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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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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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