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Can schools be held liable for shootings?

There is hardly a topic as grim as school shootings. In the wake of this week's events in Parkland, Florida, many distraught parents are wondering whether suing a school for a shooting is an option. With gun rights under the current spotlight, Alabama parents are gripped with fear that their childrens' schools may not be the safe spaces they once thought. After such a horrific event, some may question whether the institutions themselves can be held liable. 

Despite how unsettling a discussion on this topic may be, it is clear that school shootings are a problem in today's society. Looking to the tragedy that took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in 2014, Daily News speculates on parents' abilities to file a lawsuit against schools. In 2016, parents of the Marysville-Pilchuck victims sought over $100 million in damages from the both the shooter's father and the school district. The sole purpose of filing this lawsuit was to seek accountability. The parents also accused the school of failing to take effective precautions before the gunman took the lives of four other students. 

A car accident can result in many types of injury

The fear of injury is reason enough to do whatever you can to avoid trouble on the road. This doesn't even take into consideration the property damage typically associated with a motor vehicle accident.

As a driver, it's important to understand that an accident can result in many types of injury. Not only will this help keep you on your toes, but it will give you a clear idea of the steps to take should you find yourself in this position.

Can zoning laws threaten your business operations?

Zoning laws apply to residential and commercial property owners alike. Unfortunately, when the dispute impacts commercial operations, the financial viability of your business may be at stake. Alabama company recently learned this lesson the hard way.

The company, Sumiton Timber Company, operates a rail yard in Jefferson County through which sewage sludge is transferred. Trains, arriving from New York and New Jersey, are unloaded onto trucks. The cargo is then transported to a local landfill.  

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