General Law Blog Posts: Legal Intelligence from Law Firms & Lawyers

Legal Intelligence from Law Firms & Lawyers, published in guest legal blog posts below.

Legal Theft By Adverse Possession

by Allen Browning August 12, 2015 Blawg

While I handle only personal injury cases and criminal defense cases,  on occasion I am contacted by someone who is particularly irritated by a neighbor who has constructed a fence on the wrong side of the property line which separates the two; the complaining party is mad that he no longer has the use of […]

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Getting Confessions: The Reid Interrogation Technique

by Allen Browning August 11, 2015 Blawg

Various methods have been used in police interrogations to elicit a confession. By far the most popular method used for over seventy years is the Reid Technique. This interrogation method assumes guilty suspects can be identified from certain behavioral cues. It is said to be proven as highly effective at getting confessions; however, there has […]

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Depositions: A New Direction for New York

by ASchlossberg February 9, 2015 Administrative Law

Depositions: A New Direction for New York New York is making a significant change on the deposition front. A new deposition rule for the New York Commercial Division is on the horizon. Effective April 1, 2015, under Administrative Order 336a/14, New York courts will enact Rule 11-d of Section 202.70(g) per a December 22, 2014 […]

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Will writing made not-so-easy

by JamesBooker November 27, 2014 Family Law

For many of us, thinking about making a Will smacks of the biggest show of pessimism known to man – because we all believe we are going to live forever so why should we plan for our death. And yet, in the back of most minds will be that little niggle about who would get […]

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5 of the Most Ridiculous Lawsuits

by Eloise Hamilton January 17, 2014 General Law

If you like to keep up-to-date on all the current high-profile lawsuits, you know how ridiculous some can be. A criminal burgles a house, gets bit by a dog, sues the homeowners and wins. An underage girl drinks, drives, crashes her car, and sues the bar that sold her alcohol. There are many that you […]

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Top 8 Crime Scene Investigation Games for Android

by mariechan January 15, 2014 Criminal Law

Fancy yourself as a detective? Can you piece together clues and leads where others see only mystery? If so, check out this list of the top 8 Crime Scene Investigation games for Android. 1.    CSI Game Where better to start than a game based on the CSI TV shows? Based on seasons 1-5 (and with […]

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New Hampshire House Considers Bill on Legalizing Marijuana This Month

by Justin Shepherd January 14, 2014 Criminal Defence Lawyers

When Will Marijuana Become Legal in New Hampshire? This week the New Hampshire House will consider the bill on whether to legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana for ages 21 and older for recreational use. Supporters are proposing to tax the drug when sold at a retail rate of $30 per ounce. In addition, […]

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Mims v. Arrow Financial Services, LLC: Lawsuits Stemming from Automated Phone Calls Can be Brought in Federal or State Courts

by Adam J Krohn January 9, 2014 BigLaw

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was in enacted in 1991 in response to consumer complaints about the abuses of telephone technology. It was determined by Congress that because telemarketers were escaping state prohibitions on nuisance calls, federal legislation was necessary. Some of the invasive telemarketing practice the TCPA bans include: Placing automated calls to […]

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Inside the Latest Anthony Weiner Scandal

by billnixon December 18, 2013 General Law

One of the more bizarre scandals in the history of U.S. politics was revived last week when The Dirty, an online celebrity gossip magazine, published sexually explicit photos and texts allegedly made by New York Democrat and former Representative Anthony Weiner and originally sent to a 22 year-old woman.  Weiner, who had sent these materials […]

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Legal Issues One Faces When Drilling for Oil

by RyanD December 11, 2013 Environmental Law

 The oil industry is one of the largest operations in the world, with oil companies worldwide collectively generating more than 82 million barrels of oil per day. Despite oil’s purported plenteousness and lucrative nature, the legal aspects of drilling for oil are technical, complex, and onerous. Permits: Where and When Can Drilling Occur? In order […]

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Vincent v. The Money Store: Broadens the “False Name” Exception to the FDCPA

by Adam J Krohn December 10, 2013 BigLaw
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Psychic Mediums and Law Enforcement: A Closer Look

by billnixon December 7, 2013 General Law

The popular American television show Psych, stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a phony psychic who draws his abilities from rigorous training received from his father, a retired police officer played by veteran actor Corbin Bernsen.  Along with his sidekick and childhood friend Gus Guster, played by Dulé Hill, Shawn solves cracks the toughest cases […]

