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UC Berkeley Law Student Djenab Conde Wins $3,000 Scholarship

We are honored to announce the 2018 winner of the Reeves Law Group scholarship: Djenab Conde. Djenab is a student of UC Berkeley, School of Law. She is a 2019 J.D. Candidate. Djenab’s compelling essay made an impact on the judges. As a child of immigrant parents and a mixed family, Djenab was born in Beijing, China and grew up in China, Guinea, Mali, Côte......
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Can Amazon Legally Cancel Its Film Deals with Woody Allen?

Amazon Studios entered into a deal with filmmaker Woody Allen for a series titled Crisis in Six Scenes. Amazon and Allen then agreed on a deal for four movies. These contracts guaranteed Allen’s company, Gravier Productions, minimum guaranteed payments totaling between $68 million and $73 million. You can read the contracts here. However, in 2016 a Hollywood Reporter column by Ronan Farrow (son of Allen’s ex-wife Mia Farrow), the......
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Is A Single Family Responsible for Thousands of Opioid Deaths?

The Massachusetts Attorney General seems to think so. Massachusetts has sued members of the Sackler family for their role in pushing addictive painkillers like Oxycontin and concealing their dangers. Purdue Pharma also makes pain medicines such as hydromorphone, oxycodone, fentanyl, codeine, and hydrocodone. Those named in the lawsuit include eight members of the family who served on the board or as executives as well as several directors and officers. The lawsuit claims......
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Why the U.S. Indicted the CFO of the World’s Largest Telecom Equipment Maker

Why Did the U.S. Ask Canada to Arrest a Chinese Telecom Executive? At the request of the United States, Canada arrested the Chief Financial Officer and daughter of the founder of China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, on Dec. 1 as she was changing planes in Vancouver. The arrest of Meng Wanzhou has sent shockwaves through U.S.-China relations and the technology world, as Huawei is the world’s biggest telecommunications......
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California Employees: New Minimum Wage, Employer Regulations, and Employee Protections

Did you know California, now the world’s 5th largest economy, has the strongest labor and employment laws in the country? Some critics believe that greater regulation of employers could drive business from the state. Read on about the new employee protections for 2019. Wage & Salary Statewide, the minimum wage increased on Jan. 1, 2019, to $11 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees, and......
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How Long Can the Federal Government Shutdown Continue?

As of January 10, 2019, the current federal government shutdown is in its 20th day. President Trump has threatened to keep the shutdown going for months or even years. Is that legal? There is no law that places a time limit on the duration of a government shutdown. There are basically two ways to avoid or end a government shutdown – by passing appropriations bills or......
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Are You Ready for 2019 and These New California Laws?

CHILDREN Restaurants with children’s meals can no longer offer sugary drinks, such as juice and soda, as the primary choice on their menus. The default option must be milk, water or flavored water with no added sweeteners. Children under the age of 16 will no longer be tried in adult courts or be incarcerated in adult prisons. Instead, they will go to juvenile facilities regardless......
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Is the Indian Child Welfare Act Racially Biased Against Non-Indians?

A white family from Phoenix, Arizona is challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act in court so that they can adopt a baby they’ve been raising. In 2014, Paul Buckley and his wife fostered a baby boy named Mason. After raising Mason for a year and a half, the couple initiated adoption proceedings. Late in the legal proceedings, the Choctaw Nation intervened on behalf of the......
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Fresh Prince Actor Sues Over Fortnite’s Use of his “Carlton” Dance

Former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro says his signature move “The Carlton Dance“— was copied in Epic Games’ Fortnite Battle Royale. Epic Games sold The Dance as an in-game purchase under the name “Fresh,” allowing players to customize their game avatars. In the same lawsuit Ribeiro also sues Take Two Interactive, the publisher of NBA 2K, a popular basketball video game that also uses......
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Was It “Cruel and Unusual” Punishment for Grandma to be Housed with Male Inmates?

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals certainly thinks so! Fior Pichardo de Veloz is a lawyer and elected official from the Dominican Republic. In 2013, when she was 50 years old, she flew to Miami to be present for the birth of a grandson, but was arrested at the airport on an outstanding warrant (rumored to be a cocaine-possession charge dating back to 1988) and......
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