What Are the Penalties for Stealing an Animal?
When people have a pet, it's usually just as important as any other member of the family. If someone steals a pet, the owners can be left feeling like a family member has been kidnapped, and will likely want to pursue as severe a punishment as possible for the animal...


How Will the New Tax Law Affect Sports Teams?
Your favorite hometown sports team may be planning more than just its next game plan or roster move. Tax reform is here, and everyone from the local sports bar to the hot dog vendor might be doing the math to figure out how it affects their bottom line. The new tax...


Same-sex Couple Sue to Foster Refugee Children
There are many couples who want to have a child, but can't have one of their own. There are also many children who are waiting to be adopted. Seems like there's a simple solution, but it's not always that easy for couples who want a child to actually adopt one...


Smucker Company Dog Food Recalled After Euthanasia Drug Scare
What wouldn't you do for your four-legged best friend? The connection we share with dogs makes it especially scary to find out that your constant companion (or at the very least furry friend) could suffer because of something you feed them. Unfortunately, that's the latest scoop in a series of...


Is It Illegal to Hide Cryptocurrency in Divorce?
It's never a good idea to try to cheat the law. When going through a divorce, property division begins by determining the assets of the splitting couple then divvying up those assets. Hiding property is, as you might expect, a regular fear and feature of the divorce process. Stocks,...


'Joke' Gun Violence Threats on Social Media Will Get You Arrested
Making threats against someone on social media can get you into hot water. But, even just joking about gun violence on social media can get you arrested. Just ask Ricky Jared Rankin of Texas. Rankin allegedly posted a photo of an AR-15 to Instagram and captioned the photo: "I'm...


Can a Hotel Check Your Room If You Post 'Do Not Disturb'?
Many hotel guests want privacy, and giving guests what they want is good for hotels. So as more hotels and casinos announce regular check-in policies for guest rooms, questions are being raised over the wisdom and legality of the universal 'do not disturb' placard. The answer might surprise you...


HIV Patients Sue CVS Over Privacy Issue
There are many things that Americans hold dear, and one of the big ones is the right to privacy. And, when we feel that we've suffered an invasion of privacy, we want the person who violated our privacy held accountable. That's what's happening with a group of HIV patients who...


Can Doctors Be Sued for Not Washing Hands?
You'd think this wouldn't be a thing. Kids learn to wash their hands from a young age. Employees can be required to wash their hands after using the restroom. And, in general, most people are pretty good about it. Despite this, doctors, who really should know best here, are...


Casino Changes Policy to Check Hotel Rooms Every 24 Hours
Caesars Entertainment will check guests' hotel rooms every 24 hours even with a 'do not disturb' sign on the door, under a newly announced policy. The company, one of the largest casino operators in the world, joins a growing list of hotel and casino operators that have taken similar...


IMDb Age Law Violates First Amendment, Court Rules
Celebrities are usually known for being sensitive about revealing their age. In fact, AB 1687 was passed in California to restrict the disclosure of actors' ages (if requested by an actor) on entertainment databases that required a subscription. However, a federal judge has ruled that the law violates the First...


What to Do If Someone Else Claims Your Child as a Dependent
You can claim a $4,050 dependent tax exemption for each qualifying child under federal tax law. Married couples filing jointly generally claim their children on their return, which is easy enough to manage between them. But when parents file separately, which often happens in the case of divorce or...


Do I Need a Lawyer to Get a Liquor License?
Starting a business takes time, money, and knowledge of not only the area of business that you'll be engaged in, but also of laws and regulations that apply to your type of business. For example, most businesses are required to obtain various licenses and permits in order to legally operate...


Teen Given Probation for Starting Oregon Wildfire
Fires can cause a lot of damage from destroying nature and people's homes to killing people. When an individual starts a fire intentionally, he or she may end up facing an arson charge, which is usually classified as a felony. But, even if the act of starting the fire doesn't...


Lawsuit Claims Vice Media Pays Women Less
Vice Media, which operates the Viceland cable channel, is the latest company to face allegations of discrimination against female employees. Elizabeth Rose, a former employee of Vice Media, has filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that Vice Media discriminates against its female employees by "systematically and intentionally paying them...


Can Victims of a Mass Shooting Sue the Government?
The best answer is, it's unlikely. True, litigants sue the government every day, over alleged civil rights violations, controversial laws, run-of-the-mill personal injury claims against government agencies and employees, and more. The real question is usually less about whether you can you sue the government, and more about the...


Texas Cash Bail System Ruled Unconstitutional
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has concluded that Houston's bail system is unconstitutional. The decision affirms a district court's findings in a class action lawsuit alleging that Harris County's bail bond practices violated the Due Process and Equal Protection rights of indigent defendants...


Lawsuit Claims Harvey Weinstein Issued Death Threats to Employees
Another day, another lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein was one of the powerful figures in Hollywood up until being accused of sexual harassment and assault by several women. The latest lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General is a result of a four month investigation.This lawsuit has been filed...


Coinbase Overcharging Users and Emptying Bank Accounts
Keep an eye on your bank account! It's good advice at all times, but for cryptocurrency enthusiasts it's especially true right at the moment. Customers of Coinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange, are reporting that the company is overcharging, double-charging, and in some cases emptying their bank accounts with unauthorized transactions...


Can Your Company Avoid Biometric Privacy Lawsuits?
Biometrics has been all the rage the last few years, offering a good way to ditch your "Password1" password for something uniquely identifiable and entirely yours. Businesses have increasingly adopted biometrics to replace tickets, employee ID badges, time clocks, and customers struggling to remember a password before purchasing a...