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Fake News: History, Laws, & Is It Going To Ruin The Election… Again?



Free Press was supposed to advance knowledge and create a more informed public. But the problem was – or is, really – that there aren’t many standards for what can be published. This makes the communication of ideas, beliefs, and viewpoints of the world possible, which is great. But it also opens the floodgates of […]

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Privacy Laws: Why It Matters, What To Do, & Important FAQs



The slew of emails about privacy policies and terms of service updates, popups, cookie consents, and general Googling of “What is a cookie?” spiked post-GDPR. The finalization of GDPR ushered in a whole new age of consumer awareness. As did the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Which, beyond doubt, pushed GDPR to the forefront of policy maker’s […]

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Outdated & Weird Laws You Can Still Be Charged With



Don’t kill bigfoot, keep an “adequate supply” of TP in coal mines, and – whatever you do – don’t make gross cheese. If you’re wondering what weird laws your state has, don’t worry. We broke down the weirdest laws in every state below.   Alabama: No Dominoes On Sunday In Alabama, it’s illegal to pretend […]

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Right To Know Law: Everything You Need To Know



The Right To Know Law isn’t a single law. It’s a group of laws. These laws cover a variety of rights. From your rights during police encounters to workplace safety to personal information. And they’re typically different for every state. However, there are some laws – such as the right to know workplace laws – […]

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Plausible Deniability Definition, Examples, & Laws



Plausible deniability is defined by the dictionary. But it’s not technically a legal term or defined in any legal documents. Which makes it a much looser term than it sounds. On top of that, plausible doesn’t mean trustworthy, possible, or even likely. Plausible means you could conclude that something might or might not be possible. […]

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Romeo And Juliet Laws: Everything You Need To Know



The Romeo and Juliet law was designed to lessen the penalties associated with a statutory rape charge. These laws apply to legal cases where a teenager engages involuntary sexual acts with someone older than they are. Interpretations of such laws vary between the states that have them. Regardless of interpretation, Romeo and Juliet laws do […]

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How To Spot And Protect Yourself From Scams



It is important to learn how to spot and protect yourself from scams. Such are often presented in a variety of different ways, but all have a common goal. That goal, of course, is usually cash money or something of comparable value, such as land or access to a personal credit profile. Those who mastermind […]

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The Legalities Of Hate Speech



Often discussed on a variety of platforms, hate speech and the legalities associated with it can be a hotly debated topic. Hate speech is loosely defined by laypersons as any offensive speech targeted toward people based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. Opinions about how such speech should be handled by legal authorities vary. Few […]

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Important 2018 Law Changes You Should Know



Most 2018 law changes apply to individual states and, therefore, do not impact others living elsewhere. However, some very important changes apply nationwide. Here are several of the most recently changed or newly introduced laws throughout the United States in 2018. Alabama 2018 Law Changes A couple of key changes in the law affect couples divorcing […]

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Probable Cause Arrests vs. Arrest Warrants



The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures. It goes on to specify that warrants for searches and seizures may only be issued by a court upon a showing of probable cause. The seizure of a person, as occurs during an arrest, is a Fourth Amendment event requiring probable […]

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Seven Factors Every Business Owner Must Know About Independent Contractor Law



If you are the owner of a business who does not know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor, you could be in trouble with the state and federal government. As a worker, how you are classified could have an effect on how the amount you are paid and the benefits to which […]

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What’s the difference between the insanity plea and incompetency?



The terms sanity and competency are heard so often in media coverage of high-profile criminal trials that it can be easy to confuse the two. A lot of people may wonder how it is possible for somebody to enter an insanity plea when they have already been deemed fit to stand trial. While sanity and […]

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The 9 Most Commonly Asked Questions About Last Wills And Testaments



Estate planning and the role of last wills and testaments are a popular topic of conversation among members of the baby-boom generation. You might think you know a lot about last wills and testaments, but the answers to the nine most commonly asked questions people have about them might surprise you. 1. What are last […]

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Law School and Jobs: Thinking Beyond Being a Lawyer



All too often we think that the only reason anybody ever goes to law school is to become a lawyer. This assumption is understandable. After all, law school is hard work, expensive, and the very name of it (law school) suggests that most people are going through the grind of it in order to come […]

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Four Misconceptions About Dram Shop Laws



Most states today have statutes that impose liability on bar, restaurants, liquor stores, or other establishments that sell alcohol to intoxicated customers. If a person is injured by an intoxicated person, such as in a motor vehicle accident, then the crash victim may be able to sue the establishment that provided the intoxicated individual with […]

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Four Steps To Becoming A Lawyer And Joining A Wall Street Law Firm



Becoming an attorney and joining a Wall Street law firm might be your dream, but getting there takes at least seven years of school after graduation from high school. Only graduates with the top grades at the best law schools ever get considered for a position as an associate at a prestigious Wall Street firm. […]

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Five Things To Know About A Medical Power of Attorney



If you are unable to make health care decisions, you can designate someone you trust to make those decisions for you. The procedures and the form you would use to accomplish this depend upon the laws in your state. Some states use a medical power of attorney while others use a health care proxy. Regardless […]

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Five Facts Every Whistleblower Should Know About Qui Tam Cases



It might surprise you to know that the federal statute intended to protect whistleblowers; people who blow the whistle on individuals and companies that are defrauding the government was signed into law during the Civil War. The False Claims Act of 1863. Amendments to the original law give private parties the right to file a […]

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Five Big Advantages of Working for a Big Law Firm



If you’re just out of law school, then you are probably wondering where to start your career. Alternatively, you may have already racked up years of experience practicing law and are now considering a change of pace. Regardless of where you are in your career, you may have considered working for a big law firm, […]

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Is There a Difference Between Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality?



Attorney-client privilege and attorney-client confidentiality are vital to the relationship that exists between a lawyer and his or her client. Without protections surrounding privilege and confidentiality, attorneys would have an extremely difficult time creating open and trustworthy communications with their clients, which, in turn, would make it difficult for clients to be well represented in […]

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