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Richard Dahl

Legal Writer

Richard Dahl, Legal Writer

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Legal writer Richard Dahl focuses his work primarily on FindLaw’s consumer blogs.

Richard is a native of Minnesota, where he worked as a writer and editor for several years before moving to Boston and entering the field of legal journalism. He worked as a staff writer at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Lawyers USA for five years and then embarked on a freelance career that provided him an opportunity to write for a wide variety of publications. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the ABA Journal, The Nation, and Environmental Health Perspectives. He’s also done extensive writing for law schools, including Harvard, Notre Dame, and the University of Minnesota.

He returned to Minnesota and joined Thomson Reuters in 2019. He lives in leafy St. Paul and enjoys hiking and day trips into the countryside.

Latest Articles

  • Tiger Woods Faces Two Lawsuits From Ex-Girlfriend

    Tiger Woods will likely recover from the foot injury that forced him to withdraw from the Masters Golf Tournament on April 9. But a painful legal situation, or two, may continue to hobble him. Woods spoke to reporters prior to the beginning of the tournament, reflecting on his stellar record as a…

  • What to Do if You Lose ID or Credit Card While Traveling

    Not many sinking feelings can match the one that strikes when you realize that you've lost your passport, your ID, or your credit cards while traveling. If it happens to you, remember that it happens to even the most seasoned travelers. And take heart: there are contingency measures you can…

  • Tesla Must Pay Black Employee $3.2 Million in Racial Bias Lawsuit

    A federal jury has ordered Tesla to pay about $3.2 million to a Black former employee for ignoring his accusations of racial abuse. Although the jury awarded plaintiff Owen Diaz a seven-figure verdict, his decision to go to trial proved costly. Two years ago, a different jury awarded him $137…

  • 'Forever Chemicals' Attract Growing Legal Challenges

    "Forever chemicals" are everywhere, or so it seems. They're commonly called PFAS (pronounced PEE-fass)—short for polyfluroalkyl. They are in our drinking water, our clothes, our cosmetics, our cookware, our carpets, and many other products. They may also cause cancer, decrease fertility, and damage immune systems. Little surprise then, that PFAS lawsuits…

  • Getting Compensation for Pothole Damage to Your Car

    The official first day of spring on March 20 was especially welcome this year for Midwesterners, who've endured an especially long and harsh winter. But the weather-related headaches are not yet over. It is now pothole season for motorists—and one of the worst in memory for some areas, such as…

  • Docking PTO Is Legal When Employees Miss Productivity Quotas, Third Circuit Rules

    You might have thought that your PTO was sacred, but employees with minimum work quotas should now be wary. A federal appellate court has just ruled that employers can take away salaried employees' paid time off (PTO) when they fail to meet productivity quotas. Involving employees of a nursing home…

  • Texas Man Sues Women for Wrongful Death in Helping Ex-Wife Get Abortion Pills

    Can a person who helps a Texas woman get a medication abortion in that state be tried for wrongful death? A lawsuit filed March 10 by Galveston County resident Marcus Silva makes that claim. Silva is asserting that under Texas' wrongful-death law, three women who assisted his ex-wife in obtaining…

  • Diner Sues, Saying Boneless Chicken Wings Aren't Really Wings

    Remember the "fake tuna" lawsuit against Subway? It comes to mind now that another major restaurant chain, Buffalo Wild Wings, faces allegations that at least sound similar. An Illinois man, Aimen Halim, filed a class-action lawsuit on March 13, arguing that the restaurant's boneless wings aren't really wings. They are…

  • What Happens if Trump Is Indicted?

    Former President Donald Trump has survived two impeachment trials and multiple federal investigations, but this week he faces a legal threat of historic proportions. Never before has a current or former president been indicted for allegedly committing a crime. However, it now appears likely that Trump will be the first.

  • 'Slap Fighting' Is Now Legal

    In boxing, a fighter with a "good chin" is one who can endure repeated blows to the head without falling to the canvas. But the best boxers, like Muhammed Ali, are those with a more refined skill: Knowing how to avoid those blows. In all combat sports,…

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