We continue our Friday round-up of what is newest, best and brightest at FindLaw.com. Below, you will find this week's offerings from various areas of FindLaw's unique content, including: core legal content, blogs, news and case law. Take a look at what's new:
- Judge Blocks Florida Law Requiring Welfare Drug Test: FindLaw's Decided looks at how a federal judge in Florida issued a temporary injunction blocking the enforcement of the state's welfare drug test law. The law mandates drug testing for those seeking state welfare. Persons who test positive are denied benefits. The plaintiff, a Navy veteran and university student, applied for aid so that he can care for his daughter. He refused to take the test, and was subsequently denied benefits. He then sued on Fourth Amendment grounds.
MA Foreclosure Sales in Doubt After Court Ruling: A ruling by the highest court in Massachusetts has possibly put thousands of the state's foreclosure sales in jeopardy. FindLaw's Law & Daily Life's looks at the case of Bevilacqua v. Rodriguez, where the court ruled that a bank must own a mortgage before it can foreclosure on a piece of property. Otherwise, when the bank later sells the property, it does not transfer title. As you can imagine, this is a big problem for those who took advantage of cheap prices at the height of the housing crisis. Foreclosure buyers may now face claims brought by original owners.
- Are High-Interest Payday Loans Legal?: Payday loans are often thought of as predatory and unfair, but the fact is that high-interest payday loans are legal. FindLaw's Common Law looks at how at least 33 states classify them as legal. Consumer protection groups have succeeded in limiting payday loan interest rates in 17 states and the District of Columbia. But only Georgia outlaws payday loans altogether. The other 33 states have exempted payday loans from "small loan" rate caps. This has led to annual interest rates (APR) well into the triple digits.
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- E-Discovery Certifications: Which One Is Right for You?: E-discovery represents a unique and constantly evolving intersection of technology and law. Many of today's e-discovery "experts" have acquired their knowledge through ad-hoc training methods such as CLE presentations, product training, seminars and conferences, along with real-world trial and error. Jonathan Wiley of iConect looks at this landscape in a new Law Technology article. Are you a legal professional looking to become certified? This article is great place to start.
-- Compiled by Adam Ramirez, FindLaw Audience Team