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Posted 2 years ago in by Jennifer King  
After Lying and Embezzling from Her Mother’s Estate, Daughter is Jailed

A Massachusetts daughter was found guilty of stealing money from her deceased mother’s estate and sentenced to jail last week. After her mother, Shirley Leathers, died of cancer in 2006, Dell Leathers-Buford was named executor of her estate. Two years later, the estate received a $553,579.84 settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of her mother. Rather than splitting the money evenly with her siblings, Leathers-Buford kept more than half the money for herself. In an effort to …

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Posted 2 years ago in Driving & Motor Vehicles by Keith Ecker  
Lessons from Lindsay Lohan Hit-and-Run

Lindsay Lohan is no stranger to a courtroom. The frequently maligned celebrity’s legal drama was the talk of the tabloids throughout 2011. Now LiLo once again finds herself at the mercy of the law after being sued for injuries caused during a hit-and-run. According to witnesses, Lohan allegedly ran a red light while turning left in September 2010, striking Nubia Del Carmen Preza, who was crossing the street while pushing a stroller. The starlet then allegedly fled the scene. Preza …

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Posted 2 years ago in Personal Injury by Keith Ecker  
Modern Slander: Man Sues Ex-Girlfriends for Online Remarks

A quick look at Matthew Couloute, Jr.’s resume gives you a sense of the young attorney’s glowing reputation. He was hired as the youngest assistant states attorney in Norwalk, Conn, he was promoted within two years to become the jurisdiction’s youngest prosecutor, he worked as a player liaison for the National Football League, and he served as an analyst for both Court TV and MSNBC. But what Couloute’s resume doesn’t reveal is his reputation among his ex-girlfriends, who claim the …

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Posted 2 years ago in Personal Injury by Richard Dahl  
13,000 Sent to E.R. Every Year for Snowmobiling Personal Injuries

A Montana snowmobile operator died Jan. 24 when his machine rolled on top of him after striking an icy overhang, making him one of the latest victims in a popular wintertime activity. Lewis and Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson told the Helena Independent Record that 27-year-old Kelly James Hatcher died from internal head and chest injuries and that alcohol was present and a “likely” factor in the incident. According to County Sheriff Leo Dutton, Hatcher and a friend, Jeremy Speer, …

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Posted 2 years ago in Bankruptcy by Aaron Kase  
Are Spouses Required To File for Bankruptcy Together?

When you get married, you agree to share your life with your new spouse, in sickness and health, for richer and poorer— but what about bankruptcy? When one spouse files for bankruptcy, does that mean the whole family gets dragged in?   Debt: Joint or Individual? Bankruptcy is a process that more and more families are facing: Though consumer bankruptcies were actually down 11 percent in 2011 from 2010, after several years of steady rises, experts are forecasting another rise …

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Posted 2 years ago in Consumer Law by Aaron Kase  
Consumers Can’t Sue Credit Card Companies for Deceptive Language and Hidden Fees

The Supreme Court this month affirmed the right of credit card companies to deny you the ability to take them to court, leaving consumers with little recourse to fight back against abusive practices and deceptive contracts. Consumers have few options to avoid binding arbitration clauses Arbitration clauses proliferating for all manner of products Arbitration Fairness Act in Congress could restore people’s right to fairly collect damages   No Day in Court In an eight to one decision in the case …

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Posted 2 years ago in by Courtney Sherwood  
What Should You Do if You’re Renting from a Slumlord?

With Courtney Love’s recent court win in the news, you may think it’s a good idea to withhold your own rent money next time you have a conflict with your landlord. But attorneys familiar with landlord-tenant law say that such a move could get you evicted. Don’t forget: Love paid her back rent before a judge ruled that she could stay in her $26,000-per-month apartment. Whether you’re irked by your neighbor’s loud music or are at your wits’ end because …

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Posted 2 years ago in Medical Malpractice by Aaron Kase  
Jury Awards $178 Million for Botched Gastric Bypass

In a tragic case in Jacksonville, Fla., a jury awarded $178 million to a man who was permanently physically and mentally disabled when a hospital neglected to follow its most basic safety procedures following gastric bypass surgery. Hospital recognized nationally for strict safety procedures and high quality of care Patient left to linger with serious symptoms for eight days before follow-up surgery occurred Hospital part of healthcare corporation stung for Medicare fraud in 2000    A Serious Complication At 38 …

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Posted 2 years ago in by Keith Ecker  
Does the Robo-Signing Settlement Go Far Enough?

Several of the largest financial institutions in the country may agree to a settlement that could provide compensation to as many as a million homeowners for improper foreclosure proceedings. The announcement of the potential deal was made earlier this month by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup and Ally Financial Inc. have been in talks with federal officials and state attorneys general to distribute as …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
How To Stay Out of Jail on Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl XLVI between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants in Indianapolis means tailgating, extravagant halftime shows, big budget commercials and a general license to party hard across the country. The game can lead to a super hangover, super indigestion and a super credit card bill, but it’s all in good fun until you end up with a not-so-super night in jail and all the penalties and indignities therein. A View From the Inside Football fans have a …

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