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A Push To Increase the Minimum Wage

Recently, the California state legislature announced it would raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.00 an hour. According to analysts, a $10.00 an hour minimum wage boosts workers’ earnings by $4,000.00 a year and will put $2.6 billion dollars back into the hands of those workers. That money is expected be spent at grocery stores, […]
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Yelp Reviewers Unmasked: Did Virginia Court Get It Wrong?

By Joseph A. White By now, you may have seen a headline or read an article about a Virginia appellate court’s recent decision to “unmask” certain anonymous Yelp reviewers. The decision, Yelp, Inc. v. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, Inc., has inspired much criticism and hand-wringing from technology bloggers, free speech advocates, and others. But those criticisms […]
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Why Experts Are Critical In Premises Liability Cases

By Scott L. Bonder Why is expert testimony critical in premises liability cases? Because, as a recent Georgia appellate court decision illustrates, a plaintiff must ultimately prove the existence of a defective condition, and an expert testimony is frequently required in order to do so. Hayes v. SNS P’ship, LP, A13A1698 (Ga. Ct. App. March […]
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Unmasking Anonymous Internet Posters

By David S. Fried Last month, my law partner, Joe White, asked whether a Virginia Court “got it wrong” when it ruled in favor of “unmasking” anonymous Yelp reviewers.  The trend is continuing and so is the debate over whether a Court’s action compelling such a disclosure violates the First Amendment right of free speech. […]
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Online Travel Companies Score Victory In Tax Fight With Georgia Cities And Counties

By Scott L. Bonder On December 13, 2013, the Eleventh Circuit awarded a significant victory to online travel companies (OTC’s) in their long-running dispute with Georgia cities and counties over “excess” occupancy taxes the OTC’s allegedly charged their customers.   In City of Rome v. Hotels.com, L.P., the Eleventh Circuit agreed with a lower court ruling […]
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