- BreakingHow and Why to Avoid Commingling Personal and Business Funds
If you run a business, particularly one that isn't operated as a sole proprietorship, you should be rather careful about commingling funds. Using business funds to pay for personal expenses could run afoul of the law, contracts, ethical, and fiduciar…- 3 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 12:57pm -
- How Lawrence Ferlinghetti Made a Lasting Contribution to First Amendment Law
Before the obscenity standard of 'know it when you see it' came to be, simple four letter words could have been considered obscene and illegal. In those days, courts placed more emphasis on whether or not something that was allegedly obscene containe…- 3 days ago, 24 Mar 17, 9:33pm -
- DVD Pirate Gets Extradited and 5 Years in Jail
In 2010, a large-scale burner and distributor of counterfeited music and movies fled the country after pleading guilty to conspiring to infringe copyright laws with a dozen others. Now he's finally been extradited and sentenced. Upon his extradition…- 3 days ago, 24 Mar 17, 8:15pm -
- Plot Twist: 'Total Recall' Screenwriter Sues Disney for Stealing 'Zootpia'
Gary Goldman, the screenwriter for 90s classic science fiction film 'Total Recall,' has filed suit against Disney for allegedly stealing the characters, concepts, plot and sub-plots, verbatim dialogue, and even the name he created for his animated ta…- 3 days ago, 24 Mar 17, 6:12pm -
- Is Your Doctor Incompetent? 3 Practical Legal Tips
A doctor generally cannot practice medicine unless they are competent to do so. Each state defines what requirements a doctor must meet to be considered, and remain, competent. Typically, doctors are required to complete a certain number of hours of…- 3 days ago, 24 Mar 17, 5:59pm -
- Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime: Top 5 Legal Tips for What You Should Do
Being falsely accused of any crime, let alone a sex crime, can have serious ramifications for the accused. Because of the internet, a person’s arrest for a sex crime could follow them for the rest of their life, even if they are never convicted of…- 4 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:59pm -
- SCOTUS Rules: When Are Cheerleader Uniform Designs Protected by Copyright?
The zigs and the zags, the pleats, and the stripes have all been cleared for copyright protection when it comes to cheerleading uniforms. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands that the separable features of a cheerlead…- 4 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:57pm -
- 3 Legal Tips for Dealing With Frivolous Lawsuits Against Your Small Business
There are some lawsuits that businesses just cannot avoid. Unfortunately, the most unavoidable lawsuits are the frivolous ones. Fortunately, the law and the courts provide a means to detect and dismiss frivolous claims early on, before a defendant is…- 4 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:57pm -
- Can I Stop My Child From Visiting Their Grandparents?
Unless a grandparent has secured a court order granting them visitation, a parent is under no legal obligation to allow a grandparent to see their grandchild. In fact, barring a court order, a parent has the constitutional right to say no. If a court…- 4 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 7:08pm -
- Roman Polanski Says He'll Come Back to US If Court Promises No Jail Time
When it comes to celebrities seeking special treatment for criminal acts, Roman Polanski should win an award of some kind, preferably along with a lengthy prison sentence. The fugitive director was alleged to have drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl…- 4 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 5:56pm -
- Who's Liable in a Bicycle Delivery Injury Accident?
Bicycle injury accidents occur with regular frequency in most cities where bicycle delivery services are common. When a bicyclist is involved in an injury accident, there are specific issues that can arise if the injured person was working as a bicyc…- 4 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 5:15pm -
- Supreme Court Limits President's Power to Make Temporary Appointments
The US Supreme Court's ruling on Tuesday will have a significant impact on President Trump and potentially all presidents that come after. In short, the court found that a particular appointment by President Barrack Obama in 2011 violated a federal r…- 4 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 12:57pm -
- Ethics and the Art of Collecting Employee Data
Technology has revolutionized the world in so many ways, but with new tech comes new challenges for businesses. Currently, one of the ethical challenges facing businesses, both small and large, revolves around employee data collection and analytics.…- 5 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 9:57pm -
- Is It Legal to Kill a Police Dog in Self Defense?
Self defense is a tricky legal concept, and it becomes even more nuanced when individuals assert self-defense claims against law enforcement officers or police dogs, especially if the officer or K-9 is killed. Generally, law enforcement officers and…- 5 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 9:57pm -
- How to Fight Wrongful Deportation
Unfortunately, on occasion, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) just gets it wrong. Sometimes they deport US citizens and others that shouldn't be deported. This tends to occur as a result of overburdened immigration court judges and court staf…- 5 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 6:57pm -
- California Retailer Files Class Action Against Ivanka Trump Brand for Unfair Competition
A San Francisco women's clothing and accessories business has sued Ivanka Trump's brand alleging claims of unfair competition. The claims stem from the marketing and promotion of Ivanka Trump's brand by herself and her husband, who are White House em…- 5 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 5:15pm -
- 3 Common Types of Hospital Infections and When to Sue
When a person suffers from an injury, or dies, due to an infection contracted at a hospital, liability will not always be as cut and dry as one might expect. In fact, in many cases, infections are found to be no one’s fault, and a victim may be lef…- 5 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 12:59pm -
- Can Cops Pretend to Be Drug Dealers?
Undercover drug busts are more frequently run as controlled buys with officers buying drugs from suspected or known drug dealers, and having other officers watching, waiting to arrest the drug dealer after the sale. However, in some sting operations,…- 6 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 9:56pm -
- Beyond Cash: Top 3 Incentives to Compensate and Inspire Employees
When it comes to motivating employees to perform, businesses frequently need to look beyond direct compensation. While the wages being offered may be competitive, in the market, other factors such as benefits, and even those pesky intangibles, can be…- 6 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 9:33pm -
- 3 Practical Legal Tips for High Asset Divorce
Divorce may be hailed as a blessing by some, and a curse by others, but all will agree that divorces are costly. For couples that accumulated significant assets, and/or were high wage earners, divorces can be even costlier. Frequently, however, if on…- 6 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 7:57pm -