Lawsuit Did Not Sway in Ribeiro’s Favor

Copy That!

Anyone who is a fan of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is privy to the “Carlton Dance.” Alfonso Ribeiro’s character is responsible for performing the iconic dance move. Despite the dance’s popular recognition, the US Copyright Office has refused to protect the dance move as a copyrighted work of choreography. While Ribeiro does not technically own the move, it did not stop him from taking legal action against the producers of the video games NBA 2K and Fortnite in December 2018. In the games, players are provided the option to have their virtual character perform the “Carlton Dance” as a way of expressing celebration. Read more

To Have and To Hold A Prenup

Pre-marital bliss?

Getting married can be a stressful time for couples.  Becoming a union, sharing assets and creating a family are some of the biggest life changers an individual can experience.  In order to protect assets, many couples sign a prenuptial agreement.  While some prenups are pretty standard, others have seemingly outrageous terms that may be difficult to fulfill.  Read more

PA Girl Left Theme Park Afraid

Get ready for the fright of your life

While Dorney Park may be advertised as an amazing place to visit, some may argue that the amusement park is also dangerous.  At the end of January 2019, a Pennsylvania mother, Shannon Sacco, filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of her daughter, against the Lehigh Valley, PA based Dorney Park and the parent company, Cedar Fair.  According to court documents, the young girl attended the park, with friends, for the Halloween Haunt festivities in September 2017.  She was scared so intensely by an employee, that she fell to the ground, causing serious injuries.  Read more

Admission into a College Indictment

Collegiate catastrophe

Dedicated students and athletes commit a majority of their young academic lives to preparing for college. That college diploma, as well as the university listed on their resumes, will play a huge factor into how the rest of their lives will unfold. One would hope the application process is fair and admission would only be granted to the most qualified students. However, when politics and money are involved, fair is not always the winning adjective. Read more

Nature Valley is Unnatural

Cashew Cranberry Granola Bars, by flickr user MGF/Lady Disdain, licensed by Creative Commons.

In a crunch

How natural does ‘natural’ have to be? It appears that the Organic Consumers Association (and other groups) have an answer. A lawsuit from a few years ago has forced General Mills, makers of the crunchy granola snack Nature Valley, to drop the “100% Natural” label from their advertising. The snack contains traces of a chemical called glyphosate, which is actually a weed killer. The inclusion of this substance is in accordance with EPA standards (30 parts per million in grains), whereas Nature Valley products include .45 parts per million. Still, the OCA and 2 other organizations have shaken General Mills and are now having an impact on their product (and stock performance). Read More