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  • Man With Real Guns, Knives Arrested at Phoenix Comicon
    Comic-Con gatherings give superhero and sci-fi fans the opportunity to dress as their favorite characters and celebrate comic book counterculture. And some of those costumed fans can be carrying impressively accurate portrayals of their characters' f…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 17, 10:22pm -
  • North Carolina Lifts Transgender Bathroom Ban, Gets NBA All-Star Game Back
    Last year, North Carolina passed HB2, a law that prohibited cities within the state from passing anti-LGBT discrimination laws that exceed state protections and mandated that transgender people use public restrooms that correspond with the gender on…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 17, 10:12pm -
  • San Francisco Ban on Public Nudity Ruled Constitutional by Ninth Circuit
    Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to San Francisco's controversial law banning public nudity. The two plaintiffs seeking to overturn the law, Oxane "Gypsy" Taub, and George Davis, both faced prosecution under the law…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 17, 10:01pm -
  • Chipotle Sued for Covering Up Bathroom Spying
    Last month, an 18-year-old manager of a Texas Chipotle was arrested for placing a spy camera in the women's bathroom. Joanny Castillo was charged with invasive visual recording, but that wasn't the end for him or for the company. A new lawsuit claims…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 17, 9:57pm -
  • Tips for Finding Hidden Assets in a Divorce
    Chances are, if you're getting divorced, you already feel like your spouse hasn't told you everything. Especially if you're involved in a high asset divorce, you might get the sense your spouse hasn't told you where all the money is. And chances are,…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 17, 7:57pm -
  • What Is a Secured Creditor?
    Even if your small business is filing for bankruptcy, there may still be some debts you'll need to repay. And who you'll need to repay -- and who you'll need to repay first -- will depend on how your creditors are classified. By the same token, if a…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 17, 6:57pm -
  • Police and School Sued After Interrogated Teen Commits Suicide
    The parents of a deceased 16-year-old high school student in Chicago have sued the police, school, and individually involved personnel, as a result of their son's suicide. Corey Walgren jumped from the fifth floor of a parking garage after being inte…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 17, 6:15pm -
  • Wikimedia Clears Legal Hurdle in Surveillance Suit Against NSA
    Back in March of 2015, Wikimedia, with help from the ACLU, sued the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the entities' surveillance on online communications. This week, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reinsta…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 17, 6:00pm -
  • How to Challenge a Hit and Run Charge
    The penalty for criminal hit and run charges can be much more severe than many people expect. In some jurisdictions, serious jail time can be on the table. That's especially true if a defendant was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or caused a…
    - 2 days ago, 26 May 17, 1:00pm -
  • Top 3 Workplace Protections for Pregnant Employees
    Although nearly all employers, by now, know that discriminating against pregnant employees is illegal, some just don't know how to recognize when it is happening. Pregnancy discrimination occurs more often than most employers expect. Frequently, it i…
    - 2 days ago, 26 May 17, 1:00pm -
  • Judge Rules: You Have to Be a Sibling to Inherit Prince's Wealth
    The rightful heirs to estate of the late artist, Prince, have finally been identified by a Minnesota probate court over a year after his death. However, before they can collect, the rightful heirs are required to wait an additional year for appeals b…
    - 2 days ago, 26 May 17, 12:58pm -
  • 5 Signs of Age Discrimination
    When a person reaches a certain age, to nearly everyone's surprise on their birthday, nothing actually happens. Despite the common misconceptions regarding the differences between younger and older workers, a person's abilities to perform a job are r…
    - 2 days ago, 26 May 17, 12:57pm -
  • 5 Estate Planning Tips for Non-U.S. Citizens
    Estate planning, although necessary, is never fun. Between federal estate taxes and state inheritance laws, designing a plan for your property after death -- and drafting the essential documents -- can be a major headache. Those arrangements can only…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 17, 10:00pm -
  • What Happens When You Don't Comply With a Subpoena?
    Investigations, criminal and otherwise, need cooperative witnesses to supply evidence. In some cases, that assistance is forthcoming -- people report crimes, testify against defendants, or hand over DNA, documents, and other physical evidence. In oth…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 17, 10:00pm -
  • Is Your Online Affiliate Program Being Used to Launder Money?
