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  • Convictions Lost in Translation: Spanish-Language DUI Rights Form 'Unlawfully Coercive'
    When you're being read your rights and advised of the law, you want that information to be accurate; especially if English isn't your native tongue and you're relying on a translation of your rights. But a Massachusetts woman is claiming that a local…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Oct 17, 12:56pm -
  • Is Your Tiny House Violating Zoning Laws?
    There is a common misconception among some property owners that once you buy the land, you can do whatever you want with it. Those property owners often find local, state, and federal zoning laws a rude awakening. Even those people trying to live as…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Oct 17, 9:56pm -
  • Civil Lawsuits for Sexual Assault, Harassment: Top 10 Cases and Questions
    If there is anything positive to be taken from the horrific Harvey Weinstein revelations, it's that more victims of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment -- both male and female -- are coming forward with their stories. And as more stories are…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Oct 17, 6:56pm -
  • Supreme Court Dismisses 1 of 2 Travel Ban Cases
    In one of the two closely watched and highly controversial travel ban cases that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up on review this term, an order of dismissal has been issued. However, the dismissal only applies to Executive Order 13,780, a.k.a…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Oct 17, 5:20pm -
  • Former Weinstein Lawyer Translates Sexual Harassment to 'Workplace Misconduct'
    The attorney-advisor for Harvey Weinstein, of the Weinstein Company, and Hollywood producer fame, just quit. Lisa Bloom, who gave an interview to Good Morning America, has been credited with calling the actions of Harvey Weinstein "gross." Additional…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Oct 17, 12:58pm -
  • Can You Sue Airbnb If You're Filmed Without Permission?
    The fact that an Indiana couple found hidden cameras in their Florida Airbnb rental, and that local law enforcement believes dozens of renters at the same location may have been illegally captured on video going back years, is distressing. But it's n…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 9:56pm -
  • Top Insurance Tips After Fire Damage
    As fires in Sonoma County, California rage on, the first concern is safety: getting residents out of harm's way and getting injured residents necessary medical treatment. And when the flames are out, people will turn to rebuilding and compensation fo…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 9:43pm -
  • Six Tips on Sexual Harassment at Work
    By all accounts Harvey Weinstein left a trail of sexual harassment, assault, and rape a mile and decades wide before being fired by his company's board of directors this weekend. The board claims it only just found out about Weinstein's behavior, but…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 7:14pm -
  • Watch Out for Bogus Charities After Las Vegas Shooting
    After a national tragedy, like the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, you may want to reach deep into your pocketbook to help the victims, or donate to related causes. However, before you decide to donate, you may wan…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 6:00pm -
  • Can a Student Be Punished for Peaceful Protest?
    The morning of Monday, October 2, 2017, Windfern High School Principal Martha Strother witnessed senior student India Landry sitting during the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance over the school's intercom. Landry had allegedly been sitting through…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 5:12pm -
  • Federal Judge: Housing Tax Break for Clergy Violates Establishment Clause
    Churches and religious organizations get some perks when it comes to paying taxes. In fact, 501(c)(3) organizations can be tax exempt, if they follow certain rules. And members of the clergy can get certain tax breaks as well. Or at least they could…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Oct 17, 9:47pm -
  • Sheriff Indicted for Massive Warrantless High School Drug Search
    Maybe Worth County, Georgia Sheriff Jeff Hobby watched Lean on Me one too many times. In that movie, high school principal Morgan Freeman violates fire codes and countless other laws in order to keep his students safe from drug dealers. Perhaps that'…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Oct 17, 8:15pm -
  • Supreme Court Helps Consumers With Electronics Warranties
    Let's be honest, most of us aren't reading every word of our warranties, and we're certainly not doing it before we purchase a product. And while that might save us a ton of time, it may cost us our ability to take companies to court if their product…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Oct 17, 6:56pm -
  • Could Mandalay Bay Be Liable in Las Vegas Mass Shooting?
    Lawsuits seem to follow any tragedy. And when the person most directly responsible for the tragedy is no longer alive -- as is the case in so many mass shootings -- victims look for someone to hold legally accountable. Schools and movie theaters have…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Oct 17, 1:00pm -
  • Can You Fire Employees for Shopping on the Job?
