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Can prosecutors try and pick an all-white jury? Can you sue a company for breaking the law, even if it didn't hurt you in the process? And can alleged criminals use legitimate assets to get a lawyer? These questions, and more, will get argued in front of the Supreme Court next month.

The Court will hear a total of twelve cases in November -- here are the three biggest that you need to know about:

Do I Have to Respond to a Lawsuit?

You've been served with a summons and complaint. If you just ignore it, will it go away? Unfortunately not. You do have to respond to the lawsuit. If you ignore this problem, you risk losing the case by default.

Deadlines to respond vary depending on the context of the case, your location, and whether the case is filed in federal or state court. But usually you have 20 to 30 days to file an answer. Failure to respond altogether could result in a default judgment, meaning the court determines that the opposition wins based on its filings exclusively.

Maybe you got into a fender bender abroad. Maybe you blogged about a foreign national and they're not happy with what you wrote. Maybe an ex is filing for divorce from another country.

Whatever the case may be, it is possible to be sued in a foreign country. So what does that mean for you?

Welcome to the new FindLaw series, "If I Find," where we'll discuss the rule of finders keepers as it applies to different topics. We hope you'll check back regularly!

What's that black sludge puddling up in your back yard? ... Oil?

Congratulations, you're rich! Or, are you? Finding oil on your property may feel like striking liquid gold and winning the jackpot. However, it may not be a sure fact that you'll make any money off of it. Be careful, because it may not even belongs to you.

If you find oil in your back yard, is it yours?

Chances are, you've driven over a bridge at least once or twice in your life. Have you ever thought about the idea of it collapsing and plunging your car down 50, 70, 100 feet?

Recently, a bridge on I-10 connecting California and Arizona collapsed due to heavy rain and erosion. Luckily, nobody died. One car and its driver did crash because of the collapse, but the driver survived with some injuries. The main impact of the bridge collapse is the millions of dollars it will cost to repair the collapsed section, and millions more lost as traffic on the busy highway must be re-routed.

When a bridge collapses, who is liable for damages?

This year, Disneyland is going all out for its Diamond celebration.

While Disney was busy making kids' dreams come true for the past 60 years, it was also spending much of that time defending itself against one lawsuit after another. In honor of Disney's Diamond celebration, here is a roundup of the best, funniest, and saddest lawsuits against Disneyland:

Of all the things parents worry about when their kids take out the family car, civil liability is pretty far down the list. We just want our kids to come home safe.

But if your child gets into an accident with the family car, who’s responsible for the damage or injuries? And does it matter if they were out joyriding or driving with your permission? Perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s an entire legal concept dedicated to just this scenario.

After Edward Snowden's revelations on NSA spying, many of us had to adjust our expectations of privacy when it came to email. Perhaps everything online, even private emails, is public.

But there appears to be some resistance to that idea. Key parts of the Patriot Act covering bulk email collection expired last week, and a federal judge says the Yahoo must face a class action lawsuit for reading its customers emails. But there's a twist -- it's not Yahoo Mail subscribers suing the search and email company.

One hundred and seventy-seven bikers were arrested following a May melee that left nine dead in Waco, Texas. As of today, 143 of them remain behind bars.

Matt Clendennen is one of the 34 who've managed to get bailed out of the McLennan County Jail, and has filed a lawsuit against the city of Waco, McLennan County, District Attorney Abelino Reyna, and individual officers involved in his arrest, claiming authorities violated his client's Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights.

Have you ever used PayPal? You may be eligible for a refund.

The electronic payment company PayPal, will pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). According to the suit, CFPB accused PayPal of illegally signing customers up for PayPal Credit, formerly known as Bill Me Later, without their permission. Many customers did not realize they were enrolled in the program until they were charged interest and late fees.

PayPal, who neither admits nor denies fault, has agreed in a consent order to pay $15 million in refunds to customers and a $10 million penalty to CFPB.