I don’t know about you, but I know that my Google Reader account gets pretty full by the end of the week, and it can sometimes be overwhelming to stay up-to-date with the plethora of news and information. To make it easier to keep up, we are introducing a new weekly blog series featuring some of the top legal news headlines from Reuters Legal.

If you missed our post from earlier today, this is exactly the type of context and insight that the new professional news initiative aims to provide.

Check out this week’s recap:

U.S. Supreme Court sides with military funeral protestors
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a church has the legal right to stage anti-gay protests at U.S. military funerals to promote its claim that God is angry at America for its tolerance of homosexuality.

Barnes & Noble settles lawsuit over Nook feature
Barnes & Noble, Inc. has settled a lawsuit brought against it by Spring Design, which had accused the top U.S. bookseller of illegally copying a screen design for its popular Nook electronic book reader.

Ex-Colonial Bank executive pleads guilty in fraud case
A former Colonial Bank executive pleaded guilty on Wednesday for her role in covering up one of the largest frauds stemming from the recent mortgage crisis, which contributed to the collapse of both Colonial Bank and Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp.

Alabama county in talks to hire turnaround firm
Alabama’s Jefferson County is looking to hire business advisors FTI Consulting, Inc. to help sort out massive debts that may force America’s biggest municipal bankruptcy.

SEC proposes rules to clamp down on Wall Street pay
U.S. securities regulators issued a proposal on Wednesday to curb bonuses at brokerage and investment advisory firms over the objections of Republicans on the panel and even some doubts expressed by Chairman Mary Schapiro.

For more legal news, check out Westlaw News & Insight.

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