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Black Ice: Are You Responsible for Keeping It Off Your Property?

Black ice is a scary sounding term, and for good reason: It leads to car accidents, injuries, and a fear of walking outside in the winter. But are you responsible to clear this invisible menace if it's on your property? If someone gets injured slipping in front of your house or on your property, the short answer is: You... Continue Reading »

Mow Your Lawn or Go to Jail, Warns One Long Island Village

An unkempt lawn could do more than irritate your neighbors in one Long Island, N.Y., village -- it could land you in jail. The Massapequa Park village board unanimously passed a law imposing fines and even jail time on homeowners who don't keep up their properties, Massapequa Patch reports. Aside from not mowing the... Continue Reading »

California's Biggest Landlord Bans Smoking in Apartments

First you couldn't smoke in your office. Then you couldn't smoke in restaurants or bars. Now your own apartment? The Towbes Group Inc., which owns 2,000 units in 13 apartment complexes in Santa Barbara, Calif., became the largest apartment group in the state to ban residential smoking. In January, a new California law... Continue Reading »

Family Sues School for Webcam Spying, Uncovering Their Legal Woes

Ever wonder what kids are up to when they lock themselves in their room? Well, an upscale suburban Philadelphia school district knows the answer. One teenager and his parents have filed a class action lawsuit against the school for spying. Blake Robbins, a 15-year-old sophomore at Harrington High School in the Lower... Continue Reading »

Court Rules: You Die, You Buy

The Supreme Court of New York recently ruled that even dead people must close on real estate deals they initiate. Glennette Altman signed a contract in May 2005 to buy a co-op in an 89-unit building on Manhattan's Upper East Side for $2.3 million in cash. Before she could move in-or even finish the paperwork for... Continue Reading »

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