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Huge New Rule Change: Do You Qualify for Overtime Pay Now?

According to Vice President Joe Biden, “In 1975, 62 percent of workers automatically qualified for overtime. Today, that’s 7 percent.” Under a new labor rule that will come into effect on December 1, 2016, MILLIONS more Americans will become eligible to earn overtime pay. The new rule is expected to extend overtime protections to over 4 million more Americans who are not currently eligible under......
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What Are Super PACs?

Traditional political action committees are bound by a $5,000 annual limit on the size of contributions they can accept from individuals and cannot accept contributions from corporations or labor unions. A Super PAC, on the other hand, is free from these restrictions so long as: The super PAC does not give money directly to a candidate or other political committees that give directly to candidates,......
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Too much ice and too little coffee at Starbucks.

A class action lawsuit against Starbucks is seeking $5 million in damages over ice. Here is a copy of the Complaint (PDF), which was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. According to the complaint, “This is a class action lawsuit against Starbucks for misrepresenting its Cold Drinks as having more fluid ounces of the ordered Cold Drink than......
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History’s 16 Most Creative Legal Defenses … And Their Result!

As long as judicial systems have existed, there has been a tug-of-war between prosecutors and the defense. Often, the conflict is straight-forward, but some struggles are more complicated. For example, in the 19th Century as advancements were made in the field of science and psychology, defense experts took to blaming the full moon for an increase in erratic and criminal behavior. This became known as......
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OK Court Rules Forced Oral Sex while Unconscious is NOT rape? What?!!

Yes. On March 24, in a unanimous decision, Oklahoma’s criminal appeals court ruled (PDF link): “Forcible sodomy cannot occur where a victim is so intoxicated as to be completely unconscious at the time of the sexual act of oral copulation,” the decision read. Its reasoning, the court said, was that the statute listed several circumstances that constitute force, and yet was silent on incapacitation due to......
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Prince’s Legal Battles

Prince v. Warner Bros Music Prince signed with Warner Bros records in 1977 and together they released the biggest albums of his career, including Purple Rain, Sign O The Times and the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie. But by the early 1990s, Prince didn’t want to be told what to do any more. He wanted to release more music, more often, and he wanted......
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Texas Affluenza Teen Was Just Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison. Did He Get Off Light?

In 2013 Ethan Couch, still a 16-year old juvenile at the time, killed four people in a drunken-driving accident. His blood-alcohol level was triple the legal limit. Couch pleaded guilty to drunken driving and intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault for two passengers riding in the bed of his pickup who were critically injured (one is paralyzed and communicates by blinking). Prosecutors had......
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Do Some States Require Children to Financially Support their Aging Parents?

Believe it or not, about thirty states have laws on the books that that impose a duty, usually (but not always) on adult children, for the support of their impoverished parents or other relatives. Based on England’s Poor Law Act of 1601, the laws originally held that the father, grandfather, mother, grandmother and children of “every poor, old, blind, lame and impotent person” had to......
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Could Hillary Clinton Really Be Indicted Over A Bunch of Emails?

What Is Clinton Being Investigated Over Anyway? Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the FBI has been investigating Hillary Clinton and her aides for possibly mishandling classified information on her private server while she served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. It was also reported that Clinton was denied the use of a secure smartphone by the National Security......
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Ted Cruz’s (Brilliant) Legal Career

Even if you think that Rafael “Ted” Cruz has a face only a mother could love or that he is conservative evil incarnate, any review of his legal career shows that it was nothing short of brilliant. Cruz graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy in 1992. While at Princeton, he won the top speaker award at both......
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