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Pandemics: Why the Government Can Quarantine You

In January, the Chinese government effectively sealed off Wuhan, a city with a population of 11 million people. Officials shut down transportation in and out of the city and within the city. The quarantine-style lockdown has since been extended to include more than 50 million other people in China. Chinese officials have even conducted door-to-door checks in Wuhan to round up the infected for further isolation. One...
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Dallas Wedding Photographer Wins $1.08 Million Against “Mean” Couple Who Ruined Her Business

“I’m emotionally exhausted. This has been a very long battle,” Polito said. “Last Friday when the verdict was read I felt a little bit relieved, but most importantly, I feel my reputation was restored to myself. What’s been so hard the past couple of years has been feeling so ashamed of this story.” – Andrea Polito Andrea Polito, a Dallas wedding photographer and owner of ‘Andrea...
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Liability in Kobe Bryant’s Fatal Helicopter Crash: Can the NBA Star’s Family Members File a Lawsuit?

The convenience of private air travel was praised by basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who previously told reporters that helicopters cut through traffic jams and allow him to attend his daughters’ school plays and keep his NBA training schedule. How Did Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Crash Happen? On January 26, 2020, the NBA superstar, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed when their Sikorsky S-76B private...
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Penalties for Failing to Pay Child Support in California

Parents in California, including those who do not have physical custody of their children, have a duty to provide support for their children. However, determining how much child support you should provide becomes more complicated when parents are unmarried, separated, or divorced. In the event of divorce or separation, child support is paid by one parent to the parent with primary physical custody of the...
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Leaving Millions to the Cats and Dogs

While the notion might seem absurd, many wealthy people and celebrities have named their pets in their estate plans. Designer Karl Lagerfeld, who died at age 85 in February 2019, wrote his beloved cat Choupette into his will four years before his death. The Burmese cat inherited a chunk of the fashion icon’s estimated $300 million net worth. However, the cat was already independently wealthy...
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When Can the Wrongly Incarcerated Recover Money Damages?

Imagine being wrongly convicted then imprisoned for years or decades, knowing that you are completely innocent. By a seeming miracle, however, some wrongfully incarcerated prisoners are released through the discovery of new evidence, such as DNA, or when the police catch the real perpetrator. In 1993, Anthony Wright of Philadelphia was sentenced to life for a crime he never committed — the rape and murder...
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How a Senate Post-Impeachment Trial Differs from the Usual Court Trial

The “Rules” of the Impeachment Trial Can Be Changed At Anytime The first “rules” governing a Senate conviction trial were written in 1868 for the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. The rules were updated after the Watergate scandal and President Nixon’s resignation. The Senate then updated the Rules in 1986, which were used for President Bill Clinton’s 1999 Senate trial. However, the Senate can change...
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California’s New Criminal Justice Laws

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed more than 1,000 new laws. Most will take effect in 2020. These are the major new laws affecting law enforcement and criminal justice. Starting on September 1, 2020, AB 12 expands who can petition a California Superior court to confiscate a person’s firearms if they believe that person may be violent to employers, coworkers and teachers. Existing law allowed police, immediate...
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A Christmas Gift for California Employees? Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Soon To Be Illegal

Many employees hired in California are forced to sign something called an Arbitration Agreement or an employment contract containing an arbitration clause. These arbitration agreements are usually presented to new hires. The message is clear: sign this or you won’t get the job. The California Legislature has now banned these mandatory arbitration agreements. On January 1, 2020, California employers will no longer be able to...
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Fact or Fiction: Attorneys Can Be Sanctioned for Insulting Opposing Counsel and Parties

This is a fact! One California lawyer faces sanctions in federal court for a shocking variety of vulgar insults sent via email to opposing counsel for Allstate Insurance Company: “Haha. F- – – you crooks. Eat a bowl of dicks….” “I understand the position you are in,” Hook replied. “I’m going to let the long dick of the law f- – – Allstate for all of...
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