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Prospect of a loan modification before foreclosure, new rules in 2014 could protect you

Since 2008 many homeowners watched as property values plummeted.  During this time, many homeowners were also saddled with second mortgages and/or adjustable rate mortgages, where their mortgage rates had adjusted upwards.  With most banks requiring as a condition of refinancing that the property not be under-water or have a higher loan balance than the market Read More

Insulin deprivation to Tibbetts likely cruel & unusual punishment

The death of Sarah Tibbetts in custody due to insulin deprivation is offensive.  See  If accounts that jailers knew she needed insulin are accurate, then there is a cause of action under the Eighth Amendment, because such a deprivation is tantamount to cruel & unusual punishment.  Tibbetts’s estate and heirs, though, would have to prove more Read More

Irving woman dies from diabetes while in custody

Snuffer’s original owner takes on debt buyer in suit over trade dress

What to do after an auto accident

Accidents can be terrifying, but it is important that you try to remain calm and focused. Call 911 immediately.  It is often not immediately clear the extent of the injuries of all parties.  In addition, a police report helps document the occurrence, and may establish the fault of the parties. Get the other party’s identification and Read More

The West Fertilizer Plant and the Fireman’s Rule

There have been some misstatements in the media about the fireman’s rule that indicate that the firefighters’ families involved in the West fertilizer plant have no viable claims for the injuries and deaths of their loved ones. Under “the fireman’s rule,” claims for injuries made by firefighters are traditionally barred, because it is thought that Read More

What is police brutality?

Traditionally, police brutality occurs when law enforcement employs “excessive force” during a stop, search, detention or arrest of an individual. Excessive force cases may be filed in state or federal court as such acts involve state common law torts (namely assault and/or battery) and civil rights infringements under the Fourth Amendment which may be pursued Read More

What can be done about police brutality?

Lawsuits for money damages may be filed against individual officers and the cities and counties that employ them for acts of police brutality. Such lawsuits are similar–but in many ways quite different–from traditional personal injury lawsuits. They are typically brought by firms like Henley & Henley, P.C., on contingency fee agreements. That is the client Read More