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  • BreakingHow Rich Do I Have to Be to Get Sent to a Country Club Prison?
    According to a common perception among laypeople, there are brutal prison conditions for the poor or unfortunate, and country club prisons for the rich and powerful. And revelations from Paul Manafort's "VIP" incarceration this week did little to dis…
    - 9 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 9:57pm -
  • BreakingUpdate on Immigrant Family Reunification
    When the Trump administration announced its 'zero tolerance' policy on illegal border crossings, it explicitly acknowledged it may separate immigrant children from their parents. And when those separations started, the outrage and lawsuits soon follo…
    - 9 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 9:55pm -
  • BreakingMandalay Bay Owner MGM Sues to Avoid Mass Shooting Liability
    MGM Resorts International, which owns Mandalay Bay and the concert venue where the victims were gunned down, has filed federal lawsuits asking judges to declare the resort company free from any liability in the shooting....
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 9:05pm -
  • What to Do If You Get Sick From a Salmonella Outbreak?
    Salmonella outbreaks are common. If you get sick from an outbreak, what should you do? If you have hospital bills, can you hold the food company liable?...
    - 13 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 6:20pm -
  • Jury Awards $4.7B in Another J&J Baby Powder Lawsuit
    The long and winding road of baby powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson took an expensive turn last week, with a St. Louis jury awarding almost $4.7 billion in damages to 22 women and their families who claimed that asbestos contained in the…
    - 13 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 6:10pm -
  • Heads, Arrest; Tails, Release: Georgia Cops Decide Woman's Freedom With Coin Flip
    If it sounds pretty heinous in print, but it looks even worse on video, recorded with the officers' own body cameras -- two Roswell, Georgia police officers deciding a woman's fate with a coin flip. And not even a real coin, either. While Sarah Webb…
    - 14 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 5:20pm -
  • Should the Government Use Facial Recognition? ACLU, Microsoft Want Answers
    Of course law enforcement agencies want every tool available to fight crime. But which tools and technologies should be available to law enforcement? The eternal tug-of-war between the safety interest in crime-fighting and the privacy interests of ci…
    - 14 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 5:15pm -
  • Fish Pedicures Leaving Your Toenails Fishy -- What Can You Do?
    Fish pedicures, wildly popular in Europe and Asia, are gaining in popularity here in the United States. Over the past decade, fish spas are popping up across the country, and consumers are definitely intrigued. But waders beware! Before jumping in, t…
    - 18 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 12:58pm -
  • Are Your Summer Policies ADA-Friendly?
    Small businesses often switch things up over the summer. You might open up a patio, add some outdoor seating, or sponsor or host some outdoor events. You may also be a small business -- like a camp -- that functions primarily in the summer. Either wa…
    - 18 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 12:57pm -
  • Are Walmart Cashiers Entitled to Sit Down?
    Are workers legally entitled to sit down? A lawsuit by Walmart cashiers seeks to ensure that the answer to this question is "Yes."...
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jul 18, 10:15pm -
  • It's Hot This Summer, but That's No Excuse for Violating Animal Cruelty Laws
    If you leave your pet in the car, you may endanger your pet's life, and risk violating animal cruelty laws....
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jul 18, 10:00pm -
  • What's Happening to Pregnant Women in ICE Detention?
    ICE detention centers have come under fire recently for their treatment of families, most notably for separating young children from their parents. But in a little publicized situation, families-to-be are suffering an equally devastating situation. .…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jul 18, 7:16pm -
  • Is It Time to Update Your Employee Time-Off Policy?
    When competing for top talent, having a generous time-off policy is important. Is it time for your business to updated your policy?...
    - 2 days ago, 16 Jul 18, 6:00pm -
  • Can Medical Marijuana Users Own Guns?
    Owning a gun is legal in all 50 states (some restrictions may apply). Medical marijuana has been legalized, to some extent, by 40 states (with six more on the way). But doing those two legal things at the same time is illegal, according to the Bureau…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Jul 18, 1:00pm -
  • FindLaw's New 5in5 Podcast: The Five Biggest Legal Cases in Just Five Minutes
    We've all got our podcast libraries by now that can save us during our daily commutes, distance runs, or even dishwashing at night. You might have some comedy casts to brighten your day, a couple sports shows for scores and analysis, and maybe some l…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Jul 18, 12:58pm -
  • Beware of Summer Jobs That Abuse Clock-In Rules
    One of the major labor law violations they fall prey to is clock-in rules. What are these? If you have to ask, you may have already fallen victim to them....
    - 2 days ago, 16 Jul 18, 12:58pm -
  • Your NutriBullet Blender May Blow Up, Lawsuit Claims
    Over 100 claims have been filed against the makers of NutriBullet alleging the machine malfunctions and explodes under normal use, causing first degree burns, severe cuts, and even knocking out teeth. ...
