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Madigan convenes summit to address synthetic drugs

By RHYS SAUNDERS GateHouse News Service Posted Nov 09, 2011 @ 07:56 PM SPRINGFIELD -- Synthetic drugs, a burgeoning problem in Illinois, are prompting Attorney General Lisa Madigan to convene an emergency summit today. Police, medical personnel and parents are among those who will discuss how to eradicate and educate people about the dangers of synthetic marijuana and so-called “bath salts.” The summit will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway. Synthetic drugs have become popular among teens and early 20-somethings because the substances are legal and often undetectable in drug tests, according to Madigan....

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Cain Denies Claim He Groped Woman Seeking Help in Job Hunt

By Lisa Lerer Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Herman Cain denied detailed claims of inappropriate sexual behavior made by a fourth woman yesterday, as the Republican presidential candidate seeks to control the scandal threatening to derail his campaign. “We are taking this head on,” he said in an interview on ABC television’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night. “There’s not an ounce of truth in all of these allegations.” Sharon Bialek, a single mother from Chicago, accused Cain of sexually assaulting her after she sought his help in finding a job in 1997. Speaking at a news conference in New York, she said Cain reached...

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APNewsBreak: Doctor data back online in Illinois

By CARLA K. JOHNSON MORE FROM BUSINESSWEEK Consumers can now check up on thousands of doctors and chiropractors in Illinois, including accessing information about malpractice cases, thanks to a public database that went back online Wednesday. The Physician Profile is available on the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's website, and allows patients to see whether a physician or chiropractor has been disciplined here or in another state. The searchable database includes about 46,000 doctors and 4,500 chiropractors, along with malpractice judgments and settlements going back five years. The database was taken offline last year when the Illinois Supreme Court struck down...

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Cain to hold press conference on sexual harassment allegations

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS November 7, 2011 11:22PM WASHINGTON — Herman Cain says he will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix to respond to the latest charges of sexual harassment brought by a Chicago woman who graphically described an incident she said took place in 1997. With her attorney Gloria Allred at her side, Sharon Bialek offered specific details of the alleged advance she says Cain made when she was talking to him about getting a job. She is the fourth woman who has alleged that Cain engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior. Cain has steadfastly denied the allegations. Link...

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Social Media Discovery

Posted On: November 2, 2011 by Ronald V. Miller, Jr. Defense lawyers are looking for serious personal injury victims to post this picture on Facebook Social media is all the rage for defendants' personal injury lawyers. In the olden days, the only really fun Perry Mason moments from discovery for defense lawyers was surveillance video. Out of the 10,000 times the insurance company would do surveillance, someone would hit a "guy who claims he is in a wheelchair runs a 6 minute mile" jackpot. When I started as an associate, the partner I worked for told over and over again, one "got ya"...

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Mountain bikers personal injury claims

By Gareth Rose, Published on Sunday 6 November 2011 19:27 MOUNTAIN bikers are being targeted by personal injury specialists looking to launch compensation claims on behalf of riders who have suffered falls. The Brain Injury Group (BIG) has advertised in the magazine Mountain Bike UK urging people who are finding it harder to concentrate and have recently suffered a head injury to get in touch. Cycling Scotland insists the sport is well run and those who take part are responsible and wear helmets. However, BIG says that when accidents do happen, they can wreck lives. The hills are alive with the sound of injury claims...

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Self-inflicted car insurance wounds: I crashed into myself!

By Emmet Pierce Drivers often are their own worst enemies, causing car insurance claims and failing to recognize the things they could have done -- or not done -- to avoid them. Penny Gusner, consumer analyst for CarInsurance.com, says most car accidents can be avoided. A frequent cause of claims is driver distraction. With devices like GPS tools, BlackBerrys and iPhones competing for your attention, you may find yourself multi-tasking when you should be keeping your eyes and your mind on the road. "People are just inattentive nowadays, it seems," Gusner says. "They are texting when they get in their car. They are...

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Judge blasts personal-injury lawyer for running P2P “shake down”

By Nate Anderson Richmond, Virginia lawyer D. Wayne O'Bryan runs, as his website puts it, "a small law firm designed for personalized and professional legal services for dog attack injury and negligence claims." O'Bryan is quite clearly a personal injury lawyer, which is why it made perfect sense for him to file federal copyright lawsuits this summer on behalf of the pornographic film Gangbang Virgins...

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Violent crackdown on Occupy protesters in Oakland, California

By Fred Williams and Joseph Kishore 26 October 2011 Police violently attacked hundreds of demonstrators in Oakland, California Tuesday evening, one day after clearing out the Occupy Oakland encampment, with several injuries reported. Protesters attempted to retake the plaza, which they have dubbed Oscar Grant Park (Ogawa Plaza). Decked in riot gear, hundreds of police fired volleys of tear gas canisters and used bean bag guns and flash grenades against the unarmed protesters, who numbered in the thousands. Children, the elderly and disabled were among those trapped in the teargas clouds. Police helicopters patrolled overhead. (Some videos of the police violence were...

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In ‘The Litigators,’ John Grisham fleshes out his characters

Published: Monday, October 24, 2011, 3:18 PM Updated: Monday, October 24, 2011 By Andrea Simakis, The Plain Dealer As I cracked John Grisham's "The Litigators," sibling to 18 titles beginning with the same, hardworking article, I scanned the "Also By" page and found myself momentarily stumped. Which ones had I actually read? Other than "The Innocent Man," his memorable nonfiction work about a real-life miscarriage of justice, I wasn't sure. Had I reviewed "The Brethren" or "The Broker?" "The Appeal" or "The Associate?" That's the trouble with potato-chip fiction. You scarf it down so fast, you lose track of how much you ate, not...

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Restaurants, Sexual Harassment Go Hand-In-Hand, According To New Report

One of the many reasons often cited for the dearth of women in the upper echelons of restaurant kitchens is the idea that restaurants are havens for sexual harassment. And the current uproar surrounding Herman Cain, over his possible involvement in sexual harassment cases at the National Restaurant Association, has shifted the national spotlight back to the link between restaurants and sexual harassment once again. MSNBC, prompted by the Cain scandal, took a look at some statistics on the phenomenon -- and uncovered some shocking figures. According to the MSNBC research 26 of the 75 (37% ) sexual harassment suits reported by...

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Car kills girl, 6, walking to Halloween party on South Side

October 31, 2011, By Becky Schlikerman and Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune reporters A 6-year-old girl was killed and a 16-year-old family friend was injured after they were struck by a car Saturday evening as they were walking to a Halloween party on the South Side, family and police said. Diamond Robinson, of the 6700 block of South Michigan Avenue, was pronounced dead at 10:46 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Link...

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CN to pay Illinois family US$36M to settle lawsuits

The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) has agreed to pay an Illinois family more than US$36 million to settle two negligence lawsuits filed after a fiery 2009 derailment led to a woman's death. Zoila Tellez, 44, died after a train containing 7.6 million litres of ethanol derailed at a washout and caused a massive explosion in which flames engulfed their vehicle at a crossing. Her husband, Jose, and the couple's 19-year-old pregnant daughter, Adriana, escaped, but both were injured in the June 2009 incident. Adriana's daughter was born prematurely after the incident and died. Read more...

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Lawsuit filed by children of firefighter who died when roof collapsed

By Dawn Rhodes Tribune reporter 9:22 a.m. CDT, October 19, 2011 The daughter and son of a Chicago firefighter are suing the owners of a foreclosed South Shore laundromat, alleging their failure to properly maintain the building resulted in their father’s death last year. Jennifer Stringer and Edward Stringer Jr. filed a wrongful death lawsuit today against Chuck M. Dai and Richard Dai, owners of Sing Way Cleaners in the 1700 block East 75th Street. Edward Stringer, 47, was among the firefighters dispatched to a fire at the abandoned building on Dec. 22. As some of the firefighters went inside to put the...

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700 Lawyer Firm Loses Appeal Over Recruiting Fee and is Ordered to Pay $488,000

"The fact that a small business can take on a 700-plus lawyer firm and prevail at both the trial and appellate levels is a testament to the great legal system of this country," noted attorney Muhammad Aziz. HOUSTON, TX, September 26, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Texas attorney Muhammad Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend recently won an appellate victory in a federal court in Texas. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a trial court judgment of almost $488,000 in favor of attorney Aziz's client, CB Legal Search, LLC, a small business specializing in legal recruiting. The...

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Detroit lawmakers oppose elimination of no-fault insurance

DETROIT — Republican senators want to eliminate Michigan’s no-fault insurance system while Detroit lawmakers oppose the move. No-fault now provides auto accident victims who have suffered traumatic injuries with unlimited medical coverage. The senate bill, introduced earlier this month, creates six tiers of Personal Injury Protection offering drivers a range of coverage depending on the policy they choose. At the basic level, insurers will provide a minimum payment of $50,000 for injuries sustained in an accident and limit the maximum payout to $500,000. Sen. Morris Hood III, D-Detroit, opposes the bill. link...

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Supermarket store hit with second personal injury bill

Asda has been forced to payout yet more personal injury compensation to a shopper who slipped on discarded fruit and veg in the Rivergate store in Peterbrough. Jonathan West, partner and personal injury specialist at Graysons WE, has now agreed a substantial settlement with the supermarket for 74-year-old Patricia Hill who hurt her knee and ankle after slipping on vegetables in a non-fruit and veg isle while shopping in May 2008 – just 4 months after a similar incident at the same store. Supermarket store hit with second personal injury bill...

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel making big push for bike paths

Jim Freeman, a bike-riding attorney in Chicago who represents pedestrians and cyclists in personal injury cases, sees enforcement as the biggest factor that will make biking safe, to keep cyclists from ignoring traffic laws while keeping cars out of bike lanes. To alleviate the tension between bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers in Chicago, the Chicago Police Department needs to get aggressive with traffic enforcement, Freeman said. He'd like to see in Chicago what he has seen in Milwaukee -- cyclists getting pulled over for running a red light. Adolfo Hernandez, director of outreach and advocacy for Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance, said he believed...

