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  • When Can Negligence Become Criminal?
    Normally, when we think of negligence, we think of traffic accidents and personal injury cases. Legally speaking, negligence is when carelessness results in an injury to a person or property. Such cases are normally dealt with by civil lawsuits for m…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 6:15pm -
  • Top 3 Legal Questions When Buying a Car
    Outside of buying a house, or a boat, or a houseboat perhaps, buying a car is one of the biggest financial investments we'll make. So it goes without saying that you should take the car buying process seriously and therefore you'll probably have a lo…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 7:00pm -
  • 5 Banks Fined by Federal Reserve for Mortgage Servicing Flaws
    After the housing bubble burst way back in 2008, big banks had quite a few foreclosures on their hands. Only they didn't do a great job of managing those foreclosures. In 2011, the Federal Reserve found banks like Ally Financial, Bank of America, Gol…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 6:15pm -
  • High Schoolers Banned From Basketball League for Racist Jerseys
    We all want sports to be fun, especially at the youth recreational level. "That's the thing," Ohio parent Tony Rue told WLWT, "those names are not having fun. It's not so much even if we had black students or African-American students, or any minorit…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 1:58pm -
  • 3 Recent Developments in Animal Liability Law
    Sadly, animal attacks and bites occur all too frequently. Sometimes it's a sneaky raccoon slipping in the pet door, sometimes we're bitten by snakes trying to protect our pets, and other times we're bitten by snakes that are our pets. And then there…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 10:57pm -
  • Florida ICP Fan Slips in Faygo, Falls off Stage, Sues
    It's hard out here for a Juggalo. Just ask Sarah Hastings, devoted Insane Clown Posse fan who took to the stage at a concert in St. Petersburg, then took a dive after slipping in the band's boisson de guerre, Faygo soda. While Faygo showers are a nor…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 8:15pm -
  • Can I Sue the Court?
    There are some classic threats you hear regarding legal arguments. "You're getting sued!" "I'll see you in court!" "I'm taking my case all the way to the Supreme Court!" But what if your beef is with a judge or the court itself? Can you take the cour…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 8:15pm -
  • New Laws Small Business Owners Should Know in 2018
    Last year was a busy time for small business owners. Between federal action on tax and immigration to state action on minimum wage and family leave, it might've seemed like you spent more time trying to keep pace with legal updates than running your…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 7:00pm -
  • Is Doxing Illegal?
    Depending on your point of view, releasing a person's identifying information on the internet might be one of the few ways to hold someone accountable for hateful actions or an avenue to unleashing hate upon an undeserving someone else. Trying to out…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 7:00pm -
  • Starbucks Wins 'Underfilled' Lattes Lawsuit
    Starbucks customers are pretty fussy when it comes to their daily fix. That much was evidenced by fans of their lattes filing a class action lawsuit claiming the coffee chain was shorting them on their steamed milk. "Starbucks lattes are uniformly un…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 8:02pm -
  • Can I Get Fired for Not Taking a Lunch Break at Work?
    Most of us work hard at our jobs, trying to get things done and make a positive impression on our bosses and colleagues. Many of us even work right through meals, skipping lunch to be more productive. Part of that motivation comes from knowing that w…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 7:58pm -
  • Manhattan Misdemeanor Charges No Longer Require Bail
    The money bail system, under which a criminal defendant may be required to post a cash bond to secure his or her release from jail before trial, has come under increasing scrutiny in the past few years. Critics claim that jurisdictions were using aut…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 1:57pm -
  • Top 3 Legal Issues for Trump's 'Fire and Fury' Defamation Claim
    As you may have heard by now, journalist Michael Wolf's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" has caused quite a stir. The president was not too pleased with the work, and lawyers for Trump and the book's publisher traded some entertaining le…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Jan 18, 8:20pm -
  • NC Congressional Map Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered, Circuit Rules
    Last month, researchers from the Electoral Integrity Project scored North Carolina's overall electoral integrity at 58/100, placing it alongside the likes of Cuba, Indonesia, and Sierra Leone in terms of fostering free and fair and democratic electio…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 12:20am -
  • Civil Rights at Work: Respecting and Protecting Your Employees' Free Speech
    We live in politically-charged times, and we often don't check our opinions at the office door. And even if we do, the internet has an amazing knack for carrying them into work anyway. From loose water cooler talk to social media posts that go viral,…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 10:58pm -
  • What Is Prior Restraint?