    - 2 days ago, 16 Jul 18, 12:56pm -
  • New Predatory Loan Scheme: Private Equity Firms Just Mailing Checks to Poor People
    You may have heard about predatory payday loans, wherein lenders give consumers cash advances based on their payroll and employment records. These loans often come with exorbitant interest rates, leading consumers to borrow more money, diving deeper…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 9:48pm -
  • Cruise Ship Sued for No-Slip Flooring Injury
    No good deed goes unpunished. That's what a Virginia dinner cruise line must be thinking, after it was hit by a lawsuit from one of it's passengers for, ironically, a no-slip-and-fall. While playing cornhole on an area of the ship with no-slip floori…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 7:10pm -
  • What Are the Rights of Deaf Inmates?
    Few people imagine prison as a pleasant place to be. Now imagine being incarcerated without your ability to hear. On top of that, try complying with court-ordered programs, advocating for your release, or even navigating the complex social structures…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 7:00pm -

Law and Daily Life

  • BreakingUpdate on Immigrant Family Reunification
    It may be hard to keep up with all the latest legal developments and policy reversals concerning the "zero tolerance" immigration policy, so here are three recent updates on reunification efforts for immigrant families. Read more on FindLaw Legal Blo…
    - 9 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 9:55pm -
  • Should the Government Use Facial Recognition? ACLU, Microsoft Want Answers
    Of course law enforcement agencies want every tool available to fight crime. But which tools and technologies should be available to law enforcement? The eternal tug-of-war between the safety interest in crime-fighting and the privacy interests of ci…
    - 14 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 5:15pm -
  • What's Happening to Pregnant Women in ICE Detention?
    ICE detention centers have come under fire recently for their treatment of families, most notably for separating young children from their parents. But in a little publicized situation, families-to-be are suffering an equally devastating situation.
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jul 18, 7:16pm -
  • Beware of Summer Jobs That Abuse Clock-In Rules
    One of the major labor law violations they fall prey to is clock-in rules. What are these? If you have to ask, you may have already fallen victim to them.
    - 2 days ago, 16 Jul 18, 12:58pm -
  • When Is It Too Late to Enroll My Child in School?
    We know -- summer is here. Which means you and your family are in the throes of summer vacation. But if you happen to be moving this summer or you have a child about to start kindergarten, you're probably...
    - 5 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 6:58pm -
  • Summer Child Custody Dispute: When to Seek Mediation
    The easiest way to handle a summer child custody dispute is to have the parents work together to find a solution. But sometimes mediation is necessary.
    - 5 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 1:00pm -
  • The FDA Has a FAQ on Medical Marijuana: Here Are the Highlights
    Considering the movement among states to legalize marijuana, the FDA's new FAQ can be a fascinating and illuminating read. Here are some of the highlights.
    - 5 days ago, 12 Jul 18, 9:49pm -
  • Federal Judge: There Is No Constitutional Right to Literacy
    Last year, students in the Detroit Public School system sued the State of Michigan, claiming "their school buildings, unlike those of other Michigan students, are replete with conditions 'that make learning nearly impossible' ... that their schools,…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Jul 18, 5:19pm -
  • Poor Plaintiffs Have Right to Free Court Reporter in California
    Budgetary cuts have hit state and local governments hard. One recent victim of the cuts is county-funded court reporters. Around 2012, many counties in California, including San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange, stopped providing court reporters in sup…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 12:57pm -
  • 5 Fun Facts About SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
    With all the news about the recent Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, many people might be wondering just what kind of person he really is, particularly as he is so young at just 53 years old. For non-lawyers,...
    - 7 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 7:30pm -
  • Lawsuit Seeks to Put 'Teddy Bear' Back on Endangered Species List
    Teddy Bears may soon go the way of dinosaurs. No, we don't mean those cuddly stuffed ones your kids have given up for cell phones. Teddy Bears are black bears, native to Louisiana, and named after President Theodore Roosevelt. He...
    - 8 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 12:58pm -
  • Can Your Passport Be Denied If You Owe Taxes?
    Imagine having your passport revoked for failing to pay your federal income taxes. As surprising as it sounds, Congress granted the IRS the right to do just that in 2015.Starting in February of 2018, the Agency has been sending the...
    - 8 days ago, 9 Jul 18, 7:09pm -
  • When You Have to Call the Police
    In many cases, calling the cops is discretionary -- there may be times when you should call the police, and times when you shouldn't. But there are some instances when you are legally required to contact law enforcement, and...
    - 9 days ago, 9 Jul 18, 1:00pm -
  • When You Should Call the Police
    As we documented earlier this week, some people seem to be a little overeager to call the cops. And while there are times when you don't need to call the police, there are obviously some times when you should....
    - 12 days ago, 5 Jul 18, 9:56pm -
  • When You Shouldn't Call the Police
    Much has been made lately about some specious calls to the police, the most famous involving a white woman reporting a black family for using a charcoal grill in a "non-charcoal" zone of a public park in Oakland. (Other...
    - 13 days ago, 5 Jul 18, 12:57pm -

Legal Grounds

  • What Do Cops Have to Do to Get Their Gun Taken Away?
