Perils of Running a Business From Home

Many people who have lost their jobs during the current recession have started a home-based business.  A US News & World Report article describes “How the IRS and local governments can make life difficult for home-based entrepreneurs.”

Photo Radar & Arizona Law

The Phoenix New Times has two excellent articles and lengthy stories on photo radars, speed cameras and Arizona law.  The articles are titled “Arizona Photo Enforcement Ticket: How to Beat It and Keep Your Conscience Clear and “Gotcha!.”

People ask us all the time: What can I do about that nasty photo radar ticket I got in the mail?  The answer: Nothing.  Literally. Chuck it in the trash.  It’s perfectly ethical — just look at the ticket’s fine print. You see, for photo enforcement citations to be valid, the state Supreme Court rules say it has to be properly served to you. And the U.S. Mail won’t cut it. So, the ticket asks you to sign a waiver of your right to proper service and mail it back to the authorities.

Junk Faxer to Pay $2.9 Million

There is a federal law called the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 that prohibits sending commercial faxes to somebody with whom the sender does not have a relationship with or permission to send the fax.  The penalty is $500/fax or $1,500/fax if the fax was sent intentionally.  Law.com‘s story entitled “In $2.9 Million ‘Blast Fax’ Settlement, Plaintiffs Get Coupons and Lawyers Get Cash” says

Business service and supply giant Pitney Bowes has agreed to settle a “blast fax” class action by giving $26 coupons to plaintiffs for each week they received an unwanted fax — and $950,000 to the lawyers for the class.

As usual with class action lawsuits, the lawyers get rich and the members of the class get something that isn’t worth the time it takes to fill out the claim form.

See my articles and information on this topic at “Junk Fax Law – the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.”  See also the Arizona junk fax class action ESI Ergonomic Solutions, L.L.C., v. United Artists Theatre Circuit, Inc., & American Blast Fax, Inc., filed by my neighbor Chris LaVoy.

What Inspired Me to Go to Law School Video Winner

A nonprofit graduate loan company called The Access Group sponsored a video contest for law students with a prize of $10,000 for the student who made the best video on the topic “What Inspired Me to Go to Law School.”  Celebrity judges viewed 113 entries and picked Branigan Robertson’s (Chapman law school) video as the winner.

The winners of $1,500 law school scholarships were

Maricopa County Attorney Seeks to Stop Waivers

Arizona Republic:  “Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has asked a Superior Court judge to stop county management from forcing his attorneys to sign temporary waivers that would effectively have them report to the county manager instead of to Thomas.  The move is the latest salvo in a battle over who handles the county’s legal business.”

Arizona Bar Owners Embrace New Gun Bill

Greg Patterson of Expresso Pundit is critical of an article in the Arizona Republic that claimed Arizona bar owners are beating the door down to ban people with concealed carry weapons permits from bringing their guns into bars.  Greg says

. . . over 98% of bar owners have elected not to post signs.  Wow, considering how much bad play the media gave this bill, it’s amazing that bar owners have embraced it so thoroughly.

Buckeye Pays $17,000 to Settle Lawsuit

The town of Buckeye agreed to pay $17,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a local mortgage broker who alleged that Buckeye police officers falsely imprisoned, unlawfully arrested and defamed him.  No charges were filed after police arrested Stanley Lund in November of 2007 and publicly accused him of sexually assaulting a woman at a Christmas party at his home two years earlier.

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