RSS Law and Life

  • Common Legal Myth: Poor Man's Copyright October 19, 2018
    Intellectual property law can be confusing -- there are patents and trademarks and copyrights, all covering different kinds of ideas and inventions, and all with different legal standards for invoking that protection. For example, under current U.S. copyright law, registration...
  • Can Independent Contractors Go on Strike? October 19, 2018
    A couple weeks ago, Uber drivers in the United Kingdom went on strike, seeking an increase in fares, a reduction of commissions owed to the ridesharing platform, and "employment conditions that respect worker rights for drivers, including the payment of...
  • Hawaii Upholds Rights (and Responsibilities) of Same-Sex Parents October 18, 2018
    While the United States Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry in 2015, the battle for full recognition and equal protection and treatment under state law continues. And, as many same-sex couples are finding out, gaining parental rights...
  • Can I Vote With a Green Card? October 18, 2018
    Legal Permanent Residents (LPR), also knows as Green Card holders, are allowed many of the same rights as U.S. Citizens: access to public schools, a driver's license, obtaining social security and Medicare benefits, and visas for spouses, just to...
  • Leaving Property in Trust for Grandchildren October 17, 2018
    Family inheritance situations can be a hot mess. Though parents may be interested in leaving equal portions of their estate to their children, sometimes parents may want to skip a generation, and leave a child's portion to their grandchildren....

RSS Common Law

  • Christian Mingle, Jdate, Other Dating Sites Settle Consumer Protection Case October 17, 2018
    Spark Networks USA, the company behind niche online dating sites like Christian Mingle and Jdate, has settled a consumer protection action filed by San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties on behalf of customers who were automatically...
  • What Is the 'Neighbor Spoofing' Scam? October 11, 2018
    There seems to be a new scam born every minute, and this one is tricky, on so many levels. You may have already experienced it, but didn't know it's name. The neighbor spoofing scam is used by con artists...
  • LaCroix Sued for Alleged Cockroach Insecticide in Drinks October 9, 2018
    LaCroix's parent company, National Beverage, is being sued for false advertising. LaCroix carbonated beverages claim to be "all natural," but plaintiff Lenora Rice contends the beverage contains linalool, which is a cockroach insecticide, as well as a host of...
  • A Timeshare You Can Never Use? Lawsuit Claims Resort Is a Rip-off October 5, 2018
    The Great Smoky Mountains are gorgeous. So, of course the prospect of a dream vacation in the Smokies is going to appeal to quite a few people. And if you pay for that dream vacation by, say, investing in a...
  • Ikea Recalls Falling Ceiling Lamp September 28, 2018
    Frosted glass keeps falling on my head ... that's what owners of Ikea's Calypso frosted ceiling lamps must be humming.To avoid potentially serious injuries from its falling ceiling lamps, Ikea has now issued a recall....