Civil Rights Law Articles

Articles written by lawyers worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Civil Rights.

Reverse Religious Discrimination

  May 23, 2018     By HG.org
When a company seeks to impose its (or its owner's) own religious beliefs on employees of that business then the owner/company may face a...
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California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)

  May 16, 2018     By HG.org
It is California that first put in place a policy that ensures the privacy of individuals when using commercial websites and users checking...

The Gay Cake Dilemma

  May 4, 2018     By Giambrone Law
Across the globe, there appears to be a legal quandary as to whether one legal right trumps another legal right, mainly that of religious...

Firearms Denied after Domestic Violence Charge

  By HG.org
When a person is convicted of a domestic violence charge or the responded in an order of protection case, he or she may be stripped of the legal...

Defamation: A Publication's Free Speech versus Your Individual Privacy

  April 20, 2018     By HG.org
Defamation of any kind is a serious offense that could pose a problem for the perpetrator when the target seeks legal action against the...

Fundraising: Failure to Distribute Funds and Continued Use of a Persons's Image

  April 12, 2018     By HG.org
Using the likeness of another person usually requires permission and monetary disbursement to the individual affected as long as the likeness is...

Misappropriation of Personal Image and Possible Remedies

  April 4, 2018     By HG.org
Stealing or misappropriating the likeness of someone’s image may lead to legal action against the perpetrator when no permission is given or...

Whistleblowers Needed Now More than Ever as Federal Oversight Rolls Back

  March 29, 2018     By Louthian Law Firm, P.A. - Whistleblower Lawyer
The federal government plays many roles. One of them is enforcing consumer protection laws, which should prevent consumers from being ripped...

The Protection of Texas Children Law Gets New Scrutiny

  March 29, 2018     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
One of the controversies arising from the mass shooting that took the lives of 17 students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in...

Are All Vehicles Covered by Lemon Law?

  March 28, 2018     By Neale & Fhima, LLP
Across the country, "lemon laws" exist as a means of protecting consumers from vehicles with serious or ongoing defects. However, when buying a...

Right to Privacy in Assisted Living

  March 26, 2018     By HG.org
For a person that resides in an assisted living facility, it is important to have the privacy necessary to live without interference and to...

Background Check Wrongly Shows a Conviction

  March 21, 2018     By HG.org
Incorrect background checks are difficult to challenge, and these complications may lead to severe consequences for the victim affected by these...

What Damages Are Available under the Fair Credit Reporting Act?

  March 20, 2018     By HG.org
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is to ensure that each person has a fair reporting of his or her credit details to interested parties when...

Rental Housing and ADA Compliance

  March 16, 2018     By HG.org
Violations of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act could lead to the property owner, landlord or renting agency to face...

Immigration Consequences of Committing Voter Fraud

  March 16, 2018     By HG.org
When individuals that possess no citizenship in the country partake in voting events, this could skew the results for officials attempting to...

Fair Credit Reporting Act and Improper Use of Personal Information

  March 14, 2018     By HG.org
The information provided by the Fair Credit Reporting Act is not for misuse or misreporting of credit details to those researching the...

Privacy and Digital Assests as Property after Family Member's Death

  March 14, 2018     By HG.org
Details and the news of a family member’s death are usually part of the pronouncements to the public to include the obituary, memorial service...

What Can I do about a Charity Using My Child's Image and Not Distributing Funds Appropriately?

  March 12, 2018     By HG.org
Organizations often use the likeness of someone specific to attract the attention of the media or public in some manner which usually provides...

Private Investigator Used Fraud to Access My Personal Info – Can I Sue?

  March 12, 2018     By HG.org
When a private investigator is necessary for a case or claim, he or she is not given the permission to break the law even if he or she needs the...

Disabled Military Retirees May Pay Less to Ex-Spouses - U.S. Supreme Court Rules

  March 6, 2018     By HG.org
Changes in regulations for various types of pay and compensation reduce or increase often based on the rulings that occur through district and...

Texas Voter ID Law Battle Continues at 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals

  March 6, 2018     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
On December 5, 2017, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments for and against the newly amended Texas voter ID law....

Employee Social Behavior: The New Business Environment

  March 6, 2018     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
There is unease and confusion among both people in the workforce and business leaders over the changing nature of labor law, and developing...

Explanation of Identity Theft Laws in Texas

  By HG.org
Identity theft occurs in Texas when an individual uses another person’s personal information to acquire goods, services or other things of...

Social Networks: When Are You a Consumer in the EU?

