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How Long Do You Have to File a Police Report for Domestic Violence?

A victim of domestic violence should generally try to involve law enforcement at the earliest possible time after an incident, assuming police didn't arrive during the incident. The sooner a victim can file a police report, the higher the likelihood that police will investigate, which increases the ...

Third Woman Accuses Roman Polanski of Sexual Assault

The endless legal saga of Roman Polanski rages on, this time with another accuser saying the she was also 'victimized' by the filmmaker in 1973 when she was just 16 years old. The 59-year-old woman, who gave only the name Robin, said she was forced to come forward after Samantha......

Can You Bring a Comfort Dog With You to Court?

In this hurly-burly, topsy-turvy, crazy messed up world we live in, there's something that we can all agree on. Dogs are good. They catch abusive babysitters. They win Supreme Court cases. Even when they're bad, shockingly bad, they're good. That's why we like to have them around, so much so......

Class Action Against Kellogg for Serial Cereal Puffery Continues

Plaintiff Stephen Hadley has filed a lawsuit claiming that the many different Kellogg breakfast products he ate for breakfast were not as healthy as the breakfast maker has claimed. And while Kellogg denies these allegations, the company was not successful in having the case dismissed at the ...

Closing Up Shop: Top 5 Tips When Ending or Exiting a Small Business

Entrepreneurs are optimists. And even those with a long-term view on their startups often don't envision leaving those companies, much less failing or being forced to close. But ending a business is as much a reality as starting one, and planning for the worst is as essential as hoping for......

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Child Custody Lawyer

Whether you're just getting divorced or still hashing out custody issues with an old ex, you're probably wondering if you need the help of an attorney. Beyond having expertise in the field generally and familiarity with the court or judges involved specifically, an experienced child custody lawyer ...

Amazon Sued by Transgender Former Employee and Husband

Mr. Dane Lane and Ms. Allegra Schawe-Lane were husband and wife when they began working at an Amazon warehouse in Kentucky in 2014, and Schawe-Lane is a transgender woman. This should not be a big deal, especially at an employer as big as Amazon, who had a non-discrimination policy at......

Legal Checklist When Your Kids Leave for College

It's about that time -- your nest is about to get a little emptier. There are a lot of emotions that can bubble up when a child goes off to college, much of it is apprehension and fear for their wellbeing. And while you might be focusing on the physical,......

Costco's $19M Lesson: Only Tiffany & Co. Sells 'Tiffany' Rings

Everyone's favorite big box warehouse retailer, Costco, is learning a very expensive lesson in the jewelry business: There's big difference between a "Tiffany" ring, and a ring with a "Tiffany setting." The difference is so great, Costco's going to have pay Tiffany & Co. nearly $20 million. ...

5 More Tips for Protesting

In the wake of mass demonstrations during the 2016 Republican National Convention, we prepared a little primer on protest related laws. And after the tragic and horrifying events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, we thought it might be time to round up some more questions, answers, and ...

Not-So-Invisible Ink: Tattoo Lawsuit Still Under NBA 2K's Skin

If you can remember back that far, in early 2016 a tattoo studio sued a video game company for depicting NBA players' tattoos for which they had allegedly not paid licensing fees. In the realm of fringe copyright lawsuits, this was one of the strangest -- after all, it wasn't......

Taylor Swift Awarded $1 in DJ Groping Lawsuit

With all the allegations flying between pop singer Taylor Swift and former Denver radio DJ David Mueller, it can be hard to keep them all straight. Lucky for us, a jury spent four hours sorting through the claims and counterclaims, and eventually came out on Swift's side. The singer was......

Can You Withdraw From a Joint Account During Divorce?

Married couples frequently hold bank accounts jointly. When a couple divorces, the marital property and assets, including joint bank accounts, must be divided. But do you have to maintain that joint account during the divorce process? Many divorcing individuals are often confused about the rules for ...

