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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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Can You Be Arrested for Cursing at the Police?

According to the Marshall Project, many citizens are arrested for cursing at cops, when such profane speech is actually protected by the First Amendment. Of course, verbal threats of violence against the police are not protected free speech. In one case the Washington state Supreme Court threw out an obstruction case against a man who cursed at cops after they were called to investigate a disturbance at his......
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Black Friday: Beware of Bait and Switch Scams

What Is Bait and Switch? Bait-and-switch occurs when goods are advertised as incredible bargains, with the explicit intention of substituting inferior or more expensive goods at the time of the purchase. High-end electronic items like TVs, audio equipment, computers, and digital cameras are most commonly used to draw shoppers to stores. For example, merchants might offer a new camera at a steep discount, but will......
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Can Disney Ban Reporters from Movie Screenings in Retaliation for Negative Press?

Yes! But just because Disney can legally do something as a private company doesn’t mean it’s in Disney’s best interest. In September 2017 the Los Angeles Times published a series of stories detailing the Walt Disney Company’s business ties with the city of Anaheim. The investigative stories were about whether Disney was paying its fair share in Anaheim and detailed the “subsidies, incentives, rebates and......
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What is the Diversity Visa aka Green Card Lottery?

On Tuesday Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbekistan native, inspired by ISIS, drove a rented truck onto a bike path in New York City. Eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured. According to the Department of Homeland Security the suspect arrived in the U.S. as part of the diversity immigrant visa program. The terrorist came into our country through what is called the......
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Does Your Halloween Costume Infringe a Copyright?

In general, there is no copyright protection for the shape of clothing, and that includes many costumes. In copyright law, “useful articles” don’t get copyright protection because they are considered functional, rather than aesthetic. This means nobody can own a copyright in something like the shape of an automobile or a television set. However, courts have ruled that individual components of a costume can be......
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Fact or Fiction: In California Registered Sex Offenders Can’t Celebrate Halloween Like the Rest of Us

This is true! In California state authorities impose special Halloween restrictions on registered sex offenders and parolees. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is the agency charged with supervising sex offender parolees. Since 1994, the department has run a statewide Halloween night event called “Operation Boo,” in which law enforcement conduct compliance checks on known sex offenders. Under Operation Boo, registered sex offenders who are......
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