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Real life infringement into a virtual world

Released in 2003, Second Life allows users to reside in an online virtual world. The escapism allows them to interact with their fellow avatars as they explore many locations and gather countless objects. Whether they socialize or trade virtual property with each other, Linden Labs insists that their creation is not a game.

A prominent bank returning to the well of controversy

Wells Fargo has been in a continuing state of damage control since unethical account opening practices garnered attention in 2013. The Los Angeles Times uncovered an aggressive sales culture that undermined employee morale and resulted in unethical tactics, customer complaints and labor lawsuits.

A man dragged down an aisle. An image dragged through the mud.

Overbooking is a common trend for businesses in the travel industry. In the pursuit of maximizing capacities, hotels and airlines anticipate “no-shows,” and use complex algorithms to account for any shortfalls.

First Lady settles lawsuit with Maryland blogger

Maryland has made national news for a serious business lawsuit. Melania Trump, the current First Lady of the United States of America, has just settled a defamation lawsuit against a Maryland-based blogger. The defendant of the pending lawsuit settled shortly after a judge refused to throw out the lawsuit and the details are still undisclosed about the financial penalties. The blogger in this case, Webster Tarpley, chose to settle the lawsuit out of court for what lawyers are calling a "substantial sum" instead of taking the case through the courts. He likely did so on the advice of his attorney.

Give me an "L"... for lawsuit

Football has many traditions, its most high profile being the Super Bowl. Fans fill the stadium and people around the world gather around their televisions to watch the annual NFC vs. AFC clash. For the diehard football fan, it will be their last chance for the season to cheer on their team.

Facebook’s quest for a new reality

As Facebook has become a shared reality for users worldwide to communicate with friends and family, the company is about to enter a new era: virtual reality. However, the transition to the growingly sophisticated, fully immersive technology has been anything but smooth.

Court rules Obama's salaried worker overtime policy went too far

Although the Labor Department says it followed the comprehensive administrative rulemaking process required by law when implementing President Obama's executive order, a federal judge has ruled that the administration's overtime policy for salaried workers unlawful.

Did the big banks and credit card companies collude on ATM fees?

When you grab some quick cash from an ATM, you expect to pay a fee. The size of that fee depends on whether the ATM is operated by your banking network or by a competitor. When you use a competing network, both that network and your own bank can charge you a fee. Of course, you might not have to pay any fee for money withdrawn from their own bank's ATMs. Are those rules clear enough?

Blood testing firm Theranos faces suits by Walgreens, Partner Fund

Theranos was once considered a superstar startup in Silicon Valley, attracting a number of hotshot venture capitalists to its board. Founded in 2003 by Elizabeth Holmes, the company's mission was to develop a solution for quick blood testing that required only a drop or two of blood. The idea was great, and that, along with all the attention and board expertise, got the company a valuation of around $9 billion.

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