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Three Northern Indiana Children Killed While Boarding School Bus

Indiana State Police investigators identified the victims as Xzavier and Mason Ingle, both 6-years-old, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl. A fourth victim, 11 year-old Maverik Lowe, suffered multiple injuries and was airlifted from the scene to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. The same investigators also report that Alyssa Shepherd, 24, of Rochester, was arrested and charged Tuesday with 3 counts of reckless homicide. Shepherd was reported to have been released from custody after posting a $15,000 bond. According to…

How Does Being a Franchisee Change Liability

In American civil law, a franchise is an agreement granting the franchise holder (the franchisee) the use exclusive use of the franchisor’s business infrastructure, proprietary knowledge (“trade secrets”), patents, and trademarks in order for the franchisee to do business under the franchisor’s name. Perhaps the best known franchise operations are the fast-food chain McDonald’s, the 7-Eleven convenience stores, and the Best Western hotels. In today’s post, the personal injury lawyer at The Doan Law Firm presents an overview of the…

The Famous McDonald’s Coffee Case

In a previous post we reviewed the circumstances under which a company that operates by granting franchises (afranchisor) could be held liable for the actions of a franchise holder (afranchisee). In today’s post, the personal injury lawyer at The Doan Law Firm will discuss what is possibly the most famous (or infamous) case involving franchisor liability, the 1994 “McDonald’s Coffee Case.” The Cup of Coffee Case On February 27, 1992 a 79-year-old woman ordered a 49-cent cup of coffee from…

Do I Have to Talk to an Insurance Claim Adjuster?

If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, you already know that dealing with the other driver’s insurance adjusters can be almost as traumatic and the accident itself! In today’s post, the automobile and truck accident injury attorney at the Doan Law Firm will answer some of more frequently asked questions that we regularly receive and offer suggestions regarding how to respond to some of the tactics used by adjusters to gather information that could be used to undermine…

Premises Liability and Bounce House Injuries

In other posts we have discussed the underappreciated dangers of “bounce houses” and other types of “inflatable recreation devices” that have become something of a must-have at community social events and children’s birthday parties. We have not yet mentioned the potential liability of property owners who have either rented a bounce house from a vendor or purchased a device for their personal use. Today, the bounce house injury lawyer at The Doan Law Firm, a nationwide personal injury law practice…

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