What Happens During a Welfare Fraud Investigation?
Ever since the 'Welfare Queen' craze in the early '80s, the specter of fraud has hung over any public assistance program, from Medicaid to food stamps. And, to be sure, that fraud exists, from a recently dubbed "Food Stamp Millionaire" to single cases of misreporting income and insurance payouts to...


Charles Oakley Sues Knicks Owner James Dolan Over MSG Incident
Charles Oakley, New York Knickerbockers legend, was kicked out of a Knicks game last February, after which James Dolan, current Knicks owner and executive chairman of Madison Square Garden, speculated that Oakley may have a problem with alcohol and anger management issues. Those assertions, and the forcible removal of Oakley...


Jessica Biel's Restaurant Sued by Workers for Wage Theft
Celebrities don't always make the best restaurateurs; just ask Eva Longoria or Flavor Flav. But you'd at least hope that they'd pay their employees properly and pass on the tips those employees earned. But nine current and former employees at Jessica Biel's Au Fudge restaurant in Los Angeles are suing...


Guns and Drugs: FAQ for Renters
Renting an apartment or house can be a tricky thing -- in so many ways, it's your space; but in so many other ways, it is clearly not. Can I paint this wall? What's the limit on house guests? Why can't my pit bull live here? And varying opinions and...


Too Hot! Woman Sues Victoria's Secret Over Flammable Hoodie
It's not too surprising when Victoria's Secret racy lingerie sparks some romantic flames. A little more surprising is when a less revealing hoodie from the company's PINK apparel line literally catches fire. Samantha Burke claims that a hoodie, t-shirt, and bra she purchased from Victoria's Secret "burst into flame while...


Can Sexting Be a Felony?
With increased access to smartphones with cameras, and limited access to good decision-making skills, teens have turned sexting into a serious issue that parents, educators, and sometimes the police need to deal with. And state laws, prosecutors, and courts have turned sexting into a serious criminal offense that teens may...


Deportation Dispute: U.S. Refusing Visas for Countries Unwilling to Take Back Deported Citizens
Most of us don't think about what happens to people deported from the United States, or where they go. But that process can be pretty complicated and require the cooperation of other nations accepting deportees. And the Trump administration is accusing four nations of being less than cooperative in deportation...


Do Family Businesses Need an Operating Agreement?
Part of the appeal of a family business is the family part, as opposed to the business part. Having a warmer, more informal relationship between the owners and employees stands in stark contrast to the calculating, profit-driven world of LLCs. Plus, why share profits with stockholders when you can...


What Happens When Somebody Kills an Endangered Species?
Endangered and threatened species are protected for a reason: once a species is extinct, there's no bringing it back. (Sorry, Jurassic Park aficionados.) So the Endangered Species Act aims to protect threatened and endangered species of plants and animals, as well as the habitats in which they are found. So...


Smartphone Search and Seizure Law: Update on iPhone Security
With every new advance in technology comes greater privacy concerns, especially when it comes to police searches. Email is just what it says, right, electronic mail? But while police may need a warrant to read handwritten letters, they may not need one to get access to your email. And as...


Top 5 Legal Issues Following Floods
Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in Houston last month. This month, it was Hurricane Irma inundating Florida. With two more storms, Jose and Maria, setting their sights on the northeast coast and Caribbean, respectively, the physical and financial injuries from flooding and flood damage will only intensify, leaving many to...


Top 5 Legal Tips for Teens
Teenagers seem to occupy a social and emotional middle ground: not children, but not quite adults; so much responsibility, but not all of it; independent in so many ways, dependent in others. Much of that is also true when it comes to legal grounds. The law is a little different...


Google Sued for 'Systemic Discrimination' Against Female Employees
It seems like just yesterday Google was parting ways with an engineer who felt the need to explain to colleagues, in excruciatingly sophomoric detail, why the "distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and...


What Can Police Do in a High-Speed Chase?
Former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted today on first-degree murder charges stemming from the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley shot Smith five times in his car following a three-minute chase during which Stockley allegedly said "We're killing this motherf*," ordered his partner to crash their...


Judge: Kid-Friendly Versions of Classic Novels Violate Copyright Laws
Why wait until you're 15 to understand what it's like to hitchhike from coast to coast? You don't need to be in middle school to feel the yearning and aspirations of 1940s New York City cafe society, right? Surely a tale about two fishermen of varying ages wouldn't be lost...


Like Clockwork, Here's the Equifax Scam
Where goes any hack or data breach, so comes the scam. Worried your personal information is in the hands of criminals? Give us, who are definitely not criminals, your personal information and we'll check and make sure to keep you safe. The appeal is simple, insidious, and predictable. So it's...


Motel 6 Accused of Reporting Guests to ICE
Normally if you're concerned with ice at a hotel, it's locating the nearest machine to your room. There was a different concern for guests at two Motel 6 locations in Phoenix, Arizona -- that employees were calling ICE to report guests who may be in the country illegally. A recent...


Starbucks Sued for Hot Tea Spill That Killed Dog
They may seem silly on the surface, but many hot coffee and tea lawsuits are no laughing matter. While it may be tempting to rhetorically wonder what temperature these customers were expecting from their drinks, they certainly weren't expecting the serious burns the boiling beverages can cause. And most of...


ACLU Lawsuit, Latest Border Security News
The American Civil Liberties Union announced it is filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens who claim their electronic devices were either searched or seized at the border, all without a warrant. "The border should not serve as a dragnet for law...


What Is Prejudgment Interest?
When you win your court case, you will generally receive monetary damages. Damages come in a few different forms, such as those meant to pay back medical bills and those meant to compensate for lost wages or pain and suffering. In a court case, a party seeking a judgment,...