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Access to Justice Conference is Exploring the Need for Civil Legal Assistance

Legal professionals throughout New York, as well as other states, have all come together to speak with one another on ways that they can make their civil law services more affordable. The number of people that have to represent themselves in civil law cases is astonishing, because they’re unable to cover the costs of having […]

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 […]

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? […]

Different Types of Civil Law Cases

In the United States for a civil lawsuit, a person has to be found to be guilty without any doubt to be convicted.  Civil law encompasses many different types of cases.  It can be confusing at times so understanding what kind of cases are considered to be civil will help you know whether you have […]

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 […]

How do you Calculate Punitive Damages?

Punitive damages are available in many types of personal injury claims.  These damages are intended as punishment for the offenders and also discouragement from committing this type of offense in the future.  The damages are typically awarded in extreme cases where it has been determined that the defendant with disregard for the plaintiff’s safety. There […]

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 […]

Civil Lawsuits

A civil lawsuit is a lawsuit that is filed to determine the rights and liabilities of a party.  These lawsuits normally are private disputes between corporations or individuals.  The disputes could be due to a violation of a contract or other injuries received in an accident. If you fell in a retail store due to […]

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.  […]

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