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Cryptic: IRS Sues Bitcoin Exchange Portal

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With Bitcoin becoming a hot button issue over the last few months, the IRS was recently awarded some good news. Cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase was ordered to turn over the data for all US consumers who purchased Bitcoin and other currencies between 2013 and 2015. The belief is that many of these people did not pay any tax on potential earnings. This would make them subject to potential auditing, as a Judge in California has ruled. Information for more than 14,000 people was handed over from Coinbase to the IRS. Bitcoin is the main form of cryptocurrency, a digital asset that is openly bought, sold, and held online with an ever-changing dollar value. Read More

West Goes South in Rap Lawsuit

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Talk about a Tidal wave

Kanye West is always in the tabloid and music headlines, but a recent lawsuit is truly making him Famous. Citing “deceptive conduct”, a class action lawsuit was filed against the Chicago rapper over his latest album release. “The Life of Pablo” was exclusively released on music streaming service Tidal in early 2016. Since then, Kanye has remixed and reworked some of the album’s tracks and re-released them; however the Tidal version is still the original “incomplete” version. Later on, the album was released across all music services (iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, etc). The class action lawsuit claims that West duped fans by selling the idea that the album would only be available via Tidal. Read More

Hardware Store Finds Safe Harbor

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Hammer time.

A popular hardware store has settled a class action lawsuit after some tooling around with their sales process. Harbor Freight, which has locations across the United States, agreed that they may have misstated discounts and coupon offers over a 4 year period. The settlement reads that anyone who purchased a product from Harbor Freight between April 8 2011 and Dec 15 2016 are now eligible to a reward. Customers will have their choice of 20% of the purchased product’s amount in cash, or 30% in Harbor Freight gift cards. The lawsuit, Beck v Harbor Freight, was filed at the Court of Common Pleas in Lake County, OH. Read more

Drinkable Sunscreen Leaves Bad Taste

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Man, it’s a hot one.

Sunscreen, or sun tan lotion, is a very important element to enjoying a healthy lifestyle. While we all love getting outside and enjoying the sunshine, we have to be careful to protect our skin from the sun’s potentially harmful UV rays. We have all experienced sunburn at one time or another, which is a price many people are willing to pay for a nice-looking summer tan. It turns out that a Colorado company claimed that a version of their sunscreen was more than just a defense mechanism for the sun; that it was actually drinkable. The state of Iowa and their attorney general thought different, and has now filed a lawsuit against “Osmosis” and “Harmonized Water”. Read More

Ferrari Pumps Breaks on Tampering Lawsuit

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Too fast, too furious

Ferrari’s have always been known as popular sports cars. The very name conjures up an image of a sleek, futuristic coupe speeding around winding roads on the European countryside. A wrongfully terminated Ferrari salesman is firing back and accusing the European auto dealer of allowing “roll backs” on some of their cars. This, in theory, would decrease the mileage and make the car more valuable to potential buyers, interested in owning a flashy sports car. The lawsuit was filed by Robert Root of Palm Beach FL, who had been recently let go of a Ferrari dealership. Read More