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2014 in Review: The 10 Most Popular 'Decided' Blog Posts

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By Brett Snider, Esq. on December 29, 2014 8:29 AM

This has been a big year for landmark decisions and settlements, and FindLaw's Decided was there to cover all of 2014's big legal moments.

There were Supreme Court decisions and denials, companies settling over less than honest business practices, and even a reminder on how social media can screw up a perfectly good legal agreement.

Here's to 2014, and here's the Top 10 cases you loved most from this year:

  1. Vibram FiveFingers Shoe Settlement: $3.75M, Banner Ads Required -- Remember the hype behind those webbed five-toed shoes? Well Vibram had to settle for several million dollars over some bogus health claims related to its version of this shoe trend.
  2. Texas Upskirt Photo Ban Ruled Unconstitutional -- An attempt to penalize "upskirt" photos in Texas was struck down by the state's courts because it was too broad and eked into free speech territory.
  3. Top 10 U.S. Supreme Court Decisions From the 2013 Term -- The Supreme Court wrapped up its 2013-14 term with some incredibly important decisions impacting campaign finance, public prayer, and affirmative action.
  4. Supreme Court Rejects NRA's Gun-Law Appeals -- The Supreme Court turned down an opportunity to wade into gun rights territory, leaving two separate gun regulations standing.
  5. Cops Can Force Suspects to Unlock Phones via Fingerprint: Va. Court -- Since iPhones can now be unlocked with a fingerprint, a Virginia judge determined that cops can force suspects to use this method to unlock their phones.
  6. Daughter's Facebook 'SUCK IT' Post Nixes Dad's $80K Settlement -- After settling for thousands, a plaintiff's daughter blew the deal by ranting about the settlement on Facebook.
  7. AT&T 'Cramming' Settlement: $105M for Bogus Cell-Phone Charges -- AT&T didn't admit any fault in a hundred-million-dollar settlement for "cramming," but the allegations are scintillating.
  8. Flashing Headlights as Speed-Trap Warning Is Free Speech: Judge -- Drivers have been flashing their headlights in our to warn others of an approaching speed trap, and a federal judge agreed that it was their right.
  9. Chickie's & Pete's Settlements: $8.5M for Wage, Tip Violations -- A bar chain in Pennsylvania and New Jersey settled claims over illegal tipping practices with more than 1,000 workers in February.
  10. U.S. Supreme Court Denies 5 States' Gay Marriage Appeals -- By refusing to take five separate federal appeals relating to gay marriage, the Supreme Court ultimately allowed gay marriage to continue in Utah, Wisconsin, Virginia, Indiana, and Oklahoma.

There will be plenty more settlements and rulings in 2015, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled on FindLaw's Decided.

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