Long Beach to Pay $85K in Settlement After Police Forcibly Removed Woman's Hijab

How does an apparently routine traffic stop turn into an $85,000 settlement? When an arresting officer allegedly forcibly removes a Muslim woman's hijab, requiring her to have her head exposed overnight in a jail cell, in plain view of other male officers and dozens of inmates, and have her ...

Why Small Businesses Should Spend More on Legal Advice

You've got a lot on your mind as a small business or startup company. First and foremost, there's your product. After that, you're thinking about marketing, design, and technology, and, not least of all, how much all of it is going to cost. One thing that you might not have......

Do You Have to Remove a Religious Garment If Your Employer Asks?

The majority of employment arrangements are at-will, meaning either the employer or employee can end the employment for whatever reason or no reason at all. But there are some reasons an employer can't use to fire you. For instance, you can't be fired for reporting workplace safety or wage and......

Is Your Parental Leave Policy Up to Date?

Obviously you want to take good care of your employees, and sometimes that means giving them time away from the office. And as an employer, this can be a difficult balance to strike: you hired your employees for a reason -- to work -- but if they're not happy, they......

Day Care Driver Could Be Charged in Child's Death

There had already been 31 children killed in hot cars in the United States this year, four in Florida alone. So you would think that day care workers, who are explicitly responsible for the safety of children in their care, would be especially careful about transporting children. But one day......

Injured by Electric Shock -- Can You Sue?

According to the most recent data from Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are around 70 electrocution fatalities every year from consumer products. And while you might think children are the most vulnerable to electrocution, there were twice as many victims who were 40 to 59 years old, ...

Disney, ABC Settle 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit for $177M

Shakespeare was wrong. A rose by any other name might still smell as sweet, unless that name is pink slime. Then, there's a good chance consumers would never know what it smells like because no one smells pink slime. Do you remember the news reports about "pink slime" that......

Theranos Settles Walgreens Case

The epic legal saga surrounding Theranos has come closer to reaching a final conclusion as the company announced a settlement between it and Walgreens. Walgreens was among Theranos's largest partners. Their case sought to get back the $140 million that was agreed to as part of the joint venture. ...

ACLU Lawsuit Alleges 'Court-Approved Shakedown' in Louisiana

The involvement of private enterprise in the criminal justice system has expanded beyond private prisons to include parole and probation monitoring and rehabilitation services. But one Louisiana judge and private, pretrial supervision company have taken things too far, according to an ACLU lawsuit, ...

Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Walgreens Rx Insurance Conspiracy

When a person goes into a pharmacy to pick up their prescription, they expect that only having to pay the required insurance co-pay is actually a good deal. Otherwise, what's the point of prescription coverage? But what if instead of a co-pay, you were being charged an "over-pay"? A......

Lawsuit Accuses Starbucks of Wage Theft

Gone are the good old days of punching a time clock on your way in and out of work. Punch in, you're getting paid; punch out, you're not. Nowadays the kind of work we do, and where and when we do it, has become much more fluid, making it more......

Can Parents Lose Child Custody Due to Low IQ?

When making child custody determinations, courts and child service agencies will make decisions in the child's best interests, and those interests can be examined through a variety of factors, from safety and stability to continuity of family, friend, and school relationships. Absent clear evidence ...

What You Need to Know About Suing the Police

Whether it's an increase in dangerous equipment or tactics, a rise in citizen-police interactions and altercations, or just the ubiquity of cell phone and body cameras, the number of civil lawsuits filed against police officers, their departments, and cities has been skyrocketing. (This could also ...

Can a School Be Liable for a Student's Suicide?

Suicide among youths is extraordinarily disturbing to read about. When a child who is even younger than a teenager commits suicide, the tragedy is all the more confounding. Sadly, child suicide is often the result of external factors, such as embarrassment, bullying, or school pressures. Although ...

Bond, James Bond Box Set Lawsuit, Missing 2 Classics

As Mr. Bond himself would tell you, 'there are some things that just aren't done. Such as, drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees.' And Mr. Bond would likely agree that selling a complete James Bond movie box set that was not actually complete is probably......