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The Boston Globe reports that a federal judge in California has ruled that roommates.com, an on-line service that matches roommates, is subject to the federal Fair Housing Act.
Roommates.com reportedly requires the disclosure of race, gender and sexual orientation from its users and allows them to query for roommates using these categories.
The website contends that the Fair Housing [...]

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This is the advertisement by the Chamber of Commerce that I made reference to in a recent post. Hmm… after further reflection, I think the word propaganda better describes it than does advertisement.
The piece obviously seeks to have a psychological effect on viewers seeing that it plays gripping music while a voiceover claims that lawsuits [...]

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Here are some law-related articles that recently came out:

The Chicago Tribune reports that Afni, Inc., a debt collection company, must pay damages to 7,000 Cingular Wireless customers in Wisconsin who were illegally assessed collection fees.
Florida attorney Tomas Gamba writes in a Miami Herald op-ed that stronger disclosure laws are needed for contributions made to and [...]

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The Chamber of Commerce has begun a campaign highlighting what it claims are the abundance of frivolous lawsuits filed in the courts that are supposedly plaguing small businesses.
Whenever a politician or interest group for business tries to limit the rights of ordinary citizens to bring a lawsuit, it’s commonly done in the name of small business. [...]

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In a previous post, I wrote about Kevin Phillips’ latest book, Bad Money, which I believe provides a good overview of the current financial debacle we are in.
Phillips pulls no punches - he believes that America is a leading world power on the decline, much like the Spanish, Dutch, and British before us. To that end, he points out signs of decline [...]

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I just finished reading Kevin Phillips’ latest book, Bad Money, which focuses on the causes of the economic turmoil that America is struggling through these days. Phillips, for those who have not read him, is the rare writer who has a firm grasp of history and is also able to pull themes together and see [...]

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In a recent message, New York County Lawyers Association President Ann Lesk urged that a Civil Gideon law be enacted guaranteeing counsel to all low-income persons facing eviction or foreclosure.
Ms. Lesk should be congratulated for taking this stance.
Presently, a Senior Citizen Right to Counsel Bill is being considered by the New York City Council, which would establish a right [...]

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The official numbers are that 5,400 people are killed on the job each year and more than 4 million are injured. Some experts say that these statistics are inaccurate and that up to 13 million workers are injured each year. The Democratic Policy Committee website notes that hispanics workers are 12% more likely to be injured than [...]

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It was reported today that famed guitarist Joe Satriani has filed a lawsuit against the band Coldplay for copyright infringement in a Los Angeles federal court. Satriani claims that Coldplay plagiarized his song, “If I Could Fly” when it composed its new hit, “Viva La Vida.”
Some clever person put the songs back to back in [...]

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The Boston Globe reports that the husband of a pregnant Dracut, Massachusetts woman whose contractions were three minutes apart was ticketed by a state police trooper for driving in the breakdown lane past rush hour traffic on the way to the hospital.
The husband actually stopped the car to ask the trooper, who was in the [...]

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