202102.18
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A Comprehensive Guide to Mask Mandates in Missouri

The coronavirus global pandemic has transformed the way we live our lives, making social distancing, working from home, and wearing a mask the norm. According to the CDC, wearing a mask out in public can protect you and your community by preventing COVID-19 respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and infecting others.  Most state…

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

*updated February 2021* 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. Enacting restrictions on cell…

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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2021 Missouri Driver’s License Laws: What Every Teen and Parent Needs to Know

*updated February 2021* Applying for a driver’s license is an exciting milestone, but can seem daunting: Missouri has multiple laws that must be followed before teens can legally hit the road. 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…

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…

Preliminary Injunction Against St. Louis City Police is Victory for Protest Movement
201711.17
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Preliminary Injunction Against St. Louis City Police is Victory for Protest Movement

On Wednesday, Federal Judge Catherine Perry issued a Preliminary Injunction against the City of St. Louis and its police department related to how they must now handle public protesters in the City of St. Louis. The ACLU had filed a lawsuit asking the Court to weigh in on recent well-publicized police tactics in handling public…

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…