This March, under the circumstances of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) temporarily suspended its Hours of Service (HOS) laws. The agency made the decision in response to the declaration of national emergency issued by the President. The purpose of the temporary suspension was to provide truck…

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Enjoying the outdoors is a pastime in Alabama. One of the outdoor activities enjoyed by many people is riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Although  riding these vehicles can be fun and exhilarating, it takes just one error in judgment or unfortunate turn of events on difficult terrain to cause a serious accident. According to the Consumer…

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In mid- April 2020, the IRS started sending out stimulus payments to Americans. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security (Cares) Act generally provides a $1,200 refundable tax credit for individuals and $2,400 for joint tax filers. However, some nursing home and assisted-living facility residents who are on Medicaid have had their stimulus checks taken by…

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There are numerous reports and lawsuits now asserting that these products are defective and that the defects are causing serious injuries and deaths. The defects are centered around the vaping devices and the chemicals that are used in these devices. Manufacturers of defective products which cause any type of physical harm can be held strictly…

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Martin & Helms recently participated in the 5th Alabama Legal Food Frenzy, a friendly competition between law firms and legal organizations for who could raise the most money to benefit local food banks. As regular supporters of the Food Bank of North Alabama, we were excited to participate in this year’s event. We encouraged everyone…

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