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

The Student Privacy Act in Texas

  October 12, 2017     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
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...
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Using a Journalism Expert Witness in Civil Cases

  October 12, 2017     By HG.org
Journalism expert witnesses are hired when there are certain complications with the freedom of speech or when more information is needed in 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

  October 10, 2017     By Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP
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

  October 5, 2017     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

  September 22, 2017     By The MacMain Law Group, LLC
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

  September 20, 2017     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
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?

  September 20, 2017     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

  September 18, 2017     By Studio Legale Marzorati
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

  September 18, 2017     By Studio Legale Marzorati
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

  September 15, 2017     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

  September 15, 2017     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?

  September 11, 2017     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?

  September 8, 2017     By HG.org
Fraud with an auto dealer may be committed when the employees have practiced unfair or unreasonable activity or are deceptive.

Transatlantic Privacy Laws

  September 8, 2017     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...

Concealed Carry Permit Holders and Public Transportation in Wisconsin

  September 5, 2017     By Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP
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?

  September 1, 2017     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?

  September 1, 2017     By Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP
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

  August 31, 2017     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
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?

  August 30, 2017     By Hebets & McCallin
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

  August 30, 2017     By Peeters Advocaten-Avocats
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?

  August 29, 2017     By Peeters Advocaten-Avocats
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?

  August 29, 2017     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

  August 29, 2017     By Stephen Gustitis, Attorney at Law
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

  August 28, 2017     By Stephen Gustitis, Attorney at 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

  August 28, 2017     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
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

  August 24, 2017     By Fassonaki Law Firm, LLP
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

  August 24, 2017     By Fassonaki Law Firm, LLP
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act [12 U.S.C. §...

Can We Continue to Afford the Luxury of the Death Penalty?

  August 22, 2017     By Stephen Gustitis, Attorney at Law
The death penalty consumes tremendous amounts of financial and labor resources. In fact, making the death penalty expensive is a key component...

Are You Required to Open the Door When the Police Are Knocking?

  August 21, 2017     By Stephen Gustitis, Attorney at Law
Whether or not to answer the door when police are knocking is a common question for lay persons concerned with understanding their rights and...

Remaining Silent Does Not Invoke Your Right to Remain Silent

  August 21, 2017     By Stephen Gustitis, Attorney at Law
The United State Supreme Court has ruled that simply remaining silent does not invoke one's right to silence. Instead, the right must be...

Recognition of Russian Court Decisions in Turkey

  August 17, 2017     By Cindemir Law Office
Under Turkish Law, there is a difference between recognition of foreign decision and enforcement of the decision. Applicant may ask recognition...

Can My Employee Say That?

  August 17, 2017     By Fassonaki Law Firm, LLP
With the recent “Google memo” fiasco in the news, many employers are questioning whether Google was permitted to fire one of its engineers over...

Toxic Mix between Employees and Social Media Use

  By HG.org
Social media has been utilized shortly after its inception by the company’s with owners that understand how it may be used to influence and...

Student Loan Dischargability: A Debtor Attorney’s Perspective

  August 15, 2017     By Law Offices of Walter Metzen & Associates
Student loan debt in the United States is the largest class of consumer debt today behind mortgages, and is higher than both credit card debt...

Are the Police Tracking My Phone

  August 14, 2017     By Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP
Stingray cases are working their way through the courts now. If you or others you know face a prosecution involving Stingray evidence or...

Can I Sleep in My Vehicle in Canada While Drunk?

  August 11, 2017     By Acumen Law Corporation
The City of Victoria has a plan to deal with homelessness. Like so many lawmakers before them, city officials are trying to come with novel and...

When Can Police Search Your Cellphone in Canada?

  August 11, 2017     By Acumen Law Corporation
You have been told you’re under arrest by police for an alleged crime. Now the officer at the scene wants to search your cellphone, and is even...

Ins and Outs of the Defend Trade Secrets Acts

  By HG.org
The Defend Trade Secrets Act was initially implemented as law in 2016. It provides for a federal, private, civil cause of action for any...

Can You Be Sued for Something You Post on Facebook?

  By HG.org
Since Facebook’s launch, millions of users have been drawn to the site to give friends updates, share pictures and reconnect. As such, it has...

Call-Blocking Apps Could Stop You from Winning Big Against RoboCalls

  August 8, 2017     By Tariq Law Firm PLLC
By Using Apps such as NOMOROBO. This will prevent you from earning money from these harassing robocalls. You may be entitled to stop and earn...

Yo-Yo Financing Tactics

  August 7, 2017     By HG.org
Yo-yo financing is detrimental to those affected by these situations, and it occurs through a deal with the car dealership when the financing...

Do I Have a Right to Ask the Dealer for a CarFax Report Before I Sign?

