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Pull Out Your ID for These Ice Cream Flavors

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We made it to another July and there’s no question that it’s officially summer. Finding ways to keep cool is a national pastime at this point. Regardless of your political persuasion, I think we can all agree that President Reagan knew what he was talking about when he declared July as National Ice Cream Month […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

July 18th, 2014 at 9:37 am

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New York and California Poised to Ban Microbeads

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Personal care products like toothpaste, shampoo and soap might be great at scrubbing away dirt, but their ingredients can do the exact opposite for the environment. The culprits are microbeads, tiny particles made from polyethylene and polypropylene. Commonly used as exfoliants in more than a hundred consumer products, microbeads are added to personal care products […]

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Written by Tamar Love Grande

March 31st, 2014 at 3:25 pm

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Bill Would Prevent Employers From Using Credit Checks in Hiring

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Too often in the United States, potential employees aren’t hired for positions because of a bad credit score. But some lawmakers are hoping to curb this practice with a new bill. Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with six of her colleagues, introduced a bill last December that “would prevent employers from using credit checks in the […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

February 4th, 2014 at 8:28 am

House Passes Anti-Troll Legislation

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You may have noticed an increase in the mention of patent trolls in the news and the negative impact that they often have on small businesses. A recent LegalZoom article discussed some of the issues. “A Patent Assertion Entity (PAE), also known as a “patent troll,” is an individual or company that acquires patent rights […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

January 29th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

New Legislation May Pave the Way for More Urban Farming in Boston

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Those living in the Boston area of Massachusetts may soon reap the benefits of an increase in locally grown food thanks to Article 89, a new zoning measure. Back in January 2012, the seeds were planted to make it easier for those interested in urban agriculture. Farmers, farming advocates, food industry experts and Boston neighborhood […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

December 30th, 2013 at 9:35 am

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Dump GoDaddy Day Movement Picks Up Momentum

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Mashable reports that Reddit user SelfProdigy’s declaration that December 29 should be Dump GoDaddy Day is gaining momentum across the online community. The suggestion is based on frustration with GoDaddy’s initial support of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is making its way through Congress. The proposed provisions of the anti-piracy SOPA are […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 27th, 2011 at 9:04 am

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Camden Adopts Business Curfew

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Camden’s City Council has unanimously voted for a business curfew with the goal of stamping out crimes such as drug trafficking that occur near late-night takeout restaurants. The next step for the ordinance is a review by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and then if approved and published, would take effect 20 days […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 16th, 2011 at 10:24 am

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Teacher-Student Online Communications Restricted in Missouri

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Missouri State Capitol by David Shane on Flickr Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently signed into law the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, which restricts online interaction between students and teachers. The law is named for Amy Hestir, a former student in the Missouri public school system who was a minor when she was sexually assaulted […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 2nd, 2011 at 9:56 am

Caylee’s Law Considered After Casey Anthony Verdict

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Just because the verdict has been handed down in the Casey Anthony trial doesn’t mean the legal world has stopped feeling its effect. To wit, at least 12 states are considering passing a version “Caylee’s Law,” which would make it a felony for a parent or caretaker to fail to report missing children in a […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 13th, 2011 at 6:41 am

Amazon Ending Affiliate Agreements with California Residents Over New Sales Tax

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A California law set to take effect July 1 will require retailers like Amazon with presences in California to charge sales tax on purchases made by state residents. One way that “presence” would be established is through popular affiliate programs through which companies pay out commissions for customer referrals; the other is if the company […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 30th, 2011 at 10:50 am