The Curious Case of the Exploding Hand Sanitizer Bottle
202006.30
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The Curious Case of the Exploding Hand Sanitizer Bottle

COVID-19 has provided us with an endless source of new anxieties and things to worry about: Crowds, indoor spaces, touching door handles, sharing guacamole, elevator buttons, and of course, the sound of coughing. Allow me to add one more item to your list:  Hand Sanitizer. What Dangers Do I Need to Know About? Hand sanitizers…

Truck Accident Statistics
202006.05
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Truck Accident Statistics

Freight drivers deliver essential goods across the country, but the statistics surrounding crashes and deaths caused by truck accidents can be worrisome to the average commuter. In 2017, there were 4,445 deadly crashes involving a large truck or bus.  While circumstances can change – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic – analyzing truck accident statistics can…

Whistleblower Protection Laws
202002.13
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Whistleblower Protection Laws

The term “whistleblower” has been abuzz in recent months, but the concept is nothing new.  Below are common questions about whistleblower and qui tam laws and how the process extends beyond politics. What is a Whistleblower? The term “whistleblower” is used generally to describe anyone who is calling out a person or institution that they…

Missouri Cell Phone and Driving Laws
201902.27
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Missouri Cell Phone and Driving Laws

Many studies have shown that a driver using a cell phone can be as impairing and dangerous as driving drunk. At 35 mph, a two-second glance at your cell phone in the seat next to you means you have traveled over 100 feet on the road without looking. Plenty of things can and do happen…

The Paranormal Side of Real Estate Law
201810.24
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The Paranormal Side of Real Estate Law

So, you’re thinking about buying that old Victorian mansion that sits high up on the hill past the squeaky gate? If the howling wind, cawing raven, and banging shutters don’t make you think twice, you should at least educate yourself on exactly what the seller is required to disclose to you about the house.   …

Missouri Protesting Laws: Understanding Your Rights & Limitations
201803.13
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Missouri Protesting Laws: Understanding Your Rights & Limitations

Recent events, such as the Black Lives Matter and the George Floyd protests, seem to indicate that there has been a cultural reawakening throughout the United States to exert our First Amendment rights and participate in various forms of public discourse. Standing up for your rights can be scary and difficult, but it is the…

201803.12
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2019 Missouri Driver’s License Laws: What Every Teen and Parent Needs to Know

Missouri is one of many states that has implemented a graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program, which outlines a process of steps teens need to complete and rules that must be followed receive full driving privileges.  On its face, this program might make getting a license seem intimidating or a hassle, but it is designed to…

201803.12
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Gonzalo Fernandez Discusses Eric Greitens’ Indictment & Privacy Laws in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On Thursday, February 22, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was indicted for felony invasion of privacy after allegedly taking and transmitting a semi-nude photo of his mistress. The current state laws regarding invasion of privacy are confusing: What exactly is privacy, and how can these laws be interpreted in the 21st century? Read Gonzalo Fernandez’s interview with the St. Louis…

201709.05
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What’s a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

I’m Gonzalo Fernandez, and I’m a partner at the law firm Fernandez Law. One of the questions I get asked a lot is, “When lawyers talk about a wrongful death case, what does that mean?” It sounds confusing, and it shouldn’t be. What Is A Wrongful Death Lawsuit? All “wrongful death” means is that somebody…

201704.13
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St. Louis Sues the NFL Over Rams Relocation

The City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the Regional Sports Authority have filed a 52-page petition against the NFL, the 32 NFL teams and their individual owners, asking for damages based on the Ram’s leaving St. Louis for their new home in Los Angeles. The lawsuit has five separate counts: breach of contract,…

201703.13
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Trump and the Law of Unintended Consequences

As Trump enters his second month in office it has become very apparent that he intends on fulfilling the promises he made during his campaign to “crack down” on illegal immigration. His recent executive orders barring immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries has been front page news for the past month. What has been somewhat…

201701.27
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Gonzalo Fernandez’s Remarks at the St. Louis Courthouse Naturalization Ceremony

Gonzalo Fernandez, an immigrant from Argentina, spoke at the St. Louis Courthouse naturalization ceremony on Jan. 20 as 53 individuals took the oath of US citizenship. Below is a transcript of his remarks. — Congratulations! I am very honored and pleased to be here sharing this special day with you.  I, like you, am an…

Wrongful Death and Documentary Films
201611.01
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Wrongful Death and Documentary Films

I recently learned of an interesting and very tragic story involving a wrongful death lawsuit. The wrongful death incident happened in 2012 but has new heightened awareness thanks to a husband and wife filmmaking duo who created a documentary called Audrie and Daisy – a 2016 Sundance Film Festival Pick. The film sheds light on…

Personal Injury – The Spookiest Part Of Halloween
201610.20
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Personal Injury – The Spookiest Part Of Halloween

The scariest part of Halloween for most people might be having their house covered in eggs or their trees toilet-papered. For personal injury lawyers, however, All Hallows’ Eve presents its own unique legal challenges. To start, Halloween presents legal cases that simply do not exist at any other time of the year. For example, in…

Questions To Ask When Hiring An Attorney
201610.07
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Questions To Ask When Hiring An Attorney

A friend recently asked me, “what are the top three things I should be thinking about when hiring an attorney?” He is not a lawyer, and I know he was looking for help navigating through a complicated and cluttered space and hoping for a simple answer or formula. The truth is that while there is…

When Technology And Teens Are A Good Mix
201609.21
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When Technology And Teens Are A Good Mix

What does the future look like with Chevy’s teen driver technology? Now that I have a daughter in high school, I becoming more aware of teens and driving, and the “distracted driving” problems that are an epidemic, thanks to smart phones and the constant need for this young demographic to be social every minute of the…

Why Don’t School Buses Have Seat Belts?
201608.30
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Why Don’t School Buses Have Seat Belts?

School Buses – Where Are The Seat Belts? Ever wonder why most school buses do not have seat belts? Federal law requires seat belts in buses under 10,000 pounds. However, the only buses under that weight limit are the 12 seater buses that are infrequently used. 80% of the school buses are the long, standard…