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Invasion of privacy and drones: What can you do?

Drones are wonderful little toys that can bring out the inner kid in anybody. Unfortunately, they also sometimes bring out someone's inner creep.

Because many drones have high-definition cameras installed on them, they're capable of peering over fences and into windows -- generally invading the privacy of people in places that they expect that privacy to be sacred -- like their own bedrooms or fenced-in yards.

Common issues in disability discrimination suits need addressed

If you've suffered an injury or an illness that leaves you with some limitations, you have a right to have those limitations accommodated -- as long as you can still do the job you're expected to do.

For example, if you develop lymphatic syndrome that causes swelling in your legs and requires you to keep your feet elevated, there's no reason you can't continue to work your desk job with a footstool tucked beneath your desk.

Hostile work environment included sex dolls and strippers

Every so often, a legal case will hit the news that makes you wonder how anyone in their right minds thought that what was going on was even remotely acceptable.

That's the case with a recent sexual harassment lawsuit brought against a New Jersey financial firm by several women who, somehow, managed to work there amidst the strip shows and penis birthday cake parties.

Love, lies and...fraud? Understanding civil fraud lawsuits

Fraud can be either a criminal or civil matter -- or even both -- depending on the circumstances and parties involved. However, just because someone feels deceived, that doesn't necessarily rise to the level of legal fraud.

Take, for example, the recent lawsuit filed by a jilted lover after his girlfriend eventually rejected him and moved on to another. In response, the man filed a civil lawsuit, alleging a type of fraud known as "false representation."

Understand how attorney fees work before your case starts

You've probably seen plenty of ads by personal injury attorneys who say that "they don't get paid unless you get paid."What they mean is that they work on a contingency fee basis when it comes to personal injury claims -- which is a common type of arrangement. However, there are some important things that you should understand about contingency fees before you agree to one:

1. Some attorneys offer free consultations to personal injury clients, while others do not. There's nothing wrong with either method. Attorneys that offer free consultations will typically keep the consultations short (expect a half hour or less) and may only talk with you by phone. That's often long enough for an attorney to determine if you have a case and for the potential client to decide if that's the right attorney to handle his or her case.

Attorney gains right to pursue retaliation case

A patent attorney who worked for one of the most well-known cosmetic companies in the world has won the right to continue his retaliation lawsuit after an appeal.

The attorney, who worked in the New Jersey-based regional patent office for the company, was once responsible for overseeing the way that new products were patented.

Investigating how pedestrian car accidents happen

Pedestrians generally have the right of way in New Jersey, but not always. When a car crash leaves a pedestrian dead, there will be a lot of questions about what happened.

Did the pedestrian dart out into traffic unannounced? Should the driver have been more aware and attentive to avoid hitting the pedestrian? Police, lawyers, prosecutors, judges and insurance companies will need to get answers to these questions and more to determine who is at fault and liable for the accident.

Reduce your chances of liability when you host a backyard party

Are you getting ready to have that final cookout of the summer or the first bonfire of the fall season? If so, you want to make sure that you understand how to mitigate the chances of someone getting injured and your liability if they do.

Premise liability is all about anticipating reasonable dangers and taking reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of your guests.

Writing a settlement demand letter

If there's one hard and fast rule of car accident claims, it's that you don't get anything unless you ask for it.

If you've been the victim of a car accident, you can't expect the other driver's insurance company to step forward and offer you a fair amount of compensation. Instead, you have to write a demand letter that summarizes your injuries, the basis of your claim and how much money you want for your losses. A well-written demand letter can mean the difference between a satisfactory end to your claim and a frustrating experience that ends in a lawsuit.

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