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Just starting out in the Personal Injury Law field? A basic knowledge of the terms of art is key to impressing your client or managing partner with your ability to handle Personal Injury Law matters competently. Read on for a quick primer! Cipollone v. Liggett Group, Inc. , 505 U.S. 504 (1992): Arguably...

Understanding No-Fault Auto Insurance

A no-fault auto insurance system requires drivers to have minimum insurance in the event the driver is injured. The insurer automatically pays for the driver’s damages, regardless of who is at fault for the accident, which theoretically keeps insurance costs down and makes it easier to process...

Fundamentals of Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Defined A wrongful death lawsuit is premised on the fact that a wrongful death not only injures the person who has died, but also injures the people who depended upon the deceased for financial or emotional support. The wrongful act may include a negligent or careless act, a reckless...

Fundamentals of Product Liability Law

Product liability cases turn not only on whether there was an injury from using the item but also on whether the product was defective or unexpectedly dangerous. A "defective product" is a product that causes damage or injury to a person as a result of some defect in the product itself, its...

The Basics of Libel and Slander

"Defamation" is a false statement communicated to someone else that is intended to damage a person’s reputation or good name. Defamation through writing is called "libel," whereas spoken defamation is called "slander." Libel To recover for libel, the written...

Asbestos Attorneys Square Off on Gaskets’ Role in Mesothelioma During HB Teleconference

Among the subsets of asbestos litigation are claims arising from shipyard workers exposed to asbestos in gaskets as they installed or removed them. Two attorneys faced off on the issue during a Jan. 22, 2009 teleconference produced by HB Litigation Conferences, formerly Mealey’s Conferences. ...

Punitive Damages Find Support in Tennessee Minivan Case

The awarding of punitive damages has been under attack for almost two decades, both by business interests and by those who argue for tort reform and a smaller role of courts in our society. The Supreme Court of the United States appeared to have put the clamp on punitive damages in 1996 when it ruled...