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  • BreakingWhat's the Penalty for Laptop Theft?
    Stealing a laptop comes in so many forms: breaking into a car or a home, or simply grabbing one that is in plain sight from an unsuspecting, or tuned-out, owner. What's the crime for laptop theft? That depends on the jurisdiction and the laptop, but…
    - 8 hours ago, 15 Oct 18, 9:56pm -
  • BreakingWhen Is It Too Late to Challenge a Traffic Ticket?
    You didn't think you were speeding. You definitely had your blinker on. And there's no way you rolled through that stop sign without stopping. But here you are, pulled over on the side of the road, with an officer writing you a traffic ticket. She's…
    - 8 hours ago, 15 Oct 18, 9:50pm -
  • BreakingHarry Potter Amusement Park Ride Lawsuit Settles
    Tommy Fry was stuck on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal Studios Orlando for about an hour back in 2015, when the ride he and his two sons were on malfunctioned. Fry claimed to have been suspended upside down for this time,…
    - 10 hours ago, 15 Oct 18, 7:48pm -
  • BreakingMichigan Man Found Guilty of Assault for Shooting at Teen Asking for Directions
    Homeowners generally have the right to defend themselves and their property in their own home. Specifically, the so-called "castle doctrine" says that a homeowner does not have a duty to retreat if they are in their home, though state laws may limit…
    - 11 hours ago, 15 Oct 18, 7:25pm -
  • BreakingWalmart to Pay $65M Settling Lawsuit Over Cashier Seating
    Walmart cashiers in California won a landmark victory in their class action suit, Brown v. Walmart, for the right to take a seat. Though denying any wrongdoing in this nine-year-old federal case, Walmart agreed to pay $65 million to nearly 100,000 cu…
    - 11 hours ago, 15 Oct 18, 6:40pm -
  • BreakingAirport Safety Whistleblower Wins Settlement
    Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is out nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for failing to listen to one of its manager's safety complaints, and then retaliating against him when slapped with a Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) safety viola…
    - 12 hours ago, 15 Oct 18, 6:30pm -
  • Protect Yourself From Liability This Halloween Night
    Trick or treaters may be descending on your home in droves once the sun sets this Halloween. You may think you have your bases covered with candy and a lit Jack O' Lantern. But before you sit back on the sofa and wait for the doorbell to start ringin…
    - 13 hours ago, 15 Oct 18, 5:15pm -
  • What Is the Airline Passengers With Disabilities Bill of Rights?
    Last week, President Donald Trump signed a package of legislation regarding the Federal Aviation Authority, including a landmark effort to protect the rights of passengers with disabilities on airlines. The Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill o…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Oct 18, 9:47pm -
  • Student Challenges 'Play Up, Stay Up' Rule, Claiming Sex Discrimination
    According to a Kentucky sixth-grader's lawsuit, a rule that limits the movement of boys (but not girls) basketball players between class-delineated teams violates equal protection laws and Title IX. Under the so-called "play up, stay up" rule, male s…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Oct 18, 9:20pm -
  • Halloween Night Has Most Vandalism of the Year
    To get ready for Halloween this year, perhaps put more emphasis on protecting yourself than getting the best mix of candy for trick or treaters. Property crimes increase by around 24 percent on Halloween, according to one study. Of this, 19% is vanda…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Oct 18, 9:20pm -
  • Top 5 Legal Concerns About Common Carrier Liability
    In the wake of the deadliest U.S. transportation-related accident in almost a decade, the operator of the limousine company whose "Frankenstein vehicle" was involved in the crash was arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide. And while…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Oct 18, 7:20pm -
  • Native American Adoption Law Struck Down by Texas Federal Judge
    Native Americans were dealt a severe blow by the federal court in Texas just days before Columbus Day. That court struck down the federal lndian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, governing the adoption of Native America children, which was seen as th…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Oct 18, 7:20pm -
  • Florida Bump Stock Ban Goes Into Effect
    Back in March, Florida passed significant gun control legislation just a month after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Part of that legislation, the ban on possession of bump stocks, went into effect on October…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Oct 18, 7:15pm -
  • Appeals Court Lifts Injunction on Lynyrd Skynyrd Movie
    Street Survivor: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, the movie about the fateful Lynyrd Skynyrd accident that killed three of the band's members, appears headed to a theater near you. Though the lower court initially blocked the film an…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Oct 18, 12:51pm -
  • What Does 'Imputed Income' Mean in Child Support?
