Celebrity, Crime & Lawsuits, News

Jared Fogle and the dangers of celebrity endorsements

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Jared Fogle is not the first – nor will he be the last – celebrity endorser to face dethronement in the wake of a scandal. But abruptly cutting ties with a celebrity can bring about unforeseen legal challenges, especially if the terms of the endorsement contract do not clearly address the behavior underlying the severance.

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Avvo, Divorce, Marriage, Privacy

Is Facebook creating a divorce crisis?

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People have always cheated on each other. Long before the dawn of the information age, people in supposedly committed relationships were sneaking about, looking for some clandestine action on the side. So it’s no surprise that modern technology is being used for similar purposes.

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Real Estate, Tips & How-To

This is mine, that’s yours: Dealing with property disputes

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Much like neighborly quarrels, adversarial property laws have been around for ages. Accordingly, ancient lawmakers devised notions — such as deeds, boundary lines, and parcel numbers — to ensure owners and neighbors alike were apprised of property limits. However, conflict between neighbors remains common, often prompting contentious lawsuits, unrelenting litigation, and serious tension at annual block parties.

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Bizarre, Divorce, Funny, Marriage

7 unbelievable divorce tales from around the world

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It’s easy to agree on some no-brainer reasons for divorce – abuse, alcoholism and infidelity are all common reasons to end a marriage. But what about cleaning too much, disliking a beloved film or kissing a horse?

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Business, News, Rights

Amazon: Thrilling workplace or legal nightmare?

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In a much-read August 16 New York Times article, Seattle-based Amazon.com was both heralded as an innovative, even “thrilling” place to work, and pilloried as every employee’s worst nightmare. If the NYT’s interviews are any indication, Amazon may be flirting with some significant employment law liability.

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Consumer Protection, Marriage, News, Privacy

Ashley Madison customer data has now been exposed

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It’s not a good day for online cheaters. On Tuesday night, making good on a threat they’d issued several weeks ago, a collection of hackers calling themselves “Impact Team” have now released the personal data of roughly 37 million customers from the dating website Ashley Madison.

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Bizarre, Crime & Lawsuits, Funny, News

The 8 weirdest legal stories of summer 2015

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Not a lot of data is available on seasonal upticks in lawsuits and/or illegal behavior (when asked for comment, Josh King, Avvo’s general counsel, would only say “crazy lawsuits know no season”) but based on the below examples from the 2015 summer to date, it appears the hot weather might be getting to some people

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Crime & Lawsuits, News, Rights

The system for punishing sex offenders is broken

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Think “sex offender,” and you probably picture a creepy guy who likes to lure children to his van with candy. But that’s not the whole picture. The sex offender registry, which currently stands at over 850,000 registered sex offenders, is comprised of many people who should not be lumped into the same category as violent sex offenders and pedophiles.

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Crime & Lawsuits, Freedom, News, Privacy, Rights, Technology

How to bring drones back down to earth

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Officially known as “Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” drones have become a trending topic over the last few years. With the use of drones by the military, ongoing media attention, and Amazon.com’s commitment to bringing drone-based delivery service by the year 2020, questions regarding their appropriate use have been growing in importance for law enforcement and civilians alike.

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Consumer Protection, Freedom, Rights

If you smoke pot, you can still get fired

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Federal law says that pot is as dangerous as heroin, more addictive than cocaine, and has no accepted medical purpose. Yet 23 states and DC have legalized medical marijuana in some form. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and D.C. have also de-criminalized recreational marijuana use. For the average worker – and their employers – this federal-state law paradox can have huge impact in the workplace.

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