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California Sues Corinthian Schools for Second Time

The California attorney general on Oct. 10 sued Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (CCI) for, among other things, false advertising, alleging that the for-profit markets its schools to low-income, vulnerable people by misrepresenting programs and job placement rates.   The Old Bait and Switch Attorney general Kamala Harris says that CCI subsidiaries that operate Everest, Heald and WyoTech colleges use deceptive and false advertisements and aggressive marketing campaigns to attract prospective students. By targeting low-income single mothers and veterans returning from combat, CCI …

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Posted 10 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Mich. Affirmative Action

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today on whether a state can preemptively ban any consideration of race in higher education admissions policies. In Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the court will decide whether a 2006 ballot initiative which altered the Michigan constitution to preclude affirmative action in public university admissions will be allowed to stand. “The use of race-based and sex-based preferences in college education is certainly one of the most hotly contested issues of our time,” Michigan …

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Posted 10 months ago in Consumer Law Your Money & The Law by Janet Raasch  
You Can Sue Your Financial Adviser for Bad Investments

With the increasing popularity of 401(k) plans and IRAs, many more of us have become investors — often without any background at all in finance. People owning such accounts must now decide how and where their contributions to these accounts are allocated. To make better decisions, many of us are seeking the advice of financial advisers. Just like doctors and lawyers, these professionals are required to adhere closely to standards of professional conduct. When the actions (or inactions) of a …

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Posted 10 months ago in Criminal Law Government Your Personal Rights by Betsy Kim  
Should Feds Freeze Defendants’ Pre-Trial Assets? [Poll]

After an indictment, federal law allows a district court to freeze criminal defendants’ assets that would be subject to forfeiture upon conviction. But defendants sometimes need those assets to hire their chosen counsel. Should defendants have a right to a hearing to challenge the charges and forfeiture before the trial? Otherwise, does such freezing of assets violate the defendants’ Sixth Amendment right to counsel and Fifth Amendment right against governmental taking of property without due process? On Wednesday, the U.S. …

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Posted 10 months ago in Criminal Law Government Immigration by Josh Crank  
Court Strikes Another Blow Against Ariz. Immigration Law

A federal appeals court upheld a decision to block part of Arizona’s sweeping 2010 immigration law, finding the provision to be both unconstitutional and “unintelligible.” The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the decision after the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups sued to block an element of SB 1070 that made it a crime to knowingly transport or harbor someone who is in the country illegally. Just as the Supreme Court of the United …

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Posted 10 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Tackles Abortion, Affirmative Action, Guns

The U.S. Supreme Court has a busy slate of cases coming in front of it this term, with several that have the potential to have landmark precedential effects on the rights of everyday Americans. Through the fall and winter the justices will consider cases that touch on campaign finance, affirmative action, abortion, gun rights and public prayer, among other hot-button issues. “The big cases on the docket are all across the board,” says Vikram D. Amar, a professor at the …

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Posted 10 months ago in Government Landlord & Tenant Traveling by Michele Bowman  
NYC Apartment Swapping Service Is Legal, Sort Of

Airbnb, one of many short-term apartment renting and swapping sites, scored a legal victory for one of its users with a New York City board finding that Nigel Warren did not violate city laws when he rented his apartment out for less than 30 days. But the opinion also shows how narrow the exception to those city laws is.   Who’s In There? Sites like Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, and Hailo allow users to find and rent apartments in big cities …

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Parents Win $2 Million for Son’s Highway Death

The parents of a 22-year-old won a $2 million verdict for his death on a Michigan highway when his car hit a John Deere logging vehicle from behind. Christopher J. Grouix was on his way to work as a carpentry apprentice in the early morning hours of Sept. 12, 2011,  when he hit the logging truck. He died at the scene. His parents, Tom and Kathryn, sued the owner of the truck, Shawn Muma Logging, and its employee who was …

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Posted 10 months ago in Government Taxation by Aaron Kase  
Consumers Feel Pinch as Government Shutdown Continues

The federal shutdown continues this week, even as officials report some signs of progress in negotiations to get the government up and running again. As a consequence, offices that have used reserve funds and moved money around to keep functioning could run short and consumers will see a continued reduction in government services. The people feeling the shutdown most directly are those employed by the federal government, who at this point are either working without pay or sitting at home. …

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Posted 10 months ago in Litigation Products Liability by Michele Bowman  
US Supreme Court Rejects Big Tobacco Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 7 declined to hear big tobacco companies’ appeal of a Florida Supreme Court decision that makes it easier for smokers to sue the companies. As a result, a jury’s findings of fact in a massive class action suit from years ago can continue to be used in individual suits.    New Case, Old Findings Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, and Liggett had asked the high court to hear their appeal of a $2.5-million jury award …

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