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When Is a Landlord Liable for Criminal Activity at Their Property?

By Andrew Leonatti

When criminal activity happens at your apartment building or rental home, it's natural to wonder whether anything could have been done to prevent it from happening. While your landlord probably doesn't live in the building and wasn't involved in the crime, it's still their responsibility. A recent lawsuit in the news tragically illustrates the need for landlords to take security at their properties seriously. Sure, your landlord probably doesn't live in the building and wasn't involved in the crime. But it's still his responsibility. Would your landlord be charged with a crime if there was a break in or robbery in your rented home? Probably not, unless your landlord is the robber. But you could file a civil lawsuit.

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What Your Food Must Legally Tell You

By FindLaw Staff

Food labels have made huge improvements in honesty, clarity, and standardized information over the years. In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service required brands to provide more information on their labels. But what do they need to tell you now? And what can marketing and branding still hide?

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How Much Can I Sue for a Dog Bite?

By FindLaw Staff

When it comes to a dog bite case, the dog owners will usually be held liable. This means they need to pay for your medical bills. In some extraordinary circumstances, the dog's owner won't have to cover these bills and might not be found responsible. A dog owner is held responsible (sometimes called strictly liable) for injuries caused by their dog, but it is their homeowner's insurance policy that will actually pay for your medical costs or emergency room visit.

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Do You Need a Lawyer for a Workers' Comp Case?

By Kellie Pantekoek, Esq.

Many people wonder if they need a lawyer to get workers' compensation after a work-related injury or illness. The best answer is: "It depends." If you suffered a minor injury, have a good relationship with your employer, and you understand the workers' comp process, then you may not need an attorney.

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Plaintiffs Look to D.C.'s 'Lookback Window' to Broaden Boy Scout Sex Abuse Suits

By Richard Dahl

Many adults who try to achieve justice for being sexually abused as children discover too late that they've run out of time to file a claim. In the legal system it's known as a "statue of limitations," and it's at the heart of a novel civil lawsuit that's been filed in Washington, D.C. against the Boy Scouts of America.

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Is It Legal for Police to Have Sex With Those in Custody?

By Richard Dahl

Two Pennsylvania lawmakers don't think it's right that cops in that state can legally have sex with people in their custody. They're proposing bills to prohibit it. But before you conclude that Pennsylvania is a weird place for letting their police officers do that, consider this: 31 other states also allow it. We're talking consensual sex, mind you. If cops force themselves sexually on those in their custody, they can face criminal charges like anyone else. But the problem here is obvious.

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