Daily Archives: February 11, 2013 - 5 results


Pope to Step Down After 8 Years of Legal Tumult

Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 11 announced that due to health concerns, he will step down from his position at the end of the month. The pope, 85 years old, is reportedly not suffering any serious illness; he reportedly said his strength is depleted and plans to retire to a more quiet life. Having presided over the Catholic world for only eight years, it’s understandable Pope Benedict is tired: The church has dealt with some serious controversy and legal problems …

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Walmart Customer Falls on Gatorade Sign, Wins $1.3M

A Walmart customer who slipped on a fallen Gatorade sign won a $1.3 million verdict for his injuries. Tom Papakalodoukas, a 41-year-old Florida resident, was carrying a water bottle while shopping at a Walmart in Port St. Lucie, Fla., when he stepped on a Gatorade sign that had fallen off a display. He took a violent spill, tearing a tendon in his right bicep. Papakalodoukas underwent three surgeries and had to get an Achilles tendon from cadaver tissue inserted in …

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Banks Run Roughshod over Widows in Foreclosure [Video]

  Banks are foreclosing on the homes of widows. Financial institutions are refusing to modify mortgages when husbands have died without listing their surviving wives on the notes. Lawyers.com journalist Ed Alpern shows you how banks have gotten away with these practices and how you can fight losing your home to foreclosure. Director of Foreclosure Prevention Litigation at Legal Services NYC Jacob Inwald emphasizes banks are under a legal obligation to attempt to avoid foreclosures and to promote loan modifications. …

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Posted 1 year ago in Landlord & Tenant Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Was New York Woman Evicted for Cancer?

A Manhattan resident has filed a federal lawsuit against her former landlord, claiming she was evicted from her apartment because she was a cancer survivor. Heatheran Kristopher, 43, says she is sleeping on friends’ couches after being forced out of the Upper East Side building she had lived in for three years. Shortly after she moved in in 2008 she started treatment for ovarian and colon cancer. Her rental troubles began in 2011 when Icon Management sold her building to …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Judge Slashes Worker’s $3 Million Asbestos Award

A judge has drastically reduced a $3 million jury verdict awarded to the widow of a worker who died from cancer after years of handling products made with asbestos. Companies have been ordered by juries to pay millions of dollars only to have the damages slashed by a judge after trial. Under “tort reform,” many states have passed laws that limit how much an injured person can collect, such as by capping damages at a few hundred thousand dollars. Juries …

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