What’s the Big Deal with the Hobby Lobby Case? Part II

Yesterday, I covered the majority opinion in the highly political and polarizing Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case that came down on Monday. When a decision is split 5-4, you know that it will likely ruffle some feathers. In Hobby Lobby, four justices dissented, including all of the female justices. Justice Ginsburg wrote the primary dissenting […]

What’s the Big Deal with the Hobby Lobby Case? Part I

If you’ve been following the news, or your Facebook or Twitter feed at all in the last 24 hours, you’ve likely been bombarded by stories and posts (and rants) praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case or declaring it to be the end of the world. Needless to say, you probably […]

James Frederick Peetz — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

In December 1987, James Frederick Peetz of Beaverton Oregon registered as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America with Cub Scout Pack 763 in Beaverton, Oregon. Four months later, his registration was suspended when James Frederick Peetz pleaded guilty and was convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree. In May 1988, the name […]

Are Your Workers Employees or Independent Contractors? The Answer May Surprise You!

Owning a business is the American dream. It allows for independence, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. However, a lot of responsibility comes with that dream, including being current with the laws and regulations — both state and federal — that govern your relationships with your workers. One of the most common issues employers face is the […]

New Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations Passes Both House and Senate in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate have passed a bill that will provide more time for sexual abuse survivors to hold their abusers accountable in a civil court of law. The bill is expected to be signed by the Governor. Under the new law, any child 18 or younger who is abused after […]

What is Child Sexual Abuse?

Child sexual abuse can range from the sexual exploitation and “sexualizing” of a child, to fondling and sexual intercourse, to child pornography and sex trafficking. It is often connected with physical and psychological abuse. Most often, children do not tell anyone about the abuse for years or even decades. If you or someone you care […]

Five Tips for Suing Your Abuser

If you are considering bringing a lawsuit against the person who molested you as a child, the attorneys at the Dumas Law Group can help. Below is a list of five things you should keep in mind when making your decision: 1. Use a Pseudonym Most courts will allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to […]

William Tobiassen — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

In 1983, William Tobiassen, a life insurance agent in Corvallis, Oregon, was honored with the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts, the highest award given to an adult volunteer at the Council level. The award was in honor of his 21 years of work with the Boy Scouts, including ten years with Troop 186 […]

Oregon Grocery Stores Delay Efforts to Sell Hard Liquor

When I first moved to San Francisco from Oregon, I came home with a bottle of liquor every time I went grocery shopping. My husband eventually noticed and asked me why? Simple – BECAUSE I COULD. Unlike in Oregon, Californians can buy booze at the grocery store instead of having to make separate trips to […]

Franklin Mathias — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

In 1986, Franklin Mathias was recognized as “Scouter of the Year” for the Eastern Oregon District. Less than a year later, the Mormon Church that sponsored Troop 513 in LaGrande, Oregon, kicked Mathias out of Scouting after years of volunteering, because the state police were investigating Mathias. He was arrested three months later on 9 […]

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