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May 15, 2018
The Public Continues to Wait For Further PFC Studies
Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) like PFOA and PFOS have been a part of our environment for decades.  They became ubiquitous in consumer goods and, therefore, in our homes, lining microwave popcorn bags and non-stick skillets, keeping hiking gear waterproof, and coating for furniture fabrics.  Other industrial uses included wire coatings, the manufacture of sealing devices,...Read More >>
April 25, 2018
Car Crashed into Brentwood Hair Salon, Multiple Injuries Followed
A car crashed into a hair salon, leading to multiple injuries in Brentwood, Pennsylvania. Shortly after 7 pm, on Tuesday evening, the car accident occurred when a vehicle crashed into a hair salon in the Brentwood Towne Square. Eight victims, made up of four customers and three employees and ranging in ages from teen...Read More >>
April 18, 2018
911 Call Led to Philadelphia Starbucks Arrests of Two African Americans
A 911 call led to the arrest of two African American men at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The incident occurred last Thursday afternoon around 4:37 pm when two men entered the coffee shop to wait for a friend. The men did not purchase any items, and one of the men asked to...Read More >>
April 14, 2018
Anti-Gay Cab Driver Sued in Philadelphia
After eight long years of consideration, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations has ordered a Philadelphia taxicab company to pay a fine of $500 for refusing to transport a gay couple in January 2009. Philadelphia’s non-discrimination laws prohibit the discrimination of anyone on the basis of sex, race, religion, or sexual orientation. The plaintiff...Read More >>
April 13, 2018
The Importance of Black Boxes in Trucking Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 400,0000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. The FMCSA further reports that about 88 percent of crashes are attributable to driver error such as distracted driving and drowsy driving. Other common causes include improperly maintained equipment and failure to adhere...Read More >>
April 12, 2018
FMCSA Study on Truck Driver Commuting Habits
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has petitioned the Office of Management and Budget to fund a study on the commuting habits of truck drivers.  The FMCSA study will determine how many truck drivers spend more than two and a half hours commuting to their job before beginning their shift, and what effect...Read More >>
April 11, 2018
Police Sexual Misconduct Occurs Alarmingly Frequently
Communities rely on police officers to keep them safe and bring wrongdoers to justice.  While most police work diligently to maintain peace and order, however, some use their power for something much more sinister.  Recently, shocking reports have emerged of cops who use their position as authority figures to commit sex crimes.  Now it...Read More >>
April 6, 2018
Bill Requires Underride Guards on Trucks
A recently proposed bill, Stop Underrides Act of 2017, aims to reduce the number of serious and often fatal injuries that occur to occupants of passenger vehicles when they collide with large commercial trucks. The legislation will require all trailers, semi-trailers, and trucks over 10,000 pounds to have front, rear, and side underride guards...Read More >>
April 5, 2018
Depth Sensors Help Make Self-Driving Cars a Reality
Self-driving cars are quickly becoming a reality. Now, researchers have come up with a new approach to time-of-flight imaging that increases image resolution of depth perception 1,000-fold. These researchers, called the Camera Culture group, based out of MIT’s Media Lab, have been developing new imaging systems for a decade. This new time-of-flight approach gauges...Read More >>
April 4, 2018
Understanding Malicious Prosecution
A malicious prosecution lawsuit is one that is brought by a defendant from a previous criminal or civil lawsuit for damages resulting from litigation or prosecution brought on without reasonable cause. The defendant of the previous lawsuit becomes the plaintiff in the malicious prosecution lawsuit that sues for damages suffered because of the misuse...Read More >>
April 3, 2018
Testing Truck Drivers Reduces Accidents
Many commercial trucking companies have high standards for hiring drivers that include driving tests and physical assessments. Now, there are psychological assessment tests available that can help predict who will be a reliable and safe driver. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics in 2016, the number one cause of fatalities in the workplace...Read More >>
April 2, 2018
Change of Plans
In this blog, I planned to address the intricacies of Pennsylvania’s hills and ridges doctrine, a litigation landmine which deals with landowner liability for failing to clear property of snow and ice. However, I am frankly sick of snow and ice.  Sick of seeing it, sick of walking on it, and, as a natural...Read More >>
March 30, 2018
Pain and Suffering Approved in Pennsylvania Whistleblower Case
A whistleblower case in Pennsylvania confirmed the approval of pain and suffering, otherwise known as non-economic, damages used in other cases under the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Act. The plaintiff of this particular whistleblower case worked for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) for 10 years before his termination in November 2008. Before the allegedly wrongful termination,...Read More >>
March 28, 2018
Park Owner Charged in 2016 Water Slide Accident
The owner of the Kansas water park where 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was fatally injured in a water slide accident in 2016 has been taken into custody by US Marshals, according to report from CBS News. Jeffrey Henry, who is co-owner of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, was booked into Cameron County jail in Texas March...Read More >>
March 23, 2018
David Cedar Honored as Super Lawyer for 2018
The legal team at Williams Cedar LLC proudly announces that partner David Cedar has been honored as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in Personal Injury for 2018. Mr. Cedar has been honored numerous times before – in 2009, 2012 through 2015, and 2017; and he was recognized as a Rising Star in 2005. David...Read More >>
March 19, 2018
Four Fatalities Being Examined After Air Bags in Hyundai-Kia Cars Failed
After air bags failed to deploy in Hyundai-Kia brand cars during crashes, four fatalities that resulted from the crashes will be examined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The examination covers 2011 Hyundai Sonata cars and both 2012 and 2013 Kia Forte compacts that contain the faulty air bags and affects over...Read More >>
March 16, 2018
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Responsibly
Around 130 million Americans plan to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Some people just wear green. Some people decorate their entire home or office. Many people, over 50 percent, will attend some sort of party whether it be a private function or at a bar/restaurant. Unfortunately, this inevitably leads to people making the mistake of...Read More >>
March 16, 2018
Driverless Cars – Who Is Liable?
