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Michelle Croteau
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FindLaw Blogs Open Up the Law to Consumers

EAGAN, Minn., May 28, 2009 - The number of people who rely on blogs for information - whether for news, business information or pure entertainment - is increasing rapidly. In fact, 77 percent of active Internet users read blogs, according to Technorati's State of the Blogosphere 2008 Report. (, the most popular legal information Web site, currently produces nine consumer-facing blogs with up-to-the-minute, newsworthy information related to the legal topics and issues people are talking about. Insight and commentary on common legal issues from FindLaw's in-house attorney authors, editors and producers follow topics and trends in the daily news cycle and are updated throughout the day.

"Blogs provide a highly accessible way for consumers to get timely news, and a streamlined way for information producers to reach audiences quickly and in a more conversational manner," said Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney and editor for

Consumers can subscribe to any of the following blogs for free via RSS.

FindLaw Blotter - Crime & Criminals.Provides news and information on notable criminal cases, high-profile investigations, white-collar crime, criminal procedure and process, and celebrity criminal cases.

Common Law - Consumer Protection Law. Covers consumer protection laws, product recalls, consumer privacy, product and food safety, HIPAA and consumer health law.

Law & Daily Life - Life, Family & Workplace. Features news and information about marriage, divorce and partnership law; spousal support and child custody and support; workplace law; estate planning and more.

Free Enterprise - Small Business Law. Covers laws and legal developments affecting small business owners, including intellectual property issues, banking and finance, government programs, construction and transportation law, contract law and business organizations.

Injured - Accident, Injury & Tort Law. Provides news and information about laws affecting recovery for accidents, injuries and other torts, including defamation, wrongful death suits, civil actions, professional malpractice and more.

CourtSide - Breaking Legal News. Provides timely news from the nation's courts, including new court decisions, breaking legal documents, notable trials and judicial news.

Tarnished Twenty - Sports Law. Offers legal news and information related to the sports industry, including sports star crimes, contract news, professional team movements and more.

Legal Grounds - Funny & Odd Legal News. Features the lighter side of the law, including "stupid criminals," strange laws, legal curiosities and unusual legal developments.

FindLaw Insider - News. Offers information about new developments, including special features, seasonal content and general facts or statistics.

"By pairing the sometimes intimidating legal system with modern blogging practices, FindLaw is able to bring the legal world down to earth, exposing need-to-know legal developments and the more entertaining side of the law in real time," said Rahlfs. "These first nine consumer-facing blogs offer a little bit of something for everyone, from the legal news addict to the person who just wants to know which new legal developments will impact her directly."

FindLaw's consumer blogs are the first from Thomson Reuters to provide current legal news and commentary for the general public and the legal industry.

Anyone can access all of FindLaw's blogs by visiting

About FindLaw
FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters, is a leading provider of free intelligent legal information, online marketing and client development services providing the legal industry and consumers with the knowledge to act. The FindLaw team of designers and engineers create results-oriented Web sites for individual attorneys and law firms. FindLaw Web sites are strategically designed to attract and retain clients, as well as support lead generation by leveraging dynamic content and industry leading marketing tools. Attorneys can also be prominently listed on, home to the largest online directory of lawyers that assists consumers in finding an attorney by practice area. is the most popular legal Web site with nearly four million consumers visiting each month for free information about a legal topic, to solve a legal problem, or to find a lawyer.

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