Proponents of limiting medical malpractice lawsuits and their resulting monetary awards and settlements often justify their position by mentioning the burden to the overall cost of health care. Such a claim, however, seems to run opposite to recent data analysis performed by a health insurer and researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
A number of tax changes were implemented in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, signed into law on January 2nd of this year. The Act passed in response to the imminent expiration of the “Bush tax cuts” and other tax regulations originally passed in 2001 and 2003.
The trial of Jodi Arias has captivated the country for months with its “did she or didn’t she” moments. For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with the trial, it involves a woman charged with the brutal 2008 slaying her ex-boyfriend.
It has long been held that student loan debt is non-dischargeable in bankruptcy. However, in the case of Krieger v. Educ. Credit Mgmt. Corp., the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Susan Krieger, an Illinois paralegal, was in such financial straits that she was unable to pay off her student loans. It permitted them to be completely discharged.
Fraud is a term that describes an act involving an intentional deception that damages another person or results in their financial loss. This can include the implementation of a wide variety of schemes that bring in money or other valuables.
When it comes to intellectual property, truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. One of the oddest trademark battles to date is a squabble between Montpelier resident Bo Muller-Moore and restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A over shirts Muller-Moore emblazoned with the slogan “Eat More Kale.”
After the recent spike and fall in the value of Bitcoin, one of the most popular virtual currencies, regulators and securities officials are beginning to take note of an oft-unregulated market. The currency had been worth around $20 in February 2013; in just the past two months, its value shot up to more than $200 per Bitcoin, and then fell to a low of just under $80 before shooting back up to about $120.
One of the latest Wall Street trends is known as litigation financing, and it involves making a loan to individuals or businesses in need of cash to finance a lawsuit or legal defense. It is not a loan in the strictest sense of the word; if the plaintiff or defendant loses the case, they are no longer obligated to pay the financier back.
In the wake of the Apple-Samsung lawsuit in which design patent law was brought to the fore of patent lawyers’ attention, a new design patent battle has begun between Spanx and Yummie Tummie, two competing clothing manufacturers whose slimming undergarments, tops and pants have become highly popular across the country.
Divorces in the state of North Carolina could soon become more difficult as two state legislators seek to pass the “Healthy Marriage Act,” a bill designed to lengthen divorce wait times.