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In Etan Patz case, a confession is just the start
Pedro Hernandez’s lawyer has cited a rarely invoked New York law to argue that a confession alone is not legally sufficient to support the charges.

Top U.S. law firms report higher growth rates in 2012
Out of 45 law firms that reported financials in the first two months of 2013 to The American Lawyer, revenue rose an average of 6 percent, up from 4.4 percent in 2011.

Gulf Coast oil spillers about to face day in court
The trial over the worst offshore oil spill in American history is set to start in New Orleans before a federal judge and without a jury.

Little increase seen in big bankruptcies in 2013
The survey also found that retail was once again expected to be a main industry in distress followed by publishing, energy, healthcare and media.

U.S. judge tells Apple, Samsung to narrow search patent case
Lucy Koh also said she would put the case on hold if the two companies could not agree to the condition.

Preview: Argentina, hedge funds set for appeals court battle
A long-awaited showdown at the 2nd Circuit pits Argentina against a group of investors who refused to swap their debt after the country’s historic 2002 default.

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