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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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What Are Federal Sentencing Memos and Why Are Michael Cohen’s So Important?

What Are Federal Sentencing Memos? Sentencing memos often focus on who the convicted defendant is, and not the crime committed. A sentencing memorandum should be detailed and tell the client’s story and highlight the factors, called Section 3553 factors, that a judge must consider in imposing a sentence. These “sentencing factors” include the following: The nature and circumstances of the offense The history and characteristics of......
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Is the “Warrior Gene” A Defense to Murder?

The first gene to be linked to antisocial behavior was identified in 1993 in a large Dutch family that was notorious for violence.  Fifteen years of painstaking research revealed that they all lacked the same gene. This gene produces an enzyme called MAOA, which regulates the levels of neurotransmitters involved in impulse control. If you lack the MAOA gene or have the low-activity variant you are......
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Fact or Fiction: Congress Cannot Ban Female Genital Mutilation

According to one federal judge, this is a fact! This past week U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that Congress had no authority to ban female genital mutilation. The judge stated that “as despicable as this practice may be,” Congress did not have the authority to pass the 22-year-old federal law that criminalizes female genital mutilation, and that FGM is for the states to regulate.......
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