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Too Hot! Woman Sues Victoria's Secret Over Flammable Hoodie

It's not too surprising when Victoria's Secret racy lingerie sparks some romantic flames. A little more surprising is when a less revealing hoodie from the company's PINK apparel line literally catches fire. Samantha Burke claims that a hoodie, t-shirt, and bra she purchased from Victoria's Secret ...

Can Sexting Be a Felony?

With increased access to smartphones with cameras, and limited access to good decision-making skills, teens have turned sexting into a serious issue that parents, educators, and sometimes the police need to deal with. And state laws, prosecutors, and courts have turned sexting into a serious ...

Deportation Dispute: U.S. Refusing Visas for Countries Unwilling to Take Back Deported Citizens

Most of us don't think about what happens to people deported from the United States, or where they go. But that process can be pretty complicated and require the cooperation of other nations accepting deportees. And the Trump administration is accusing four nations of being less than cooperative in ...

Do Family Businesses Need an Operating Agreement?

Part of the appeal of a family business is the family part, as opposed to the business part. Having a warmer, more informal relationship between the owners and employees stands in stark contrast to the calculating, profit-driven world of LLCs. Plus, why share profits with stockholders when you ...

What Happens When Somebody Kills an Endangered Species?

Endangered and threatened species are protected for a reason: once a species is extinct, there's no bringing it back. So the Endangered Species Act aims to protect threatened and endangered species of plants and animals, as well as the habitats in which they are found. So......

Smartphone Search and Seizure Law: Update on iPhone Security

With every new advance in technology comes greater privacy concerns, especially when it comes to police searches. Email is just what it says, right, electronic mail? But while police may need a warrant to read handwritten letters, they may not need one to get access to your email. And as......

Top 5 Legal Issues Following Floods

Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in Houston last month. This month, it was Hurricane Irma inundating Florida. With two more storms, Jose and Maria, setting their sights on the northeast coast and Caribbean, respectively, the physical and financial injuries from flooding and flood damage ...

Top 5 Legal Tips for Teens

Teenagers seem to occupy a social and emotional middle ground: not children, but not quite adults; so much responsibility, but not all of it; independent in so many ways, dependent in others. Much of that is also true when it comes to legal grounds. The law is a little different......

Google Sued for 'Systemic Discrimination' Against Female Employees

It seems like just yesterday Google was parting ways with an engineer who felt the need to explain to colleagues, in excruciatingly sophomoric detail, why the "distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and ... these differences may explain why ...

What Can Police Do in a High-Speed Chase?

Former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted today on first-degree murder charges stemming from the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley shot Smith five times in his car following a three-minute chase during which Stockley allegedly said "We're killing this motherf*," ...

Judge: Kid-Friendly Versions of Classic Novels Violate Copyright Laws

Why wait until you're 15 to understand what it's like to hitchhike from coast to coast? You don't need to be in middle school to feel the yearning and aspirations of 1940s New York City cafe society, right? Surely a tale about two fishermen of varying ages wouldn't be lost......

Like Clockwork, Here's the Equifax Scam

Where goes any hack or data breach, so comes the scam. Worried your personal information is in the hands of criminals? Give us, who are definitely not criminals, your personal information and we'll check and make sure to keep you safe. The appeal is simple, insidious, and predictable. So it's......

Motel 6 Accused of Reporting Guests to ICE

Normally if you're concerned with ice at a hotel, it's locating the nearest machine to your room. There was a different concern for guests at two Motel 6 locations in Phoenix, Arizona -- that employees were calling ICE to report guests who may be in the country illegally. A recent......

Starbucks Sued for Hot Tea Spill That Killed Dog

They may seem silly on the surface, but many hot coffee and tea lawsuits are no laughing matter. While it may be tempting to rhetorically wonder what temperature these customers were expecting from their drinks, they certainly weren't expecting the serious burns the boiling beverages can cause. And ...

ACLU Lawsuit, Latest Border Security News

The American Civil Liberties Union announced it is filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens who claim their electronic devices were either searched or seized at the border, all without a warrant. "The border should not serve as a dragnet for ...

What Is Prejudgment Interest?