Autonomous vehicles will soon be regularly driving through the streets of major cities. By 2020, it is estimated that as many as 10 million vehicles will be on the road with some level of driverless capacity. Who will be responsible when a collision or other accident occurs involving one or more automated vehicles? Most...Read More >>
March 13, 2018
Alabama Tour Bus Accident Fatally Injures Driver and Injures Many
While carrying students back from a trip to Disney World, a bus driver sustained fatal injuries after a tour bus accident occurred on Tuesday morning. The fatal bus crash took place when the bus struck a bridge support on Interstate 10 in Loxley, Alabama and plunged into a 50-foot ravine. About 45 individuals occupied...Read More >>
March 12, 2018
Small Business Truckers Request ELD Exemption
To delay the mandate for purchasing and installing electronic logging devices on all commercial trucks, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is asking the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) for a five-year exemption. Under the current federal mandate, all commercial trucks were to be equipped with electronic logging devices (ELD) by December 2017....Read More >>
March 12, 2018
Author John Grisham Shares Reasons for US Wrongful Convictions
According to bestselling author John Grisham, he believes that there are eight reasons that individuals receive wrongful convictions in the United States. Statistics show that anywhere from two to ten percent of convicted criminals are wrongfully convicted, which, when applied to the number of jailed individuals in the country, ranges from nearly 50,000 to...Read More >>
March 11, 2018
Struck-By Hazards
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous professions in America.  Construction workers are prone to serious and fatal injuries resulting from a multitude of job hazards. The most prevalent type of construction accident involving fatal injuries is caused by workers being struck by objects. The United States Occupational Health and Safety Administration...Read More >>
March 10, 2018
Dashcam Video Shows Cop Kicking Handcuffed Suspect
Police officers are entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the public from violence. Law enforcement is allowed to use physical, sometimes fatal, force to carry out their duties. However, as agents of the government, police officers are subject to constitutional restraints. There are circumstances in which the use of force is not warranted, such...Read More >>
March 9, 2018
Forensic DNA Evidence and Wrongful Convictions
The use of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) profiling in forensics has exploded in recent years in the criminal justice system. The use of DNA profiling in forensics has had great success stories. Although DNA evidence can lead to a quick resolution in a case, it rarely happens. More often, DNA evidence is just another piece...Read More >>
March 8, 2018
Daylight Savings Time and Drowsy Driving Accidents
Daylight savings time is considered a nuisance by many, but remembering to change the clocks may not be the only thing that people need to worry about.  There have been numerous studies showing that the risk of car accidents increases dramatically in the first few days of daylight savings time. Beginning in the spring,...Read More >>
March 7, 2018
Train Collided with Truck Carrying Hydrochloric Acid in Centerville
A train collided with a truck that was carrying hydrochloric acid on Tuesday morning. The train collision occurred in Centerville, Pennsylvania on Route 88, spilling around 4000 gallons of hydrochloric acid on the tracks, and causing the truck driver to sustain personal injuries. After the train collided with the truck, a hazardous materials team...Read More >>
March 2, 2018
Trichloroethylene (TCE) Contamination Found In Lycoming County
An article from PennLive.com is reporting that six wells in the area surrounding Rose Valley Lake in Lycoming County have been contaminated with TCE (trichloroethylene). One well registered 17 parts per-billion, over three times the statewide health standard of five parts per-billion. DEP officials are unsure as to the source of the contamination and have...Read More >>
March 2, 2018
Brave Blizzard Hazards At Your Own Risk
The Philadelphia area, and, for that matter, the entire Northeast United States, has seen its share of snow this winter.  What follows immediately after a snowstorm, other than babies born nine months thereafter, is people injuring themselves in slip and fall accidents.  Slip and fall accidents are a natural progression from the actual snowfall. ...Read More >>
March 1, 2018
New Pipelines, Old Battles
The Penn East Pipeline –  a joint project of six energy companies – is proposed to be built through Luzerne, Carbon, Northampton, and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania.  It is not the first, and, it seems, not the last. In order to construct the pipeline, the builders need to be approved as a public utility. ...Read More >>
February 23, 2018
Dangers of HAZMAT Trucks
When a tractor trailer crashes, it can affect large numbers of people due to its size and weight. According to statistics available from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), within a calendar year, more than 4,000 people are fatally injured in large truck accidents, and more than 100,000 people are injured. When the...Read More >>
February 23, 2018
Toxins and Lead Found in E-Cigarette Vapors, Study Reports
  A new study found that various toxins and lead appear in e-cigarette vapors, which could lead to dangerous health issues for users. The study was published on February 21, and stated that leaks from the e-cigarette heating coils generated unsafe levels of lead, chromium, manganese, and/or nickel when in operation through inhalation. Scientists...Read More >>
February 22, 2018
Every Second Matters Campaign
This year, the public policy division of the Travelers Institute has set up a symposia to be held nationwide called Every Second Matters. This multi-state event is aimed at reducing or eliminating distracted driving through a series of forums intended to educate the public and raise awareness.  Professionals and experts from both the public...Read More >>
February 21, 2018
EpiPen Failures
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 228 reports of EpiPen failures in 2016. During that period, seven fatalities and 35 hospitalizations were attributed to the failure of EpiPen, an epinephrine-containing device used to stabilize potentially fatal allergic reactions. Mylan NV, the seller of EpiPen, controls about 70 percent of the market for...Read More >>
February 21, 2018
Bucks County Multi-Vehicle Accident Causes Several Injuries
A multi-vehicle accident in Milford Township, Pennsylvania caused several personal injuries. On Wednesday morning, around 10:20 am, the crash, which involved two tractor trailers and two box trucks, occurred on the Northeast Extension of Interstate 476 between the Lansdale and Quakertown, Pennsylvania exits. Five victims sustained injuries in the multi-vehicle accident, and it is...Read More >>
February 15, 2018
DNREC Receives Carbon Filtration System for Blades
On Monday, Sussex County, Delaware water officials reported that the water supply in Blades, Delaware was contaminated with a high level of PFCs. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) received a carbon filtration system for the Blades water supply, and will be connecting the system for the community. It may take...Read More >>
February 12, 2018
Fatal Tractor-Trailer Crash in Pocono Township Injures Five
A fatal tractor-trailer crash occurred in Pocono Township, Pennsylvania on Sunday morning. The collision took place between a car and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 80 just before 5 am. Five victims of the fatal tractor-trailer crash sustained numerous personal injuries while another victim succumbed to fatal injuries. The cause of the accident is unknown....Read More >>
February 12, 2018
Blades Municipal Wells Found Harboring Elevated PFC Levels
After discovering that the municipal wells in Blades, Delaware contain elevated perfluorinated compounds (PFC) levels, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) provided bottled water to residents and businesses. The EPA urged the DNREC to test samples of the township’s water and found that...Read More >>
February 8, 2018
Failure to Enforce Nursing Home Safety Violations
Several state, local, and federal health codes govern nursing homes and long-term care facilities. When a facility is found to have committed numerous violations, the government often classifies these homes as special focus facilities. These facilities are supposed to be monitored more closely to ensure that they show improvement. Unfortunately, as soon as the...Read More >>
February 6, 2018
Super Bowl Parade Transportation and Safety Tips
The Philadelphia Eagles made history on Sunday night after clenching their first Super Bowl title against the New England Patriots.  To celebrate and honor the team’s success, Philadelphia is hosting a parade on Thursday, February 8th beginning at 11:00am at Broad and Pattison and ending with a ceremony at the Art Museum.  An estimated...Read More >>
February 6, 2018
Winter Truck Safety Tips
