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June 19, 2020
Is Uber Safe? Rise in Sexual Assaults Involving Ride-Sharing App
Is Uber safe? Over two years more than 6,000 people, including riders and drivers, reported sexual assaults related to Uber rides in Uber’s first safety report made public in December 2019. These are alarming numbers considering that sexual assault is one of the most traumatic experiences that anyone can suffer physically, mentally, and emotionally....Read More >>
June 18, 2020
New Jersey Announces Important Police Reform Measures
George Floyd died while in police custody with his neck pinned to the ground until he stopped breathing.  His death has sparked global protests against police brutality and racial discrimination.  In response to the calls for change, New Jersey has recently announced seemingly simple but practically profound law enforcement reforms. Acknowledging the validity of...Read More >>
June 9, 2020
Congress and the Courts Must Curtail or Eliminate Qualified Immunity Now
In earlier posts, we have written about the devastating effects on civil rights that the legal doctrine of “qualified immunity” has had: An Idea Whose Time (to Fade Away) Has Come. In the years we have spent representing victims of police misconduct, Williams Cedar lawyers have often had to overcome police defenses of qualified...Read More >>
April 6, 2020
Pollution Found Under Philadelphia Refinery Site
Residents of the Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery are expressing concerns after an environmental advocacy group detected dangerous chemicals in the area. Detected by researchers after a massive fire occurred at the location in June 2019, the presence of pollutants has residents worried about their health and safety. Potential Exposure...Read More >>
March 24, 2020
Coronavirus Discussion
Tune in to Jerry Williams providing insights on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Jerry joins WWDB Radio Show with Joe Dougherty to offer a legal perspective on the national public health crisis.Read More >>
March 12, 2020
Court Rules in Favor of Philadelphia Salary History Ban
Employers in Philadelphia now face stricter restrictions on the type of information they can ask of potential employees. After a recent decision by a federal appellate court, it is now illegal for Philadelphia employers to ask prospective employees about their salary history. Banning salary history questions has been viewed as one way to reduce...Read More >>
March 10, 2020
Daylight Saving Time Causes Increased Risk of Car Accidents
A recent study analyzing 21 years of data related to deadly car accidents has found that the observation of daylight saving time results in a consistent increase in crashes in the days following the time shift each year. The data compiled by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that the number of...Read More >>
March 4, 2020
Philly Man “Likely Innocent” After Serving on Death Row for 23 Years
Walter Ogrod, 55, of Philadelphia was convicted in 1996 for the alleged molestation and murder of a 4-year-old girl. This conviction has recently been reexamined and The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office says that Ogrod is “likely innocent.” The outcome of this trial was based on flawed and corrupted testimonies. DA Larry Krasner’s office asked...Read More >>
March 3, 2020
Corrupt Pipeline Making Residents Sick
Residents of a Pennsylvania community are expressing concerns that a corrupt pipeline has compromised the safety of their drinking and bathing water. Their concerns began following an increasing number of drilling mud spills taking place at Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline construction sites in Pennsylvania. The affected area includes Glen Mills and its surrounding,...Read More >>
February 28, 2020
Preventable Crash Information Every Parent Should Know
Each year, alarming statistics support the case for such parental discomfort. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that car accidents are the number one cause of death for those ages 16 to 19. The most recent figures show that crashes killed 2,364 teen drivers and injured approximately 300,000 in 2017. Knowing...Read More >>
February 21, 2020
Consequences of Water Pollution
Pollutants can enter water supplies in many ways. Improper waste disposal, oil spills, agricultural run-off, and poor sewage treatment can release contaminants into water sources. When toxic materials pollute water systems, the potentially dangerous consequences affect everyone. Some of the most serious effects of water pollution include negative health effects, damage to ecosystems, and...Read More >>
February 20, 2020
Woman Claims Racial Profiling at Pennsylvania Turnpike Starbucks
Racial profiling occurs when an individual is targeted and treated differently because of his or her race or the color of his or her skin. Private businesses, government entities, and law enforcement agencies can be perpetrators of racial profiling. A recent report of racial profiling at a Starbucks coffee stand on the Pennsylvania Turnpike...Read More >>
February 20, 2020
Car Accidents
The New Jersey Department of Transportation publishes annual statistics that show automobile crashes by county. The most current data are from 2018. Although the numbers vary each year, the total number of crashes rose from 271,809 in 2017 to 278,413 in 2018. Out of these, 15,755 were in Camden County alone in 2018; this...Read More >>
February 14, 2020
Massive Recall of Insulin Pumps after 26,000 Complaints
Medtronic has issued a recall of more 300,000 insulin pumps due to a risk of over-delivery or under-delivery of insulin which can lead to serious injury or even death.  According to the FDA, the pumps are being recalled due to a “missing or broken retainer ring” which could lead to the failure to firmly...Read More >>
February 14, 2020
Water Contamination Far Worse Than Expected
Additional tests on several major water supply systems recently revealed the amount of drinking water contamination in municipal water supplies is far worse than originally expected.  In the study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), large amounts of toxic chemicals were found in drinking water supplies throughout the nation. After testing samples from...Read More >>
February 13, 2020
Is Drowsy Driving More Common in Young Drivers?
Close to 900,000 car accidents are attributed to drowsy driving each year. Accidents caused by drowsy driving result in over 1,200 deaths annually.  According to a new study released by the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety, teen and young adult drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 face increased risks...Read More >>
February 12, 2020
Pittsburgh Schools Listed Among the Highest for Arrests
An increasing number of police officers can be found in school buildings throughout the country. Often called to address threats of violence, law enforcement officers are arresting individuals at schools daily. Newly released information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education revealed Pittsburgh schools are among the highest in arrest records. According to police data,...Read More >>
February 7, 2020
What is a “Waving Accident?”
A waving accident occurs when one driver waves or gestures for another to proceed, then that driver gets in a car accident. Although waving drivers have good intentions, their actions may make them legally responsible for any car accidents that result, even if they were not physically involved. It is important for New Jersey...Read More >>
February 6, 2020
How Can I Avoid Car Seat Installation Mistakes?
All parents want to do their best to protect their most precious cargo. Child car seats provide protection to set parents’ minds at ease. Yet, parents should avoid a false sense of security by making sure the protective measures of a car seat are not lost by installation mistakes. Parents can learn how to...Read More >>
February 6, 2020
What is Involved in a Toxic Tort Claim?
Many individuals suffering physical injuries after exposure to a toxic material are unclear about whether what they experienced constitutes a toxic tort claim. By understanding what is involved in a toxic tort claim, injured individuals can protect their legal rights to obtain compensation. When the negligence or carelessness of another person or company causes...Read More >>
January 31, 2020
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Many people will be involved in a car accident in their lifetime; an average of six million car accidents occur every year in the United States, leaving three million people injured. Two-thirds of these injuries are permanent. It is important to know what to do after an accident occurs. Remain at the Scene Never...Read More >>
January 30, 2020
Toxic Chemicals Harming Children’s Brains
Over the last few decades, the government has taken steps to restrict the use of certain heavy metals in manufacturing to reduce health risks to consumers.  Many parents may have a false sense of security that their children are safe from contamination based on the increased regulation of some pollutants. Unfortunately, a new research...Read More >>
January 30, 2020
How Do I Hire an Accident Lawyer?
Whether you are looking for legal counsel or representation, you may be unsure of how to narrow down the overwhelming choice of accident lawyers. You should be sure to schedule consultations with several lawyers and compare their fees, opinions on your chances of winning damages and the amount, and how you get along with...Read More >>
January 24, 2020
Boomerang Properties
Commercial real estate purchasers are encountering a new type of risk when purchasing properties. Named boomerang properties, these properties were previously designated contamination-free or received full remediation. Now, they raise new or additional environmental concerns. In these cases, previous remedial work or certifications from local or state environmental agencies does not provide the new...Read More >>
January 23, 2020
The Most Dangerous Highways in New Jersey
A recent report by NJ Advance Media provides alarming statistics concerning the safety of New Jersey highways. Unlike small roads running through residential neighborhoods, larger highways present greater safety risks for drivers. With more vehicles traveling these roads every day, thousands of accidents occur on state highways each year. High-Risk Roadways According to 2018...Read More >>
January 22, 2020
What Cars are Most Likely to Be in an Accident?
