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What Happens During a Welfare Fraud Investigation?

FindLaw Headlines - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:20
Ever since the 'Welfare Queen' craze in the early '80s, the specter of fraud has hung over any public assistance program, from Medicaid to food stamps. And, to be sure, that fraud exists, from a recently dubbed "Food Stamp Millionaire" to single cases of misreporting income and insurance payouts to......

Charles Oakley Sues Knicks Owner James Dolan Over MSG Incident

FindLaw Headlines - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:06
Charles Oakley, New York Knickerbockers legend, was kicked out of a Knicks game last February, after which James Dolan, current Knicks owner and executive chairman of Madison Square Garden, speculated that Oakley may have a problem with alcohol and anger management issues. Those assertions, and the forcible removal of Oakley......

Jessica Biel's Restaurant Sued by Workers for Wage Theft

FindLaw Headlines - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:55
Celebrities don't always make the best restaurateurs; just ask Eva Longoria or Flavor Flav. But you'd at least hope that they'd pay their employees properly and pass on the tips those employees earned. But nine current and former employees at Jessica Biel's Au Fudge restaurant in Los Angeles are suing......

Guns and Drugs: FAQ for Renters

FindLaw Headlines - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:39
Renting an apartment or house can be a tricky thing -- in so many ways, it's your space; but in so many other ways, it is clearly not. Can I paint this wall? What's the limit on house guests? Why can't my pit bull live here? And varying opinions and......

Too Hot! Woman Sues Victoria's Secret Over Flammable Hoodie

FindLaw Injury News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:59

It's not too surprising when Victoria's Secret racy lingerie sparks some romantic flames. A little more surprising is when a less revealing hoodie from the company's PINK apparel line literally catches fire.

Samantha Burke claims that a hoodie, t-shirt, and bra she purchased from Victoria's Secret "burst into flame while she cooked, resulting in sever and irreparable injury to her body." She is now suing the company, alleging that she "will bear the scars on her body, and in her memory, forever."

"She Screamed"

According to her lawsuit, Burke was heating up on the stove for her and her husband one evening:

While moving the soup from burner to countertop, Samantha Burke smelled something burning and realized that the drawstring on her Victoria's Secret PINK hoodie had caught fire. She set the soup down so she could immediately put out the fire on the drawstring. As she set the soup on her counter, she saw flames on the right side of her body. The Victoria's Secret Apparel was on fire and was burning her. She recalls seeing the flames, recalls the intensity of the fire, heat and pain, and recalls being in a state of shock.

Burke screamed for help from her husband, and together they finally put out the flames, but not before she suffered third-degree burns requiring skin grafts and weeks in an airplane splint that forced Burke into a consistently painful posture.

"Haunted by Nightmares"

Since the incident, Burke claims her sleeping is "haunted by nightmares of being trapped in fire in her home," her skin, which has reached "maximum improvement" yet remains "charred, disfigured [and] scarred," and she "cannot 'Live Cool. Live Comfy.,' the lifestyle and experience marketed by Victoria's Secret PINK."

Burke is suing for damages, prejudgment interests, and court costs.

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Too Hot! Woman Sues Victoria's Secret Over Flammable Hoodie

FindLaw Headlines - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:59
It's not too surprising when Victoria's Secret racy lingerie sparks some romantic flames. A little more surprising is when a less revealing hoodie from the company's PINK apparel line literally catches fire. Samantha Burke claims that a hoodie, t-shirt, and bra she purchased from Victoria's Secret "burst into flame while......

Can Sexting Be a Felony?

FindLaw Headlines - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:29
With increased access to smartphones with cameras, and limited access to good decision-making skills, teens have turned sexting into a serious issue that parents, educators, and sometimes the police need to deal with. And state laws, prosecutors, and courts have turned sexting into a serious criminal offense that teens may......

Deportation Dispute: U.S. Refusing Visas for Countries Unwilling to Take Back Deported Citizens

FindLaw Headlines - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:27
Most of us don't think about what happens to people deported from the United States, or where they go. But that process can be pretty complicated and require the cooperation of other nations accepting deportees. And the Trump administration is accusing four nations of being less than cooperative in deportation......

Do Family Businesses Need an Operating Agreement?

FindLaw Headlines - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:17
Part of the appeal of a family business is the family part, as opposed to the business part. Having a warmer, more informal relationship between the owners and employees stands in stark contrast to the calculating, profit-driven world of LLCs. Plus, why share profits with stockholders when you can......

What Happens When Somebody Kills an Endangered Species?

FindLaw Headlines - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 16:20
Endangered and threatened species are protected for a reason: once a species is extinct, there's no bringing it back. (Sorry, Jurassic Park aficionados.) So the Endangered Species Act aims to protect threatened and endangered species of plants and animals, as well as the habitats in which they are found. So......

