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The Serious Consequences of Driving Without Car Insurance: What Every Driver Should Know

By Betty Wang, JD | Updated by Melanie Rauch, JD | Last updated on

What can happen if you drive without car insurance? It may feel like a victimless crime. After all, car insurance is usually purchased to protect the driver. So if you, as the driver, opt out of purchasing insurance, you're making your own choice not to have that extra back-up layer of protection in case you're in a car accident or dispute. Right? Wrong.Unlike other types of insurance that may be optional, car insurance is often required.

The Legal Reckoning in the 'Rust' Shooting Case

By Melanie Rauch, JD | Last updated on

In the latest development in the fatal shooting case on the set of the movie "Rust," Hannah Gutierrez, the film's chief weapons handler, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by the First District Court in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The sentence was delivered on April 15, following a…

Fraud vs. Lying: What's the Legal Difference?

By Deanne Katz, Esq. | Updated by Melanie Rauch, JD | Last updated on

"Fraud" and "liar" are both ugly names, but only one will land you on the defense side of a civil lawsuit. At some point, telling lies goes from being a poor decision to a violation of the law. But there are lots of circumstances in which it's not a legal problem, just a personal one. Knowing when lying becomes fraud is important, if only so you can avoid crossing the line. It's not a complicated rule to figure out, but that doesn't make it easy to apply.

Stringent Sentencing in DUI Case Highlights Legal Consequences for Habitual Offenders

By Melanie Rauch, JD | Last updated on

In a case that underscores the severe repercussions of repeated driving under the influence, a Southern California woman has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. This sentencing follows her latest offense, which tragically resulted in the death of a pregnant woman and left her newborn in…

SPAC to the Future

By A.J. Firstman | Last updated on

There’s a new(ish) kind of investment vehicle driving up and down Wall Street. They’re sleek, modern, and designed to cruise right past the bothersome rules and requirements that normally apply to companies that want to go public. They’re called Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, but their friends call them SPACs. …

School Liability Waivers: What a Parent Signs Away

By Deanne Katz, Esq. | Updated by Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

School liability waivers are so common that most parents sign them without thinking twice. They come up during sports, field trips, and other extracurricular activities where school officials are in charge. Not signing the waiver means your child can't participate in the activity. Most parents consider that too unfair given the presumably low-risk of most activities. But signing the waiver doesn't mean you have no legal recourse if something goes wrong.

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