  March 2, 2018     By Mamo TCV Advocates
Consumer today, gone tomorrow: your position on social media networks can change with time.

Google Expands the Right to Be Forgotten

  March 1, 2018     By ASV Law
Google has announced that it will extend the “right to be forgotten” across all of its global websites accessed within Europe. Previously,...

Car Dealership Dishonest Loan Application Tactics, Can I Report This?

  February 27, 2018     By HG.org
When contacting a car dealership for the first time, the individual may face illegal practices and unethical methods that attract and engage the...

Second Circuit Says Sending "Robo" Texts Does Not Violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)

  February 26, 2018     By Katz Law Group, P.C.
Last month, in Latner v.Mount Sinai Health System, Inc, the Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in New York City ruled that the Mount Sinai...

What to Do When in Receipt of a Massachusetts G.L. 93A Consumer Protection Demand Letter

Massachusetts has a very powerful and comprehensive consumer protection statute that allows consumers to file a lawsuit against a business for...

Indiana Hotel Charges a Customer for Posting a Negative Online Review

In March of 2016, Katrina Arthur and her husband were guests at the Abbey Inn in Nashville, Indiana. In statements made to the press and to the...

How to Draft a Consumer Protection Demand Letter under Massachusetts G.L.C.93A, Sec. 9

Litigation involving claims of unfair or deceptive business practices under Chapter 93A is, to say the least, a frequent occurrence in...

Regulatory Taking Cases

  By HG.org
When the government has seized the land of another, this involves regulatory taking, and these cases are complex with various parts that may...

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Claims of sexual harassment have been all over the news lately, with various celebrities coming forward to tell their stories.

Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination

A recent investigation reveals that dozens of employers, including Amazon, Target, Goldman Sachs and Facebook itself, placed recruitment...

Immigration Crackdown Destroying Families

When the Trump administration announced its crackdown on immigration the motivation behind it was twofold, to reduce the number of immigrants...

New York’s Highest Court Expands Availability of Punitive Damages under the New York City Human Rights Law

New York City Wrongful Termination Attorney David S. Rich explains that New York's court of last resort recently lowered the standard for...

How Can You Prove a Car Is a Lemon?

Your new car isn't working like you hoped, but how do you prove that to the car manufacturer? If you are in California, you are in luck because...

When Can Police Search My Home Without a Warrant?

  By HG.org
The right of protection from unlawful search and seizure is in effect for United States citizens, but sometimes the local and federal law...

Can Law Enforcement Enter Someone Else’s Property to Arrest a Suspect?

  By HG.org
Sometimes a law enforcement officer may arrest a person in the property of another person. However, when this occurs, there must usually be...

California Law on Using Unlicensed Construction Contractors, their Hiring, Non-Payment, and Liability Risks.

  By HG.org
California has a strict law that prohibits using an unlicensed contractor to complete construction work. Property owners face consequences of...

Police Used an Arrest Warrant to then Conduct a Search of My Home - Is That Legal?

  By HG.org
In some cases, police may procure an arrest warrant before arresting a person. The warrant gives them the authority to go to where the suspect...

Student's 4th Amendment Rights: Teacher Patted Down My Child for Missing Cell Phone

  By HG.org
The right to protections from unlawful search and seizure applies to police attempting to search a person and his or her belongings. However,...

Cybersecurity Compliance Deadline for Government Contractors

  By HG.org
Complying with cybersecurity when part of a government contract could lead to further difficulties if the company has not done so by the...

Cops, Guns, and Marijuana in Hawaii

Medical marijuana has been legal in Hawaii for quite some time, and as with most medical states, this means screening individuals to allow them...

Car Dealer Ran Several Hard Credit Checks Without my Consent – Is that Legal?

  By HG.org
When attempting to lease or purchase a vehicle, many individuals travel to local car dealerships, and it is then that some negative behavior may...

Sex Orientation Trumps Faith in Two Landmark Discrimination Cases

Discrimination for whatever reason is generally wholly disapproved of and there is legislation to prevent a raft of different forms of...

Abusive Clauses in Mortgages in Spain: The “Ground Clause”

Spanish regulation of mortgages and consumers’ rights is under revision. Recent judgments of the Supreme Court of Spain and the European Court...

My Ex Harassed and Stalked Me Using His Employer’s Computer. Do I Have a Case against the Employer?

  By HG.org
When someone is harassed by and individual through a work computer, it is possible that the employer is held liable in these instances due to...