Automobile safety research can provide potential car buyers with helpful information in making their decisions on which car to purchase. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluate the safety risks of motor vehicles according to color, size, and brand. Color of the Car According to...Read More >>
January 22, 2020
Tracking Race in Pennsylvania Traffic Stops
Making routine traffic stops is one of the most common activities of any law enforcement officer. Pennsylvania police conduct thousands of traffic stops each year resulting in large numbers of traffic citations and vehicle searches. With the number of annual traffic stops on the rise, new data confirms race continues to play a significant...Read More >>
January 21, 2020
Car Safety Features Every Vehicle Needs
Deciding which car to buy can be a difficult decision for any driver. With many styles and options available, the decision can be overwhelming. For many drivers, safety becomes the most important consideration. Experts recommend car purchasers ensure their cars have the following must-have safety features before driving a new vehicle off the sales...Read More >>
January 20, 2020
New Jersey Sues Paint Company for Water Contamination
New Jersey has recently initiated a lawsuit against Sherwin-Williams for contamination left behind at its manufacturing site. The property, located in Voorhees and Gibbsboro in Camden County, is owned by Sherwin-Williams and was operated as a manufacturing site from the 1930s to 1978. During that time, several toxic chemicals were discharged on the site,...Read More >>
January 17, 2020
Philly Police Union Attacks Eagles Football Player
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcom Jenkins received harsh criticism following his recent comments on alleged police brutality by the Philadelphia Police Department. Despite the backlash, Jenkins stood firm behind his statements, which called for more accountability and transparency in the police department. Call for Police Reform Jenkins is a co-founder of the Players Coalition Task...Read More >>
January 8, 2020
Determining Negligence in Car Accident Cases
Not every car accident is caused by a malfunctioning auto part, like faulty brakes or a failing transmission; it is often from the carelessness or recklessness of another driver. Understanding negligence in a devastating car accident can help injured individuals determine the best approach for holding responsible parties liable for their injuries. Duty of...Read More >>
January 3, 2020
Standard Names Needed for Car Technology
Consumer Reports has partnered with AAA, J.D. Power, and the National Safety Council to come up with a set of standard names to be used for new car safety technologies. As innovation presents better ways for cars to provide drivers with warnings and auto-control features that make driving safer, the players in the industry...Read More >>
December 29, 2019
Study of PFAS Contamination in the U.S. Halted Due to Feud
A group of chemicals, known as polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), have been a concern for some time. PFAS include hundreds of man-made chemicals that are similar in structure. Many PFAS continue to be used in the manufacture of a variety of consumer products; examples include non-stick cookware, water-resistant clothing, carpets, and firefighting foam. Environmental Levels...Read More >>
December 28, 2019
Slip and Fall Accidents on Ice
Since the winter months bring low temperatures and high levels of precipitation, there is an increase of slip and fall injuries on icy or wet surfaces. Unfortunately, the carelessness of others can contribute to slip and fall accidents by leaving icy or snowy conditions unattended. Risk of Serious Injury Slips and falls on slick...Read More >>
December 27, 2019
New Jersey Changes Investigations and Police Force Standard
New reforms initiated by New Jersey’s Attorney General will change the way many police departments handle arrests and perform investigations into police misconduct. Following the publication of The Force Report, an investigation conducted by NJ Advance Media revealed a lack of observation into various police departments. The attorney general released a set of orders...Read More >>
December 19, 2019
Car Safety Ratings Lag Behind
If you recently shopped for a new car, you may be familiar with the five-star rating system known as “Stars on Cars,” which provides consumers with a grading system to assess the crash protection and collision avoidance technology available in new cars. The safety rating system has been criticized for failing to remain the...Read More >>
December 18, 2019
New Jersey Children Tested for Elevated Lead Levels
Recent testing on almost 4,500 children in New Jersey revealed the presence of an alarming amount of lead in their blood. Over 190,000 children received screening last year, with 2.3 percent testing positive for over five micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. These children are now being designated for follow up treatment. The...Read More >>
December 17, 2019
Military Allegedly Not Using EPA Recommendations for PFAs Cleanup
Allegedly, the military is not using the EPA recommendations set forth that aim to assist in the PFAs cleanup near a former military base. High levels of PFAS have been found in the soil and water supplies of communities near the former Willow Grove military base in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania due to the past...Read More >>
December 17, 2019
What is Malicious Prosecution?
Being wrongly accused in a criminal matter is an extremely stressful experience. In addition to the financial burden of hiring a lawyer to defend oneself and the lost wages resulting from having to miss work to attend court hearings or depositions, falsely accused individuals often experience emotional distress during this difficult time. Under certain...Read More >>
December 9, 2019
Winter Driving Safety
As the weather becomes colder, harsh driving conditions can create increased risks for car accidents. Almost 20 percent of all motor vehicle collisions will take place during a snow or ice storm. To prevent serious car accidents during this time of year, remember the following winter driving safety tips. Respect Driving Conditions Understanding winter...Read More >>
December 4, 2019
Racial Profiling
Many people associate random police stops of cars with black or Hispanic drivers as racial profiling. Unfortunately, racial profiling occurs throughout the country on a daily basis. Recognizing the signs of racial profiling is an important first step in ending this ineffective and discriminatory law enforcement practice. Any actions of law enforcement based solely...Read More >>
December 3, 2019
Most Unsafe Cars on the Road
Last year, close to 40,000 individuals died in motor vehicle collisions. Safety researchers studying these fatalities identified particular makes and models of vehicles most likely to be involved in an accident. This list of the most unsafe cars on the road provides important information for the public. NHTSA Ratings The National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More >>
November 26, 2019
Sexual Misconduct by Police Officers
Keeping the public safe is the most important part of a police officer’s job. Unfortunately, not every law enforcement officer honors the pledge to protect others from harm. In some cases, police officers themselves present a danger to the public, using their position of power to engage in sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, voyeurism,...Read More >>
November 25, 2019
Former Millville Police Officer Faces Police Brutality Charges
A former Millville police officer faces charges of police brutality for two separate excessive force incidents that occurred in 2018. In one incident, he allegedly threw the female victim to the ground after she was pulled over for drinking while intoxicated. Another incident involved the police officer spraying the parent of a shoplifting suspect...Read More >>
November 25, 2019
Federal Crash Testing Needs Urgent Changes
There have been many changes in the world since the 1970s, but one thing has not changed is federal crash test safety ratings. Most auto purchasers are familiar with these ratings, but critics say the five and four-star ratings, representing the safest vehicles, are too easy to achieve. In addition, the testing program has...Read More >>
November 22, 2019
Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in New Jersey Water Systems
New data reveals a dramatic increase in the amount of New Jersey water systems testing positive for large amounts of toxic chemicals. The detected PFAS chemicals, which can remain in a water supply indefinitely, are commonly referred to as “forever chemicals.” Several non-profit safety watchdog groups, including the Environmental Working Group, caution the public...Read More >>
November 22, 2019
Norwood EPA Meeting About Possible Chemical Contamination Occurs
In Norwood, Pennsylvania, an EPA meeting about possible chemical contamination, originating from a former landfill, took place on Thursday night. Hundreds of residents gathered at the meeting to voice their concerns about the increase in multiple sclerosis (MS) and cancer illnesses occurring in their community that they believe stems from the site. The landfill,...Read More >>
November 21, 2019
Thanksgiving Travel Safety
For many Americans, traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday involves hours spent in a car to visit friends and loved ones. By following the travel tips outlined below, drivers can be sure to arrive safely at their destination. Prepare for the Drive Before setting out on any long-distance driving trips, individuals should take several preventative...Read More >>
November 16, 2019
Slip and Falls at Schools and Daycares
With large numbers of children, parents, and workers walking every day, schools and daycares are one of the most common places for slip and falls to take place.  Resulting injuries can range from broken bones and sprains to concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. To help cover the costs of medical expenses, lost wages,...Read More >>
November 15, 2019
DEP Identifies Source of Bucks County PFAS Contamination
For years, communities in suburban Philadelphia have struggled upon discovering their water supplies are contaminated with PFAS.  The use of firefighting foams containing PFAS at military bases in Warminster and Horsham have long been known to have contributed to drinking water contamination.  In 2016, PFAS was discovered in drinking water in East and West...Read More >>
November 15, 2019
Racial Profiling and Police Codes of Conduct
A recent incident in the Pennsylvania suburb of Chadds Ford highlights the important role of codes of conduct for police officers throughout the state.  According to a complaint, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) engaged in racial profiling when two white officers trailed and pulled over a black man who lived in the area for...Read More >>
November 14, 2019
Rutgers to Study Health Effects on PFAS Contamination
A new research study at Rutgers University will examine the health effects of several chemicals previously used in the manufacture of commercial products, including Teflon®, and foam used for firefighting. Funded by the federal government, this $1 million research endeavor will study the link between these PFAS chemicals and health problems, including cancer. Continued...Read More >>
November 9, 2019
EPA Revises Lead and Copper Rule
Lead and copper contamination of water delivery systems, including those in public schools and childcare centers, is an ongoing problem in many communities.  In response to increased awareness of the significant health risks associated with lead and copper contaminated drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently revised its safety guidelines with respect to...Read More >>
November 8, 2019
Drugged Driving Accidents on the Rise
As the number of drunk driving accidents continues to decrease, new research indicates another dangerous driving behavior, drugged driving, may be on the rise. The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently reported a 15 percent increase in drugged driving fatalities during a period where the amount of drunk driving had been significantly decreasing. Driving under...Read More >>
October 31, 2019
What is Police Brutality?
Police brutality is one of the leading causes of death for men in the U.S., according to a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Victims of police brutality may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Typically, instances of police brutality arise when law enforcement officers make arrests....Read More >>
October 30, 2019
How Much is My Slip and Fall Worth?
