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Month: May 2014

Justin Bieber’s Immigration Woes. Again. (Sorry)

Justin Bieber’s Immigration Woes. Again. (Sorry)

Justin, please tell me you didn’t get into legal trouble again. I say that not because I’m in a moralizing mood, and not because I’m worried about what kind of example you’re setting for your fresh-faced, adoring fans. No, I say that for one, much simpler reason. I thought I was done writing about whether your various run-ins with U.S. law enforcement make you, as a non-citizen visa holder, deportable. Intellectually and emotionally, I am over it. But now readers are asking,…

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Teen Sues Parents for Financial Support and Tuition

Teen Sues Parents for Financial Support and Tuition

Last week we saw a flurry of news reports regarding Rachel Canning’s lawsuit against her parents for child support and school tuition. Much of the media focus has been on Rachel’s “bad girl behavior,” rather than the legal framework or claims in the case. While details are scant, what we do know right now is that on March 4, 2014, Judge Peter Bogaard decided there was no exigent circumstance (emergency) that would require the immediate payment of financial support or high school…

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Getting Rid of Private Student Loans in Bankruptcy: Will Congress Change the Law?

Getting Rid of Private Student Loans in Bankruptcy: Will Congress Change the Law?

    A bill that would allow people to wipe out private student loans in bankruptcy might be gaining momentum in Congress. Although the Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2013 (H.R. 532) has been kicking around since January 2013, recent activity indicates that some representatives in Congress are still interested in leveling the playing field between private student loan lenders and borrowers. But unless the bill becomes law, the private student loan industry will continue to have their…

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Recording Donald Sterling’s Racist Comments: A Crime?

Recording Donald Sterling’s Racist Comments: A Crime?

A crime may have been committed when Donald Sterling implored V. Stiviano not to publicly associate with minorities—but not by the shamed Los Angeles Clippers owner. (The government can’t punish Sterling for that kind of speech, but the NBA can. (See An Actual Example of Free-Speech Infringement.)) Stiviano, a 31-year-old employed as Sterling’s “archivist” but rumored to be his mistress, apparently recorded the inflammatory conversation in September of last year. In it, Sterling utters several statements that, when stripped of social media references, appear…

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Dear Rich: Contracts and Quarrels

Dear Rich: Contracts and Quarrels

    Dear Rich: At what point is a contract made? Can you get out of a contract if everybody didn’t agree on something or if there high pressure tactics to do the deal. My company was negotiating with a web design company for two different web sites. While I was on vacation, my counterpart sent an e-mail, asking the website company “to proceed with construction,” without having the proper approval, because the company was putting unreasonable pressure on her…

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