Transatlantic Privacy Laws Regarding Data

  By HG.org
Information in other countries may not be protected as it is in the United States. The privacy laws regarding data are different, and the...

The Geo-Blocking of Digital Media in the EU Will Soon Belong in the Past

Netflix subscribers have most likely already had the experience of not being able to watch their TV shows or movies during a stay in another EU...

Contesting the Use of the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory Testing in New Jersey Criminal Cases

  By HG.org
Like several other states, New Jersey may use the Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory III (MCMI-III) when evaluating a defendant. However,...

Use of Force Experts Testify in Police Brutality Cases

  By HG.org
Police brutality cases are often experienced when officers are not trained properly, have been subjected to pressure or abuse in their lives or...

Legal Problems of Alcoholism and Drugs Assumption in UAE

Any person found selling, buying or acquiring alcoholic drinks without a valid alcohol license shall be punished under Law on Alcoholic Beverage...

Airbnb Is Asking for User Verification - Is this a Violation of My Privacy?

  By HG.org
The ability to authenticate an account is important for many businesses, and this could involve possible complications when a mass of members...

HIPPA Violation: Non-Medical Staff Accessed and Shared Medical Records. Who Do I Sue?

  By HG.org
When a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act occurs, severe penalties may be issued against the perpetrator when...

Can We Sue a Website like Airbnb if They Are Hacked and Personal Information Is Stolen?

  By HG.org
When a website is hacked, and the user account information is stolen, the question becomes who is responsible, and then the matter shift into if...

New Cybersecurity Executive Order Imposes Additional Requirements on Government Contractors

  By HG.org
Government contracts are complicated when certain procedures must be included alongside the regulatory hurdles that must be passed after the...

Data Privacy Cases Pending in Front of U.S. Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court will decide whether American courts can issue warrants for data stored on servers overseas.

What Are My Options When My Car Is a Lemon?

Before you can exercise any of your rights under California's lemon laws, you must first make sure that your vehicle actually qualifies as a...

Reliable and Accurate Forensic Testing at Risk under Attorney General Sessions

Several of my law firm colleagues and I, as well as others in the criminal defense bar in Wisconsin, regularly deal with DNA and other trace...

EU Privacy – Which Jurisdiction Applies?

In an opinion issued to the European Court of Justice, the Advocate General of the Court stated that according to current legislation, any data...

Revision of the Regulations Requiring Websites and Applications to be Accessible for People with Disabilities in Israel

The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee recently approved a comprehensive revision of Regulation 35 of the Accessibility to Online...

The Attachment of Bank Accounts in Cross-Border Cases According to the European Regulation 655/2014

The new European Regulation 655/2014 which establishes a European Account Preservation Order procedure to facilitate cross-border debt recovery...

The Polish Consumer Credit Act: Changes in the Way of Advertising Consumer Credit

We all know that the primary purpose of advertising is to encourage the consumer to purchase a particular product or service, but in the case of...

Lemon Laws in California

What exactly is a lemon and what protections does the state of California provide consumers? Fortunately for consumers, the Song-Beverly Act is...

Drones and Privacy in Turkey

We had remote controlled cars when we were kids. By the time, we started seeing toys such as remote controlled aircraft, boats and helicopters...

What Benefits Is My Same-Sex Spouse or Domestic Partner Entitled to?

  By HG.org
Due to a number of important Supreme Court decisions in the 21st century, married same-sex spouses are entitled to a number of benefits that...

Discrimination by Commercial Landlord Based on Disclosed Religious Use of Property

  By HG.org
Religious discrimination may exist when a person seeking a commercial lease or hoping to buy a commercial site is denied the ability to complete...

Consider Recalls When Buying a Used Car

While consumer groups are fighting to ban the sale of vehicles with open safety recalls, buyers need to take a few steps to protect themselves...

My Father Was Arrested for Money Laundering and I Don’t Know What to Do

  By HG.org
Question: My father was arrested for a money laundering case. I learned this through his colleagues. It has been about 21 days and we do not...

Vision Discrimination in the Workplace

Vision impairments including blindness are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Challenging a Warrantless Search by Police in a Constitutionally Protected Space

Warrantless searches by police of a place that is protected by the Fourth Amendment are presumptively unreasonable.

The Student Privacy Act in Texas

One of the bills the Texas Legislature passed during 2017 was House Bill 2087, entitled the Student Privacy Act. The act protects data that a...

Drawing Blood Without a Warrant

  By HG.org
The process of drawing blood without a warrant has been determined by the Supreme Court to be protected through the Fourth Amendment. There may...

