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It's all about disruption these days -- Uber disrupted the taxi industry; Airbnb disrupted the hotel industry; Facebook disrupted everyone's productivity at work. So what's the next industry ripe for disruption?

One company will tell you it's the world of private investigations, and considering the recent Hack That Shall Not Be Named, the demand for P.I. services may never have been higher. So is it a good thing (or even legal) to have private investigators at the touch of an app?

Thinking of getting a pet? Are cats and dogs too normal for you?

While many of us love kitties and puppies, some people want something a little bit more exotic, such as a gorilla, Chinese alligator, ploughshare tortoise, or hyacinth macaw. With the illegal animal smuggling industry worth an estimated $20 billion, second only to the illicit drug business, many people are getting their hands on exotic animals that they have no right to possess.

Is owning an exotic animal a crime?

A burglar smashed your living room window to break into your home. While he was in the process of taking your flat screen television off the wall, he steps on your kid's toy car and falls on his back, spraining it. The TV then falls on his face breaking his nose. To add insult to injury, the burglar is now suing you for his injuries!

Can a burglar really sue the homeowner for injuries during a break in?

Another juror bites the dust.

The original jury in Colorado shooter James Holmes' trial just keeps getting smaller and smaller as yet another is dismissed. Last week, we wrote about how three jurors were dismissed for improper discussion of outside information.

This week another juror was dismissed for possible bias.

The jury for James Holmes' capital murder trial in Colorado is now three members less.

The three jurors were dismissed after another juror turned them in to the judge for reading a tweet about the case and discussing that information among themselves.

Guess what day it is! It's Cinco De Mayo!

Here at FindLaw, we'll celebrate with a round-up of all our best Cinco de Mayo posts. As with so many public holidays in this country, the celebration starts out serious with a remembrance of Mexican heritage and independence and deteriorates to drinking, partying, and more drinking.

So, this round-up will do the same:

Everybody's got that story, overheard at a party or from a friend of a friend, of getting out of a ticket or beating a charge on some technicality. Or, you watched undercover cops on TV dance around the inevitable question.

We may want to think there might be some kind of "Get Out of Jail Free" card that can be used against the system, but most of them are myths. Here are five of the most persistent myths about criminal law.

George Zimmerman Arrested; Denies Throwing Bottle at Girlfriend

Just when you thought it was safe to be George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted of the 2013 shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is back in the news.

Zimmerman was arrested and jailed on Friday for aggravated assault after allegedly throwing a wine bottle toward his girlfriend -- an incident he denies. It was Zimmerman's third domestic violence-related incident since his acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case.

The holiday season has various traditional recipes and rituals attached to it, not least of which is holiday drinking.

Mulled wine, spiked cider, and of course eggnog play a large role in many holiday parties. But as you may learn, these drinks do not mix well with those who plan to drive.

Check out our take on these five alcoholic holiday drinks which might put you at risk for intoxicated driving:

Police are preparing to arrest Cinco de Mayo lawbreakers, and many are planning patrols and checkpoints to nab felonious fiesta-goers.

Luckily (or shall we say, afortunademente), there are many ways to avoid a Cinco de Mayo-related arrest. Here are siete (seven) legal tips you'll want to keep in mind: