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December 2014 Archives

Compensation Fund Deadline for Victims of GM Defect Extended

In February 2014, General Motors (GM) began a program allowing the families of individuals who were killed or injured in automobile crashes (involving fatal ignition switch defects) to submit a claim for compensation. Recently, GM announced that these family members will have an additional month to submit claims for payment.

Helping New Yorkers stand up against police misconduct: Part II

In our last post, we began a discussion about the protests taking place in New York and around the country. These protests were inspired, of course, by the deaths of Eric Garner here in New York and by Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Helping New Yorkers stand up against police misconduct: Part I

As the holidays approach, many New Yorkers are taking to the streets. But they are not going out to buy Christmas presents or to look at the spectacular holiday displays. They are taking to the streets to protest police brutality.

Calculating the costs of fatal motor vehicle accidents: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about the costs of motor vehicle accidents on a state level as well as a national level. Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that fatal car accidents on U.S. roads in 2005 resulted in $41 billion in costs related to medical care and lost work.

Calculating the costs of fatal motor vehicle accidents: Part I

A growing trend in America is to live a quantified life. Increasingly sophisticated technology is allowing many of us to measure the minutia of our daily lives in order to extrapolate larger patterns. It is now easier than ever before to track your daily steps, your caloric intake, your sleep and even how much time you spend on social media sites at work when you should be doing more productive things (according to your boss).

Burned in the shower? Your landlord may be responsible.

Many of those living in New York City apartments know what it is like to be at the mercy of a landlord. A landlord may dictate everything from when the heat is turned on for the year to what colors the walls in your apartment can be. While this can certainly be annoying, the truth is that in many of these cases, the landlord does have the legal right to put certain policies and regulations in place. However, when a landlord does something -- or fails to do something properly -- and you or your family is injured as a result, there are cases where you may be able to sue.

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