Legal Affairs

We enjoy a complex love-hate relationship with the law: While we expect it to protect our interests, we don’t want to see ourselves held accountable to it. We therefore cheer the wrongdoers who put one over on the legal system, while lamenting the real crooks who slip away.

Did Michael Jordan Sue a Grocery Store for $10 Million? The former NBA superstar won a hefty award in 2015 after filing suit against the...
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Extraterrestrial Contact Law No federal law actually prohibits U.S. citizens from having contact with extraterrestrial beings.
    False
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Are You Exempt from Paying Sold-Off Debt? A popular social media item wrongly claims that consumers are not obligated to pay back...
    False
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Can Ancestry.com Take Ownership of Your DNA Data? An experienced attorney's blog post has caused widespread concern.
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Will Aaron Hernandez’s Family Receive $15 Million from the NFL? Aaron Hernandez's conviction could be vacated under the obscure legal doctrine of abatement ab initio,...
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Did a British Mom Lose Custody of Her Kids for ‘Co-Sleeping’? Various news sites overemphasized one aspect of a case involving repeated injuries to two children.
    Mostly False
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Is it Illegal to Take Photographs of the Eiffel Tower at Night? As is often the case, a little bit of factual information is spun into something...
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Is Everyone Who Bought Milk Since 2003 Covered Under a Class Action Settlement? The deadline to qualify for a class action settlement covering people who bought milk has...
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Ugly Law
Did Some Cities in the United States Have ‘Ugly Laws’ to Keep Disabled People Out of Sight? Chicago, to name one city that enacted an "ugly law," didn't repeal its ordinance banning...
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Are Diners Obligated to Pay Mandatory Gratuity or Tip Charges? The often unwelcome presence of precalculated "mandatory" gratuities have left diners confused about whether those...
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Does U.S. Law Require Alcohol to Be Radioactive? If such a law existed — which it does not — the scientific rationale would...
    False
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HUD Tiny Homes Ban A lot of anxious bloggers incorrectly surmised HUD was moving to make "tiny homes" illegal.
    False
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