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  • Russian Malware Developer Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison
    The Department of Justice called it "one of the most advanced crimeware tools available in the underground market," malware that infected almost 11 million computers worldwide and caused over $500 million in losses. And its creator was just sentenced…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 1:00pm -
  • O.J. Simpson Granted Parole; When Will He Be Released?
    After serving nine years in prison for robbery and kidnapping, O.J. Simpson was granted parole today. "I've done my time," Simpson told the Nevada Board of Parole. "I've done it as well and as respectfully as I think anyone can." The parole board was…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 9:33pm -
  • Does Your Teenager's Makeup Have Asbestos in It?
    According to investigative journalists at ABC 11 in Durham, North Carolina, a popular powder makeup marketed to teens may contain asbestos and other harmful ingredients. The team sent "Just Shine Shimmer Powder," sold at Justice Stores, to the Scient…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 7:22pm -
  • What's Fair Market Value?
    While the phrase "fair market value" might seem simple enough to understand, legally, the phrase is rather significant. Fair market value generally refers to what services, or a piece of property, are actually worth, rather than what they cost. Fair…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 5:58pm -
  • DOJ Reinstates Civil Asset Seizure Policy: What You Need to Know
    The Department of Justice just reinstated their policy to assist local law enforcement in civil asset seizures. What does this mean? Well, it means that law enforcement will now have more incentive to just take your stuff, even your home and cold har…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 5:57pm -
  • Wrongly Diagnosed With Hypothyroidism: When to Sue
    Any misdiagnosis, whether falsely identifying an issue that doesn't exist or failing to discover one that does, can be harmful. This can be especially true for hyperthyroidism, which affects millions of people per year. If not accurately diagnosed, t…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 1:00pm -
  • 5 Common Camping Crimes
    Summer often means a return to nature. Leaving our 9-to-5 routine behind, even for a few days, can be healthy and invigorating, but it's worth remembering that an escape from the city doesn't necessarily mean escaping criminal laws and the consequenc…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 9:56pm -
  • Can You Sell a Home If You Still Owe on Your Mortgage?
    The repayment time of a home mortgage loan can run anywhere from 10 to 50 years, and a lot can happen in that amount of time. You may need to relocate for work, or want to relocate for retirement. You may add children to your nest or become empty nes…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 6:58pm -
  • Arkansas Battling Medical Supply Company to Use Covertly Obtained Execution Drug
    In a hearing last April, Arkansas Department of Correction Deputy Director Rory Griffin admitted he deliberately avoided a paper trail when he ordered vecuronium bromide -- one of three drugs in the state's lethal injection cocktail -- from McKesson…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 5:58pm -
  • Ohio State Legend Chris Spielman Sues School Over Use of Likeness
    The debate over compensating college athletes has raged for decades. And while the idea of paying student athletes a wage for playing a sport (or even allowing them to receive anything of value beyond a scholarship) remains dead on arrival, the notio…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 12:56pm -
  • Can Religious Communities Limit Who Lives in a Neighborhood?
    We've all heard horror stories about homeowners' associations, imposing fines or even eviction notices on residents for grass that's too brown, playhouses that are too pink, families that are too big, and yard decorations that are too time-travely. A…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 10:00pm -
  • U.S. Provides 15K Temporary Visas for Seasonal Workers
    President Donald Trump has been adamant in his "America First" rhetoric, saying recently, "Clearly it's time for a new policy, one defined by two simple rules: We will buy American. And we will hire American." But sometimes the interests of American…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 9:57pm -
  • Water Slide Injuries: Legal Liability Facts You Should Know
    Nothing says summer like a water slide. Whether you're rocketing down a chute at a water park or zipping into a backyard swimming pool, there's just something about the sun and spray that spells freedom and fun. Unfortunately, water slides can also s…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 9:57pm -
  • U.S. Customs Can't Search Your Cloud Data on Border
    In these modern times of planes, trains, and automobiles, crossing the border has never been easier. The U.S. border is crossed millions of times per year. However, the alarming new trend of customs and border agents demanding to search the contents…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 9:56pm -
  • When to Sue for Theme Park Injuries
    Going to a theme park can be the highlight of any person's summer. For the most part, rides and attractions are safe, but things can go wrong. When a guest is injured at a theme park, that guest might be left wondering what rights they have to recove…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 6:58pm -
  • Venus Williams Fatal Crash Case Continues
    While Venus Williams was competing for a Wimbledon title, her lawyers were competing behind the scenes on a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the tennis star. Although police cleared Williams of responsibility in a car accident in Florida that ult…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 6:12pm -
  • What to Know About Marrying a Registered Sex Offender
    Love works in mysterious ways. And to some, so does the criminal justice system. Most crimes don't stop following those convicted once they're released from jail, and sex crimes especially can haunt perpetrators for years, decades, or their whole lif…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 6:00pm -
  • Columbia Settles Title IX Lawsuit Filed by Student Accused of Rape
    Emma Sulkowicz gained notoriety in 2014 when she began carrying a 50-pound mattress around Columbia's campus as part of her senior art thesis and to protest the university's handling of her sexual assault allegations against fellow student Paul Nunge…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 6:00pm -
  • Trampled Fan Sues Gwen Stefani for Telling Crowd to Rush Stage
    Gwen Stefani may be wishing she didn't speak a few fateful phrases last July during a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stefani, while performing at the PNC Pavilion, instructed the crowd seated in the lawn section behind the actual music pavilio…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 1:00pm -
  • Company 'Loses' Lawsuit; Former Employee 'Wins' $1
    A civil rights employment lawsuit filed by a former employee against the Sanitary Garbage Company, Inc. of Beatrice, Nebraska, resulted in a $1 jury verdict in favor of the employee. The lawsuit filed by Jonathan Curry alleged race discrimination, ha…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 12:57pm -

Law and Daily Life

  • Remembering Betty Dukes, Lead Plaintiff in Gender-Bias Class Action Against Walmart
    Betty Dukes, the lead plaintiff in the Dukes v. Walmart class action case filed back in 2001, died this month at the age of 67. While the cause has not been announced, Ms. Dukes will be remembered as a...
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jul 17, 7:03pm -
  • Legal Tips for Escaping a Domestic Violence Relationship
    Domestic violence victims often have trouble leaving abusive relationships, despite the threat and reality of physical or emotional harm. Whether due to financial, psychological, or even physical factors, many victims don't feel like they have the op…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 1:00pm -
  • What's Fair Market Value?
    While the phrase "fair market value" might seem simple enough to understand, legally, the phrase is rather significant. Fair market value generally refers to what services, or a piece of property, are actually worth, rather than what they cost....
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 5:58pm -
  • Can You Sell a Home If You Still Owe on Your Mortgage?
    The repayment time of a home mortgage loan can run anywhere from 10 to 50 years, and a lot can happen in that amount of time. You may need to relocate for work, or want to relocate for retirement. You...
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 6:58pm -
  • Can Religious Communities Limit Who Lives in a Neighborhood?
    We've all heard horror stories about homeowners' associations, imposing fines or even eviction notices on residents for grass that's too brown, playhouses that are too pink, families that are too big, and yard decorations that are too time-travely. A…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 10:00pm -
  • What to Know About Marrying a Registered Sex Offender
    Love works in mysterious ways. And to some, so does the criminal justice system. Most crimes don't stop following those convicted once they're released from jail, and sex crimes especially can haunt perpetrators for years, decades, or their whole lif…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 6:00pm -
  • How to Evict or Oust a Squatter on Your Property
    Stories of squatters gaining title to the properties they trespass upon are the urban legends that keep landowners awake at night. Under adverse possession laws, it is actually possible, albeit rather difficult, for a squatter to gain legal title. La…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 7:00pm -
  • Airbnb Host Must Pay $5,000 for Blatant Racial Discrimination
    Tami Barker, a former Airbnb host in California, settled a civil rights complaint against her for $5,000, and has agreed to a whole host of other demands, after it was discovered that she discriminated against an Asian renter. Dyne...
    - 8 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 9:05pm -
  • Top 5 Legal Questions Asked by Stepparents
    Being a stepparent is no simple task. Children will eventually rebel against their parents, and stepparents are easy targets. Unfortunately, stepparents are often caught in the middle, or left in the dark, when it comes to decisions involving their..…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Jul 17, 8:00pm -
  • Can You Sue Your Divorce Lawyer for a Mistake, Malpractice?
    In life, mistakes happen. Sometimes a little mistake can be corrected, other times, even a little mistake can be unforgivable. Luckily, there's divorce. But what happens when your divorce lawyer makes a mistake? In a legal case, like in...
    - 11 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 6:57pm -
  • When Can I Legally Withhold Rent?
    When it comes to renting a home, a good landlord can make all the difference. However, even good landlords, like everyone else, will experience life as it comes at them, and their tenants or properties can sometimes take a backseat....
    - 15 days ago, 7 Jul 17, 7:58pm -
  • Is a Stepparent Liable for Child Support?
    A stepparent will generally not be required to pay child support for a spouse's children from a prior relationship. Courts usually will not even consider how much a stepparent earns. However, depending on the specific facts of a case,...
    - 16 days ago, 6 Jul 17, 9:39pm -
  • When Is Hugging Sexual Harassment?
    Although science tells us that hugging and the human touch are essential for proper human development, in the workplace, supervisors, managers, and even co-workers that give hugs are playing with fire. This is due to the fact that employees may...
    - 20 days ago, 3 Jul 17, 5:57pm -
  • Top 3 Legal Questions If You Rent or Airbnb Your Home
    If you provide temporary rentals via services like Airbnb and VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner), not being aware of the legal liabilities can result in severe financial consequences. For instance, if someone is injured in your rental, or you...
    - 24 days ago, 28 Jun 17, 7:07pm -
  • Can Immigrants Get Public Welfare?
    One of the most contentious issues in the U.S. immigration debate involves the provision of public assistance to immigrants. Recently, during a rally, President Donald Trump riled up his crowd by stating that he planned on passing a law...
    - 25 days ago, 27 Jun 17, 9:57pm -

Legal Grounds

  • '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…
    - 31 days ago, 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…
    - 59 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.…
    - 69 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…
    - 72 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…
    - 87 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…
    - 96 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…
    - 97 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…
    - 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 -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -