Daily Archives: July 3, 2013 - 5 results


Posted 4 years ago in Crime Demystifying the Law by Betsy Kim  
What Fireworks Are Illegal? [Infographic]

At Lawyers.com, we hope you have a fun, safe Fourth of July. If you want to celebrate, we recommend attending a public fireworks display over setting off the D-I-Y backyard variety. The National Fire Protection Association states in 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires and U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated approximately 9,600 people for fireworks-related injuries. In addition, depending on where you live, lighting your own firecrackers could be against the law. Read Josh Crank‘s article “Check the …

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Posted 4 years ago in Government Your Job & The Law by Aaron Kase  
Obamacare Employer Coverage Requirements Delayed

Large and medium-sized companies will not have to offer their employees health insurance until 2015, a one-year delay granted by the Obama administration in the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Companies that employ 50 or more workers will have to offer insurance, eventually, or risk paying a fine if their employees end up taking advantage of government credits to purchase their own coverage. The requirement had been scheduled to go into effect next year to coincide …

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Posted 4 years ago in Criminal Law Demystifying the Law by Josh Crank  
Check the Law Before Lighting the Fuse on the 4th

High-powered fireworks are flying off store shelves in Michigan for the second straight year, thanks to the 2012 Michigan Fireworks Safety Act. But this year, Michiganders are advised to let freedom ring early, because late-night displays won’t be tolerated in many communities. As we reported on Lawyers.com, Michigan’s move to legalize most consumer fireworks was met with consternation by the likes of Warren Mayor Dan Fouts, who worried that “pyromaniacs” were “going gung ho.” Maybe Fouts was onto something. According …

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Posted 4 years ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Surviving Spouses of Smokers Win Millions Against Big Tobacco

The widow of a lifelong smoker who died of lung cancer won a $2.5 million award against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Beatrice Skolnick’s husband, Leo, began smoking Camel, Marlboro and Pall Mall brand cigarettes in his youth. He died of lung cancer in 1993 at the age of 75. “Mr. Skolnick smoked, and smoking caused his cancer,” said Scott Schlesinger, one of the attorneys for Mrs. Skolnick. “But he trusted the word of tobacco companies who told …

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For Most Student Loans Bankruptcy Is No Way Out [Video]

  Student loan debt could be the source of our country’s next financial crisis. There are more than 37 million student loan borrowers with outstanding debt totaling $1 trillion. Experts say 30 percent of that won’t be repaid or forgiven. Lawyers.com videojournalist Amber Statler-Matthews reports that wiping out student loans through bankruptcy is not easy. Congress is now considering legislation for forgiving only private student loans through bankruptcy. Private student loan debt means it is held by private banks, not …

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