In places like Chicago. where ice and snow are a danger for almost a third of the year, their proper disposal is necessary for public safety. In a recent case, improper disposal caused a tragedy and the public entities were granted immunity because the court held that the snow and ice were naturally occurring. Read on for Robert Clifford's expert opinion on why those responsible must be held accountable:http://cliffordlaw.com/news/firm-news/immunity-negligence/
Was it contributory negligence or did the defendant do all that could be done to make the premises safe? Read on for Robert Clifford's outlook on the importance of consistency, and a comprehensive pursuit of justice when summary judgment may preclude the discovery of certain facts:http://cliffordlaw.com/news/firm-news/jurors-hear-case/
The legal profession is an ever-changing world oftentimes in the midst of an adversarial atmosphere. Sometimes, a step back to pause and reflect on the reasons lawyers chose their "noble profession" can be just what is required to renew passion and remember goals. Read on for Robert Clifford's insights into both the profession and some key rules that are handy to remember:http://cliffordlaw.com/news/firm-news/trip-memory-lane/
Some dangers may be open and obvious, but courts have struggled with the concept of when it may amount to negligence when someone is hurt or killed. Recent court cases have considered the expansion of the scope of an open and obvious danger. Read on to hear Robert Clifford's cautionary words against this trend: http://cliffordlaw.com/news/firm-news/dangerous-precedent/
Multiple sources have confirmed that a tentative settlement agreement has been reached in the case of faulty hip devices. Clifford Law Offices represents several clients who have been victims of this faulty device. The current reported settlement amount stands at $4.4 billion dollars, but could go up a few hundred million more should the plaintiffs also secure the right to have insurance and Medicare payouts reimbursed, according to Bloomberg News and The New York Times. The full details of the settlement remain uncertain, but a preliminary release includes the details of an "average" settlement of $350,000 per plaintiff and the option to have the faulty Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) removed and substituted for a functional device. This decision is hoped to alleviate the issues that have plagued the ASR device recipients for years, for which Johnson & Johnson mandated a recall after a drastic increase in reported failures in mid-2010.
- A party lacked capacity to consent to the marriage at the time that the marriage was solemnized, either because of mental incapacity or infirmity or because of the influence of alcohol, drugs or other substances, or the party was forced into the marriage fraudulently (within 90 days after the petitioner learned of the condition);
- A party lacked the physical capacity to consummate the marriage within one year’s time;
- A party was under age 18 and did not have the consent of his or her parents, or guardian, or judicial approval (the marriage can be declared invalid prior to the time that the person reaches age 18 when the party could have married legally).