Is Doxing Illegal?
Depending on your point of view, releasing a person's identifying information on the internet might be one of the few ways to hold someone accountable for hateful actions or an avenue to unleashing hate upon an undeserving someone else. Trying to out white supremacists who participated in political violence?...


Starbucks Wins 'Underfilled' Lattes Lawsuit
Starbucks customers are pretty fussy when it comes to their daily fix. That much was evidenced by fans of their lattes filing a class action lawsuit claiming the coffee chain was shorting them on their steamed milk. "Starbucks lattes are uniformly underfilled pursuant to a standardized recipe," the suit...


Can I Get Fired for Not Taking a Lunch Break at Work?
Most of us work hard at our jobs, trying to get things done and make a positive impression on our bosses and colleagues. Many of us even work right through meals, skipping lunch to be more productive. Part of that motivation comes from knowing that we could be fired...


Manhattan Misdemeanor Charges No Longer Require Bail
The money bail system, under which a criminal defendant may be required to post a cash bond to secure his or her release from jail before trial, has come under increasing scrutiny in the past few years. Critics claim that jurisdictions were using automatic bail requirements to raise municipal...


Top 3 Legal Issues for Trump's 'Fire and Fury' Defamation Claim
As you may have heard by now, journalist Michael Wolf's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" has caused quite a stir. The president was not too pleased with the work, and lawyers for Trump and the book's publisher traded some entertaining letters over it. (And, of course,...


NC Congressional Map Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered, Circuit Rules
Last month, researchers from the Electoral Integrity Project scored North Carolina's overall electoral integrity at 58/100, placing it alongside the likes of Cuba, Indonesia, and Sierra Leone in terms of fostering free and fair and democratic elections. Not exactly the best of company. So bad, in fact, that those...


Civil Rights at Work: Respecting and Protecting Your Employees' Free Speech
We live in politically-charged times, and we often don't check our opinions at the office door. And even if we do, the internet has an amazing knack for carrying them into work anyway. From loose water cooler talk to social media posts that go viral, employees can often put their...


What Is Prior Restraint?
If Michael Wolff'sTrump tell-all book, Fire and Fury, reminds you of Shakespeare, it's probably the bard's take on life from Macbeth: "it is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing." The same might be true of the bluster around the book,...


E. Coli and Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Researchers at Consumer Reports think they've discovered the source of a deadly E. coli outbreak in the U.S. and Canada last week: romaine lettuce. The outbreak began in November 2017 and has sickened dozens, hospitalized five, and killed at least two people. While the U.S. Center for Disease Control...


Employer's Duty to Protect Workers From Dangerously Cold Conditions
While some of us would love to close up shop in the midst of a "bomb cyclone," we may not have that luxury, putting employers in the unenviable position of asking employees to work in some frigid conditions. From postmen to presidents, most of us still have to go...


What's the Legal Limit for Driving While High?
With few exceptions, every state set the blood-alcohol bar for drunk driving at .08 percent. And most state alcohol consumption laws are similar, as well. But states are, pardon the pun, all over the map when it comes to marijuana enforcement, ranging from therapeutic CBD oil use only in...


Transgender People Now Allowed to Enlist in U.S. Military
Over the past six months, the U.S government has been split on transgender military service, with the president tweeting a ban, transgender service members suing over the tweets, the Secretary of Defense defying the president's order, and ultimately a federal court blocking the order. All that political and legal...


What to Do If You Have a Marijuana Conviction in California
California legalized it. And that's all well and good for budding weed entrepreneurs in the Golden State, but what about the half-million people arrested on marijuana-related offenses over the past decade? Many, if not all of those arrestees have criminal charges on their record, and some may still be...


Lawsuit: Girls Soccer Coach Wrongfully Fired for Gender Discrimination Complaint
Most instances of gender discrimination and sexual harassment go unreported. And those that do are too often treated as "he said, she said" cases. Take, for instance, the matter of Teri Collins and the Long Beach Unified School District. Collins claims she endured years of gender discrimination and sexual...


Will Legal Marijuana Businesses Be Prosecuted Under New DOJ Policy?
If you were just getting your cannabiz off the ground, yesterday's news might've been quite the buzzkill. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded several Obama-era directives curtailing enforcement of federal prohibitions on the possession and sale of marijuana. The memo directs U.S. Attorneys to "enforce the laws enacted by Congress...


Immigration Reforms Predicted for 2018
After an infamously busy 2017 on the immigration front, the Trump administration apparently has more in store for 2018. "This president won in part on taking a tough stand against illegal immigrants just coming over the border," Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News. "People want to know that...


Working in Cold Weather: Can You Sue for Injuries?
Working in winter weather is never a picnic, especially in the midst of a "bomb cyclone," whatever that is. Still, commerce doesn't take a holiday when it's cold out, and from postmen to presidents, most of us still have to go to work in cold weather. Here are some...


Does Sessions' Stance on Marijuana Mean the End to Legal Weed?
As we've noted before, state marijuana laws often conflict with federal marijuana laws, meaning that state efforts to legalize and decriminalize weed have remained subject to federal law enforcement's acquiescence to the will of state voters and lawmakers. During the Obama presidency, the Justice Department refrained from prosecuting federal...


Can Your Small Biz Sue for Losing Biz?
We all know that it's a free market, for the most part, and small business owners are willing to compete for customers and clients. Entrepreneurs often have faith that their product or service will be preferred, or at least they're willing to win some and lose some, without too...


J&J Heart Device Recalled by FDA
Thousands of products -- from ice cream to car steering wheels -- get recalled every year. And the FDA has a classification for those recalls, based on the injury risk posed by a defective product. Class I recalls are reserved for the most dangerous of defective products: "a situation...