 “Slip and falls” are common, and cause injuries that range from a minor cut or bruise to broken bones and even traumatic brain injury. If you experience a slip and fall accident due to a hazardous condition on someone else’s property, then you are entitled to seek recovery for damages. However, initiating a lawsuit...Read More >>
October 25, 2019
Deaths from Running Red Lights at 10-Year High
Running a red light while traveling through an intersection remains one of the most dangerous driving behaviors. According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the number of deaths resulting from vehicles running red lights is now at a 10-year high. Research showed that over the course of a decade,...Read More >>
October 23, 2019
Are Police the Leading Cause of Death?
According to a new study released by Rutgers University-Newark, police misconduct ranks sixth for cause of death for males between the ages of 25 and 29. Many of the fatalities included in the statistics are men who have posed no physical threat to the police. For families of police misconduct victims, the study validates...Read More >>
October 21, 2019
Halloween Safety Tips
As families put the final touches on costumes and prepare bowls of candy for trick-or-treaters, the fun of Halloween can overshadow real safety risks associated with the holiday. The following suggestions can help families ensure their children arrive home safe and sound after the big night. Visibility is Vital Many car accidents occur when...Read More >>
October 19, 2019
Backover Accidents
For many drivers, backing out of a parking space or a driveway occurs several times a day. While rushing to get to work or to drop a child off to school or practice, drivers often back up without adequately checking the large blind spots behind their vehicles. Failure to properly stop and check before...Read More >>
October 18, 2019
Bellmawr Water Supplies Shut Down After PFNAs Found
The borough of Bellmawr, New Jersey, shut down their water supplies after finding evidence of PFNAs in their water. A warning letter alerted the shutdown to residents, stating that high levels of the dangerous chemicals were detected. It is believed that the origin of the contamination stems from the remediation of the former factory...Read More >>
October 17, 2019
Home Heating Oil Spills
Every home heated with oil fuel will have a residential heating oil tank somewhere on its premises, either buried underground, located on the outside property, or more typically, in a basement. Any home with an oil tank becomes the potential site of a residential oil spill. Causes of Residential Oil Spills Home heating oil...Read More >>
October 10, 2019
Sources of Lead in Water
Recently, concerns over dangerous levels of lead infiltrating the water supplies in Newark, New Jersey, rose to a fever pitch. In August 2019, the EPA found that two-thirds of homes located in a neighborhood within the city contained alarming levels of lead in their water. This occurred despite attempts to eliminate the lead present...Read More >>
October 8, 2019
Three Babies Contract Fatal Infection at Danville Hospital
Three premature babies contracted a fatal infection at a hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania. In total, eight babies contracted the waterborne bacteria known as pseudomonas, which is commonly found in many places, while residing in the NICU of Geisinger Medical Center. No evidence of the bacteria could be found in the NICU or any other...Read More >>
October 8, 2019
Racial and Other “Bias” Incidents on the Rise
A new state report released by the Office of New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewel indicates a rise of “bias” incidents involving students and young adults throughout New Jersey. In 2018, over 560 bias incidents were reported in the state with almost half of the incidents involving minors. College campuses were the scene of...Read More >>
October 5, 2019
Sewage Overflow
Toxins including dangerous bacteria can enter into a community’s water supply in many ways. Along Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River, chronic sewage overflow has created dangerous conditions for potential water contamination. As damage to the river continues, residents in nearby communities wait for local government to properly address the ongoing problem. Chronic Discharges Recent records indicate...Read More >>
October 4, 2019
Two Philadelphia Schools Closed due to Asbestos Exposure
Two Philadelphia schools will be closed due to the possibility of asbestos exposure. On Wednesday, the School District of Philadelphia announced that the schools would remain closed until the following week to allow crews to remove the asbestos. During an environmental inspection, asbestos was discovered around the air ducts in a boiler room at...Read More >>
October 3, 2019
College Drunk Driving
Thousands of college students return to campus each fall eager to start the new school year. For many, this means reconnecting with friends at social events where alcohol will be available. College drinking often leads to drunk driving, presenting a significant safety risk for student drivers, their passengers, other vehicles, and pedestrians. Significant Safety...Read More >>
October 1, 2019
Racial Profiling Allegations Made Against Sephora
Beauty brand Sephora is coming under harsh criticism after a popular celebrity alleged she experienced racial profiling while shopping in one of the company’s California stores. In a published tweet, Grammy-nominated singer SZA, a black female, alleges she was the victim of racial profiling while shopping at the Sephora location in Calabasas. SZA claims...Read More >>
September 18, 2019
Children Evacuated from Kearny Soccer Field Due to Landfill Emissions
On Monday evening, the mayor of Kearny, New Jersey ordered around 160 children practicing on a soccer field to evacuate the premises. Allegedly, high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas permeated the air near Harvey Field and came from the nearby Keegan Landfill. The levels reached around 75 parts per billion on the fields, and...Read More >>
September 18, 2019
Proving Fault in Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident can lead to serious injuries. When a slip and fall accident is caused by the negligence or carelessness of another person, they can be held liable in a personal injury lawsuit. The burden of proof falls on the injured victim in this type of lawsuit, so consultation with an...Read More >>
September 12, 2019
Conversations Between Parents and Teens Improve Driver Safety
Parents can help their teens to be safer drivers by simply talking to them about safe driving, according to a recent University of Iowa study. Although the number of teen motor vehicle accidents is declining, there are still thousands of car accidents involving young drivers each year and car crashes remain the leading cause...Read More >>
September 11, 2019
Important News Regarding Paulsboro Settlements
Clients listed below have received a settlement offer in the Paulsboro train derailment case but have been unresponsive to our attempts to contact them. If you are one of these clients or know one of these clients, please contact us immediately at (856) 470-9777 or (215) 531-8522. If you fail to do so, you...Read More >>
September 10, 2019
Camden Releases Progressive Use-of-Force Policy
Incidents of police brutality have finally gained national attention over the past several years. Police departments all over the country are taking a belated look at their use-of-force policies and how they impact their relationships with the community. In New Jersey, the Camden Police Department recently released a new use-of-force policy, after several years...Read More >>
September 6, 2019
Officer Fired Over Garner Death
The New York City police department continues to deal with the aftermath of a police brutality incident that ended in the death of an unarmed individual. In August, an officer involved in the arrest was fired following a recommendation the officer “can no longer effectively serve” the community. While relieved that the firing brought...Read More >>
September 4, 2019
Governor to Look at Fracking and Cancer Risk
In many parts of Pennsylvania, the Marcellus Shale gas development boom has led to an increase in the amount of fracking, a process by which gas and oil are removed from shale rock. Environmental advocates are asking Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to investigate potential links between fracking and the development of childhood cancer. In...Read More >>
August 28, 2019
Wenonah Parents Urge School to Remove Gym Floors with Mercury
Parents from Wenonah, New Jersey attended a town meeting on Tuesday to urge the Wenonah Board of Education to remove the school gym floors that contain mercury. More than 60 parents attended the meeting regarding the school gym that is used for recreation and as a cafeteria for the students. They demanded that the...Read More >>
August 28, 2019
Back to School Safety Tips
Each September, the new school year brings the return of school buses on the roads and increased motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic in neighborhoods. This can lead to a spike in the number of car accidents during the month of September, especially those involving pedestrians. By remembering the following Back to School safety...Read More >>
August 26, 2019
Nitrate Pollution in Drinking Water Linked to Cancer
Nitrate pollution is linked to 12,594 cases of cancer each year, according to a groundbreaking new study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). In the first national analysis of its kind, researchers reviewed nitrate occurrence data from all 50 states in order to estimate the number of adverse pregnancy outcomes, cancer cases, and economic...Read More >>
August 24, 2019
ACLU Sues PA State Police for Racial Profiling
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a pattern of unlawful civil immigration enforcement by state police. The ten Latino plaintiffs claim to be victims of racial profiling; according to the complaint, they were each pulled over by state troopers who were improperly seeking to ascertain...Read More >>
August 23, 2019
Why Hire a Slip and Fall Lawyer?
