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New in 2016: Increased Minimum Wage Laws

In 2016, at least fourteen states and several cities will implement minimum wage increases. The federal minimum wage will remain at $7.25 per hour (where it has been set since 2009), but states are free to set minimum wages higher than the federal minimum. About 3 million workers are paid minimum wage around the country. Food service workers make up the largest group of minimum-wage......
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Law Student Alamea Deedee Bitran Wins $2500 Scholarship

We here at The Reeves Law Group are very pleased to announce the winner of our 2015 college scholarship award for $2500. The winner is third-year law student, and new bride, Alamea Deedee Bitran of Miami, FL. Alamea attends Florida International University School of Law and was informed of the award, during her wedding! Alamea is currently in the top 5% of her law school......
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In this Country Comparing the President to Gollum Could Land You In Prison

A Turkish citizen is on trial for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Bilgin Çiftçi, a physician and civil servant, was fired from his job after he tweeted images comparing Mr. Erdogan and Gollum. Under the Turkish penal code anybody who insults the president of the republic can face a prison term of up to four years. The sentence can be increased if committed publicly or by......
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The Biggest Legal Stories of 2015

2015 was a doozy. Here are some of its most important legal stories from around the world. J-E-L-L-O’s image became irreparably tarnished when Bill Cosby was accused by more than 55 women of drugging them and raping them. Fewer people now claim to be friends with Bill Cosby. Cosby recently filed a countersuit against seven of his accusers after a federal judge in Massachusetts refused to......
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Fact or Fiction: Not All “Life Sentences” Around the World Are Actually for Life

This is true! In most of Western Europe, for example, a “life sentence” actually means that after a minimum term of 12 to 25 years, the prisoner becomes eligible for parole. However, in most of Europe, prisoners who are considered to be dangerous can be sentenced to “indefinite detention” despite eligibility for parole. “Life Sentences” that Aren’t Really for Life In England and Wales, most......
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The Many Lawsuits of Donald Trump

Donald Trump has money and real hair and lawyers. So he’s sued a few defendants … like a beauty pageant contestant, journalists, his ex-wife, and the country of Scotland. His lawsuits are HUGE and AMAZING. Here’s a rundown of the BEST OF THE BEST from The Donald. In June of 2015, Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision Communications after the company scrapped its planned......
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Why Vegas Can’t Clean Up Its Pornographic Sidewalks

VEGAS has it all: amazing shows, free-flowing booze, 24/7 gambling, nightclubs, the hottest pool parties, and insane buffets. Each year, over 41 million people visit Las Vegas and most of them encounter the infamous handbillers on the Strip. They’re called porn slappers aka handbillers aka card hawks … lines of people (usually men) in matching bright t-shirts persistently flipping and handing out almost-pornographic advertisements for escort services......
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Are Recipes or Cookbooks Copyrighted?

Make It Ahead by Ina Garten, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, and Thug Kitchen were some of the best-selling cookbooks in the last two years. Cookbooks are almost always sold in a more expensive hardback format because of the beautiful, glossy photos and the most popular ones often sell over half a million copies. But believe it or not, cookbooks don’t have the same copyright protection as......
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Clock Boy Flees to Qatar and Threatens Texas!

Ahmed Mohamed, the teenager arrested when a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb, is seeking written apologies, $5 million in damages from his former school district, and $10 million from the city of Irving, Texas. See the full demand letter. His lawyers insist that the school, police force and city officials violated Mohamed’s rights by wrongfully accusing and detaining him and then decided......
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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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