    The majority of employment arrangements are at-will, meaning an employer can fire an employee for any reason or no reason at all. But there are exceptions to that rule, and some reasons for firing are illegal. And there may be some hoops an employer…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Oct 17, 12:57pm -
  • Top 3 Cases for Small Businesses at the Supreme Court This Term
    Most entrepreneurs have a laser focus on their companies, and that doesn't leave a whole lot of time to keep up with the latest legal cases. (After all, that's what they pay their attorneys for.) But small business owners are going to have a big inte…
    - 8 days ago, 9 Oct 17, 7:07pm -
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General Sues Nation's Largest Student Loan Servicer
    Less than a year after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a federal lawsuit accusing the largest student loan servicing company in the country of "systemically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment," the Pennsylvania…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Oct 17, 9:58pm -
  • Mom Jailed for Not Vaccinating Son
    Vaccinations have been a hot topic for years now, and even with little evidence they are harmful to children, many parents are choosing to not vaccinate their kids. And for the most part, that's OK, legally speaking. But there are a few exceptions to…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Oct 17, 9:58pm -
  • Lawsuit: Mississippi Hospital Liable for Sex Assault by Paramedic
    Hospitals, and the medical professionals they employ, are supposed to be the places and people we can turn to for care, cure, and comfort. Sadly, in doesn't always work out that way. Hospitals can make mistakes and their employees can abuse their pow…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Oct 17, 5:07pm -
  • Former Student Claims School Punished Her for Atheistic Views
    Any time a 4.1 GPA student claims teachers and school administrators 'threatened, punished and censored her, for expressing her opinions on religion, abortion, sex education, and drug education in an attempt to chill, deter and restrict (her) from fr…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Oct 17, 4:58pm -

Law and Daily Life

  • Trump's Health Care Executive Order: A Quick Overview
    After three failed attempts by Congress to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump took matters into his own hands last week, signing an executive order reshaping how people get insurance through work and threatening to end federal subsidies to insu…
    - 20 hours ago, 16 Oct 17, 7:08pm -
  • Is Your Tiny House Violating Zoning Laws?
    There is a common misconception among some property owners that once you buy the land, you can do whatever you want with it. Those property owners often find local, state, and federal zoning laws a rude awakening. Even those people...
    - 4 days ago, 13 Oct 17, 9:56pm -
  • Top Insurance Tips After Fire Damage
    As fires in Sonoma County, California rage on, the first concern is safety: getting residents out of harm's way and getting injured residents necessary medical treatment. And when the flames are out, people will turn to rebuilding and compensation fo…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 9:43pm -
  • Can a Student Be Punished for Peaceful Protest?
    The morning of Monday, October 2, 2017, Windfern High School Principal Martha Strother witnessed senior student India Landry sitting during the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance over the school's intercom. Landry had allegedly been sitting through…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 5:12pm -
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General Sues Nation's Largest Student Loan Servicer
    Less than a year after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a federal lawsuit accusing the largest student loan servicing company in the country of "systemically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment," the Pennsylvania…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Oct 17, 9:58pm -
  • Former Student Claims School Punished Her for Atheistic Views
    Any time a 4.1 GPA student claims teachers and school administrators 'threatened, punished and censored her, for expressing her opinions on religion, abortion, sex education, and drug education in an attempt to chill, deter and restrict (her) from fr…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Oct 17, 4:58pm -
  • What Is Partial Unemployment?
    Losing a job ain't fun. Even losing a bunch of hours can be stressful. After all, you still have bills to pay, and last I checked your landlord, phone, and cable company don't adjust their rates based on your income....
    - 12 days ago, 5 Oct 17, 5:54pm -
  • Social Media Travel Alert: There's No First Amendment in the EU
    In America, we pride ourselves on our freedom of speech, and readily point to how much we support the First Amendment, even when it protects speech we don't like, like racist, sexist, or fascist ideas. But the Constitution and the...
    - 13 days ago, 4 Oct 17, 5:57pm -
  • What Can I Do If My Landlord Breaks a Lease Agreement?
    Just like any other contract, a lease agreement binds both parties, landlord and tenant, to abide by its terms. And, just like any other contract, a lease agreement can be broken. And while most of us are familiar with the...
    - 15 days ago, 2 Oct 17, 8:14pm -
  • Trump Waives Jones Act: What Is It, What Does It Mean for Puerto Rico?
    It took President Trump six days to address the devastation that Hurricane Maria wreaked on Puerto Rico, a United States territory. And even then, the messages have been mixed. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security said it did not...
    - 18 days ago, 29 Sep 17, 5:13pm -
  • Lying About Child Custody: What Are the Consequences?
    There's no doubt that child custody determinations can be hotly contested battles between parents. So it's probably not surprising that not all parents play by the rules. Even though it may come from a place of love and caring for...
    - 19 days ago, 28 Sep 17, 5:57pm -
  • DHS Looks to Collect Social Media Info for All Immigrants
    A new rule will allow the Department of Homeland Security to gather social media information for immigrants, including "social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results." While this might seem like a normal updat…
    - 20 days ago, 27 Sep 17, 7:00pm -
  • Should I Have an Annual Legal Checkup With a Lawyer?
    We know an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and even then, we know regular checkups with our doctor are healthy. We go to the dentist every six months (or at least we should) to make sure our teeth...
    - 20 days ago, 27 Sep 17, 1:00pm -
  • ACLU: Michigan Adoption Agencies Discriminating Against Same-Sex Couples
    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services, claiming the agency allows state-contracted and taxpayer-funded child placement agencies to use religious objections as…
    - 22 days ago, 25 Sep 17, 6:59pm -
  • Top 5 Legal Tips Before Eloping
    You want to get married on the fly, possibly in secret. But that doesn't mean you can't put some planning into your elopement. And if you want your secret marriage to last, in the legal sense at least, you'll want...
    - 26 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 7:57pm -

Legal Grounds

  • Middle Fingers and Free Speech: Who Can You Flip the Bird To, and When?
