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What Is a Public Nuisance?

Mosquitoes and hangnails are everyday nuisances, but legally speaking, what is a public nuisance?

You may have seen the term used in the news, as a Southern California city recently decided that odors from a spicy Sriracha plant are a public nuisance.

So what is the legal effect of being deemed a public nuisance?

How Does a Lawsuit Become a Class Action?

From claims of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs to allegations of falsely advertised products, we often hear about class action lawsuits in the news.

A class action lawsuit is one that is brought against a defendant by one individual, or a few individuals, on behalf of a larger class of people who suffered the same or similar injuries from the defendant's product or action.

But before a lawsuit becomes a class action, there are legal procedures that must be followed. Here is a general overview:

For Good Samaritan Day, 5 Legal Tips for Do-Gooders

Today marks Good Samaritan Day, a day that celebrates compassion and kindness. But before you pay it forward, make sure you're in the legal clear.

As odd as it may sound, there are certain situations in which lending a helping hand can potentially land you in legal trouble.

Here are five legal tips all do-gooders should keep in mind:

Top 9 Legal Tips for Your Oscars Party

The Oscars are a great excuse to get your friends together and throw a fabulous party. But social hosts will want to take a few precautions to avoid potential legal drama.

We know you're probably busy with party preps, so here are nine legal tips to make sure your Oscars party doesn't involve any unexpected legal plot twists.

And the "Best Legal Tips for an Oscars Party" are...:

Who Qualifies as an Expert Witness?

These days it seems like everyone proclaims to be an expert in something. But when it comes to court cases, who qualifies as an expert witness?

As TV courtroom dramas show, expert witnesses are usually called in by one of the parties to help jurors understand complicated, technical concepts.

However, not everyone can qualify as an "expert," and not all types of expert testimony may be permitted. Here's a general overview:

With only a few days left in February, the U.S. Supreme Court's calendar includes three days of oral arguments this week -- on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Though nine cases are listed on the Court's docket, six of those appeals are set to be heard at the same time.

Here are our picks for Supreme Court cases to watch in this final week of February:

Legal How-To: Preparing to Sue Someone

What steps do you need to take when you're preparing to sue someone?

Initiating a lawsuit is a big step, as litigation can be a lengthy and costly process for everyone involved. So before you file a lawsuit, you may want to try to exhaust all other options to settle your claims.

If you do decide to pursue legal action, here are some general tips on how to prepare to sue someone:

California's egg-production law is being challenged by Missouri's attorney general, who claims in a lawsuit that it may raise costs for Missouri poultry farmers.

Golden State voters passed Proposition 2 in 2008, prohibiting California farmers from confining chickens in a way that prevents the full extension of their limbs or prevents chickens from "turning around freely," beginning in 2015, The Wall Street Journal reports. The law was extended in 2010 to cover all out-of-state egg producers who want to sell their yolky products in California.

Can California legally enforce its laws against out-of-state farmers in Missouri?

5 Ways to Authenticate Handwriting in Court

January 23 is National Handwriting Day. So to mark this occasion, let's discuss how to authenticate handwriting in court.

In order to get handwritten evidence admitted into court, state and federal rules of evidence generally require that you first establish its authenticity -- in other words, you must prove to the court's satisfaction that the handwritten document was genuinely written by the person you've identified as the writer.

Here are five ways you may be able to authenticate handwriting in court:

Supreme Court Calendar: 10 Cases to Watch in Jan.

If you take a look at the U.S. Supreme Court's calendar for January, you may notice a few cases that are of particular interest to you.

From gun ownership rights to presidential powers, the Court is slated to hear a wide variety of legal issues over five days of oral arguments this month.

Here are 10 Supreme Court cases to watch, in chronological order: