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All jobs have their routine, sometimes boring, tasks. Even judges often have to decipher complex statutes and slog through tedious contract disputes. But every once in a while they get a distinctly out-of-the-ordinary case – such as the woman with five tigers.

Let’s say you are in a car dealership, and a sedan’s window sticker says: “$25,000 for buyers under age 30, $50,000 for anyone older.” That probably doesn’t seem like a reasonable way to price automobiles. But the dating app Tinder didn’t hesitate to charge older subscribers more to seek romance online.

California was a pioneer in safeguarding members of the public against lawsuits aimed solely at intimidating them from speaking out on public issues, and its “Anti-SLAPP” law is still regarded as providing the broadest protection among the 28 states with similar statutes.

A squabble between neighbors over an easement for a driveway has been in and out of Napa County courts for a quarter of a century and, thanks to a recent decision by the California Court of Appeal, is headed back for yet another hearing.

The value of a bitcoin, the best-known virtual currency, was about a dime in 2010, $250 in 2015, $1,000 in early 2017, and over $17,000 in mid-December. (It’s about $11,800 as this is written.) That staggering gain in value has captured the attention of investors — and the Internal Revenue Service.

An Orange County couple’s marriage was already in trouble when the wife learned that her husband’s high-risk options trading had resulted in their investment account plummeting from $16 million to barely $400,000 in just five months.