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Lien on Me

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Unlike the feel good ‘80s dance classic by Club Nouveau with a similar sounding name, a lien is not a good thing. Especially when a fun gambling trip can turn into a lien on your home. While it may sound far-fetched, gambling casinos putting liens on homes to collect debts is a common practice according […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

June 11th, 2014 at 9:05 am

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Working From Home: Under Threat?

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A little over a year ago, tech giant Yahoo! made headlines when CEO Marissa Mayer did away with the company’s generous work-from-home policy. Now, another large company is getting attention for a similar issue: Ford Motor Company. A lawsuit against the car manufacturer on behalf of Jane Harris alleges that Ms. Harris was fired from her job […]

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Written by Bilal Kaiser

June 5th, 2014 at 9:13 am

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LA County Considering Background Checks on Ice Cream Sellers

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Summertime is all about relaxing, enjoying time spent outside, and having fun. But now, thanks to a new law in Los Angeles County, summertime fun faces some new regulations. According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County is now proposing that ice cream truck vendors and other merchants who sell products to unsupervised children […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

May 28th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t. Or Do You?

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Snapchat, the hot app that promises messages disappear within seconds of appearing on the recipient’s phone, recently found itself in hot water with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC questioned several of Snapchat’s privacy claims, from location data collection to the very basis of the app’s existence—the self-destructing messages—and found major lapses in the […]

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Written by Bilal Kaiser

May 27th, 2014 at 10:03 am

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Can I Sue a Rental Car Company That’s Trying to Charge Me for Hail Damage?

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Hi Joe, I rented a vehicle on a long weekend to Texas. When I returned the car, they asked if I went anywhere where there was hail. I said no. They said there was damage to the rental vehicle. I said it rained for approximately 3 minutes and there was no hail. They said there […]

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Written by Johanna

May 23rd, 2014 at 8:59 am

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How Do I Start a Nonprofit?

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Hi Joe, How do I start a nonprofit? – Oscar P. Frack III   Barely Legal Radio w/ Joe Escalante What I tell people is they can pay someone like me a lot, or they can read up on it at LegalZoom and use their services and save a lot. However, make sure you have […]

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Written by Johanna

May 23rd, 2014 at 8:53 am

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Corporations Now in the Business of Mentoring Entrepreneurs

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Running a small business in America is difficult, especially because there are big box retailers and large corporations everywhere. The competition is fierce, and it can be hard to get noticed on the market. Now, some big businesses are teaming up with smaller ones and providing them with guidance, advice, and monetary support through educational […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

May 21st, 2014 at 8:31 am

The Present & Future of Smart

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With the quick pace of technology, when we think of “smart” often it’s a new device that we envision and not a fellow human. Here are a few items that do more than what you might think. While seemingly very low-tech, Fast Company introduces us to “The Drinkable Book” by WaterisLife. What’s so smart about a book made […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

May 8th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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The Selfie & Unauthorized Commercial Tweets

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In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries picked “selfie” as Word of the Year. In 2014, Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar selfie may have been the selfie to top all others. The Hollywood Reporter website stated that it’s valued at close to a billion dollars. Her tweet on a Samsung phone was seen by 37 million people according to the article. Unfortunately, Samsung may […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

May 8th, 2014 at 10:24 am

Yelp Reviews, Free Speech & Defamation

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It’s no secret that word of mouth impacts business. If you try that new restaurant down the street and feel strongly about it, you’re probably going to tell someone. While many people are on Twitter or Facebook, some prefer to share their views on Yelp. Whether Yelp reviews can be trusted is open for debate. […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

April 30th, 2014 at 9:12 am

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