California Introduces New Cannabis Rules and Regulations
Legalizing it is no simple task. Just ask Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and other states that have legalized recreational marijuana: from licensing to labeling and from distribution to DUI tests, the regulation of legalized marijuana is a massive task. Still, those states -- and more every year -- have decided...


Security Tips for Online Shopping on Cyber Monday
For those of us who don't want to be trampled at the door of a box store on Black Friday, there's Cyber Monday, the day we can feed the capitalist consumption machine from the safety of our homes, phones, and cubicles. And while we may not need to worry...


Tips for the 'Estate Planning Talk' Over the Holidays
We get it: there's no easy way to start talking about estate planning. And who wants to spoil the holidays with morbid talk about what's going to happen after a family member dies? None of that sounds appealing. Then again, when else are you going to do it? The holidays...


How Can a Startup Protect Trade Secrets?
You're starting a business because you've got some great, new ideas. So how do you protect those ideas once you're in business? From intellectual property laws to non-disclosure agreements, there are quite a few legal options for protecting trade secrets. Here's how to know which is the right option...


3 Ways to Avoid Employment Violations on Black Friday
Just about every small business has some sort of Black Friday event or deal. From flash sales to door dashes to bargain bonanzas, there are myriad ways to take advantage of the nation's premier shopping holiday. But with all this focus on consumers, make sure you don't forget about...


Hate Crimes Hit 5-Year High
According to data released by the FBI last week, law enforcement agencies reported 6,121 hate crimes nationwide in 2016. That's a five percent increase in hate crimes over 2015, and a five-year high. However, the FBI admits its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program doesn't count jurisdictions of agencies that...


Online Reviewers Losing Anonymity in Defamation Cases
There is certainly an interest in being able to anonymously review products and services online: reviewers may feel more safe to be honest in their reviews, without fear of retaliation from companies or other users. Then again, anonymity can allow some reviewers to go too far, thinking there will be...


Jury Orders J&J to Pay $247M for Defective Hip Implants
Johnson and Johnson has become a regular subject of our injury blogs. From talc-based baby powder causing cancer to vaginal mesh implants causing bleeding and loss of sexual function to anti-psychotics causing breast enlargement in male patients, Johnson and Johnson has been the subject of hundreds of lawsuits and been...


DACA Renewals Rejected for Missing Deadline Will Get Reprieve
The mixed messages continue coming from the White House on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, this time with DACA recipients getting some good news. Although the Trump administration already announced plans to end DACA protections next year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is giving a second chance to immigrants...


5 Most Common Black Friday Shopping Injuries (and What to Do About Them)
The crowds; the anticipation; the joy; and the pain. There really is nothing like the exhilaration and hysteria of Black Friday. One day every year, American shoppers lose their collective minds in an effort to save a few bucks on Christmas presents. But the damage and injuries sustained on...


Tyrese's Custody Dispute Plays Out on Instagram
We've said it before that parents should be careful on social media during child custody disputes. Apparently, Tyrese Gibson doesn't read our blogs. The Fast and Furious franchise star had been a constant presence on Instagram throughout his battle with ex-wife Norma Gibson over custody of their daughter Shayla...


LAPD Cop Films Himself Planting Cocaine in Suspect's Wallet
Crooked cops still haven't figured out how their body cameras work. Apparently, no one told them the cameras record the 30 seconds before you turn it on as well. This is good news for defendants accusing cops of planting evidence. And, as we've seen in at least three recent...


Washington Supreme Court: Immigration Status 'Generally Inadmissible' in Court
There are times when a person's immigration status will be relevant in a court of law. Say, if a person is accused of falsifying documents to hide that status. It could also come up if a witness is receiving some immigration benefit in exchange for or in order to...


5 Biggest Recent Slip and Fall Cases
Last week, an Alabama jury awarded $7.5 million to a man who fell while shopping for watermelons at a local Walmart. That may seem like a lot for a simple slip and fall, but security camera footage showed several shoppers suffering similar entanglements with a pallet hidden beneath the...


Common Myths About Child Custody Disputes
Child custody disputes can be some of the most hard-fought legal battles in the courts. And in the fog of war, a lot of misconceptions can spread. To be fair, the one constant throughout all child custody determinations is that courts or arbitrators will make their decisions based on...


Walmart Watermelon-Buying Injury Nets Alabama Man $7.5M
Who knew shopping was this dangerous? Henry Walker found out while reaching for a watermelon in an Alabama Walmart in 2015. Walker's foot got caught in a wooden pallet on the floor, causing him to fall and shatter his hip. Walker sued Walmart, claiming the retailer should've known the...


Is Multi-Level Marketing Illegal?
Most entrepreneurs dream of getting their small business off the ground, and growing it into a self-sustainable enterprise. Other employees will take over the day-to-day operations and sales while you think big picture. They'll rise through the ranks, hire their own employees, and you'll be further removed from much of...


Top 5 Student Loan Debt Tips
Student loan debt in America is exploding, growing by an estimated $2,726.27 every second and totaling over $1.38 trillion dollars (as of this morning). Not only are students being buried in debt, parents are now, too. And with so many shady debt servicing companies and for-profit colleges out there,...


Chicago's Topless Ban Upheld by Split 7th Circuit
Chicago's indecent exposure ordinance is quite specific, including a ban on the display of "any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of the areola thereof of any female person" in public. Sonoku Tagami is not a fan of the law, and decided to celebrated "GoTopless...


What Is a 'Body Broker'?
You probably felt pretty good checking the organ donor box on your driver's license application. And the thought of donating your body to science seemed a noble endeavor. After all, you're not going to be using it anymore -- it might as well go to someone in need. At the...