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How Texas Closed Most of Its Abortion Clinics

Currently, almost half the 6.7 million pregnancies each year in the U.S. are unintended, and almost half of these end in abortion. While abortions decreased by about 12 percent nationwide from 2010 to 2013-14, Texas abortions decreased by 30 percent in that five-year span. In Texas, women had nearly 9,000 fewer abortions in the first full year since new restrictions forced more than half of the state’s......
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Top 15 Lawsuits Involving Donald Trump

Current Republican Presidential challenger Donald Trump is no stranger to the inside of a courtroom. He has been a part of hundreds of lawsuits at every level of the court system, with 169 at the federal level alone (or close to 2.5 per year since his birth). He has been both a plaintiff and a defendant. He has sued and been sued for both business......
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Are Hidden Nanny Cams Actually Legal?

In Danbury, CT, one nanny was caught on hidden camera burning a child and tossing her to the ground. In Houston, TX, a hidden surveillance camera captured her abusing and repeatedly suffocating the baby she had been hired to care for. In Fontana, CA, a nanny was recorded shaking, pulling, and even covering the mouth of the one of the children in her care. In......
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Disney’s Magical H-1B Visa Elves

Did Disney Replace American Workers with Cheaper Foreign Labor? In June 2015, the New York Times broke the story of how Disney was apparently laying off about 250 IT workers, but not before asking some of them to train replacement workers from India on H-1B visas. Leo Perrero, one of the laid off Disney workers, described the situation, “I’m in the room with about two-dozen......
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Did You Know You Could Be Breaking Federal Law by Removing Bird Nests from Your Own House?

Believe it or not, people have faced federal charges for removing or even disturbing bird nests. In 2014, Oakland, California tree trimmer Ernesto Pulido was charged with a misdemeanor violation of the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act when he trimmed several nest-laden trees for the U.S. Postal Service. The trees had a large colony of egrets and black-crowned night herons, native birds protected by the......
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Scary Saudi Princes & Diplomatic Immunity

The United States is host to more than 100,000 foreign government representatives and their relatives. But only about 20,000 of them have the highest level of diplomatic immunity. Diplomatic agents, such as high ranking embassy officials and ambassadors, enjoy the highest degree of immunity. The same applies to their family members. The police cannot detain them, arrest them, or search or seize their houses and......
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Celebrities and Their Prenups

Prenups Under California Law The Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (UPAA) has applied to California pre-marital agreements, also known as prenuptial agreements or prenups, since 1986. An agreement can cover a couple’s present and future property rights, as well as other matters related to the marriage, but it can’t negatively affect a child’s right to child support, or take away a court’s power to control child......
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Fact or Fiction: In China Convicted Defendants Can Hire “Body Doubles” to Serve Their Sentences

Incredibly, this is true! Slate.com originally broke the story of how the super rich in China get away with pretty much everything, including murder. According to Slate, a wealthy 20-year-old named Hu was drag racing his friends, when he struck and killed a pedestrian. Although Hu received a three-year prison sentence, allegations arose that the man appearing in court and serving the three-year sentence wasn’t......
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Most Important New California Laws of 2016

A whopping 807 new laws will come into effect in California in 2016. Here are some of the most important: HEALTHCARE Doctors will be allowed to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to certain terminally ill patients. California is now the fifth state in the nation to enact “right to die” legislation. Dental students in their final year of study can now provide some treatments at health......
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When People Sue and Sue and Sue and Sue … Vexatious Litigants

Their lawsuits add strain to already overburdened court systems. Some jurisdictions, like California, maintain a list of vexatious litigants to screen them out for special handling. In addition, lawyers can be disciplined or disbarred for participating in meritless lawsuits, so vexatious litigants often represent themselves in court. Those on the vexatious litigant list are usually either forbidden from any further legal action, or are required......
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