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Driver’s avoidance of checkpoint justified stop

It’s seems a fair assumption that a driver who attempts to reverse course to avoid a police checkpoint has something to hide.

Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court made clear that such maneuvering does in fact give rise to reasonable suspicion for police to initiate a traffic stop.

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Texas Supremes reject suit for loss of family dog

Texans may love their dogs, but that doesn’t mean they can sue for the loss of companionship of a mistakenly euthanized family pet.

The Texas Supreme Court made that clear on Friday when it refused to budge from the long-standing rule that pets are classified as property for tort law purposes.

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Release doesn’t bar drag race spectator’s PI suit

Racetrack operators wouldn’t be in business if they couldn’t effectively shield themselves from liability for injuries to their paying customers.

But one Arkansas dragway just learned that, while a release of liability may come in handy when it comes to an engine block flying into the crowd, it doesn’t necessarily bar suits arising from more mundane sorts of mishaps.

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