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In California, Children Can Have More Than 2 Parents

After a convoluted case in which a lesbian couple and a biological father all claimed parental rights to a child made its way through the state’s courts, California has passed a law allowing children to have more than two legal parents.   Domestic Chaos The law, which was reportedly opposed by some conservative groups and cheered by gay activists, came in reaction to a 2011 case, In re: M.C., in which a child was placed in foster care.  The child’s …

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Posted 11 months ago in Jury Awards Real Estate by Sylvia Hsieh  
Owner Wins $3.75M for Land Seized to Expand Highway

A Pennsylvania man has won a $3.75 million jury award for the value of land taken by the government to expand a highway. Andrew Lang, 67, owned property that bordered Route 28 when the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in 2009 took the property by eminent domain, which allows the government to take property for public use. The state seized the property as part of a $120 million project to expand the road into a four-lane highway. The state paid Lang …

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Posted 11 months ago in Podcasts Your Home & The Law by Larry Bodine  
Avoid the Halloween Nightmare of a Lawsuit [WBBM Radio]

  Before trick-or-treaters can leave you with the horror of a lawsuit, clean up your lawn and patch up your sidewalks. Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine shares tips like these in a WBBM (780 AM, 105.9 FM) Newsradio interview with John Cody in Chicago, Ill. They help the grown-ups get ready for Halloween. You don’t want children coming to your property at night, falling into holes and injuring themselves. They may be dressed as witches, ghosts or goblins but they are …

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Posted 11 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Betsy Kim  
Express Your Views on Junk Food Laws [Poll]

Snacking on unhealthy foods is a known cause of obesity. The Harvard School of Public Health reports the U.S. spent $190 billion on obesity-related healthcare expenses in 2005. Similar to alcohol or tobacco, should there be regulations on junk food? The trend seems to say “no.” North Carolina recently passed a law barring obesity lawsuits against snack food makers. Plus, an appellate court ended New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg efforts to limit the sale of sodas to 16 ounces, …

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Posted 11 months ago in Medical Malpractice Products Liability by Michele Bowman  
NC Says No Obesity-Based Lawsuits Against Junk Food Makers

North Carolina on Oct. 1 enacted a law limiting the potential liability of the food and beverage industry for obesity-related claims.   Let the Big Gulps Flow The Commonsense Consumption Act (House Bill 683) does two things that the food and beverage industry in the state should appreciate. First, it forbids North Carolina cities and counties from prohibiting the sale of super-sized soft drinks. “For this reason, the Act has been jokingly referred to as the ‘Big Gulp’ Act,” notes …

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Posted 11 months ago in Personal Injury by Aaron Kase  
Student Who Lost Finger at Penn. School Can’t Sue District

A student in Pennsylvania who lost his finger in shop class cannot sue the school district, a panel of judges ruled. The district, as well as most other government entities, is immune from most negligence lawsuits under the state’s sovereign immunity statute. Tyler Esh was using an electric grinder on a piece of steel in 2008 when he cut off a piece of his pinkie, which later resulted in amputation, according to the court opinion. In 2010, he launched a …

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Posted 11 months ago in Consumer Law On the Lighter Side by Josh Crank  
Michigan Lawmakers Seek to Return Honesty to Bartending

The Rust Belt state of Michigan has had a rough go of it the last few years. Loss of industry, dwindling populations and decaying urban centers are just a few of the reasons why Michiganders could really go for a cold one right about now. And when you’re drinking with purpose, every drop matters. In that spirit of consumer protection, Democratic state Reps. David Knezek and Brandon Dillon are out to make sure that when you order a pint of …

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Posted 11 months ago in Elder Law Your Money & The Law by Janet Raasch  
To Maximize Social Security, Wait Until You’re 70

As we near retirement age, we worry about having sufficient money to maintain our lifestyle, or close to it, for the rest of our lives. After all, we could easily spend 25 years in retirement. Traditionally, the “three legs” of retirement income were pension, savings and Social Security. As defined benefit pensions disappeared and savings eroded during the economic downturn, Social Security plays an ever more important role in retirement security. Most retirees plan to collect Social Security as soon …

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Posted 11 months ago in On the Lighter Side by Josh Crank  
Clean Undies Only at the Car Wash, Says San Fran

Reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s a mantra that helped make San Francisco one of America’s greenest cities. In fact, the City by the Bay is on pace to become a zero-waste city by 2020. Yet, in a city that loves to find a purpose for yesterday’s trash, you can find yourself on the wrong side of the law just for washing a car with used underwear. The environment be damned, it’s more legally acceptable to buff bird droppings off your windshield …

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Posted 11 months ago in The Internet & The Law Video by Betsy Kim  
Newsbreak: Yahoo! and LinkedIn Sued for Violating Privacy

  Betsy Kim, editorial director of Lawyers.com, provides today’s Newsbreak with information on your Internet privacy. Yahoo! is being sued by users of its email system. The plaintiffs claim Yahoo! illegally reads, copies and analyzes emails to make money with targeted advertising and data collection. They say this violates California’s Invasion of Privacy Act and the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The complaint states Yahoo! put in a new default email system, telling email account holders it would look for …

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