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Could an Inappropriate Tweet Lead to Jail Time? The Legal Risks Under International Privacy Laws

If you use Twitter and other social media websites, you have likely seen some questionable content pass through your feed. As highlighted by recent arrests in the United Kingdom, social media users may actually be breaking online privacy laws in some circumstances.

Blackberry Name Snafu Highlights Importance of Trademark Research

Smart phone maker Research in Motion recently demonstrated the importance of conducting trademark research before committing to a name for your product. Less than two months after the maker of the Blackberry devices announced that its new operating system would be called BBX, the company was forced to alter course. It will now be called BlackBerry 10.

The Obama Administration Wants Your Input on IP Policy

The Obama Administration is working to develop a new strategy for intellectual property enforcement and is asking for the public’s help.

Frequent Travel Abroad and Abandonment of Legal Permanent Resident Status

A returning legal resident returning from an absence of less than a year who presents his Green Card at the port of entry is not assured that he will be readmitted to the United States. While an Green Card satisfies the requirement of presenting a valid entry document, its presentation is not evidence that he is "returning from a temporary visit abroad." For this reason, it is possible that a returning resident might be denied entry if deemed to have abandoned his legal residence status.

Explaining the Difference in Alimony & Child Support

Alimony, or "spousal support" is often confused with child support. Although both forms of payment are the result of a divorce, the two concepts are very different from one another.

Surgery Injury from Surgery Malpractice

Each year thousands of people are injured or die from surgery malpractice. Patients are injured or die from complex emergency surgeries as well as common routine surgeries such as plastic surgery or weight loss surgery. This article will discuss surgery injuries from medical negligence.

How to Ensure That Your Wishes Are Followed When You Die

For some people, the details of their burial and funeral are unimportant. For others, however, a funeral service and burial is their final good-bye and represents how the world will remember them.

Could You Be Arrested for Browsing the Internet at Work?

If you like to browse the Internet while at work, a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is welcome news. Because many employees like to use the Internet for personal use during work hours, many employers have adopted policies prohibiting the use of work computers for nonbusiness purposes. In United States v. Nosal, the Ninth Circuit answered a very important question—Does an employee who violates such a policy commit a federal crime?

What is Vandalism and Graffiti (Penal Code § 594)?

A complaint alleging a violation of section 594 can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony. When the value of the damage is less than $400, the complaint is for a misdemeanor violation; when it is $400 or more, the complaint is filed as a felony. However, it is possible to resolve cases as misdemeanor vandalism when the value of the damage is over $400 and defendant has no prior record.

NHTSA: 2011 U.S. Traffic Fatalities Down by 1.9%

In its recent press statement posted last December 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a new data analysis on the occurrences of highway traffic deaths and injuries in the country.

What is Reckless Driving (Vehicle Code § 23103)?

Reckless driving is defined as driving “a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanted disregard for the safety of persons or property…” Under subsection (b) of Vehicle Code § 23103, this crime can be committed also in an off-street parking facility.

Dangers Los Angeles Drivers Face during the Night

Road accidents happen at any given time of the day. Contrary to popular belief, traffic accidents are more likely to happen during night time.

Oracle v. Google: Patent Reinstatement Has No Effect on Trial

The IP litigation between tech giants Oracle and Google is currently underway. The trial involves claims that Google’s Android mobile operating system violates certain Java-related patents and copyrights now owned by Oracle.

What is Assault (Penal Code § 240)?

Assault is a crime that often seems hollow because no one is physically injured, although no prosecutor would so characterize it.

Obama to Use Trademark Law to Protect Veterans

To help crack down on for-profit colleges and universities using fraudulent tactics to enroll military veterans, President Barak Obama is turning to trademark law. The White House recently announced that the President will sign an executive order that, among other things, orders the Department of Veterans Affairs to register “GI Bill” as a trademark.

Social Security Fund Woes: What’s in It for You and What the Government is Doing about It?

Have you just hired a Los Angeles Social Security claim lawyer who will help you in processing your Social Security claims? For some time now, there has been news that Social Security is about to go bust. Is it true? Are you worried about it?

Brace Yourself for Future Nursing Home Expenses

Elder law attorneys often see rather shocked looks cross the faces of their clients when they start to explain the extent of nursing home costs.

The Importance of Seatbelts

Seatbelts are a great help in ensuring that one is safe from accidents. This restraint system has been offered in various vehicles since the 1950s.

What is Child Abduction (Penal Code § 278)?

It is not only divorces and child custody proceedings that you will hear one parent claim the other parent has “abducted our child.”

How 'Rules of Thumb' and Formulaic Software Models are Dangerous for Damage Calculations

Plaintiffs often desire short cuts to damage measurements. Given the cost of using experts employing proper methods and data, the temptation is obvious.

A Look at Postmortem Planning

Executing estate planning documents that express your wishes in writing is indeed important when you are making preparations for the inevitable. However, this is only part of the process.

Pinterest Adds Additional Copyright Protections

Responding to questions about the legality of its content, social media site Pinterest is taking additional measures to protect copyrighted material posted online. As the company states on its blog, “We want to try to give credit where credit is due.”

Street Racing and Assault with Deadly Weapon (the Car) Conviction Upheld

Two witnesses at different locations observed his van going at about sixty miles per hour as it approached Estelle Avenue.

California's Homeowner Bill of Rights

In January 2013, the California Homeowner Bill of Rights will take effect, providing unparalleled protection for homeowners across the state. This Bill, which is the first of its kind, will reform the foreclosure process and provide unique protection for homeowners.