The truck drivers are the backbone of American commerce, but face daily risks on the job. Truck accidents, tight schedules, and fatigue are everyday stresses truckers endure, but winter brings even more concerns for truck driver safety. Being prepared for what winter has in store can make the difference between a safe trip, or...Read More >>
February 5, 2018
Update on Fatal Amtrak Train Accident in South Carolina
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) updated the public on the fatal Amtrak train accident that took place on Sunday morning in Cayce, South Carolina. After the NTSB conducted an initial investigation of the train collision, it was determined that before the Amtrak train collided with the freight train, the train switched to the...Read More >>
February 4, 2018
Fatal Amtrak Train Collision in South Carolina Causes Numerous Injuries
Early on Sunday morning, an Amtrak train collision with a freight train caused numerous injuries and two fatalities. In Cayce, South Carolina, a train traveling to Miami, Florida from New York that was carrying nearly 150 passengers crashed into another train around 2:35 am, causing over 100 personal injuries ranging from superficial scratches to...Read More >>
February 2, 2018
Veteran Health Care Battle
Lawmakers and veteran organizations are currently trying to reach an agreement regarding the terms of the VA Care in the Community Act. The Act would replace the Veterans’ Choice Program (Choice) and change the rules regarding when and where veterans can seek private health care. Some welcome these changes that give veterans more choices,...Read More >>
January 31, 2018
Battles Over Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Persist
Arbitration agreements, their validity and applicability under Pennsylvania law, continues to be a fertile field for appellate decisions. The Pennsylvania Superior Court has once again written an opinion on the applicability of a nursing homes arbitration agreement in the context of Pennsylvania’s Wrongful Death Statute. The case is Del Ciotto v. The Pennsylvania Hospital...Read More >>
January 30, 2018
Semi-Autonomous Vehicles in A Collision
Who Decides Who Lives And Who Dies? In October, 2017 a Senate committee approved legislation that authorizes self-driving auto makers to sell as many as 80,000 vehicles a year within three years that would be exempt from current safety standards as manufacturers develop the technology for autonomous vehicles.  The only exemption – which gives...Read More >>
January 26, 2018
More PFOA Trouble
The ubiquitous compound PFOA continues to turn up as a dangerous presence in Americans’ drinking water.  The compound was long used by DuPont and other large corporations in the manufacture of multiple “non-stick” and “rain-proofing” materials, with a complete lack of governmental regulation.  In recent years, scientists have confirmed the highly toxic nature of...Read More >>
January 26, 2018
High Rates of Stop and Frisk in Philadelphia
An analysis by Lance Hannon, a professor of sociology and criminology at Villanova University, reveals a pattern of racial bias when it comes to the use of “stop-and-frisk.” Hannon found that predominantly African-American neighborhoods have higher rates of frisking, regardless of the crime level in the area. The Villanova study used public data from...Read More >>
January 25, 2018
Oil and Waste Disposal
Grant Township, Pennsylvania is the site of many natural gas wells that pull up fossil fuels from buried rock, providing some with royalty payments or free gas. However, the small town now also houses the Marjorie C. Yanity well, re-designed to send liquid waste from oil and gas wells into the rocks 7,500 feet...Read More >>
January 23, 2018
Possibly Hazardous Radium Levels Found in Pennsylvania Drinking Water
According to a new report, a national environmental group warns that possibly hazardous levels of radium have been discovered in Pennsylvania’s drinking water. Although low concentrations are naturally found in soil and water, and surfaces as the most common radioactive element in tap water, the report states that the levels exceed health standards set...Read More >>
January 23, 2018
Report Finds Excessive Force by New Jersey Police May Lead to Fatalities
A two-year media investigation displays the blurred lines between police brutality and appropriate use of force in New Jersey. Within the last decade, nearly 20 wrongful death claims by the police were filed, and many of the excessive force cases ended up in settlements that cost taxpayers millions of dollars without jury decisions. Although...Read More >>
January 15, 2018
Victims Treated for Toxic Exposure After Wayne Plastics Company Incident
Early on Sunday morning, ten victims received treatment for toxic exposure after an incident at a plastics company in Wayne, New Jersey. The hazardous fumes that infiltrated the building stemmed from the manufacture of polytetrafluoroethylene, also known as Teflon, which is used for non-stick cookware. Although the Department of Environmental Protection classified the toxic exposure...Read More >>
January 12, 2018
Potential Pitfalls of Pipeline Prevalence in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s natural gas production is prolific, with an output greater than every state but Texas.  Most of that production is the achieved by fracking.  Of course, once natural gas is produced, it needs somewhere to go.  A Task Force commissioned by Governor Wolf found in 2016 that the pace of natural gas production in...Read More >>
January 11, 2018
Teenage Workers Could Face Toxic Exposure Under EPA Reforms
Under newly proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reforms, teenage workers could be allowed to handle dangerous pesticides or other toxic chemicals. It is reported that EPA officials may eliminate the age requirements, which state that only employees over 18 years old at farms or other work environments could handle toxic chemicals. In 2015, former...Read More >>
January 10, 2018
Winter Driving Safety
Driving in the Northeastern United States in the wintertime can be dangerous. Snow and ice can make driving extremely difficult. Safety measures should start before you leave the house to prevent possible accidents on the road. The following are safety tips to help prepare drivers for traveling through winter weather conditions. Brush All Snow...Read More >>
January 8, 2018
Perth Amboy Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Sickens Over 40, Fatally Injures Girl
In Perth Amboy, New Jersey, over 40 victims sustained carbon monoxide poisoning, and a young girl succumbed to fatal injuries at an apartment building. On Thursday afternoon, around 4:10 pm, the incident was reported, and police officers found several occupants suffering from serious injuries as well as some who were found unconscious. A thirteen-year-old...Read More >>
January 3, 2018
DEP Stops Construction on Sunoco Pipeline Project
Due to numerous violations and several reports of leaks and spills, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has stopped construction of the Sunoco Mariner Pipeline 2 Project. After the discovery that drilling projects were allegedly contaminating residents’ well water in surrounding areas over the summer, drilling was stopped in those particular areas. In...Read More >>
January 3, 2018
Pennsylvania DEP Watching Sunoco Pipeline Project for Unauthorized Drilling
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is watching the Sunoco Mariner Pipeline 2 project for more unauthorized drilling. After the DEP discovered that the company was allegedly engaging in unauthorized drilling in a residential area of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which contaminated the water supplies of two homes, they’ve sharpened their sights on the project....Read More >>
December 31, 2017
Pennsylvania Protections for LGBTQ Community
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute recently released the Municipal Equality Index report. The report assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) equality in cities across the United States. Ten Pennsylvania cities were included in the report which revealed that discrimination protections vary throughout the state. Report Scores...Read More >>
December 29, 2017
Baylor Seeks Higher Court Ruling
Student Privacy Concerns in Title IX Lawsuit Ten women recently filed a Title IX lawsuit against Baylor University, alleging that they were victims of sexual assault while attending the university. Baylor University faces six other Title IX lawsuits following a sexual assault scandal that led to several staff firings and resignations. The university has...Read More >>
December 19, 2017
Environmental Whistleblower Rights
For those who blow the whistle on environmental damage or threaten the environment, there are multiple federal laws to protect them. Those laws include: The Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 U.S.C. § 7622 The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 U.S.C. § 2622 The Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) (a.k.a. Clean Water Act),...Read More >>
December 19, 2017
Washington Amtrak Train Over Speed Limit 50 MPH During Derailment
