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The Federal Government Creates a Fund to Help Compensate those Suffering from State Sponsored Terrorism

Over the years, there have been many incidents where US citizens have been terrorized in some way by a state sponsored action. For instance, back in 2014, families of two different military members were kidnapped and executed by al-Qaida. There are plenty of other incidents where government or state actions have resulted in bad things […]

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 Matter of Damages: How Much Can You Sue (or be Sued) For?

If you are involved in a lawsuit—whether as the plaintiff or as the defendant—you may be wondering how much money can be at stake.  This is where the question of damages comes into play. What does the term “damages” mean? Simply put, damages are the monetary award that you can receive (or be ordered to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Defamation of Character

In today’s world, it seems everyone needs to be careful when talking about someone.  People are sensitive to being categorized in certain ways; the names we used to use for groups of people are now offensive.  When saying something about someone you need to make sure you have your facts straight.  With social media everywhere, […]

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 […]

Can you Sue your Landlord?

Florida backs up renters by giving them the opportunity to sue their landlord if they are not being treated right. Now this does not mean that you can sue your landlord because you are unhappy with the amount of rent that he is charging or the color of the furniture he put in the apartment […]

Statute of Limitations in Florida

When someone wrongs you, whether in a car accident, financially, slander or by trespassing, you do not have all of the time in the world to sue for damages. Without a statute of limitations, the judicial system would be a hot mess. People would be suing for things that happened to them 10 and 20 […]

Tobacco Lawsuits aren’t over!

In the 1950’s, after years of being declared that smoking is safe and even healthy, scientific studies were published that proved once and for all, that a link existed between cigarette smoking and cancer.  At that time, the lawsuits started.  Tobacco companies were being sued regarding product liability, negligence and even fraud.  You would think […]

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