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When Can Negligence Become Criminal?

Normally, when we think of negligence, we think of traffic accidents and personal injury cases. Legally speaking, negligence is when carelessness results in an injury to a person or property. Such cases are normally dealt with by civil lawsuits for monetary damages to compensate the injured party, although sometimes......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 6:15 pm

Top 3 Legal Questions When Buying a Car

Outside of buying a house, or a boat, or a houseboat perhaps, buying a car is one of the biggest financial investments we'll make. So it goes without saying that you should take the car buying process seriously and therefore you'll probably have a lot of questions you'll want......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 7:00 pm

5 Banks Fined by Federal Reserve for Mortgage Servicing Flaws

After the housing bubble burst way back in 2008, big banks had quite a few foreclosures on their hands. Only they didn't do a great job of managing those foreclosures. In 2011, the Federal Reserve found banks like Ally Financial, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley,......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 6:15 pm

High Schoolers Banned From Basketball League for Racist Jerseys

We all want sports to be fun, especially at the youth recreational level. "That's the thing," Ohio parent Tony Rue told WLWT, "those names are not having fun. It's not so much even if we had black students or African-American students, or any minority students. Our kids were offended."......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 1:58 pm

3 Recent Developments in Animal Liability Law

Sadly, animal attacks and bites occur all too frequently. Sometimes it's a sneaky raccoon slipping in the pet door, sometimes we're bitten by snakes trying to protect our pets, and other times we're bitten by snakes that are our pets. And then there are the times when our pets......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:57 pm

Florida ICP Fan Slips in Faygo, Falls off Stage, Sues

It's hard out here for a Juggalo. Just ask Sarah Hastings, devoted Insane Clown Posse fan who took to the stage at a concert in St. Petersburg, then took a dive after slipping in the band's boisson de guerre, Faygo soda. While Faygo showers are a normal element of ICP's......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 8:15 pm

Can I Sue the Court?

There are some classic threats you hear regarding legal arguments. "You're getting sued!" "I'll see you in court!" "I'm taking my case all the way to the Supreme Court!" But what if your beef is with a judge or the court itself? Can you take the court to court?......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 8:15 pm

New Laws Small Business Owners Should Know in 2018

Last year was a busy time for small business owners. Between federal action on tax and immigration to state action on minimum wage and family leave, it might've seemed like you spent more time trying to keep pace with legal updates than running your small biz. Well, here's the......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 7:00 pm

Is Doxing Illegal?

Depending on your point of view, releasing a person's identifying information on the internet might be one of the few ways to hold someone accountable for hateful actions or an avenue to unleashing hate upon an undeserving someone else. Trying to out white supremacists who participated in political violence?......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 7:00 pm

Starbucks Wins 'Underfilled' Lattes Lawsuit

Starbucks customers are pretty fussy when it comes to their daily fix. That much was evidenced by fans of their lattes filing a class action lawsuit claiming the coffee chain was shorting them on their steamed milk. "Starbucks lattes are uniformly underfilled pursuant to a standardized recipe," the suit......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 8:02 pm

Can I Get Fired for Not Taking a Lunch Break at Work?

Most of us work hard at our jobs, trying to get things done and make a positive impression on our bosses and colleagues. Many of us even work right through meals, skipping lunch to be more productive. Part of that motivation comes from knowing that we could be fired......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 7:58 pm

Manhattan Misdemeanor Charges No Longer Require Bail

The money bail system, under which a criminal defendant may be required to post a cash bond to secure his or her release from jail before trial, has come under increasing scrutiny in the past few years. Critics claim that jurisdictions were using automatic bail requirements to raise municipal......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 1:57 pm

Top 3 Legal Issues for Trump's 'Fire and Fury' Defamation Claim

As you may have heard by now, journalist Michael Wolf's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" has caused quite a stir. The president was not too pleased with the work, and lawyers for Trump and the book's publisher traded some entertaining letters over it. (And, of course,......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 12, 2018, 8:20 pm

NC Congressional Map Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered, Circuit Rules

Last month, researchers from the Electoral Integrity Project scored North Carolina's overall electoral integrity at 58/100, placing it alongside the likes of Cuba, Indonesia, and Sierra Leone in terms of fostering free and fair and democratic elections. Not exactly the best of company. So bad, in fact, that those......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 11, 2018, 12:20 am

Civil Rights at Work: Respecting and Protecting Your Employees' Free Speech

We live in politically-charged times, and we often don't check our opinions at the office door. And even if we do, the internet has an amazing knack for carrying them into work anyway. From loose water cooler talk to social media posts that go viral, employees can often put their......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 10, 2018, 10:58 pm

What Is Prior Restraint?

If Michael Wolff'sTrump tell-all book, Fire and Fury, reminds you of Shakespeare, it's probably the bard's take on life from Macbeth: "it is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing." The same might be true of the bluster around the book,......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 10, 2018, 10:41 pm

E. Coli and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Researchers at Consumer Reports think they've discovered the source of a deadly E. coli outbreak in the U.S. and Canada last week: romaine lettuce. The outbreak began in November 2017 and has sickened dozens, hospitalized five, and killed at least two people. While the U.S. Center for Disease Control......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 10, 2018, 6:59 pm

Employer's Duty to Protect Workers From Dangerously Cold Conditions

While some of us would love to close up shop in the midst of a "bomb cyclone," we may not have that luxury, putting employers in the unenviable position of asking employees to work in some frigid conditions. From postmen to presidents, most of us still have to go......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 10, 2018, 6:58 pm

What's the Legal Limit for Driving While High?

With few exceptions, every state set the blood-alcohol bar for drunk driving at .08 percent. And most state alcohol consumption laws are similar, as well. But states are, pardon the pun, all over the map when it comes to marijuana enforcement, ranging from therapeutic CBD oil use only in......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 9, 2018, 8:05 pm

Transgender People Now Allowed to Enlist in U.S. Military

Over the past six months, the U.S government has been split on transgender military service, with the president tweeting a ban, transgender service members suing over the tweets, the Secretary of Defense defying the president's order, and ultimately a federal court blocking the order. All that political and legal......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: January 9, 2018, 6:57 pm