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Fact or Fiction: Labeling a Veggie Burger as “Meat” Is Illegal in Some States

This is a fact in several states! In 2018 Missouri passed a law that prohibits many products — including plant-based and lab-grown “meat” — from being labeled and marketed as “meat.” Violating the law could lead to criminal penalties of up to one year in prison and fines of up to $1,000. Plant-based “meats” include familiar products like veggie burgers, vegetarian hot dogs, and tofu......
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Is Kanye West Prohibited from Retiring?

Believe it or not, Kanye West has a provision in his music publishing contract with EMI Music that actually prohibits him from not working. The contract states: “You (Mr. West) hereby represent and warrant that to [EMI] that You will, throughout the Term as extended by this Modification, remain actively involved in writing, recording and producing Compositions and Major Label Albums, as Your principle occupation.......
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Why Doesn’t the Public Have a Right to the Special Counsel’s Report?

Two years after he was appointed, Special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his final report to Attorney General Bill Barr in the Trump-Russia investigation.Barr then notified Congress that Mueller had concluded his investigation. According to a recent Washington Post/Schar School poll, 81 percent of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, believe the Mueller report should be released in full. A Justice Department official said that Mueller’s report does not recommend any......
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In the College Bribery Scandal, Why Are Parents Being Charged with “Honest Services Fraud?”

50 people, including 33 wealthy parents, were charged last week in an alleged bribery scheme to gain admission into universities like Yale, the University of Texas at Austin and even the University of Southern California! The parents are accused of paying more than $25 million between 2011 and 2018 to Edge College & Career Network, aka the “Key.” Prosecutors allege that the Key’s nonprofit arm,......
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Is President Trump’s Declaration of A National Emergency at the Southern Border Legal?

There’s a lot of hoopla over President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Southern border wall. But believe it not, since 1976 58 national emergencies have been declared by various presidents. 31 of those emergencies have been renewed annual are still in effect! For example, national emergencies still in effect today include: Nov 14, 1979: The National Emergency With Respect to Iran, in response to the......
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Fact or Fiction: A German City Sold A Family’s Dog on eBay to Pay Tax Debts

This is fact! A pug named Edda was seized and sold by a German town called Ahlen. Edda’s owners had failed to pay money they owed the town, including a so-called dog tax of about $90 a year.The husband became a paraplegic after a work-related injury. The family with three children had fallen behind on bills. Frank Merschhaus, spokesman for the town, told NPR that the seizure......
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What Are the Penalties for Making A False Police Report?

On Fox’s Empire, Smollett plays Jamal Lyon, a young gay man trying to win his music mogul father’s approval. Smollett, who is  gay offscreen, as well, has been arrested for allegedly filing a false police report about being attacked on the streets of Chicago. Smollett alleged that: while walking downtown around 2 a.m. two individuals shouted racist and homophobic slurs, physically attacked him, wrapped a rope......
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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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