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Types of Identity Theft

When we hear about identity theft, we think of someone taking your Social Security number or other information and using it to charge up your credit cards or empty your bank accounts. However, that is only one type of identity theft. Learn more about the types of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says… Read More »

For Second Time Ever, a U.S. State is Accused of Securities Fraud

Apparently individuals and companies are not the only ones who can be accused of securities fraud. For only the second time ever, the Securities and Exchange Commission accused a U.S. state of securities fraud. The New York Times reported that the SEC accused the State of Illinois of misleading investors about the condition of the… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Marriage Cases

The laws regarding same-sex marriage are varied across the United States. In New York, for instance, same-sex couples can marry. In New Jersey, the law permits same-sex couples to enter into a civil union. Most states do not have laws that allow same-sex marriage or civil unions. This month, the U.S. Supreme Court will be… Read More »

Have NFL Teams Violated Employment Discrimination Laws?

Employment discrimination laws protect job applicants from being asked questions about their marital status and sexual orientation. While it is easy to forget, prospective NFL draft picks being interviewed by NFL teams before the draft in April are prospective employees. So when prospect Nick Kasa revealed that an NFL team had asked him about his… Read More »

The Rules of Suing the Government in New York

There are special rules for suing municipalities, state agencies and the state itself. Unlike other defendants, state and local government require notice of your claim. These strict notice requirements mean that you must act quickly if you are suing the state or a municipal corporation. What are these notice requirements? When you have a claim… Read More »

March Madness and Employment Law Issues

Every year, people across the nation fill out their brackets for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and wait in anticipation to see when (not if) their bracket will be busted. But filling out the brackets is not enough. We want to know how we compare to our friends, family, and more often than not, our… Read More »

How Will Criminal Background Checks Affect Domestic Violence Victims?

Many victims of domestic violence are reluctant to report the abuse, especially because the alleged abuser is usually a family member or loved one. But when a woman does decide to report a domestic violence incident to the police, she expects to get protection from her abuser. However, a woman reporting a domestic violence incident… Read More »

Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians in the Tri-State Area

Crossing the street can be very dangerous, even when taking care to look both ways. Because of location and traffic patterns, there are some roads that are more dangerous than others for pedestrians. Which roads in the tri-state area are most dangerous for pedestrians? For the fifth consecutive year, The Tri-State Transportation Campaign says that… Read More »

Families Sue School for Alleged Abuse by Janitors

The families of three students at the Gregory Elementary School in Long Branch, New Jersey filed a lawsuit seeking $30 million in damages after the students were allegedly abused at the school in March 2012. The families sued the Long Branch Public Schools, the town’s Board of Education, and the Gregory Elementary School, alleging that… Read More »

Blind Justice: When Can Mistaken Eye Witness Testimony Send You to Jail?

For the past two years Lawrence Williams has sat in jail for a crime he did not commit. In 2010, a jury concluded that Mr. Williams and an unknown accomplice shot a robbery victim in the shoulder for not handing over a gold chain. The judge sentenced him to ten years in prison, but Mr…. Read More »