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A Win for Nerdy Linguists Everywhere!

For decades', linguists and professional comma users everywhere have been stuck in a fearsome debate. The serial comma - more commonly known as the Oxford comma - is an obligation to some; yet, it remains irrelevant to others. The main, but not sole, use of an Oxford comma is while listing three or more items in a sentence. It forces a comma between the conjunction (i.e. the words and, or, and but) and the final listed item. For a good (yet confusing) example look no further than the parenthesized clause above. The Oxford comma is the second comma between the word 'or' and 'and'.

Laywer, Lawyer Pants on Fire

TV legal dramas like Law & Order tend to show off the theatrical side of being an attorney. Most of the time, however, the practice of law is merely composed of reading and writing. Every once in a while, an attorney will have the opportunity to present his case to a judge and a jury. And, generally speaking, even these hearings are typically mundane affairs. Nothing was ordinary for Florida attorney Stephen Gutierrez this last week as he was presenting his closing arguments to a jury in a case involving arson.

(Redmond/Personal Injury) FaceTime, Lawsuits and a Slippery Slope

The tech-giant Apple is now embattled in a Personal Injury lawsuit after a 5-year-old girl was killed following a motor vehicle collision. Instead of watching the road, the at-fault driver was allegedly using the company's FaceTime video calling program. The family of the deceased girl claim that Apple should be held responsible for the death - in addition to the driver - because the phone app was not safely designed. The lawsuit claims that Apple should have included a program to shutoff FaceTime while driving or utilized proper warnings in the app discouraging the use of video calling while driving.

What Is Collaborative Divorce?

When you think of divorce, what comes to mind? Many people imagine an angry couple fighting over property and parental rights. While some divorces may be contentious in nature, most are not.

Divorce does not have to be a war, and it is often in your best interests and the best interests of your children to find a more amicable approach: collaborative divorce.

(Redmond/Personal Injury) Under Anesthesia: Joke's on You

Throughout the years, stories have developed of assault against patients who have undergone a general anesthetic. More often than not, these assaults and batteries are reprehensible and should lead to jail. On other occasions, these actions lead to monetary damages mostly because they aren't injurious, but, rather, are amusing - although in bad taste. These assaults may be the impetus for a Personal Injury claim. And, a lawyer may be best suited to help you determine what your claim may be worth.

(Redmond/Personal Injury) Rescue Attempts Gone Wrong

Time to use your imagination! You're a world renowned physician who has literally and figuratively written the book on airway restrictions and the Heimlich maneuver. During your lunch break, you notice a diner at the table next to you choking on his meal. Do you have a duty to come to his rescue? Surprisingly, in Washington, the answer is no. And, if you do, make sure you do so there is no Personal Injury lawsuit that follows.

(Redmond/Family Law) Divorce + Retirement Plan = Uh Oh!

Dealing with a long term marriage (25 years or more) in a divorce can be a tricky subject. After years of comingling of funds and perhaps a major disparity in education and employment, what is "fair" in Washington may be wholly different than the end result in a different state. Over the last decade, Washington Courts have focused Family Law matters and divorces on equality. Not necessarily giving 50-50 shares equally to both spouses. Rather, the Courts will do its best to put both spouses on equal footing. The pivotal case in this regard was In re Marriage of Rockwell, 141 Wn. App. 235 (2007). The end result was providing an unequal 60/40 split of the assets including retirement toward the wife.

(Redmond/Personal Injury) Tag You're It!

Over the last few months, elementary schools throughout the country are banning one of the last remnants of our youth: tag. No longer will boys and girls playful yell "You're it!" as they trounce through the playyard. In our politically correct and overly cautious society, one might think on first glance that these new policies are both eccentric and overbearing. This may be the case, but the reasoning behind these guidelines is sound. Schools are nervous of Personal Injury litigation.

(Redmond/Crazy Lawsuit) The Walking Dead: or Not!

With all of the new zombie apocalypse shows on television today, it seems only fair that the law get involved in all the fun with a Crazy Lawsuit. In 1986, Donald Miller, a resident of Ohio, disappeared without a trace. There were no signs of foul-play, but after eight years officials came to the conclusion that the drunkard must have wandered off and died. That being said, in 1994 Donald was declared dead and his children began receiving death benefits.

(Redmond/Personal Injury) Truth of Cell Phones and Driving

Just a few years back, anyone could be driving down the road with a Starbucks in one hand and a cell phone in the other. A driver's knees were the only thing keeping the steering wheel straight, and there is little the police could do about it. Now, "Click it or ticket" is a real thing as Washington has cracked down on cell phone use while driving. It turns out the government may be right about this issue and talking or texting has an increased chance of leading to an accident and Personal Injury claims.

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