  August 7, 2017     By HG.org
When dealing with an auto dealership to purchase a vehicle, it may be possible to request a CarFax report. However, this may only be possible if...

The Warranty was Voided but It Did Not Show on CarFax Report. Is that Fraud?

  August 7, 2017     By HG.org
Carfax reports may not reveal all the details of a vehicle that is being sold. However, if reparations are not made with the company, those...

Offensive Trademarks and the First Amendment

  By HG.org
The protections afforded trademarks have extended to potentially offensive symbols, phrases and words. Using these brands with a trademark...

Ignorance of the Law is Now an Excuse for No Reasonable Suspicion

  August 3, 2017     By Stephen Gustitis, Attorney at Law
Under a new United States Supreme Court case, police officers can now use their ignorance of the law as an excuse for making a investigative...

Auto Dealer Fraud: When Is It Worth It to Hire a Lawyer?

  By HG.org
One of the most common types of consumer fraud is auto dealer fraud. A claim of this nature can arise from a number of misrepresentations,...

Disparagement Law, the Patriot Act and the Food Industry

  By HG.org
The United State Patriot Act was implemented to prevent and counteract terrorism in the country. Law enforcement officers and agencies are...

Disparagement Law and Your Reviews on the Internet

  By HG.org
Congress has decreed even though disparagement laws protect businesses from statements that may harm profits and revenue, the individual is able...

Is the Patriot Act Applied to the Food Industry Constitutional?

  By HG.org
Many believe that the Constitution of the United States is under attack by new regulations, laws and changes to rules that affect the civil...

What Should be Done to Fight the Patriot Act Applied to the Food Industry?

  By HG.org
Because of the Patriot Act and other laws that govern the food industry, it is not legal to provide statements and information that could affect...

When a Trademark is Considered Offensive

  By HG.org
Before modifications were made to trademark application and acquirement for intellectual property protections, it was not possible to obtain a...

Law Enforcement Needs a Warrant to Search Your Cell Phone

In 2014, a landmark US Supreme Court decision required law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant before searching through an arrestee’s cell...

Police Tried to Forcefully Take my Cellphone When I Demanded a Lawyer

  By HG.org
Law enforcement officers are provided a number of actions before a lawyer may be called. However, if questions are initiated through an...

Dealer did not Pay Off my Trade-In, Is that a Crime?

  By HG.org
Persons that make deals with dealerships often come out on the losing end, and this causes plenty of strife that is usually unnecessary....

Federal Law and Consumer Credit Scores

With the exception of your Social Security number, no other number has more of an impact on your life than the impact made by your credit score....

China Solicits Opinions Concerning Exportation of Personal Information and Important Data

  By MMLC Group
As China's new Cyber Law kicks off, multinationals are turning their attention to compliance issues, including data transfer issues. This...

Found Out at the Airport that I Am Blacklisted. Now What?

  By HG.org
Getting blacklisted at an airport is often confusing. There are certain specifics that are provided to United States citizens in how this occurs...

Fair Housing Complications and What to Look For

  By HG.org
State and federal regulations comply with the Fair Housing Act as implemented throughout the United States so that buyers or renters of a...

Expert Witness on Illegal Debt Collection Practices

  By HG.org
When someone owes money to a debtor, this account is often referred to a debt collector. Debt collectors must follow federal law and state law...

Privacy and Data Protection in China - Latest Developments

  By MMLC Group
[With] the new Chinese Cyberlaw, as well as recent proclamations by the Supreme People's Court and other Chinese government agencies working in...

Stop and Frisk

In 2011, the City of Philadelphia entered into a Consent Decree to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the Philadelphia Police Department was...

Avoiding DUI Checkpoints and Roadblocks

With over 75% of states permitting DUI checkpoints, knowing how to avoid passing through a roadblock is highly important. Also, knowing that you...

How to Stop Your Driver's License from Being Suspended in Georgia

Virtually 100% of all DUI arrests triggers an immediate confiscation of the driver license, under Georgia implied consent law. Whether the...

Public Officials and Privacy

In recent years, basic Constitutional rights have been under attack. Police misconduct and brutality have been trending upward since 2010....

Peculiarities of Using Elements "BIO", "ECO" and "ORGANIC" While Trademark Registration in Kazakhstan

Important information for brand owners about amendments to a law-enforcement practice of the RK Law No. 423-V "On Manufacture of Organic...

When and How to Use a Power of Attorney in UAE

What is a power of attorney? A power of attorney is a legal, notarised letter that confers authority from one person or company unto another...

Introduction to Elder Abuse and Negligence in Florida

In Florida, elder abuse and neglect is quite common, so it’s important to recognize the common signs.

Expert Witness Testimony: When Police Brutality Occurs

  By HG.org
Police brutality is being increasingly noticed throughout the country through the use of electronic surveillance equipment and the rise of the...

New Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme and Financial Services User Group to Be Renewed in EU

The European Commission adopted the ’2017 Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme’ on 1 March 2017.

Hotel Security Cameras Found in Room, Is that Legal?

  By HG.org
Placing security cameras in various places in a hotel may be a touchy subject when it comes to privacy and where these may be. As the...

Private Investigators Uncover Invisible Resumes Online and Related Documents

  By HG.org
A private investigator is often tasked with the responsibility of finding information that is hidden from view of the public. One such source of...

Before You Post THAT Picture . . . How Private Is Your Facebook Account?

If you are going to attempt to collect disability, you may want to hold off on posting pictures of yourself boating, fishing and the...

Private Investigation and E-Discovery: Voice and Audio Files

  By HG.org
E-discovery may be necessary in certain legal cases. This means that records may be made through electronic devices for use by the consumer and...

Debt Collection in Bosnia-Herzegovina

The legal success is crowned by the winning verdict. However, the economic success is only brought about by the implementation of this judgment....

Can My Employer Fire Me if I Fail a Company-ordered Polygraph?

  By HG.org
In many cases, employers are not permitted to use polygraphs to test employees or job applicants. However, depending on the state and the type...

Voter Bribery: The Treatment of this Pervasive Electoral Offence in Kenya

Voter bribery, if committed by a person vying for elective office adversely affects the consideration of elections as free and fair.

Bullying Laws in New Jersey

New Jersey constituted an anti bullying law in 2002 that was one of the first to be initiated, in 2003 New Jersey and 14 other states passed the...

Sexual Harassment Laws in New Jersey

Much like at the federal level, sexual harassment is prohibited by the state of New Jersey. It is quite important for you to know your rights in...

How Can I Protect My Trade Secrets When I Enter into a Business Contract with Another Company?

  By HG.org
When the creator of a trade secret must do business with another business, it is important that the secrets that are often disclosed to other...

Is Social Media Protected by the First Amendment?

On February 27, 2017, for the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court discussed social media in the context of the First Amendment, recognizing...

Can a Business Ask about My Disability and My Need for a Service Dog?

  By HG.org
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects a person that has a disability for employment, when in public establishments and from various forms...

Weapons at Work: Texas Law and Business Policy

With both constitutional and statutory protections for citizens to carry arms, businesses are faced with walking a fine line between providing a...

What Is an Invasion of Privacy Claim?

  By HG.org
There are many versions of sharing someone’s private details by accident that are not considered an invasion of privacy. However, when the...

Illegal Search and Seizures in Illinois Police Misconduct Cases

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution grants every citizen the right to protection from unlawful searches and seizures at the...

Private Investigators on Teen Cyber Bullying

  By HG.org
Private investigators are often able to held identify the culprit of crimes or wrongful acts even when this individual is someone who is...

How to Create a Valid Power of Attorney in Ghana

In Ghana, Powers of Attorney are governed by the Power of Attorney Act 1998, Act 549.

Unwanted Facebook Pictures: Has My Privacy Been Invaded?

  By HG.org
The digital world of the electronic age is rife with invasions of privacy, identity theft and various instances of crime. There are many...

The Legal Way for a Non-resident to Pay in Currency Buying Property in Ukraine

More and more foreigners are considering a possibility to buy property in Ukraine, particularly in large and popular among foreigners cities...

Is Denying Medical Treatment to Minors Legal in New Jersey?

Legally, minors are incompetent and lack the necessary experience on matters such as their education and medical care. It is, therefore, the...

Private Investigators Find Scams on Valentine’s Day

  By HG.org
Private investigators can help look into possible scams to help prevent a person from losing time, money and frustration. Many scams occur...

When Do Police Have To Read You Your Rights?

Incriminating statements collected during a "conversation" be used against you if you haven't been read your Miranda rights? The United States...

Criminal Background Checks from a Private Investigator

  By HG.org
Today, there are many ways that a person can infiltrate the life of another and cause him or her harm. Romantic partners may lie about their...

Video Recording on Private Property in California

Over the years, clients have inquired about the legality of installing video cameras on their privately owned commercial real estate or business...

Understanding the Laws on Underage Drinking in California

Consumption of alcohol below the age of 21 is a criminal offense. Ensure that you are not breaking any of these other laws regarding underage...

European Commission Proposal Strengthens Privacy Rules for Electronic Communications

Following a leak in early December, the European Commission has officially published the finalised proposed new legislation which aims to...

Litigating Georgia Implied Consent Law Motions to Obtain Exclusion of Breath Test Evidence

Georgia implied consent law is outdated, flawed and incomplete. A Georgia DUI Lawyer must know how to challenge the admissibility of implied...


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