General

What is the Qualified Immunity Defense?

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In lawsuits involving police misconduct and civil rights violations, something known as the “qualified immunity defense” will more than likely be brought up by the defense attorney. This specific defense exists to prevent the fear of legal prosecution from inhibiting a police officer from enforcing the law, balancing the need to hold public official accountable … Read more

Was My Firing Illegal?

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The majority of employment relationships in the U.S. are considered to be “at-will,” meaning the employer or the employee is free to end the relationship at any time, with or without advance notice, and for any reason or no reason at all. However, grounds for a wrongful termination are a major exception to at-will employment. … Read more

Proving Unequal Pay

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According to the EEOC, laws against compensation discrimination include all payments made to or on behalf of employees as remuneration for employment. Forms of compensation covered include salary, overtime pay, bonuses, stock options, profit sharing and bonus plans, life insurance, vacation and holiday pay, cleaning or gasoline allowances, hotel accommodations, reimbursements, and benefits. The Equal … Read more

Drowsy Driving

Americans are busier than ever. There never seems to be enough hours in a day when balancing work, family, and personal lives. This has led to the increased risk of drowsy driving, the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue. Drowsy driving has become a major problem in the U.S. According to the National … Read more

What if I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?

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Represent Yourself Representing yourself in court is never advised, but it has been done, generally only occurring in small civil trials. If you do decide to represent yourself, it is crucial to learn the law and rules that apply to your case. Although deciding to represent yourself is an option, you are expected to know … Read more

What is “Contributory Negligence?”

Contributory Negligence

When a personal injury case arises, the jury will allocate responsibility to all parties reasonably involved. The amount of damages the plaintiff can collect, if any, is dependent on the state in which the accident partakes. Contributory Negligence In a pure contributory negligence state, the plaintiff is barred from recovering if he or she acted … Read more