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Elderly Wrong-Way Driver to Pay $5.2M for Man’s Severed Leg

An 83-year-old driver who went the wrong way on an interstate in Texas must pay $5.2 million to the driver she struck. Jerry Wall was riding a motorcycle three years ago on westbound Interstate 20 when he was hit head-on by Vernelle Ingram, driving a Buick sedan the wrong way on an off-ramp in Hudson Oaks. Wall, who lost his leg because of the crash, sued Ingram for damages. At the time of the accident, an investigating police officer questioned …

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Posted 8 months ago in Criminal Law gun rights by Sylvia Hsieh  
ALEC Pushed Stand Your Ground Laws in Dozens of States

Click here to read more Lawyers.com coverage of ALEC and the organization’s anti-consumer agenda. As public protests continue over the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there’s increased scrutiny on ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws like Florida’s statute that allows someone to use deadly force rather than retreat from a confrontation. President Obama has questioned whether such laws contribute to “peace and order” and urged states to review them. The two …

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Posted 8 months ago in Video Your Home & The Law by Matt H. Mayes  
Protect Yourself When Buying Your Home [Video]

  Analysts say if Congress shuts down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-backed mortgage financing companies, mortgage rates are expected to rise. Plans proposed by both the House and Senate shift more risk from the government to the private sector over the next five years. On Tuesday, President Obama expressed support for modifying the government’s mortgage system. This reminded many people that now is still a good time to buy real property. If you’re thinking about buying a house, …

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Posted 8 months ago in Crime Personal Injury by Aaron Kase  
Ex-Boy Scouts File Suit After Abuse by Prolific Molester

Fifteen former Boy Scouts filed a lawsuit today claiming that the local and national Scouting organizations didn’t do enough to protect them from being molested by their scoutmaster. The plaintiffs, all named as John Doe, were in a troop in suburban Chicago and allege that they were assaulted by notorious pedophile Thomas Hacker between 1980 and 1987. Hacker is currently serving two concurrent 50-year sentences after a 1989 conviction for aggravated sexual assault of an 11-year-old. Known as “the most …

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Posted 8 months ago in Consumer Law Government gun rights by Betsy Kim  
For ALEC Money Talks with Gun Laws [Infographic]

Click here to read more Lawyers.com coverage of ALEC and the organization’s anti-consumer agenda. Protesters demonstrated at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting at the Palmer House in Chicago. Organized as a non-profit, the group connects powerful corporations with state legislators, drafting model legislation, working to influence law and policy to further the agenda of corporate interests. Approximately 98 percent of ALEC’s funding comes from corporations, corporations’ foundations and trade associations, according to its 2009 IRS Form 990. …

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Posted 8 months ago in Crime Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Cunning Jailhouse Weed-Fishing Plot Somehow Backfires

With nothing but time on their hands, two Florida inmates devised a seemingly foolproof system for smuggling contraband into their Pinellas County jail. But, unthinkably, their feat of engineering was foiled when corrections staff spotted their plastic grocery bag full of weed dangling from fishing line outside a fourth floor window. Inmates Phillip William Henderson, 38, and Mark Matthew “Red” Keating, 45, attempted the scheme with the help of their then-unincarcerated pal Eric Scott Snook, 41. Snook waited in the …

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ALEC Helps Big Business Invade Local Lawmaking State By State

Click here to read more Lawyers.com coverage of ALEC and the organization’s anti-consumer agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council kicks off its annual meeting today in Chicago, celebrating its 40th birthday. The organization is a network of conservative state legislators and some of the biggest corporate giants in the world that work together to influence local lawmaking and put the corporate agenda on the books state by state. Yet in spite of its wide reach, few citizens are even aware …

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Posted 8 months ago in Your Home & The Law by Aaron Kase  
Homeowners Try To Keep Snooki Away from Jersey Shore

Residents in Berkeley Township, N.J., have hired an attorney to try to block reality stars Snooki and JWoww from filming a television series in their beach town.  The celebrity duo, also known as Nicole Polizzi and Jennifer Farley, came to fame as cast members on the trashy MTV hit Jersey Shore. They are seeking to film episodes of a spinoff, aptly named “Snooki and JWoww,” in Pelican Island, near the town of Seaside Heights that hosted their original hard-partying histrionics. …

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Posted 8 months ago in Driving & Motor Vehicles by Michele Bowman  
Man Who Bought Drinks for Drunk Driver Faces Charges

A man in Texas is facing possible criminal liability for buying drinks at a bar for a woman who later crashed her car into a couple, killing them. In a situation that plays itself out every night in bars around the world, someone bought drinks for an attractive stranger: Could that simple action become a crime?   Tracking Down a Stranger Kambiz Michael Doran reportedly bought drinks for Nicole Baukus at a bar in Spring, Texas, on the night she …

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Posted 8 months ago in Labor and Employment by Aaron Kase  
Dating Service Pays Out $900,000 for Anti-Male Discrimination

The company offered high-end matchmaking services to professionals too busy to find a date — but in its efforts to provide discriminating companionship to its clients, the It’s Just Lunch dating service ended up discriminating against its own employees. It’s Just Lunch agreed to pay out $900,000 to settle an EEOC lawsuit that alleged that the company refused to hire men for jobs as dating directors or inside sales representatives. Most of the cash will go toward compensating men who …

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