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March 1, 2012 By Law Offices of Manuel Fajardo
Alimony, the payment of income to a former spouse is can be an important revenue for many who have grown dependent on their former spouse. To handle the differing needs, legislators are constantly observing it to determine the best way to distribute it. Many people have heard the statistics on the divorce rate at this point.
California leads the nation in the number of undocumented immigrants living in the state, accounting for 2,570,000 of the 10.8 million people illegally residing in the United States in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Given that the state requires people to provide a Social Security number and proof of residency to obtain a driverís license, this population undoubtedly contributes to the incidence of unlicensed driving.
A recent article in the Orange County Register discussed debates going on throughout California on the subject of tort reform. The article cited the example of a Huntington Beach woman who had recently filed 48 lawsuits against the state over the course of a few months, underscoring the extent to which frivolous lawsuits plague the state. An attorney explains the issue and how tort reform can, in some cases, benefit the state and its citizens, and, in others, prove injurious for the latter.
SureFire is a California company that makes gun-mounted flashlights and weapons accessories used by law enforcement officials throughout the United States. Recently, however, a Dallas, Texas family sued the company, alleging that a bad flashlight design led to an inadvertent shooting and fatal personal injury. An attorney examines which argument concerning the cause of the death is more likely to prove successful in court: defective product design or product misuse.
Despite an effort in 2009 to impose a two-year ban on the construction of new digital billboards in Orange County, Los Angeles, and throughout California, there is currently no state law prohibiting these billboards from appearing up and down the sides of highways. Extensive controversy exists surrounding the potential for digital billboards to distract drivers and cause car accidents.
The number of overweight and obese children in the United States has continued to grow, more than tripling in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In response to the increasing population of larger, heavier children, safety restraint manufacturers have introduced car seats with higher weight capacities.
Violations of Californiaís building codes resulting in serious or fatal personal injury have legal consequences for those responsible for the unsafe structure, whether the homeowners, builders, or architects. An attorney cites a recent case in which code violations proved fatal for an emergency responder to illustrate the dangers of incompliance with building laws and the consequences for the parties involved.
March 1, 2012 By Law Offices of Moffa, Gainor, & Sutton, P.A.
With the ever increasing amount of taxes, consumers have found ways around some of the rules for the time being. One recent way in which they have been able to avoid the high expense of taxes is through online purchases. Buying items online is not a completely new concept, but is more recent and has been steadily gaining greater popularity.
March 1, 2012 By Fitzsimmons Law Firm
In April 2010, a coal mining explosion killed 29 men in southern West Virginia. Nearly two years have passed and the story is far from over. Upper Big Branch is a coal mine in Montcoal, West Virginia and is operated by Massey Energy. At 3:27 p.m. on April 5th, 2010, an explosion occurred over 1,000 feet deep in the mine. High levels of methane were detected in the mine and later an unknown cause sparked an explosion.
There are too many instances of personal injury throughout the nation, and sometimes the accidents or acts of negligence which cause these injuries are widespread enough to affect more than just a single person. When groups of people are wrongfully harmed in an accident of any type, there may be legitimate cause for a class action lawsuit.