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What Is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and What Can It Do For You?

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act) established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) to protect consumers. Prior to Dodd-Frank, a patchwork strategy of consumer protections existed for mortgages and other consumer financial products, and enforcement was in the hands of multiple regulators. The CFPB receives a flat amount of money from......
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The Aunt Who Sued Her Nephew Over A Hug

She’s been called the “aunt from hell,” “the Auntie Christ,” and worse all over social media. Jennifer Connell of New York City sued her nephew for $127,000, alleging the little boy did not behave reasonably when he leapt into her arms at his 8th birthday celebration in 2011, and causing her a broken wrist. Connell said the broken wrist had caused her longstanding problems. “I......
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Halloween Edition: Can These Scary Pranks Get You Sued?

Halloween is almost here and at The Reeves Law Group, it’s one of our favorite holidays! To get you in the Halloween mood, here are some of the craziest, scariest and funniest pranks of all-time. Scary pranks like this can be entertaining to watch, even sidesplitting. They may even be fun for unsuspecting targets. After all, lots of people enjoy haunted houses, horror movies, scary......
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Why Sherlock Holmes Belongs to Everyone: When Copyright Protection Expires

“What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet The famous detective of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s imagination, Sherlock Holmes, has lost nearly all copyright protection in the U.S. and belongs to us all, now. The character of Sherlock Holmes first appeared in......
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Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems. Legal Advice for When You Win the Lottery

A 50-year old woman recently won $310.5 million in the Michigan Powerball jackpot. She promptly quit her job at a Michigan fiberglass factory, which she’d described as a “nasty, dirty” job. After taxes, she takes home about $140 million. The top three largest lottery wins in American history are: $656 million MegaMillions jackpot; $648 million MegaMillions jackpot; $590 million PowerBall jackpot. But, believe it or not,......
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History’s Top 15 Most Expensive Legal Mistakes

The law is built to ensure justice and equity in a civilized society, but sometimes mistakes are made — by defendants, plaintiffs, prosecutors, and judges — and when they happen, it can come at great costs to all. Whether you’re talking about damages, jail time, or even life and death, these Top 15 Most Expensive Legal Mistakes in History have really left an impact. Let’s......
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Study Suggests Female Drivers Have Lower Accident Risks than Male Drivers

All those jokes about bad female driving may be just that -jokes.  According to new research based on the statistics of female drivers, men are by far the worst drivers out there, accounting for an overwhelming majority of all accidents, and committing far more driving errors than women do. The study was conducted by an online auto insurance group, and suggests that women receive far......
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Why is Fantasy Football Legal but Sports Gambling is Not?

If you have turned on the TV at all during the first few weeks of the current 2015 NFL season, you have no doubt been bombarded with advertisements for fantasy sports betting. These advertisements allow sports fans to pay small fees, create virtual lineups of players, and then potentially win big prizes if the chosen players perform statistically well. These ad campaigns are predominantly tied......
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Fact or Fiction: Drivers in China make sure to KILL any Pedestrians they Hit?

We all know at least one urban legend. From the belief that mixing pop rocks with soda will cause your stomach to explode to the unverified report that Bigfoot was killed last year, these populate our social consciousness and are extremely widespread. So it’s not a surprise that when the average American is told that in China, drivers who injure pedestrians will also usually try......
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