Category: legal

An employer can legally fire you if it doesn't like your social media activity. Here's why.

Hearing about “cancel culture,” people losing their jobs because they clicked the Like button on a Facebook or Twitter post, or were recorded on someone’s cellphone a decade ago dressed in a politically incorrect Halloween costume, might make some wonder exactly where their rights as a private individual end and begin when it comes to... Read more »

Court rules in favor of shelter that spayed, adopted out man's lost Shepherd by mistake

A disturbing recent case from Arkansas illustrates the importance of having a visible identification tag on your pet even if it is microchipped, and why animal shelters must be diligent about scanning every stray animal brought in. Although the case isn’t local, it addresses issues that most animal shelters and rescues regularly face when taking... Read more »

Illinois public unions don't have to repay fees to nonmembers, court says

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a recent pair of decisions of interest to anyone who followed last year’s Janus Supreme Court union-dues case and might be interested in its implications for Illinois public employees. Specifically, the appeals court said that despite the 2018 SCOTUS ruling, union nonmembers aren’t entitled to recover any past... Read more »
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State supreme court upholds anti-"revenge porn" law, says it doesn't violate free speech

They say Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The scorned woman in this case was part of a romantic triangle. She was a jilted fiancée who electronically shared nude photos of her ex-fiance’s lover, who happened to be the girl next door. All the juicy details—and they are juicy—can be read here. This... Read more »

Is pricey prescription pet food just a racket?

Anyone who has had to purchase prescription diet food for their pet knows how crazy expensive these products can be. Even if you have pet health insurance, it usually doesn’t cover prescription food. I had a cat with digestive problems, so my vet at the time recommended Royal Canin prescription dry cat food, upwards of... Read more »

Are cruise lines responsible when a passenger gets raped?

If an underage girl is plied with alcohol and sexually assaulted by fellow passengers on a cruise ship, can the cruise line be held responsible? This was the question at the center of a recent case decided by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In December 2015, “K.T.,” whose exact age at the time is... Read more »
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Are mass shootings Twitter’s fault?

With three tragic mass shootings dominating the headlines in as many weeks, it brought to mind a recent federal court decision which didn’t seem to get much play in the media at the time. Many of these shooters feed their radical, hateful ideologies from content on Internet websites and especially social media.  But should those... Read more »

Buyer beware: The truth behind some of those 5-star ratings on Yelp

The consumer review site Yelp.com is one of my favorite social media sites and my go-to for everything from restaurants to dentists. But do you ever see a business with an average 5-star Yelp rating and wonder if the place really is as amazing as all that, or if they have manipulated their reviews in... Read more »

Don’t like the price Zillow puts on your home? Don’t bother suing—you’ll lose

It seems that people either love Zillow or hate it. Home buyers tend to be in the first group, and home sellers in the latter. While it can empower consumers with knowledge, it can frustrate homeowners when the “Zestimate” falls considerably below their asking price or what they believe their property is worth. Zestimates are... Read more »
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When nursing home residents get frisky

There was an interesting recent case before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals involving the sexual activities of elder nursing home residents. Illinois-based Neighbors Rehabilitation Center LLC, a recipient of Medicare funds, was fined a whopping $84,000 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for what CMS said was its failure to sufficiently investigate... Read more »