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August 2014 Archives

New at FindLaw: ERISA Explained

No, ERISA isn't the name of that girl from high school you can't remember, it's the legal unpinning for employee benefits and retirement. And FindLaw knows all about her.

If you want to educate yourself on ERISA's reporting requirements, penalties for ERISA violators, or how ERISA, a federal law, meshes with state law protections, FindLaw's Learn About the Law section is the place to go.

Here's a quick preview of some of our newest ERISA content:

Illicit drugs have been part of human civilization since the beginning, although government policies and public perceptions tend to change quite regularly. It wasn't that long ago when doctors regularly prescribed cocaine and heroin as wonder drugs for a whole host of maladies, as trumpeted by an 1884 New York Times article: "The new uses to which cocaine has been applied with success ... include hayfever, catarrh [excessive mucus buildup], and toothache."

That may seem absurd now, but are we really that much more enlightened today? U.S. laws have tried to control drugs ever since the Prohibition movement mobilized in the late 19th century, with mixed results. FindLaw's Drug Charges section not only helps non-lawyers understand these laws, but provides essential historical context as well.

Today's Insider introduces three recent FindLaw articles about the sweeping drug enforcement changes of the 1970s and how they continue to shape drug policies today. Take a look at what's new:

FindLaw's 'Legal Shark Week II': Tips, Types, and Musical Tunes

You may have noticed that it is the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week. You may have even cared. You may have also heard lawyers referred to as "sharks" once or twice in the 1950s. (Today, we use much less polite terms for attorneys, like ambulance chaser, shyster, or other things that aren't fit to print.)

Ladies and gents of the legal professional persuasion: We present to you FindLaw's "Legal Shark Week II," which wraps up today. What do our legal blog posts have to do with the Discovery Channel? Not a darn thing. But hey, it's a fun theme for blogging.

Take a look at what you may have missed:

Check Out FindLaw's Legal Back-to-School 'Cheatsheets'

As summer wanes and the days become shorter, kids and parents alike may dread the opening rites of back-to-school season: the registrations, the school-supply shopping, and a forest's worth of legal forms to sign.

While we here at FindLaw.com can't help you decide whether you need college-ruled or wide-ruled notebooks, we've done all your homework on important back-to-school legal issues.

Consider us your legal "cheatsheet" for going back to school. Here are some highlights from FindLaw.com that you may find particularly helpful: