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Domestic Relations – Alimony – Civil Practice – Contempt – Cost-of-Living Increases – Evidence – DOL Website Printouts – Ability to Pay – Attorney’s Fees (access required)

Blackburn v. Bugg In support of her claim for cost-of-living increases to her alimony – which were called for in the parties’ premarital agreement – plaintiff presented computer printouts from the U.S. Department of Labor’s website. Even if defendant had preserved the issue of authentication for appeal, plaintiff’s testimony about obtaining the printouts from the DOL website and the “UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS” heading on the printouts were sufficient to prove that the computer printouts were what plaintiff purported them to be. Moreover, the consumer price index information set forth in the computer printouts is public information subject to judicial notice.

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