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Doug Landau

Taking in Strays Can Be Risky – Look Before you Leash!

Taking in stray dogs and cats is often a noble thing to do, and in the right circumstances can mean a safe home for the animal and an enjoyable new companion. But before taking in a stray,…

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Protecting innocent patrons from criminal attacks

Victims of criminal acts may—in addition to any criminal charges brought against the perpetrator—seek monetary recovery through a civil lawsuit from the person who committed the…

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Suing City Hall: Harder Than You Think

Victims who suffer injury due to the negligence of a town or city government—or employee—often find that recovery is a lot harder than if they had been injured by a non-government…

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Why is the injured plaintiff put on trial ?

To many plaintiffs, it often feels like by bringing a lawsuit, they are suddenly put on trial. The defendant’s insurance company—whether for a slip and fall, a car crash, or some…

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Neighbor's attack dogs maul and fatally injure young woman

Today is the anniversary of the mauling death of a woman by two mastiffs who had been bred for fighting. Diane Whipple, a former U.S. Women's Lacrosse World Cup Team member was mauled during…

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Virginia Dog Bite Cases – Man vs. Man's Best Friend

Yesterday we looked at dogs attacking dogs. Virginia law provides only property damage compensation for a pet owner's losses, whether vet bills or euthanasia. However, in cases where an…

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Is it a "dog eat dog world ?"

For some dog owners, their dog isn’t simply a pet; it is a part of the family. The relationship isn’t just one of the owner providing care for the dog. Instead, emotional bonds form…

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Dogs Attacks – One Quarter of All Homeowners Claims

Tall dogs, fuzzy dogs, dogs that fit into purses; all of them are called man’s best friend. Fortunately, that is true of most house dogs, but sometimes we are sadly reminded that dogs are…

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Maryland Pit Bull Attack Injures Friend and Dog

His finger was deformed; lifting his shoulder was difficult and his hands were swollen like a boxer’s from trying to get the fighting dogs off his chest. My friend, a military veteran, recounted how…

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"Notice" in a slip and fall case

The 7-11 manager shouted I told them to fix that month’s ago, after my client, a nurse, had her shoe caught by a missing chunk of concrete that had been painted over in front of the convenience…