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Posted 10 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 10 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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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 10 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 10 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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