Every day, thousands of people slip and fall in stores, public buildings, hospitals, and other commercial businesses. Many individuals fail to realize they may be entitled to compensation if they were injured and the slip and fall was the result of another party’s negligence or recklessness. By hiring an experienced slip and fall lawyer,...Read More >>
August 21, 2019
New Rules for Coal Ash Weaken Health Safeguards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must take another look at its rules that will likely fail to protect the public from the health threats of toxic coal ash waste dumps. Critics of the rules, which were amended last year, have observed that the rules allow hundreds of communities throughout the United States to...Read More >>
August 15, 2019
Woman Files First New York Priest Abuse Claim Under New Law
A woman filed the first priest abuse claim in New York under the new Child Victims Act on Wednesday. The claim lodged against the Archdiocese of New York alleges that a former priest who served at the Church of St. Catherine of Genoa in Manhattan sexually assaulted the 36-year-old woman when she was a...Read More >>
August 15, 2019
Mercury Found in Multiple New Jersey School Gym Floors
Recent reports show that multiple New Jersey school districts discovered that their gym floors contain mercury, which may pose significant health dangers to students and staff members. Since the 1960s and as late as 2006, polyurethane flooring has been installed in many schools for use as gym flooring, multipurpose rooms, auditoriums, and cafeterias. The...Read More >>
August 15, 2019
Avoiding Accidents at Four Way Intersections
Traveling in high traffic areas presents a unique safety risk for drivers. One of the most accident-prone traffic locations is a four-way intersection without a traffic light. At a four-stop sign intersection, it can be difficult for traffic to flow smoothly, as some drivers are unsure which car should proceed first through the intersection....Read More >>
August 13, 2019
States, Military Clash on Cleanup of Toxic Chemicals
Toxic contamination of drinking water gained national attention in 2016 when residents of Flint, Michigan began investigating problems with their drinking water. Today, a costly remedial effort is underway to repair damaged plumbing, provide bottled water, and fight extensive court battles over liability for damage to health and property. Unfortunately, similar situations appear to...Read More >>
August 13, 2019
High Lead Levels Found in Newark Water Supply Despite Use of Filters
High lead levels continue to taint the water supply in neighborhoods of Newark, New Jersey despite the use of filters. The EPA tested the water supply of households in the city that have old lead pipes and discovered that two-thirds of the homes still register high levels of lead even with the implementation of...Read More >>
August 7, 2019
Who is Liable for My Slip and Fall Accident at a Hotel?
Summer is a popular time to go on vacation and enjoy some time away from the responsibilities of everyday life. However, those who plan on traveling and staying in a hotel should still be aware of the related hazards. Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, but in hotels, there are numerous slipping hazards...Read More >>
August 5, 2019
Social Media Reveals Police Officer Bias
A recent investigative report has police departments across the country taking a closer look at their officers’ social media. The Plain View Project (PVP) has been keeping a database of public posts by police officers that contain racist or violent content. Their recently published findings have cities investigating their officers’ behavior on and off...Read More >>
August 2, 2019
Child Victims Act of NY Expands Statute of Limitations
Thanks to the Child Victims Act of New York, on August 14, 2019, survivors will be empowered to file lawsuits that were previously barred by the statute of limitations. The numbers here powerfully reveal the extent of clergy abuse in New York as well as the massive wealth deployed by the Catholic Church to...Read More >>
August 1, 2019
Essential Road Trip Travel Tips
With only one month left in summer, there is no better time than now to pack up the car and hit the road with your family or friends. Whether you are taking your first road trip or are a seasoned highway traveler, a road trip is a fun and affordable vacation that many Americans...Read More >>
July 15, 2019
Toxic Chemicals in NJ Water Supply
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has proposed new rules to protect the state’s water supply from two toxins with links to cancer that can be found in drinking water throughout the country. With the introduction of new standards aimed at reducing the amount of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS)...Read More >>
July 11, 2019
Liability for Slip and Fall Accidents at Sport Facilities
Commercial businesses are frequently the scene of slip and fall accidents. When the public has access to a gathering space, there is a greater likelihood that an accident may occur. With businesses such as large sports facilities, including stadiums or arenas, slip and fall risks are often present. Unsafe Conditions Slip and fall accidents...Read More >>
July 9, 2019
New Car Technology Causes Confusion
If you have recently purchased a new car, it is likely equipped with an array of new technology designed to keep you safe. Automatic emergency brakes and lane-keeping systems are just two examples of the newest safety features available on new cars. While these systems are designed to keep us safe, driver confusion with...Read More >>
July 8, 2019
Philadelphia Refinery Fire May Contaminate New Jersey Water Supply
The Philadelphia refinery explosion and subsequent fire may lead to the contamination of some New Jersey water supplies. On June 21, the explosion occurred at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia, which resided over underground water. Although the contamination does not pose a threat to the Philadelphia water supply, since their water...Read More >>
June 27, 2019
Racial Profiling Problem on College Campuses
Temple University has become the latest college named in a civil rights lawsuit after an African American student alleged he was the victim of racial profiling on campus. The student claims he was pulled over while driving near campus by Temple police officers and was held at gunpoint while his vehicle was searched. Unfortunately,...Read More >>
June 26, 2019
EPA Begins Risk Evaluation Process for Chemicals
Exposure to toxic chemicals can occur in many different settings, placing anyone at risk for a chemical exposure injury at some point in their lifetime. In effort to reduce chemical exposure injuries throughout the country, Congress passed the Frank F. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21 st Century Act, mandating that the most dangerous...Read More >>
June 25, 2019
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Despite traffic laws implemented to ensure the safety of everyone on the road, thousands of pedestrians are severely or even fatally injured in motor vehicle crashes across the U.S. every year. It is important to note that the “Rules of the Road” apply equally to bicycles as to motor vehicles. Careless bicyclists have caused...Read More >>
June 22, 2019
Pennsylvania Fails School Lead Pipe Removal
Pennsylvania schools have received a failing grade for their efforts to remove lead pipes and plumbing fixtures from the drinking fountains and faucets in its public schools. A report issued by the advocacy groups PennEnvironment and PennPIRG points out that the state’s lack of progress on this project poses a serious health risk to...Read More >>
June 21, 2019
100 Deadliest Days for Teens
With Memorial Day behind us and summer on the way, we are now in the period dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days” of the year. Every year between Memorial Day to Labor Day, there is a spike in the number of fatal traffic accidents. This is especially true in the case of teen drivers who...Read More >>
June 20, 2019
Slip and Fall Accidents in Swimming Pools
Spending time poolside is a summertime tradition for many families. While pools can provide hours of fun and relief from hot summer temperatures, they also present a unique safety risk if not properly maintained. Avoiding slip and fall accidents should be a goal for anyone owning or visiting a pool this summer. Common Pool...Read More >>
June 6, 2019
Contaminated Drinking Water Remains a Grave Threat to Public Health 
This thought-provoking video, produced by HuffPost, spotlights the ongoing crisis in Hoosick Falls, New York, where the groundwater is contaminated by Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The toxin has been linked to a number of serious illnesses including kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis and thyroid disease. The video makes it clear that the EPA and...Read More >>
May 27, 2019
Stricter Regulations Needed to Stop Truckers from Texting While Driving
Experts who study distracted driving have examined how to best combat dangerous behavior. In two recent studies, they suggest that stronger punishment for incidences of distracted driving be used as a deterrent, followed up by a course of education in order to sustain the message. Although states have enacted regulations in a patchwork fashion,...Read More >>
May 22, 2019
Traffic Deaths Reach 40,000 Again in 2018
For the third year in a row, the number of traffic fatalities in the United States has reached 40,000. A report by the National Safety Council cites figures indicating a dangerous trend. In 2018, the preliminary number of traffic deaths was just about 40,000. This figure, released February 2019, shows a decrease of 1...Read More >>
May 21, 2019
Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident
A slip and fall accident can be a time of stress and confusion for injured individuals. Many are unaware that to receive compensation for their injuries, they need to take certain steps to preserve evidence and their right to bring a personal injury claim. Knowing what to do after experiencing a slip and fall...Read More >>
May 20, 2019
Dover Police Officers Allegedly Use Excessive Force on Man
On Saturday around 2 am, police officers in Dover, New Jersey allegedly used excessive force on a man during an arrest. The 19-year-old man from Morristown, New Jersey purportedly had a warrant out for his arrest on domestic violence charges. During the arrest, which was captured on video, the officers allegedly engaged in physical...Read More >>
May 16, 2019
Philadelphia Prison Guards Arrested for Excessive Force
On Wednesday, two Philadelphia prison guards were arrested for allegedly using excessive force on an inmate. The guards who work at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility face federal charges and could spend up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of assaulting the inmate who appeared compliant and nonthreatening before the attack. The attack...Read More >>
May 16, 2019
Campers Experience Racial Profiling in NJ Gift Shop
For a group of young female campers in New Jersey, a field trip to an aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach turned into a lesson on the reality of racial profiling in the state. The minors allege they were illegally signaled out and ejected from the aquarium’s gift shop because of their race. Field Trip...Read More >>
May 15, 2019
New Jersey Files Suit Against Companies Due to PFA Contamination
The state of New Jersey filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against eight companies due to their alleged role in contributing to PFA contamination. The lawsuit claims that the eight manufacturers and sellers of the firefighting foam containing the toxic chemicals, namely perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl, purportedly committed consumer and environmental fraud by using the substances....Read More >>
May 15, 2019
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Each year in New Jersey, more than 2,500 motorcycles are involved in crashes according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. While cars and trucks are dangerous due to their size and weight, motorcycles come with their own unique set of hazards. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclist deaths occurred...Read More >>
May 9, 2019
More Than 40 New Jersey Sites Contain Toxic Contamination
A new report shows that more than 40 sites in New Jersey contain toxic contamination, which is adversely affecting residential water supplies. The number of sites, including newly charted places such as public water systems, military bases, airports, industrial plants, dumps, and more, comes from a total of about 600 sites throughout the country...Read More >>
April 17, 2019
Unlawful Search and Seizure – Understanding Your Rights
According to the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the law protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement officials. In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Constitution included a search and seizure provision that offered citizens even greater protection against illegal search and seizures. Law enforcement could not legally search a motor vehicle without...Read More >>
April 15, 2019
Most Wanted List for Traffic Fatalities
In 2017, over 37,000 people were fatally injured in motor vehicle accidents throughout the country. As part of an ongoing effort to reduce the number of car accident fatalities, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently identified 10 safety areas that needed improvement. The NTSB’s “Most Wanted” list targets three key factors found in...Read More >>
April 10, 2019
DDT Exposure Tied to Breast Cancer Risk for Women
Individuals can suffer adverse health effects years after their initial environmental exposure to toxins. Medical complications ranging from brain disease to cancer can manifest many years later, with devastating consequences. New research from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health highlights the potential health risks of exposure to one of these toxins for women....Read More >>
April 8, 2019
Pennsylvania House Reintroducing Clergy Abuse Bills
The Pennsylvania House is reintroducing bills focused on making it easier to file clergy abuse suits for victims. Representatives Mark Rozzi and Jim Gregory are sponsoring the two new bills that were recently introduced. The first piece of proposed legislation would eliminate the statute of limitations and allow future child abuse victims the capability...Read More >>
April 8, 2019
Police Stop African-American Drivers Disproportionately
Traffic stops are a topic of national controversy because of the disproportionate way in which they affect people of color. In many cities, the practice of “stop-and-frisk” has been declared unconstitutional and rejected. According to a recent Philadelphia court case, African American drivers in the 14th District are more than three times as likely...Read More >>
April 3, 2019
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
As technology becomes increasingly standard in the average vehicle, the National Safety Council is working to make Americans aware that distracted driving was a major contributor to the more than 40,000 fatalities on U.S. roadways in 2017. That is why the month of April is devoted to its Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign. Anything that...Read More >>
April 2, 2019
Could Your Drinking Water Be Contaminated?
