by Tom Gordon
Responsive Law has filed a brief in support of the South Carolina NAACP in its effort to provide free legal advice to tenants facing eviction proceedings in the state. South Carolina has one of the highest eviction rates in the country. Additionally, 99% of South Carolinians facing eviction go through the process without any legal representation. However, the state's restrictions on the unauthorized practice of law ("UPL") make it a felony for anyone but a lawyer to provide legal advice. Our brief argues that these UPL restrictions are a violation of the First Amendment rights of South Carolinians to receive information from the NAACP.
Written by Jen Roy
Groupon and Living Social are two companies which represent one of the most popular business models of the internet age. These companies offer discount certificates through online daily deal (“daily deal”) emails usable for products or services at local or national companies. These deals have restrictions on when you can use them, what locations will honor them, and what exactly the deal entitles the owner to. The deal company gives approximately 50% of the proceeds to the participating business and retains the other half. For example, a common deal is to pay $10 for $25 worth of food at a local restaurant or $10 for two movie tickets. The restaurant or movie theatre would get half of the amount paid and the company advertising the daily deal would receive the other half.