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  • Cops Can't Force Phones Unlocked With Face and Fingerprints
    In a landmark ruling, a federal district court judge in Northern California ruled that police cannot force people to use biometrics to unlock their phones without a specific warrant. As technology advances, some are worried about their invasion of pr…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jan 19, 11:30pm -
  • 3 Popular Side Hustles That Are (Still) Illegal
    These days, everyone's talking about a side hustle, either doing one, fixin' to do one, or just daydreaming about the possibilities. Side hustles take up a lot of spare time, but can make you a lot of spare money too! If you're thinking about joining…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jan 19, 11:05pm -
  • Domino's Pizza Ordered to Make Website Accessible
    The Ninth Circuit put in its order to Domino's, but it wasn't for pizza, or even chicken wings. It was to get its website and mobile app compliant with the American Disability Act so that the visually impaired could have full use of their site, inclu…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jan 19, 7:53pm -
  • This Oreo Lawsuit Might Have Huge Implications for Cyber Insurance
    Lawyers love to haggle over definitions, and insurance companies love to get out of paying out policies. So imagine the conversations brewing over the Oreo-NotPetya lawsuit.NotPetya is ransomeware that infected millions of computers in 2017, causing…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jan 19, 10:48pm -
  • What's a Violent Felony? Supreme Court Just Lowered the Standard
    Repeated violent felonies can have dire consequences for some criminals. Many states, and the federal government, have three-strike type rules that require mandatory sentencing for certain convictions post-third-strike. Therefore, defendants can, and…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jan 19, 7:40pm -
  • Consumer Protection Websites Are Down as Gov. Shutdown Continues
    As the old saying goes, "problems" roll downhill, and at the bottom of The Hill's federal shutdown are consumers. Numerous governmental entities, products, and services that protect consumer interests have been shuttered. None have mentioned any date…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jan 19, 6:20pm -
  • Federal Judge Blocks Employers From Opting Out of Birth Control Coverage
    At the eleventh hour, one judge in Philadelphia blocked employers from opting out of providing birth control coverage to employees.The Trump Administration, specifically the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Treasury, iss…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 9:30pm -
  • Chicago Airbnb Hosts Lack Standing in Class Action, Court Rules
    In 2016, the Chicago City Council passed a very lengthy ordinance that governs home-sharing agreements, placing certain requirements on the host and host-sharing platform. A group of individual Chicago residents and a home-sharing advocacy group join…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 8:30pm -
  • When Is It Too Late to Sign Up for Obamacare?
    For those that don't already have health insurance through their employer, the Affordable Care Act provides a marketplace for insurance plans. Known more broadly as Obamacare, the ACA also requires everyone to have some health insurance plan while gu…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 8:25pm -
  • When Should You Call the Police Over Hate Mail?
    People can be downright nasty, especially in this age of social media. Though people have a First Amendment right to speak their minds, that right is limited. As the old saying goes, "Your right to swing your arms stops at my nose." If you are the re…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 7:10pm -
  • 3 Tax Tips for Business Partnerships
    If you are involved in a business partnership, you already know that the business itself doesn't pay taxes. Rather, in a partnership, tax liabilities flow directly on to the individual tax return of each partner, based on the partnership agreement. N…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Jan 19, 8:13pm -
  • Is U.S. Immigration Aiding Underage Sex Trafficking?
    The United States government has potentially blessed over 8,000 underage sex trafficking cases in the past 10 years through its immigration portal, according to a recent report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.In a c…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Jan 19, 8:10pm -
  • Construction Worker Sues for Disney Animal Kingdom Injury
    A bit of mystery surrounds a lawsuit filed by construction worker Robert Howard against Disney, MLC Theming, and Total Demolition Services. Howard alleges that dangerous conditions at his worksite located within Disney World's Animal Kingdom created…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Jan 19, 12:09am -
  • Former Oregon Footballer Sues Coaches, School, NCAA for Workout Injuries
    Depending on who you ask, a series of workouts imposed by then-new Oregon football coach Willie Taggart in January 2017 were either "a physically impossible exercise regimen of squats and told the student athletes that the workout 'would demonstrate…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Jan 19, 9:00pm -
  • How Are Cops Collecting, Sharing Travel Patterns?
    Big brother is watching you more than you think. And not only watching, but sharing that information with others. Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) are the main mechanism behind the collection of travel data. These readers are mounted on cop ca…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Jan 19, 7:45pm -
  • Iowa's 'Ag-Gag' Law Struck Down
    Ag-gag laws are intended to muzzle the voices of undercover journalists and animal rights activist looking to expose certain unethical practices in the agricultural community. Often, these journalists and activists use false pretenses in order to gai…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Jan 19, 6:40pm -
  • Mandatory Court Fees Ruled Unconstitutional Against Poor Californians
    Imagine trying to dig your way out of the mud without a shovel. Or stuck in an endless loop with no one to pull you out. That's how indigent people feel when faced with mandatory court fees for criminal convictions. But one court is putting a stop to…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Jan 19, 6:20pm -
  • Athlete's Suicide Blamed on Sorority Hazing in Lawsuit
    All suicides are tragic, but especially ones that could have been prevented. Jordan Hankins' may fall into that category. Hankins, a sophomore guard for the Northwestern University women's basketball team, was found hung in her dorm room nearly two y…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 10:56pm -
  • What to Do If You Suspect Neighbors of Child Abuse
    Suspecting child abuse is one of the most painful things an adult can endure. You fear the stakes are high if you call it in, regardless of whether or not you are correct. However, public policy has changed to encourage reporting, and if you truly su…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 9:20pm -
  • DC 'LOVE' Act Allows Marriage Licenses During Shutdown
    During the federal shutdown, some things endure. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these romantics from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.We aren't lauding the Postal Service. We're talking about love that endures.…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 9:10pm -

Law and Daily Life

  • What Is Subornation of Perjury?
