Daily Archives: November 2, 2012 - 5 results


Cohabitation Agreements Protect Relationships

More and more couples are living together without being married. There was a 13 percent increase in such arrangements between 2009 and 2010 alone. At the same time, only 51 percent of all adults are getting married. This is a record low.   Reasons to Cohabitate Couples choose to cohabitate instead of marry for many reasons. A reported 60 percent of married couples live together before marriage. Many couples live together because same-sex marriage is not recognized in their home …

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Posted 1 year ago in Personal & Home Safety by Larry Bodine  
Striking Down Damage Caps that Hurt Consumers [Chart]

Missouri is the state where the supreme court most recently struck down damage cap laws that hurt consumers when they file a medical malpractice or injury lawsuit. See the state-by-state chart below. The laws were enacted as part of an anti-consumer movement in the law known as “tort reform.” Starting in the 1970s, it was designed to severely cut awards  made by juries. At the request of Lawyers.com, attorneys Walter H. Boone,  J. Chase Bryan, and Jordan McKibben of the …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Family of Pipefitter Who Worked With Asbestos Wins $3 Million

Juries continue to award big verdicts to workers who develop the deadly form of lung cancer known as mesothelioma after working with asbestos products. In the most recent jury trial, the family of a New York pipefitter who was exposed to asbestos for more than a decade won a $3 million award. Gerald Suttner worked at the GM Powertrain facility in Tonawanda, N.Y. for nearly four decades. Suttner repaired valves made by Crane Co. with gaskets containing asbestos. Suttner was …

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Posted 1 year ago in Landmark Court Cases Litigation by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Genetically Modified Foods

A Supreme Court case over a lawsuit brought by agribusiness giant Monsanto against a farmer for the use of patented seeds could have deep intellectual property ramifications for the nation’s burgeoning biotechnology sector. At question is whether the patent Monsanto holds over their “Roundup Ready” soy seeds extends to the self-replicated progeny of those seeds. The high court will hear arguments in Bowman v. Monsanto sometime during the current term. Normally, purchasers of Monsanto’s famous soy seeds, which are genetically …

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Posted 1 year ago in Internet Law by Amber Statler-Matthews  
Copyrighting Your Web Creations [Video]

  When Venus the two-tone cat became an Internet sensation, her owner realized she should get a copyright lawyer. As reported by field producer Amber Statler-Matthews of Lawyers.com, the owner wanted to use the cat’s image to sell products and support animal rescue groups. She called intellectual property lawyer Nancy Flint of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Flint explains that once you create a picture, video or poem you hold the copyright. But you cannot enforce your copyright unless you register it …

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