LA Law News Digest – July 2015

7/14 – New state law prohibits local governments from fining residents who let their lawns go brown. Legislation passed a few months ago also prohibits homeowner associations from penalizing residents for brown lawns. 7/7 – Blue Shield has excessive surpluses, more than $4 Billion, and should be offering more affordable health coverage, says an audit by state tax officials. The audit was

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LA Law News Digest – June 2015

6/29 – California governor Jerry brown has signed into law legislation to require parents to vaccinate their children before sending them to public or private school or day-care. Currently, parents may be exempt from this requirement based on personal beliefs, but the new law would allow exemption ONLY for children who have a medical condition that makes vaccination risky. 6/21 – The

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Law News Digest – Week of May 24, 2015

5/26 Your Instagram photos may have just sold for $90k: A NY artist took Instagram photos without getting the owners’ permission, enlarged them, and added weird comments. They went up in an art exhibit and sold for $90,000 each! Generally you own the copyright to every photo you take, so did the artist infringe on Instagram users’ copyrights? Maybe not. The law allows you

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LA Law News Digest – May 2015

5/28 – California legislature is considering expanding MediCal (healthcare coverage for low income people) to people in the country illegally, and to those under age 19. 5/22 – California water regulators and farmers in Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta agree to plan for the farmers to reduce water use by 25%. 5/19 – L.A. City Council voted to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour

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2015 is the Year Chickens Finally Get to Spread Their Wings in California

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Thanks to a law taking effect January 1, farm animals in California will now get to live luxuriously. Well, not exactly. But farmers in our forward-thinking state must now give certain animals enough space to fully extend their limbs and turn around freely. Imagine that! The law mostly targets chickens, as many (if not most) farms have been keeping chickens in cages so small

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Don’t Post Nude Pics of Your Ex, Or You Could End Up in Jail Like Noe Iniguez

partially nude revenge porn

A Los Angeles man was recently convicted under California’s new “Revenge Porn” law. The law, which went into force in October 2013, makes it illegal to post or send out nude photos of someone who had allowed you to take them but where there was an understanding that they would remain private. (A law has already existed for awhile that makes

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