What Is a Qui Tam Lawsuit?

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a federal law that provides important protections for the federal government against different types of fraud. Individuals who defraud the government by issuing false claims are targeted by this law. These claims can include demands for money from the government. Any person who knowingly issues a false claim, causes…

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Four Myths About Lawsuits Debunked

Television shows and movies about the law and attorneys often take liberties about how the legal process works. Trials happen quickly, verdicts are returned after a commercial break, and in TV and movie land, justice comes easily. Dramatizations and the media don’t focus on the small details that make up most of civil or criminal…

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What Are the Penalties for Assault?

Tennessee state law defines two types of assault: simple and aggravated. Individuals accused of assault crimes may face misdemeanors or felony charges based on the severity of the offense and the particular acts and circumstances allegedly done. Penalties associated with these crimes can range, including significant fines and prison time. Simple assault in Tennessee According…

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Protective Steps Businesses Should Consider during Reopening

As they reopen after the mandated COVID-19 lockdowns, businesses should consider what precautions to take to reduce the risk of lawsuits filed against them. Generally, customers and visitors to retail stores, professional businesses, and even non-profit businesses can file a claim against the property owners for negligence or for those injuries caused by careless or…

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Basics of a Buy-Sell Agreement

Businesses need a plan for events beyond their control. This includes the death of owners in a business, the divorce of key personnel, an accident that causes an owner to become incapacitated, or other contingencies. When these events happen, the other owners and interested personnel in the business need to ensure their ownership interests are…

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Is “Verbal Assault” Illegal?

In a workplace environment, “verbal assault,” or simply just saying mean or unkind remarks, may be grounds for disciplinary actions or a harassment lawsuit, but the same is not necessarily true when it comes to criminal charges. There is no such crime as “verbal assault.” However, physical assault is a crime.  Threatening physical harm or…

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Common Issues in Many Criminal Cases

We believe that no innocent person should be convicted or forced to plead to charges when he or she is innocent, or the State or federal government tries to punish a person too harshly. We believe that too many innocent men and women are jailed and that too often, the punishment does not fit the…

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Alcohol Breathalyzer Machines Are Defective

Anyone arrested for a DUI knows the police may ask you to submit to a few field sobriety tasks, not tests. If you fail these tasks or the officer has other reasons to think you’re intoxicated, the officer will ask you to submit to a breath test. The test requires you to breathe into a…

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