Daily Archives: November 16, 2012 - 5 results


Trial Lawyers Fight Anti-Consumer Lobbies on Tort Reform

The American Association of Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) has launched a new campaign to educate consumers about their rights to bring civil suits to redress wrongs including medical malpractice, damage from defective products and drugs, and negligence or wrongdoing by large corporations. “Take Justice Back” features a website where consumers can learn about tort reform, patients’ and plaintiffs’ rights, and real-life cases in which regular people are fighting for their rights to access the courts …

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Posted 2 years ago in Your Family & The Law by Aaron Kase  
Janeane Garofalo Was Accidentally Married for 20 Years

Television producer Rob Cohen was all set to get married to his fiance, Jill Leiderman, when his attorney discovered one small obstacle standing in the way of the wedding: Cohen was already married to Saturday Night Live alum Janeane Garofalo, and had been for 20 years. It was an accident, the shocked Garofalo admitted when she found out she was hitched. “We got married drunk in Vegas,” the actress said at a reunion for The Ben Stiller Show, for which …

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Posted 2 years ago in Class Actions Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
Starbucks Owes Baristas Over $14 Million in Tips

After improperly pooling the tips of baristas with their immediate supervisors for years, Starbucks must pay over $14 million to a class of the baristas who successfully sued the coffee chain in Massachusetts. The 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 9 that Starbucks violated the state’s Tips Act by pooling tips for baristas and shift supervisors.   No Whining, Starbucks Tips are distributed at stores weekly to individual baristas and shift supervisors in proportion to the number …

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Posted 2 years ago in Government by Aaron Kase  
Cops Don’t Need a Warrant to Put Cameras on Your Property

Law enforcement agents do not need a warrant to install surveillance cameras on private property, a federal judge affirmed last month. The question came before district Judge William Griesbach in Wisconsin after Drug Enforcement Agency agents uncovered a massive marijuana growing operation with the help of cameras they set up in the yard of the suspected grow house. Defendants Manuel Mendoza and Marco Magana were arrested and face life in prison plus $10 million in fines after the DEA found …

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Posted 2 years ago in Estate Planning Internet Law by Aaron Kase  
New Laws for Facebook After Death

Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Paypal, investment accounts, frequent flier miles, LexisNexis access — consumers today take advantage of a wealth of online services across a broad swath of industries. But what happens to all those accounts, filled with photos, memories, insights and money, after a person dies? The issue is doubly important for services like Paypal or online bank accounts that contain actual cash assets, but families can gain real or emotional value from the non-monied contents of Facebook or email …

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