During the Amtrak train derailment that occurred in Dupont, Washington on Monday morning, the train was clocked traveling 50 miles over the speed limit on the tracks. The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed these results after their initial investigation of the fatal train accident which left at least three victims fatally injured. Around 7:34...Read More >>
December 18, 2017
Fatalities Occur During Amtrak Train Derailment in Washington
A major train derailment occurred near Dupont, Washington on Monday morning. The fatal accident took place when an Amtrak passenger train derailed over the Interstate 5 overpass during its first trip on a new service line. Several passengers on the train sustained fatal injuries while numerous cars were struck by falling train cars. Over...Read More >>
December 13, 2017
Supreme Court Recognizes that Discrimination Hurts Entire Cities
In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court has handed cities across America a weapon against unfair housing practices by banks. The lawsuit was filed by the city of Miami, Florida in 2016, but stems from an initial case against two national banks in 2013. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer delivered the opinion...Read More >>
December 8, 2017
Making a Case for Railroad Safety Transparency in New Jersey
Thousands of miles of freight railroad lines snake throughout the state of New Jersey, and travel across hundreds of bridges. These freight trains carry massive quantities of oil and toxic chemicals via nearly 20 freight railroads which pass over aging bridges, many over 100 years old, that could endanger vulnerable environmental areas across the...Read More >>
December 8, 2017
Statute of Limitations for Sexual Harassment Claim in Pennsylvania Part Two
By Shauna Friedman Recently, many women have come forward in reporting incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace.  A wave of shock has flooded our communities after the perpetrators of the allegations have been A-List celebrities such as Harvey Weinstein and Matt Laurer, as well as government representatives across the country. ...Read More >>
December 7, 2017
Statute of Limitations for Sexual Harassment Claim in New Jersey Part One
By Shauna Friedman Recently, many women have come forward in reporting incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace.  A wave of shock has flooded our communities after the perpetrators of the allegations have been A-List celebrities such as Harvey Weinstein and Matt Laurer, as well as government representatives across the country. ...Read More >>
December 6, 2017
Osteoarthritis Capsule ‘Limbrel’ May Cause Liver Damage
The FDA has asked Primus Pharmaceuticals, who produces Limbrel, to voluntarily recall the flavocoxid capsules due to adverse effects being reported. Last month, an FDA report advised those taking Limbrel to cease doing so immediately and contact their health provider. Limbrel is a capsule marketed to “manage the metabolic processes associated with osteoarthritis.”. It...Read More >>
December 6, 2017
Tips from a Certified Civil Trial Attorney You Can Use If Injured in a Car Accident Part Two
Having handled New Jersey and Pennsylvania car accident cases for over twenty-five years, I have experience, and give some tips you can use if injured in an auto accident.  Here is Part Two. Read Part One here. By David M. Cedar Do NOT ignore injuries.  Sometimes injuries that were caused in a collision may take...Read More >>
December 5, 2017
Tips from a Certified Civil Trial Attorney You Can Use If Injured in a Car Accident Part One
Having handled New Jersey and Pennsylvania car accident cases for over twenty-five years, I have experience, and give some tips you can use if injured in an auto accident.   Here is Part One. By David M. Cedar Stay calm. Check yourself for injuries.  If you suffered significant or serious injuries, try not to move,...Read More >>
December 2, 2017
Improving Police Accountability
As smartphone cameras have become ubiquitous, our mindset has changed. We are aware that our behavior can be recorded by anyone at any time and any recording can go viral. In some ways, that is terrifying, but in other ways, it is also comforting. It works to help keep people’s behavior in check. There...Read More >>
December 1, 2017
EPA Budget Cuts Getting Worse
We recently passed on the alarm that a policy shift at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would restrict the agency’s study of the toxic effects of so-called “legacy chemicals” as stated in our previous article on EPA policy shift. Now, it seems that the government’s dangerous neglect of toxic risks is about to be...Read More >>
November 30, 2017
Sexual Harassment is Real: It’s Also Illegal
Recent events have made it plainer than ever that the reality of American society differs greatly from its ideals when it comes to sexual harassment and gender equality.  A parade of politicians, media members, celebrities and athletes confronted with credible allegations of inappropriate and even criminal misconduct provide living proof of the abuse faced...Read More >>
November 29, 2017
THE GREEN AMENDMENT: An Idea Whose Time It Has Always Been
Almost exactly forty years ago, the great Supreme Court Justice William Brennan authored a groundbreaking law review article, State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights, 90 Harvard L. Rev. 489 (1977).  Justice Brennan wrote at a time when attorneys and civil rights activists looked almost exclusively to the U.S. Constitution and the federal...Read More >>
November 27, 2017
New Jersey Scientists Recommend State Restrict PFOs
Scientists in New Jersey are recommending that the state restrict the use of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOs) in water supplies. The Maximum Contaminant Limit for PFOs would create a limit of 13 parts per trillion (ppt) for the chemical in drinking water, and become the strictest standard set among any other state or federal levels....Read More >>
November 22, 2017
US Government Hid Fracking Hazards to Drinking Water
Back in the early 2000s, the US Congress initially prohibited the EPA from protecting drinking water that may have been tainted by fracking, and denied their authority to uncover what chemicals companies were using in operating fracking sites. During George W. Bush’s administration, in 2005, the Energy Policy Act was instituted that confirmed the...Read More >>
November 22, 2017
The Mounting Evidence Linking Fracking and Health Risks
We are entering the “adolescent” stage of the fracking boom. Fracking is a process wherein energy companies force high-pressure water mixed with chemicals deep into rock and shale to break the stone and release oil and gas. Many fracking wells are built near private homes. And because fracking is often accomplished through horizontal drilling,...Read More >>
November 21, 2017
Four Victims Missing After West Chester Senior Living Facility Fire
After the massive fire that occurred at a West Chester, Pennsylvania senior living facility on November 16, four victims remain unaccounted for, and may have sustained fatal injuries. Although first responders rescued over 130 residents from the fire, nearly 30 incurred a variety of personal injuries. On Monday, officials announced that a 92-year-old husband...Read More >>
November 21, 2017
Police Dogs Are Sometimes All Bite
Dogs bred and trained to aid and assist police officers, known as K9s, are often held out to the public as a soft, likeable law enforcement mascot, even serving as the basis for characters in children’s cartoons. The truth, however, is much more complex. Police K9s have many applications. They are trained to sniff...Read More >>
November 17, 2017
Massive Fire Engulfs West Chester Senior Living Community
In West Chester, Pennsylvania, a massive fire engulfed a senior living community, leaving several residents with personal injuries. Nearly 20 residents sustained injuries after a multi-alarm fire befell the senior residence on Thursday night around 10:46 pm. Seniors and staff evacuated the buildings, and have been displaced from their homes. Nine victims of the...Read More >>
November 16, 2017
Fracking Contamination of Ground Water
Fracking has been surfacing in the news in recent years due to the environmental risks this new method of extracting energy poses to the public. Fracking is the pumping of water, chemicals, and sand into the earth at high pressure to shatter layers of shale rock. This process causes the shale to release natural...Read More >>
November 15, 2017
False Lead Paint Inspection Paperwork Filed in New York City
In October 2016, paperwork verifying the completion of lead paint inspections for about 55,000 public housing apartments in New York that are operated by the New York City Housing Authority was filed. Apparently, the documents, which state that mandatory lead inspections were conducted from 2013 to 2016, were false because the inspections never occurred. The apartments,...Read More >>
November 15, 2017
Motor Carrier Liability
Commercial truck accident cases differ from car accident cases in significant ways. Because of the heavy weight and large size of commercial trucks, the damage done to both the vehicles and the people involved in truck accidents is typically more catastrophic than in accidents involving passenger vehicles. Also, whereas those injured in car accidents...Read More >>
November 2, 2017
What Is a Toxic Tort?
