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  • In May 2017, Ajit Pai and the Federal Communications Commission proposed rolling back Net Neutrality regulations. The FCC will vote on the proposed rule changes on December 14, with potentially dire consequences to the digital free market. The post Net Neutrality: protecting the free market appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • The cases against Sonoko Tagami and Desiree Fairooz paint similar pictures of the limitations of Free Speech in the face of political pressures and social norms. From a topless protest in Chicago to the Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing, the 1st Amendment can seem a bit unclear. The post Wrestling with freedom of speech appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • December 11 marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court's infamous Bush v. Gore decision, which sent George W. Bush to the White House. Has that case changed how Americans vote? The post Has Bush v. Gore changed how we vote? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Human Rights Day is observed every December 10 to commemorate the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. The United States still has some work to do in reaching the goals it helped set after World War II. The post Universal Declaration of Human Rights not ‘universally observed’ in US appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Washington state has been resisting the implementing the REAL ID act for a number of reasons since its passage in 2005, but November 2018 will be the final deadline for their compliance. By then, flying out of SeaTac airport will no longer be possible with just a driver's license. The post Washington state has until October 2018 to get Real appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Seattle has passed legislation that expands the definition of surveillance equipment to include software programs or hosted software services and requires city departments to conduct community outreach prior to the council’s consideration of the request to purchase surveillance technology. The post Seattle keeps city surveillance in check appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Nineteen-year-old Timothy Piazza died two days after he was hazed by the fraternity he was pledging. Now, thanks to new video footage, prosecutors have filed more than 150 new charges against 17 Beta Theta Pi fraternity brothers for their involvement in the hazing activities. The post Penn State hazing death: new video Implicates Penn State frat brothers appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • A new mandate in the Salem-Keizer school district in Oregon has placed a mandatory reporting provision for any employee that learns of, or even suspects, a minor being sexually active. Thanks to the laws on the books, that could mean jail time for one or both of the young lovers. The post Some Oregon teachers must report teen romance – as a crime appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • The J20 case against Inauguration Day protestors in Washington, D.C has important legal repercussions on how our county handles the First Amendment's application to public protest. The post Does the Inauguration J20 case threatens the First Amendment? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that will decide whether police need a warrant to obtain suspects’ data from cell phone providers. The post Can police obtain your cell phone records without a warrant? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Members of younger generations are taking action to protect their future environment - by suing the people who are managing it right now. The history of legal battles about who's responsible for the planet is only going to continue heating up. The post Environmental lawsuits are the new normal appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Veterans treatment courts have sprung up in recent years, providing an alternative to the traditional justice system for war veterans with mental health problems.  These special courts offer a second chance to criminal defendants who suffer from the negative consequences of military service, including PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse. But these issues are […] The post Are specia...

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  • More than 50 women have now accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, yet for years no one made a peep publicly because of non-disclosure agreements. How can it be legal for a predator to force someone to shut up after they’ve been sexually harassed or even assaulted or raped? The post Can confidentiality agreements shield sexual predators? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • If an undocumented immigrant is being held in a detention center and needs an abortion, whose responsibility is it to get her to the clinic? The answer for now is the government, but that may not be permanent. The post What are undocumented immigrants’ rights to abortion access while in custody? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Breastfeeding has been a contentious issue across the United States of late. Opinions about accommodations employers and public establishments need to make for nursing mothers vary widely. Mothers who've suffered wrong because of the practice have had to resort to litigation. The post Breast is best, unless you’re feeding your child in public appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • National Entrepreneur’s Day is November 21st, just in time for us all to take a moment of appreciation for the hard work and courage it takes to build a business, before the chaos of the holiday season truly sets in. Successful entrepreneurs know that covering their legal bases is an important part of helping their […] The post Happy Entrepreneur’s Day: 5 ways to stay out of legal trouble appeared...

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  • 72 percent of U.S. consumers are aware of Small Business Saturday and 81 percent encourage others to participate in "shopping small." Find out what your business can do to get the most out of this year's holiday. The post Make the most of Small Business Saturday appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • The Black Friday phenomenon has challenged the sanctity of Thanksgiving as a family holiday. With many companies changing their policies on employees working on Turkey Day, workers are left to wonder whether holiday vacation and time-and-a-half are just luxuries of yesteryear. The post Can my employer force me to work on Thanksgiving? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Black Friday seems to start earlier every year, to the dismay of retail workers nation-wide. Though there are many assumptions about what employers can and can't request from their employees on holidays, the laws around their rights, and those of their workers, are clear. The post Can my employer force me to work on Thanksgiving? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • A police officer only needs to have a reasonable suspicion that you’re doing something you shouldn’t be doing behind the wheel to have a lawful reason to pull you over. Don’t be surprised to see flashing lights behind you on the highway if any of the things on this list are common habits for you. The post 7 reasons a cop might think you’re driving drunk appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • If you’re an adult and one of your parents didn’t pay court-ordered child support for you, you may feel that money is owed to you – and you may want to sue your deadbeat parent to get it. But however justified your outrage might be, the law isn’t on your side: in most cases, you […] The post Can an adult child sue a parent for missed child support? appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • The Equifax breach has everyone nervous about their security in cyberspace – with good reason. And since an ounce of prevention is worth the proverbial pound of cure, you should you be extra-vigilant on Cyber Monday this year. The post Cyber Monday in a post-Equifax world appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • It used to be that the only rip-off you had to worry about from ticket scalpers was paying way more than the face value of the seats you bought. But it’s becoming more common for tech savvy scammers to sell fake tickets – and you could become a victim even if the tickets you bought are real. The post Your selfie could cost your seat at the big game appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Anti-bullying efforts aim to keep our children from becoming victims of bullies as well as from becoming bullies themselves, but the problem doesn’t end when young people reach 18. Take college Greek life, for example, where bullying goes by another name: hazing. The post Fraternity hazing is just college-level bullying appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Harassment and bullying certainly have a lot in common, but there is one big legal difference: workplace harassment is illegal, and there are state and federal laws that offer protections to workers who experience it. The post The difference between workplace bullying and harassment appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Medicare open enrollment happens once a year from October 15 to December 7. Only during this short period can current or future Medicare recipients enroll, update, or change their plan or benefit selections. The post What you need to know about Medicare open enrollment appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Recently, it appears that losing our personal digital privacy may be the price we pay for the rapid improvement of connectivity and convenience provided by innovative technology and the burgeoning Internet of Things. The post Trading privacy for convenience appeared first on AvvoStories.

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  • Enlisting the services of an attorney is serious business – you’re not doing it just for kicks. It can be hard to know where to start, so to interview potential lawyers with confidence, use our handy checklist for must-have qualities. The post 6 qualities to look for in a lawyer appeared first on AvvoStories.

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