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In California, Courts Can’t Force Yelp to Remove Negative Reviews

Lawyer Dawn Hassell filed a defamation suit against her firm’s former client, Ava Bird. Bird acknowledged she wrote a one-star review of the Hassell Law Group that complained her lawyer had withdrawn from her personal injury case “because her mom had a broken leg, or something like that, and that the insurance company was too much for her to handle.” “In all fairness, I have......
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Your Online Shopping Will Cost More After this Supreme Court Ruling

For most of its early years, most Amazon customers paid NO sales tax, which saved them significant amounts on items like electronics. Critics argue that this gave Amazon a huge early advantage that traditional brick and mortar retailers did not. Now, Amazon has almost $120 billion in revenue from product sales. Amazon’s ability to not charge sales tax for online orders was possible because of......
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Fact or Fiction: The Trump Administration “Lost” 1,500 Children

As I worshipped in Hampton Roads this morning, I couldn’t help but consider how Scripture commands compassionate treatment of migrants and refugees. Yet this administration is separating kids from their parents and unable to account for 1,500 lost children! Shame. https://t.co/oSyMYcS3y3 — Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 27, 2018 Kaine’s tweet suggests the 1,500 children were separated from their families and then lost. This is FALSE.......
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That Gay Wedding Cake Case

Colorado baker Jack Phillips welcomes and serves everyone, of all sexual orientations, selling them coffee and off-the-shelf baked goods. In the past he has declined requests for Halloween, Satanic, and divorce cakes, and he has even refused to create cakes with anti-gay messages. However, he does not design custom wedding cakes for gay couples due to his religious beliefs. When he told this to a......
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Did the California Supreme Court Just Turn All Uber Drivers into Employees?

Did you know that the following types of workers are often classified as independent contractors aka “1099ers”, rather than employees in California: Uber and other ride-share drivers Strippers Hair stylists and nail salon workers Many truck drivers Food delivery couriers Even FedEx had been classifying its drivers as independent contractors, until the Ninth Circuit ruled that the drivers were employees. FedEx says it now contracts......
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How Do Parents Evict Their Adult Children?

After allowing their son to live in their home for over eight years, parents Christina and Mark Rotondo resorted to legal action after a series of notes to their son Michael failed to get him moving. 2 February 2018 Michael, After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided you must leave this house immediately. You have 14 days to vacate. You will not be......
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Fact or Fiction: It’s Illegal to Sell Cakes out of Your Home in Some States

This is a fact! New Jersey completely bans the sale of homemade food. In Rhode Island, only farmers can legally sell food made at home, while if they wish to sell jams, fruits pies or syrups, they have to grow the main ingredient. The biggest issue, of course, is health and safety. In Australia, a home-based caterer was fined over $20,000 after more than 50 people fell ill......
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Does Seattle Have the Craziest Rental Laws in the Country?

Does Seattle have the kookiest rental laws in the country? In most states existing laws already prohibited landlords from choosing renters based on characteristics such as race, gender and sexual orientation. But in 2016 the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance requiring landlords to pick the first renter who meets their screening criteria. The measure required landlords to publish screening criteria with their listings, keep......
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Is Your DNA Private? How Investigators Used Public DNA Data to Catch A Killer

You may have never heard of the “Golden State Killer,” who went on a spree of murder and rape back in the 1970s and 80s. He killed at least 12 people, raped more than 50 and committed 100 burglaries between 1974 and 1986 in Northern and Southern California, without leaving any fingerprints. At the time, Joseph James DeAngelo was a police officer in the small......
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Guilty! What was Different in Bill Cosby’s Second Trial?

In recent years, more than 50 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual abuses, including rape. Cosby admitted to philandering, and to giving quaaludes to women as part of an effort to have consensual sex. This week a jury found Bill Cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in Pennsylvania in 2004. At the time Andrea Constand was a Temple......
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