Courts Wrestle with Damages When Pets Are Injured

Furry, scaly or feathered companions are nearly a given in most American homes. It is estimated that 68 percent of all American households own pets, and in 2017 these households spent over $69 billion on food, vet care and more for their beloved beasts. Clearly an injury to a pet can be traumatic and expensive for owners, especially if it was caused by the negligence of another party. Consider these legal options.

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How You Can Identify and Support Victims of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to control victims for the purpose of commercial exploitation. This can encompass sexual exploitation, indentured servitude, forced labor, forced marriage or even organ harvesting. Human trafficking is a silent and insidious industry that affects an estimated 45 million people worldwide, including an estimated 57,700 right here in the United States.

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Observe Workers’ Memorial Day

The best way to ease the pain and suffering caused by workplace injuries is to prevent them in the first place. Every year on April 28, we recognize Workers’ Memorial Day. This international day of remembrance honors workers who have been “killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.”

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Robot Car Technology Challenges Law and Insurance

Most cars now already feature some form of self-driving technology, from cruise control – first developed in the 1950s – to electronic stability introduced in the mid-1990s to recent innovations like automatic braking, lane departure alerts and self-parking. The latest technologies, like Autopilot from Tesla and Drive Pilot from Mercedes-Benz, automatically steer, adjust speed and brake. Instead of relying on eyes, ears and a brain for control, autonomous vehicles depend on data from cameras, radar and LIDAR – high-tech sensors that detect light – all fed into an on-board computer.

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Profit Motive Fuels Attack on Civil Justice Protections in 2017

Advocates for individual rights might someday call 2017 The Year of Reversal for an unprecedented number of attacks on America’s civil justice system. Pick your poison for examples, from the rollback of restrictions on forced arbitration to passage of legislation that will weaken protections against medical malpractice and nursing home abuse to a slew of  proposed “tort reform” measures. At the root of all of these initiatives is corporate profits rather than the safety and legal rights of all Americans. Here’s a closer look.

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Forced Arbitration Hurts Those Who Are Already Victims

Forced arbitration clauses, which are now used in a wide range of companies, prevent a wronged party from bringing a case to court and are now found in over 55 percent of employment contracts. Instead, the dispute must be settled in secret arbitrations, usually by an arbitrator chosen by the defendant. In cases of sexual assault or harassment, these forced arbitration clauses can prevent harassers from receiving public or legal consequences, opening the door for serial and long-term harassment.

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