    Subornation of perjury is a fancy legal name for inducing someone else to lie under oath, and then that person, when called as a witness, goes through with the lie. It's a two-pronged criminal offense requiring inducement by one...
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jan 19, 8:20pm -
  • 3 Popular Side Hustles That Are (Still) Illegal
    These days, everyone's talking about a side hustle, either doing one, fixin' to do one, or just daydreaming about the possibilities. Side hustles take up a lot of spare time, but can make you a lot of spare money...
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jan 19, 11:05pm -
  • When Is It Too Late to Sign Up for Obamacare?
    For those that don't already have health insurance through their employer, the Affordable Care Act provides a marketplace for insurance plans. Known more broadly as Obamacare, the ACA also requires everyone to have some health insurance plan while gu…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 8:25pm -
  • Is U.S. Immigration Aiding Underage Sex Trafficking?
    The United States government has potentially blessed over 8,000 underage sex trafficking cases in the past 10 years through its immigration portal, according to a recent report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.In a c…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Jan 19, 8:10pm -
  • Mandatory Court Fees Ruled Unconstitutional Against Poor Californians
    Imagine trying to dig your way out of the mud without a shovel. Or stuck in an endless loop with no one to pull you out. That's how indigent people feel when faced with mandatory court fees for criminal...
    - 9 days ago, 11 Jan 19, 6:20pm -
  • DC 'LOVE' Act Allows Marriage Licenses During Shutdown
    During the federal shutdown, some things endure. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these romantics from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.We aren't lauding the Postal Service. We're talking about love that endures..…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 9:10pm -
  • When Is It Too Late to Sign a Prenup?
    In 1993, Jeff Bezos married MacKenzie Tuttle. While he already had a successful career at hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co., this was about a year before Bezos would launch a little online bookstore out of his Seattle garage. Amazon...
    - 11 days ago, 9 Jan 19, 9:53pm -
  • Can I Legally Sign With an X?
    With the advent of electronic signatures, and signatures on electronic devices that in no way resemble what was intended, one has to wonder how much signatures even matter. Does it need to resemble my name? And can I legally...
    - 11 days ago, 9 Jan 19, 7:28pm -
  • New Divorce Laws in 2019
    Generally speaking, most people don't check the tax code before deciding to get a divorce. But 2018 might've been a little different. The new tax bill made significant changes to how alimony is taxed, which had many people who might've...
    - 12 days ago, 8 Jan 19, 9:58pm -
  • How Much Does Real Estate Arbitration Cost?
    As the saying goes, good fences make good neighbors. But what happens when you need a little more? Some real estate disputes require third party intermediaries to reach resolution. This can transpire through a simple mediator, or through a more.…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Jan 19, 6:57pm -
  • California Pet Stores May Only Sell Rescue Animals
    If it pushes an industry underground, is it still a good idea? That is the dilemma Californians will soon find out. AB 485 went into effect at the beginning of this year, and makes California the first state to...
    - 13 days ago, 7 Jan 19, 10:56pm -
  • Can I Give My Kids Piercings at Home?
    For many parents and children, ear piercings are a rite of passage. And parents have a few options when it comes to piercing their children's ears. Some pediatricians will offer to do it, professional tattoo and piercing parlors are perhaps...
    - 13 days ago, 7 Jan 19, 7:30pm -
  • Update on the Legal Battle Over Obamacare
    Who, exactly, is the U.S. government, whom do they serve, and who will represent their interests in court? Those questions are brought into sharp relief when discussing Obamacare -- or the Affordable Care Act -- a landmark piece of legislation...
    - 16 days ago, 4 Jan 19, 8:56pm -
  • Birth Certificates in NYC Have General Neutral Option Now
    New York City is now allowing its birthers to designate their own gender on birth certificates. Though this is limited to just those born in New York City, it is a major win for transgender and gender-neutral individuals, since...
    - 16 days ago, 4 Jan 19, 7:57pm -
  • You Must Now Be 21 to Purchase an Assault Rifle in Washington
    Semi-automatic rifles, the weapon of choice for mass shootings, will now be as hard to buy as a pistol in the state of Washington. Voters approved I-1639, an initiative that will change many facets of gun control in the...