Nearly five decades ago, the United States established the Clean Water Act of 1972, followed by the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Not only were these moves heralded, but they made many people feel much better moving forward with their lives, assuming that their water was clean and drinkable. Why, then, are Americans...Read More >>
March 28, 2019
New Jersey Directs Five Major Chemical Companies to Clean Up Extensive PFAS Contamination
This past Monday, the State of New Jersey directed five major companies to pay for a massive investigation and treatment of toxic contamination, which the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) believes has damaged the state’s drinking water, groundwater, surface water, soils and wildlife.  NJDEP is holding 3M, DuPont, DowDu Pont, Chemours and Solvay...Read More >>
March 22, 2019
World Water Day
The United Nations is sponsoring the 26th annual World Water Day on March 22, 2019 with a focus on the urgent need to provide clean and safe water to all those around the world. In 1992, the United Nations first recognized that all humans, in every country around the globe have the right to...Read More >>
March 21, 2019
Police Use of Force Complaints
Excessive use of force by police officers continues to be a problem in many New Jersey towns. Police brutality can cause permanent injuries leading to significant medical and rehabilitation costs, as well as an inability to work. Moreover, it erodes the trust between public safety officials and the communities they serve, thus compromising the...Read More >>
March 6, 2019
Tips to Stop Teens From Texting While Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has named texting while driving one of the most dangerous distracted driving behaviors. Texting, along with navigating GPS, changing radio stations, eating, and talking to friends while driving are behaviors that most people have engaged in at some point in their driving career. However, it is important...Read More >>
March 5, 2019
Slip and Fall Accidents on Stairs
When a pathway or walking surface is poorly constructed or maintained, people can get hurt. When the unsafe surface is part of a staircase, the potential for slip and fall accidents and injuries rises. People injured in a slip and fall incident on stairs can suffer severe injury. When the incident turns out to...Read More >>
February 27, 2019
What if a Pothole Damages My Car or Causes an Accident?
Potholes are an unfortunate fact of life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Drive down almost any road in either state and you will see these craters in the road. Potholes can make driving difficult and even dangerous. You may feel as if you are driving on an obstacle course as you do your best...Read More >>
February 25, 2019
Recovering Financial Compensation for Malicious Prosecution
When a criminal case begins without probable cause, for wrongful purposes, and with ulterior motives, the defendant may be able to recover damages for malicious prosecution. Malicious prosecution is a very serious claim. It means that someone was wrongly accused and possibly convicted and may have spent time in prison. Being accused and tried...Read More >>
February 21, 2019
Transparency in Law Enforcement
Transparency in law enforcement is a hot topic across the nation. Various high-profile cases have exposed police brutality, corruption, and misconduct in recent years. The public response to these has varied, with many citizens demanding charges against law enforcement officers be made available to the public. Mistrust and a lack of respect have put...Read More >>
February 14, 2019
EPA:  Giving Polluters a Free Ride
It may come as a shock to the average American that the Environmental Protection Agency  ̶  charged with protecting the nation’s natural resources and the health of its citizens  ̶  plans to avoid imposing a federal standard for the contamination of drinking water with the dangerous compounds PFOA and PFOS, collectively referenced as PFCs....Read More >>
February 14, 2019
EPA Plans New Guidelines on Handling Toxic Chemicals Found in Water
The EPA announced on Thursday that they will begin devising new guidelines on handling specific toxic chemicals found in drinking water. They want to develop a new safety threshold for chemicals within the group of PFAs, notably PFOAs and PFOs. Although many manufacturers stopped their use of them, the chemicals continue to infiltrate the...Read More >>
February 13, 2019
Who Is Liable for a Dog Bite?
Although many states have “one bite” laws allowing a dog owner to escape liability for a first-time bite, New Jersey holds dog owners liable for all dog bites inflicted by their dog. The applicable statute is N.J.S.A. § 4:19-16. Unlike other states, victims suffering injury from a dog bite need not prove that the...Read More >>
February 12, 2019
Excessive Salt in Drinking Water Due to Snow Preparation
With the ice and snow of winter comes the increased need for salt on the roadways. Many municipalities throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey pretreat their roads with a salt mixture to prevent snow or rain from freezing and creating dangerous icy driving conditions. While the safety of drivers is an important concern, some health...Read More >>
February 8, 2019
Calls to 911 Demonstrate Racial Profiling in 2018
Many Americans take pride in the progress made since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. A national day of recognition in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work toward racial equality is celebrated every January. But has the U.S. really made as much progress as some think? “Living While Black”...Read More >>
February 7, 2019
PA Supreme Court Exorcises Phantom Insurance Benefits
Only an insurance company can charge you a higher premium for specific benefits with the knowledge and understanding that the benefits you are entitled to are totally illusory because you would never be able to qualify for them. This is the story of the “household vehicle exclusion” in Pennsylvania.  An insurance company creation which...Read More >>
February 5, 2019
High Toxin Levels Found in Residents Living Near Military Bases
New fears of possible contamination from exposure to PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are emerging after the blood of hundreds of suburban Philadelphia residents living in close proximity to military bases tested positive for the toxins. More than 230 residents living in Philadelphia suburbs near military bases in Horsham and Warminster were found...Read More >>
February 3, 2019
Sidewalk Slip and Fall Accidents
Falls are a leading cause of accidental injuries in the U.S. Slip and fall accidents cause needless pain and suffering and daunting medical care expenses for the treatment of debilitating injuries. When slip and fall accidents occur on the sidewalk, you may be able to hold someone responsible for injuries that could have been...Read More >>
February 2, 2019
Tire Safety
Do you know the tread depth of the tires on your car? Unfortunately, not many drivers pay attention to this vital piece of information when maintaining their vehicles. Tire safety experts focus on tread depth as an important indicator when assessing tire safety. Worn down tires lacking proper tread depth are a significant but...Read More >>
February 1, 2019
Claims of Sex Abuse at New Jersey Women’s Prison
At the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County, eight staff members have been accused of sexually abusing inmates since 2015. The facility is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for potential civil rights violations and county prosecutors are conducting their own probe into the problems there. Last year, the...Read More >>
January 31, 2019
Toxic Sites in New Jersey Neighborhoods
New Jersey has earned an unfortunate distinction of having more Superfund sites than any other state in the U.S. Superfund sites are areas designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as highly toxic, and a number of these sites are located in Camden County. The consequences of hazardous waste having been dumped in New Jersey...Read More >>
January 30, 2019
Regulation of Autonomous Vehicles
Variously referred to as driverless vehicles, self-driving vehicles, and autonomous vehicles, this new technology has been met with some confusion and a lack of clarity as to how it should be regulated. Satisfying the goals of providing a safe transportation network while enabling innovation is not an easy balance to strike. The American Vision...Read More >>
January 17, 2019
Alternative Apps Reduce Distracted Driving
Distracted driving continues to be a major cause of car accidents. Each year, thousands of people lose their lives and hundreds of thousands more are seriously injured in distracted driving car crashes. Many point to dashboard infotainment systems, smartphones, apps, and other forms of emerging technology as a main cause of preventable injuries and...Read More >>
January 15, 2019
Access to Police Videos in Pennsylvania
A new law restricting access to police videos is creating controversy in the state of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s Act 22 law restricts police surveillance, dash cam, and body cam videos from being released to the public under the state’s Right to Know laws. Since its passing in September 2017, 14 out of 16 requests for...Read More >>
January 14, 2019
Testing Children for Lead
According to New Jersey law, all children should be tested for lead toxicity at both 12 and 24 months of age. If a child under the age of six is not tested at both one and two years old, they should be tested as soon as possible. In the most recent year for which...Read More >>
January 10, 2019
Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
Winter is a special time of year as many in our area look forward to the colder months to reconnect with family and friends. However, with all of winter’s pleasantries comes other less desirable factors, including inclement weather. An increased risk of car accidents and delayed travel are not the only consequences of winter...Read More >>
January 7, 2019
Health Risks of Chemical Family
A study released in June by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) on the toxicity of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemical family is challenging the federal standards for chemical safety recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The White House had tried to block the release of...Read More >>
December 31, 2018
Bad Cops Working in New Jersey
New Jersey residents rely on state and local police officers to protect them and act swiftly and justly when a crime has been committed. When cops engage in misconduct, however, there can be serious consequences, including innocent people facing jail time. New Jersey has no means of decertifying problem officers, often allowing them to...Read More >>
December 24, 2018
Restaurant Accused of Civil Rights Violation
A primarily African American fraternity is suing an Alabama restaurant for allegedly violating federal civil rights laws when it refused to host an event scheduled earlier this year. In the lawsuit, the fraternity claims that an African American fraternity member met with a white employee of the restaurant to finalize plans for their event....Read More >>
December 19, 2018
Police-Related Fatalities Underreported