Why Is It Different From Other Personal Injury Cases? A toxic tort case refers most generally to a personal injury that arises due to harm from exposure to a toxic substance.  It can include exposure from a toxic product, exposure from chemicals in the work place, or exposure from toxic discharges into the environment,...Read More >>
November 1, 2017
Liability in Mass Transit Accidents
Many people rely on mass transit such as trains, buses, and airplanes to arrive at their destinations. Pennsylvania offers several public transportation options such as the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO), the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Company (SEPTA) and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). While most mass transit passengers arrive at their destinations safely,...Read More >>
October 31, 2017
Toxic Torts
A toxic tort is a lawsuit filed by an individual who has been harmed by exposure to toxic substances, such as chemicals, pesticides, or pharmaceuticals. Often, a chemical or product is considered safe, but later found to cause health problems. Sometimes, people are exposed to these substances when they leak into the groundwater or...Read More >>
October 30, 2017
When The Illusion of Danger Turns Into Real Injury
Halloween is a time of year where people look forward to the thrills of fear.  Haunted hayrides and haunted houses are some of the usual attractions to which patrons flee to get their annual dose of spooky excitement.  However, the anticipated fear is assumed to be artificial in nature, and not expected to land...Read More >>
October 26, 2017
EPA Policy Shift Regarding Toxic Chemicals Threatens Public Health
Due to the EPA’s shift in policies regarding the assessment of toxic chemicals, scientists’ examination of the effects of chemicals on public health will be lessened, risks of chemical exposure to people and the environment will be redefined, and regulations for the chemical industry may be avoided or delayed. This poses major hazards to...Read More >>
October 25, 2017
PFOA Risks: Not the Only Ones in Danger of EPA Underestimation
We have blogged about The New York Times story describing the EPA Administration’s apparent effort to slow down the agency’s evaluation of the toxic effects of “legacy chemicals” like PFOA. But EPA’s analyses of legacy chemicals are not the only ones on which consumers, victims and concerned citizens should keep a wary eye. Under...Read More >>
October 25, 2017
EPA Policy Shift: Bad News for Victims of  PFOA and Other Chemical Exposures
In a 10/22/17 article by reporter Eric Lipton, The New York Times outlined important  ̶  ̶  and frightening  ̶̶   directives from the new EPA administration regarding the study of chemicals’ health effects and the agency’s ability to regulate toxic substances in the interest of public health. In essence, these directives will force EPA scientists...Read More >>
September 6, 2017
Arkema Chemical Plant Fire
Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey caused a large chemical fire at the Arkema Chemical Plant located northwest of Houston in Crosby, Texas. Rising water overwhelmed the plant’s refrigeration system which led to an explosion and intense fire in its stores of chemicals. According to this story in the Chicago Tribune, no employees were on site...Read More >>
June 19, 2017
Philadelphia’s Emerging Lead-Contamination Crisis
This weekend, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran the most recent installment of its series “Toxic City,” written by Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker, and Dylan Purcell.  The series examines environmental risks to the City’s residents, especially those who are poor, minorities, and children. The first installment exposed the harm lead paint in old homes to primarily...Read More >>
May 31, 2017
Philadelphia Railroad Accident Lawyers: Rail Safety 
An Increasing Concern for Workers and Communities In a recent article regarding the tragic deaths of two AMTRAK workers the Philadelphia Inquirer described numerous lapses in safety precautions that had become the “norm” at railroad sites. The concern regarding railroad safety extends to a broad array of potential problems and victims.  Railroad workers are,...Read More >>
May 25, 2017
Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyers Report on Stop and Frisk
Stop and Frisk Progress Continues to Elude Philadelphia In 2011, the City of Philadelphia entered into a Consent Decree to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the Philadelphia Police Department was conducting pedestrian stops (known as Terry stops) based on race.  Pursuant to the Consent Decree, the City shares with the ACLU of Pennsylvania and...Read More >>
May 20, 2017
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
American Motorcycle Association president Rob Dingman is alerting motorists to be aware of their driving environments, “With its warmer weather and increased riding, May is an opportune time to educate the non-riding public about the safety issues that motorcyclists face on every outing.” According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation motorcycle fatalities have been on...Read More >>
May 18, 2017
Philadelphia Elder Abuse Lawyers: Testimony about Elder Abuse
Finally, Finality on Issue of Testimony about Elder Abuse I have written numerous blogs on the attempt by the nursing home industry to foist arbitration agreements on unsuspecting potential residents and their families.  The fact that the United States Constitution provides for a right to trial by jury has been seen by the nursing...Read More >>
April 17, 2017
Uber’s Self-Driving Cars: How Safe Are They?
