During the boom, most mortgages were sold at least once. In the rush to turn them over quickly, many of the new lenders did not get the proper paperwork to show they own the note. This is the key to the "Produce-the-Note" strategy.
Two weeks ago, the House sent the president the "Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act," creating a cabinet-level copyright czar charged with implementing a nationwide plan to combat piracy and "report directly to the preside
A car owner comes up with an innovative solution regarding a ridiculous parking citation issued by a commercial company called Arizona Parking Solutions. Madness & mayhem ensue...
The United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by a dozen New York City property owners and tenants whose homes and businesses are scheduled to be taken over by the government and demolished to make way for the $4 billion Atlantic Yards p
I had written a column about how old Edith had refused to leave her tiny home in a filthy, industrial Ballard neighborhood, saying "no" to a nearly million-dollar buyout offer from a developer.Her house was valued as a worthless tear-down b
"The Canadian government is secretly negotiating to join the US and the EU in an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The agreement would give border guards the power to search iPods and cellphones for illegal downloads, as well as to force ISPs
U.S. District Court Judge Neil V. Wake has rejected the legal theory that the Recording Industry Association of America has used to attack P2P downloads. Jeffrey and Pamela Howell said their music copies were for personal use and they didn't know
Warning signs are there for a reason. Most of these, you won't see every day--if ever. But it would be a good idea to heed them.
An Illinois man plans a smoke-in event to prove he owns his business. An Illinois State's Attorney plans to arrest and fine him to prove he doesn't.
But Councilman Bob Littlefield said it may be time for the city to cut its losses. "This case has been a disaster from day one," he said. "We’ve underestimated the cost of the land, the cost of the lawsuit — just about everything about
A farmer built an entire mock castle behind a screen of hay bales and lived there concealed for four years to evade planning regulations, officials said on Friday -- but it may be torn down anyway.
Widow of the late great rock n roll star, Buddy Holly, has threatened to sue "Peggy Sue". Does the widow have the right to keep Peggy Sue from telling her story?
No longer content to sue MP3-downloading students, now the industry is targeting customers who rip purchased CDs to their computers.
You work hard, save, buy a house, pay it off, retire, but you really don't own your house. Economy turns bad, house values shoot up. Dollar value drops. Inflation. And you can't pay your property taxes. Work for gov't. for $7/ hour to pa
In its federal case against a Scottsdale, AZ, man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his PC, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.
The court ruled Monday that shopping malls cannot stop protesters from urging a boycott of the stores, even if the demonstrators are on mall property. [It's private property only in the sense that they get to pay property taxes on it.]
Another broadly-written bill would expand asset forfeiture laws to include copyright violations. Scary passage summarized by CNET: "Any computer or network hardware used to 'facilitate' a copyright crime could be seized by the Justic
If he lent her his computer, she might read his books. Aside from the fact that you could go to prison for many years for letting someone else read your books, the very idea shocked him at first. Like everyone, he had been taught since elementary sch
Using an “adverse possession” common law, a former judge, mayor and city council member in Boulder, Colorado, named Richard McLean, seized a couple’s land after developing an “emotional attachment” to it...And that’s all he needed.
Minnetonka plans to press charges against a 72-year-old woman for holding a garage sale in her mother's old house.
The Pasadena man came home on his lunch break to let his 7 month-old pit bull, Hershey, outside. Within a few moments, the dog would be shot by a man identified as a Social Security investigator
Julia Miranda, libertarian candidate for city council, threatened with seven years in state prison for promising to return her salary to voters if elected.
In just two years, IJ-MN already has four economic liberty victories. Chip Mellor, president and general counsel of the Institute for Justice, concluded, “We will not rest until the fundamental right of economic liberty is vindicated for all American
Government and think tanks get paid to think up ways to criminalize you and take your money. Anything looked at through those eyes is dangerous to your health and happiness. Now, you need to be afraid of the Carbon Rangers, coming to your home to t
MOBILE, Ala) October 15 -- An 81-year-old woman may just look defenseless, but when Ethel Sanders heard a noise at the back of her house, she stopped thinking about the constant dull ache in her knees.
DALLAS -- Police said a homeowner fatally shot an intruder after his parrot alerted him that someone was on the property
West Scranton woman faces up to 90 days in jail for swearing at a backed up toilet. Her own toilet. In her home.
A recent Associated Press article reflects how fast the United States is becoming a police state. Effective January 1 California motorists can be fined up to $100 if they are caught smoking in cars with minors. However, the police cannot stop a mot
Ten white farmers appeared in court in Zimbabwe yesterday accused of growing crops on their land — in a country where millions of people will need food aid within the next few months
A self-inflicted gunshot during Thursday's City Council meeting ended a life, a business and years of public meetings at 108 Public Square.