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Million Dollar Burns

Stella Liebeck, who lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was 79 years old when her and her grandson went through the McDonald’s drive through for breakfast one morning. They parked in the parking lot so that Stella could add cream and sugar to her coffee, but she...

“Honey! The toilet exploded”

A staple item in any house and business, the toilet is one of the most used items. Often times, the “John” is a safe place to relax and catch up on the news. You would think that a ceramic item that can weigh up to 120 pounds should not be exploding, right? Well, in...

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages, also known as “Exemplary damages”, are damages that a court may order for a defendant to pay if the defendant’s actions were intentionally reckless. These damages are a monetary award ordered to be paid to the plaintiff in a civil law suit. Punitive...

The Dram Shop Act

Overview of the Dram Shop Act The Texas Dram Shop Act, codified at § 2.02 of the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Code, states that an alcohol provider can be liable for the damages caused by an intoxicated person served by the provider. F.F.P. Operating Partners, L.P. v....

Remittiur vs. Additur

Remittur and additur are both ways to alter a verdict for losses in a personal injury case or any other civil lawsuit case. Remittitur is the process in which the judge has the power to order a reduction of an exorbitant verdict. Additur is the increase that a court...

ERISA Lien

According to the United States Department of Labor, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, also known as ERISA, “is a federal law that sets minimum standards for most voluntarily established pension and health plans in private industry to provide...