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The Right to Seclusion of Personal Facts vs. Public Opinion

Unhappy with the valuation determination by Zillow’s Zestimates, a builder and related parties have initiated a class action suit against Zillow Inc. and Zillow Group, for class action complaint for (a) violation of the...more

First Class Actions introduced in France by consumer associations (French version)

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Depuis l’entrée en vigueur le 1er octobre 2014 des dispositions de la loi Hamon introduisant une action de groupe en droit français, plusieurs actions ont déjà été initiées témoignant d’un vif intérêt des associations de...more

Lead Paint Companies Hit With Billion Dollar Judgment in California Public Nuisance Case

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a decision with potentially far-reaching impacts, a California state court has ordered three major paint companies to pay $1.15 billion to clean up lead paint in homes throughout California. People v. Atlantic Richfield...more

Door Opening to Allow Common Negligence Claims Against Construction Professionals

by Lane Powell PC on

For several years, design and construction professionals have been awaiting word from the Washington Supreme Court regarding whether aggrieved parties are limited to remedies set forth in their written contracts or whether...more

Ten Most Important Aspects in Admission Contract of Senior Care Facility

by Qin Qu on

With increasing supply in the Chinese marketplace of senior care facilities, expertise in the operating management is highly urged. The admission contract is one of the essential parts of this management. Having seen poorly...more

Childhood Lead Poisoning in Massachusetts

by Jeffrey Feuer on

This article will tell you about the dangers of childhood lead poisoning, how you can find out if there is lead in your home or apartment, what to do if there is lead, and what protections Massachusetts law provides for you...more

Green, et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Plaintiff's Memorandum in Support of Response to Motion to Dismiss

by Jason Ostendorf on

Memorandum opposing a motion to dismiss filed by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. The case involves homeowners suing to enforce their right to a loan modification....more

Medical Bills & Bankruptcy – Dealing With the Pain of Debt

by John Skiba on

In a fair amount of bankruptcy cases that I file medical bills are a significant part of what lead to the bankruptcy filing. Many people simply can’t afford health insurance and when they get sick the bills can be...more

CARTER v CLEVELAND DEVELOPMENT L.L.C.

Appeal Brief on Suing Previous Owner for Lead Poisoning Child

by Edward Kramer on

We are representing a family with a lead poisoned child. The landlord does not have deep pockets, but the previous owner who had been order to remediate this problem 2 years prior to my clients renting the house is a large...more

California RESPA Lawyer Explains the RESPA Prohibitions Against Kickbacks and Fee Splitting

by Sebastian Gibson on

RESPA, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, was passed to address abusive practices such as kickbacks or referral fees that can result in higher costs to the home buyer. However, as a lawyer with RESPA experience,...more

New Federal Swimming Pool and Spa Safety Law

On December 19, 2008, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. § 8000 et seq. (the “Act”) became applicable to all “public pools and spas.” The Act was passed following advocacy by the parents of Virginia...more

New Federal Safety Law "Cannonballs" into Apartment, Condominium and Hotel Pools

On December 19, 2008, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. § 8000 et seq. (the “Act”) became applicable to all “public pools and spas.” The Act was passed following advocacy by the parents of Virginia...more

Divided Texas Supreme Court Narrows Definition of "Unreasonably Dangerous"

by David Wilson II on

An analysis of an important Texas Supremem Court case addressing when a condition can be considered "unreasonably dangerous" in the context of the liability of a premises owner....more

Shell Oil Company v. Khan

Petitioner's Reply Brief

by David Wilson II on

This is the Petitioner's Reply Brief in Shell v. Khan, which sets out weaknesses in the brief of Respondent, which had argued that Shell Oil Company had a duty to prevent the shooting of Mr. Khan at his employer's Shell gas...more

Shell Oil Company v. Khan

Petitioner's Brief on the Merits

by David Wilson II on

This is the brief for the prevailing party in Shell v. Khan, decided by the Texas Supreme Court in 2004. It is the leading case on the liability of oil companies for personal injuries to the employees or guests of...more

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