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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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Few things are as frustrating as a dispute with home contractor. If you're dealing with such a dispute, should you file a lawsuit?

Whether it's shoddy construction work, protracted delays, or a disagreement over money that is causing problems, sometimes a lawsuit may seem like the only way to get what you feel you bargained for when you hired your home contractor.

But if you're considering a lawsuit against a home contractor, here are three things you may want to consider:

You've probably heard of trusts, which are legal instruments used primarily for estate planning. But have you ever heard of a constructive trust?

Unlike most other kinds of trusts, constructive trusts aren't drafted by a lawyer as part of an individual's estate plan or wealth management strategy. Instead, constructive trusts are imposed by a court in order to prevent unjust enrichment by someone who has wrongfully obtained an interest in another person's property by obligating them to return the property to its original owner.

What is a constructive trust and how does it work?

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?