    If Michael Wolff'sTrump tell-all book, Fire and Fury, reminds you of Shakespeare, it's probably the bard's take on life from Macbeth: "it is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing." The same might be true of the blust…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 10:41pm -
  • E. Coli and Wrongful Death Lawsuits
    Researchers at Consumer Reports think they've discovered the source of a deadly E. coli outbreak in the U.S. and Canada last week: romaine lettuce. The outbreak began in November 2017 and has sickened dozens, hospitalized five, and killed at least tw…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 6:59pm -
  • Employer's Duty to Protect Workers From Dangerously Cold Conditions
    While some of us would love to close up shop in the midst of a "bomb cyclone," we may not have that luxury, putting employers in the unenviable position of asking employees to work in some frigid conditions. From postmen to presidents, most of us sti…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 6:58pm -
  • What's the Legal Limit for Driving While High?
    With few exceptions, every state set the blood-alcohol bar for drunk driving at .08 percent. And most state alcohol consumption laws are similar, as well. But states are, pardon the pun, all over the map when it comes to marijuana enforcement, rangin…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Jan 18, 8:05pm -
  • Transgender People Now Allowed to Enlist in U.S. Military
    Over the past six months, the U.S government has been split on transgender military service, with the president tweeting a ban, transgender service members suing over the tweets, the Secretary of Defense defying the president's order, and ultimately…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Jan 18, 6:57pm -

Law and Daily Life

  • Top 3 Legal Questions When Buying a Car
    Outside of buying a house, or a boat, or a houseboat perhaps, buying a car is one of the biggest financial investments we'll make. So it goes without saying that you should take the car buying process seriously and...
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 7:00pm -
  • Can I Sue the Court?
    There are some classic threats you hear regarding legal arguments. "You're getting sued!" "I'll see you in court!" "I'm taking my case all the way to the Supreme Court!" But what if your beef is with a judge or...
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 8:15pm -
  • Can I Get Fired for Not Taking a Lunch Break at Work?
    Most of us work hard at our jobs, trying to get things done and make a positive impression on our bosses and colleagues. Many of us even work right through meals, skipping lunch to be more productive. Part of...
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 7:58pm -
  • What Is Prior Restraint?
    If Michael Wolff'sTrump tell-all book, Fire and Fury, reminds you of Shakespeare, it's probably the bard's take on life from Macbeth: "it is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing." The...
    - 11 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 10:41pm -
  • Transgender People Now Allowed to Enlist in U.S. Military
    Over the past six months, the U.S government has been split on transgender military service, with the president tweeting a ban, transgender service members suing over the tweets, the Secretary of Defense defying the president's order, and ultimately…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Jan 18, 6:57pm -
  • Immigration Reforms Predicted for 2018
    After an infamously busy 2017 on the immigration front, the Trump administration apparently has more in store for 2018. "This president won in part on taking a tough stand against illegal immigrants just coming over the border," Trump advisor...
    - 16 days ago, 5 Jan 18, 6:15pm -
  • Indiana Hotel Charges Unhappy Guest $350 After Negative Review, Gets Sued
    It's one thing to check in to an unkempt hotel room, finding hair and dirt on the sheets. It's another to be forced to clean the room yourself, because there's no staff around to answer complaints about the condition...
    - 18 days ago, 3 Jan 18, 10:54pm -
  • Prepaying Property Taxes? Look Before You Leap
    The tax overhaul recently passed by Congress has a lot of changes in store for 2018, but one in particular may have a big effect on people's 2017 tax returns. The new tax bill will cap what federal taxpayers...
