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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 […]

Online Data and Divorce – What You Say Really Does Matter

It has become common that anything you say online, stays there indefinitely. Even if you delete it, someone out there could still find it, if they look hard enough. This needs to be carried over when it comes to legal matters as well. If you are going through a divorce and you have been talking […]

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, […]

It’s the 35th Anniversary for NH Bank’s Support of Civil Legal Aid

New Hampshire’s Legal Assistance has received more than $500K in funds in the past year to help more than 7,000 people. This civil legal aid is what is going to keep the communities thriving throughout many of the hardships that they’ve faced in their lifetimes. With the help of these legal aid services, the state […]

Res Ipsa Loquitur: Relieving Plaintiffs of the Burden of Proof

Usually, when someone files a lawsuit, he or she is responsible for proving that the person being sued—known as the defendant or the respondent depending on a few different factors—did something that he or she should not have done, and as a result the person filing the lawsuit—the plaintiff—was harmed in some manner.  The idea […]

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 […]

What’s Required on a Legal Litigation Information Sheet

In the event that you are filing a lawsuit against another person, whether it is for a divorce, accident, or other terms for suing another, having a legal litigation information sheet is required for many states. It may or may not be required in the state that you reside in, but may be required in […]

Ensure Proper Service of Process to Avoid Unnecessary Frustration in Court

One of the basic tenets of our judicial system is that someone cannot be sued unless they have been advised of the lawsuit so they may have the opportunity to appear in court and defend themselves.  Although there are some exceptions to the general rule—such as service by publication when a defendant cannot be found—for […]

The Rules of Evidence: Hearsay and Its Exceptions

If you are considering filing a lawsuit against someone you have probably already started to plan your strategy: how you will convince the judge (or jury, depending on whether it is a bench trial or not) that you have been wronged and should be compensated for the injury that you have suffered.  During the course […]

Brantley versus Nissan North America: Defective Side Airbags

Sometimes we purchase something that just does not work right. It is the general hope that the defects will be caught by the supplying company before something bad happens, but unfortunately that is not always the case as is illustrated in the Brantley versus Nissan North America case. In this lawsuit, which is a class […]

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