Laws and Health Concerns

While water and wind damage from hurricanes Ivan and Katrina have been repaired years ago, many homeowners in the Gulf Coast region are still unable to live in their homes. During the construction frenzy following these two storms from 2004 to 2008, drywall was imported from China to meet the demand. However, some people are now saying that the Chinese drywall used to repair homes in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Virginia is defective and is making homeowners ill. After complaints of health problems such as irritated skin and eyes, difficulty breathing, coughing, headaches, bloody noses, sinus infections and asthma attacks began to roll in, an investigation revealed that the Chinese drywall used in these particular homes emits sulfur gasses. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said the drywall is toxic and could…
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Facebook cited as rising cause of divorce

Two weeks ago we wrote about the role social media has recently played in modern relationships and in divorce. According to relationship experts and marriage counselors, social networking has increased the opportunity for individuals to have an extra-marital or extra-relationship affair. Social networking has increased the opportunity for extra-relationship affairs because social networking tools have made it easier for someone to confide the intimate details of a current relationship with an old acquaintance or partner. As a result, a recent survey of divorce attorneys shows that one in five divorce cases in the United States are linked to Facebook. According to the same group of family law attorneys, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, social media is a rising source of extramarital affairs. In fact, the vast majority (over 80 percent)…
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10-year-old dies in unusual Ohio car accident

Parents drive carefully on the road when their young children are in the vehicle with them. They take caution to avoid somehow involving their child in a serious car accident or even worse, a fatal accident. They stay in their lanes, signal turns and make sure to obey posted speed limits. The preventative actions of one Ohio father on a Sunday evening accident were not enough to stop another driver from taking the life of his 10-year-old boy. The fatal accident occurred on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, late in the evening. The father and son had been driving near West Cleveland, Ohio when they noticed that a tree had fallen across the roadway. The pickup collided with the fallen tree. No one was injured in the minor crash, but there was…
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Strong Defense Against Theft Crimes Charges

Strong Defense Against Theft Crimes Charges Because a theft charge will go on your record, potentially limiting your ability to get a job, rent an apartment and attend the school of your choice, it's important that you hire an attorney versus pleading guilty. There are defenses for theft crimes, and a lawyer with knowledge of this area of law will work to build a case for you. The penalties associated with a theft charge vary depending on the level of the crime. Theft crimes are categorized as follows: • Second-degree crime — Theft of property valued at $75,000 or more, or property taken by extortion. A second-degree charge in New Jersey is punishable by five to 10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine. • Third-degree crime — Theft of…
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Florida’s No Fault System

Florida's "no-fault" insurance system has created a monster in the Sunshine State. Florida remains one of the states with the highest rate of claims fraud clogging the court system. At the same time, Florida motorists are rated #4 for the highest insurance premiums in the nation. One of the reasons for this problem is a mandatory $10,000 PIP, or the personal injury protection clause required by the state. Currently there is legislation proposed that eliminates the $10,000 PIP in Florida. While eliminating the PIP in Florida is a good first step, the problem of claims fraud is much more complicated than that. Florida has been known as a state where the jury can get carried away with assigning widely inappropriate awards to people who have questionable injury claims. In addition,…
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