Retiree Files Class-Action Lawsuit After His $82,000 Life Savings Seized in Pittsburgh, PA

A retiree and his daughter filed a lawsuit against two government agencies in Pittsburg in January 2020 after his cash was allegedly confiscated at the airport using civil asset forfeiture. The plaintiffs sued the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). According to the suit, the retiree kept his money at home […]

Special Needs Estate Planning: Basic Strategies and Tactics

Families with children with disabilities need to take extra precautions in their estate planning.  This is true regardless of whether the child with special needs is a minor or is now an adult – especially if they will one day need to collect any public benefits like Medicaid or SSI.  The details will depend greatly … Continued

2021 Estate Planning Survey Yields Surprising Results

Passing away is one of the sure things of life, but most people have done nothing to prepare for this inevitable event. How significant is the lack of preparedness? Caring.com endeavors to answer this question each year when they conduct their annual surveys, and the 2021 results have been released. Good News and Bad News … Continued

3 Key Steps to Take Before Hiring an In-Home Caregiver

Many a well-intentioned family member has taken on the responsibility of caring for an aging parent only to realize that they’ve committed to more than they can handle on their own. And many more people will need to step into a caregiver role in the coming years. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the population … Continued

Supreme Court Developments in Intellectual Property Law

The past year has brought with it many changes, and the tumultuous realm of intellectual property law is no exception. From a pair of holdings that made copyright claims more difficult when the government is involved on either side to an anticipated reexamination of an old doctrine of patent law, the pandemic has not prevented … Continued

Four Things You Should Know About Probate

Probate is a legal process that is necessary when you transfer assets through the terms of a will. In New York, the Surrogate’s Court has jurisdiction over estate matters. This court also provides supervision when someone passes away without any estate planning documents at all. It should be noted that there is a simplified probate … Continued

Colorado Introduces a Comprehensive Consumer Privacy Bill

Colorado recently became the latest state to consider a comprehensive consumer privacy law.  On March 19, 2021, Colorado State Senators Rodriguez and Lundeen introduced SB 21-190, entitled “an Act Concerning additional protection of data relating to personal privacy”. Following California’s bold example of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) effective since January 2020, Virginia recently … Continued

NCAA Calls a Hard Foul on VASECTOMY MADNESS Trademark Registration

The National Collegiate Athletic Association, better known as the NCAA, filed a petition before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel a trademark registration for the mark “VASECTOMY MADNESS” (U.S. Reg. No.: 6143370) in connection with “Physician services; medical services, namely, treatment services in urology for adults; medical evaluation services, namely, functional assessment program … Continued

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: Filing Process/How Savage Villoch Law, PLLC Can Help You

Filling a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy petition can be complex, but the attorneys at Savage Villoch Law, PLLC are equipped to ease the burden and guide you through the process with care. As we’ve previously covered in our chapter 7 bankruptcy blog series, determining chapter 7 eligibility can be complicated in itself, as can properly balancing … Continued

San Diego County Uses Asset Forfeiture to Confiscate Dispensary Products

Last Friday, the sheriff’s office in San Diego confiscated large amounts of marijuana and marijuana products from an allegedly illegal marijuana dispensary using asset forfeiture. In the early morning hours last Friday, the sheriff’s office searched and seized about 100 pounds of marijuana and other drug products at a store on 3000 Oro Street in El […]

No Joke: Thomas’ Upsizes Its English Muffins

This story is just in time for April Fools’ Day… but it’s no joke. It is very rare in the food industry to find a product that has been upsized rather than downsized. But Thomas’ English Muffins recently made their packages a tiny bit larger, going from 12 to 13 ounces for six muffins. *MOUSE … Continued

Motorist in Camden, New Jersey Fights For His Car and Money

In January of this year, a man was subjected to a search and seizure while driving in Camden County, New Jersey. His car was seized by the authorities along with money he had in a bag inside the vehicle that amounted to $43,000. The driver is now suing the Camden County Police Department to get […]

Halloween Party Turns Scary for State in New Court Decision: Appellate Court Says Employer May Be Held Liable for Off-Duty, Off-Premises Sexual Harassment Claims

Can an employer be held liable for sexual misconduct at a private party that takes place after an employer-sponsored holiday party?  A recent Tennessee Court of Appeals case appears to say “yes” and thereby presents a new concern for employers considering employer-sponsored events. In Phelps v. State, an employee sued her employer, the State of … Continued

New York Considering Dramatic Expansion of Consumer Privacy Rights

In 2018, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), which provides for an expansive array of privacy rights and obligations, was enacted.  At the time, it was reasonable to wonder whether California’s bold example would catalyze similar activity in other states.  It’s clear now that it has.   Virginia recently passed its own robust privacy law, the … Continued

Does the Workers’ Compensation Act Bar BIPA Claims? Illinois Supreme Court Will Weigh In

The Illinois Supreme Court recently agreed to hear an appeal of an Appellate Court’s decision addressing whether an employee’s claim for damages under Illinois’s Biometric Information Protection Act is preempted by the exclusivity provisions of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (“IWCA”). Back in September, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First Judicial District held that employees’ BIPA … Continued

A Rare Case of Civil Asset Forfeiture in California Involves a Giraffe

Malibu Wine Safaris’ famous giraffe named Stanley is at the center of a civil asset forfeiture battle among other legal proceedings. Stanley gained fame for appearing in the third installment of the movie franchise, “The Hangover,” and his photos with different celebrities. Since 2015, Stanley has been owned by Ron Semler, the son of the […]

Is There an Inheritance Tax and an Estate Tax?

There can be some confusion when it comes to the taxes that can be levied on inheritances. You may have heard the terms “estate tax” and “inheritance tax” utilized, and they can leave you scratching your head. Are these two different taxes, or are the terms used interchangeably? Do they refer to income taxes on … Continued