In 2015 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that over 35,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, the majority of those resulting from human error.   Technology promoters believe that self-driving vehicles will significantly reduce that number. Billions of dollars are being spent by automobile and technology companies to develop the technology so...Read More >>
April 13, 2017
Killers in the Workplace: Chemical Exposure Remains an Occupational Hazard
In her April 10, 2017 Op-ed piece, NY Times contributor Rachel Cernansky quoted OSHA’s estimation that “chemical exposure kills 50,000 American workers a year, and sickens more than 190,000.”  Worse, she cited experts who call these numbers “gross underestimates.” The numbers will shock those who may have thought that poisonous workplaces were a thing...Read More >>
April 7, 2017
Philadelphia Business Lawyers: Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Put to Supreme Test
The arbitration agreement war between nursing home residents and nursing home operators is being put to the supreme test.  As in the United States Supreme Court.  The United States Supreme Court heard arguments on February 22nd on the legality of arbitration arguments signed by representatives for nursing home residents.  The decision by the U.S....Read More >>
April 4, 2017
Philadelphia Civil Right Lawyers: Civil Rights Abuses and Immigration Enforcement
Civil Rights Abuses Are a Likely Side-Effect of Aggressive Immigration Enforcement It is not controversial to say that immigration enforcement is one of the top law enforcement priorities of the Trump administration.  When the Justice Department recently threatened to cut off federal funding from so-called “Sanctuary Cities,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions accused sanctuary jurisdictions...Read More >>
March 16, 2017
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers: Smartphone Addiction Is Linked To Rising Car Insurance Premiums
Drivers distracted by their smartphones are becoming more dangerous, and insurance premiums are increasing. In 2015 State Farm Automobile Insurance Company found that 36% of people surveyed admitted to texting while driving and 29% said they access the internet, compared to 31% and 13% respectively in 2009. For drivers aged 18 to 29, 64%...Read More >>
March 6, 2017
Philadelphia Litigation Lawyers Discuss Nursing Home Arbitration Contracts
The Devil is in the Details When it comes to avoiding an arbitration clause in a nursing home agreement we all know the devil is in the details.  Who signed the agreement, who is bound by the agreement, and the exact language of the agreement are all looked at microscopically to determine whether an...Read More >>
February 28, 2017
Pennsylvania Consumer Protection Lawyers: The Student Loan Servicing House of Cards
Today, the amount of outstanding student loan debt is estimated to be over $1.4 trillion, more than credit card and auto loan debt.  That debt was incurred by over 44 million people, of whom slightly more than 1 in 10 will default. Like many other consumer financial products, student loans are not as simple...Read More >>
January 27, 2017
Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer: New Daniel’s Law – Texting While Driving
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 2025, known as Daniel’s Law, on November 4, 2016.  Named for Daniel Gallatin, a volunteer fireman and military veteran, the law increases criminal penalties for texting while driving. On May 7, 2013 Gallatin was killed when his motorcycle was struck from behind by an SUV.  When...Read More >>
January 10, 2017
Environmental Lawyers: EPA Clarifies Fracking’s Water Contamination Risks
Even in technical discussions, including those related to the environment, interested parties will “spin” the meaning of words to suit their own positions.  A case in point was provided in 2015 when the U.S. EPA released its initial findings regarding the potential hazards of hydraulic fracturing, a/k/a “fracking”, the method of extracting natural gas...Read More >>
December 31, 2016
Philadelphia Environmental Lawyers: Working on The Railroad – The Dangers The Song Left Out
“Working on the railroad” is not only a quintessential American folk song, but it is also one of the most dangerous occupations in America.  A railroad worker is subject to harsh working conditions whether it be the climate, the equipment, or out sized expectations of managers on a depleted work force.  To this list...Read More >>
December 30, 2016
Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyers: Lawsuit Claims Apple had the Technology to Prevent Distracted Driving
A products liability lawsuit filed against Apple, Meador v. Apple, alleges that Apple had the patented technology to prevent a fatal distracted driving collision, but failed to implement it.  The action arises from a 2013 motor vehicle collision in Texas.  A 21-year-old driver, Ashley Kubiak, was texting on her iPhone while driving down the...Read More >>
December 20, 2016
Philadelphia Criminal Lawyers: Federal Rule of Evidence 609
Rules of the Road: How Federal Rule of Evidence 609 Unfairly Limits Access to Justice Trials are opportunities to resolve competing versions of the truth.  The Federal Rules of Evidence govern that competition, and how attorneys can demonstrate to jurors a particular witness’s propensity, or lack thereof, to tell the truth. There are a...Read More >>
December 19, 2016
Refreshing Change: A Tax Break for Some Civil Rights Plaintiffs
It’s a rare thing when politicians, excitedly slashing taxes for the wealthy, manage to confer a financial benefit on ordinary citizens.  It is even more unusual for them to help the victims of civil rights violations. Yet, that’s exactly what Congress did in a little noticed section of 2015’s “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes...Read More >>
December 1, 2016
Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyers: Federal Government Proposes New Rule to Bar Nursing Homes from Mandatory Arbitration
If you have been reading my blog, you know that I have concentrated on the battle between the nursing home industry and lawyers on behalf of nursing home residents on the issue of arbitration of disputes. Nursing homes want disputes resolved by arbitration.  Lawyers on behalf of residents want them resolved in court.  It...Read More >>
November 28, 2016
Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyers Discuss Federal Auto Safety Regulators Issue Guidelines on Automated Vehicles
With the September 2016 issuance of the first guidelines on self-driving cars, the US Department of Transportation is embracing automated driving. The Federal Autonomous Vehicle Policy uses a 15-point Safety Assessment to set expectations for manufacturers developing and deploying automated vehicle technology.  In an effort to build a consistent national framework of laws to...Read More >>
September 22, 2016
New Jersey Environmental Toxic Tort Lawyers: Revised NJ Standard Confirms PFOA Risks For Pregnant Women and Newborns
The New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute has issued a 475 page document recommending a health based maximum contaminant level for PFOA of 14 parts per trillion (ppt).  The Executive Summary identifies some concerns about PFOA that have not been previously highlighted. It was already well known that PFOA has been “probably linked” to...Read More >>
September 2, 2016
New York Water Contamination Lawyers: Hoosick Falls and Feuding Governments – Nobody’s Right if Everybody’s Wrong
Last week, we were presented with a spectacle that might have been amusing – unless, that is, you’re one of the thousands of victims of the contamination of drinking water with the dangerous chemical PFOA, or one of its equally toxic “cousins.” The almost comic scene featured various New York state officials and the...Read More >>
September 2, 2016
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers: Will Self-Driving Cars Make the Roads Safer?
