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America’s Best Driver’s Report Uncovers the Worst

This summer, as vacationers traveled to their favorite destinations, Allstate released their fifteenth annual America’s Best Drivers Report. The annual study looks at 200 metropolitan areas and ranks them based on the number of property damage claims between January 2016 and December 2017.

Breakfast Is the Most Important, Yet Perhaps the Most Dangerous, Meal of the Day

“Part of a healthy breakfast” has been a well-known tagline that ended cereal commercials for decades.  Yet, in today’s modern world, when it comes to growing the grains that promote these good eating habits, the use of products such as Monsanto's Roundup undermines any nutritional value to a toxic level.

A Disturbing Pattern in Non-Profit Healthcare

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, the largest hospital system in Memphis and the second largest private employer in Shelby County, Tennessee, boasts six hospitals and 150 outpatient centers, clinics, and physician practices in its health system.  It was also named by Fortune Magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018.  Its CEO, Dr. Michael Ugwueke, made $1.6 million in compensation in 2017.

Servicemember Discrimination from Surprising Sources

Members of the military make monumental sacrifices, from family time to their well-being, all in service to our country. Those who serve in the National Guard and Reserves while holding down full-time jobs sometimes have to leave their place of employment temporarily when ordered to deploy.

Distracted Driving In New Jersey: What You Need to Know

Distracted driving can be extremely dangerous.  According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, over 25 percent of motor vehicle accidents in the United States are the result of a distracted driving.  Nationwide, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes just in in 2017.

How Much Time do I Have to File a Construction-Defect Action Against a Contractor Who Performed Services on my Home?

In one context or another, we often hear or utter the words "time is of the essence." But what does this actually mean for property owners who wish to sue a contractor for construction-defects on their property? In short, it means that the aggrieved property owner must file a lawsuit within a specific timeframe or risk having the case dismissed. Not to worry, however, as these statutes provide a relatively generous amount of time in which to bring an action. A brief breakdown of the relative statute of limitation and statute of repose is helpful in determining whether time is really of the essence in your particular case.

Can My Contractor Put a Lien on my Property?

We receive many calls from property owners who are in a dispute with a contractor. Most of them ask: can my contractor place a lien on my property? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. To make matters worse, even subcontractors or material suppliers with whom you never even entered a contract on the project may also have lien rights. Before panic sets in, you should know that these potential lienholders are subject to very strict limitations on both the timing and form of their filings. If they make even an honest or seemingly harmless mistake, their lien rights may be wiped out entirely. Let's blog!

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