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The scariest part of Halloween for most people might be having their house covered in eggs or their car 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 one recent case, a plaintiff alleged that her neighbor’s Halloween lawn decorations were defamatory, harassing, and caused emotional distress. The decorations included an “Insane Asylum” directional sign pointed towards the plaintiff’s house and a homemade Halloween tombstone referencing the plaintiff. We’ve seen cases involving fog machines gone bad, injuries from haunted houses and even a teen being tangled up in a noose. Read this interesting “Case Law from the Crypt” published by the New York State Bar for some scary events.