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Debt Collectors Cannot Engage in Conduct that Harasses a Consumer When Attempting to Collect a Debt

by Adam J Krohn November 28, 2013 Banking

The purpose of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is to stop debt collection practices that are abusive and to protect the consumer.  Under the FDCPA, 15 USC Section 1692d, debt collectors cannot engage in conduct that is meant to harass, oppress, or abuse a person when attempting to collect a debt.  More specifically, […]

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Estate Planning Basics for Aging and Infirm Parents

by oberdorferlaw November 22, 2013 Blawg

One of the quickest ways to learn about the importance of having a solid and comprehensive estate plan is having to facilitate the process for elderly parents who encounter unexpected hardships. For adults with parents in their seventies or eighties, emerging health care issues may be the catalyst for decisions about factors not considered by […]

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Wants to Hear from Consumers about their Bad Experiences with Debt Collectors

by Adam J Krohn November 14, 2013 BigLaw

Many people have bad experiences with debt collectors and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants to hear about them.  They are preparing to update the rules that govern how debt collectors communicate with borrowers and they are seeking information from both debt collection companies and consumer advocates to help them prepare the new rules.  […]

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3 Ways to Enjoy Your Sunset Years in Style

by billnixon November 14, 2013 General Law

You’ve recently taken your last paycheck from work. It’s time to retire. You get a notice from your company’s benefits department. They want you to sign papers for your pension and 401(k). You do it, but then you regret it. What did you just sign up for? They said something about an annuity. Your first […]

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Lenders are not Required to Report to the Three Credit Bureaus

by Adam J Krohn November 13, 2013 Banking

(US law & generally) How information is supplied to the three credit reporting agencies is governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). However, the law does not say that lenders are required to report any information to them. Major banks generally do report information to all the credit bureaus. Credit unions and small local […]

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Debt of a Loved One After Death

by Adam J Krohn November 3, 2013 BigLaw

When a loved one dies it can be difficult to cope, not only with the death but also with the added pressure of creditors who call to collect debts. You may question whether the debt collector can collect on the debt from family members. The answer to that question depends on several factors. Our experienced […]

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What Corporations Should Know About the FCC’s New Telemarketing Rules: Effective October 16, 2013

by Adam J Krohn October 24, 2013 BigLaw

Last year the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted several very significant changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  The changes to the regulations have become effective on October 16, 2013.  Two of the changes include: A requirement that written consent be obtained prior to a business placing a call; and The “established business relationship” […]

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What Makes You Eligible to Claim for Medical Negligence?

by Ben Isaacs October 24, 2013 Claims Solicitors

Although the standard of healthcare in the UK is extremely high, and the NHS is something which we have long been proud of, regrettably things do sometimes go wrong, and the level of care given slips. For those who have experienced harm at the hands of a trusted healthcare practitioner – NHS or private – […]

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The Court of Protection – Open to the public?

by EdwardHandsandLewis October 24, 2013 Blawg

The new president of the Family Division courts has echoed previous plans to make the Court of Protection open to the public. The plans have been talked about for some time now, and it was reported yesterday that the new president Sir James Munby agreed with the plans. The Court of Protection makes important decisions […]

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Costco Sells Prepared Foster Farm Rotisserie to Salmonella Victims

by rsimonlaw October 24, 2013 Blawg

Costco is again at the middle of a recall, this time recalling products made with Foster Farms chicken and sold at its El Camino Real store in South San Francisco, California.  The products subject to recall include Kirkland Signature Foster Farms rotisserie chickens, Kirkland Farm rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters, and rotisserie chicken […]

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Advice on Proper Collection and the Use of Mobile Phone Numbers Given by Federal Agencies

by Adam J Krohn October 18, 2013 Blawging

On September 25, 2013 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled its first case that involved text messages under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  This case has shown that (1) the FTC believes that “clear and conspicuous” disclosure rules are applicable regardless of the medium and technological limitations of the device; and (2) the FTC […]

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The Digital War: Why Cyber terrorism is National Security’s Biggest Threat

by edralyn October 16, 2013 Cloud Computing for Lawyers

What if America could say for sure that the future would be free of the threat of planes flying into buildings, or even suspicious packages full of chemicals? It sounds like a relief. But the reality is that terrorists may no longer need these tactics to seriously cripple the American infrastructure. The Defense Information Security […]

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Defendants Will Pay $1 Million to Settle the First Case Brought by the FTC that Alleges Text Messages Were Used in an Illegal Debt Collection Scheme

by Adam J Krohn October 16, 2013 Banking and Finance Law

In the first Federal Trade Commission (FTC) action against a debt collector who used text messaging in their efforts to collect debts in an unlawful manner, the California based collector will pay $1 million to settle the charges that they violated federal law. It was alleged by the FTC that Archie Donovan and two companies […]

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