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Who Can I Call as an Expert Witness?

When going to trial, particularly in cases that involve technical or scientific evidence, having the right experts on your side can make or break a case. Not only does the expert need to actually be a subject matter expert, but having presentation skills, or just charisma, can be just......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:58 pm

How to Protect Your Business From the WannaCry Ransomware?

Over the past few weeks, businesses small and large have been forced to deal with the most recent ransomware attack, aptly named WannaCry. Like other ransomware, a business's computers, networks, data, and servers, all get locked down by a hacker that demands payment in untraceable bitcoins to unlock the......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:00 pm

NFL Painkiller Claims: The Difference Between a Grievance and a Lawsuit

There are, as of this writing, still two active lawsuits against the NFL and/or its member teams regarding the prescription of painkillers to players. Dent v. NFL was filed in the District Court of Northern California in May 2014 and claimed the league withheld medical information from players, oversaw acquisition......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 6:59 pm

Boating Accident Liability: When to Sue for Wrongful Death?

Boats, many of which lack brakes, seat belts, and airbags, can be just as dangerous as cars. And a recent lawsuit in Washington details just how dangerous they can be. The surviving family members of a man who drowned in a boating accident at Lake Coeur d'Alene last summer claim......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 1:00 pm

Drone Hobbyists Don't Need to Register With FAA, Court Rules

The US Court of Appeals for D.C. issued a ruling that drone hobbyists are rejoicing over. The 2015 FAA emergency regulation that required all drone and model aircraft users to register their glorified toys was struck down last week. Now hobbyists can fly their drones, and RC planes, without......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 12:58 pm

What Is an EB-5 Investment Visa?

Before he was a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, also Ivanka Trump's husband, ran Kushner Companies, his father's real estate development and lending company. Earlier this month, his sister, Nicole Kushner Meyer, invoked Jared's name when imploring Chinese investors to "invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:15 pm

Cyclist Sues Portland for Wrongful Arrest Based on Racial Profiling

Anthony Allen, of Portland, Oregon, is suing the city for nearly half a million dollars as a result of a wrongful arrest that happened in May 2015. While this may seem like a big number, keep in mind that not only was this man wrongfully arrested, criminal charges were......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:11 pm

Tech Support Scams: Beware Pop-Up Windows and Redirects

Nearly every internet user has encountered some form of the tech support scam in their browsing history. Although these tech support scams are rather common, the level of sophistication can vary as the majority of these are just online phishing scams. The most common tech support scams involve a......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:14 pm

Conan O'Brien Joke Theft Lawsuit Can Proceed to Trial

A recent decision in the civil case against Conan O'Brien is no laughing matter for the late night host. Writer Alex Kaseberg filed suit in 2015 over a series of jokes that he claims were stolen from his blog and Twitter feed. The federal judge hearing the copyright infringement......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:08 pm

What Is a Chapter 7 Means Test Calculator?

Any time a person files for bankruptcy, federal courts will apply a means test to see if the debtor qualifies for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The first step in that test is to compare the person’s average monthly income for the six months preceding the filing to their state’s median family......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

Federal Court: Transgender Employee With Gender Dysphoria Wins ADA Protection

A decision out of a federal court in Pennsylvania last week is being heralded as a landmark ruling for the transgender community. Traditionally, transgender individuals have been excluded from protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act because being transgender is not a disability. However, this meant that certain medical......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:00 pm

Florida Jury Awards Woman $100K in Starbucks Hot Coffee Lawsuit

A Florida woman was awarded $100,000 by a jury in her case against Starbucks stemming from a 2014 hot coffee spill injury. Joanne Mogavero, a 43-year-old mother of three, filed suit after the lid to her coffee popped off while it was being handed to her from the Starbucks......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 9:57 pm

Can I Still Own a Gun After a Domestic Violence Conviction?

The answer to this question, with very little exception, is a resounding: No. If the conviction is on the record, then under both federal and state laws, a person will be prohibited from owning a firearm. Many people are surprised to find out that this even applies to individuals......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 9:57 pm

NRA Challenges California Ban on High Capacity Magazines in Federal Court

Last week, the California arm of the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in San Diego's federal district court challenging the constitutionality of the state's recent ban on high capacity magazines. This is the second lawsuit filed by gun advocates against the gun control legislation that took effect last......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 6:58 pm

When to Fire an Employee at the Center of a Social Media Scandal

While going viral can be a boon for business, it can also lead to nightmarish PR disasters. Take for example the recent United Airlines scandal where a passenger was dragged off the plane. The incident made national news headlines for weeks and likely cost United quite a bit of......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 5:57 pm

'War Dogs' Movie Faces Lawsuit 'Based on a True Story' of False Advertising

Warner Brothers, the makers of the 2016 comedy War Dogs, have been hauled into a Florida federal court by the very person the film is based on. The subject of the film, Efraim Diveroli, is a convicted arms dealer who is currently incarcerated. Diveroli is asserting that the film......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 5:56 pm

California's Signed Sports Memorabilia Law No Longer Just for Sports

Good news for those that love buying signed collectibles: As of January 1, 2017, dealers in the state of California that sell signed collectibles are now required to provide a certificate of authenticity for any signed collectible worth over $5. While the law doesn't apply to private individuals conducting......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 12:51 pm

What Is Mediation Confidentiality?

While it is no surprise that most lawsuits settle without ever going to trial, many non-lawyers are surprised by how effective formal mediation can be at resolving legal disputes. Alternative dispute resolution has emerged over the past few decades as a successful tool to resolve legal disputes, often more......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 19, 2017, 9:08 pm

What Is Hearsay and Why Does It Matter?

Hearsay, though technically a noun, is better understood as an adjective that gets used to describe certain pieces of evidence. Generally, hearsay evidence can be easily understood as secondhand evidence. For instance, if a person is testifying about what another person told them, or about something they read that......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 19, 2017, 8:07 pm

How to Protect Your Children's Inheritance in Divorce

Inheritances are not treated the same way as normal marital property in a divorce. Generally, so long as there has not been any commingling with marital property, an inheritance can remain separate property, just like premarital assets. Commingling occurs when separate property, usually money, is mixed with marital property.......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: May 19, 2017, 12:59 pm