From the monthly archives:

July 2012

TweetWhile the country is focused on the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s controversial immigration law, an illegal immigrant in California is fighting to get his law license. Sergio Garcia has a law degree and has passed the California bar exam; however, he is not a U.S. citizen. This case highlights the legal challenges faced […]

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TweetThe world-renown law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP recently agreed to pay a whopping $61 million to settle a suit brought in the District Court of Arizona.  The suit alleged that Greenberg Traurig aided an alleged Ponzi scheme that ultimately bankrupted two companies and lead to almost $1 billion in losses.  See Facciola et al. v. […]

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TweetA recent Illinois ruling in a case between a debtor and debt collectors scored one for the little guy.  On debtor-plaintiff’s summary judgment motion, the court found that the debt collector’s conduct, which included leaving numerous voice mail messages without providing the requisite disclosures, violated the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA” or the “Act”).  […]

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TweetSeveral months ago, a Texas couple won the largest jury verdict-totalling almost $14 million– for an online defamation lawsuit stemming from libelous statements made by anonymous posters on the forum Topix.com.  The couple, Mark and Rhonda Lesher, filed a suit against the anonymous commenters who had accused them on Topix.com of being, amongst other things, sexual deviants and drug […]

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TweetIf you use the term “google” as a verb (as in to search the Internet), the venerable tech company behind the popular search engine would like you to stop. You could be harming its trademark. Google is fiercely protective of its intellectual property rights, as evidenced by the number of patent lawsuits it is currently […]

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TweetAn on-line data broker named Spokeo recently agreed to pay almost one million dollars to the Federal Trade Commission to settle claims that it violated a federal law which regulates consumer reporting agencies.  As part of the deal, Spokeo also had to promise to comply with the consumer protection law from here on in by […]

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TweetFor July 4th this year I really wanted to do something patriotic. And I mean something more patriotic than BBQ, fireworks and buying stuff on my credit card. Then it hit me: I love hearing about the crazy laws that still exist on the books across this great nation. Things like “Quakers and Witches are […]

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TweetBe careful what you say online-it could come back to bite you. A recent Missouri Supreme Court puts this warning in stark relief.  In a ruling in the case The Fireworks Restoration Co. v. Hosto, ED97181 (Mo. App. Ct. May 9, 2012), it upheld a jury verdict of $150,000 against a former business partner in […]

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TweetAs consumers become more environmentally conscious, businesses are increasingly looking to add “green” claims to their marketing campaigns. However, before jumping in the green marketing bandwagon, it is important to make sure you can back up your claims. The explosion of green marketing has resulted in increased scrutiny by both the federal government and consumers. […]

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