Opening Statements

Hearsay: Social media remorse

Social Media Remorse

29% of social media users between the ages of 18 and 34 say they have posted photos, comments or other information that could come back to haunt them during a job search.

21% of those users say they have taken down a photo, post or comment over fears of the repercussions it could have with an employer.

82% of those users pay attention to privacy settings.

6% of those users do not pay attention to privacy settings.

Source: FindLaw survey, July 24, 2013.

14.7% Increase

U.S. and foreign governments have made 1,157 requests for information about Twitter users in the first six months of this year, up from the 1,009 requests made in the preceding six months.

Source: Twitter Transparency Report, July 31, 2013.

About 10 million U.S. households have no bank account.

Source: New York Times, July 30, 2013.

China is the country most frequently implicated in corporate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act dispositions brought by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission between 2009 and July 2013, followed by Nigeria and Iraq.

Source: Miller & Chevalier FCPA Summer Review 2013.

Who’s a Killer?

People committing premeditated murders are almost twice as likely as impulsive murderers to have a history of mood disorders or psychotic disorders—61 percent vs. 34 percent.

Impulsive murderers are more likely than premeditated ones to be developmentally disabled and have cognitive and intellectual impairments—59 percent vs. 36 percent.

93 percent of all impulsive murderers have a history of alcohol or drug abuse or were intoxicated or both at the time of their crime vs. 76 percent of premeditated murderers.

Source: Robert Hanlon, “Neuropsychological and Intellectual Differences Between Types of Murderers,” Criminal Justice and Behavior, May 2, 2013.

While Halloween inspires lots of crazy ideas, it also inspires a lot of lawsuits. Some of our faves include a 2001 sexual harassment suit against Sears that included charges that one of its Minneapolis-area managers made lewd comments to the plaintiff relating to a Halloween costume she wore to the office and a 2002 negligence suit in Louisiana against the owners of a corn maze in which a Halloween reveler tripped and broke her leg while running from a character inspired by Jason from Friday the 13th.

What’s your favorite Halloween-inspired lawsuit? Let us know in the comments below.

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