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By Shaun Flanagan Editors Note: This article originally appeared in Inside Sources COVID-19, and the choices made to contain it, have impacted communities across the United States and highlighted the holistic nature of prosperity, testing America’s institutional, economic, and social resilience. While the American Rescue Plan is designed to tackle the immediate crisis, the newly published 2021 United States Prosperity Index also reveals the U.S. was facing a number of significant institutional and social challenges that were already acting as a brake on prosperity before the pandemic hit. It is vital that these are addressed alongside the direct and indirect impacts of Covid…

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By Aron Solomon Sometime within the next eighteen months, it could be theoretically possible that Britney Spears will be delivering one of her now-famous judicial soliloquies about her 13-year conservatorship ordeal in front of the Supreme Court of the United States. But while this is possible, from the legal perspective, it is highly unlikely even if where we are today is further along the continuum of the Britney Spears toxic conservatorship than we ever have been. The Hon. Brenda Penny, a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California, is overseeing Ms. Spears’ case. Just last week Judge…

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By Aron Solomon Editors Note: This article originally appeared in Inside Sources The most important and high-profile case the U.S. Supreme Court will hear in the upcoming 2021-2022 term that begins in October revisits Roe v. Wade. There’s no way to overstate how important Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is, as this case has the potential to fundamentally rewrite the law of the land regarding abortion. Aside from Dobbs, which I examine in more detail here, there are several other key cases to watch. In CVS Pharmacy, Inc. v. Doe, HIV-AIDS patients are suing CVS pharmacies that provide them with HIV medication.…

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By Aron Solomon While social media is abuzz with fake news about a new trial for the person/persona known as Joe Exotic, the reality is that he – Joseph Maldonado-Passage – will simply be re-sentenced for his murder-for-hire conviction. In United States v. Maldonado-Passage, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit was asked to consider the claim of the appellant, Mr. Maldonado-Passage, who disputed his murder-for-hire convictions. From the opinion of the court, written by Judge Phillips: “…arguing that the district court erred by allowing Baskin, a listed government witness, to attend the entire trial proceedings. He…

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By Aron Solomon The legal concept of conservatorship is admittedly not something that often comes across anyone’s social media screens. That all changed when Britney Spears, once arguably the most famous celebrity in the world, bravely spoke out in court in June about what she characterized as a profoundly toxic conservatorship. So what is she fighting against? What exactly is a conservatorship? At its core, a conservatorship is simply a way for someone to assume legal guardianship over an adult, which is exactly the toxic “poison paradise,” to quote her song, she has been under since 2008. Poison paradise is…

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In the latest episode of Brandi Glanville Unfiltered, Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Brandi Glanville brings in Legal Analyst Aron Solomon to talk all things conservatorship! How do we #freebrittney? Is it even possible? Aron has the answers! Tune in now! https://open.spotify.com/episode/1Fg4H3SrwwbLFH5MAJD3tD?si=1TEQ4cF8RjOSXWBI6NL3rQ&dl_branch=1&nd=1

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By Aron Solomon A class action is something that we have all heard about but probably only know a bit about. The goal of this article is to have you leave as a class action expert – okay, at least no longer a novice. This is really what a class action is: It’s a lawsuit filed by a group of people (a class) against one defendant. The reason a group would file a class action is because all of the members of the class claim to have suffered a similar “injury,” which doesn’t need to be a physical one. Class…

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By Llewellyn King Editors Note: This article originally appeared in Inside Sources In this, the Information Age, truth was supposed to be the great product of the times. Spread at the speed of light, and majestically transparent, the world of irrefutable truth was supposed to be available at the click of a key. The internet was to be like “Guinness World Records,” conceived by Sir Hugh Beaver, managing director of the Guinness Brewery, when he missed a shot while bird hunting in Ireland in 1951. This resulted in an argument between him and his hosts about the fastest game bird in…

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By Aron Solomon Editors Note: This article originally appeared in Inside Sources California has some of the most expensive rent in the nation. In its major cities, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, rents pierced the $3,000 level before the global pandemic hit. As a response to the pandemic, back in March 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed the nation’s first statewide shutdown. Along with that, he placed a moratorium on evictions. Landlords were allowed to use the program to collect aid equivalent to 80 percent of the rent if they agreed to forgive the final 20 percent. But this was…

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