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When Is It a Crime to Plan a Crime?

Everyone’s heard the age old-saying: if you do the crime, you do the time. But what about if you don’t do the crime, can you still do time? And what exactly would that time be for? The fact is that simply planning to commit a crime can very well be......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 1:00 pm

Employee Loses Testicle to Boss's Golf Swing: Court Affirms Boss's Liability

Fortunately for the employee-victim of a senseless workplace attack meted out by his boss, a New York court of appeals has affirmed that the victim can seek damages directly against the boss. The case involves a New York golf club's employee, who was senselessly, and for no reason, hit......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:59 pm

Katt Williams Sued for Allegedly Mistreating, Abusing Employee

Comedian Katt Williams is no stranger to the legal system and wild accusations. Most recently, a former assistant filed a lawsuit alleging that not only did the comedian underpay her, he verbally abused her, punched her, locked her in a hotel, and abandoned her in an Atlanta airport, fortunately......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 9:58 pm

Slip-And-Fall Leaves Man Blind; Jury Gives Him $4M

Proving that one false step can change the rest of your life, a Pennsylvania man was left blind after falling off an unmarked step leaving a shopping center. And proving that there may still be some justice left in the world, a jury awarded him $4M in a lawsuit against......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 9:56 pm

Suing a Federal Agent: What Is a Bivens Claim?

It's not easy for a private citizen to sue a federal employee for a civil rights violation. If there's no statute to allow the lawsuit, then historically you couldn't bring your case. That's where the so-called Bivens claim becomes important.A Bivens claim is a special type of 'implied cause......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 9:41 pm

Turmeric IV Infusion Implicated in Woman's Death

A 30-year-old San Diego woman has died after she had an adverse reaction to receiving an IV infusion that included turmeric. She was seeking treatment at a naturopathic clinic, where the IV supplement was administered to her. The San Diego medical examiner has attributed the death in large part......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 6:56 pm

Bitcoin Users Targeted by Social Media Scams

Savvy social media users know feeds can be filled with fake news, false advertisements, and other scams. And Bitcoin, the online "cryptocurrency" that promises anonymity and security to its users, is not immune to the social media scam. ZeroFOX, a cyber security company that monitors cloud-based software and social media......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 6:17 pm

Can Same-Sex Couples Be Common Law Married?

Almost two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry. And while that answered one fundamental question, it left many others up in the air. While debates and court cases have continued over legal rights and benefits for same-sex spouses, and whether businesses may deny......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 5:57 pm

How and Why to Avoid Commingling Personal and Business Funds

If you run a business, particularly one that isn't operated as a sole proprietorship, you should be rather careful about commingling funds. Using business funds to pay for personal expenses could run afoul of the law, contracts, ethical, and fiduciary duties. Even if you operate a sole proprietorship, you......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 12:57 pm

How Lawrence Ferlinghetti Made a Lasting Contribution to First Amendment Law

Before the obscenity standard of 'know it when you see it' came to be, simple four letter words could have been considered obscene and illegal. In those days, courts placed more emphasis on whether or not something that was allegedly obscene contained any "redeeming social importance." Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 9:33 pm

DVD Pirate Gets Extradited and 5 Years in Jail

In 2010, a large-scale burner and distributor of counterfeited music and movies fled the country after pleading guilty to conspiring to infringe copyright laws with a dozen others. Now he's finally been extradited and sentenced. Upon his extradition and return from Morocco, where he spent 9 months in "horrendous"......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 8:15 pm

Plot Twist: 'Total Recall' Screenwriter Sues Disney for Stealing 'Zootopia'

Gary Goldman, the screenwriter for 90s classic science fiction film 'Total Recall,' has filed suit against Disney for allegedly stealing the characters, concepts, plot and sub-plots, verbatim dialogue, and even the name he created for his animated talking animals project, 'Zootopia.' Goldman has alleged that he pitched his idea......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:12 pm

Is Your Doctor Incompetent? 3 Practical Legal Tips

A doctor generally cannot practice medicine unless they are competent to do so. Each state defines what requirements a doctor must meet to be considered, and remain, competent. Typically, doctors are required to complete a certain number of hours of course work, as well as do on-the-job training, and pass......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 5:59 pm

Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime: Top 5 Legal Tips for What You Should Do

Being falsely accused of any crime, let alone a sex crime, can have serious ramifications for the accused. Because of the internet, a person’s arrest for a sex crime could follow them for the rest of their life, even if they are never convicted of the crime. While the social......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:59 pm

SCOTUS Rules: When Are Cheerleader Uniform Designs Protected by Copyright?

The zigs and the zags, the pleats, and the stripes have all been cleared for copyright protection when it comes to cheerleading uniforms. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands that the separable features of a cheerleading uniform could confer copyright protection to the specific......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:57 pm

3 Legal Tips for Dealing With Frivolous Lawsuits Against Your Small Business

There are some lawsuits that businesses just cannot avoid. Unfortunately, the most unavoidable lawsuits are the frivolous ones. Fortunately, the law and the courts provide a means to detect and dismiss frivolous claims early on, before a defendant is forced to spend significant money on defending a meritless claim.......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:57 pm

Can I Stop My Child From Visiting Their Grandparents?

Unless a grandparent has secured a court order granting them visitation, a parent is under no legal obligation to allow a grandparent to see their grandchild. In fact, barring a court order, a parent has the constitutional right to say no. If a court order has been granted, a......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 7:08 pm

Roman Polanski Says He'll Come Back to US If Court Promises No Jail Time

When it comes to celebrities seeking special treatment for criminal acts, Roman Polanski should win an award of some kind, preferably along with a lengthy prison sentence. The fugitive director was alleged to have drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl, and he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 5:56 pm

Who's Liable in a Bicycle Delivery Injury Accident?

Bicycle injury accidents occur with regular frequency in most cities where bicycle delivery services are common. When a bicyclist is involved in an injury accident, there are specific issues that can arise if the injured person was working as a bicycle courier or messenger. Whether the cyclist is at......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 5:15 pm

Supreme Court Limits President's Power to Make Temporary Appointments

The US Supreme Court's ruling on Tuesday will have a significant impact on President Trump and potentially all presidents that come after. In short, the court found that a particular appointment by President Barrack Obama in 2011 violated a federal regulation regarding the nomination of an individual for a......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:57 pm