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Can Your Employer Require a COVID Vaccine?

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The coronavirus pandemic has had an undeniable impact on almost every facet of life, both in the country and around the globe. The good news is – things are changing for the better, with the COVID-19 vaccine promising to restore some semblance of normalcy in everyday life. As great as that prospect may be, many people are still skeptical about …

Is Cryptocurrency Safe

Is Cryptocurrency Safe – Are There Any Legal Protections?

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In a May 2021 press release, the US Treasury Department announced that it had put in place various measures to crack down on fraudulent cryptocurrency transactions. It stated that it would now require individuals or business entities transferring $10,000 or more worth of crypto assets to report those transactions to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). According to the US Treasury, …

Winter storm causes millions of Texas residents to go without gas or electricity

What Is ERCOT – The Texas Power Grid Explained

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ERCOT has come under fire in recent months for the mass power outage experienced in several parts of Texas earlier in the year. According to the grid operator, this widespread outage was attributed to a surge in demand for electricity that resulted from the extreme weather conditions witnessed in the weeks leading up to the blackouts. What is ERCOT, and …

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Worst Industrial Accidents in Texas

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They say everything’s bigger in Texas – and with good reason. The Lone Star state is the second-largest in the country after Alaska, and with a resident population of roughly 29 million, it also happens to be the second most populous state in the nation. Boasting a GDP of $1.7 trillion, Texas has one of the most advanced economies in …

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What Is HIPAA Law?

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Several federal laws govern health insurance. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) happens to be one of them. The Act provides a wide range of protections to millions of workers in the US who have some type of underlying health condition that exposes them to the risk of discrimination, limitation, or exclusion in group health coverage. More often …

How Did the Colonial Pipeline Get Hacked and Who’s Next?

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On April 29, 2021, hackers gained access to the Colonial Pipeline Co. IT network. The security breach, which took down the country’s largest fuel pipeline, caused widespread gas shortages across the East Coast. The cause: a single compromised password. How did the Colonial pipeline get hacked, and could it happen again? Here’s everything you need to know. Who Owns Colonial …

What Is Wire Fraud

What Is Wire Fraud?

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Wire fraud is one of the most common crimes federal authorities prosecute on a day-to-day basis. It involves a carefully woven scheme to defraud an unsuspecting victim of money or property. A criminal will typically employ some means of deceit or deception to lure the victim through concealment, misrepresentation, or a series of false statements. It is a serious crime …

Who Is at Fault in a Pedestrian Accident

Who Is at Fault in a Pedestrian Accident?

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According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatal road crashes in 2019 involving pedestrians was 6,205, down from the previous year’s 6,374 fatalities. While this may appear to be a slight improvement, the truth is, those numbers are still quite high, pointing to the very real possibility of being involved in a pedestrian accident. …

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Facebook Lawsuit – A New Precedent in Privacy Laws

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On February 26, 2021, Facebook was ordered to pay $650 million for violating Illinois State privacy laws. More than 1.6 million state residents are expected to receive at least $345 each in a ruling made at a California federal court in the settlement. The cumulative settlement amount was $100 million more than what Facebook had initially proposed in 2020. According …

Sue an Airline for a Plane Crash

Can You Sue an Airline for a Plane Crash

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A plane crash can be gruesome and devastating. In most cases, it results in fatalities. If there are survivors, they’re left with life-altering injuries that, more often than not, result in permanent disability. Not to mention the extensive damage to property an airplane accident causes. Then, there’s the aftermath.  Determining what caused the crash and who is to blame. It …