Cannabis now legal in California
201612.31
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Cannabis now legal in California

December 31, 2016 Although the drug is still illegal under federal guidelines, an Oregon representative believes that the feds will need to reconsider removing federal penalties for the drug so that each state can independently decide what restrictions to pass. He further called the war on drugs “toxic.” States now use this individual approach when…

Golfsmith Bankruptcy – 59 Stores to Close
201612.20
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Golfsmith Bankruptcy – 59 Stores to Close

December 20, 2016 In the buyout of Golfsmith from Dick’s Sporting Goods, 59 stores across the nation, including nine in California, are slated to close during the next few months, according to information obtained from a bankruptcy auction. As of November 2016, the chain had 109 stores in the country, but the new owners planned…

$20 Million Settlement for Wife of Exonerated Prisoner
201612.13
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$20 Million Settlement for Wife of Exonerated Prisoner

December 13, 2016 An appeals court in Illinois determined in October 2016 that a woman who married an inmate is now entitled to the $20 million settlement he received in a wrongful conviction case as part of marital property. The defendant, Juan Rivera, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for…

Chinese Divorce Settlement Breaks $1 Billion
201612.01
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Chinese Divorce Settlement Breaks $1 Billion

December 1, 2016 In September 2016, as part one of the highest divorce settlements in the nation, the controlling stakeholder of Grindr, a gay-dating app, Zhou Yahui will transfer 278 million shares equaling an estimated $1.1 billion to his soon-to-be ex. The agreement stands as one of the most expensive settlements on record. Zhou will…

Record $20.2 Million Award Challenged
201611.23
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Record $20.2 Million Award Challenged

November 23, 2016 The defendant in a record-setting civil lawsuit has argued that the verdict was a miscarriage of justice, which could mean that the ruling is overturned, resulting in the possible loss of a $20.2 million award for a New Jersey couple. The accident is not under dispute, but the extent of the plaintiff’s…

$7 Million Settlement Reached in Depp-Heard Divorce
201610.06
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$7 Million Settlement Reached in Depp-Heard Divorce

October 6, 2016 Amber Heard and Johnny Depp agreed to a $7 million settlement in their divorce case in Los Angeles in August 2016, dropping further litigation after the end of their 15-month marriage. Heard, 30, originally claimed that Depp, 53, committed domestic violence against her and allegedly rejected a prior $8 million deal. Depp…

Medical Marijuana Victory in 9th Circuit Court Ruling
201609.20
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Medical Marijuana Victory in 9th Circuit Court Ruling

September 28, 2016 In the continued battle between the federal and state governments regarding the legalization of marijuana, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined in August 2016 that the U.S. Department of Justice cannot prosecute marijuana cases when the defendant has followed medical guidelines under state law. The law also protects growers and…

Domestic violence victims seek help, find eviction instead
201608.25
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Domestic violence victims seek help, find eviction instead

August 25, 2016 Many victims of domestic violence stay silent and choose not to seek help from the police or domestic violence shelters for a surprising reason. Ashlee Rousey’s story exemplifies what she and others face when they contact authorities. In 2008, Ms. Rousey called the police when her abusive ex-boyfriend showed up at her…

Rumors still swirl over Lambert – Shelton divorce
201607.25
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Rumors still swirl over Lambert – Shelton divorce

July 25, 2016 Despite being divorced for over a year, rumors still run rampant for country music stars Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. The power couple called it quits in July 2015 after four years of marriage. Although neither of them has publicly commented on the reason for their split, speculations of infidelity continue to…

Supreme Court ruling clarifies judge recusal
201607.05
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Supreme Court ruling clarifies judge recusal

July 5, 2016 In a divided decision, the Supreme Court rendered a ruling that judges must recuse themselves from cases in which they have previously played a substantial role in prosecuting the individual appearing before them. The decision came after retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, Ronald Castille, ruled on the appeal of a death-row inmate,…