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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.

How Did the Parents of the Michigan School Shooter End Up Facing Prison Time for Manslaughter?

By T. Evan Eosten Fisher, Esq. | Last updated on

On November 30, 2021, fifteen-year-old high school student Ethan Crumbley, armed with a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, murdered four classmates and injured seven others. His legal consequences were resolved anticlimactically, with guilty pleas and a life sentence in prison, but the story of his murderous rampage occupied courts for years…

Can I Get Sued for Libel for Reposting on Social Media?

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

Can retweeting a false news story get you sued for libel? The question comes on the heels of the British Broadcasting Corporation's legal settlement with a UK politician who is now going after individuals for allegedly libelous retweets, The New York Times reports. A few weeks ago, a BBC report falsely linked Alastair McAlpine to a child sex-abuse case. It quickly came to light that the report was incorrect, and that McAlpine wasn't involved.

Will Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman’s Families Benefit from OJ Simpson’s Estate?

By Catherine Hodder, Esq. | Last updated on

OJ Simpson, known for his NFL career, Heisman Trophy, and being acquitted in the “trial of the century,” died on April 10 from cancer. There are now questions about his estate and if the families of the victims, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, will be able to recover their…

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