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How to Prepare for a Probation Violation Hearing

Probation can be a pain. Between the restrictive conditions and the aggressive probation officers, it seems like you're set up to fail. And if you're accused of violating your probation, things can get even worse. While probation officers have the discretion to simply issue a warning for an alleged probation......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 8:04 pm

Portland's Arts Education Taxation Survives Litigation

A meager $35 per person tax for residents of Portland, Oregon, used to fund art and music education for school children, has been ruled constitutional by the state's Supreme Court. Despite the state's constitution banning head taxes (taxes that are imposed on everyone uniformly regardless of the ability to......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 5:56 pm

Summer's Over: Heat-Related Injury and Lawsuit Roundup

This summer was the third-hottest on record, and while cooler temperatures may be in the forecast, not all have escaped the heat unscathed. From simple sunburns to more serious and possibly fatal heatstroke injuries, the scorching temperatures left their mark this summer. But if you were injured in the summer......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:00 pm

Top 5 Legal Tips Before Eloping

You want to get married on the fly, possibly in secret. But that doesn't mean you can't put some planning into your elopement. And if you want your secret marriage to last, in the legal sense at least, you'll want to be prepared. Here is our best legal advice for......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 7:57 pm

Tips for a Small Business Drug Testing Policy

You want your employees to perform their best, and you want to provide a safe working environment. For many small business employers, that means keeping your workplace drug-free. While attitudes (and state laws) are changing regarding certain drug use, and some large companies have taken a liberal approach to employee......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 6:55 pm

Arizona Supreme Court Grants Equal Rights to Same-Sex Parents

Over two years after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, same-sex couples are still battling on the fringes for the same rights as heterosexual couples. And when it comes to parental rights, those battles -- for custody, visitation, even access to a spouse and child during and after childbirth --......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 5:56 pm

Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law Survives Appeal

Anti-union 'right-to-work' laws have been controversial since their inception in the 1940s. And although 28 states currently have right-to-work laws on the books, those laws have faced their fair share of legal challenges. Most recently, Wisconsin passed a right-to-work law in 2015, and the statute just survived its latest legal......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 9:56 pm

What Happens During a Welfare Fraud Investigation?

Ever since the 'Welfare Queen' craze in the early '80s, the specter of fraud has hung over any public assistance program, from Medicaid to food stamps. And, to be sure, that fraud exists, from a recently dubbed "Food Stamp Millionaire" to single cases of misreporting income and insurance payouts to......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 7:15 pm

Charles Oakley Sues Knicks Owner James Dolan Over MSG Incident

Charles Oakley, New York Knickerbockers legend, was kicked out of a Knicks game last February, after which James Dolan, current Knicks owner and executive chairman of Madison Square Garden, speculated that Oakley may have a problem with alcohol and anger management issues. Those assertions, and the forcible removal of Oakley......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 6:05 pm

Jessica Biel's Restaurant Sued by Workers for Wage Theft

Celebrities don't always make the best restaurateurs; just ask Eva Longoria or Flavor Flav. But you'd at least hope that they'd pay their employees properly and pass on the tips those employees earned. But nine current and former employees at Jessica Biel's Au Fudge restaurant in Los Angeles are suing......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 5:58 pm

Guns and Drugs: FAQ for Renters

Renting an apartment or house can be a tricky thing -- in so many ways, it's your space; but in so many other ways, it is clearly not. Can I paint this wall? What's the limit on house guests? Why can't my pit bull live here? And varying opinions and......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 5:57 pm

Too Hot! Woman Sues Victoria's Secret Over Flammable Hoodie

It's not too surprising when Victoria's Secret racy lingerie sparks some romantic flames. A little more surprising is when a less revealing hoodie from the company's PINK apparel line literally catches fire. Samantha Burke claims that a hoodie, t-shirt, and bra she purchased from Victoria's Secret "burst into flame while......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 9:58 pm

Can Sexting Be a Felony?

With increased access to smartphones with cameras, and limited access to good decision-making skills, teens have turned sexting into a serious issue that parents, educators, and sometimes the police need to deal with. And state laws, prosecutors, and courts have turned sexting into a serious criminal offense that teens may......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 9:50 pm

Deportation Dispute: U.S. Refusing Visas for Countries Unwilling to Take Back Deported Citizens

Most of us don't think about what happens to people deported from the United States, or where they go. But that process can be pretty complicated and require the cooperation of other nations accepting deportees. And the Trump administration is accusing four nations of being less than cooperative in deportation......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 8:15 pm

Do Family Businesses Need an Operating Agreement?

Part of the appeal of a family business is the family part, as opposed to the business part. Having a warmer, more informal relationship between the owners and employees stands in stark contrast to the calculating, profit-driven world of LLCs. Plus, why share profits with stockholders when you can......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 5:15 pm

What Happens When Somebody Kills an Endangered Species?

Endangered and threatened species are protected for a reason: once a species is extinct, there's no bringing it back. (Sorry, Jurassic Park aficionados.) So the Endangered Species Act aims to protect threatened and endangered species of plants and animals, as well as the habitats in which they are found. So......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 9:57 pm

Smartphone Search and Seizure Law: Update on iPhone Security

With every new advance in technology comes greater privacy concerns, especially when it comes to police searches. Email is just what it says, right, electronic mail? But while police may need a warrant to read handwritten letters, they may not need one to get access to your email. And as......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 8:02 pm

Top 5 Legal Issues Following Floods

Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in Houston last month. This month, it was Hurricane Irma inundating Florida. With two more storms, Jose and Maria, setting their sights on the northeast coast and Caribbean, respectively, the physical and financial injuries from flooding and flood damage will only intensify, leaving many to......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 7:02 pm

Top 5 Legal Tips for Teens

Teenagers seem to occupy a social and emotional middle ground: not children, but not quite adults; so much responsibility, but not all of it; independent in so many ways, dependent in others. Much of that is also true when it comes to legal grounds. The law is a little different......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

Google Sued for 'Systemic Discrimination' Against Female Employees

It seems like just yesterday Google was parting ways with an engineer who felt the need to explain to colleagues, in excruciatingly sophomoric detail, why the "distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and ... these differences may explain why we......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: September 15, 2017, 10:57 pm