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Protect Yourself From Liability This Halloween Night

Trick or treaters may be descending on your home in droves once the sun sets this Halloween. You may think you have your bases covered with candy and a lit Jack O' Lantern. But before you sit back on the sofa and wait for the doorbell to start ringing, think about protecting yourself from potential lawsuits by foreseeing possible dangers.

Can the Government Take Away Solar Tax Credits?

Maine's Public Utilities Company (MPUC) is attempting to limit solar credit offered to people using solar panels on their homes to reduce their energy bills. Solar Advocates claim this is unfair. Perhaps. But is it illegal?

It seems like every time we read about a legal decision, whether in a civil or criminal case, the losing party is promising to appeal. And one of the great features of our justice system is that very few decisions are final -- many legal rulings, whether by judges, juries, or administrative officials are subject to review via an appeals process.

But that process can vary depending on the type of case and the kind of appeal being filed. Accordingly, the time limits on when an appeal can be filed with vary as well. So, here's a look at a few types of those appeals, and the deadlines for each:

After twice being denied presidential permits to build the Keystone XL Pipeline connecting Alberta, Canada to America's Gulf Coast, the third time was a charm for TransCanada. In fact, it was President Donald Trump who, in his first week in office, signed an executive memorandum "invit[ing] TransCanada ... to promptly re-submit its application to the Department of State for a Presidential permit for the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline."

And while Trump promised the pipelines would "use materials and equipment produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible," that didn't address the lack of environmental impact analyses, according to a recent lawsuit trying to block the Keystone XL project.

Common Reasons Teachers Get Sued

Teachers Beware! America is known for being a litigious society, and no one is immune from a lawsuit, not even a beloved teacher. Though in many instances, a school or school district is named as a defendant in a lawsuit, there are times when teachers are individually sued and held civilly liable. What can a teacher do? In addition to carrying teacher's insurance to help cover legal costs, teachers may want to steer clear of the following.

Lawsuit Seeks to Put 'Teddy Bear' Back on Endangered Species List

Teddy Bears may soon go the way of dinosaurs. No, we don't mean those cuddly stuffed ones your kids have given up for cell phones. Teddy Bears are black bears, native to Louisiana, and named after President Theodore Roosevelt. He famously refused to shoot one tied to a tree, claiming it wouldn't be in good sport.

Restraining orders and protective orders can apply to several different situations, from criminal domestic violence and stalking charges to civil lawsuits. And there are a variety of distinct types of orders and conditions they may contain.

But how long do you have after a crime, domestic incident, or lawsuit to file for a restraining order? Here's a look.

Can the Courts Save This Dog From Being Euthanized?

You've heard of stays of execution for people on death row, but did you know a court could step in and put the brakes on the euthanasia process for a dog? That's what one woman is hoping for as she fights to keep her dog alive, despite what the local animal shelter has in store for the pooch.

How to Sue an Online Business

These days, more and more people live their lives online -- chatting with friends, stalking an ex, trolling a public figure, and shopping for ... everything. So, it makes sense that more and more of our conflicts will also have some web-based aspect to them. And while you may know how to sue your neighbor, or the business down the street, what happens when you have a problem with someone you've only dealt with over the internet? There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to suing an online business.

When Is It Too Late to Go to Small Claims Court?

Your small claims lawsuit should be filed as soon as reasonably possible. And by 'reasonably possible,' we really mean as soon as you're sure you need to sue but before the time limit for filing expires. Besides the practical considerations of suing fairly quickly after something has happened, there are legal reasons to do so.