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March 2014 Archives

How Does an Arbitration Clause Affect My Case?

After suffering a personal injury, you may be required to participate in mediation or arbitration before you can head to court.

Many contracts routinely include arbitration clauses that require parties to arbitrate a dispute before filing a lawsuit.

What exactly are arbitration clauses and how do they affect personal injury cases?

What Are 'Fighting Words'?

Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church -- the fire-and-brimstone congregation known for picketing military funerals with anti-gay signs -- died late last Wednesday at the age of 84, The Washington Post reports.

His congregation's extreme hate-mongering prompted a U.S. Supreme Court case on the exercise of free speech -- specifically, fighting words. In an 8-1 ruling, the Court ruled that Westboro's anti-gay protest at a soldier's funeral did not rise to the level of fighting words and was therefore protected free speech.

What are fighting words?

Liability in Truck Accidents With Hazardous Cargo

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issues accident reports on a variety of truck accidents, including ones that involve cargo trucks carrying hazardous materials. Fortunately, the NTSB doesn't indicate any recent occurrence of hazardous truck accidents in Illinois.

But if you get into a truck accident involving hazardous cargo, what kind of liability comes into play?

Here are three areas of liability a hazardous cargo truck accident may involve: