Legal Talk 4.10.14: The Dangers of Trampolines

April 11, 2014 0 Comments

  On Legal Talk, we discussed the dangers of back yard trampolines. Take a minute and read the summary of the report from the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the report itself: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Advises-Against-Recreational-Trampoline-Use.aspx      

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Legal Talk 4.3.14: College Athlete Unions and Termination of Parental Rights

April 3, 2014 0 Comments

Just wanted to provide more information on some of the topics from Legal Talk today. Here is the link to the NLRB regional director’s ruling in the case involving the Northwestern University football players: http://www.espn.go.com/pdf/2014/0326/espn_uniondecision.PDF Here is a link to additional information regarding termination of parental rights: http://www.iowalegalaid.org/resource/questions-and-answers-about-terminating-paren?ref=liZ4F  

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Legal Talk 3.27.14: Frozen Pipes in a Rental Home

March 28, 2014 0 Comments

On Legal Talk yesterday, a viewer asked a question about what her options were if the pipes in her rental house were frozen.   If the rental property is considered “substantially impaired,” she can potentially terminate the rental agreement or, in the alternative,  can ask for a reduction in the rent until the pipes are unfrozen.  She […]

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Legal Talk: Will a criminal record prevent me from going to Canada?

March 25, 2014 0 Comments

On Legal Talk, a viewer asked a question regarding whether a conviction for drunk driving would prevent him from being allowed entry into Canada.  The answer is complicated.  A criminal record (including drunk driving) may be a basis for the Canadian government to prevent you from entering the country.  You may be able to obtain […]

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Legal Talk 3.20.14: Is your NCAA March Madness pool legal?

March 20, 2014 0 Comments

This morning we discussed the restrictions for NCAA basketball pools. In Iowa, the restrictions are found in Iowa Code Chapter 99B.12 Check out the link below for the full list of restrictions. Keep this in mind: (1) pools must be low stakes — less than $50 every 24 hours, (2) you must have a social […]

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Legal Talk 3.13.14: The Men of Atalissa

March 13, 2014 0 Comments

This morning we discussed the exploitation of a group of men who have been in the news since 2009.  They were contract employees for a Texas company and they lived in Atalissa, Iowa, while working at a local turkey plant.  Their story was front page news in Sunday’s New York Times and the Times also produced […]

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Legal Talk 3.6.14: Unlawful Use of Horn

March 6, 2014 0 Comments

On Legal Talk this morning, a viewer asked a question about honking your car horn.  She was at a stop sign and a driver honked at her.  It scared her and she wondered if the other driver could be ticketed.  The answer is maybe.  In Iowa, your horn is considered a warning device.   Your use of it […]

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Legal Talk 2.27.14: Unemployment Decisions from Iowa Workforce Development

March 3, 2014 0 Comments

On Legal Talk, we discussed a worker from Spirit Lake who was denied unemployment for using a forklift at work to get his Twix bar un-stuck in the vending machine. We know the details about what happened because the unemployment compensation decisions are public record. If you want to read about the Twix candy bar […]

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Legal Talk 2.20.14: Legal Movie Recommendations for the Blizzard

February 20, 2014 0 Comments

A viewer asked what my favorite “lawyer” movie was.  My favorite is “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch is perfect.  I also love “The Verdict” with Paul Newman, “Kramer v. Kramer” with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, and, of course, “Legally Blonde”!  Here is a list of the 25 greatest legal movies from the […]

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Legal Talk 2.13.14: Replevin Action

February 18, 2014 0 Comments

On Legal Talk, we answered a question regarding how a former boyfriend could get his high school yearbooks back from his former girlfriend. If the value of the property is under $5,000, a Replevin action could be filed in small claims court. Replevin is used when you want property returned and obtaining a money judgment […]

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The views expressed on this blog are the opinions of Karen Thalacker, not of KWWL nor its parent company, Quincy. This blog is not intended to be used as legal advice.