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Fraud and Economic Injuries

Fraud is a false representation of a matter of fact that deceives or is intended to deceive another. There are several elements to fraud: (1) the false representation, which the maker of the statement knew to be false, (2) the intent to mislead, (3) the reliance of another on the fraud, which leads to injury. Other common economic torts include Tortious Interference, Conspiracy, and Restraint of Trade.

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Fewer Fake Crashes in Fla. After PIP Reform

Two years after Florida reformed its personal injury protection (PIP) law, the state has seen fewer fake or staged car crashes.

Claims for PIP claims fell from 712 in 2012 to 328 last year. Additionally, questionable PIP claims filed in the Sunshine State dropped nearly eight percent in a year, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

So let's take a look at how PIP coverage works and what reforms were made in Florida.

Flushable Wipes Lawsuit Seeks Class-Action Status

The makers of Cottonelle and Costco-brand "flushable" wipes are facing a federal lawsuit that seeks class-action status.

Dr. Joseph Kurtz, a New York dentist, is spearheading the flushable wipes lawsuit effort, claiming the wipes caused major plumbing and clogging issues in his home, ABC News reports.

But what's the whole class action stink about?

Should You Sue Over a Stolen Invention?

Here's a timely question on National Inventors Day: If someone steals your invention, what can you do about it? Calling the cops may not help, but you may be able to sue the culprits.

For example, remember the Apple v. Samsung case in which the two tech giants fought over patent infringement? That's just one example of how an allegedly stolen invention can lead to a long, costly court battle. Would it be worth your efforts to do the same?

The answer will likely depend on the strength of your case. When suing over a stolen invention, here are a few factors that might be considered in court:

In W. Va., 1st Chemical Spill Lawsuits Filed

The first lawsuits have already been filed after a West Virginia chemical spill contaminated the water supply for more than 300,000 people in nine counties.

At least five people were admitted to area hospitals "for symptoms that could have been caused by Thursday's chemical leak into the Elk River," according to The Register-Herald of Beckley, West Virginia. Affected residents are under orders not to use the water from their own taps.

If the proposed class-action lawsuits move forward, the chemical distributor could face a staggering damages award for the incident.

Target Sued Over Customer Data Breach

A Target shopper is suing over an alleged data breach that's believed to have affected 40 million customers at Target stores.

The retail giant revealed last week that customers who used credit or debit cards at Target stores between November 27 and December 15 may have had their personal information compromised, reports Bloomberg.

As a result of this data breach, millions of consumers may be wondering what steps to take to protect their private information -- and whether they may also have grounds for a lawsuit.

Boston Bombing Victims Seek More From Charity

Six months have passed since the deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon. For many victims like Joanna Leigh -- a 39-year-old with a Ph.D. who suffered a traumatic brain injury at the marathon -- getting access to sufficient financial assistance has become struggle of its own.

Leigh and a number of other victims are seeking more money from The One Fund charity for survivors.

What Is Car Accident Fraud? What Can You Do?

Car accident fraud is a real thing. In fact, Los Angeles County recently received a $6.9 million grant to crack down on staged car crashes, as the county has been dubbed the fraudulent accident capital of California, Los Angeles' KPCC-FM reports.

It goes even beyond just staging a car accident. The grant money will be used toward combating car insurance fraud rings, which often include fake victims, unscrupulous doctors who will diagnose fake injuries, and even unethical lawyers who will file fake claims.

What is car accident fraud, exactly? And what can you do if you suspect you're the victim of fraud or a staged crash? Here's a general overview:

Disabled Girl's Pic Used Without Permission: $5M Suit

The Aleh Foundation, a high-profile Brooklyn-based non-profit, is facing a $5 million lawsuit for allgedly using a disabled girl's photo for a donation drive without permission.

The Aleh Foundation allegedly used a photo of Ayala Yakobzon -- a 5-year-old who was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down -- to solicit donations. Yakobzon's family claims that they never gave permission to use Ayala's photo, and they never received a dime from the foundation.

But did the charitable foundation do anything unlawful?

A California woman is suing a vet's office for $1 million claiming that they threatened to report her for animal cruelty for declining a $10,000 dog surgery that she was unable to afford.

Karen Kelly took her dog Mojo to a veterinary clinic in Tustin after Mojo was hit by a car in 2011. Kelly was told that necessary surgery would cost $10,000, reports ABC News.

Kelly's suit for civil extortion alleges that she tried to get the money but couldn't. The clinic allegedly threatened to report her for animal cruelty if she insisted on taking her dog home.

Hiring an Injury Lawyer? 5 Questions to Ask

Hiring the right personal injury lawyer is crucial, and there are many questions that you may have swirling in your head. That's not just from getting knocked down by that bicyclist, either.

Whether we like it or not, injuries are often unpreventable, as run-of-the-mill accidents happen all the time. But other types of injuries -- including intentional torts and economic injuries -- often are preventable, and may leave you aching for justice.

Luckily, with the right attorney, you can have your injury matter resolved as painlessly and as quickly as possible. Here are five questions you'll want to consider asking when hiring an injury lawyer: