San Francisco Hopes to Regulate Airbnb, HomeAway Rentals

San Francisco

If you thought the housing situation in San Francisco was bad already, then you won’t be surprised to learn that the short-term-rental market in San Fran might get a little worse too. Or better, depending on your perspective. A proposed amendment to a current San Francisco law would impose regulations on Airbnb, HomeAway, and other …

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Florida Bar Results Reveal Poor Performance on First Time Bar Exams

Preparing for Exam

The dreaded Bar Exam. Even for those unacquainted with the legal profession, pop culture has taught us that the Bar Exam is to be feared and painstakingly prepared for. But for those studying to become lawyers, this reality is all too real. A recent study from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners shows that Florida’s …

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Do Antitrust Laws Hinder Businesses?

Antitrust Laws

Antitrust laws are an important part of America’s law history. They ensure that fair competition exists in an open-market economy and, when used correctly, they help everyone and stimulate a healthy economy. However, antitrust laws were created for an economic system that is pure and perfect all the time, an unrealistic expectation of our current …

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Miami Under Consideration As El Chapo Trial Venue

El Chapo

Miami, Florida is one of two U.S. cities under serious discussion for being the location of the trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexican cartel kingpin. Federal prosecutors in six states have filed indictments against Guzman, but the Eastern District of New York and the Southern District of Florida have overlapping cases that could be …

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How Mickey Mouse Has Evaded Entering the Public Domain

mickey mouse

Mickey Mouse is iconic internationally. Our favorite mouse has been around longer than the amount of time when he would qualify for falling under the public domain. However, Disney has fought this at every turn in an attempt to hold on to their adorable moneymaker’s rights. How does the Public Domain work? After a set …

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Pledge of Allegiance Law in Florida Schools Under the Microscope

florida schools

Who doesn’t remember participating in the Pledge of Allegiance? The Pledge used to be a staple in all American schools, though a parade of legal battles and decisions over the past half-century have broken up this standard and made the ceremony much more controversial. The most recent spat over the Pledge recently occurred in the …

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Several Florida Laws, Including New Gun Law, Will Go to Vote January 12th

new gun law

During the past session, both chambers of Florida’s Legislature failed to address top-priority votes, including the constitutionally-mandated vote on a budget. Given these failures, Florida’s Legislature will be voting on several laws when the next session begins on January 12th, 2016. Among these laws is a new gun law that is being lauded by critics …

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U.S. Governors Can’t Legally Refuse Syrian Refugees

Syrian Refugees

Ever since the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, Syrian refugees have been a hotly debated issue. In the U.S., the debate is as heated as anywhere else. On one side, Republican congressman and governors are largely speaking out against refugees, attempting to refuse refugees in their constituencies. On the other side there is …

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Laura’s Law Spreads to San Francisco County in CA

Laura's Law in SF

Starting next week, San Francisco will officially become the fifth county in the state of California to implement Laura’s law, a measure that allows judges the authority to force severely mentally ill people to get treatment. The history of Laura’s Law Laura’s Law got its name from 19-year-old Laura Wilcox, who was killed in 2001 …

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Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law Under Scrutiny Following Flint’s Water Disaster

Flint water crisis

Flint, Michigan is thankful to have finally been reconnected to Detroit’s water infrastructure, after experiencing a huge scare after an ill-advised connection to the Flint River. Almost a month ago, the city that once boasted a booming automotive industry (just like its big brother Detroit) was brought to its knees with a water crisis: in …

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