Daily Archives: December 18, 2012 - 4 results


Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law Government by Michele Bowman  
Gun Laws Are Easy to Skirt

The massacre on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. has pushed gun control onto the national stage – again. The shootings point up how easy it already is to skirt the existing laws that cover age restrictions, waiting periods, mental health checks, and gun show purchases. President Barack Obama has called for swift federal action to end the wave of gun violence that seems to be breaking over the country, including: The massacre on July 20 …

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Posted 2 years ago in Government Taxation by Betsy Kim  
Your Opinion on the Fiscal Cliff [Poll]

President Barack Obama wants to balance the budget and avoid the “fiscal cliff” by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Today, to play nice with Republicans, the president proposed increasing taxes for people earning $400,000 or more. His original plan raised taxes for those at a cut-off income level of $250,000. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke coined the phrase “fiscal cliff.” This term means the harsh economic conditions set to happen, when the Bush-era tax cuts expire on Dec. 31, 2012. …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Tobacco Company Gets Burned in Teenage Smoking Case

Tobacco giant RJ Reynolds has been stung by a $1.3 million jury verdict for not warning a smoker during his teenage years that smoking is addictive and could cause cancer. William Champagne was born in 1950 and began smoking Lucky Strikes when he was 12 years old. At that time, American Tobacco (which later became RJ Reynolds) was the maker of Lucky Strikes and had no warnings in its advertisements or on its cigarette packs about the risks of smoking. …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Michele Bowman  
Don’t Get SLAPPed for Posting Your Opinions Online

The Internet offers a treasure trove of consumers’ opinions on everything from car tires to dentists. So it’s inevitable that freedom of expression would bump up against some limits. Lawsuits known as SLAPPs – for Strategic Limitation Against Public Participation – present a growing problem for freedom of speech on the Internet. While not everyone can avoid getting SLAPPed with a meritless yet expensive lawsuit, there are steps you can take to avoid it when you express your opinion online. …

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