    With all the news of police shootings, many of which involve innocent or unarmed civilians and are caught on video, we might find it easy to rush to judgment of law enforcement officers after a firearm incident. But who...Continue reading this artic…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jul 18, 7:07pm -
  • Facebook Flags Part of Declaration of Independence as Hate Speech; Drops Treason Tag
    The Declaration of Independence, as the ratification of the thirteen American colonies' war against Great Britain, was seen as an act of treason at the time. And while the phrase "hate speech" wasn't in common parlance in the late...Continue reading…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 6:48pm -
  • Can I Get Arrested for My Lava Selfie?
    Yes! Allow us to elaborate. The recent eruptions of the Kilauea volcano on Hawai'i have shown us the beauty and devastation of nature. As gorgeous as lava eruptions and flows can be, however, they tend to be a tad...Continue reading this article, an…
    - 21 days ago, 27 Jun 18, 6:59pm -
  • Florida Man Transports Zoo to His Apartment, Gets Arrested
    'We have made an arrest in the case of the missing animals,' Santa Fe College Police Captain Ryan Woods said in a statement. 'Our investigation is continuing, and we are still concerned for the safety of the missing animals...Continue reading this a…
    - 35 days ago, 13 Jun 18, 5:26pm -
  • Tesla Model S Autopilots Itself Into a Parked Police Car
    The last thing you want, if you're a maker of self-driving cars, is for one of those self-driving cars to crash. People don't want to ride in a self-driving car that crashes. Understandable, right? But some crashes are inevitable....Continue reading…
    - 43 days ago, 5 Jun 18, 5:42pm -
  • Is That Friend Request From an Undercover Cop?
    The cops are on social media. We repeat: the cops are on social media. They have access to your Facebook photos. They're getting your info from Twitter. They can use fake social media accounts to gather intel, and can...Continue reading this article…
    - 47 days ago, 1 Jun 18, 12:56pm -
  • Can I Yell at Other Drivers With My Own PA System?
    Who hasn't dreamt about using a public address system in their car? Whether it's to politely chastise the guy who cut you off, kindly inform that little old lady that you'll wait while she crosses the street, or dutifully remind...Continue reading t…
    - 57 days ago, 22 May 18, 12:58pm -
  • Expensive 'Diabetic Alert Dogs' Lacked Basic Pet Training, Lawsuit Claims
    Imagine you payed thousands of dollars for a heart monitor that could detect when you were about to have a heart attack. Except, instead of doing that, it peed on your expensive sofa and chewed through your new shoes. That's...Continue reading this…
    - 63 days ago, 16 May 18, 5:59pm -
  • Kansas City Sued for Auctioning Impounded Vehicles Without Notifying Owners
    Looking for a great deal on a pre-owned vehicle? Tired of negotiating with those uppity, big-time salespeople? Having trouble getting approved for a car loan and want to pay cash instead? Well come on down to Kansas City's impounded...Continue readi…
    - 70 days ago, 8 May 18, 7:20pm -
  • Louisiana Police Chief's Wife Gets DUI, but Not in His Patrol Car at Least
    As the Advocate in Baton Rouge put it in January, when a local police chief's wife was spotted behind the wheel of his patrol car in the annual Christmas parade, it led to a few raised eyebrows. When she...Continue reading this article, and get more…
    - 84 days ago, 24 Apr 18, 7:15pm -
  • School's 'Scared Straight' Program Backfires, Leads to Assault by Fake Cop, Lawsuit Claims
    As a school administrator, a good rule of thumb is to avoid so-called "scared straight" programs intended to intimidate students. Also, you don't want to invite police impersonators onto campus to carry out said intimidation. And, most importantly, y…
    - 91 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 5:15pm -
  • The Kids Are Alright (to Proceed With Climate Change Lawsuit Against Government)
    There's no doubt the children are our future. But with the drastic effects of climate change looming, their future is looking bleak, environmentally speaking. So what can be done? Sue the adults! At least, those adults in charge of...Continue readin…
    - 95 days ago, 13 Apr 18, 7:52pm -
  • Man Claims He Never 'Came Back From Heaven,' Sues Publisher Over Account
    Alex Malarkey was just five years old when he was paralyzed in a car accident with his father, Kevin. Alex spent two months in a coma in 2004, and after waking up, allegedly recounted a tale of being taken...Continue reading this article, and get mo…
    - 98 days ago, 11 Apr 18, 5:30pm -
  • Woman Wins $560M Powerball, Sues for Anonymity
    You wish you had problems like this. The New Hampshire woman who hit the $560 million Powerball jackpot last month has sued the state's lottery commission -- asking to remain anonymous. Her lawsuit claims disclosure would "constitute a significant in…
    - 7 Feb 18, 9:55pm -
  • German Shepherd Receives Unemployment Benefits
    A Michigan German Shepherd is in the news after being approved for $360 a week in unemployment benefits. It's a story that inserts a cute, cuddly pet into the real-world problem of an apparent state benefits fraud scheme....Continue reading this art…
    - 2 Feb 18, 10:57pm -