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Pokemon Stop: Gaming Sensation Raises Potential Legal Issues

Authored by Christopher Powers, Summer Law Clerk

As you may have heard, Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation, including Central New York.

Pokemon Go is a downloadable mobile app where players try to find different characters from the popular Japanese cartoon and video game on a virtual map based on a user’s actual surroundings. The app uses GPS and other geolocation features on a user’s smartphone to places the virtual characters at local landmarks. Then, the player then must go to the place and use traditional gaming techniques to “capture” the character. Pokemon Go was released on July 7, and has become a worldwide sensation. Within a week, the game already had been downloaded more than 10 million times, according to CNN.

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Even if You’re Eligible for a Ticketmaster Refund, That Doesn’t Mean You’ll Get It

Authored by Christopher Powers, Summer Law Clerk

This week, the new Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, N.Y., hosted one of the biggest concerts of the summer in these parts. The sold-out Dave Matthews Band concert was the first show of the season, and first ever sellout, at the new venue, which opened in 2015.

The kickoff of concert season coincides perfectly with the settlement of a major legal dispute that has implications for concert-goers, here in Syracuse and across the country, for months and possibly years to come.

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Insurance Coverage and the Carless College Student

In a few weeks, parents around the country will be packing up their college students and sending them off to school. And many of those students, particularly the freshman, will not have cars. That does not necessarily mean they won’t be involved in car accidents though, because carless students are always looking to borrow a car from their roommate, classmate or even someone they have met at a party whom they barely know. And sometimes, college students being what they are, a payment has been missed on those insurance premiums and the vehicle isn’t insured.

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Important Time Periods for New York Business Owners Contemplating Litigation

Perhaps you have seen commercials from personal injury law firms trying to convince you to call them immediately if you have been injured because your claim may be time-sensitive. While these firms are obviously trying to get your business, there is some truth in this type of statement. Virtually any claim you may have against an individual or entity has a “Statute of Limitations” attached to it, meaning the amount of time you have to commence a lawsuit before your claim is deemed time-barred.

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So You Are Being Deposed…

Hopefully you never find yourself a party to a civil lawsuit, be it as a defendant or as a plaintiff, as such matters can be stressful, time-consuming and costly. There are of course occasions where lawsuits are unavoidable such as when you served with a summons and named as a defendant. On the other side of the coin, there may come where you are injured, be it personally and/or financially, and have no choice but to sue an individual or entity that you believed caused your injuries.

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Is your child driving for Uber? The nuts and bolts of ride-sharing and insurance coverage.

If you have a child who is still insured on your auto policy while they are away at College or beginning to transition out on their own, they may be tempted to make a few bucks by driving for one of these ride-share companies. If an accident occurs with serious injuries while your child is driving customers around, whose insurance policy will defend the lawsuit that will almost certainly follow? Most drivers are covered under personal auto policies (which likely include livery exclusions) and not commercial policies, which can cost up to 10 times the cost of a personal auto policy.

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Health Care Risk Management: The Importance of Documentation

If you are a health care provider, one of the most important things you do is document. You document a patient’s history, complaints, findings on exam, and diagnoses. You keep a record of a patient’s current medications and allergies. You record the time spent with a patient and the directions or instructions given to the patient. Good documentation is in the patient’s best interest; it facilitates thorough and accurate health care and protects the clients from other risks.

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Don’t Trash That Evidence!

If you are a home or business owner and someone is injured on your property, your gut reaction is probably to fix or remove the dangerous condition that caused the accident as soon as possible. An uneven brick paver or pothole that causes someone to trip and fall; a bottle of cleaning solution with a defective cap that spills on someone; a product display with a sharp edge that lacerates a customer. These are all conditions which you, the conscientious property owner, will try to remedy as quickly as possible. In doing so, however, you may unwittingly compromise your defense position if future litigation ensues.

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‘Tis the Season to be…. Careful

As the Holiday season is upon us, it is important to be mindful once again of the importance of safe and sober driving. With what seems like a steady stream of Holiday parties and social gatherings, it is important to remember that “just one more Egg Nog” may be one too many Egg Nogs. Of course it’s important to practice safe and sober driving all year long, but it is especially important as law enforcement cranks up enforcement efforts during the Holidays.

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