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Valentine’s Day Proposals … Can You Get the Engagement Ring Back?

Getting the Ring Back If the Wedding Is Called Off California has a law dating back to 1939 which specifically addresses engagement rings and other gifts in contemplation of marriage. Civil Code section 1590 states: “Where either party to a contemplated marriage in this State makes a gift of money or property to the other on the basis or assumption that the marriage will take......
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Law Student, Bronze Star Recipient Jennifer Barrow wins $3,000 Scholarship

The Reeves Law Group is honored to name former U.S. Army Intelligence Officer and Bronze Star recipient Jennifer Barrow as the 2017 winner of our scholarship competition. Jennifer is in her final year at Harvard Law School and will use the $3,000 award towards tuition and education-related expenses. Jennifer’s application, essay, and supporting documentation set her apart as the clear favorite from dozens of other......
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Are Lottery Winners Required to Reveal Their Identities?

Why Would Lottery Winners Want to Stay Anonymous? Lottery winners should watch their backs. In November 2015, Craigory Burch Jr. won  $434,272 in a Georgia jackpot. Two months later, Burch was killed in his home by seven masked men. His family members said the public announcement of the lottery winnings had made him a target. In 2006 Abraham Shakespeare won a $30 million lottery prize. Two......
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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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