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L.A. First to Ban Bullhooks for Circus Elephant Training

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In an unprecedented step, Los Angeles became the first city to outlaw the use of bullhooks by elephant trainers in traveling circuses, according to the Los Angeles Times. The City Council voted to give circuses three years to change their practices or remove elephants from their shows altogether. Bullhooks are sharp-tipped tools that critics say […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

December 18th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

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If You Didn’t Receive the Gift You Ordered, Maybe Blame Santa

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‘Tis the season for ordering gifts. Hopefully none of your purchases will leave you in a situation like that of Salt Lake City, Utah couple Jen and John Palmer. As reported by ABC News, John ordered a desk ornament as a Christmas gift for his wife from KlearGear.com five years ago. Because of a problem […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

December 16th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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Marvin Gaye’s Family Sues for Copyright Infringement

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Robin Thicke has sold six million copies of his song, “Blurred Lines.” This past summer, the hit topped the Billboard charts for an unprecedented 16 weeks. It’s clearly been a great year for the R&B artist and his co-writers Pharrell Williams and “T.I.” Clifford Harris Jr. There’s only one problem: the song is a blatant […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

December 11th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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Small Business Scams

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Small businesses are susceptible to scams because scammers assume that owners don’t know any better. Entrepreneurs just starting out may, in fact, not be aware of the scams that are frequently targeted at small businesses.   To protect yourself and your business, here are some of the top scams that you should look out for […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

December 9th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

The Death of Lou Reed

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Last month, at 71 years of age, Lou Reed died from complications of liver disease. But that was not the end nor how his fans will remember him. A few weeks later in Lincoln Center, several hundred fans gathered together to celebrate his life and music. The New Yorker article said that Reed’s widow, Laurie […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

December 5th, 2013 at 8:47 am

“Get Your Legal House in Order” Google+ Hangout

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Hear a panel of experts discuss the various ways small businesses can get their legal house in order as the year comes to a close.

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Written by Johanna

December 4th, 2013 at 9:42 am

SEC Proposes Rules on Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding is a way for just about anyone or any small organization to raise money. Many individuals make sometimes micro-donations in amounts as low as five dollars. But if you can get enough people along with a few larger donations, a young business can get itself up and running. You may have even read a […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

December 2nd, 2013 at 7:11 pm

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Legal Protection for Facebook Likes

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With just about everyone seeming to be on Facebook these days, it’s hard not to see what your friends have “liked.” Reading most articles online give you the opportunity to give a thumbs up. Clicking the “like” button may seem like a relatively personal action at the time, but in reality we should know that […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

November 26th, 2013 at 8:00 am

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If I Had a Dollar for Every Tweet

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Nobody needs a little birdie to tell them that Twitter went public recently. According to PrivCo, Twitter’s initial public offering created 1,600 new millionaires. All that new money is also a financial boon for the state of California to the tune of approximately $479 million in taxes. The IRS may get close to two billion dollars […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

November 26th, 2013 at 8:00 am

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Being a Good Samaritan at Work

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You might think it’s a good thing to come to the aid of someone in trouble. Especially if we are the ones in need of help. But it’s not that simple. Stepping into harm’s way to aid someone while you are at work could get you fired. That’s what happened to Kristopher Oswald, who was […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

November 21st, 2013 at 8:00 am