Facebook Pictures and Privacy Concerns with Facial Recognition Technology

Face Recognition Technology

UCLA Medical Center Received Failing Grade for Patient Safety

This article discusses the recent failing grade UCLA and other hospitals received for hospital safety. This also covers a problem independent groups are seeing with hospital safety and patient injuries.

The SSA and Direct Deposit: Making Social Security Benefits Payment Easier

Times are getting tougher by the day. As it is, people with disabilities are finding it hard to survive on a daily basis. Because of their disabilities, they are forced to give up their jobs.

As the FED Buys $40 Billion Worth of Mortgages a Month, Homeowners Need to Pay Attention

Will the FED's actions affect you?

NHTSA’s Campaign for Seatbelt Use Among Youth Drivers

Car crashes have claimed the lives of thousands of Americans over the last few years. As it is, the sudden impact due to a collision can have your body thrown violently inside your vehicle, causing you to hit very hard things like the steering wheel, the dashboard, the windshield, as well as the various metal parts of your vehicle. This can cause significant injury to your body and that is why you need to have your body glued to your vehicle’s seat.

Could Google Lose Its Famous Trademark?

When someone is looking for information, we frequently tell them to “google it,” meaning look it up using the Internet. But has the word become so synonymous with search that Google could lose its trademark protection?

Ways to Avoid Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The government has been consistently aggressive in coming up with measure to help lessen, if not eradicate, sexual harassment cases especially in the workplace. As it is, there have been various labor laws that prohibit such lewd acts but a great number of people are still falling victims to such acts.

What is Kidnapping and Aggravated Kidnapping?

Kidnapping is often considered a crime only practiced in third-world countries like El Salvador and Ecuador.

Trademark Infringement Lawsuit: Is NBA Star the Real “Durantula?”

Sports stars continue to be magnets for intellectual property lawsuits. In the midst of the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant was hit with a trademark infringement lawsuit. A heavy-metal musician named Mark Durante claims the basketball player is illegally using his nickname, “Durantula.”

Misdiagnosis of a Heart Attack, Stroke, Cancer, or Infection

Each year medical misdiagnosis leads to thousands of unnecessary injuries and deaths. This article explains how a heart attack, stroke, cancer, or infection may be misdiagnosed, leading to serious injuries or death for the patient.

When Must a Juvenile Be Sentenced to a Juvenile Facility?

The discussion usually continues into a discussion of fire camp and home on probation (HOP).

Can an Out of State Conviction Count as a Strike under California’s Three Strike Law?

In each Illinois case, the crime is defined as involving personal infliction of “great bodily harm.”

Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction Upheld for Injury from Eight Years Earlier

Jose Moncada was caring for his then three month old son, Joseph. Joseph was fussy and Jose became frustrated from the crying.

Wrongful Termination in California: Basis for a Claim

Wrongful termination is among the most alarming issues in the employment industry in California. This employment issue has been affecting many employees in the state because it allows ‘at-will’ employment.

Government Agency Established to Curb Large Banks from Committing Fraud Is Now Targeting Homeowners

Learn how a federal agency, made to protect homeowners, has now turned on them.

When Must a Juvenile Be Sentenced to a Juvenile Facility?

There is such an apparent “crimes spree,” a common question we hear is whether the juvenile will go to “juvenile hall,” prison or jail for an extended period, or at all

Can An Out of State Conviction Count As A Strike Under California’s Three Strike Law?

CIn 2012, Mr. Washington faced prosecution in California for assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury (Penal Code § 245(a)(1)) and battery causing serious bodily injury (Penal Code § 243(d)). The jury convicted him of such charges and found true three sentencing enhancements for personal infliction of “great bodily injury” as a serious felony under Penal Code § 1192.7(c)(8).

Ryan Lochte Seeking to Trademark Catch Phrase

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is hoping that everything he touches turns to gold. He has reportedly filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the phrase "Jeah."

IP FAQ: When Does Trade Secret Theft Become a Federal Crime?

Trade secret theft is generally addressed through civil lawsuits. However, in some cases, the misappropriation of trade secrets can rise to the level of a federal crime. The Economic Espionage Act of 1996 criminalizes trade secret theft committed for personal benefit within the country or for the benefit of a foreign government.

In Juvenile Vandalism Case Involving Graffiti, Restitution Cannot Include Investigation Costs

The alleged damage was over $400, a violation of Penal Code § 594 (a) (“Felony Vandalism”).

Guide on Filling out SSI Application Form

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a needs-based program that seeks to provide financial aid to qualified individuals. These individuals are the disabled, the elderly (age 65 or older), and the legally blind.

Steroids Are a Controlled Substance

Different Categories of Drugs

Crime Spree Arrests in Temecula

A recent news story recounted the events surrounding the arrest of three alleged criminals in Temecula. A homeowner called police after a confrontation with three people in his garage.

Plastic Surgery Mistakes from Medical Malpractice

Plastic surgery, although a common elective surgery carries a risk for injury or death. It's important to understand that all surgeries carry a risk of injury or death. Simple surgical mistakes or anesthesia errors can result in great harm to a patient.

Felonious Wealth

Whether it is fraud in Medicare or Medicaid, failing to pay Customs duty, defrauding the government in defense contracts or any other major fraud against the government, it is the taxpayers who suffer. Birkenfeld, an ex-con, stands as one example that anyone can become a whistleblower but he has garnered so much attention because he is so incredibly unusual. Most whistleblowers are good and successful citizens who discover fraud and are horrified by that discovery.

Knowing the Prohibited Practices in Certain Aspects of Employment

Workplace discrimination has been an ongoing issue in the country today. While employers are covered by numerous federal (and to some extent, state) employment laws, some of them don’t actually follow such laws. In fact, discrimination cases continue to rise with each passing day.



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