Criminal Charges Following Violence, Death in Charlottesville
Much of the country was shocked to see white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, and horrified at the images of one of those men driving a car through a crowd, killing one woman and wounding 19 others. There were clashes throughout the city between protestors (ostensibly there in...


How to Fact Check Legal Issues in the News
It seems like every big news story has a legal angle. What are the limits for free speech when it comes to racism and public demonstrations? Can the president do anything he wants when it comes to immigration, and are courts allowed to stop him? What is a grand jury...


Can You Sue a Drug Company for Opioid Addiction?
As the opioid crisis spins out of control, people are looking for ways to rein in the epidemic and for ways to hold accountable those responsible. Individuals are suing their doctors for contributing to an opiate addiction, and cities, counties, and states are suing drug manufacturers for creating a flood...


Can a Divorce Lawyer Subpoena Text Messages?
Of course you're going to text with your spouse, just like you would anyone else. (Well, maybe not just like anyone else, but you get the point.) And if your spouse is becoming your ex, there might be some things contained in your text messages you don't want seeing the...


What Are the Advantages of an Emerging Growth Company?
Back in 2012, Congress passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, easing the restrictions on crowdfunding for certain private companies. The JOBS Act also created a new category of securities issuer, the "emerging growth company" (EGC), that included those with revenues under $1 billion which had either not...


Can My Landlord Ban Gun Ownership?
No private party can ban you from owning a gun. However, if you rent your home, your landlord might be able to prevent you and other tenants from bringing, or keeping, a gun in your own home. Also, know that you can be evicted for possessing a gun if...


How Long Do You Have to File a Police Report for Domestic Violence?
A victim of domestic violence should generally try to involve law enforcement at the earliest possible time after an incident, assuming police didn't arrive during the incident. The sooner a victim can file a police report, the higher the likelihood that police will investigate, which increases the chances of...


Drake and Future Sued for $25M by Raped Concertgoer
In a recent lawsuit filed against Drake, Future, and others associated with the artists' August 2016 joint concert in Nashville, Tennessee, an unnamed concertgoer alleges that a security guard raped her. She is seeking a multi-million dollar judgment from the performers, venue, and operators as a result of their...


Third Woman Accuses Roman Polanski of Sexual Assault
The endless legal saga of Roman Polanski rages on, this time with another accuser saying the she was also 'victimized' by the filmmaker in 1973 when she was just 16 years old. The 59-year-old woman, who gave only the name Robin, said she was forced to come forward after Samantha...


Can You Bring a Comfort Dog With You to Court?
In this hurly-burly, topsy-turvy, crazy messed up world we live in, there's something that we can all agree on. Dogs are good. They catch abusive babysitters. They win Supreme Court cases. Even when they're bad, shockingly bad, they're good. That's why we like to have them around, so much so...


Class Action Against Kellogg for Serial Cereal Puffery Continues
Plaintiff Stephen Hadley has filed a lawsuit claiming that the many different Kellogg breakfast products he ate for breakfast were not as healthy as the breakfast maker has claimed. And while Kellogg denies these allegations, the company was not successful in having the case dismissed at the earliest possible...


Closing Up Shop: Top 5 Tips When Ending or Exiting a Small Business
Entrepreneurs are optimists. And even those with a long-term view on their startups often don't envision leaving those companies, much less failing or being forced to close. But ending a business is as much a reality as starting one, and planning for the worst is as essential as hoping for...


5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Child Custody Lawyer
Whether you're just getting divorced or still hashing out custody issues with an old ex, you're probably wondering if you need the help of an attorney. Beyond having expertise in the field generally and familiarity with the court or judges involved specifically, an experienced child custody lawyer can act as...


Amazon Sued by Transgender Former Employee and Husband
Mr. Dane Lane and Ms. Allegra Schawe-Lane were husband and wife when they began working at an Amazon warehouse in Kentucky in 2014, and Schawe-Lane is a transgender woman. This should not be a big deal, especially at an employer as big as Amazon, who had a non-discrimination policy at...


Legal Checklist When Your Kids Leave for College
It's about that time -- your nest is about to get a little emptier. There are a lot of emotions that can bubble up when a child goes off to college, much of it is apprehension and fear for their wellbeing. And while you might be focusing on the physical,...


Costco's $19M Lesson: Only Tiffany & Co. Sells 'Tiffany' Rings
Everyone's favorite big box warehouse retailer, Costco, is learning a very expensive lesson in the jewelry business: There's big difference between a "Tiffany" ring, and a ring with a "Tiffany setting." The difference is so great, Costco's going to have pay Tiffany & Co. nearly $20 million. World famous...


Long Beach to Pay $85K in Settlement After Police Forcibly Removed Woman's Hijab
How does an apparently routine traffic stop turn into an $85,000 settlement? When an arresting officer allegedly forcibly removes a Muslim woman's hijab, requiring her to have her head exposed overnight in a jail cell, in plain view of other male officers and dozens of inmates, and have her publicly...


5 More Tips for Protesting (Legally)
In the wake of mass demonstrations during the 2016 Republican National Convention, we prepared a little primer on protest related laws. And after the tragic and horrifying events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, we thought it might be time to round up some more questions, answers, and tips for...


Not-So-Invisible Ink: Tattoo Lawsuit Still Under NBA 2K's Skin
If you can remember back that far, in early 2016 a tattoo studio sued a video game company for depicting NBA players' tattoos for which they had allegedly not paid licensing fees. In the realm of fringe copyright lawsuits, this was one of the strangest -- after all, it wasn't...


Taylor Swift Awarded $1 in DJ Groping Lawsuit
With all the allegations flying between pop singer Taylor Swift and former Denver radio DJ David Mueller, it can be hard to keep them all straight. Lucky for us, a jury spent four hours sorting through the claims and counterclaims, and eventually came out on Swift's side. The singer was...