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After the shock of hearing about yet another airplane crash sinks in, many people start to wonder, "Who is responsible?"

Germanwings flight 9525 was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it crashed into the French Alps. There were 144 passengers and 6 crew members onboard. Nobody survived the crash. What happened? Why did this happen?

A jury in an infamous Silicon Valley sexual harassment case issued a partial verdict on Friday, clearing the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination. Ellen Pao, a former female partner at the firm, had claimed that she was not promoted because of her gender and that her working environment was hostile to women.

Pao also claimed the firm retaliated against her after she filed her suit against in 2012. The jury has yet to come to a consensus on the retaliation claim.

In another step to repair its reputation after a major data breach, Target has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $10M. Eligible claimants could claim up to $10,000.

Target previously tried to dismiss the class action suit arguing consumers did not have standing to sue. This means that consumers couldn't prove an injury arising from the data breach. However, the judge rejected Target's assertions, noting that the 114 named plaintiffs could show unlawful charges, blocked access to bank accounts, and inability to pay other bills.

If you want a chunk of the settlement, you'll have to:

"I love dog poop stinking up my yard right where I can step on it!" said no one ever.

Does a neighbor's dog keep pooping in your yard? Have you tried to talk to the dog's owner a million times but nothing works?

What can you do?

Whether you're following the latest celebrity trial or dealing with a lawsuit or criminal charge yourself, you may be wondering why legal cases take so long to resolve. And sadly, there's no way to fast-forward to the end to find out the answer.

While there are some time limits on when charges or claims can be brought (see statutes of limitation) and how long a case can take (the right to a speedy trial), there are also opposing forces that can delay cases.

Every case is different, but there are some general factors that determine how long a legal case will take.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing six cases in the last week of February. The cases touch on issues including alleged religious discrimination by a clothing store, performance bonuses from courts to attorneys, and whether a firearms offender can sell his confiscated guns.

If you like to keep an eye on the highest court in the land, this is what you have to look forward to:

What Is an Injunction? When Can You Get One?

In addition to or in lieu of money damages, civil courts may also order an equitable remedy such as an injunction.

An injunction is a court order compelling a party to do or not do a specific act or acts. Injunctions are typically used to prevent future harmful action, rather than to compensate to an injury that has already occurred. Injunctions can be temporary -- such as a preliminary injunction issued before a trial to prevent a defendant from harming the plaintiff's ability to enforce his or her rights-- or permanent.

What are some of the most common types of injunctions, and when are they issued?

When Can You Serve Someone via Publication in a Newspaper?

Serving the other side with notice of a lawsuit is typically done in person or through the mail. In some cases, however, a person may be served by publication in a newspaper.

Following the filing of a complaint -- the document which describes the lawsuit and identifies the parties involved -- the party filing the lawsuit must complete what is known as "service of process." There are typically very specific rules for how service must be completed, depending on the type of case and the jurisdiction in which it is being filed.

Generally speaking, however, when can you serve process via publication?

Legalese From A to Z - FindLaw

Lawyers love to use a whole world of weird and wondrously whimsical words to describe certain facets of the law.

And as you might have guessed, a good deal of them may begin with the letter "W." Don't be caught without your wits. Learn more about these five legal terms beginning with "W":

  • Wanton. No, this isn't another way to spell the Asian dumpling. In fact, the word describes very unsavory action or indifference on the part of a person, typically resulting in serious harm or death. Often a person's actions are described as wanton when an attorney wishes to meet the legal standard for recklessness. In a criminal case, a prosecutor might use "wanton" to describe a murder defendant's acts which have a malicious or craven intent.

What Is a Demurrer?

Demurrer is a legal way of rejecting a claim without addressing the factual allegations contained within it. To demur to a civil lawsuit, a defendant essentially argues that even if the allegations are true, there is no legitimate legal claim.

This legal device is being used by comedian Bill Cosby in response to a woman suing him for allegedly molesting her as a child 40 years ago. Cosby's attorney filed a demurrer to the woman's lawsuit, claiming that regardless if the allegations are true, there is no legitimate legal claim.

How does a demurrer work to strike down a lawsuit without addressing the facts in the case?