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Personal Injury Judgment in a Divorce: Community or Separate Property?

A divorce is emotionally difficult on its own, without factoring in the division of property that comes with it. And in some cases, the law surrounding who gets what only adds to the confusion.

Take a monetary award in a personal injury case, for example: when you get divorced, is your personal injury judgment treated as community property (to be divided equally), or separate property (which you can keep entirely)? Every divorce is unique, so let’s take a look at some circumstances that could determine how a personal injury judgment is treated in a divorce.

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ICYMI: FindLaw Blogs Report on New Laws Comin’ Atcha in 2015

1. Party Time

Oregon and Alaska legalized marijuana in 2014, with laws set to take effect this year. We wrote articles both for consumers interested in taking advantage of the new laws and for legal professionals who might want to open up a new practice area. (Spoiler alert: Marijuana law is still rife with ethical peril, so now isn’t quite the time to abandon a more prosaic estate law practice.)

2. Panic at the Disco

About 900 new laws will go into effect in California this year. In our California Case Law Blog for Golden State practitioners, we summarized just five of them. As of January 1, criminal

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Amanda Knox Acquitted: Will She Sue For Wrongful Conviction?

Amanda Knox. You may have heard her name a few times in the last eight years. During that time, she was accused of murder, convicted, acquitted, convicted again, and, finally, acquitted one more time.

Now that she has finally been exonerated, Knox may be seeking compensation for the four years she spent in prison during the ordeal.

How much can she get?

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Feds: This N.C. man made $1.3M from illegal DVDs



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A North Carolina man has been sentenced in a counterfeit DVD trafficking scheme.

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Workers strike at Vietnamese factory used by Adidas



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Workers at a Vietnamese contract factory owned by a company that makes shoes for Adidas

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RadioShack agrees to temporarily hold off on offering up its customer data



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RadioShack has agreed to table the offering of its customer data.

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‘Avengers’ 3D Firm Brings Patent Lawsuit Against ‘Divergent’ 3D Firm

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The conversion of 2D images to 3D continues to provoke litigation in the fourth dimension as a subsidiary of Prime Focus World has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor Legend3D.

AMC Can’t Escape Antitrust Lawsuit Over Distribution of Studio Movies

In the complaint, Prime Focus counts among its successes doing conversion work for Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, and Noah; winning an Oscar for visual effects on Interstellar; and being given conversion work on the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Meanwhile, Legend3D touts doing 3D work for such films as

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Producer Wins Appeal Over Fake $300-Million Film Financing Deal

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It’s every producer’s nightmare. At the end of 2010, Steven Kaplan signed two deals for $300 million total from foreign investors to finance 10 films for his company Rainstorm. Then, Kaplan began developing projects with a group of filmmakers. But the investment deal fell through.

‘Avengers’ 3D Firm Brings Patent Lawsuit Against ‘Divergent’ 3D Firm

Kaplan later learned the foreign company, Fortnom, with which he’d dealt, didn’t exist. Ever since, he’s pursued the investors, Anthony Lombard-Knight and Jakob Kinde, who claimed to be Fortnom’s representatives in a legal conflict that spanned four

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This Man Is in Jail for Throwing a Banana Peel at Dave Chappelle

Christian Englander will forever be known as the man who threw a banana peel at Dave Chappelle and ended up behind bars. During Chappelle’s Monday-night concert in Santa Fe, N.M., Englander allegedly became upset after the comedian made fun of his companion. But instead of taking the jokes in stride, he launched a banana peel at Chappelle.

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‘Anti-Semitic’ Tweets or No, Comedy Central Will Stand by Trevor Noah

Foreign talk show hosts are hot right now. Graham Norton’s BBC America show is a domestic hit. John Oliver’s HBO series has been renewed and Craig Ferguson’s surly U.K. shtick was so popular that he was replaced with another Englishman, James Corden, last fall. However, unlike these other foreign hosts, Trevor Noah already has a huge global fan base, multiple, record-breaking comedy specials (including one in the U.S.), has been on the cover of Rolling Stone, and hosted his own talk show on South African television before being hired as a Daily Show contributor in December.

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