Smartphone Search and Seizure Law: Update on iPhone Security

FindLaw Headlines - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:03
With every new advance in technology comes greater privacy concerns, especially when it comes to police searches. Email is just what it says, right, electronic mail? But while police may need a warrant to read handwritten letters, they may not need one to get access to your email. And as......

Top 5 Legal Issues Following Floods

FindLaw Headlines - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:02
Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in Houston last month. This month, it was Hurricane Irma inundating Florida. With two more storms, Jose and Maria, setting their sights on the northeast coast and Caribbean, respectively, the physical and financial injuries from flooding and flood damage will only intensify, leaving many to......

Top 5 Legal Issues Following Floods

FindLaw Injury News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:02

Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in Houston last month. This month, it was Hurricane Irma inundating Florida. With two more storms, Jose and Maria, setting their sights on the northeast coast and Caribbean, respectively, the physical and financial injuries from flooding and flood damage will only intensify, leaving many to wonder what kind of recourse they have.

Here are some of the biggest legal questions and issues concerning flood injuries, and where to find the answers, from our archives:

1. Why Do We Declare a National Emergency?

It's a phrase we often hear either right before, during, or after a major storm -- the president or governor is declaring a state of emergency. It sounds very serious, but what does it actually entail? While declarations of emergency often focus on funding disaster prevention and relief, they can go much further.

2. Flood Recovery: Safety Issues and Flood Insurance

After a flood, you may want to return to your normal life as quickly as possible. But two main things may stand in your way: the safety of your home and transit around your neighborhood, and insurance coverage for any flood damage. Find out how to navigate both.

3. After Colo. Flood, 5 Legal Issues to Address

Beyond physical safety and flood insurance coverage, you may also need to worry about your job or your small business. And there may also be tax implications, as well. Fortunately, local, state, and some federal legal aid resources are available.

4. Katrina Lawsuit Begins: Is the Government Liable for Flood Damage?

This was especially relevant in New Orleans given the Army Corps of Engineers role in designing and building the city's levee system. But given the science behind global warming and the disastrous hurricane season, what legal responsibility do private businesses and government entities bear in a natural disaster?

5. Mississippi Flood Raises Toxic Mold Threat

Yes, there's the water. But there are often hidden dangers associated with floods that people fail to think about. Mold can be one of those unseen risks to residents in a flood-damaged area.

If you've suffered from a personal injury or property damage due to a flood, you may want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area.

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Top 5 Legal Tips for Teens

FindLaw Headlines - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 18:07
Teenagers seem to occupy a social and emotional middle ground: not children, but not quite adults; so much responsibility, but not all of it; independent in so many ways, dependent in others. Much of that is also true when it comes to legal grounds. The law is a little different......

Google Sued for 'Systemic Discrimination' Against Female Employees

FindLaw Headlines - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 18:01
It seems like just yesterday Google was parting ways with an engineer who felt the need to explain to colleagues, in excruciatingly sophomoric detail, why the "distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and ... these differences may explain why we......

What Can Police Do in a High-Speed Chase?

FindLaw Headlines - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 16:45
Former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted today on first-degree murder charges stemming from the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley shot Smith five times in his car following a three-minute chase during which Stockley allegedly said "We're killing this motherf*," ordered his partner to crash their......

Like Clockwork, Here's the Equifax Scam

FindLaw Headlines - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 14:18
Where goes any hack or data breach, so comes the scam. Worried your personal information is in the hands of criminals? Give us, who are definitely not criminals, your personal information and we'll check and make sure to keep you safe. The appeal is simple, insidious, and predictable. So it's......

Judge: Kid-Friendly Versions of Classic Novels Violate Copyright Laws

FindLaw Headlines - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 13:32
Why wait until you're 15 to understand what it's like to hitchhike from coast to coast? You don't need to be in middle school to feel the yearning and aspirations of 1940s New York City cafe society, right? Surely a tale about two fishermen of varying ages wouldn't be lost......

Motel 6 Accused of Reporting Guests to ICE

FindLaw Headlines - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 12:50
Normally if you're concerned with ice at a hotel, it's locating the nearest machine to your room. There was a different concern for guests at two Motel 6 locations in Phoenix, Arizona -- that employees were calling ICE to report guests who may be in the country illegally. A recent......

Starbucks Sued for Hot Tea Spill That Killed Dog

FindLaw Headlines - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 17:09
They may seem silly on the surface, but many hot coffee and tea lawsuits are no laughing matter. While it may be tempting to rhetorically wonder what temperature these customers were expecting from their drinks, they certainly weren't expecting the serious burns the boiling beverages can cause. And most of......

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