August 2012 Archives

Judge allows civil suit to proceed alongside criminal investigation

On a June morning in 2010, a 7-year-old boy Oregon boy went to his school's science fair, where he shared with his peers and their parents everything he knew about tree frogs. According to his father and stepmother, no one has seen him since. The boy's mother, who has recently filed a $10 million civil suit against the stepmother, is not so sure.

Dealing with insurance companies can be a nightmare

Insurance is intended to provide its holders with a sense of security and peace of mind. When the unexpected occurs, insurance should be there to lessen the financial and psychological strain. This is why individuals pay such a premium to have it.

Oregon mother accuses stepmother of kidnapping son in civil suit

A mother and stepmother are at odds in a civil suit that may be delayed. At the center of the civil litigation is the disappearance of the women's son and stepson. The boy was 7 years old when he disappeared after a science fair during June 2010. According to allegations made by the mother in the suit, the stepmother knows where the boy is and was involved in his kidnapping.

School fires bus driver over Confederate flag, driver files suit

There are, as we are almost all aware, certain terms and symbols that are often used in the service of intolerance and hatred. Racial epithets, homophobic slurs, swastikas and the Confederate flag are just a few examples. Such words and images are well outside the bounds of good taste and create instant tension whenever and wherever they are used. In many cases, they cause genuine emotional pain and psychological distress on the part of those social groups at whom they are directed. But does their use merit a civil dispute?

No-fly list lawsuit headed back to district court

In 2010, a lawsuit was filed against the FBI on behalf of 15 Muslim men who arbitrarily were placed on a secret no-fly list. Their presence on this list means that, due to suspected terrorist affiliations, they are not allowed to fly in U.S. airspace. If they want to go visit their relatives abroad, they must take a boat.

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