Monday, July 21, 2014

Tax Dos and Don'ts of hiring your child

Does your child work in your family business? Here's a tip: don't pay the wages in pizza if you want to pass muster with the IRS.

Article here. 

The story is based on a parent's attempt to deduct her children's wages as a business expense.

Employing your minor children is legal, as is deducting their pay as a business expense. But the judge found fault with the parent's method of paying her children, which was often not in cash. The decision says she used most of the children's wages to buy either meals, often of pizza, or tutoring services, things that a parent would
typically pay for.

This week in criminal (and Michigan) history: Hawley Crippen tries to escape murder charge in England

Hawley Crippen, a Michigan-born homeopath who became the first criminal caught using wireless telegraph, boarded a ship to escape the manhunt for him in England, on July 20, 1910.

He was accused of poisoning and dismembering his wife, a showgirl named Cora (a.k.a. Belle Elmore), then stuffing her down in the basement.
Article here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Law schools have smallest incoming classes since the 1970s; top schools and scorers buck trend.

Law schools admitted 39,675 first-year students last year, the smallest incoming class since the 1970s.

Article here. 

Bucking the trend are Harvard Law School and students who score high on the Law School Admission Test. More high-scoring students are applying to law school, and applications to Harvard’s law school are up significantly this year, according to the story.

Side effect of new marijuana laws: Denver rental car agencies now dumping ground for marijuana

Rental car workers at Denver International Airport say pot tourists are regularly leaving them with marijuana that travelers don’t want to try to carry through DIA.

Article here. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Judge tosses defamation suit brought by real-life "Kramer"

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

So ruled a New York judge who dismissed a defamation suit this week brought by the real-life inspiration for the oddball “Seinfeld” character Cosmo Kramer against a former writer for the classic sitcom.
It was the rare legal case that revolved around a “Seinfeld” catchphrase — specifically, the line “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Kenny Kramer, who runs a tour company that takes riders to various New York City sights popularized by the series, filed suit against comedian Fred Stoller over a book he published last year.

Article here. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Traverse City attorney charged with putting "hit" on another attorney.

Well-known northern Michigan defense attorney Clarence Gomery is being arraigned this morning on charges of soliciting the murder of another Traverse City attorney.

Article here. 

The next bar exam is only how many days away?

If you're studying, don't panic. You still have time to cram in some subject you are worried about, and do all that extra essay practice that's on your damned study schedule.

Since you need something to laugh about, though, here's an interview with a bar exam lecturer who's been at it --lecturing on Torts for Barbri, that is --  for 24 years.