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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 12 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 12 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 12 months ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Fired Police Chief Wins $3.7M for Blowing Whistle on Mayor

The former police chief of Atlantic City, N.J., has won a $3.7 million jury verdict in his lawsuit against the city for firing him because he blew the whistle on mayoral corruption. John Mooney, a veteran on the force who had no previous disciplinary problems, lost his job as chief of police in 2010 amid mass layoffs. But Mooney claimed that the layoffs were just an excuse to get rid of him and that the real reason he was fired was …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Privacy Concerns Unfounded for State Health Exchange

Maryland’s new health insurance exchange, opened as required under the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1, has raised some privacy issues over how health information will be shared.   Public Information? The Maryland Health Connection (MHC) reportedly alerts people who sign up that while it will not sell their personal information and that it can only be used for the exchange’s purposes, an exception exists for “law enforcement and audit activities,” according to the Baltimore Sun. Despite assurances from the …

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