"Making a Murderer" Mini-Series' Steven Avery Denied a New Trial

This week the Circuit Court Judge of Sheboygan County considered whether to grant a new trial in the Steven Avery case; a case that captured the...

When Making a Movie Is Not Considered an Exercise of Free Speech

  By HG.org
Movies are a form of intellectual property because they embody the ideas of someone or a group of persons in video format. However, making...

Home Depot Fined for Selling Dangerous Products

Congress established the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 1972 to protect consumers from dangerous household products.

Ethics Codes for Police

Most police officers enter the force highly motivated and enthusiastic with a true desire to serve the public.

Texas Voter ID Law Revived by Appeals Court

The attempt by the Texas Legislature to enact a voter ID law has been tangled in the courts ever since the effort began. 

Can I Get Back My Right to Vote after Being Convicted of a Felony?

  By HG.org
Restoring the civil rights of an individual is not as easy as filing a petition or going to an official agency and contacting someone, because...

How To Prevent an International Child Abduction of a Minor in Italy

When a parent suspects that the other parent (genitore) may illicitly carry away from Italy abroad their child (figlio) or he/she is afraid that...

What To Do If an Italian Child Is Carried Away Abroad Without Previous Express Consent of Other Parent

Discovering that his/her own child (figlio), Italian and resident (residente) in Italy, has been carried away abroad by the other parent without...

Social Networks and International Law

  By HG.org
International social networks are constantly changing and adapting to the responses and needs of various citizens through several countries....

Brighton Declaration and Human Rights

  By HG.org
A conference held in Brighton brought together 47 member states of the Council of Europe so that the issue of human rights could be discussed...

Five Steps to Take if You Are a Victim of Identity Theft

  By HG.org
Unfortunately when someone realizes that he or she is a victim of identity theft, this is usually become some negative result has already...

Is it Dealer Fraud if the Dealer did not Disclose a Salvage Title?

  By HG.org
Car dealership fraud is possible through a number of activities and actions taken by the company. One of these is when the business does not...

Used Car Seller Did Not Tell Me the Warranties Expired – Is this Dealer Fraud?

  By HG.org
Fraud with an auto dealer may be committed when the employees have practiced unfair or unreasonable activity or are deceptive.

Concealed Carry Permit Holders and Public Transportation in Wisconsin

Milwaukee’s newest form of public transportation, the downtown street car, aims to connect commuters to Milwaukee’s thriving business district....

Car Dealership Altered the Financial Paperwork, Can I Get Out of the Deal?

  By HG.org
Many auto dealers file paperwork when someone comes in for a new deal. On the files that are recorded, there are certain fields that detail the...

Textalyzer to Help Combat Texting While Driving. But Is It Constitutional?

The dangers associated with texting and driving have prompted some states to take direct action to combat the issue. With the aid of Cellebrite,...

Judge Rejects Texas Voting Law Changes

A federal court judge has shot down changes to Texas voting laws for the second time. This same judge who first ruled against the law in 2014,...

Drawbacks of Suing to Enforce a Confidentiality Agreement and How a Lawyer Can Really Help

  By HG.org
Confidentiality agreements are often necessary for business transactions. They are the legally binding agreements between two parties which...

Will Police Spy on You Through Your Phone?

Recently, the Supreme Court agreed to review a case out of the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that addresses Fourth Amendment rights and cell...

Privacy and the GDPR in Your Company in Belgium - It Is Time to Take Action

In less than a year before the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it is time to take action.

Can Victims of Infringements of Competition Law Take Action for Damages in Belgium and the EU?

The law of 6 June 2017 facilitates the action for damages for victims of infringements of competition law.

What Kinds of Car Purchase Issues are Considered Auto Dealer Fraud?

  By HG.org
There are many different types of fraud that may be perpetuated by an auto dealer when working with a client seeking a new vehicle. These may be...

Warrants Required For GPS Tracking

U.S. vs. Jones is great news for private citizens and their criminal defense attorneys which requires warrants for GPS tracking devices.

A Primer on Search and Seizure Law

Search and seizure starts with probable cause. Police must have sufficient reason to believe the thing to be searched contains evidence before...

New Credit Card Law Pits Texas against Merchants and Financial Companies

During the regular session, the Texas Legislature passed a law allowing merchants to ask to see a photo ID when processing a credit card or...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Continues to Focus on Informed Decisions

This month the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) prevailed on a motion to dismiss brought by Navient, which was founded, at least...

The Constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - Reinforced by Historical Precedent

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act [12 U.S.C. §...


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