    Ecommerce can be amazing. With a few simple clicks, a small business can be online in minutes, selling products and services across the globe. However, when it comes to the relatively new area of online affiliate marketing, businesses need to beware…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 17, 6:00pm -
  • Are Anti-Gay Assaults Hate Crimes?
    Nearly every state and the federal government has hate crime statutes that can increase penalties for crimes targeting specific individuals based on immutable characteristics like race, religion, or national origin. But the wording of hate crime laws…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 17, 5:59pm -
  • Dram Shop Lawsuit: 2 Staten Island Establishments Sued for 1 Crash
    In February 2015, two drunk drivers crashed head-on in Staten Island, New York, which left William Cuffee, a passenger in of the driver's vehicles, brain damaged and severely injured. Cuffee's mother, who now cares for her son, recently filed a lawsu…
    - 3 days ago, 25 May 17, 1:00pm -
  • If We Never Married, Do I Have to Pay Child Support?
    Child support is an inescapable obligation. Even if you were never married to your co-parent, the law still requires that a parent provide financial support to the other parent for their child, except in unusual circumstances. This is separate from a…
    - 3 days ago, 25 May 17, 1:00pm -
  • Target Agrees to Pay $18.5M and Change Customer Data Security
    As a result of the 2013 holiday shopping season data breach at Target stores across the country, the retailer has agreed to pay $18.5 million to end a multistate enforcement action. This settlement is reported to be the largest ever in a multistate c…
    - 3 days ago, 25 May 17, 1:00pm -
  • Walmart Sued After Car Crashes Through Store's Front Door Killing 3 Shoppers
    On December 1, 2016, Lindsey Rietveld was shopping at the Walmart store where she worked in Pella, Iowa, when a Ford F-150 pickup truck came crashing through the front door of the store. The truck struck and killed Ms. Rietveld and two others. As a r…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 17, 10:08pm -

Law and Daily Life

  • Tips for Finding Hidden Assets in a Divorce
    Chances are, if you're getting divorced, you already feel like your spouse hasn't told you everything. Especially if you're involved in a high asset divorce, you might get the sense your spouse hasn't told you where all the money is....
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 17, 7:57pm -
  • 5 Signs of Age Discrimination
    When a person reaches a certain age, to nearly everyone's surprise on their birthday, nothing actually happens. Despite the common misconceptions regarding the differences between younger and older workers, a person's abilities to perform a job are r…
    - 2 days ago, 26 May 17, 12:57pm -
  • 5 Estate Planning Tips for Non-U.S. Citizens
    Estate planning, although necessary, is never fun. Between federal estate taxes and state inheritance laws, designing a plan for your property after death -- and drafting the essential documents -- can be a major headache. Those arrangements can only…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 17, 10:00pm -
  • If We Never Married, Do I Have to Pay Child Support?
    Child support is an inescapable obligation. Even if you were never married to your co-parent, the law still requires that a parent provide financial support to the other parent for their child, except in unusual circumstances. This is separate...
    - 3 days ago, 25 May 17, 1:00pm -
  • What to Do When Treated Unfairly at Work: Top 10 FAQ
    Most of us don't want special treatment in the office. We just want to the opportunity to do great work, preferably in a field we enjoy, and be fairly compensated for our labor. But fairness comes in a lot of...
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 17, 9:56pm -
  • Drone Hobbyists Don't Need to Register With FAA, Court Rules
    The US Court of Appeals for D.C. issued a ruling that drone hobbyists are rejoicing over. The 2015 FAA emergency regulation that required all drone and model aircraft users to register their glorified toys was struck down last week....
    - 4 days ago, 24 May 17, 12:58pm -
  • What Is a Chapter 7 Means Test Calculator?
    Any time a person files for bankruptcy, federal courts will apply a means test to see if the debtor qualifies for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The first step in that test is to compare the person’s average monthly income for the...
    - 4 days ago, 23 May 17, 7:00pm -
  • NRA Challenges California Ban on High Capacity Magazines in Federal Court
    Last week, the California arm of the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in San Diego's federal district court challenging the constitutionality of the state's recent ban on high capacity magazines. This is the second lawsuit filed by gun...
    - 5 days ago, 22 May 17, 6:58pm -
  • What Is Mediation Confidentiality?
