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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Buyer stuck with ‘murder home’

In a reversal of course, a Pennsylvania court ruled last week that home sellers had no duty to disclose that their property was the scene of a grisly murder/suicide.

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Pet sitter can sue over dog bite

It seems fair to expect that one who accepts payment as a pet sitter also accepts the risk of the occasional dog bite.

But that’s not how one New Jersey court sees it.

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Can sexy assistant be fired when jealous wife complains?

Does a male employer risk liability for sex discrimination if he rids himself of an attractive female employee because of his wife’s insecurities?

That’s the question one state supreme court had to answer just before heading off for the Christmas holiday.

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Withdrawing lawyer nailed for criminal contempt

It’s probably not the wisest of moves to try to pull out of a case on the eve of a client’s scheduled arraignment, particularly when there are cranky judges out there who wield the power to hold lawyers in contempt.

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Barbara Walters dodges defamation suit

The 1st Circuit has declined to revive a defamation suit brought by a Massachusetts woman who claims her life unraveled after allegedly being caught in bed with Barbara Walters’ daughter at an exclusive Connecticut boarding school back in 1983.

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Retiree risks alimony due to ‘cohabitation’

Ozzie and Harriet would faint dead away at the living arrangements practiced by both young and old in this new century. But for divorce attorneys, the question often becomes whether a client’s pairing with another individual has crossed the line into “cohabitation,” jeopardizing hard-won alimony.

Last week, one state high court ruled that a retiree could lose her alimony, notwithstanding that fact that she and her boyfriend maintain separate residences and independent lives.

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‘Passion and prejudice’ negate $37M smoker award

After upholding a $37 million smoker award in June, a Florida appeals court had second thoughts, deciding Wednesday that passion and prejudice so influenced the jury that the only recourse is to grant Philip Morris a new trial on damages.

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Car owner escapes liability for thief’s crash

The Wyoming Supreme Court has decided that a car owner had no liability for a serious crash that occurred shortly after her vehicle was stolen from her driveway – even though she facilitated the theft by leaving her car unattended with the motor running.

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