Legal news roundup, April 1

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Happy April Fool's Day everyone. While readers may want to be on the lookout for pranksters today, they can rest assured that this article will only contain authentic online trending legal news for the week ending April 1 … maybe.

Happy April Fool's Day everyone. While readers may want to be on the lookout for pranksters today, they can rest assured that this article will only contain authentic online trending legal news for the week ending April 1 … maybe.

One of the most popular legal stories of the week featured one of America's favorite television judges, Judge Judy. The judge was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles because of “intestinal discomfort,” according to CNN. Fortunately, Judge Judy has now been discharged from the hospital in is reportedly doing fine.

Online searchers appear to have been concerned about the TV judge as “Judge Judy” was the number one searched phrase on Wednesday, March 30, according to Google Trends.

While Major League Baseball's opening day took place on Thursday, with the New York Yankees coming out as the top search term for the day, the first day of our national pastime's season was perhaps marred by a baseball story taking place a long way from the diamond. The Barry Bonds perjury trial continued with many prominent witnesses testifying against the home run king.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that former American League MVP (and current member of the Colorado Rockies) Jason Giambi was one of several major leaguers who testified that he received banned drugs from Greg Anderson, Bonds' trainer.

Online interest in the proceedings, as reflected by searches for “Barry Bonds trial,” appear to have peaked on Tuesday, March 29, the day Giambi testified. Nonetheless, Google News results reveal constant updates about Giambi's role in the case.

Turning to labor law, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker suspended a controversial union law on Thursday, March 31. The decision by the Republican to hold off on enacting the law, which would strip public employees of many of their collective bargaining rights, comes shortly after a judge declared that the legislation has yet to become a law.

According to The Associated Press, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruled that the law was not properly published, meaning that it is not official.

The press has been following the story closely, with a Google News search for “Wisconsin union” returning more than 2,000 articles.

Another prominent legal story is beginning to unfold in the U.S. Supreme Court as justices are currently hearing a case that alleges widespread gender-based discrimination against Walmart. Bloomberg reports that justices were receptive to the retailer's argument that the class action lawsuit, from more than one million female employees involves too much variation among the plaintiffs to be considered a single lawsuit.

The news source reports that the high court's votes may split along gender lines, which would result in a 6-3 decision in favor of Walmart.

The public appears to be following the proceedings closely with searches for “Walmart lawsuit” peaking on Tuesday, March 29.

Those are some of the most popular online legal stories for the week ending April 1.

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