Top 5 Questions About Federal Criminal Investigations
If you're charged with a crime, chances are it's a violation of a local ordinance or state statute. But every now and then, if a crime is committed on federal land, a criminal enterprise spans multiple states, or you're involved in federal campaign shenanigans, you may be facing federal criminal...


Berkeley Must Face Class Action by Protesters
The city of Berkeley, its police chief, and several of its police officers, will be required to face a class action lawsuit brought by protesters that were injured at a recent city council meeting. Though some of the charges brought were dropped, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White kept alive...


If Border Agent Searched Your Phone, U.S. May Still Have Your Info
You may have had your phone unsuspectedly searched by federal agents when coming into America. And the data on your phone may have been downloaded to scan for national security information. Odds are high no incriminating data was found on your phone. But as it turns out, odds aren't...


Jimmy Dean Recalls Nearly 30,000 Pounds of Sausage
Just when you thought it was safe to eat again after the recent romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak, Jimmy Dean has recalled nearly 30,000 pounds of its sausage meat after at least five customers found ribbons of metal laced through their links. Though no one has been injured to date,...


Jury Recommends Life Sentence for Neo-Nazi Who Drove Into Crowd
A Charlottesville, Virginia jury recommended life plus 419 years in prison, to be served consecutively, for the self-avowed neo-Nazi who ran his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally last year, killing one and injuring 35 others. James Alex Fields, Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, was...


'Making a Murderer' Lawyer Acquitted of Felony Stalking Charges
Len Kachinsky may be quirky, but that doesn't make him a stalker. Kachinsky, a former superior court judge in Fox Crossing, Wisconsin, was charged with stalking court clerk, Mandy Bartelt. Though Kachinsky may have made a few cringe-worthy comments, a jury acquitted him of felony stalking charges. Kachinsky chalks...


Startups and Arbitration: Top 3 Legal Tips
The last thing you want dragging your startup down is long-term litigation. There are always legal risks to starting a business, but frivolous lawsuits and out-of-nowhere class action suits can scuttle your company before launch (or lunch, even). One way many businesses -- large and small -- are attempting to...


Feds Argue Kids Don't Need Lawyers in Immigration Court
A baby in a basket is clearly capable of representing oneself in immigration court.At least, that's the view of Justice Department attorneys arguing against providing any immigrant free legal counsel during immigration, asylum, or deportation proceedings...


Michael Cohen, Trump's Former Lawyer and Fixer, Is Going to Prison
Michael Cohen, the man who claims he covered up the president's "dirty deeds," was sentenced to three years in prison this morning for his role in funneling hush money to two Donald Trump mistresses in the run-up to the 2016 election. The former lawyer and "fixer," also received a two-month...


Are Dangerous Errors Lurking in Your Medical Records?
Sometimes we need to change doctors. Sometimes a medical condition needs to go to an expert. And sometimes, a medical emergency prevents us from giving our complete medical history to the doctors and nurses treating us. In any case, the quality of health care that we receive is only as...


Is It Illegal to Own a Huawei Phone?
Unless you follow all the latest tech news, you may not have heard of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. Heck, you might not even know how to pronounce the company's name. (It's wah-way.) But what started out as a foreign company specializing in building telephone and data networks abroad, has branched...


Burglary Includes Breaking Into a Mobile Home or Tent, Supreme Court Rules
Call it a sign of the times. The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that non-traditional homes can suffice for the "structure" requirement needed for the definition of burglary...


Lindsey Buckingham Settles Lawsuit With Ex-Bandmates in Fleetwood Mac
Another battle has ended between Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, but could this be the end of the war as well? After nearly fifty years of playing together, and a game of musical chairs among guitarists and singers, it looks like this could be the final final for Buckingham...


Christmas Shopper Wins $3M Lawsuit for Escalator Toe Injury
Aisha Siddiqui won a jury verdict of $3 million in her personal injury lawsuit against a mall owner and escalator manufacturer after her right big toe was "crushed and shredded" during a Christmas shopping trip in Arkansas last year. Siddiqui was riding down an escalator at the Park Plaza...


Supreme Court Won't Hear Flushable Wipes False Advertising Lawsuit
The United States Supreme Court refused a request to hear arguments regarding whether or not a consumer can bring a case for false advertising about flushable wipes. The plaintiff had prevailed at the appellate level, and now defendant Kimberly Clark Corporation's hopes are down the drain...


National Impaired Driving Prevention Month: What You Need to Know
December was declared National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month in 2000. Since then, it has been changed to National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, reflecting a shift in how we view DUIs, DWIs, and the widening influence of legalized narcotics and prescription drugs on our ability to drive responsibly. So...


Can a Parent Get Out of Jury Duty to Take Care of Kids?
Almost every parent has faced the logistical horror of receiving a jury summons. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent of infants or a double-income parent of middle school children, the thought of getting to the courthouse by 8:30 a.m., potentially for weeks on end, is enough to give you...


Supreme Court Won't Hear Planned Parenthood Defunding Cases
Not every appeal to the Supreme Court gets heard. In fact, you need four of the nine Justices to agree to grant what is known as certiorari before a case can move forward to arguments. And because the Court doesn't normally elaborate on the reasons for declining to hear appeals,...


Can a Startup Survive a Class Action Lawsuit?
Most entrepreneurs understand the legal risks they are taking when starting a new business. First off, you're probably taking on some loans that you'll be responsible for paying back. You're walking into a morass of federal, state, and local employment statutes. And contracts with customers, clients, and suppliers can always...


Human Rights: 5 Big Advances in Recent Years
Yesterday was Human Rights Day, and although our remembrance is a little late, it did serve as a reminder to how far human rights have come in the past 70 years, and how much of the progress has been made in the courtroom. While the work is far from done...