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Can Your Employer Require a COVID Vaccine?

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The coronavirus pandemic has had an undeniable impact on almost every facet of life, both in the country and around the globe. The good news is – things are changing for the better, with the COVID-19 vaccine promising to restore some semblance of normalcy in everyday life. As great as that prospect may be, many people are still skeptical about …

Winter storm causes millions of Texas residents to go without gas or electricity

What Is ERCOT – The Texas Power Grid Explained

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ERCOT has come under fire in recent months for the mass power outage experienced in several parts of Texas earlier in the year. According to the grid operator, this widespread outage was attributed to a surge in demand for electricity that resulted from the extreme weather conditions witnessed in the weeks leading up to the blackouts. What is ERCOT, and …

Can Gun Manufacturers Be Sued

Can Gun Manufacturers Be Sued?

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Nearly every sector of the American economy could potentially face civil and product liability lawsuits if they’re found culpable. This has been used as a way to keep irresponsible manufacturers and rogue retailers in check. As with all things, however, there is an exception to that all-important rule, and that’s the gun industry. In 2005, Congress enacted the Protection of …

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How Long Is a Builder Liable for His Work?

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You’ve recently moved into your new home. Your local municipality, city, or town had a building inspector check that everything was built to code before issuing a certificate of occupancy. As far as you were concerned, that meant your new home was safe for occupation at the very minimum. Unfortunately, this may not always be the case. An inspection certificate …

Drilling Rig Accident

Who Is Liable In a Drilling Rig Accident?

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If you make your living working on an offshore oil rig, you know it ranks among one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The constant exposure to highly combustible materials, alongside the proximity of heavy equipment and slippery decks, means that the risk of serious and often life-threatening accidents is significantly higher compared to other occupations. One of …

Car Defect Causes a Fire or Accident

What Happens if a Car Defect Causes a Fire or Accident?

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Every year, an estimated 189,500 vehicles in the United States experience car fires. These result in close to 1,200 injuries, 300 deaths, and more than $1.1 billion in property loss and damages. A huge portion of these accidents occurs in vehicles with diesel or gas engines, although the number of incidents involving electric cars is also on the rise. While …

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What Does It Mean to Have a Lawyer on Retainer?

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If you’re thinking of hiring an attorney for your business, the first thing you’ll need to do is “retain” them. This is the term used to describe the process of creating an attorney-client relationship with that particular lawyer and involves paying a lawyer retainer fee in exchange for legal representation. A lawyer retainer is most useful for individuals and businesses …

What Is a Contingency Fee?

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You’ve likely come across ads on television with a dashing attorney in a tailored fit suit saying something along the lines of “…we don’t get paid unless you do…” If you’re currently in the middle of a sticky legal situation with limited financial resources to fight it in court, ads like that sound extremely promising. What you may not be …

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Vehicle Recall Laws – What Is a Vehicle Recall?

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According to Title 49 Chapter 301 of the United States Code, motor vehicle safety is defined as the performance of motor vehicles or vehicle equipment in a manner that safeguards the public against the unreasonable risk of accidents that may result in injury or death, stemming from a defect in their construction, design, or performance. In the best-case scenario, car …

Tesla Autopilot Crash

Tesla Autopilot Crash: The Future of Autonomous Vehicles

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In 2015, the Guardian made a rather bold prediction that road users would become permanent backseat drivers by 2020. While there certainly has been tremendous growth in the autonomous vehicle industry, the leading names in tech still have a long way to go before self-driving cars replace human drivers entirely. Fully autonomous vehicles are still largely out of reach except …