Category Archives: Trending Legal Topics


U.S. Supreme Court rules to Protect Privacy Rights with Smart Phone Searches

Trisha Barita June 25, 2014

On the issue of privacy, there is always a balance to be struck between what sacrifice must be made in order to continue to maintain and protect our right to privacy.  The U.S. Supreme Court expressed an opinion today that law enforcement’s ability to search through cell phones they obtain during an arrest is not… Continue Reading »


Corporate Disaster? – Taco Bell Employee Licking Taco Shells

Trisha Barita June 5, 2013

First off, I love tacos and they are a Texas staple that can be found all over from the taqueria stands, fancy food trucks to the tons of Tex-Mex Restaurants. That being said, it’s a bad week for taco shells.  Taco Bell is in the news for the alleged Taco Bell taco shells that were photographed being licked by… Continue Reading »


Hot Rods, Loud Noise and Event Thrills – Risk of Liability?

Carol Keough April 30, 2013

While I was sitting at the Spring Nationals of the National Hot Rod Association ( NHRA) at the Purple Raceway in Baytown Texas, I wondered as the cars revved up their engines to extremely high decibals who has liability for potential hearing injury to the 200,000 spectators, many of whom appeared to be oblivious to… Continue Reading »


Legal Casino Gambling in Texas?

Trisha Barita April 12, 2013

The news this past week on the Texas gambling movement is that the Texas legislature will potentially revist the issue of gambling in Texas.   I have been hearing about gambling in Texas since the day I was born.  There is always a rumor here or there that it might happen and then nothing happens.  So I,… Continue Reading »


Marijuana Invading your Employment Law Policies?

Trisha Barita April 5, 2013

A new survey released by the Pew Institute shows that for the first time in four decades of polling, the majority of Americans (52%) are in favor of legalizing the use of marijuana.  As of the writing of this article, eighteen states have legalized some form of pot as shown in Rolling Stone’s Nifty Pot Map of the… Continue Reading »


CVS Employee Policy – Weigh In or Pay Monthly Fine

Trisha Barita March 26, 2013

Employer CVS’s new policy for its employees using the company health insurance is that they see a physician for a health screening disclosing their weight, height, BMI and other health info or face a $50/monthly penalty ($600/year).  Although wellness programs have been around for awhile, this sheds new light on how an employer is using a penalty to… Continue Reading »


Employer’s Nondelegable Duty to Provide Safe Workplace

Trisha Barita February 22, 2013

After hearing the story about Carnival’s stranded cruise liner last week in the Gulf of Mexico, I thought about the many employees aboard the ship that worked probably overtime and in difficult conditions to aid in the ship’s voyage back to America. From my understanding, the employees of a cruise ship generally have the quarters… Continue Reading »


League City Voted Yes to Refuse to Enforce Federal Gun Laws

Trisha Barita February 13, 2013

While Obama gave his State of the Union Address last night highlighting his stance on gun control, I witnessed a very different stance on gun control at a Council meeting in League City, Texas.  I was there to deal with a contract matter before the council, but did witness a room full of supporters for City Councilwoman Heidi Thiess’s resolution… Continue Reading »


NFL Sued for Wrongful Death by Junior Seau’s Family

Trisha Barita January 24, 2013

As we all wait in anticipation to see the million dollar commercials and whether the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers will take home the ultimate NFL prize, the NFL is getting some press for a different reason that is much less pleasant.  On January 23, 2013, Junior Seau’s family and estate sued the NFL… Continue Reading »


Lance Armstrong’s Potential Legal Woes From Oprah Interview

Trisha Barita January 18, 2013

Watching Lance Armstrong’s interview tonight was somewhat shocking even though many of us had already heard that it would be some type of confession.  He flat out admitted to doping during pre-2005 cycling races and Tour de France races.  This must come as some validation to the governing body of cycling named the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) who stripped Lance of… Continue Reading »

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