    - 19 days ago, 2 Jan 18, 6:57pm -
  • 2017: The Year in Immigration Law
    President Donald Trump entered office having made some big campaign promises regarding immigration reform. And the administration's repeated efforts to make those promises a reality have met with mixed results from legislators and courts. Given all t…
    - 24 days ago, 29 Dec 17, 1:57pm -
  • 3 Common Mistakes When Responding to Sexual Harassment at Work
    If 2017 has taught us anything, it's that sexual harassment and even sexual assault in the workplace is rampant, across almost every industry and at almost every level of employment. Sadly, many instances of workplace harassment go unreported, meanin…
    - 24 days ago, 28 Dec 17, 6:57pm -
  • Bitcoin and Estate Planning: Top FAQs
    Putting physical assets like a car or a house into your will or estate plan is relatively simple. Adding financial assets like stocks and savings accounts can be a little more complicated. But what about cryptocurrencies like bitcoin? Now that...
    - 25 days ago, 27 Dec 17, 6:00pm -
  • Ohio Bans Abortion After Down Syndrome Diagnosis
    When people debate abortion laws, the reason for the abortion often underlies many of the arguments. Among other assertions, pro-life proponents oppose abortion on religious grounds or argue that women shouldn't be able to end a life because they...
    - 26 days ago, 26 Dec 17, 8:07pm -
  • Can a Domestic Violence Conviction Be Expunged From Your Record?
    When relationships get frayed, tempers can flare. And we can do and say some things that we regret. But when the things we regret become part of our criminal record, is there any way to get it off? Some...
    - 31 days ago, 21 Dec 17, 6:11pm -
  • How Much Digital Security Do You Need?
    With hackers, malware, and identity theft (not to mention all the hot political takes on social media) the internet can be a scary place. And it can be scarier for some than for others. WIRED released its Guide to...
    - 32 days ago, 20 Dec 17, 6:01pm -
  • What Is 'Concealed Carry Reciprocity'?
    In the wake of more and more mass shootings, the House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, a bill that would require each state to recognize concealed carry permits issued in other states. Proponents of...
    - 33 days ago, 19 Dec 17, 6:20pm -

Legal Grounds

  • 2017: The Year in Strange Law
    In 2017, things got a little weird. Criminal and civil law has always attracted some odd characters and some odd scenarios, but this year seemed to take the cake. Here are some of the oddest legal stories from 2017:...Continue reading this article,…
    - 23 days ago, 29 Dec 17, 9:45pm -
  • 'Evil Twin' May Get Parole, Release From Prison
    On the long list of worst news a person could receive, "Your evil twin sister that plotted your kidnapping and murder is getting out of jail" has to be right near the top. And that's the news Sunny Han...Continue reading this article, and get more l…
    - 51 days ago, 1 Dec 17, 7:15pm -
  • Are Elephants People Too?
    Under the law, plenty of things are people: people are people; municipalities, states, and federal offices are people; and even corporations are people, with religious rights and all. And now, a lawyer is arguing that elephants (three specifically, a…
    - 62 days ago, 21 Nov 17, 1:56pm -
  • Florida Squirrel at Center of Emotional Support Animal Debate
    Diabetes service dogs. Emotional support pigs. Kangaroos? As the debate over which species make legally acceptable service and support animals rages on, one intrepid Florida squirrel has thrust herself into the national spotlight. Brutis, an eastern…
    - 66 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 7:15pm -
  • Hawaii Man Sentenced to 144 Compliments
    If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. And if you send your ex a bunch of "nasty" text messages and calls in violation of a no-contact order, you'll have to write a bunch...Continue reading this article, and get more lega…
    - 75 days ago, 7 Nov 17, 10:57pm -
  • Texas Man Fired, Arrested After Stealing $1.2M in Fajitas
    The plot to Ocean's 14 (or Catorce de Oceano, in this case) this is not. Still, it's a pretty sizzling heist story. Over the course of almost a decade, $1,251,578 worth of fajitas got delivered to the Cameron County Juvenile...Continue reading this…
    - 94 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 5:57pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -