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Posted 9 months ago in Driving & Motor Vehicles by Aaron Kase  
Varying Drink Sizes and Alcohol Concentrations Lead to DUI

Consumers who go out for just a couple drinks might find themselves drunker than planned and at risk of a DUI if they don’t watch the portion sizes and alcohol content in their beverages. Drink sizes in bars and restaurants can vary widely, and many beers and cocktails contain higher alcohol concentrations than are accounted for in traditional measures of how many drinks a person can have and stay under the legal limit for driving. A new report by the …

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Lexus Driver Wins $6.5M for Air Bag that Didn’t Deploy

A driver won a $6.5 million jury award against Toyota for her injuries in an accident when the side air bag failed to deploy. Katherine M. Sprague was driving her 2004 Lexus ES 330 in Omaha, Neb., when a driver going in the opposite direction turned in front of her and forced her vehicle up a limestone wall. Although her son, riding in the backseat, was not injured, her side air bag didn’t fully deploy and she suffered neck injuries …

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JP Morgan’s $13 Billion Settlement Explained [WFLT Radio]

(AP Photo/ Gilles Martin-Raget)   JP Morgan Settlement JP Morgan agreed to pay the Department of Justice $13 billion. In an WFLT, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., radio interview Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine explains why the banking giant settled its case. He also discusses a recent Florida case, where two girls were charged with aggravated stalking for cyber bullying a 12-year-old girl into suicide. The 2008 economic crash and following recession resulted from reckless bank activities. The wrongdoing included mortgage fraud against …

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Posted 9 months ago in On the Lighter Side by Josh Crank  
Not Every Kind of Weed is Legal in Colorado

Colorado became the first jurisdiction in the world to legalize marijuana by popular vote with the passage of Amendment 64 last November. Several cities have decided to ban retail marijuana stores even before the first legal joint can be sold, but the city of Pueblo may start accepting applications for pot shops as early as next year. If that happens, Pueblo entrepreneurs may be able to sell Purple Kush, Lemon Diesel and Strawberry Cough — just so long as they …

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Tying the Knot with a Common Law Marriage [Video]

  A wedding is one popular way to get married, but it’s not the only way. Most of us have heard of common law marriage, but what does that actually mean? The answer is more complicated than you might think. Many people believe that if two people live together long enough, the law eventually considers them married. Some celebrity couples reinforce that idea, by living together for years without ever tying the knot, even though their relationships have every feature …

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Posted 9 months ago in Criminal Law Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Cops Mistake Jolly Ranchers for Meth

A Brooklyn man who was arrested for possession of what cops thought were rocks of meth but ended up being Jolly Ranchers is now suing the New York City Police Department.    False Positive Last June, Love Olantunjiojo, 25, and a friend bought some Jolly Ranchers candy at the It’Sugar candy store in Coney Island, according to news reports. When NYPD cops stopped the two men several blocks away, they searched them. Believing the red and blue Jolly Ranchers to …

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Posted 9 months ago in Criminal Law Your Personal Rights by Josh Crank  
Office Tenants Sue Over Hidden Cameras in Public Restrooms

A New Jersey jury may soon decide whether a person has a reasonable right to privacy inside a public restroom. A state appeals court ruled this month that a lawsuit filed over hidden cameras installed in an office building’s restrooms was wrongfully dismissed by a lower court. The lawsuit alleges that the building’s owner and their contractors violated the privacy rights of the tenant employees by operating surveillance cameras concealed inside smoke detectors in the bathrooms. The defendants convinced the …

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Posted 9 months ago in Litigation Your Money & The Law by Aaron Kase  
Mockingbird Author Harper Lee Sues Museum Over Trademark

Legendary “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee has filed a lawsuit against a museum in the Alabama town the novel was based in for unauthorized use of her name and the name of her book. The Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, where the 87-year-old author resides, makes a number of references to Lee and her book, including on merchandise for sale in its gift shop. “The museum seeks to profit from the unauthorized use of the protected names and …

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Posted 9 months ago in Your Money & The Law by Janet Raasch  
Payday Loans Prey on the Vulnerable

Financially-strapped individuals turn to payday loans when they need cash between paychecks and have exhausted every other option. These borrowers are rarely eligible for other kinds of credit, and don’t want to borrow from family and friends. Each year, about 12 million borrowers take out payday loans. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau calls payday loans “debt traps.” Research shows that they often push low-income borrowers off the financial cliff, into bankruptcy or default. Only about 14 percent of borrowers …

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Posted 9 months ago in Government Your Money & The Law by Aaron Kase  
Can We Sue the Government To Prevent More Shutdowns?

Congress passed a budget resolution last week to end the 16-day shutdown, bring federal employees back to work and get the government up and running again. The consequences of the shutdown were severe, with an estimated $24 billion lost from the economy which will result in stalled growth and slower job creation in an economy that is still recovering from the recession. However, the resolution only funds operations until Jan. 15, meaning we could be in for a sequel in …

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