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Most of us don't expect to get sued. So getting served with a complaint or other legal process documents can be a surprise. And once you read the complaint, your first thought is probably that the whole thing is baseless and doesn't even merit a response.

That can be a mistake.

As frivolous as a lawsuit may appear, not responding to one can have serious consequences. So, if you've been procrastinating on contacting a lawyer or filing a response to a lawsuit, you may want to do that ASAP.

When Do You Need Permission to Photobomb Someone?

At the recent Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, some crafty photographers were creating, in essence, photobombing situations. Actors would pose for photographers standing in front of them, but a strategically placed paid muse would stand at an angle, displaying a commercial product, while a coordinated photographer would take a photo with both the actor and the muse in the photo.

Some actors, including Jamie Lee Curtis, were understandably upset about this "free advertising" ploy, and took to Twitter to express their discontent and lack of permission. This brings up an interesting point about photobombing, which has become so prevalent with the advent of cell phone cameras. Do you need someone's permission to photobomb, or perhaps in this instance reverse-photobomb, their picture?

Judge Issues Restraining Order Against Sixth Grade Bully

In a tragic case of middle school bullying, a seventh grade boy was intimidated and assaulted by a larger sixth grade boy off the grounds of their school, Sleepy Hill Middle School, in Lakeland, Florida. To make matters worse, the sixth grade boy continued to stalk and bully the assault victim after the incident. Fortunately, Judge James Yancey of Polk County thought enough was enough, and issued a restraining order requiring the sixth grader to stay at least 50 feet away from his accuser for one year.

What to Do If Your Spouse Drinks and Drives

Marriage is complicated, and the two of you are intricately entwined, both spiritually and legally. Though it can be hard to control or even influence your spouse, if your spouse drinks and drives, you could be liable for their actions, the extent to which depends on the laws in your state.

If you can't talk any moral sense into your spouse about drinking and driving, consider talking dollars and cents. Learn how you can be liable and what you can do to protect yourself.

By some estimates, there are around 6 million car accidents every year, injuring some 3 million Americans. Many of those accidents are simple fender benders, and most are covered by insurance. But some can involve serious injuries, and insurance doesn't always compensate you for all the costs.

So, you might be considering filing an injury lawsuit, and you'll definitely need to tell your insurance company about the accident. But when is it too late to do either of those things?

Woman Sues Greyhound for Racial Profiling

Greyhound Bus Lines, historically a strong supporter of civil rights dating as far back as the 1960's Freedom Riders, is now the defendant in a state consumer protection lawsuit by a California customer over racial profiling and warrantless searches of its buses by border agents. Plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for all California residents, monetary damages for delays caused by the searches, and a court order to bar this practice in the future.

Felons Win Right to Vote in Florida

Florida voters passed Amendment 4 this week, restoring voting rights to certain felons after they have served their sentences, including prison terms, parole, and probationary periods. Those convicted of murder and sexual offenses will still be barred, under the former rule. In a state that has historically crowned victors by slim margins, this change could make a world of difference.

New Hampshire's Controversial Voting Registration Law Upheld

Midterm elections are heating up, absentee ballots are pouring in, and constitutional voting cases are on the docket. Is it the most wonderful time of the year or what?! Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, controversy stemming from a 2017 voting registration law recently came to a head.

SB3, a Republican-backed law, requires new registrants to present, or promise to present within 30 days after the election, documents proving residency status. Though the rule has been in effect for over a year, Democrats waited until the eleventh hour to challenge its constitutionality, claiming it could disenfranchise voters, especially students, the poor, and those that would be turned away by long lines at the polls.

Plaintiffs felt the new law would not curtail voter fraud. They asked the lower court to dismiss the new law and revert back to 2016 voter guidelines. The lower court agreed with plaintiffs and granted an injunction, and the defense appealed, filing an emergency motion to stay the lower court's order. Within four days, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously stayed the injunction. Thus, the New Hampshire midterms will conduct voting according to SB3.

Teacher Sued for Mocking Student Protesting Pledge of Allegiance

A 14-year-old student in Waterbury, Connecticut filed a federal lawsuit against her teacher and the school board for the teacher's mocking behavior, which started after she chose to sit for the Pledge of Allegiance to protest racial discrimination. The plaintiff is seeking not only an injunction to allow her to sit for the pledge, but also damages.

Protect Yourself From Liability This Halloween Night

Trick or treaters may be descending on your home in droves once the sun sets this Halloween. You may think you have your bases covered with candy and a lit Jack O' Lantern. But before you sit back on the sofa and wait for the doorbell to start ringing, think about protecting yourself from potential lawsuits by foreseeing possible dangers.