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Cops Can't Force Phones Unlocked With Face and Fingerprints

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 17:44
In a landmark ruling, a federal district court judge in Northern California ruled that police cannot force people to use biometrics to unlock their phones without a specific warrant. As technology advances, some are worried about their invasion of privacy, both civilly and criminally. Though this ruling has limited......

3 Popular Side Hustles That Are (Still) Illegal

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 17:10
These days, everyone's talking about a side hustle, either doing one, fixin' to do one, or just daydreaming about the possibilities. Side hustles take up a lot of spare time, but can make you a lot of spare money too! If you're thinking about joining the gig economy, but......

Domino's Pizza Ordered to Make Website Accessible

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:53
The Ninth Circuit put in its order to Domino's, but it wasn't for pizza, or even chicken wings. It was to get its website and mobile app compliant with the American Disability Act so that the visually impaired could have full use of their site, including ordering and discounted......

This Oreo Lawsuit Might Have Huge Implications for Cyber Insurance

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:48
Lawyers love to haggle over definitions, and insurance companies love to get out of paying out policies. So imagine the conversations brewing over the Oreo-NotPetya lawsuit.NotPetya is ransomeware that infected millions of computers in 2017, causing $10 billion dollars in damage to companies worldwide. Though the Russian government vehemently......

What's a Violent Felony? Supreme Court Just Lowered the Standard

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:40
Repeated violent felonies can have dire consequences for some criminals. Many states, and the federal government, have three-strike type rules that require mandatory sentencing for certain convictions post-third-strike. Therefore, defendants can, and should, fight tooth-and-nail to keep convictions from coming under violent felony codes.But what is "violent"? According to......

Consumer Protection Websites Are Down as Gov. Shutdown Continues

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:30
As the old saying goes, "problems" roll downhill, and at the bottom of The Hill's federal shutdown are consumers. Numerous governmental entities, products, and services that protect consumer interests have been shuttered. None have mentioned any date of reopening soon, as the federal government shutdown now reaches the longest......

Federal Judge Blocks Employers From Opting Out of Birth Control Coverage

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:51
At the eleventh hour, one judge in Philadelphia blocked employers from opting out of providing birth control coverage to employees.The Trump Administration, specifically the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Treasury, issued new federal laws in October 2018, allowing business and nonprofits to opt out......

Chicago Airbnb Hosts Lack Standing in Class Action, Court Rules

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:34
In 2016, the Chicago City Council passed a very lengthy ordinance that governs home-sharing agreements, placing certain requirements on the host and host-sharing platform. A group of individual Chicago residents and a home-sharing advocacy group joined together to file a class action lawsuit against the city, claiming this ordinance violated......

When Is It Too Late to Sign Up for Obamacare?

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:30
For those that don't already have health insurance through their employer, the Affordable Care Act provides a marketplace for insurance plans. Known more broadly as Obamacare, the ACA also requires everyone to have some health insurance plan while guaranteeing coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions. So, when do you need to......

When Should You Call the Police Over Hate Mail?

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:16
People can be downright nasty, especially in this age of social media. Though people have a First Amendment right to speak their minds, that right is limited. As the old saying goes, "Your right to swing your arms stops at my nose." If you are the recipient of hate......

3 Tax Tips for Business Partnerships

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:14
If you are involved in a business partnership, you already know that the business itself doesn't pay taxes. Rather, in a partnership, tax liabilities flow directly on to the individual tax return of each partner, based on the partnership agreement. Now that the 2018 books are closed, here are a......

Is U.S. Immigration Aiding Underage Sex Trafficking?

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:11
The United States government has potentially blessed over 8,000 underage sex trafficking cases in the past 10 years through its immigration portal, according to a recent report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.In a country that is currently experiencing harsh immigration blocks, this is one loophole......

Former Oregon Footballer Sues Coaches, School, NCAA for Workout Injuries

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 11:31
Depending on who you ask, a series of workouts imposed by then-new Oregon football coach Willie Taggart in January 2017 were either "a physically impossible exercise regimen of squats and told the student athletes that the workout 'would demonstrate who wanted to be on the team,'" or "akin to military......

Construction Worker Sues for Disney Animal Kingdom Injury

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 18:18
A bit of mystery surrounds a lawsuit filed by construction worker Robert Howard against Disney, MLC Theming, and Total Demolition Services. Howard alleges that dangerous conditions at his worksite located within Disney World's Animal Kingdom created an unsafe work site, which caused him to sustain an injury when a ditch......

How Are Cops Collecting, Sharing Travel Patterns?

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 13:45
Big brother is watching you more than you think. And not only watching, but sharing that information with others. Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) are the main mechanism behind the collection of travel data. These readers are mounted on cop cars as well as stationary devices, like street signs......

Iowa's 'Ag-Gag' Law Struck Down

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:43
Ag-gag laws are intended to muzzle the voices of undercover journalists and animal rights activist looking to expose certain unethical practices in the agricultural community. Often, these journalists and activists use false pretenses in order to gain their employment, and then go rogue once inside the organization. The Iowa......

Mandatory Court Fees Ruled Unconstitutional Against Poor Californians

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:25
Imagine trying to dig your way out of the mud without a shovel. Or stuck in an endless loop with no one to pull you out. That's how indigent people feel when faced with mandatory court fees for criminal convictions. But one court is putting a stop to it,......

Athlete's Suicide Blamed on Sorority Hazing in Lawsuit

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 16:31
All suicides are tragic, but especially ones that could have been prevented. Jordan Hankins' may fall into that category. Hankins, a sophomore guard for the Northwestern University women's basketball team, was found hung in her dorm room nearly two years ago. Her mother alleges that Hankins became severely depressed......

What to Do If You Suspect Neighbors of Child Abuse

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 15:20
Suspecting child abuse is one of the most painful things an adult can endure. You fear the stakes are high if you call it in, regardless of whether or not you are correct. However, public policy has changed to encourage reporting, and if you truly suspect your neighbors are......

DC 'LOVE' Act Allows Marriage Licenses During Shutdown

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 15:10
During the federal shutdown, some things endure. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these romantics from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.We aren't lauding the Postal Service. We're talking about love that endures. More specifically, LOVE. The District of Columbia Council unanimously approved......

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