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    FLORIDA JURY AWARDS $23.6 BILLION VERDICT IN BIG TOBACCO LAWSUIT A jury decided that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company must pay $23.6 billion to the widow of a man who died of lung cancer in a lawsuit filed in the state of Florida. The deceased, Michael Johnson Sr., died in 1996 after years of smoking cigarettes. The jury awarded 16.8 million in actual damages and 23.6 billion in punitive damages.

    Bruning Legal- 11 readers -
  • What Causes a Burn?

    What Causes a Burn? Extreme Heat – Extreme heat, such as flames, hot liquids, hot metal, flash explosions and the sun’s radiation can cause burn injuries. Chemicals – Many popular and industrial chemicals, such as acid, lye and bleach, can cause burn injuries. Electricity – direct or indirect contact with electricity may cause burns to skin as well as damage to internal organs.

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  • (Re-)Writing a Cyberbullying Law

    In December 2010, Marquan M., a 15-year-old student of Albany, New York's Cohoes High School, created a Facebook page under the pseudonym, "Cohoes Flame," on which he began to anonymously post pictures of his male and female classmates that were accompanied by, among other personal information, derogatory remarks about these students' alleged sexual practices and preferences.

    A.J. Afkari/ Techlawgic- 31 readers -
  • Can I Recover after a Pool Accident at an Indianapolis Apartment Complex?

    During the summer months, thousands of families flock to pools around the Indianapolis area to spend a fun day in the sun. Many of these pools are located on private property, such as an apartment or condominium complex or a private neighborhood. Unfortunately, pools also come with the risk of accidents, injuries, and even death due to drowning.

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  • Disrupting Disruptive Innovation: Are Uber Drivers Employees of Uber? Part I

    The Short Version: Part of the success of companies flourishing through facilitation of the gig economy is a result of their being able to create companies offering services that are performed by workers classified as independent contractors–not employees–to whom the companies are subject to neither minimum wage and health insurance requirements nor liability for their worker's misdeeds.

    A.J. Afkari/ Techlawgic- 33 readers -
  • BC Court to Google: Look out, our reach could be greater than yours!

    Equustek Solutions Inc v Jack et al, 2014 BCSC 1063 BC In an unprecedented decision handed down this month, Madam Justice Fenlon of the BC Supreme Court issued an injunction ordering Google Inc. (“Google”), a company incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in California, to de-index and block all of the defendants’ websites that were used to sell and market goods in violat ...

    Mary Nguyen/ Corporate Law Blog- 21 readers -
  • San Diego Contested Wills: Can you prove it?

    San Diego Contested Wills: Can you prove it? Posted July 7, 2014 by Keith Davidson & filed under Contested Wills. So you want to contest a parent’s Will? You better be ready to argue (and support with evidence) one of the following grounds: 1. Lack of Capacity. To create a San Diego Will, you need to know (1) the nature of your property—a brief description will do—(2) ...

    Keith Davidson/ Albertson & Davidson- 29 readers -

    Loss of Your Rights - Why you need a lawyer The scenario that begins an injunction can start with you simply having a verbal disagreement with a person that you know. It is even probably someone you like or trust. The police may never have been called. You chock the whole incident up to a simple disagreement and believe you have done nothing wrong. You believe have a right to your own opinion.

    Khara Alvero/ Mander Law Group- 7 readers -
  • Four Steps to Not Get Sued for Posting Online Reviews

    The Short Version: Consider who you are reviewing before clicking submit. Small business, new businesses, and business professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, are more likely to defend their reputation in court than their larger or more established counterparts. Color your review with language that makes it clear that your review conveys your opinion.

    A.J. Afkari/ Techlawgic- 28 readers -
  • 11th Circuit Allows Lien Stripping in "Chapter 20 Cases"

    Yesterday, June 18, 2014, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in the case of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. Scantling (In re: Scantling) on an issue where there has been a split of authority in the courts for many years. The Court held that a chapter 13 debtor (a "chapter 20" debtor) who was not entitled to a chapter 13 discharge (due to prior chapter 7 case with ...

    Jordan Bublick/ Miami Bankruptcy Law Blog- 16 readers -