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Comment at Your Own Risk

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A few months ago, I warned of a new strategy on-line retailers were using (to not a great amount of success) to prevent negative reviews of their products and/or services. To refresh your memories (and I mean you, Brenda), some sites were adding a punitive surcharge to products (sometimes in the thousands of dollars) if you uploaded a negative review about them on the Internet. So, say you buy a "selfie" toaster from the good folks at stuffyoudontneed.com (a fictitious website, so no one get any ... read more

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Live Law and Die

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My first year in law school was absolutely the most stressful, time-consuming, frightening and crazy year of my life. Prior to that year, I had gone to an all-male high school, where "discipline" (re: beatings) were the norm. I had made it through all four (ok, four and a half) years of college. I had worked in state politics and held a job (and was promoted a couple of times) in New York City. I wasn't a kid, I had been around the block, and even I thought the first year was harrowing. One of the ... read more

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Kickstart my Bank Account

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Since it's come on the scene, I've been interested in Kickstarter. For those of you unfamiliar with the service, Kickstarter acts as a bridge between "creative" people and financing people. For instance, if you're a writer/director/producer and you have a very personal movie that you NEED to make, but no studio will provide you financing, you can go to Kickstarter to make your plea for money. The spectrum of benefits to the donors can be pretty wide; for certain levels of donations you can receive ... read more

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Closed for Business

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It's interesting. I do some immigration work here and there and its' always fairly challenging. Of course, I don't get the slam dunk lay-ups - I get the guy that's been married four times and has brought four wives and a fiancé over to the US. Or, I get someone that forgot to renew their green card. For three years. That sort of stuff. A lot of us that were looking to make a big splash in the old immigration law market are seeing their hopes and dreams swirling down the Rio Grande, as thousands ... read more

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Bank Accounts and Pornography

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We live in interesting times, people! Along with the all-time high cost of living (food, gas, homes, etc.) and world-wide crises (Iraq, Afghanistan, terrorism, etc.) we also have some very startling news from the banking industry. Not the Mortgage Banking Industry (all caps are warranted when they have taken about a trillion dollars from taxpayers) but the regular banking industry - you know, the place that direct deposits your paycheck and the places you go twice a year to cash the eight dollar ... read more

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Away Thee, Attorney!

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Today, I'm going to go a bit against the grain. After years and years of telling you to get an attorney when you face any type of legal challenge, I have to say, recent events may prove this faulty. It would appear that if you're sued, or if you want to sue, your absolute bestest cause of action is to go it alone. No need for those pesky attorneys and their overpriced legal bills - nosiree. Because, as the economy increasingly goes to hell, people can't afford attorneys. People can read, talk ... read more

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Here Lies the Truth

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Lying. We all do it to some extent. Why, shading the truth, omitting certain facts, little white lies and outright huge fish tales are just as American as mom, apple pie and Chevrolet. But, aside from tearing at the moral fiber of our country and our souls, what does lying really do for us? On some level, it protects the target of the lie from painful truths. "That dress doesn't look good on you," or "I'm seeing someone else," or "You're qualifications aren't what we're looking for." Still ... read more

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Don’t Bite the Apple.

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It's time again for more tales of the disturbing. This week, we have a young man from Tennessee, who is taking Apple to Federal Court. When you're a huge, (relatively) rich multinational corporation, you should expect lawsuits from time-to-time; it's all part of the process. However, this lawsuit is a bit different. It would appear the Plaintiff is suing Apple because he bought a laptop computer. One day, whilst using his new toy, he went to log onto his Facebook account. Rather than google ... read more

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Too Scared to Stop

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Picture this. You're out and about at night, driving along the many highways, byways and roadways of our great state. You're stressed at work or at home and need some time to feel the wind through your hair and to crank up some tunes on the radio. Lost in your relaxation/reverie, you fail to see the police cruiser hidden behind some trees in the median (and you also fail to notice that your speedometer is about ten miles above the posted limit). Soon, your car is lit up by the familiar flashing red ... read more

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Gateway to Italy

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A few weeks ago, I read a story out of Italy that could have some foreshadowing here in the good old US of A. But first, some background. I'm certain by now all of you have heard of the financial crisis (which seems to continue unabated given the recent financial reports from major financial institutions such as Citibank). The top-line result of the crisis was that a bunch of people lost their homes through bankruptcy or foreclosure. Concurrently, there was a bit of a rent hike in the greater DC ... read more

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