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Illegal Recording Device Could Land Mother in Prison

Thumbnail image for 1024px-Zoom_H4n_audio_recording_levels.jpgJim Fausone, Esq.

Bullying prevention awareness has increased over the last several years, but efforts to eliminate it still often fall short. A mother of a 9-year-old in Virginia decided to take matters into her own hands. After her daughter complained of being bullied, Sarah Sims of Norfolk, VA., placed a digital audio recorder in her daughter's backpack.

Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules against Yahoo

2000px-Yahoo_Logo.svg.pngJim Fausone, Esq.

An important issue was addressed in a Massachusetts Supreme Court decision in October. The court ruled against Yahoo and in favor of the two representatives of a deceased man's estate. In 2006, the two personal representatives attempted to recover access to decedent's email account, only to be denied by Yahoo.

Enbridge Deal Promises to Improve Oil Pipeline Safety

Paul Bohn, Esq.

Last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian oil transport company Enbridge Inc. announced an agreement intended to improve the safety of the twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge. The pipeline is important to the tourist industry, as well as the Great Lakes environment. The public has voiced safety concerns, and Snyder is listening.

Will Bans on Salary History Questions Equalize Pay Gap?

Jim Fausone, Esq.

The pay gap between male and female has been a controversial subject between many for years. Several states, cities, and counties have passed new legislation purportedly designed to bridge the gap. Asking potential job candidates about their salary history in previous positions has been a standard way to set new salaries for many companies. New legislation looks to bar companies from asking that question so as not to perpetuate salary disparity.

What Is a Federal Grand Jury?

Mark Mandell, Esq.

If you ask someone outside the legal realm what exactly a "federal grand jury" is, he or she will likely explain it's a jury for a "grand, federal" type of case. While this wouldn't technically be incorrect, it is far too imprecise. Given the deeply rooted prominence of the federal grand jury in the United States legal system (not to mention how often it appears in news headlines), it is important for the average citizen to understand the purpose and function of this legal structure.

Michigan's Wetland Wonders

Paul Bohn, Esq.

Fall brings about many changes to the environment, especially in Michigan, allowing for a great opportunity to explore the wildlife. Michigan has many Wetland Wonders scattered across the southern portion of the state. These areas offer excellent wildlife viewing, bird watching, paddling, and hiking opportunities. These areas give Michiganders an opportunity to experience nature up close.

Drones Are Taking Over Human Insurance Inspection

Paul Bohn, Esq.

While drones are becoming increasingly popular for recreational use, they are also entering the market in a more practical fashion - insurance evaluations. The long, irritating process involving home or car insurance claims is being accelerated by the use of drones. Traditionally, an insurance claim begins with the customer contacting the insurance company, waiting for a representative to inspect the damage, and within what could span several weeks, receive their reimbursement.

Ann Arbor Plans to Renovate Historic State Theatre

Paul Bohn, Esq.

If you've been to downtown Ann Arbor, you've undoubtedly noticed the historic State Theatre. The City of Ann Arbor's Planning Commission has decided to renovate the facility. The new development would double the viewing capacity from 2 to 4 individual screens, bringing the total viewer capacity to around 460 people.

What Every Parent Should Know About Teenagers and Vaping

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Vaping is a new trend that has come about in the last ten years. Its popularity has risen due to claims that vaping is much safer than regular tobacco products. Vaping is accomplished through e-cigarettes or vape pens, which use an atomizer to heat liquid to create a vapor that can be inhaled like a regular cigarette. Vaping is a popular party "activity" for teenagers, even as young as seventh grade. Teenagers are attracted to vaping due to the availability of fruit flavored oils that are then vaped and emanate a fruit smell and taste. Teens will also have competitions when vaping, such as an activity called "cloud chasing," during which participants will compete to blow as much smoke that person can create with his or her vaping pen.

The Reality of the Marijuana Industry

Paul Bohn, Esq.

On January 1, 2018 the nation's largest source of marijuana economy, California, will legalize marijuana for recreational use. While many current and future dispensary owners are excited about the new legislation, there is a significant road block to creating a fully functional business - lack of financial support. Lack of financial support isn't a reference to revenue, attracting consumers isn't a problem, but lack of financial support from banks is. Many banks around the nation are hesitant to support businesses that are still illegal under federal law, which leaves many dispensaries with more cash than they can handle.

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