A groundbreaking study has found that every day in the United States, three men are fatally injured at the hands of police who use deadly force. Shockingly, this means that almost 10 percent of all adult male fatalities are the result of force exerted by the police. The study was conducted by researchers at...Read More >>
December 18, 2018
Evidence in a Slip and Fall Case
A slip and fall accident can result in serious injuries. Many people involved in this type of accident mistakenly believe that they are responsible for their injuries, but in most slip and fall accidents, negligence on the part of the property owner is to blame. Negligence can be challenging to prove, but strong evidence...Read More >>
December 17, 2018
Holiday Season Drunk Driving Spike
The holiday season brings with it more than presents and parties for drivers. Studies show there is an increased risk of being injured in a car accident during the holiday season as the numbers of drunk drivers spike over Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Drunk Driving Risks Drunk driving remains a year-round problem for...Read More >>
December 10, 2018
Concerns Over Bordentown Water Supply and Lead Exposure
Lead exposure, particularly in children, remains a concern for residents of Bordentown, New Jersey. More than one year ago, federal testing of the town’s water supply showed high lead levels. At that time, roughly one-third of the 84 homes tested had excessive levels of lead. Subsequent testing by the city revealed that out of nearly 100...Read More >>
December 6, 2018
The Child Sexual Abuse Act Allows Victims to Still Pursue Civil Action Damage Claims in New Jersey
In New Jersey, child victims of sexual abuse by an adult may bring a civil action for damages for injury or illness based on that sexual abuse at the time of reasonable discovery of the injury and its causal relationship to the act of sexual abuse; within two years after its reasonable discovery.  [The...Read More >>
December 3, 2018
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing:  Beware Polluters’ “Science”
By Gerald J. Williams, Esquire “Responsible Science Policy Coalition.”  Sounds like a serious, fact-driven effort to promote sound government responses to environmental problems, right?  You’d be excused for thinking that, but you’d be wrong. The “Responsible Science Policy Coalition” is actually a lobbying organization funded primarily by 3M Corporation, and its primary purpose is...Read More >>
November 28, 2018
Bucks and Montgomery Blood Tests Show Excessive Contaminants
The results from the first blood tests of Bucks and Montgomery County residents show an excessive amount of contaminants. After the 2014 discovery that water supplies near the Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and Warminster, Pennsylvania military bases contained a high level of chemicals, notably PFAs, officials administered blood tests to residents to detect the presence...Read More >>
November 26, 2018
Environmental Groups Worry PA Coal Plant is Polluting the Susquehanna
Months after the owner of a coal-fired plant agreed to a 10-year plan to only burn natural gas in effort to reduce air and water pollution, the same plant finds itself facing threats of legal action by environmentalists who allege that it is contaminating the Susquehanna River. Energy Plant Contributing Toxic Pollutants Lower Susquehanna...Read More >>
November 23, 2018
Victim Protections Diminished by Department of Education’s Proposed Title IX Guidelines
By Shauna Friedman The Department of Education just proposed guidelines to the civil rights laws that will impact the way schools respond to allegations of sexual misconduct. Title IX is the specific provision that the proposed guidelines target.  Title IX is the federal civil rights law created to ensure gender equality in education.  An...Read More >>
November 22, 2018
Lawmakers Want Greater Oversight for Oil Trains
New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require the owners or operators of trains to have detailed plans in the event of an oil spill. The bill applies to trains that carry all types of hazardous flammable liquids. These trains frequently pass through the densely populated state of New Jersey, putting citizens...Read More >>
November 21, 2018
Slips and Falls in Retail Store
As December quickly approaches, holiday shoppers will be visiting retail stores and shopping malls looking for the perfect holiday gift. This increases the likelihood of slip and fall accidents that can result in injuries ruining anyone’s holiday season. When holiday shopping results in a slip and fall accident, in many cases, the store may...Read More >>
November 1, 2018
Lead Contamination Plagues Newark Water Supply and Community
Despite previous protestations by the city, lead contamination is plaguing the Newark, New Jersey water supply. In the past few weeks, a report uncovered issues in one of the city’s two water treatment plants, and state testing revealed the presence of elevated lead levels three times the legal limit in the water. Allegedly, the...Read More >>
October 30, 2018
New Jersey Senate Approves Bill Banning Fracking Waste
The New Jersey Senate approved a bill banning fracking waste by a 31-5 vote. Senate Bill 678 will ban the release and disposal of wastewater and other by-products that result from hydraulic fracking within the state’s boundaries. New Jersey is the second state in the union to ban wastewater from fracking practices, and proponents...Read More >>
October 26, 2018
Halloween Safety Reminders
Children across the country are getting excited for Halloween, when they will put on their costumes and collect candy from their neighbors. However, with so many children on the street, sometimes in unfamiliar areas, there is a higher risk of slip and fall injuries. The Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyers at Williams Cedar...Read More >>
October 26, 2018
Serious Deficiencies Found at University Hospital After Fatality of Baby
After the fatality of a premature baby, an inspection uncovered serious deficiencies at the University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. The infant succumbed to a fatal form of a bacterial infection that was contracted in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit of the hospital, and the New Jersey Department of Health is investigating this case...Read More >>
October 25, 2018
New Study Urges Ban on Pesticides Linked to Brain Damage in Children
A new study released by a medical journal on Wednesday urges a ban on multi-use pesticides which are linked to brain damage in children. The report states that no safe level exists for pregnant women and young children when exposed to even low levels of organophosphate pesticides. For years, the chemicals found in the...Read More >>
October 23, 2018
Feds Sorting Through Evidence in Pennsylvania Clergy Abuse Investigation
Last week, the federal government began a clergy abuse investigation in Pennsylvania after a grand jury report issued in August named over 300 priests as potential child predators. The feds subpoenaed secret and confidential records from the Catholic church to determine whether those clergy members committed federal crimes. They sought evidence for five distinct...Read More >>
October 19, 2018
Federal Government Opens Clergy Abuse Investigation in Pennsylvania
The federal government will begin a clergy abuse investigation in Pennsylvania after issuing subpoenas to dioceses across the state to retrieve confidential files with testimony from prominent church leaders. The issuance of the subpoenas follows the grand jury report that revealed information about over 300 priests who molested thousands of children for over 70...Read More >>
October 18, 2018
Autumn Slip and Fall Safety
Cooler temperatures, early evenings, kids back to school, and upcoming holidays signal the autumn season is in full bloom. Unfortunately, wet leaves, slippery surfaces, holiday decorations, and early darkness can lead to slip and fall accidents that result in broken bones, lacerations, and head injuries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),...Read More >>
October 17, 2018
Catholic Donor Urges Senators to Stand Up for Clergy Abuse Victims
A donor to many Catholic charities who was instrumental in bringing the Pope to Philadelphia in 2015 urged senators to stand up for clergy abuse victims. The donor text-messaged each Pennsylvania senator on Tuesday and posed a question regarding the vote on the proposed bill that will allow a two-year reprieve for older child sex abuse...Read More >>
October 16, 2018
Livestreaming Police Surveillance Sparks Concerns
Newark, New Jersey is the latest big city to implement a live stream video surveillance system to monitor specific neighborhoods for criminal activity. With the goal of lowering Newark’s high crime rate by deterring, stopping, or solving crimes, Newark police installed over 60 cameras throughout the city as part of the new video surveillance...Read More >>
October 12, 2018
Teen Driving and Mental Health
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder affect many school-aged children. But new research shows that the conditions may also raise the risk of car accidents for teenage drivers. According to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital...Read More >>
October 11, 2018
Lead Exposure Found to Impact Fertility
Individuals may be exposed to lead when they inhale lead dust or ingest lead that is on their hands, in their food, in the water supply, or deposited on their clothing. Lead enters the body through the respiratory or digestive system and is released into the blood, allowing it to affect every part of...Read More >>
September 26, 2018
Water Treatment Processes May Generate Harmful Chemicals
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that during routine water treatment, harmful transformation products may enter the water supply. Although these transformation products have been believed to be less toxic than the contaminants they remove from our water, this study shows that may not be the case. During the water treatment process, for...Read More >>
September 20, 2018
Backlog at PA Human Relations Commission
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) is the state agency tasked with addressing unlawful discrimination. In Pennsylvania, it is unlawful to discriminate against individuals in employment, housing, educational, commercial property, and public accommodations contexts.  The PHRC investigates thousands of complaints of discrimination each year, but a recent investigation has found that very few of...Read More >>
September 19, 2018
Contaminated Water on Military Bases
According to the Pentagon, at least 126 military installations contain harmful levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Concentrated levels of these man-made chemicals are contained in the foam used to put out fires. The perfluorinated compounds, which are linked to cancer and stunted child development, were found at unacceptable levels in...Read More >>
September 17, 2018
Coal Ash Spills and Sewage Result from Florence Floods
In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Florence, authorities fear that excessive flooding resulting from the storm may pose toxic consequences for communities near Wilmington, North Carolina. A landfill near the city released about 2000 cubic yards, enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, with coal ash which may contain toxic mercury, arsenic, and lead....Read More >>
