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Posted 11 months ago in Wills and Probate by Michele Bowman  
Harry Belafonte Fights MLK Heirs for King Papers

Harry Belafonte is embroiled in a legal battle with the family of Martin Luther King over ownership rights to valuable historical documents that the musician-actor says were given to him.   A Falling Out The saga includes King’s family first suing Belafonte in 2008, according to CNN, to stop him from auctioning off the papers, which include an outline of one of King’s famous speeches as well as notes King had in his pocket the day he was shot in …

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Posted 11 months ago in Crime Driving & Motor Vehicles by Josh Crank  
Drunk Woman Calls 911 for Help Getting Out of Her Car

Sure, Harry Houdini may have successfully crawled through six feet of earth after being buried alive. But could he get out of his own car with ten shots of vodka sloshing around in his belly? That answer may be lost to history, but if you ask 55-year-old Carol Frances Omeara of Billings, Mont., she can tell you that it’s no simple task. Omeara earned her fourth drunk driving charge after calling 911 to report that she was “just too damn …

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Posted 11 months ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Fired Police Chief Wins $3.7M for Blowing Whistle on Mayor

The former police chief of Atlantic City, N.J., has won a $3.7 million jury verdict in his lawsuit against the city for firing him because he blew the whistle on mayoral corruption. John Mooney, a veteran on the force who had no previous disciplinary problems, lost his job as chief of police in 2010 amid mass layoffs. But Mooney claimed that the layoffs were just an excuse to get rid of him and that the real reason he was fired was …

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Posted 11 months ago in Personal & Home Safety Real Estate by Josh Crank  
Joan Rivers Sued for Cutthroat Condo Conduct

Comedy legend Joan Rivers funded her $30 million New York City penthouse by skewering celebrities with her merciless wit, but her former neighbor says Rivers’ practical jokes are even more ruthless. Elizabeth Hazan is suing Rivers for $15 million, accusing the comedian of engaging in dirty tricks in her role as president of the building’s condo board. Hazan says Rivers and her associates intercepted her mail, disconnected her cable and filled her door locks with glue. Rivers says Hazan is …

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Posted 11 months ago in Divorce by Aaron Kase  
Survey Says Prenuptial Agreements Are on the Rise

Prenuptial agreements among couples seeking to get married are on the rise, according to a survey of family law attorneys. The survey, administered by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, found that 63 percent of divorce attorneys had noticed an increase in prenups over the past three years. “I think people have become much more conscious of the availability of prenuptial agreements and there’s a greater emphasis on protecting either premarital assets that may increase in value, or assets that …

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Posted 11 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Privacy Concerns Unfounded for State Health Exchange

Maryland’s new health insurance exchange, opened as required under the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1, has raised some privacy issues over how health information will be shared.   Public Information? The Maryland Health Connection (MHC) reportedly alerts people who sign up that while it will not sell their personal information and that it can only be used for the exchange’s purposes, an exception exists for “law enforcement and audit activities,” according to the Baltimore Sun. Despite assurances from the …

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Posted 12 months ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Woman Wins $10M for Roll-over Crash Due to Defective Tire

A woman whose car tire came off its rim while she was driving won a $10 million jury award against the world’s fourth largest tire maker, German-based Continental Tire. Tracey Parker, of Jupiter, Fla., was driving a Chevy Cobalt in May 2009 when she lost control and the car flipped over three times and landed in the median on Interstate 95. The 39-year-old wife and mother of three boys was in a coma for a month after the accident and …

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Posted 12 months ago in Personal & Home Safety Podcasts by Larry Bodine  
Your Legal Duties to Trick-or-Treaters [WBBM News Radio]

iStock/Thinkstock With Halloween soon approaching, people are decorating their homes, preparing costumes and planning on giving sweets to trick-or-treaters. So, now is a good time to also think about preventing any lawsuits that could come knocking at your door. Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine speaks to John Cody of WBBM Newsradio (780 AM, 105.9 FM) in Chicago on ways to avoid legal liability on October 31. Remember to clear off your lawn, patch any holes in your sidewalks and put away …

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Posted 12 months ago in Child Custody and Support Creditor/Debtor by Josh Crank  
Legally Dead Man Seeks to Rise from the Grave

Death is more or less a permanent condition. You rarely hear dead people complain about this, but Donald Miller Jr. says his death should be reversed on the grounds that he is alive. Unfortunately for Miller, Ohio law says his death is irreversible, whether he’s alive or not. Miller was faced with an alcohol problem, thousands of dollars in unpaid child support and an unexpected job loss in the 1980s, before he shuffled off the legal mortal coil. With bleak …

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Posted 12 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Man Can Sue Iowa Police for Stun Gun Attack

An Iowa man who was immobilized with a stun gun by police in 2007 will be allowed to bring a lawsuit against the force, the state Supreme Court ruled last week. A lower court had previously disallowed the lawsuit, claiming that the officers were protected by the state’s Tort Claims Act, which gives immunity in most circumstances to state law enforcement agents who are carrying out their duties. The litigation stems from an incident that took place over six years …

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