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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 […]

Types of Compensation in Civil Law Suit

When you take someone to court in a civil lawsuit, there are various types of compensation you can recover. The idea behind the civil suit is to help you become the person you were before the accident or incident. Of course, this is not always possible if the injuries were life threatening or debilitating, but […]

Getting Hurt by a Product Can End up in Civil Court

You purchase a product with the grand idea that it is going to make your life better in some way, shape or form. But what happens when that purchased product ends up hurting you or does not deliver as promised? Are you able to get financial compensation for the damages that you suffered or the […]

Lose A Criminal Case but Win a Civil Trial

You’ve been wronged.  Your first instinct is to sue the person.  How do you know whether you should file a criminal case or a civil one? Many times, these days, even though you may lose in a criminal trial, there is the possibility that you could win in the civil trial.  How is that possible? […]

Master Settlement Agreement

Have you ever heard of the McDonald’s settlement to the lady who complained the coffee was too hot?  Many thought the settlement was ridiculously high.  But that settlement is not the largest settlement in the United States.  The largest settlement in the United States is the Master Settlement Agreement and it involved a $206 billion […]

Civil Rights and Civil Court

The atmosphere in the United States lately is all about civil rights being violated.  There are people claiming they are being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, their age and their race.  In the past year we are all too familiar with the claim from the black population that they are being targeted by […]

Celebrity Civil Lawsuits

You probably think being a celebrity is a great thing.  They are rich, travel first class, have people doting on them and are adored by their fans.  All this may be true, but there is a down side to being a celebrity; being the target of a lawsuit.  Any time you are in the public […]

Jacksonville, Florida Dentist Facing Civil and Criminal Charges for Child Abuse in the Dental Chair

Dr. Howard Schneider is facing a whole slew of accusations from almost 80 different pending civil lawsuits.  The 78 year old pediatric dentist is at the center of an “epidemic of dental abuse.”    One mother posted a picture on social media of her daughter’s mouth with her horrific story on May 21st of this year.  […]

Martese Johnson’s $3 Million Civil Lawsuit

March 18th, earlier this year, a young University of Virginia honors student, Martese Johnson, was arrested outside an Irish Pub.  The 20 year old’s arrest quickly went viral on the internet.  A graphic image of his bloody face was taken by “Concerned Black Students”.  He received 10 stitches to his head and face.  The charges […]

Settling a Civil Dispute before it goes to Court

The process of settling a dispute between two parties is known as litigation.  When two parties have tried to reach a mutual solution to an agreed upon disagreement and cannot solve it on their own, they may bring their dispute to civil court.  This is most commonly known as suing someone, or bringing suit, a […]

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