    While it is no surprise that most lawsuits settle without ever going to trial, many non-lawyers are surprised by how effective formal mediation can be at resolving legal disputes. Alternative dispute resolution has emerged over the past few decades..…
    - 8 days ago, 19 May 17, 9:08pm -
  • How to Protect Your Children's Inheritance in Divorce
    Inheritances are not treated the same way as normal marital property in a divorce. Generally, so long as there has not been any commingling with marital property, an inheritance can remain separate property, just like premarital assets. Commingling o…
    - 9 days ago, 19 May 17, 12:59pm -
  • Top 7 Legal Tips for Timing Your Divorce
    In divorce, as in life, timing is everything. And while there might be a million factors affecting a decision to get divorced -- not the least of which might be personal safety -- there are also a few legal considerations...
    - 9 days ago, 18 May 17, 7:55pm -
  • Will Your Insurance Cover Medical Marijuana?
    Medical marijuana has been hailed as a wonder drug. Doctors frequently prescribe or recommend it to patients on opiates as it has potential to provide effective pain relief without the negative side effects of opiates. Although marijuana can be...
    - 10 days ago, 17 May 17, 9:55pm -
  • How Much Debt Do I Need to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
    While filing for bankruptcy can provide relief from certain kinds of debts, that relief isn't always available to everyone. There are different types of bankruptcy filings available to individuals and each has its own requirements that need to be met…
    - 11 days ago, 16 May 17, 9:56pm -
  • What Happens When Court-Ordered Mediation Fails?
    Over the last few decades, most courts have begun requiring parties to attempt mediation, or other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), at various stages in the litigation process. The mediation process is very effective at resolving disput…
    - 11 days ago, 16 May 17, 7:58pm -
  • What Is Genetic Information Discrimination?
    While most people tend to think of discrimination in terms of race, gender, disability, ethnicity, and age, another category exists that many people are unaware of entirely: genetic information. Not only do civil rights laws protect against discrimin…
    - 12 days ago, 15 May 17, 8:59pm -

Legal Grounds

  • 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…
    - 2 days ago, 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.…
    - 13 days ago, 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…
    - 15 days ago, 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…
    - 30 days ago, 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…
    - 39 days ago, 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…
    - 41 days ago, 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…
    - 52 days ago, 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…
    - 54 days ago, 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…
    - 80 days ago, 8 Mar 17, 6:57pm -
  • Age-Old Legal Question Finally Settled: A Snuggie Is a Blanket
    The entire point of a Snuggie -- beyond being the signature garment of our cultural descent into the moral abyss between the couch cushions -- is that it is both a blanket and clothes. Instead of peeking your arms into...Continue reading this articl…
    - 95 days ago, 21 Feb 17, 9:07pm -
  • Man Ubered to Cheat on Wife, Sues Uber for His Divorce
    "My client was the victim of a bug in an application. The bug has caused him problems in his private life." While probably true, these are most likely not the words that are going to save your marriage. Also generally...Continue reading this article…
    - 100 days ago, 17 Feb 17, 1:57pm -
  • Can You Crowdfund a Senator's Vote? GoFundMe Campaigns Target Trump Nominees.
    There is a well-understood if little-discussed quid pro quo when it comes to political campaign contributions: people and businesses give their money to candidates they feel will best represent their interests. Generally this entails voting how they…
    - 6 Feb 17, 10:57pm -
  • iStoned? Apple Patents Vaporizer
    One of the drawbacks for filing for patents is that those patents, when issued, become public documents. And for a company as secretive as Apple, that means a whole lot of people getting glimpses of your new tech and then...Continue reading this art…
    - 1 Feb 17, 10:56pm -
  • Ex-Wife So Bad She's Unconstitutional, and Court Doesn't Care
    We've all been there before -- with an ex that makes you so miserable, it has to be a crime, right? Or at least a violation of the state constitution? Well, brave Iowan Tim Le finally had the courage to...Continue reading this article, and get more…
    - 25 Jan 17, 7:08pm -
  • Weirdest DUI Arrests This Winter
    When you're drunk, you're already not thinking clearly. And if you're trying to drive drunk, you're really making some bad life choices. The combo of drinking and driving often produces some comedic results (as long as everyone involved is uninjured)…
    - 20 Jan 17, 1:57pm -