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Minimum Contacts and the International Shoe Case

If you have ever wanted to sue a business (or a person) you probably know that one of the first things you must do is establish that the court has personal jurisdiction over the defendant.  Personal jurisdiction means that the court has the ability to exercise its authority over the defendant and force the defendant […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Funeral Costs after an Accident

Wrongful death is traumatizing to the surviving family – and typically will result in hidden expenses – beginning with the cost of a burial and funeral. Consider the below details. The individual products and services of a funeral involve: Casket and additional products like prayer cards and a temporary grave marker Administrative and professional services […]

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 […]

Do You Have A Responsibility In A Wrongful Death Case?

Blame; it’s something a lot of people want to put on someone when something bad happens.  Someone has to be responsible; it couldn’t have been just an accident.  When considering wrongful death lawsuits, where does the proverbial buck stop?  Who is responsible for what? Let’s start with something we all hear about every day, 9-1-1 […]

Do You Have Injuries From A Boating Accident?

Here’s the scenario; you’re in a rented motorboat with your family and currently cruising along the St. John’s River.  The sun is shining and your family is enjoying this peaceful afternoon as you meander along looking for different species of fish.  You hear a noise in the distance.  It’s the noise of another motorboat; this […]

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