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Is It Legal for Tinder to Charge Older Users More?

The dating app Tinder popularized the notions of swiping right and left on potential partners — right for yes, left for no. Tinder’s paid service, called Tinder Plus, offers benefits that are not part of the normal free service. For example, in the free Tinder app, if you’ve swiped left on a potential match, signaling you’re not interested, you’ll never see them again. Tinder Plus......
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Cheer Up, Grumpy Cat! You Just Won A Big Lawsuit

In 2015 Grumpy Cat’s owners sued Los Angeles-based Grenade Beverage for violating an agreement allowing the beverage company to license Grumpy Cat’s image on a specific line of iced coffee drinks called “Grumppuccino.” The lawsuit alleges that the beverage company started selling unauthorized Grumpy Cat Roasted Coffee and Grumppuccino T-shirts. The lawsuit also claims that the company failed to provide an accounting of sales and......
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Why Are American Gymnasts Being Threatened for Fines Speaking Out About Sexual Abuse?

There are more than 150 known victims of Larry Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics and sports medicine physician at Michigan State University. Nassar served as USA Gymnastics’ team physician during four Olympic Games and only left his position in 2015. In 2016 two of his victims publicly accused Nassar of sexual abuse, and one, an Olympic medalist, filed a civil suit. Since then......
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When Online Gamers Cause Swatting Deaths

What Is Swatting? “Swatting” is a term for making a false police report, usually of a violent crime, to send SWAT teams or other law enforcement to a location. The FBI estimates there are approximately 400 cases of swatting annually. There is currently no federal law against “swatting,” although U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) introduced a bill in 2015 designed to address it. Just after Christmas, a......
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California’s Recreational Marijuana Law

As of January 1, 2018, adults aged over 21 in California can: possess up to an ounce (28 grams) of the drug; and can grow up to six marijuana plants at home. While there are more than 1,300 pot dispensaries in California, less than 100 have been granted temporary licenses to sell marijuana for non-medical use. This could be due to the fact that most......
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Ring in 2018 with Dozens of New California Laws

The ever prolific California legislature passed over 800 new laws this year. Here are some of the laws that become effective in 2018 relating to employment, housing, and automobiles. New Employment Laws In 2018 it will no longer be legal for prospective employers to ask job applicants about their salary history or previous compensation or benefits. Rather, previous salaries of job applicants can only be......
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Are Your Neighbor’s Crazy Christmas Lights A Legal Nuisance?

In a Mississippi suburb Carol and Mike Richardson have been working on an increasingly elaborate Christmas display over the last 20 years. However, neighbors claimed the display was drawing loud music and traffic from viewers, and even buses. The display, traffic, and noise have annoyed neighbors so much that they asked the Board of Aldermen to declare it a public nuisance. An Ohio man erected......
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Pitfalls of the Office Christmas Party

Employees doing coke outside the office Christmas party. Janitors gifting people bottles of acid. Removing your bra in front of co-workers while hypnotized. Watching your boss have sex. Accidentally choking a co-worker unconscious. These are just some of the mishaps that have befallen the company Christmas party. What can employers do to minimize the legal risks? Forced Attendance. Since Christmas is a Christian holiday, employers should......
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California Burning: What You Should Know About Homeowner’s Insurance and Fire Claims

Not the typical morning commute… pic.twitter.com/kJIOQeqsIK — A. Mutzabaugh CMT (@WLV_investor) December 6, 2017 California’s latest fire has ripped through Ventura County north of Los Angeles and triggered evacuation orders for over 150,000 people. In October fires ripped through parts of northern California’s wine region, killing at least 42 people and destroying over 10,000 structures. By November 1, 2017, wildfires in California caused insured losses......
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37 Strange, Bizarre & Hilarious Christmas Facts Yule Not Believe

For Christians, Christmas formally began in the third century A.D., but many of the most famous traditions — reindeer, trees, snowmen, etc. — emanate from the celebration of winter solstice in pagan cultures. With over 2,000 years of dual history backing it, you’re bound to discover some surprises along the way. So in the holiday spirit, here are 37 Strange, Bizarre and Hilarious Christmas Facts......
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