As we enter the age of driverless cars, Tesla Motors recently disclosed the first known death caused by a self-driving vehicle.  In June 2016 the driver of a Tesla Model S car, a 40 year old Ohio man, put the car into autopilot mode, which is able to control the car during highway driving....Read More >>
August 30, 2016
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers: Nursing Homes’ Latest Tactic To Avoid Accountability
I have previously blogged on the nursing home industry’s attempt to keep cases out of the court system and its perceived plaintiff-friendly juries, and force all litigation into the far more defense friendly arbitration system.  The nursing home industry has attempted to foist arbitration agreements on unsuspecting residents and family members.  These attempts have...Read More >>
August 27, 2016
Pennsylvania Civil Rights Lawyer’s Perspective on the DOJ’s Decision to Phase Out Private Prisons
Between 1999 and 2014, the population of private prisoners ballooned from 69,000 to 131,300.  The private prison population reached its high point in 2012, with 137,200 inmates, then just shy of 10% of the total United States prison population.  The private prison industry has always raised a myriad of  legal, ethical, and moral problems. ...Read More >>
August 8, 2016
Pennsylvania Civil Rights Laywers: Key Constitutional Rights Making Slow Comeback
In a recent post, we commented on the importance of the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  An integral part of the Bill of Rights, the Amendment preserves for all Americans the right to a jury trial in civil lawsuits.  We discussed the efforts by corporate interests and others to restrict the ability of...Read More >>
July 29, 2016
Pennsylvania Labor & Employment Lawyers: Is One Enough? The Federal Railroad Administration Must Decide
Does this sound right?  As freight train crews have gotten smaller, freight trains themselves have gotten longer.  If that causes you to scratch your head and wonder what is happening on our railroad tracks, you are not alone. The Federal Railroad Administration has to decide whether it should mandate that trains have a minimum...Read More >>
July 29, 2016
New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers: The College Campus Suicide Crisis
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students, according to Active Minds, a nonprofit group that raises awareness about student mental health issues. The Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State notes that the most common mental health diagnoses for college students are anxiety and depression, both risks factors leading to...Read More >>
June 16, 2016
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers discuss Nursing Home Arbitration: Another Unenforceable Agreement
In three previous blogs (here, here, and here) I have shown the disdain of the Pennsylvania Superior Court – twice (Pisano, Burkett) and the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Curtis) for arbitration clauses in nursing home agreements.  Add the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to the list of tribunals who do not care for arbitration clauses...Read More >>
June 14, 2016
Pennsylvania Civil Rights Lawyers: A Better Ban the Box In Philadelphia
It is well documented, and at this point well known, that as a society we’ve long indulged ourselves in the pernicious catch-22 that stable employment reduces recidivism but criminal records prevent those with them from gaining employment. Philadelphia has taken steps to break down the barriers that keep individuals with criminal records from employment...Read More >>
May 27, 2016
Pennsylvania Toxic Tort Lawyers discuss EPA’S Action on PFOA: What it is and is not
Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made news when it announced a new “drinking water health advisory” for perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”).  PFOA is the toxic chemical that has contaminated water in Hoosick Falls and Petersburg, New York and many other communities throughout the United States. EPA’s action replaced its “interim” health advisory...Read More >>
May 17, 2016
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Law Firm: When That Text Message Can Wait
Beware – if you send a text message to someone who is driving you may be held responsible for a crash that occurs when the recipient reads and responds while driving. In Gallatin v. Garfiulo, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Lawrence County Judge John W. Hodge ruled that if the text sender had reason...Read More >>
May 13, 2016
Pennsylvania Environmental Lawyers: Your Home Is Your Castle, But How Do You Protect It?
In this post, I want to provide an overview of some of the basic remedies available to you in the unfortunate event that your health or your home is threatened by environmental contamination. In such cases, the odds can seem overwhelming.  The DEP may be involved, but may not be addressing your needs or...Read More >>
May 9, 2016
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers -Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Part III: When Residents Can’t Consent
The desire on the part of nursing homes to saddle their residents and their families with the consequences of arbitration agreements continues.  In two previous blogs (here and here) I have written about nursing home attempts to deprive families of the constitutional protection of a right to a trial by jury by virtue of...Read More >>
April 21, 2016
Pennsylvania Civil Rights Lawyers: All Constitutional Rights Are Important
Let’s Talk About the Seventh Amendment. Amid all of the noise we hear during the political season, there is always a clamor about the Constitution and certain of the amendments making up the Bill of Rights.  There are arguments from many sides regarding the Second Amendment and guns, for example.  We hear loud assertions...Read More >>
April 16, 2016
New Jersey Environmental Lawyers: If You Can’t Fix the Pipes, Try to Fix the Law
Elevated levels of lead have been found in Newark, NJ schools.  What may surprise you is how unsurprising this news actually is, and how easy it is to miss detection of lead in public school drinking water. Nationally, the current law only requires schools or districts running their own water systems to test for...Read More >>
April 6, 2016
Can Social Media Posts Be Used in a Lawsuit?
Do you belong to any social networking sites such as YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, Vine, Google Plus, etc.? You need to be aware that whatever you write, post, or tag, or whatever you have already written, posted, or tagged, including photographs, may be used against you in your lawsuit without your knowledge or...Read More >>
April 6, 2016
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers: Is It Safe to Ride Amtrak?
The Amtrak collision on Sunday morning, April 3, 2016 was the fifth serious incident for the railroad over the past 12 months. In this incident, Amtrak Train 89 bound for Savannah, GA from New York with about 330 passengers struck a backhoe which was on the active track, killing the backhoe operator and another...Read More >>
April 5, 2016
Same-Sex Marriage: The Old and New Battles in the Post-Obergefell Era
The Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges found that the United States Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages.  It was a momentous decision in the long history of same-sex marriage litigation and one of the most watched constitutional law cases in years.  And in some ways, it wasn’t. Certainly, the decision did not...Read More >>
March 11, 2016
Pennsylvania Civil Rights Lawyers: Will the Courts find Police Officers Ready for their Close-Up?
