This winter, my skin was feeling dry and dull, and nothing I did seemed to change that. So, I made an appointment with my dermatologist, who recommended three products that completely changed my skin…

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.… Read more
The post Three Products That Truly Changed My Skin appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/bboSV/~3/5zuX0zn748k/

In Cormier v. PF Fitness-Midland, LLC, (MI App., July 26, 2018), a Michigan appellate court in a case on remand from the Michigan Supreme Court held that the gym Planet Fitness violated provisions of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act when it failed to inform plaintiff that it had a policy of allowing members to use whichever locker room and rest room corresponds to the gender with which that person self-identifies. The court concluded that Planet Fitness violated MCL 445.903(1)(s), (bb), and (cc) which prohibit:(s) Failing to reveal a material fact, the omission of which tends to mislead or deceive the consumer, and which fact could not reasonably be known by the consumer.(bb) Making a representation of fact or statement of fact material to the transaction such that a person reasonably believes the represented or suggested state of affairs to be other than it actually is.(cc) Failing to reveal facts that are material to the transaction in light of representations of fact made in a positive manner.In concluding that the failure to inform plaintiff of the policy was material, the court said:After joining the gym, plaintiff saw an assigned male individual in the women’s locker room and then complained to an employee at the front desk and to defendants’ corporate office. Upon being informed of defendants’ unwritten policy on the matter, plaintiff verbally warned other women at the gym about it. Plaintiff’s actions indicate that she strongly preferred a locker room and a restroom in which individuals who are assigned biologically male are not present, and it is thus reasonable to infer that defendants’ failure to inform plaintiff of the unwritten policy affected her decision to join the gym.A person who successfully sues under Michigan’s Consumer Protection Act may recover actual damages or $250, whichever is greater, plus attorneys’ fees. Liberty Counsel issued a press release announcing the decision.

Source: http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2018/08/gyms-failure-to-disclose-transgender.html

Appeals court upholds Brock Turner’s convictions for sexual assault and attempted rape, ruling that he received a fair trialAn appeals court on Wednesday rejected a former Stanford University swimmer’s bid for a new trial and upheld his sexual assault and attempted rape convictions.The three-judge panel of the 6th district court of appeal in San Jose ruled Wednesday that there was “substantial evidence” that Brock Turner received a fair trial. Continue reading…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/08/stanford-swimmer-request-for-new-trial-denied

Indeed I am still single. And I realized something …
If you take an introductory fiction writing class, there’s a good chance it will touch on three-act structure.… Read more
The post A Realization That Changed My Dating Life appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/bboSV/~3/90NZEa37cc0/

In Saher v. Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, (9th Cir., July 30, 2018), the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a lengthy opinion applied the Act of State Doctrine to reject the attempt by plaintiff to recover two oil paintings of Biblical characters taken by the Nazis from her father-in-law in a forced sale. At issue are Renaissance masterworks painted by Cranach the Elder—

Our Fat Pets

Sixty percent of cats tip the scales at unhealthy weights, slightly more than the 56 percent of dogs. It’s not good for them.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/02/well/fat-pets-dog-cat-health.html?partner=rss

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit this week in a West Virginia federal district court to stop the Parkersburg, West Virginia City Council from regularly opening its meetings with the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.  The complaint (full text) in Cobranchi v. The City of Parkersburg, (D WV, filed 7/30/2018), seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, contending that the prayer practice violates plaintiffs’ 1st and 14th Amendment rights. FFRF issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.

Source: http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2018/08/suit-challenges-city-council-opening.html

Cup of Jo readers are always asking how to take family vacations that won’t break the bank. Here, in partnership with Capital One, 11 parents share their best tips and tricks for how to travel on a budget, including the best souvenir you can get at the supermarket…
On getting there:
We buy our airline tickets in two parts.… Read more
The post How to Plan a Family Vacation on a Budget appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/bboSV/~3/PznRdP6IQ9I/