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  • 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 -

Law and Daily Life

  • 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...
    - 3 days ago, 24 Mar 17, 9:33pm -
  • 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...
    - 4 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 7:08pm -
  • 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 -
  • 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,...
    - 6 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 7:57pm -
  • Drug Testing for Unemployment: What You Need to Know
    Last week, Congress cleared the way for states to start drug testing people applying for unemployment benefits. A new measure, expected to be enacted by President Trump, would repeal Obama administration guidance from the Department of Labor which li…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 12:57pm -
  • Can I Block My Ex From Calling, Texting, or Facetiming Our Child?
    Thanks to the advances in technology, it’s easy for a noncustodial parent and a child to keep in touch. With these technological advances, courts have begun awarding virtual visitation, particularly when parents live too far apart to make regular v…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Mar 17, 10:02pm -
  • Can I Get Physical or Legal Custody of a Child If I'm Not the Parent?
    Child custody cases are among the most sensitive legal issues that courts must handle. While most frequently child custody matters involve a set of separated parents arguing over who should have physical or legal custody, sometimes individuals other…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Mar 17, 1:00pm -
  • Can ICE Agents Make Arrests at Courthouses?
    Recently, reports have been popping up that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have been making arrests inside state courthouses in California, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas. Although ICE claims that courthouse arrests are a last resort, the…
    - 10 days ago, 17 Mar 17, 9:57pm -
  • South Dakota Passes Controversial Adoption Law Affecting LGBT and Interfaith Parents
    A new law passed in South Dakota last week has been drawing quite a bit of controversy among civil rights groups. Under the guise of protecting civil rights, the law actually protects private, religious adoption agencies from liability for...
    - 10 days ago, 17 Mar 17, 7:57pm -
  • Can This New Chatbot Solve Refugee Legal Issues?
    A new chatbot, a computer programmed to mimic conversation with users, is hoping to help refugees by providing free legal assistance. No, the chatbot is not a walking, talking, humanoid-type lawyer-robot, it is simply a program that runs through...
    - 11 days ago, 16 Mar 17, 12:58pm -
  • Trump's New Travel Ban Blocked Like the Old Travel Ban
    When the White House issued a revised executive order on immigration from Muslim-majority countries, we wondered whether President Trump's new travel ban would suffer the same fate as his old one, which was blocked by a unanimous federal appeals cour…
    - 12 days ago, 16 Mar 17, 12:37am -
  • Top 5 Legal Questions About CPS Investigations
    No parent wants a knock on the door from child protective services. Even if the allegations are false, the prospect of losing custody of a child can be terrifying. And most parents don't know the ins and outs of CPS...
    - 12 days ago, 15 Mar 17, 7:14pm -
  • 3 Common Myths About Wrongful Termination Claims
    A wrongful termination claim can encompass a wide variety of different actions. Discrimination, retaliation for reporting discrimination, whistleblowing, refusing to comply with an illegal order, and even violating an employment contract's discipline…
    - 13 days ago, 14 Mar 17, 9:57pm -
  • Three N.Y. Parents Get 'Tri-Custody' of Child
    Courts have long adhered to a child's best interests when making custody decisions. Generally, that means parents sharing custody so that the child can maintain positive relationships with each parent. But what if there are more than two parents? In.…
    - 13 days ago, 14 Mar 17, 7:57pm -
  • Homeland Security Considering Plan to Separate Parents, Children at Mexico Border
    New Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly confirmed earlier reports that his department is considering separating undocumented parents and children caught entering the United States at the Mexico border. Kelly said the move would be aimed at dete…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Mar 17, 7:15pm -

Legal Grounds

  • 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…
    - 19 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…
    - 34 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…
    - 38 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…
    - 49 days ago, 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…
    - 54 days ago, 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…
    - 61 days ago, 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)…
    - 66 days ago, 20 Jan 17, 1:57pm -
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Drunk Driver Calls Cops on Self, Gets Arrested
    For every villain trying to blame a DUI on his pet squirrel or hastily fake a black ice-laced intersection, there are intoxicated heroes among us, willing to drive themselves drunk right up to the police station in an effort to...Continue reading th…
    - 68 days ago, 18 Jan 17, 2:00pm -
  • Gov. Agencies Have Twitter Rules; Will Donald Trump Follow Them?
    Even the smallest of small businesses have social media policies these days. The platforms are far too public to abide by any gaffes, lest your rep be forever tarnished by the loose fingers of an unpaid intern. So it's no...Continue reading this art…
    - 76 days ago, 10 Jan 17, 2:00pm -
  • No Drunk Driving in a Wheelchair? Oregon Man Scoots by DUI Charge
    Whether you'll get pinched for puttering around drunk in a wheelchair may depend on where you're operating and whether the court considers you a pedestrian. In Ohio, for example, you can absolutely get a DUI in a wheelchair. But in...Continue readin…
    - 81 days ago, 5 Jan 17, 2:00pm -
  • Good News, Pagan Priests: You Can Sport Your Horns in Your Driver's License Photo
    If the thought of posing for the DMV without your "spiritual antenna" scares you more than walking around in public naked, we have some welcome news out of Millinocket, Maine. Goat horns are now considered religious attire, and, as long...Continue r…
    - 95 days ago, 22 Dec 16, 9:14pm -
  • Ho-Ho-Hands Up! Santa Helps Raid Drug Cartel
    Santa Claus must be ahead of schedule this holiday season as he helped effect a raid on a drug cartel in Lima, Peru this week. Normally, those on Santa's naughty list either don't get any presents at all, or...Continue reading this article, and get…
    - 16 Dec 16, 1:57pm -
  • Drive-By Mannequin Challenge Lands 2 in Jail (at Least)
    Ah, viral video memes -- is there any end to the fun? Well, maybe when they land you in jail. The latest craze, which was declared over three weeks ago, is the so-called mannequin challenge, where participants freeze in poses...Continue reading this…
    - 12 Dec 16, 1:56pm -
  • Woman Arrested for FUI (Forklifting Under the Influence)
    This week, a Wyoming woman was arrested after she operated a forklift under the influence of alcohol. Late in the evening in Cheyenne, Wyoming, neighbors contacted local police to report that a woman was moving a large white van...Continue reading t…
    - 4 Nov 16, 1:00pm -
  • 'Sell Drugz' Rapper Arrested for Selling Drugs
    Practically unknown rapper Montana Millz, who sings the song 'Sell Drugz,' was arrested last week for selling drugs. In what has to be more than simply a coincidence, the rap artist's drug-friendly tune is about how he and his...Continue reading thi…
    - 2 Nov 16, 5:12pm -