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Contracting for Hurricane Repairs, A Primer

If you suffered damage from Hurricane Irma, you need to notify your insurance company immediately. If you are having repairs done at your home you need to: Ensure the work is being done by a Florida licensed contractor. If you are told a Florida license is not needed, confirm with your local building department. You […]

New Montana Law Offers the Right to a Jury Trial for Criminal Property Seizures by Police

Montana has had some serious issues with police officers taking the property of its citizens when those citizens are prosecuted. Many citizens complain of being falsely charged with crimes, and then having their possessions taken by local police departments. That’s because current Montana laws allow police and prosecutors to seize property that’s expected to be […]

Arnold Black Stood Up for His Own Injustices and Won

There are always reported cases of injustice or outright abuse in the media, but there aren’t quite as many cases that involve police officers specifically. According to the NY Daily news, Arnold Black sued the East Cleveland police force over a horrifying incident that happened to him, and he won big with a payout totaling […]

What Do I Do if My Condo Was Damaged By Hurricane Matthew?

Are you the owner of a condominium that suffered damage from the recent hurricane? It is frustrating when the condominium association points the finger at the insurance company and the insurance company points back at the condominium association. Or maybe they are both pointing the finger at you. Meanwhile, your unit was damaged, it was […]

The War on Drugs

Surprisingly enough, law enforcement members are suggesting a new solution for repeat drug offenders: lighter sentences. For years’ drug offenders have been thrown in jail, only to be released and repeat the same cycle of addiction. Realizing that this form of punishment is ineffective, authorities are working together to seek change. Instead of charging addicts […]

The Historic Civil Law Suit Against George W. Bush is Set in California

Saleh v. Bush has been ongoing, with many papers that have been handed back and forth on the case, from both parties. Currently, the latest to go into the judge’s hands in the Ninth Circuit Court was the Chilcot Report. This is hopefully going to cut back on any problems that Bush may be facing, […]

Groups are Meeting Across the Country to Study Civil Legal Services

In order to make civil legal services more affordable and available to their clients, many of the legal professionals throughout numerous states, including Wisconsin are coming together to brainstorm different ways that they can make this possible for their residents. This is going to be the first time that many of these professionals have thought […]

Civil Law Court Has Shut Down Two Radio Stations in Liberia

Civil Law Abroad: The Civil Law Court in Liberia has made the decision, effective immediately, to close down two radio stations upon the direct request from the Telecommunication Authority within the area. This is due to the radio station’s inability or refusal to regularize their status while on the air with the country. Since they’re […]

Interpleader: Compelling Two Parties to Litigate

Generally, it is understood that one person cannot drag two others into court and force them to fight out an issue.  However, as with most things in the law, there are exceptions to this idea.  The concept of interpleader is that sometimes one party can compel two or more other parties to determine their rights […]

The Civil Side of a Criminal Wrongdoing

When someone commits a crime, we typically think about what they could be facing in terms of criminal consequences: probation, imprisonment, and perhaps a fine.  However, there is an entirely other side of the coin, and that has to do with the civil liability they may be facing. Criminal vs. Civil liability: similarities and differences […]

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