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Smith and Schwartzstein Law Firm LLC > Articles posted by kathryn schwartzstein

Former Inmates Sue Passaic County Jail Over Alleged Abuse and Abhorrent Conditions

Three former inmates are suing the Passaic County Jail, its warden and the county sheriff over a number of alleged abuses they endured during their incarceration, including discrimination, negligence and a sexual assault by a former corrections officer.  Smith & Schwartzstein's Andrew Smith, who represents the former inmates, said, "The conditions were horrible, and no human should have been subjected to them."  To read more on northjersey.com, click here....

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Taxable or Not Taxable. That is the Question

A question often asked by those who have received settlements in personal injury lawsuits is whether they must include the proceeds of the settlements in their income. The answer, not surprisingly, is that it depends on the facts and circumstances of the case. As a rule, the proceeds received from most personal injury claims are not taxable under either federal or state law.  The IRS does not tax settlement awards if the case demonstrates “observable bodily harm.” Whether you settled the case before or after filing a personal injury lawsuit in court is irrelevant. A settlement payment may consist of various elements that...

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