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March 2018 Archives

Suit claims Facebook allows discrimination

Facebook users in Michigan and throughout the country are supposed to have equal access to see housing ads on the site. However, a lawsuit claims that it is still possible to exclude individuals based on gender or if they have kids. It also claims that it is possible for ads to not be shown to individuals based on their national origin or because they are disabled.

IP lawsuit potentially connected to takeover attempt

Businesses in Illinois and Michigan who must carefully guard their intellectual property know that this may take many forms at different times. In fact, it is even possible that at times what appears to be a dispute over an intellectual property infringement may actually be just a tactic to another outcome. An example of this can be seen in a lawsuit that has recently been filed by a software app company.

African American home ownership rates hint at persistent racism

When the Fair Housing Act of 1968 became law, its purpose was to correct racial discrimination that affected people's ability to acquire housing in Michigan and nationwide. Despite good intentions, the law has had small effect on home ownership rates for African Americans. Currently, they have a homeownership rate of 42.3 percent compared to 41.6 percent in 1970.

Understanding patent protections

With the midwestern portion of the United States being a key region for domestic manufacturing, it stands to reason that many businesses in Michigan or Illinois might need to seek intellectual property protections for certain inventions or developments. The World Intellectual Property Organization indicates that the goal of such protections is to encourage the ongoing innovation and creativity that furthers societal advancements. 

Housing discrimination prohibited by federal civil rights law

Redlining can be a serious concern for people looking for housing in Michigan and across the United States. Part of a racialized system of discrimination and housing segregation, the term is used to refer to the denial of financial services or mortgages to people in designated neighborhoods. Through the 1970s, redlining was a major factor in housing discrimination throughout the United States, and many argue that forms of redlining continue to persist to the present day in more subtle forms. Redlining has affected people's ability to get a mortgage, a loan or insurance, and it overwhelmingly impacts poor neighborhoods and those that are primarily composed of people of color.

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