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Greetings folks! Latest LegalMatch personal injury article on Muscle Pain. http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/can-i-sue-for-muscle-pain.html
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Muscle pain - interesting symptom for legal discussion on compensable losses. Metrics for muscle pain could be based on forgone work activities. The article about muscle pain made me think about workers compensation and claims for carpal tunnel syndrome and other work-related conditions. I sure hope that at least actual damages associated with muscle pain, like costs of pain medications, are in fact recoverable.
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LegalMatch article on hiring/working with a workplace attorney (employment lawyer). http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/what-is-a-workplace-attorney.html   Visit LegalMatch.com to post your case and hire a lawyer.
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Great Article! As usual, timely hiring of a qualified lawyer saves both time and money. A hiring manager also has to keep in mind that one should be cautious in discussing conflicts at work "you are involved in" with the retained workplace attorney. Why? Oftentimes, board directors as well as corporate officers think that corporate attorney or a lawyer of counsel to the company is officer's or director's personal attorney. This could not be farther from the truth. Actually, potential and actual conflicts are likely when "workplace" attorney acts both in the interests of a particular managers, director, or officer as well as in the interests of the corporate entity. Such interests are ( or soon become) divergent. 
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Check out the latest LegalMatch article on Commercial Attorneys. http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/tips-for-working-with-a-commercial-attorney.html. You can visit LegalMatch.com for more information on commercial and business laws.
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Fraudulent concealment is tricky! There is a gray area that may make many uneasy. For example, we all would expect a salesman not to conceal dangerous conditions (well, at least, ideally...). However, the law doesn't forbid what is often referred to as "salesman puffing", which is more like a statement of an opinion ("this is the best car every"). Yet, the problem is that depending on buyer's sophistication, regular salesman puffing, non-disclosure, and fraudulent concealment may well be intertwined. In case of premises, fraudulent concealment often involves some affirmative step to actually conceal the problem, not just failure to disclose it or simply verbally misrepresenting facts. For example, house seller covering that rotten hardwood floor with carpeting to conceal the true extent of property's damages would be a classical fraudulent concealment. 
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Latest article LegalMatch article on Personal Bankruptcy laws. http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/what-is-personal-bankruptcy.html To learn more about finances and bankruptcy, visit LegalMatch.com
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It's a SAD thing... But there are some situations when bankruptcy helps company's restructuring so that is hopefully emerges as new, better and stronger market participant. 
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Latest LegalMatch law library article on lower back pain. Low back pain is an element of many different types of legal claims. Read more at: http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/lower-back-pain-lawsuits.html
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Back pain is very common. And it may be a side effect of many quite normal activities. For example, having a healthy treadmill routine may, as we age, cause some chronic back pain. Nevertheless, I bet if you go into gym, no trainer will actually warn you about that. You may need to adjust your cardiovascular routine in many way as you age. Would it be possible to sue your gym or trainer for failure to disclose? I doubt...
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New LegalMatch article on Business Grants. Visit LegalMatch.com to learn more about business laws or to post a case. http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/business-grant-contracts.html
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Super-interesting article. We shouldn't forget about special grants for start-ups, as well as special grants from federal or/and state governments. I think depending on the industry, qualifying for a grant may be challenging. This is why it's always a good idea to seek advise from "contracts & grants" department of your educational institution, if you're a student-inventor seeking to apply for grants. Or, at least speak with a lawyer! :)
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Latest LegalMatch law library article on hostile workplace laws: http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/hostile-workplace-laws.html  Read more about employment laws at LegalMatch.com
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Really, I like to think of hostile work environment as constructive eviction in real property tenant-landlord law. Hostile work environment is really like constructive wrongful firing. And I think it should be pretty much treated that way!
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Getting the right IP attorney is key to knowing what you have to do and what you shouldn't do in your particular situation. For example, theoretically, many small businesses may need a trademark registration for their company name. It would not be a lie if an IP attorney tells you that you have to register. However, it is expensive. And, in truth, depending on the nature of your business as well as the life-cycle of your product, costs may outweigh the benefits. Further, make sure to discuss any hidden traps or disadvantages that such registration may entail for your business. Make sure that IP lawyer is not only providing a right solution. The right solution is one uniquely catered to your business needs, aligned to your future business strategy,  and fits well your personal expectations. 
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Newest LegalMatch law library article on pension plan disputes: http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/pension-plan-disputes.html.  Learn more about legal options at LegalMatch.com
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New LegalMatch law library article on "Limited Divorce". Read more at: http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/what-is-limited-divorce.html
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At first, when I've read "limited divorce", I was like "really?" Yeah, I guess people may give themselves one extra trial, may be separating for time being to see if things can be worked out later. Interestingly, such legal separation (or incomplete divorce) will probably have the same effects as regular finalized divorce on community property in community property states, such as California. This is true, unless there is an intent to maintain the "facade of marriage" of course. One drawback of "limited divorce" is that even if spouses agree on permanent separation, if their actions appear to be to the contrary (i.e., they visit each other, do other's spouse's laundry) presumption of permanent separation may be overcome by contrary intent inferred from parties actions (even if parties themselves do not actually expect such result).
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New LegalMatch article on genetically modified food products: http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/genetically-modified-food-product-lawsuits.html Read more about product liability laws at LegalMatch.com
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Yes, injuries caused by consumption of such products can be difficult to trace in terms of causation. Another area of food law that I'm interested in is the connection between the labeling of a product as "All Natural" and the inclusion of high-fructose corn syrup ingredients. In my opinion, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is not a natural thing, although that could just be my opinion.  I think this issue might be a more immediate concern since many products contain HFCS.
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Legal Writer at LegalMatch.com
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Greetings, my name is Jose A. Rivera, or Jay for short.  I enjoy taking the time to engage in creative and novel discussions about various topics in fields like law, sociology, and music.  I am currently learning various ways to incorporate my legal background with newer innovations like search engine optimization.  I like to contribute in making legal concepts more accessible to online readers. 
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I believe that writing is a key to promoting communication on social and legal issues.
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  • UC Davis School of Law
    Law, 2004 - 2008
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Sociology, 1998 - 2002
  • James Logan High School
    1994 - 1998
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