Manhattan DA Passes on Minor Marijuana Charges
With all the changes happening at the state and local levels regarding weed, it's hard to know exactly what's legal and what's not. Can you smoke at home without a medical marijuana card? Can you grow your own weed? Can you have it on you in public? The answers to...


Who's on the Hook When Public Officials Settle Lawsuits?
It seems like every other week we hear about a new scandal coming out of Congress. Whether it's another sordid affair, allegations of sexual harassment, or an abrupt and mysterious resignation, Congressional headlines are reading like trashy, unoriginal bedside novels these days. But there are victims to these stories --...


Starting a Home Business? Start Here First
With so much technology at our fingertips, more employees are working from home (and anywhere with WiFi) than ever before. But what if you're thinking of taking telecommuting to the next level, and starting your own business out of your home? Seems simple enough, right? Not so fast, my...


School Shooting Roundup: Laws, Tips, and Questions
As news of yet another school shooting scrolls across our news feeds, the usual questions come to mind. What was school security like? Where did the shooter get the guns? Could it have been prevented? Sadly, mass shootings have become far too common, so we've covered some of those...


What to Do If Someone Threatens to Call ICE
Although the U.S. department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement was only created in 2003, it feels like it's been around forever. Perhaps that's due to its impact on immigrants and their families. ICE has stepped up its detention and deportation efforts over the past couple years, with immigration arrests...


Cops Kill Mother of Two, Charge Teen for Her Murder
A young mother could not have known that by helping the police arrest a teen, she would end up dead. But unfortunately, due to the combined actions of both the Missouri teen and the officers, two young children will be attending the funeral of their 21-year-old mother. And the teen...


Judge Invalidates California Life-Ending Drug Law
Whether it's euthanasia, abortion, or the death penalty, life-and-death issues are highly controversial and hotly debated. Talking heads rankle over the issues and politicians use them as rallying devices. In an ongoing debate out of California, an end-of-life law seems to be meeting its own end as a judge has...


Top 7 Questions (and Answers) Regarding Damages in Personal Injury Cases
Just about every story about a personal injury lawsuit will make some reference to damages, noting how much the plaintiff is asking for and what kind. And a lot of specific legal terms get thrown around: general damages, special damages, and punitive damages. But what do they mean? Are...


Senate Votes to Reinstate Net Neutrality
Back in December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibited internet service providers from charging internet users different prices based on the user, content, website, platform, application, or method of communication. But yesterday the Senate pushed back, voting 52-47 to reinstate net...


Florida Appeals Courts Differ on New 'Stand Your Ground' Law
In 2017, Florida lawmakers shifted the burden of proof in so-called "stand your ground" shootings. Previously it had been up to defendants to prove immunity from prosecution under the state's "stand your ground" statute, but a new bill shifted that burden from defense lawyers to prosecutors, requiring them to...


AT&T Mobility Sued for Pregnancy Discrimination
There's no denying companies need a way to keep track of and deter excessive absenteeism by their employees. After all, they have businesses to run and they rely on their employees to get the job done. But they should probably differentiate between someone who's absent because they were doing keg...


Unsafe Lane Change Ticket: When Can You Fight It?
Most of us are familiar with that sinking feeling you experience when the glow of police lights appears in your rear-view mirror. "I hope they're after someone in front of me," you mutter unselfishly. But nope, they're after you. Maybe you know exactly why you're being pulled over (oh, is...


Beat the Shakedown Heat: Top 5 Summer Scams
As temperatures rise, so do the cons. Scam artists often turn up the heat on unsuspecting marks, like homeowners, the elderly, and even high-schoolers, during the summer. So it's important to know the kind of rip-offs that are going on to avoid becoming another victim. Here are five of the top...


Top 5 Tips to Avoid Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuits
This week, two women filed a federal, class action lawsuit against AT&T 's mobile phone subsidiary, AT&T Mobility, claiming the company's attendance policy violates both the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. The case could have national implications for employers and the legal boundaries of...


Can You Get Kicked Off a Plane for Being 'Pungent'?
Flying has become less and less of a pleasant experience. But what usually makes the biggest difference between a tolerable experience and one that causes you to question your faith in humanity, is the other humans on board. Some are delightful, but others have a special penchant for being astoundingly...


Oregon School Shooter Sentenced to 112 Years 
When a minor commits a crime, there's often a tug-of-war that occurs in society. On one end, people believe criminals should be held accountable for their crimes, especially heinous ones. On the other end, because of their biologically underdeveloped brains, we generally assign less culpability to and have greater hope...


When Is It Too Late to Request a Restraining Order?
Restraining orders and protective orders can apply to several different situations, from criminal domestic violence and stalking charges to civil lawsuits. And there are a variety of distinct types of orders and conditions they may contain. But how long do you have after a crime, domestic incident, or lawsuit...


Could the CFPB's Complaint Database Go Dark?
In the wake of the 2007-08 financial crisis, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency tasked with protecting consumer rights when dealing with banks, credit unions, debt collectors, mortgage servicers, payday lenders, securities firms, and other financial institutions. Part of the CFPB's mission is taking, compiling, and...


Spotify Dumps R. Kelly
With social media, the court of public opinion has grown in power and prestige. And movements like the #MeToo campaign have gained speed and effectiveness in holding people accountable for their deplorable actions. Accusations that garner attention via social media sometimes lead to criminal charges, as Harvey Weinstein can attest...


Muslim Woman Forced to Remove Hijab After Arrest, Sues Sheriff's Dept.
Freedom of religion is so central to our nation's identity, it's covered by the First Amendment. It's so crucial, every young student learns about the Pilgrims and how they escaped religious persecution by fleeing England and settling in America. And yet, even now, you don't have to look very far...