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Understanding Elder Abuse

A growing crisis in the care of older adults By Brian Kabateck Elder abuse is a widespread problem that often hides in plain sight. Data from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) shows that approximately 10% of Americans aged 60 years or over have experienced some elder abuse in the

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The Hottest Gift on Your List May Also Be a Fire Hazard

Understanding the dangers of lithium-ion batteries By Brian Kabateck Laptops, smartphones, tablets, portable power packs, wireless headphones, power tools, drones, scooters, e-bikes, and electric vehicles are the top Christmas items on this year’s wish list. If you’re shopping for holiday gifts — a big-ticket surprise or a little stocking stuffer

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When Your Wellness Drink Makes You Unwell

What you should know about kratom, the controversial herbal supplement sparking numerous wrongful death lawsuits By Brian Kabateck It’s good to take care of your health—to move your body, eat right, and find ways to calm and focus your mind in these busy, overstimulated times. “The concept of wellness has

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Rideshare Risks

What you need to know about assault incidents in Uber and Lyft By Brian Kabateck It’s hard to remember life before ridesharing apps—before a tap on your smartphone screen could show you all the available rides around you and get a driver to you in moments. A time before drivers

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The Kids Are Not Alright

States weaken child labor laws, putting kids at risk By Brian Kabateck “A troubling trend is brewing underneath America’s strong employment market: more children are working in dangerous jobs, violating the nation’s labor laws and putting their lives at risk,” CBS News reported in July. In just ten months, the

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Under Fire — Climate change, natural disasters, and the controversy over insuring California homes as rates skyrocket

By Brian Kabateck As climate change brings on more frequent and severe natural disasters, homeowners in several hard-hit states, including Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Colorado, Oregon, and California, are facing a related crisis: difficulty getting and renewing insurance coverage for their property. Over the last few years, California has endured the

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In Loving Memory of Christopher Noyes

With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of our partner, Christopher Brandon Noyes, an indispensable member of the KBK family. Chris departed suddenly on September 6, 2023. He was only 40 years old. His absence is already deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Born

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AI for Attorneys—Get the best out of new tools, but use caution

By Brian Kabateck Hammers, knives, saws, axes, scissors, matches—so many tools we depend on to make basic tasks more straightforward and faster. Tools help our species survive and advance. Early adopters of innovative new inventions and technologies often gain an advantage and get ahead. When you’re hungry and need to

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A Victory for Victims of Police Misconduct: Recent California Supreme Court Ruling Empowers Legal Action Against Law Enforcement

By Brian Kabateck On June 22, the California Supreme Court unanimously overruled a decades-old lower court precedent that has shielded California police from civil suits involving misconduct during investigations. Under the Government Claims Act, California law grants police immunity for harm inflicted during prosecution, even if an officer acted “maliciously

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