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Can I Sue for Verbal Assault or Insulting Language?

By FindLaw Staff

In some limited situations, an individual can be sued for yelling at or for insulting another person. While the threshold for when an insult or scream crosses the line is rather hazy, there are some clearly defined lines that are helpful. For instance, if the yelling is threatening violence, or is done in a way where the listener fears for their physical safety, there are likely possible legal consequences.

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First Grade Teacher Shot by Student Sues School

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq.

A Virginia teacher who was shot by her six-year-old student during school is seeking $40 million in damages from the school that employed her for failing to prevent the incident. Abigail Zwerner, 25, taught first grade at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia. Among her students was the first-grader…

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Can You Do Anything if You're Treated by an Unlicensed Nurse?

By Heather Kennedy-Bordeaux, Esq.

Federal authorities recently announced charges against 25 people in the Southern District of Florida for their alleged participation in a wire fraud scheme that led to illegal licensing and employment of nurses. All face up to 20 years in prison.  The defendants allegedly engaged in a…

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Will Jaywalking Reforms Make You Safer?

By Arin E. Berkson, J.D.

California has passed a new law that makes it okay to jaywalk sometimes. Starting Jan. 1, 2023, police officers in California can only ticket pedestrians when their behavior would make a collision likely. California joins Virginia, Massachusetts, Nevada, Philadelphia, and Kansas City, Missouri, which have also recently reformed their jaywalking laws and enforcement practices. So, why is there a push to relax jaywalking laws now? One of the main motivations driving changes to these laws is the desire to reduce racial profiling.

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Daycare Drama: When Does a Prank Become Felony Child Abuse?

By Catherine Hodder, Esq.

When does a prank go too far? If you don a “Scream" mask (the one used in the 1996's movie Scream) to scare people, it may be harmless. But what if you do it to toddlers? That is a different story. This actually happened at the Li'l Blessings Child Care & Learning Center in Hamilton, Mississippi. Five day care workers dressed up in the masks as part of a “prank." The would-be “pranksters” chased and shouted at the children. Viral videos on social media show terrified children running from the adults.

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Don’t Be a Turkey: Keep Thanksgiving Safe and Legal

By Heather Kennedy-Bordeaux, Esq.

While frying a turkey for a gaggle of sneezy nephews, hosting a cornucopia of distant cousins, or stuffing your brother in a pick-up football game, calamity can befall even the most readied merrymaker.  Thanksgiving can bring mirth or misadventure. Our lives are hectic already, and it can feel like we’re jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire if we don’t have a solid holiday plan. With that in mind, here are some practical tips to help you stay safe and within the law this Thanksgiving.

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