Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Fall 2012

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In This Issue:

- Criminal Background Checks on Employees

- Lottery Winnings and Gift Taxes

- Fair Housing Act Doesn’t Apply to Roommates

- Land Purchasers Get Money Back

- LLC Member Personally Liable

- Umbrella Insurance Policies

- Car Safety

- Excerpt from Fair Housing Act Doesn't Apply to Roommates:

An online roommate matching website helps compatible roommates to find each other. Part of the process requires users of the service to answer questions about their gender and sexual orientation and whether children will be living with them. Users are asked to give their preferences as to those same characteristics so that likeminded individuals can be matched. This process came to the attention of some nonprofit housing rights organizations that unsuccessfully sued the roommate service, alleging violations of the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA).

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