Monthly Archives: November 2012


Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Michele Bowman  
Google Pays $22.5 Million for Violating Users’ Privacy

After violating a 2011 privacy settlement it had made with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Google has been ordered to pay a $22.5 million fine over its use of cookies on users of Apple’s  Safari web browser. The FTC dragged Google back to court after discovering that despite promises to the contrary, it had not given Safari users a way to opt out of its policy of using information gathered via cookies to target ads at them. Safari is used …

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Read the Latest Issue of ‘Your Family & The Law’ Newsletter

You Can Create Your Own Homebrew, But Don’t Sell It Each year, more people take up homebrewing of beer, wine, hard cider and other beverages. Some hobbyists adopt this craft because of the popular “eat and drink local” movement. Some do it because it’s science. Some do it because it’s creative. Making a limited amount of wine or beer at home is legal in most of the United States, but it is never legal to sell what you brew. Find …

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Posted 2 years ago in On the Lighter Side Video by Betsy Kim  
Cockamamie Court Cases [Video]

  At Lawyers.com, we bring you legal news you can use. This sometimes includes cases so strange that they go beyond bizarre. Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine describes some true legal cases so odd that they’ll make you smile or even laugh out loud. One man achieved “Guinness Book of World Records” fame using the legal system. His fantasy lawsuits included celebrities like Kanye West and Charlie Sheen, al Qaeda, and also three sister whom he falsely accused of crimes involving a McFlurry …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Michele Bowman  
Consumers Gone Wild: Black Friday 2012

Tales of Black Friday excess and idiocy have become almost as traditional as the actual frenzied shopping day itself. And Americans did not disappoint this year, putting on quite a display of one of the uglier sides of capitalism. With many stores opening their doors earlier than usual this year, people were given even more opportunites to behave badly. Here’s a round-up of some of the lowlights of Black Friday fumbles.   You Cuttin in Front of Me? An angry …

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Hydroxycut Weight Loss Drug Settles Suit for $23.5 Million

Who doesn’t remember the late-night TV commercials for Hydroxycut, the popular diet pill that bragged about being America’s number one weight loss supplement? Svelte characters like “Charlene from California” brag about losing “55 pounds fast with Hydroxycut” in the spots. Unfortunately, what Charlene and her fellow diet drug users didn’t realize is they may have been causing serious damage to their livers. A class action lawsuit for deceptive practices filed against the supplement, manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences, settled this …

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