September 17, 2018
“The Devil We Know” Film Examines PFOA Contamination in West Virginia
“The Devil We Know” is a film that appeared at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January that examines PFOA contamination that originated from DuPont in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and how the citizens of the town filed a class action lawsuit against the company. Many of the citizens worked for the company and felt...Read More >>
September 14, 2018
Qualified Immunity
An Idea Whose Time (to Fade Away) Has Come In the wake of the Civil War, Congress passed powerful laws to protect against the civil rights violations that had become rampant during Reconstruction. Among these was the Civil Rights Act of 1871, better known as 42 U.S.C. §1983. §1983 provided monetary damages and other...Read More >>
September 14, 2018
The Hazardous Connection
Climate Change, Hurricanes and Pollution Climate change’s association with increasingly intense and damaging hurricanes has rightly been the subject of much recent discussion. But one serious consequence of the devastating storms has received insufficient attention.  When hurricanes strike chemical manufacturing and storage facilities or “Superfund” sites, they often result in the release of toxic...Read More >>
September 13, 2018
Hate Crimes
A hate crime is defined as a crime motivated by bigotry and intended to hurt and/or intimidate someone because of his or her race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. Hate crimes can be described as acts designed to terrorize a particular community. Even if only one individual is victimized, the intent...Read More >>
September 12, 2018
What to Do After an Accident
The average driver will experience an estimated three to four car accidents in their lifetime. These accidents can range from minor fender benders to deadly collisions, and even seasoned drivers may find themselves wondering what to do when an accident occurs. Taking the proper steps immediately after an accident can minimize the damage done...Read More >>
September 11, 2018
Police Officer Strikes Occupy ICE Protestor
A 25-year-old Philadelphia man has filed a police brutality lawsuit against officers of the Philadelphia Police Department and the Counter Terrorism Unit. The plaintiff claims that officers used excessive force to remove him and 28 other protestors from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office located at 8th and Cherry Streets in the city....Read More >>
August 30, 2018
Community Health Questionnaire Reveals PFOA Exposure Link in New York
A recent community health questionnaire distributed to a handful of communities in New York and Vermont revealed a strong link to PFOA exposure. Former and current residents of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, New York and Bennington, Vermont who were affected by PFOAs through contaminated drinking water received the questionnaire. Just under 450 responses were...Read More >>
August 30, 2018
Study of PFOA’s Health Effects must Continue
The results of a health questionnaire designed by the project “Understanding PFOA” from Bennington College, released on 8/21/18, should strengthen the resolve of local governments, health officials and community leaders to further our understanding of the adverse effects of exposure to PFOA, the dangerous, but long unregulated chemical now found in the drinking water...Read More >>
August 29, 2018
Back to School Driving Tips
As summer comes to an end, beach and vacation traffic of the weekends will inevitably be replaced by everyday school traffic. This means congestion at school drop-off and pick-up times, sharing the road with school buses, and keeping an eye out for child pedestrians and bicyclists. According to AAA, 13 percent of children either...Read More >>
August 26, 2018
Environmental Cleanups Drag on While People Suffer
Many people have heard about the health risks associated with hazardous waste and toxins leaching into water systems, landfills, and more. Despite increased awareness of environmental issues and great interest in reducing pollution, there is much to be done to begin cleaning up our communities and countryside as fast and efficient as possible. One...Read More >>
August 25, 2018
PA Ranked Second Worst for Industry Discharge into Waterways
A study has found that industrial and commercial facilities in Pennsylvania are the second worst in the United States in terms of excessive pollution discharge into local waterways. PennEnvironment, a non-profit research and policy center, reported its findings after examining data gathered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various state agencies....Read More >>
August 24, 2018
Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report’s Lessons for Combatting Institutional Violence
A Pennsylvania grand jury has issued an explosive report on decades of abuse carried out and covered up by six of the state’s Catholic dioceses.  The report is nearly 900 pages, and covers abuses by more than 300 priests against over 1,000 victims over a period of 70 years.  While the report was highly...Read More >>
August 23, 2018
Alleged Racial Profiling at New Jersey Gym
Three New Jersey LA Fitness employees have been fired amid an alleged racial profiling incident that took place at the company’s Secaucus location. LA Fitness faced nationwide backlash over viral Facebook videos posted by an African American man who was allegedly kicked out of the gym because of his race. The man claims he...Read More >>
August 22, 2018
Electrical Accidents in Construction
Construction workers have one of the highest rates of serious and fatal injuries among all industries. When a construction worker is a victim of an electrical accident, the results are often catastrophic. The Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety & Health (ELCOSH) reports that electrical accidents are the fourth leading cause of fatal injuries...Read More >>
August 18, 2018
Fighting Distracted and Fatigued Driving
Serious and fatal truck accidents that occur because of distracted driving or driver fatigue are entirely preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 70,000 motor vehicle accidents occur each year as a result of distracted and fatigued drivers. Truck drivers with changing or pressing schedules, interrupted sleep patterns, and health...Read More >>
August 15, 2018
EPA Ordered to Ban Use of Common Pesticide Ingredient
The Environmental Protection Agency was established in 1970, with a mission of “research, standard-setting, monitoring and enforcement with regard to five environmental hazards; air and water pollution, solid waste disposal, radiation, and pesticides.” Since then, the EPA has played a critical role in cleaning up toxic waste sites, reducing air pollution, and improving water...Read More >>
August 15, 2018
PFAS Contamination Growing Nationwide
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in the nation’s capital, has found that the drinking water of 16 million Americans over 36 states is polluted with perflourinated compounds, or PFAS. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there is evidence that exposure to PFAS can result in adverse human health...Read More >>
August 15, 2018
Parents Demanding Answers to What Caused Their Child’s Cancer
Something in Johnson County, Indiana has been making children sick for decades. Even so, it has only come to light in the last ten years, as at least 79 local children have been diagnosed with rare brain, bone, and blood cancers. That alarming rate of cancer is higher than both the state and the...Read More >>
August 13, 2018
Maker of Roundup Weed Killer Ordered to Pay $289 Million to Man With Cancer
Roundup, a product manufactured by Monsanto, is one of the most popular weed killers in the world. It is used by everyone from backyard gardeners to huge farming operations. However, allegations of a link between Roundup and certain cancers have been swirling for several years. Many insist the use of the product can cause...Read More >>
August 10, 2018
Abritration Agreement Nuts and Bolts
In my June blog I wrote that arbitration agreements in nursing home contracts are now here to stay in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  They can be overcome.  There are procedural roadblocks to their enforceability.  There are factual issues that may prevent their enforcement.   All in all, there is every possibility that an arbitration agreement...Read More >>
August 9, 2018
Misuse of Tasers
Thousands of law enforcement agencies across the U.S. use tasers to subdue suspects. Although they are marketed as a non-lethal alternative to firearms, tasers have caused the death of more than 350 people in the U.S. since 1991. Police officers are authorized to use tasers as an alternative to lethal force when confronting dangerous...Read More >>
August 7, 2018
Arkema Indicted by Grand Jury for Toxic Exposure During Hurricane Harvey
On August 3, in an unprecedented ruling, a grand jury indicted chemical manufacturer Arkema and two executives for toxic exposure that occurred during Hurricane Harvey. Our legal team at Williams Cedar is representing more than 75 individuals from Crosby, Texas who experienced toxic chemical exposure that resulted from the hurricane. The grand jury indictment,...Read More >>
August 7, 2018
Concerns Over Fracking
“Fracking”, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of injecting highly pressurized liquid into subterranean rocks to extract oil or gas. Researchers, environmental advocates and Pennsylvania residents have expressed concerns regarding the potentially harmful effects of fracking on water, air and public health. One group recently protested fracking outside a fundraiser for Governor Tom Wolf,...Read More >>
August 2, 2018
3M Knew of PFOS Danger for Decades
A lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of Minnesota has revealed that 3M has known of the potential toxic effects of the PFOS family of chemicals since the 1970s. After settling the case in February for $850 million, the office of the Attorney General released documents from the case including internal reports, studies, memos...Read More >>
August 2, 2018
Officials Urge Water Provider to Shut Down Montgomery County Well
After a water provider in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania shut down a water well in Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania last week due to the presence of PFAs in the water supply, town officials are urging them to shut down the other one in the area. The provider confirms that the first well is still not operational,...Read More >>
July 20, 2018
Swimming Pool Slip and Falls
After a seemingly endless winter, most people look forward to getting outside to soak up some sun. Many families find that hanging by the pool is the best way to catch some rays while meeting friends and neighbors. With summer now well underway, it helps to keep in mind that between all the fun...Read More >>
July 19, 2018
Self-Driving Trucks Continue to Raise Concerns
Self-driving trucks are a real possibility for the near future, one that would impact nearly 3.5 million truck drivers across the U.S. Many truckers and safety advocates have voiced concerns over self-driving technology, even as more companies invest in autonomous vehicles. Truckers’ Concerns Regarding Self-Driving Technology Many American workers have lost their jobs to...Read More >>
July 18, 2018
Have Your Civil Rights Been Violated?