Imagine: you are sitting in the park with your friends, killing time before dinner.  Across the way, you hear a commotion.  There’s a man who appears to be homeless surrounded by a few police officers, everyone yelling at each other.  As you approach, one officer grabs the man, and you see him placed in...Read More >>
March 8, 2016
Pennsylvania Environmental Toxic Tort Law Firm: “Deregulation” is Not the Solution
It’s something of a fad among political candidates these days to argue that our economy is burdened by “too many regulations,” and the “government should get out of the way” of private enterprise.  But environmental crises like the ones recently dominating the news in Hoosick Falls, New York and Flint, Michigan prove beyond a...Read More >>
March 2, 2016
Pennsylvania Veterans Lawyers: Why is the Veterans Administration Penalizing Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Four U.S. Senators are calling on the Army to stop kicking out soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and have been diagnosed with mental health problems or traumatic brain injuries, effective immediately. The Senators say they’re motivated by an investigation by NPR and Colorado Public Radio that revealed the Army has continued to...Read More >>
March 1, 2016
The Saga of Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Admission Agreements Continues
In my previous post, I discussed the validity of an arbitration clause signed by a nursing home resident.  Did that action bind the beneficiary of that resident when a lawsuit was filed?  The answer is no.  In Pisano the Pennsylvania Superior Court decided that an Arbitration Agreement did not bind a beneficiary who has...Read More >>
February 26, 2016
Taking Clean Water for Granted: FL, PA, MN, IL
We’ve written a lot about Hoosick Falls and Flint on our blog over the last few weeks. It is important to remember that clean, safe water is important to all of us, everywhere. Unless we are living through a water contamination crisis, it’s human nature to take our access to clean and safe water for...Read More >>
February 12, 2016
New Jersey Toxic Tort Lawyers: When Science is For Sale, It’s Toxic
In our November 25, 2015 post, we discussed an exposé of the chemical industry’s use of paid-for pseudo-“science” to misrepresent the hazards of toxic chemicals to the academic community, governmental regulators, judges and juries. Brown and Grossman, “What we don’t know is killing us,” In These Times (11/1/15). As David Heath writes in a...Read More >>
February 8, 2016
Is Philadelphia Ready for The Democratic National Convention?
In less than six months, Philadelphia will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  Tens of thousands will descend on the city between July 25th and July 28th, seemingly without the lockdown that accompanied Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia’s last fall.  Of course, in addition to the thousands of politicos and media, this summer’s convention...Read More >>
January 27, 2016
Pennsylvania Consumer Protection Lawyers: Car Insurers Are Tracking Your Driving Habits
Progressive, Allstate and State Farm are promoting programs to install sensors in customer’s vehicles to figure out how location data can be used to rate drivers. The companies are tracking things like how often customers slam on the brakes and how far they drive.  The insurers state that the goal is to better identify...Read More >>
January 25, 2016
Supreme Court ruling in lawsuit against U.S. Navy marketer for alleged solicitation via text messages without consent a victory for consumers
The U.S. Supreme Court gave consumers a win this week in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez (Jan. 20, 2016), which held that an unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment by the defendant does not moot a plaintiff’s case and, as a result, that the federal trial court properly maintained jurisdiction over the plaintiff’s class action...Read More >>
January 12, 2016
CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE “JUSTICE” (?) SYSTEM
Over the winter holidays, I re-read Michelle Alexander’s ground-breaking book, The New Jim Crow.  While the book might not be the best formula for Yuletide cheer, it serves as a bracing reminder of the flaws in our law enforcement system. Alexander forcefully demonstrates the inherent injustice in a system that is funded by politicians...Read More >>
January 6, 2016
Lead Poisoning Still With Us- Just Ask Flint, Michigan
Lead, a heavy metal and widespread environmental contaminant, has  many harmful effects on the human neurological system. In children, who are especially vulnerable, It has been shown to cause developmental delays, learning disabilities, growth problems, and serious behavioral disorders. In adults, it’s associated with high blood pressure, cardiac disease and stroke. It is a...Read More >>
November 25, 2015
Pennsylvania Environmental Toxic Tort Lawyers: Winter is the Season of Oil Spills
As the cold months approach in the Northeast, we can expect another rash of heating oil spills caused by the negligent overfilling or nondelivery of fuel by oil delivery companies. Oil spills in a basement or immediately outside a home can completely disrupt a family’s life, ruining personal property they have stored, and permeating...Read More >>
November 13, 2015
Pennsylvania Civil Rights Lawyer: Overcrowding Comes Full Circle
Sometimes, we expend a lot of time and money and academic resources, only to arrive at a very obvious conclusion.  A new study (link: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0141328) explored whether there was any connection between incarceration in an overcrowded prison and an increased risk of recidivism.  Hardly surprising, the study concluded there was.  And the reasons why...Read More >>
October 2, 2015
Pennsylvania FELA Lawyers: You May Not be the Beneficiary of the Oil Boom
In our earlier blog, You and the Claims Rep: The Claims Rep Is Not Your Friend, I referenced the fact that railroading has always been considered an extremely dangerous occupation. Add exploding rail cars caused by highly combustible crude oil to the list of dangers. America is going through an oil boom. Enormous oil...Read More >>
April 29, 2015
Veterans & Widows Denied Medicaid Eligibility Urged to Reapply
UPDATE: As of April 29, 2015 veterans and their widows who have been denied Medicaid benefits due to VA pension or assistance can now reapply. In late 2014, Williams Cedar attorneys successfully resolved the case. Judge Robert Kugler issued an opinion in support of the case filed on behalf of New Jersey veterans and...Read More >>
June 5, 2014
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Extends Rights of Workers with Occupational Disease
On November 22, 2013, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision that enhances the fundamental right of Pennsylvania workers to be compensated for job-related illnesses.  In Tooey v. AK Steel Corp., et al., the Court reversed long-standing precedent, holding that an employee who suffers a “latent” occupational disease that does not become manifest...Read More >>
June 5, 2014
The Claims Rep Is Not Your Friend – Part 2
Who is the claims agent? The claims agent is an employee of the same railroad you work for. His job involves sitting in an office, waiting to hear about an injury, and then trying, with all his might, to protect the interest of the railroad. You may be asking, why isn’t he there to...Read More >>
June 5, 2014
Pennsylvania FELA Lawyers: You and the Claims Rep – The Claims Rep Is Not Your Friend
You work for a Railroad. It is not an easy job. More likely than not, you work outdoors. You work in all different types of weather conditions. You work during the hot summer months and in the freezing cold as well. You work around extremely dangerous equipment. It is not a job that you...Read More >>
June 5, 2014
Pennsylvania Civil Rights Lawyers: Police Corruption Still a Big Problem
The recent publication of Busted by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, the Pulitzer Prize winning reporters who broke the 2009 story about corrupt narcotics officers who framed innocent citizens and robbed alleged drug dealers and Philadelphia bodegas is well worth reading.  It confirms that police corruption in Philadelphia did not end with the Frank...Read More >>
April 25, 2014
Pennsylvania Environmental Lawyers: “Fracking” a Real Risk to Drinking Water Supplies
In 2010, the CEO of Exxon Mobil declared to Congress that, in the history of the natural gas “fracking” industry, “there is not one, not one, reported case of a freshwater aquifer having ever been contaminated from hydraulic fracturing.  Not one.” NY Times, 8/4111.  History has proved the industry to have overstated its safety record. ...Read More >>
April 25, 2014
Pennsylvania Water Contamination Lawyers: Fracking Poses Risk to More Than Groundwater
The chilling news of the discovery of the body of a field service technician at the site of a Chevron “fracking” well in Greene County near Pittsburgh should remind us all of the dangers presented by an industry that is in full operation across a broad swath of Pennsylvania.  The well exploded on February...Read More >>

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