common times when a lawsuit can be consolidated:

Depending on where you live, your lawsuit may not officially begin until you can show proof of service. And as your case proceeds, you'll likely need to show proof of service for other legal documents as well.

Now you may not be quite sure exactly what proof of service entails. But one thing is certain: messing up a proof of service will prevent you from proceeding with your lawsuit in a timely fashion; it may even come back to haunt you later.

Let's try to keep things simple with this general overview of how to show proof of service:

Even if you don't wake up with a tiger in your bathroom, a bachelor party hangover can easily include lingering legal problems if you're not careful.

Whether it's a wild night on the town with your bros or a laid-back gathering in your backyard, here are our top five legal tips for making sure that you don't bring extra baggage into your marriage courtesy of a botched bachelor party:

    Having to fight a restraining order is no walk in the park, but with the right legal preparation, it doesn't have to be a nightmare.

    It can also be infuriating. But you can fight a restraining order without having to lose your cool. Follow these simple legal steps for how to fight a restraining order.

    Want a big law firm to take your case, but disappointed that they won't?

    Don't feel bad, even the rich and powerful seem to have trouble getting law firms to represent them sometimes.

    So why isn't any lawyer or law firm you reach out to interested in your lawsuit? Here are five potential reasons why they won't take your case:

    Thinking about going up against a big law firm on your own (aka going pro se)? If so, you'll probably want some tips on how to deal with your opposing party's legal representatives.

    Few things in life are certain, but in addition to death and taxes, you can add "litigation is costly." If you're in the unfortunate position of getting sued, or if want to take on the man, there's no way of getting around the courtroom. But you may be surprised to know that lawyers are optional.

    While going up against a big law firm can be intimidating, it's not impossible. Keep in mind these five important "lawyerly" tips:

    Be more careful with your Facebook "likes" -- they may block you from suing a company.

    Critics of General Mills' newest legal terms believe that you may lose your right to sue the company simply by pressing "like" on its corporate Facebook page. The New York Times reports that the cereal maker may be the first major food company to seek "forced arbitration" on customers, removing their abilities to seek remedies in court.

    Here are a few reasons to think twice before you "like" a company or brand:

    What Is a Public Nuisance?

    Mosquitoes and hangnails are everyday nuisances, but legally speaking, what is a public nuisance?

    You may have seen the term used in the news, as a Southern California city recently decided that odors from a spicy Sriracha plant are a public nuisance.

    So what is the legal effect of being deemed a public nuisance?