An individual’s civil rights are outlined in federal and state laws, as well as the Unites States Constitution or your state’s constitution. These rights are substantial and guarantee individuals protection from unfair treatment or discrimination in areas such as employment, housing, education, public accommodations, and more. Characteristics protected from discrimination include race, religion, national...Read More >>
July 17, 2018
Side Underride Crashes
Side underride crashes occur when a car slides under the side of a tractor-trailer. The top of the passenger vehicle can be sheared off or crumpled; the car can get stuck under the truck and dragged down the road or crushed under the truck’s rear wheels. These types of truck accidents can result in...Read More >>
July 3, 2018
Do Not Disturb Feature on iPhones
Technology is developing at a rate that is faster than some of us can keep up with. There is a new feature on Apple’s iPhones that can actually save your life. The Apple iPhone iOS 11 Do Not Disturb While Driving feature blocks incoming calls, texts, and messages, while you are actively driving. A...Read More >>
June 29, 2018
Rideshare Sexual Assault
In the wake of investigations of sexual assault, lawsuits against both of the major ridesharing companies, Lyft and Uber, have been started. Uber has announced a major overhaul of its sexual assault policies. Uber will give both passengers and drivers greater leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, and is overturning its prior policy...Read More >>
June 28, 2018
Philadelphia County Fails Air Quality Test
It is report card time for air quality in the nation, and Philadelphia County did not fare well. The American Lung Association also gave Philadelphia, as well as Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties “Fs” for failure in its State of the Air 2018 report, due to unhealthy levels of ozone pollution. To make...Read More >>
June 27, 2018
Repairs Botched in Philly Schools
According to a recent investigation by the Inquirer and Daily News, environmental hazards in Philadelphia district schools continue to endanger children and school staff. In January, two children at Loesche Elementary were rushed to the hospital after appearing lethargic and unresponsive. The children were diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning, which they suffered when construction...Read More >>
June 26, 2018
Suspended Administrator Files Whistleblower Lawsuit
A public safety director and administrator in Cinnaminson Township has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was suspended in retaliation from reporting the wrongful conduct of a township official and public employees. The Township Committee was slated to terminate him, but tabled that decision pending a review of the lawsuit by the township’s insurance...Read More >>
June 23, 2018
Toxic Phthalates Found in Fast Food
Researchers at George Washington University and the University of California at Berkley say that eating out may be a significant source of exposure to phthalates in the United States. Their new study examined the presence of the toxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals in food and found that participants who reported eating out more often had phthalate...Read More >>
June 22, 2018
Supreme Court Ruling on Police Misconduct
In a high profile police shooting case that ended in April, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Arizona police officer accused of using excessive force. The case stemmed from an incident in 2010, when police were called to the victim’s house because someone reported that she was hacking a tree with a...Read More >>
June 21, 2018
Teen Car Accidents Rise in Summer Months
Teenagers are among the drivers with the least experience, so perhaps it is not surprising that they have the highest crash rate of any age group. Unfortunately, these accidents are often fatal. Year after year, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teenagers. Those involved in a teen car crash, whether...Read More >>
June 20, 2018
Air Pollution: the New Lead Crisis?
New research from the University of Rochester shows that the exposure to air pollution can have toxic effects on the brain. More than half the U.S. population is living in areas with unhealthy air quality. Moreover, the World Health Organization has identified air pollution as the largest single environmental health risk in the world...Read More >>
June 15, 2018
Federal Judge Criticizes Qualified Immunity in Civil Rights Cases
Federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein recently criticized the legal doctrine regarding qualified immunity in civil rights cases. The 96-year-old judge from Brooklyn, New York, disagrees with the US Supreme Court and stated that the justices went too far in current rulings permitting the expansion of qualified immunity, which protects and shields law enforcement officials...Read More >>
June 15, 2018
Roller Coaster Derailment in Florida Leaves Six Victims Injured
On Thursday night, a roller coaster derailment left six riders with a range of personal injuries. The derailment occurred in Daytona Beach, Florida on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk when two roller coasters derailed from the tracks, one of which dangled from the track, and plummeted over 30 feet. Two of the four passengers in...Read More >>
June 14, 2018
Common Unsafe Trucking Practices
The trucking industry is subject to detailed safety regulations. Due to the generous size of commercial trailers, when accidents occur, they are more likely to result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities than passenger car accidents. Unfortunately, trucking companies and some drivers often cut corners when it comes to following these regulations to increase their...Read More >>
June 12, 2018
Students’ Right to Protest
A former student at a Florida high school left 17 fatally injured and several in critical condition after opening fire with an AR-15-style rifle. This prompted many students to come together to implore Florida lawmakers to address existing lax gun laws. The motion to debate a bill banning assault weapons was recently denied by...Read More >>
June 8, 2018
EPA Loosens Safety Checks on Dangerous Chemicals
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is loosening safety checks on dangerous chemicals such as dry cleaning fluid and other hazardous substances. After the chemical industry hounded the federal government to reduce the level at which health risks are determined regarding dangerous chemicals, the EPA will not target the potential exposure of chemicals in the...Read More >>
June 7, 2018
Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Are Here To Stay But We’re Still Learning The Nuts And Bolts
Nursing home arbitration agreements are here to stay.  Their validity and constitutionality have been challenged, litigated, and subject to many appellate decisions.  The bottom line is that there may be instances when the courts may invalidate them, as I have written about in numerous blogs, but the concept of allowing nursing homes to force...Read More >>
June 1, 2018
Underreported Dangers of Drowsy Driving
Official government statistics estimate that one to two percent of car accidents involve drowsy driving. However, because drowsy driving is difficult to detect and is often underreported, many studies have estimated that number to be much higher. A recent study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that drowsy driving...Read More >>
May 31, 2018
Fracking Water Quantity Concerns
Commonly known as fracking, hydraulic fracturing is a process of extracting oil and natural gas from underground. This process requires massive amounts of water to be injected into shale, along with a number of chemicals. There are many environmental concerns surrounding fracking, but water quantity is quickly becoming one of the more urgent issues...Read More >>
May 30, 2018
College Presidents Accountability for Sexual Misconduct of Employees
Legislators have introduced a new bill that would require presidents of colleges and universities to certify every year that they reviewed all reported incidents of sexual misconduct, and further did not interfere with the investigations. The bill, called the Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations Act (Alert Act), has garnered...Read More >>
May 25, 2018
Drivewyze Program Helps Reduce Trucking Accidents
Commercial trucks cause serious and often fatal injuries when they are involved in accidents with passenger vehicles. Driver error remains one of the leading causes of most truck accidents. To reduce the number of truck accidents in the state, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority has been participating in a pilot program that utilizes innovative technology...Read More >>
May 24, 2018
Pennsylvania Sues EPA for Air Pollution Drift
Pennsylvania is one of eight northeastern states that recently filed a petition against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the air pollution drift that is contributing to the region’s ozone pollution and smog problem. The EPA recently refused to widen the Ozone Transport Region established within the Clean Air Act that requires states to...Read More >>
May 22, 2018
Memorial Day Driving Tips
Memorial Day is quickly approaching. Many people plan to celebrate the holiday by traveling to be with friends and family. However, Memorial Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. Last year, the American Automobile Association (AAA) reported that Memorial Day travel experienced the third...Read More >>
May 21, 2018
Danville Charter Bus Accident Causes Injuries for Dozens of Passengers
Dozens of passengers aboard a charter bus sustained various injuries during a charter bus accident on Monday morning. Around 5:45 am, a charter bus that was heading from Ohio to New York City crashed on Interstate 80 in Danville, Pennsylvania after it went over a 40-foot embankment. The charter bus was carrying over 30...Read More >>
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 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
Halloween Safety: 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
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
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: Prison 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: 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
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 >>