    Imputed income is a fancy was of saying "earning potential." In a divorce proceeding, when determining child support, courts will look to see how much each of the parent's can pay to support their children, based on a variety of factors. If the judge…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Oct 18, 9:10pm -
  • Washington Becomes the Latest State to Abolish the Death Penalty
    Washington became the latest state to outlaw the death penalty in the Washington Supreme Court ruling of State v Gregory, in furtherance of Governor Jay Inslee's vow in 2014 to never have another execution while he was in office.The vote was unanimou…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Oct 18, 6:59pm -
  • Underground Drug Trafficker 'OxyMonster' Sentenced to 20 Years
    Gone are the days you went down a dark alley and exchanged $10 for a "dime bag" of weed. Drug dealing has gone international, using the dark web and bitcoin, and they are selling much more than marijuana.Gal Vallerius, a French international drug dea…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Oct 18, 5:05pm -
  • What Is the 'Neighbor Spoofing' Scam?
    There seems to be a new scam born every minute, and this one is tricky, on so many levels. You may have already experienced it, but didn't know it's name. The neighbor spoofing scam is used by con artists and robocallers that call your phone, seeming…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Oct 18, 1:07pm -
  • What to Know About Nevada's New DUI Law
    In most states, after you receive a DUI but before your court date, you are occasionally allowed to drive for about 30 days after the arrest, pending trial. Sometimes, in extreme cases, such as felony DUI, a temporary license won't be issued. But for…
    - 5 days ago, 10 Oct 18, 10:10pm -
  • Best Practices for Your Business's Dress Code
    Drafting a business's handbook is an arduous process, but it's an accomplishment that is often a relief to complete. Right now, it may be time to go back and review your company's dress code section.Social trends and laws in the area of gender equity…
    - 5 days ago, 10 Oct 18, 10:02pm -

Law and Daily Life

  • BreakingWhen Is It Too Late to Challenge a Traffic Ticket?
    You didn't think you were speeding. You definitely had your blinker on. And there's no way you rolled through that stop sign without stopping. But here you are, pulled over on the side of the road, with an officer writing...
    - 8 hours ago, 15 Oct 18, 9:50pm -
  • Protect Yourself From Liability This Halloween Night
    Trick or treaters may be descending on your home in droves once the sun sets this Halloween. You may think you have your bases covered with candy and a lit Jack O' Lantern. But before you sit back on...
    - 13 hours ago, 15 Oct 18, 5:15pm -
  • What Is the Airline Passengers With Disabilities Bill of Rights?
    Last week, President Donald Trump signed a package of legislation regarding the Federal Aviation Authority, including a landmark effort to protect the rights of passengers with disabilities on airlines. The Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill o…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Oct 18, 9:47pm -
  • Native American Adoption Law Struck Down by Texas Federal Judge
    Native Americans were dealt a severe blow by the federal court in Texas just days before Columbus Day. That court struck down the federal lndian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, governing the adoption of Native America children, which...
    - 3 days ago, 12 Oct 18, 7:20pm -
  • What Does 'Imputed Income' Mean in Child Support?
    Imputed income is a fancy was of saying "earning potential." In a divorce proceeding, when determining child support, courts will look to see how much each of the parent's can pay to support their children, based on a variety...
    - 4 days ago, 11 Oct 18, 9:10pm -
  • 5 More States Requiring ID at the Voting Polls
    Five more states have recently joined the ranks of requiring identification to vote at polling places: Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, and Texas. Though federal law has always required first-time voters to show a photo ID, states have not...
    - 5 days ago, 10 Oct 18, 7:54pm -
  • California Passes New Law for Custody of Pets in Divorce
    This law allows courts to assign sole or joint ownership of a pet while considering the pet's well-being. Read more on FindLaw Legal Blogs.
    - 6 days ago, 10 Oct 18, 12:52pm -
  • Voter Registration Roundup: Top 5 Legal Issues
    As you've probably heard by now, the 2018 midterm elections are right around the corner. But you might not be aware that the deadline to register to vote in those elections is fast approaching. In fact, today -- October 9...
    - 6 days ago, 9 Oct 18, 6:36pm -
  • When Is It Too Late to File a Workers' Comp Claim?
    Accidents happen, and when they happen in the workplace, they can leave you too injured to work. And missing work, even for a short time, can be devastating on your finances. Lucky for you, most employers are required to contribute...
    - 7 days ago, 8 Oct 18, 10:10pm -
  • Immigrants Arrested at Marriage Interview 'Traps'
    Imagine going to an official government interview with your spouse to discuss the state of your marriage. Let's be honest, this would be difficult enough for most US citizens, regardless of birth origin. You've prepped for a year, making sure...
