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Is It Illegal to Strap a Christmas Tree to Your Car?

By Christopher Coble, Esq. | Revised By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

If we've learned anything from A Christmas Story, you find "the Christmas tree emporium of the Midwest," avoid the balsas, bargain like an Arab trader, and get the salesman to throw in some rope and tie it to your car for you. But police in Sudbury, Massachusetts pulled over a driver who may have taken that advice a little too far. In that case, a single tree seemed to swallow a minivan whole. But how do you transport a Christmas tree, legally?

Internationally Renowned Singer, Shakira, Settles $15 Million Spanish Tax Fraud Case

By Natasha Bakirci, LLB, LLM | Last updated on

In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes, Benjamin Franklin famously remarked. With U.S. tax season coming up, global best-selling artist Shakira's recent brush with the Spanish tax authorities might serve as a cautionary tale. On November 20, 2023, the Colombian songstress, well-known for hits…

Singer Cassie Settles Lawsuit Against Music Mogul Sean “Diddy" Combs

By Jordan Walker, J.D. | Last updated on

R&B singer Casandra Ventura has reached a settlement with rapper and music producer Sean Combs just a day after filing a lawsuit accusing the hip-hop mogul of sex trafficking, rape, and sexual abuse. The specific terms of the settlement remain confidential. Me & U: The Former Couple's Dating History…

'Brangelina' Breakup Continues in Court over Château and Winery

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

Brangelina: a household portmanteau almost since the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. But not long after the star-crossed celebs were saying their "I-dos," the same stars were crossing the T's and dotting the I's on their divorce papers. Or so they thought. Seven years later, the legal…

Rhymes and Reason: Lyrics as Evidence in Young Thug Trial

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

We're familiar with the right to remain silent, but can anything you rap be used against you in a court of law? If you've been following the case of rapper Young Thug and his YSL co-defendants, you may have heard his legal team's battle with Georgia prosecutors over using the rapper's…

College Athletes Win In Class Certification Motion

By Michael DeRienzo, Esq. | Last updated on

Want to make some money while attending college? You can start your own business. You can also try to be a (paid) intern. Or, thanks to recent changes in the law, you can make money from being an athlete.

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