    - 17 days ago, 3 Jan 19, 9:00pm -

Legal Grounds

  • Pound of Meth Found in Apple Store Mystery Package
    The Apple Store in Grand Central Station undoubtedly gets weekly shipments of packages filled with addictive contents. But this summer, one arrived that was quite extraordinary. An incredibly unusual chain of events transpired over the summer, culmin…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jan 19, 1:57pm -
  • Florida Deputy Mails Fake Bomb to Coworker, Evacuates Building, Resigns
    In what other state in this great nation would a sheriff's deputy package toy dynamite in a box, insert a note saying "Boom," and use interoffice mail to send it to his lieutenant as a prank? Former Pinellas County Sheriff's...Continue reading this…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Jan 19, 10:34pm -
  • Go to Jail for Calling Fake Meat 'Meat'?
    Most of us know what we're getting with a veggie or "garden" burger. Tofurky? Not that confusing. After all, the makers of vegetarian animal flesh alternatives would have a tough time reaching their target audience if those alternatives sounded too..…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Jan 19, 9:57pm -
  • D.C. Marriage Clerk Thought New Mexico ID Was 'Foreign'
    "My supervisor and I have verified that New Mexico is a state." Not exactly what you expect to hear from a marriage clerk. Perhaps from a middle schooler clowning around in a geography class, but not a civil servant in...Continue reading this artic…
    - 45 days ago, 6 Dec 18, 6:58pm -
  • Our New Favorite DUI Excuse: 'Because the Jets Suck!'
    Look, we're not saying the New York Jets are a good football team or even an above-average one. The team hasn't made the playoffs since 2010, and has been the butt of jokes for years. In fact, you probably shouldn't...Continue reading this article,…
    - 67 days ago, 14 Nov 18, 10:00pm -
  • Man Sues to Lower Age by 20 Years
    Dismayed by the Tinder prospects for a 69 year old male, Emile Ratelband, a resident of the Netherlands, has petitioned the court to allow him to legally lower his age by 20 years. According to his reasoning, "We live...Continue reading this articl…
    - 69 days ago, 12 Nov 18, 10:10pm -
  • Halloween Stores Stifle Couple's Scary Credit Card Costume Scam
    We all want to celebrate Halloween in our own way. And for some of us, that means thousands of dollars in scary costumes and spooky decorations. That's all well and good, as long as we're actually paying for it. But...Continue reading this article,…
    - 82 days ago, 30 Oct 18, 9:55pm -
  • A Clean Drug Deal? Trio Charged in Soap Trafficking Case
    Perhaps Jason Anderson and Luz Ortega thought they were outsmarting Tarvares Hargrave by cheating him during a drug sale. Maybe they thought they were outsmarting the cops by not actually having drugs for sale. And maybe they didn't even know...Con…
    - 86 days ago, 26 Oct 18, 8:10pm -
  • Washington Judge Overturns Escape Attempt, Chases Down Fleeing Inmates
    In the United States, we normally have a clear separation of powers: the legislative branch makes the laws, the judicial branch interprets them, and the executive branch enforces them. But every now and then, when one branch isn't around to...Conti…
    - 87 days ago, 25 Oct 18, 10:10pm -
  • Alex Trebek Won't Roll Over in Dog Injury Lawsuit
    In July, a California woman filed a lawsuit against Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, claiming his black dog charged at her and her yellow lab, knocked her into traffic, and caused physical, mental, and emotional pain, worry, and anxiety. Last week,...Co…
    - 96 days ago, 16 Oct 18, 5:10pm -
  • Missouri Man Teaches Others How to Remove Ankle Monitor, Gets Arrested
    We're living in the information age, and there is probably no bigger online information-sharing forum than Facebook. So it was that Springfield resident Dustin Barnes, a knowledgeable man with vital knowledge to share, took to Facebook to instruct ot…
    - 9 Oct 18, 7:25pm -
  • Georgia Man Burgles 7 Cars, Falls Asleep in 8th, Gets Arrested
    Theft is exhausting. Just ask Timothy Zacharie, who, after a long night of breaking into eight different cars and pilfering everything from credit cards and IDs to cash and gift cards, finally succumbed to the sweet peace of sleep in...Continue rea…
    - 2 Oct 18, 6:59pm -
  • Woman Who Wrote 'How to Murder Your Husband' Essay Charged With Murdering Husband
    Brophy has been charged with actually killing her husband Daniel, who was found gunned down in a kitchen at the Oregon Culinary Institute this summer.Continue reading this article, and get more legal news with an attitude, at FindLaw.com.
    - 20 Sep 18, 10:10pm -
  • Man Buys $7K Worth of Domino's Pizza With Dead Neighbor's Debit Card
    There's a fine line between utilitarianism and theft. On the one side, you have some unused resources going to waste when they could be used to help others. On the other, you have a guy breaking into his dead neighbor's...Continue reading this arti…
    - 19 Sep 18, 1:00pm -
  • Please Pull Ahead: Florida Couple Installs Drive-Thru Drug Window on Trailer Home
    We hear all the time about the virtues of taking control of your destiny, starting your own business, being your own boss, etc. -- real rags-to-riches glory. And then when you go out on your own and start dealing drugs...Continue reading this artic…
    - 11 Sep 18, 6:00pm -