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The state of Alabama has never taken too kindly to the Supreme Court's rulings on civil rights. When the Court said the Constitution does not allow for racially segregated schools, then-Governor George Wallace blocked the doors of the University of Alabama. And now that the Court has ruled that the Constitution gives same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry, some Alabama judges are turned to segregation-era laws to avoid issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

This continues Alabama's long history of bristling at federal oversight of into its discriminatory laws, and while this may be disheartening for Alabama residents today, we have a good idea of how this will turn out tomorrow.

Kanye West is afraid that 3D printing will kill the shoe industry. Why is Kanye afraid? Maybe because adidas, who makes his Yeezy Boost 350 (which you can get on the second-hand market for a cool $1,000), said it's making a running show with 3D-printed materials. Now enterprising bootleggers might start printing their own Yeezys.

Kanye might be right to worry -- the laws against 3D printing are pretty lax. But there are a few things that are illegal to 3D print.

Child Protective Orders: What You Need to Know

A child protective order is issued by a court to shield a child from contact with an abuser or other dangerous person. The child does not need to be the direct victim of abuse to qualify for protection.

A child protective order is a court order. The specifics of the law -- and even what the orders are called -- vary from state to state. By issuing the order, the court's intent is to regulate contact between parties who can no longer do so on their own.

Maybe it's the "gig economy." Or maybe it's employers trying to avoid paying benefits or taxes. Either way, more and more people are working as independent contractors these days.

While it's great that workers can take advantage of more flexible employment designations, what happens when employers try to take advantage of their independent contractors? Many contractors don't know what they're entitled to when it comes to employment agreements, work decisions, and wage and tax responsibilities.

Can I Airbnb My Apartment?

You want to rent out your rental apartment or home on Airbnb. Can you do it? Well, it depends.

There are many factors that go into this answer and, ultimately, you do so at your own risk. Here are some things to consider and to research when deciding:

    4 Things to Know About Flu Shots and Work

    Flu season is upon us and it is time to talk shots. Whether you are for or against influenza vaccinations, you probably have a position. Neutrality does not seem to be an option when it comes to this topic.

    Here are four basics about flu shots and employment to make the decision that will work for you this winter.

    California will become the fifth state to allow physician-assisted suicide after Governor Jerry Brown signed the "End of Life Option Act" yesterday. The law, which will take effect sometime next year, will permit physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients.

    Despite legal protections in place to prohibit misuse of the law, some remain opposed to any aid in death or dying.

    October 5 is World Teachers' Day, and we're celebrating our favorite educators by taking a look at the rights of teachers in public schools.

    From discrimination and academic freedom to union membership and collective bargaining, teachers occupy a unique place, both professionally and legally.

    Do Landlords Have to Allow Service Dogs or Assistance Animals?

    Your landlord must make reasonable accommodations for an assistance animal or service dog under the Fair Housing Act. For the purposes of the FHA, any animal that serves a person's disability is an assistance animal.

    The Fair Housing Act definition is much less restrictive than the one for service animals in the context of the American with Disabilities Act. The ADA governs accommodations to disabilities in the public context -- work, government buildings, etc. -- while the FHA governs the housing context. The allowances for assistance animals in the FHA apply to public housing as well.

    Hospitals perform all kinds of tests in order to provide necessary medical care. And in some cases, it may be necessary to know what's in a patient's bloodstream before knowing the proper course of treatment.

    But what if patients don't consent to a drug test? Or don't even know they're being tested? And are there ethical or legal considerations when turning the results of these drug tests over to police?