Daily Archives: January 11, 2012 - 3 results

Posted 5 years ago in Jury Awards by Martha Burns  
Editor’s Choice: Top Five Legal News Stories of the Day

Here are several items we thought you’d find interesting. $322 million asbestos award tossed out by Mississippi court.  The largest judgment ever awarded to a single plaintiff for asbestos injuries was set aside because of an apparent conflict of interest by the trial judge. Last May a jury awarded $322 million to a Mississippi man, Thomas Brown, who developed asbestosis after working on drilling rigs in the 1980s. Asbestosis is a lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos. It produces …

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Posted 5 years ago in Criminal Law by Heather McGowan  
Supreme Court to Decide Case of Drug-Sniffing Police Dog

The US Supreme Court will review a Florida case where a drug-sniffing dog outside a person’s house detected the presence of illegal drugs inside. The lower courts threw out the evidence. The case started with a call to a local “crime stoppers” hotline that Joelis Jardines’s house was being used as a greenhouse for marijuana. Following Franky’s Nose The Miami-Dade Police Department received the hotline call on November 3, 2006. A month later, the police along with other state and …

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Posted 5 years ago in Divorce by Heather Hutchins  
Boomer Divorce on the Rise

Not surprisingly, the Baby Boomers are setting yet another national trend—late-in-life divorce. According to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green State University, one in four divorcees these days is more than 50 years old. Back in 1990, people aged 50 to 64 accounted for just 6.9 divorces per 1,000 marriages. That number nearly doubled to 12.6 divorces per 1,000 marriages in 2009—the last year that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) includes divorce data. …

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