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Outrageous construction law cases (access required)

People involved in litigation rarely find it amusing. Few are detached enough to find it even interesting. Most find it at best a necessary evil and at worst an unmitigated disaster. Lawyers worth their salt feel their clients’ pain and ...

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The spam that brings us together

Last Friday, in the middle of the workday, spammers used our family e-mail account to send out a bogus work-at-home offer. I don’t know how it happened, and I really don’t know why. But I know exactly when it started ...

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Viral ‘wind map’ aims to promote wind energy (access required)

Two media artists moonlighting from Google’s “Big Picture” visualization lab have created a “wind map” to show where, when and how powerfully the wind blows, in real time, all over the lower 48 states. The project is intended to promote ...

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Mobile banking arrives – along with risk management (access required)

Earlier this year, Global Payments Inc., a third-party processor of credit and debit cards became the target of a major security breach. Tens of thousands of cardholders were suddenly vulnerable to fraud. It’s a story that financial institution leaders never ...

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‘Freedom of contract’ has its limits

Generally speaking, public policy favors the right of two or more people to enter into an agreement for whatever purpose they agree upon. In legal terms, this policy is called “the freedom of contract.” But the freedom of contract is ...

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Can you get fired for wearing an orange shirt to work? (access required)

One of the most common questions I hear from my non-lawyer friends is something along the lines of: “I know that my employment at my company is at-will, but that doesn’t mean that my boss can just fire me for ...

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How social media has shaped the case of Trayvon Martin (access required)

In the killing of Trayvon Martin, the angel and the devil of social media have discovered the perfect battlefield. Without social media, the Feb. 26 killing of Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla., probably would have remained forever ...

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Data breach is the liability du jour (access required)

Insurance is pretty dry stuff that no one really wants to think  about. But everybody buys it, albeit reluctantly. That’s an impression that I’ve gotten in the over 30 years of being in the business. And since insurance can end up ...

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Study: Fracking doesn’t pose groundwater risks

In a possible foreshadowing of long-awaited findings by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin has found “no direct link to reports of groundwater contamination” from the controversial natural gas extraction method known ...

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