Category Archives: Legal

What are some Supreme Court original cases?

Two kinds of cases are put before the Supreme Court: appeals from the appeals court and original jurisdiction cases.  Original jurisdiction cases are usually between states. There haven’t been that many. Its Wikipedia page only lists about 27 cases. A lot of cases were over border disputes: New Hampshire v. Maine, Florida v. Georgia, Maryland v. West Virginia, New… Read More »

Has a company ever retreated from a market rather than adapt their product or service to legal demands?

Google When Google entered China, they filtered the Internet as they were required to by the government. After they were hacked by the Chinese government, they withdrew from China and forwarded all requests to their Hong Kong mirror which served unfiltered search results. Uber & Lyft Austin, Texas implemented new legislation to more securely screen drivers… Read More »

What happened to the County Clerk that was denying marriage licenses to gay people?

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right. Shortly thereafter, there was a controversy regarding a County Clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky. She refused to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, citing religious beliefs, and was ultimately jailed for contempt of court. She was released five days later and… Read More »

What loophole is Trump taking advantage of on his 1995 tax return?

On October 2, 2016, the New York Times published a story about how Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reported a nearly billion dollar loss in 1995. The total net losses reported to the IRS in 1995 was nearly fifty billion dollars so Trump’s losses represent 2% of of the sum total for that year. This was picked… Read More »