Woman Charged for Bad Hotel Review

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Negativity Never Pays

We have all had sub-par experiences at a restaurant or hotel, and some of us may have even gone online and left a negative review. What happens when a hotel threatens legal action over your feedback? Katrina Arthur of Indiana saw an additional $350 charge on her debit card after posting a bad review about a hotel, and also received a letter from the hotel’s lawyer, threatening legal action. The Indiana Attorney General’s office caught wind of the charge and legal threat, and fired back with a lawsuit against the hotel itself. The AG claims that a $350 charge would violate the Indiana Deceptive Consumer Sales Act. Read More

Cryptic: IRS Sues Bitcoin Exchange Portal

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BTC v IRS

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

Newlyweds’ Defamatory Social Media Vow is Costing Them $1 Million

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Planning a wedding often comes equipped with dramatic, unpredictable circumstances; however, it is not always common for the bride and groom to attract drama after they say, “I do.” For Neely and Andrew Moldovan, memories of their dream wedding were allegedly held captive by their wedding photographer, Andrea Polito. A few months after their wedding, the couple announced on a local news outlet and several social media websites that Polito refused to give them their wedding photos if they did not pay an additional fee of $150, on top of the thousands of dollars they already paid. The Dallas-based duo gained a high level of public sympathy, which eventually led to the closing of Polito’s business and the downfall of her reputation as a professional photographer.

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No Star Treatment for Celebrity’s Employees

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Here’s a tip: keep your employees happy

Actress Jessica Biel has played many roles on the big screen, but she is now playing a very different part – that of defendant.

Recently, nine employees accused the Hollywood star and her business partners, including Estee Stanley, Joey Gonzalez, Kimberly Muller, and Jonathan Rollo, of withholding gratuity that they were legally entitled to collect.  The employees, who were mostly former employees, are suing Biel and Au Fudge for fraud, stealing employee gratuities, and other damages. Plaintiffs contend that the owners pocketed gratuity collected at private events, which reached over $430,000. Additionally, plaintiffs claim to be victims of other illegal payroll practices, including not receiving compensation for overtime work and other wage withholdings. The disgruntled employees also accuse the restaurant owners of denying them meal and rest breaks that they were legally entitled to. Read more

Los Angeles Streets Have Reached Their Life Cycle

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A long road to recovery for injured cyclist

A recent update to the city’s budget allows Los Angeles to dedicate $15 million to pay out settlements involving bicycle accidents that result from unsafe roads.  Earlier this month, about $6.5 million of the budget was awarded to Peter Godefroy and his wife Patty.  In 2015, Peter was riding his bicycle on Valley Vista Boulevard in the neighborhood of Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles when he hit what he described as a “concealed trap” in the road. The pothole sent Peter flying from his bicycle, resulting in several broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. Some of his injuries are permanent.  Read more