When you win your court case, you will generally receive monetary damages. Damages come in a few different forms, such as those meant to pay back medical bills and those meant to compensate for lost wages or pain and suffering. In a court case, a party seeking a judgment,......

Gigi Hadid Sued for Posting Instagram Pictures of Herself

That might be you in the pic, but do you have the right to post it? That's the gist of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by photographer Peter Cepeda against model Gigi Hadid. Cepeda is claiming he has exclusive rights to a photo Hadid posted on her Instagram and Twitter......

What Is a Triple Net Lease? Should You Sign One?

Finding commercial real estate for your small business can be difficult. And finding favorable lease terms as a small business or startup may seem impossible. Between rights to relocate and personal guarantees, negotiating a commercial lease feels more like pulling teeth than pushing your product, ...

Tennessee Woman Charged With Attempted Murder for Alleged 'Warning Shots'

Police say that after Gerald Melton, a homeless man trying to sleep on a Nashville sidewalk, asked Katie Quackenbush to move her Porsche SUV, the two engaged in heated argument, Melton walked back to where he was sleeping, and Quackenbush followed him with a gun, shooting him twice in the......

Staying Out of Trouble Online: 5 Recent Developments in Internet Safety

The internet has gobbled up everything from our shopping to our social lives, to the point that even the most committed luddites have trouble staying offline. But as many of us know, going online can get you into serious legal trouble. Many of us just accept that internet use comes......

Former Football Player Sues Notre Dame for Concealing MRI Results

One response to the ongoing arguments about concussions and head injuries in football has been: "They're adults; football is a contact sport; they knew the risk; and they played anyway." This can be persuasive if the third element is true. In a legal sense as well, an assumption of risk......

No High From the Sky: CA Clips Wings of Drone Pot Delivery

It was probably just a pipe dream, the thought that now that weed was legalized in the Golden State, drones could start dropping doobies from the sky. And not just the hazy hops of lazy stoners -- cannabusinesses too would've loved to offer the service to customers. Alas, California's buzzkill......

Can You Be Fired for Having Your Period at Work?

'Every woman dreads getting period symptoms when they're not expecting them,' said Alisha Coleman, 'but I never thought I could be fired for it.' It's not a legal question often asked, but Coleman should know better than most. She was fired from a 911 call center in Georgia, allegedly after......

Los Angeles Settles Cyclist's Pothole Injury Lawsuit for $6.5M

Peter Godefroy was riding his bicycle on Valley Vista Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, California two years ago when struck a pothole, crashed his bike, and suffered "severe traumatic brain injury and numerous broken or fractured bones throughout his body." Godefroy sued the City of Los Angeles, claiming ...

Virtual Reality Startup Settles Actual Reality Sexual Harassment Suit

Virtual reality startup Upload, accused of 'rampant' sexual behavior in the workplace, has settled a lawsuit filed by former director of digital and social media Elizabeth Scott. Scott accused Upload, originally called UploadVR, of "a pattern of gender discrimination, sexual discrimination, ...

Do You Need to Actually Drive a Car to Be Guilty of Theft?

It's a question that only raises more questions: Can a person who locks himself in another person's car without permission be convicted of vehicle theft? Who is this person? How'd they get into the car? Isn't the whole point of stealing a car, you know, to drive it away? But......

Your Credit Report Was Hacked, Now What?

Of all the hacks and data breaches going around lately, the last place you'd expect or want to get hacked is a credit reporting agency. After all, they're entrusted with an enormous amount of personal information and financial history -- a one-stop-shop for identity theft data. So you'd hope ...

DeVos Plans to Dismantle Standards for Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

Donald Trump's new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced plans to rescind a six-year-old policy issued by Barack Obama's administration that advised colleges and universities on how to handle sexual assault allegations on campus. "Washington has burdened schools with increasingly elaborate and ...

Judge to Allow Jury to Decide If 'Brain Dead' Teen Is Alive

Jahi McMath was thirteen years old when a routine tonsillectomy went wrong and left the teen brain dead. After the surgery in 2013, she was pronounced dead, and the county coroner even signed a death certificate a month later. However, Jahi was never taken off life support. Her parents......