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SAE International Releases New 3-Volume Book on Biomechanics of Head Injuries

SAE International released the 3-volume set Head Injury Biomechanics, edited by Jeffrey A. Pike, which is designed to aid those studying head injury from a broad range of causes, including transportation, falls, sports, personal violence, and blast-related. Nearly 50,000 Americans die from brain injuries annually, with approximately half of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) being transportation-related. TBI is a critical and ever-evolving safety topic, with equally important components of injury prevention, consequences, and treatment. This compendium, available as individual volumes or as a set, includes three volumes: Skull Fracture, Brain Injury, and Mitigation. Each volume includes a new chapter that ties together...

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National Personal Injury Attorney Wendy Fleishman Comments On FDA Warning On Safety of Yaz Birth Control

Attorney Represents Women Across America in Yaz Injury Lawsuits Against Bayer NEW YORK, Sep 26, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement today that the FDA remains concerned, but has not yet reached a conclusion, about the potential increased risk of blood clots from Drospirenone-containing birth control pills such as YAZ, YASMIN, BEYAZ, and OCELLA, among others. Preliminary results from an FDA-sponsored study of 800,000 women taking birth control pills shows that there is a 1.5 increased risk among Drospirenone-containing pill users. To address these concerns, the FDA has scheduled an important meeting for December 8, 2011....

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How the Litigation Process Works for a Personal Injury Case

Litigation of a personal injury lawsuit can be a frightening prospect to people who have suffered an injury in any type of accident. This process can be made more complex when you are dealing with a serious injury, and trying to focus your attention on recovery. Knowing what the process entails can help alleviate some of this apprehension and give you a better idea of what may be required to get you the compensation you deserve. Link...

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Two more lawsuits filed in Indiana stage collapse

Two new separate lawsuits were filed Monday in connection with last August’s deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. Both lawsuits were filed by the same lawyer, personal injury attorney Kenneth Allen of Valparaiso, Indiana. The first suit, filed in Monroe County Superior Court in Indianapolis, seeks compensation from the State of Indiana for the wrongful death of 29-year-old Christina Santiago of Chicago. Santiago entered into a civil union with her same-sex partner Alisha Brennon. Both attended the Indiana State Fair where the band Sugarland was about to take the stage when a fierce storm with high winds toppled the stage. Brennon...

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Bumper ban

You can’t buy crib bumper pads in Chicago: it’s become the first city to ban the sale of these soft pads that are tied onto the cribs slats and wrap around the inside of a crib. The city council approved the ban, citing the suffocation risk posed by bumpers and the lack of a federal ban despite reports of deaths, the Chicago Tribune reports. Stores that continue to sell bumper pads can be fined up to $500. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using bumper pads, as does Consumers Union. We believe bumper pads are unnecessary and not worth the possible...

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Plant Must Disclose Data to Fight Cancer Lawsuit

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN CHICAGO (CN) - The parents of a girl who developed brain cancer can access over a decade of data on an Exelon power plant they claim discharged harmful radiation, a federal judge ruled, but the energy giant can withhold certain other information. Joseph and Cynthia Sauer say their daughter, Sarah, was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a highly malignant brain tumor, roughly three years after the family moved to Grundy County, where Exelon operates the Dresden Generating Station and Unitech Services Group has a nuclear facility. They claim that radioactive discharges from the plants traveled through the groundwater, causing Sarah's cancer. After...

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Chicago Law Firm

Jeffrey Friedman represents victims and their families in connection with all types of unfortunate accidents, such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, as well as construction site accidents, premises liability, and other accidents caused by the wrongdoing of some other individual or company. Chicago Law Firm ...

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Judge OKs $5.9M settlement over fair credit act

September 8, 2011 By  Bethany Krajelis, Law Bulletin staff writer A federal judge has approved a $5.9 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit over the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlement is believed to be the largest settlement involving employment-related FCRA claims ever, said Christopher J. Wilmes, an associate with Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym Ltd., who serves on the legal team representing the plaintiffs. Wilmes said U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer on Wednesday put her stamp of approval on the settlement, nearly two years after the original class-action complaint was filed against First Student Inc., a school bus service operator,...

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3 settle injury lawsuits over Martha Stewart chair

By MICHAEL J. CRUMB Associated Press Published: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 - 8:45 am DES MOINES, Iowa -- Three people whose fingers were snipped off or injured by Martha Stewart patio chairs have won settlements against her company and Kmart, which sold the furniture, their attorney said Thursday. Des Moines attorney Guy Cook declined to say how much the three - a young girl in Kentucky, a college student in Illinois and a retiree in upstate New York - were awarded at the settlement conference in Chicago on Monday. Their lawsuits claimed that the lounge chairs' legs are defective and snap forward, "serving...

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