September 30, 2019
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Are You Allowed To Spank Your Kids (Legally)?

When I was a kid back in the 90s, I mean the 80s, ok, I mean the 70s, a spanking was a thing done both by parents and even at school where I remember the Principal had a paddle with holes in it in order to make it more aerodynamic and faster – to hurt more.  But times have changed and corporal punishment has gone out of style. In fact, many countries – including the ones you’d expect in Europe have banned corporal punishment but also some countries like Mongolia, the Congo, and most of South America have joined in as […]
September 17, 2019
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Top Most Searched “Is it Legal to” Questions On Google

In today’s blog, I answer the top “Is it legal to” Google searches. Here we go: 1. Is it legal to drive barefoot? If that is so important to you, I have good news. It is legal to drive barefoot in all states. 2. Is it legal to burn money? No. It is not legal to burn money. It is a Federal crime and you can go to jail for ten years. So don’t do it. 3. Is it legal to sleep in my car? No. A lot of cities have been making sleeping in your car illegal to manage […]
September 17, 2019
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Best Florida Man Headlines in 2019

Oh Florida, the Sunshine State. Beautiful weather, beaches and parks. But we do have to endure …. The Florida Man. What has he been up to in 2019? Here are my favorites: Pasco Man Hits Dad With Pizza After Finding Out His Father Delivered Him At Birth. Florida Man Denies Syringes Found Inside His Rectum Are His. Florida Man Accused Of Robbing Chinese Restaurant At Finger Point. Florida Man Finds World War II Grenade, Tosses It In The Trunk, Brings It To A Taco Bell. Florida Man Who Burned Caged Cat, Fed It To Dogs. Florida Man Dances His Way […]
August 11, 2019
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Tesla Failed Autopilot System: What Legally Happens Next?

What Happened? Tesla was recently sued by the family of a man who died when the Tesla’s autopilot failed to avoid a truck that ran a red light.  This is an important harbinger of things to come. When a person doesn’t pay attention and rear-ends you from behind, you might sue him for negligence.  You come to me, we make the claim against the other driver – and then the person’s insurance company (if you hired me) pays you a boatload of money. It’s relatively straight-forward. However, what we are beginning to see, and what will become more and more […]
August 5, 2019
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Return Fraud: Is Returning Used Merchandise Illegal?

Can you be arrested for returning a used item of clothing to a store? The short answer is – yes, it is possible.  So, here is the law, and how to stay out of trouble. The practice of buying clothing, wearing it once or twice and returning it to the store is called “wardrobing” and it costs stores almost $10 billion dollars a year.  That’s a lot of blouses. As wardrobing becomes more and more prevalent – especially with more people buying clothes online and with the liberal online return policies – I would expect retailers to keep tabs on […]
July 21, 2019
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Is “FUCT” Trademarkable?

The Lanham Act of 1946 created a national system to Trademark names.  All the great brands you know and love are trademarked – McDonalds, Nike, Amazon are all trademarks and no one else can legally use those names. But, what about trademarking the word “FUCT?” Can You Trademark A Cuss Word? “F*ck No” says the Lanham Act – you cannot trademark “Scandalous” or “immoral” names.  That would include, until recently “Fuct.” This has been a relatively hot issue in the intellectual property world recently, as the law works, a number of decisions leading up to the blockbuster decision. A couple years ago a […]
July 9, 2019
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Can You Sue For a Bad or Misspelled Tattoo?

On today’s Legal Brief – one of our subscriber’s ask: Can I sue If My Tattoo Artist Misspells My Tattoo? The internet is full of pictures of hilariously misspelled tattoos.  And here we will insert pictures of some of them. Funny Stuff.  Unless you’re the poor guy stuck with “Pubic Enemy Number One” on your arm instead of Public Enemy Number One. So, to sue the tattoo artist you have to prove breach of a duty of care to the tattoo-ee and damages.  A misspelling is pretty bad and is pretty clear-cut breach of a duty of care – unless […]
June 26, 2019
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Get to Know Attorney Jeremy Hogan: Q&A

Today, I submit to answer some hopefully softball questions about being  a lawyer. “Why did you become a Lawyer?” My Dad was a lawyer but before law school I was teaching and I remember another teacher coming to me and telling me that she was going through a divorce and was afraid of losing her kids asked me to talk to my Dad if he could help her.  I think that was when I really decided to become a lawyer – because lawyers have the ability to help people.  And that’s powerful. “What surprised you about practicing law?” It’s not […]
June 16, 2019
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Can You Legally Own A Gun And Have A Medical Marijuana Card?

I recently had a client who was involved in a bad car accident and had treated extensively with a chiropractor, visited an orthopedic doctor several times and was prescribed certain powerful medications to help him deal with pain relief. Unfortunately, none of those treatments or remedies provided the long-term pain relief he sought and he also became concerned that he would become dependent on the prescription medication. He told me he was interested in getting a medical marijuana card but heard that, if he did so, he would forfeit his right to his concealed weapons license. Marijuana Laws in Florida […]
June 9, 2019
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Can You Rent An Exotic Car If You’ve Been In An Accident?

Today on Legal Briefs, for the first time, we answer a Subscriber’s Legal-ish question: Can he rent an exotic sports car if he’s been involved in an accident before? So, you are going on a vacation and want to drive around in style or maybe you want to give a special gift to your husband for a weekend and let him drive around in a Ferrari to the grocery store. That would be a great Father’s Day gift. The short answer to the question is that: You can absolutely rent an exotic car EVEN if you’ve recently been involved in […]