FBI: Surge in Hate Crimes Largest Since 9/11
The number of hate crimes reported in 2016 was already the most in the past five years. That trend sadly continued into 2017, with the FBI reporting a surge in hate crimes unseen since the wake of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Especially troubling was the spike in anti-Semitic hate...


Avoid Cyberstalking During Divorce
Temptation pulls at our heartstrings, and it can be at the very core of a divorce. But if you are tempted to lurk on social media to find out what your future ex is up to, even if it's just for legal discovery, make sure you don't blur the...


NHL Settles Concussion Lawsuits for Under $20M
Like the NFL before it, the NHL has settled ongoing litigation regarding concussions suffered by former players. But unlike the NFL, the NHL did it for a pittance. The NFL's settlement committed the league to spending almost $1 billion in total damages, medical reimbursements, and future medical and psychological care...


Airline Price Fixing Class Action Filed
It came as no surprise that the airlines kept jacking up their prices and limiting their services, often at a time when jet fuel prices were plummeting. Consumers had almost given in to the turbulence of high ticket prices. But the winds are changing, and the settlements are coming...


Latest Celebrity 'Conscious Uncoupling' Divorce
Gwyneth Paltrow brought the term "conscious uncoupling" into the public eye with her divorce to Chris Martin. At the time, she said "I know it's a dorky term, but it's very worthwhile. I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive," said Gwyneth. Yes, she's right. It's a dorky...


Texas Serial Package Thief Arrested Before Holiday Season
It's the holiday season, and you know what that means? Package theft will be on the rise. Officers in Williamson County, Texas have been on the lookout for one prolific thief, active since mid October. Last week, they caught the culprit. Surprised? Don't be! According the Sheriff Chody and...


Cities and the FDA Crack Down on E-Cig Teen Vaping
Cities all across the country are putting pressure on various parts of the e-cigarette industry, in an attempt to dampen what is being called a "teenage vaping epidemic." For years, the federal government had been fighting traditional cigarette manufacturers, trying to eliminate sales and marketing to those under 18...


Justice Dept. Sues, Settles With Sinclair and Others on Antitrust Charges
In perhaps a record for shortest litigation ever, the Department of Justice announced that it both filed a lawsuit and agreed to a settlement in the same day with six TV broadcasters, claiming they "engaged in unlawful agreements to share non-public competitively sensitive information with their broadcast television competitors." What...


Woman Sues Greyhound for Racial Profiling
Greyhound Bus Lines, historically a strong supporter of civil rights dating as far back as the 1960's Freedom Riders, is now the defendant in a state consumer protection lawsuit by a California customer over racial profiling and warrantless searches of its buses by border agents. Plaintiffs are seeking class-action...


Do Employees Have a Right to See Their Personnel File?
In general, it's a good idea to keep personnel files for all your employees. You can track their interview and hire, promotions and bonuses, and any complaints or disciplinary action. These records can come in handy later if the employee is asking for a raise, or arguing against their termination...


How Much Is a Hit and Run Lawsuit Worth?
Being the victim of a hit and run accident is uniquely problematic on so many levels. There's no one to exchange information with, no one to report to your insurance company, no one to interview to determine fault, and no one to sue if you seek punitive damages. But...


Former Vikings Star Sharrif Floyd Sues Doctors for $180M
Dr. James Andrews is probably the most recognized name when it comes to world class athletes and injuries. The orthopedic surgeon has performed Tommy John surgery on just about every pitcher you know, along with surgeries on Bo Jackson's hip, the shoulders of Cowboys trio Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and...


Alexa, Whodunnit? Judge Wants Amazon Echo Recordings in Double Homicide Case
Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pellegrini were stabbed multiple times in a home in Farmington, New Hampshire in January 2017 and their bodies laid under a tarp in the backyard. Among the possible evidence police gathered from the home was an Amazon Echo smart speaker device in the kitchen. Prosecutors believe...


5 More Legal Tips for Your Holiday Shopping
Black Friday is right around the corner. After that? Cyber Monday. And in between? A whole lot of offers, sales, and clearances. And, sadly, a lot of deception, scams, and identity theft. So here are some holiday shopping tips, to keep you safe (legally speaking) both online and in real...


What Is a Cryptocurrency Pump and Dump Scheme?
All of us have heard the phrase "too good to be true." And most of us know to be skeptical of any claims a company makes on its potential for growth. So, when an entrepreneur tells potential investors that value in the firm will increase by 25,000 percent, that would...


Mail-Bombing Spree Suspect Indicted on 30 Counts
Cesar Sayoc, the person accused of sending pipe bombs to foes of President Trump, has been indicted on 30 federal counts associated with using the U.S. Mail to send weapons of mass destruction, and threatening interstate commerce. The indictment claims Sayoc mailed 16 bombs to various addresses throughout the...


Can You Sue a Homeowner's Association for 'War on Christmas'?
Jeremy and Kristi Morris of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho won a jury verdict for $75,000 after successfully suing their West Hayden States First Addition Homeowners Association (HOA) for waging a "War On Christmas." The couple successfully claimed that the HOA's restriction against the couple's annual front lawn five-day-long Christmas pageant...


Couple Sues Costco for $4M in Racial Profiling Case
Shopping While Black. It's a phenomena most Americans don't experience, purely by the coincidence of their skin color. As scientists unearth more reasoning behind unconscious bias, retailers are being pressed to confront the epidemic and take action, or risk being sued. That's the dilemma now in front of Costco,...


Top 3 Legal Tips for Asylum Seekers
Immigration issues have been in the forefront of the news since President Trump took office, and many of those issues have concerned immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Under international and U.S. law, asylum-seekers are afforded different considerations than other immigrations, and the asylum process can be different than...


What Are 'Wobbler' DUIs and Why Should You Care?
A wobbler, in criminal procedure parlance, is a crime that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony....