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  December 9, 2016

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Newlyweds Face Lawsuit Over Wedding Drone Injuries
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A groom who was recently married in New Hampshire is facing a lawsuit by two wedding guests who say they were hit in the head by a drone he flew during the wedding reception. The defendant and his wife were married in Windham, New Hampshire, in August, but they are now facing a lawsuit by the two women alleging that they were injured by the drone while they were dancing. One of the women says she suffered a concussion and fractured her nose and orbital bone. The other plaintiff contends she suffered a gash requiring 20 stitches.
Michelle Williams, Mass Live 12/09/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Former Baylor University Coach Files Libel Lawsuit
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Art Briles, the former head football coach for Baylor University, has filed a lawsuit alleging "libel, slander, and conspiracy against three Baylor regents and a senior administrator." The ex-coach was fired after reports surfaced of 17 sexual assaults committed by 19 football players. The alleged assaults reportedly took place in the last five years and several of the accounts involved gang rape. According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Llano County district court, the defendants have made false accusations against Briles concerning the history of sexual attacks in the football program.
Phillip Ericksen, Waco Tribune Herald 12/08/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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NBA Players Facing Assault Lawsuit
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An injury lawsuit has been filed against NBA players Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins, who play for the Sacramento Kings. The lawsuit was filed by two people who allege they were assaulted by the players in a New York nightclub this week. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that the plaintiffs were injured by Barnes and Cousins at Avenue Nightclub early Monday morning. The plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of $75,000 for their "serious injuries" suffered in the attack. No criminal charges have been filed in connection with the incident.
A. J. Perez, USA Today 12/08/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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New Jersey Township Pays $50K to Settle With Injured EMT
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Middle Township, New Jersey, has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by an injured EMT. The disability discrimination lawsuit alleged that the township refused to accommodate the plaintiff for a back injury she suffered while on the job. There has been no admission of wrongdoing by the township with the lawsuit's settlement. The lawsuit was filed in February by the former senior EMT, who alleges she was fired from her job due to her injury.
Jack Tomczuk, Press of Atlantic City 12/08/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Mother Files Suit Over Breastfeeding Mixup
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A Minnesota mother has filed a lawsuit over a breastfeeding mixup that took place shortly after the birth of her son. The woman filed suit after employees of the hospital allowed her child to be breastfed by another woman by mistake. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff and her child suffered "unnecessary medical treatment, tests and expenses, and severe mental injury and emotional pain and suffering" as a result of the mixup. The child was made to undergo a year of test to ensure that he had not been exposed to infectious diseases such as HIV. The lawsuit names as defendant Allina Health System's Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, USA Today 12/09/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Products

 
Barnett Outdoors Issues Recall on Crossbows for Injury Hazard
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Barnett Outdoors has issued a recall on its crossbows due to an injury hazard posed to users. "The sensor that senses whether an arrow is properly loaded can malfunction, which can cause the crossbow to fire unexpectedly, posing an injury hazard to the user or bystander," states the recall. The crossbows were sold at Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, Dicks Sporting Goods and other retailers and dealers nationwide from April 2016 through November 2016. The firm has received three reports of crossbows unexpectedly firing, including one hand laceration injury.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 12/08/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Financial & Law Practice Tips

 
Year-End Financial Planning: Useful Tips to Elevate Your Financial Position
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With the holiday season moving fast upon us it is easy to procrastinate or simply forget about year-end financial planning. Year after year, articles appear in December issues of periodicals and online journals about financial planning. Consistently appearing in the top four steps is to utilize products to defer income and taxation-such as investing in 529K plans if you have children, opening a ROTH IRA account or contributing to other retirement plans. As an attorney who receives contingency-based fees, you are in a very unique position. You are not limited to the contribution caps placed on traditional IRA and other retirement accounts, and you have the ability to defer as much income, with no limits, as you want through structured attorney's fees.
Susan Clark, CSSC, Vice President, Millennium Settlements 12/09/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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