Daily Archives: February 4, 2013 - 4 results


Ford Ordered to Pay $19M for Explorer Rollover Death

A jury has ordered Ford to pay a mother $19 million for an accident in which an Explorer SUV rolled over and killed her 17-year-old son. It has been a long legal battle for Joan Hall-Edwards, who has had to endure multiple trials spanning more than ten years. Hall-Edwards sued Ford after the 1997 accident on a Florida highway between Naples and Miama that took her son, Lance. The teenager was asleep in a 1996 Ford Explorer when the driver …

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Posted 2 years ago in Editors Picks Your Home & The Law by Aaron Kase  
FEMA Ends Housing Assistance for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Federal emergency housing assistance for people displaced by Hurricane Sandy is scheduled to expire on Friday, Feb. 8, unless the Federal Emergency Management Agency announces an extension. That means families whose own homes are unlivable have to move out of the hotels and motels they are currently staying in, or start paying for them out of pocket. About 2,000 families are still living in hotels in New York, and 1,500 in New Jersey, according to the Wall Street Journal. FEMA …

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Posted 2 years ago in Crime Editors Picks Government gun rights by Michele Bowman  
Gun Buyback Programs Popular but Controversial

As Congress ponders an assault-weapons ban and universal background checks, local authorities across the country are using gun “buyback” programs to try to decrease the numbers of guns in their communities. And like just about everything else in the gun control debate, the buybacks are becoming a bone of contention between proponents of stricter controls and those who resist them.   Thousands of Weapons Collected New Jersey has held several buybacks, with the latest, held the last weekend in January in …

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Posted 2 years ago in Real Estate Your Home & The Law by Josh Crank  
Would You Buy a Home that was a Crime Scene?

A Pennsylvania woman is suing a homeowner and real estate agent who chose not to tell her the home she bought was the site of a bloody murder-suicide. After mixed opinions from lower courts, the state appeals court threw the suit out in December 2012. Janet Milliken, the jilted home buyer, is now appealing to the state Supreme Court. Milliken bought the home in 2007, moving from California to Pennsylvania with her two teenage children. Her husband had recently died, …

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