    Icons from Steve Jobs to Mike Ditka have done it; perhaps Johnny Cash did it best. There is something primeval about flipping the bird, like it was the first, finest, and most simple and complete insult we ever learned and...Continue reading this ar…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Oct 17, 4:56pm -
  • Texas Man on Most-Wanted List Shows off Guns on Instagram, Gets Arrested
    We often warn people going on vacation to not be so busy on social media, for fear of tipping off potential burglars. Well, the same advice might apply to criminals on the run from Johnny Law. Texas police tracked down...Continue reading this articl…
    - 21 days ago, 26 Sep 17, 12:57pm -
  • Do You Need Libel Insurance for Your Angry Tweets?
    So we all like to vent online, and Twitter provides a worldwide platform for some epic rants. Look no further than our Commander in Chief for evidence of that. Given that the targets of those rants are people, and that...Continue reading this articl…
    - 55 days ago, 23 Aug 17, 8:14pm -
  • No-Sugar Diet: Florida 'Sugardaddy' Handing Out Cards Seeking 'Sugarbaby' Banned From Beach
    "Sugardaddy seeking his sugarbaby ... Ask me about your monthly allowance." Seems innocuous enough, right? After all, it's 2017 -- alternative relationship are accepted, if not celebrated, and some legal experts are even recommending sugar daddies as…
    - 70 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 12:59pm -
  • Is It Illegal to Shoot Out the Tires of Service Trucks on Your Street?
    If I told you a man was captured on cell phone video circling two AT&T service trucks and calmly firing round after round from a revolver into the trucks' tires, then asked you to name the state, I doubt you'd...Continue reading this article, an…
    - 83 days ago, 26 Jul 17, 5:59pm -
  • 'Rather Be in Jail Than at Home' Bank Robber Gets House Arrest Instead
    Every relationship has its ups and downs, and sometimes we just need a little break from a loved one to get some relief and some perspective. And other times we tell our wife we'd "rather be in jail than at...Continue reading this article, and get m…
    - 21 Jun 17, 10:00pm -
  • Beer-Bribing Judge Gets Probation
    Remember Judge Arnold Ogden Jones II of Wayne County, North Carolina? Maybe not. As a reminder, he was the esteemed jurist who tried to obtain his wife's text messages by offering an FBI agent "a couple cases of beer" and...Continue reading this art…
    - 25 May 17, 5:56pm -
  • If You Report Yourself Too Drunk to Drive, Will You Get Arrested?
    Probably. And you might get your friend arrested, too. Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, Friendswood Police announced they arrested Marissa Ann Sluss and her friend, Hannah Marie Webb after Sluss called the police on herself and admitted to.…
    - 15 May 17, 1:00pm -
  • Can I Order Pizza to My Jail Cell?
    Yes! If you're an inmate in the medium security wing of Chicago's Cook County Jail, that is. But don't expect one of the city's iconic deep dish pies -- it's thin crust only on the menu. And you better trust...Continue reading this article, and get…
    - 12 May 17, 5:58pm -
  • Silicon Valley's Crime-Fighting Robot Drunkenly Battered in Mall Parking Lot
    It's no R2-D2, but the Knightscope Autonomous Data Machine is a pretty cool droid. According to its manufacturer and this dubstep-soundtracked trailer, the K5 can use 360-degree video, thermal imaging sensors, a laser range finder and radar, and even…
    - 27 Apr 17, 5:58pm -
  • Is Your Uber Driver Sober?
    Probably not the question you want to ask yourself as your rideshare rolls up, but after California's Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division (CPED) fined Uber $1.13 million for failing to investigate reports of inebriated drivers, you might wan…
    - 18 Apr 17, 5:59pm -
  • Vanburglar to Hamburglar: 8-Yr-Old Steals Parents' Van to Get to McDonald's
    You know that feeling -- you're eight years old and craving that McDonald's cheeseburger, and you're four-year-old sister wants one too, but your parents are asleep and can't get you to the drive thru. Now, some of us might've just...Continue readin…
    - 17 Apr 17, 1:00pm -
  • Pennsylvania High School Suspends Almost Half Its Students ... for Missing Class
    Harrisburg High School's new principal wanted to get the attention of students who were skipping class and their parents. "Many parents send their kids to school and they're thinking they're going to class," Lisa Love told the Patriot-News. "I needed…
    - 5 Apr 17, 5:56pm -
  • You Butter Believe It! Dunkin' Donuts Settles Bagel Buttering Lawsuit
    In what is being heralded as major win for those that want to eat healthier, but not too much healthier, nearly two dozen Dunkin' Donuts locations in Massachusetts will stop giving customers margarine, or butter substitute, when those customers...Co…
    - 3 Apr 17, 5:59pm -
  • Disorder in the Court! Security Officer Caught Snapping Photo of Attorney's Notes
    "It's outrageous," defense attorney Sherry Tash told the Kennebec Journal. "He is one of the people who's supposed to protect the sanctity of the courtroom, and he goes and does this." The "he" to whom Tash is referring is Sgt....Continue reading th…
    - 8 Mar 17, 6:57pm -