    - 7 days ago, 8 Oct 18, 6:22pm -
  • Federal Judge Blocks Trump Effort to Deport Immigrants Protected Under 'TPS' Program
    In yet another setback to Trump administration efforts to curb immigration, a federal judge in California put a temporary hold on deportation efforts aimed at 300,000 immigrants covered under "temporary protected status" designations. Attempts to end…
    - 11 days ago, 5 Oct 18, 5:00pm -
  • Court: 'So Help Me God' May Remain in U.S. Citizenship Oath
    Yes, the Constitution and Bill of Rights generally require the separation of church and state, but references to God remain -- in the Pledge of Allegiance, presidential oath of office, and, as became controversial recently, the U.S. citizenship oath.…
    - 12 days ago, 3 Oct 18, 8:49pm -
  • Could You Be Tricked Into Unlocking Your iPhone With Your Face?
    Apple's iPhones appear to be getting more secure: they've moved from passcodes to fingerprints, and again from fingerprints to facial recognition. But while this may keep your iPhone safer from hackers, it may not keep it safer from law enforcement..…
    - 13 days ago, 2 Oct 18, 8:54pm -
  • When Is It Too Late to File for a Copyright or Patent?
    If you've got a great idea, you want to make sure no one else has already come up with it, and that no one will steal it later. There are a series of statutes, rules, and regulations that can protect...
    - 14 days ago, 1 Oct 18, 7:20pm -
  • Sales Tax vs. Value-Added Tax: What's the Difference?
    Most of us have been exposed to the term "VAT," or Value-Added Tax, when we are vacationing abroad. During the customs declaration process, we're told we can deduct VAT, but that requires a lot of math and saved receipts, and...
    - 18 days ago, 27 Sep 18, 7:06pm -

Legal Grounds

  • 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…
    - 6 days ago, 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 read…
    - 13 days ago, 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.
    - 25 days ago, 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 artic…
    - 27 days ago, 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 articl…
    - 35 days ago, 11 Sep 18, 6:00pm -
  • Canadian Court Cancels Sasquatch Suit: 'Claim Has No Reasonable Prospect of Success'
    Todd Standing, director of "Discovering Bigfoot", has little doubt about the existence of a sasquatch, or some hominoid or primate type of species living within British Columbia. The Canadian court system, however, is not similarly convinced. B.C. Su…
    - 39 days ago, 6 Sep 18, 9:51pm -
  • LOL, P&G Want to Trademark Internet Acronyms. WTF?
    Beware, millennials -- the brands are seizing your means of communication. Or trying to at least. Procter & Gamble Company has apparently filed for trademarks on all our favorite sentences: LOL, WTF, and NBD. FML....Continue reading this article…
    - 46 days ago, 30 Aug 18, 9:57pm -
  • Inflated Pumpkin Collapse Insurance Debacle
    It seems that every time a bounce house is inflated, it's bouncing away with toddlers inside. And our inflatable water slides are being shut down by federal consumer safety commissions. But we just can't stop blowing air into things and...Continue r…
    - 55 days ago, 21 Aug 18, 6:39pm -
  • Crime in Lunch Lady Land: Sisters Skim $500K From Connecticut Cafeterias
    Fifteen years as a lunch lady can be rough. The orthopedic shoes, hairnet, and plastic gloves; after a while, the reheated Salisbury steak doesn't get the same slice of love. But for a pair of sisters working at a...Continue reading this article, an…
    - 60 days ago, 16 Aug 18, 7:15pm -
  • Feds Bust Five in $73M Fake Air Jordan Bust
    You don't need to be a sneaker head to know the value of Air Jordans. Since their release 1984, annual releases of Nike's signature product are anxiously awaited, and some editions of the shoe can cost thousands of dollars on...Continue reading this…
    - 67 days ago, 10 Aug 18, 1:21pm -
  • Texas Trio Steal Shark in Baby Stroller; Get Busted
    And they would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling aquarium goers, and staff, and surveillance video, and tips from the public... In a robbery so brazen and ill-conceived that only the most generous would call...Continue re…
    - 76 days ago, 1 Aug 18, 12:58pm -
  • Amazon Thinks Congress Is Overrun With Criminals
    The Amazon software Rekognition falsely ID'd 28 current congressmembers as criminals. Read more on FindLaw Legal Blogs.Continue reading this article, and get more legal news with an attitude, at FindLaw.com.
    - 80 days ago, 27 Jul 18, 7:44pm -
  • Yes, Planet Fitness Is a 'Judgment Free Zone'; No, You Can't Do Naked Yoga There
    Planet Fitness posts quite a few signs and slogans on its walls, designed to encourage gym-goers and set the tone for workouts. Messages like "You Belong," "No Gymtimidation," and "No Critics" adorn the interior of many Planet Fitness locations,...C…
    - 83 days ago, 25 Jul 18, 12:56pm -
  • 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…
    - 91 days 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…
    - 96 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 6:48pm -