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Money & the Law

Money & the Law intersect in many interesting and often controversial ways. Check out the Money & the Law channel to see what happens when these two powerful forces cooperate or collide.

How Copyrights Work

Copyrights are the one of the only forms of intellectual property that have historical basis in the Constitution. All other forms rely on common or statutory law for enforcement. Learn how they work.

Do Taxi Drivers Overcharge Business Travelers? One Study Investigates

A new study examined the morality of cab drivers — in Athens, Greece — when dealing with business travelers. See more »

Can You Buy Your Own Debt for Pennies on the Dollar?

John Oliver paid off medical debt for 9,000 Americans. But could you buy your own debt on the cheap? See more »

Would legalization make marijuana cheaper?

One of the subjects that comes into play when people discuss the legalization of marijuana is the cost. How will the law impact the economics of marijuana? See more »

How can the U.S. government sue a business?

Every now and then we read about the government going after a corporation for some crime. How do they decide who to prosecute and why? See more »

Your home is in dire need of renovations, and you would like to apply for a federal home improvement grant. Learn about how to apply for a federal home improvement grant in this article. See more »

It's sometimes necessary to get power of attorney. Learn about how to get power of attorney in this article. See more »

You'd like to present your facts to the court in a legal document, but don't know how to write an affidavit. Learn about how to write an affidavit in this article. See more »

It could be useful to find out if there is an active arrest warrant against you. Learn in this article how to find out if you have a warrant. See more »

If you have a product or service and want to use a catchy phrase to attract customers, it's a good idea to learn how to trademark the phrase. Read this article to learn how to trademark a phrase. See more »

How Class Action Lawsuits Work

Everyone loves the underdog -- until the underdog fights back, that is. But what happens when a bunch of them decide to take on the big Kahuna? In the legal world, that's what happens when a class action lawsuit is filed. See more »