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Our Law Firm Handles Multiple Areas of Law

Child support is something that affects many people in Colorado. Unfortunately, some people fail to make their payments for various reasons. Supreme Court members are now facing a decision about whether parents who are too poor to pay child support should be entitled to a court-appointed attorney.

This argument comes on the heels of a case in which a man was held in civil contempt multiple times and eventually jailed for failing to pay child support. The man said he could not afford to make the payments and believes a lawyer may have been able to convince the judge that he should not be jailed because of it. His current lawyer says that anyone facing jail time or the loss of freedom should be provided an attorney.

Holding someone in civil contempt is meant to be a persuasive technique that encourages people to pay up and avoid jail time. Federal law does not currently extend the right to a lawyer to those involved in civil contempt cases. Those involved in criminal proceedings, however, are appointed a lawyer.

The majority of states have already made the right to a lawyer in cases of civil contempt a law, but the Supreme Court justices have expressed some concern over allowing the national legislation to reach that far. One justice stated that a ruling like this one would affect thousands of domestic relations cases across the country.

A lawyer involved in the previously discussed case suggests that appointing lawyers to everyone in need would hurt the effectiveness of child support cases, which are currently relatively informal. He also expressed concern that such a law might deter people seeking compensation for unpaid child support from taking any legal action.

According to a personal injury law firm, the justices are being urged by the federal government to make a decision that falls somewhere in the middle. It suggested in a recent brief that appointing an attorney is not always necessary in these civil contempt cases, saying that creating a way for a person to prove his or her financial means may be beneficial. It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court decides.

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Insurance and Personal Injury

Some say that drivers should be able to choose the coverage that they want. They say that more drivers could afford to purchase insurance if they can choose the price that they can afford. Critics say this insurance doesn’t protect an injured victim when they suffer injuries in a crash.

Ir remains to be seen how Greenbelt plans to tackle its auto insurance crisis. Some call for more dedicated fraud investigators. Others call for watchdogs to make sure that doctors don’t help insurance companies deny valid claims with biased medical exams. They say that doctors make a lot of money rubber stamping examinations for insurance companies. They think that Greenbelt needs more state investigators to make sure that consumers get fair payments after they pay big bucks for an insurance policy.

Another related problem for consumers is credit-based insurance pricing. That is, a person with a higher credit score pays less for insurance than a person with a lower credit score. The insurance companies defend the practice, but critics say that it’s unfair to consumers who don’t have a choice but to purchase the insurance even if their credit score isn’t great. A Greenbelt personal injury law firm is qualified for these types of cases.

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1 Man Killed, Child and Adult Injured in Louisiana Car Accident

Louisiana State Police Troop D had already responded to 22 fatal car accidents this year. Last weekend, they responded to one more.

On Friday afternoon, a 2008 Chrysler Sebring flipped over on I-10 in Louisiana. Neither the driver, passenger nor child in the car was properly restrained. They were all ejected from the car in the car accident, and the passenger did not survive.

It is clear that drivers on the road have a right to expect other drivers to avoid crashing into them. So it is often easy to see how a personal injury lawsuit could stem from a car accident involving multiple vehicles. However, in this situation, the single-car rollover accident could also have legal implications.

Passengers in cars have a right to expect the drivers of those vehicles to keep them safe. It is not clear yet what caused the vehicle to roll over on I-10 last weekend, but investigators have requested a toxicology sample from the driver.

The adult passenger in the car was killed in this accident. He was not the only victim of the crash. A three-year-old child was also seriously injured and taken to a Lake Charles hospital. The child was not properly restrained in a car seat, which is why the child was ejected from the car during the crash. It is astounding that this child was not also killed. For more information on criminal and personal injury law, visit http://www.ericgjohnsonlaw.com/.

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December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

This month is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and the effort is being sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our lawyers here at Rizk Law. Every year in the United States over 13,000 people die from car accidents that involve a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That is 36 people who die every day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campaign is asking that citizens consider what they and their communities can do to prevent and lessen the amount of injuries and deaths caused by impaired drivers.

At some point in their lives, around three out of 10 drivers in the United States will be involved in a car crash that was caused by alcohol use. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost one-third of traffic related deaths in 2006 were caused by alcohol impaired drivers and nearly 13,500 people that year lost their lives to drunken driving. The problem is further demonstrated by the arrests of 1.4 million drivers who drove under the influence of narcotics or alcohol. That arrest number comes from just one year but makes up for only one percent of the 159 million people in the United States that admit to driving under the influence every year.

In order to reduce the amount of impaired driving and the amount of car accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made some suggestions. The Administration reminds drivers and their passengers to plan ahead and to designate a sober driver before celebrating begins. Hosts should also play their role by ensuring that all guests leave with a sober driver. Finally, as the saying goes, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk,” so take away keys if someone wants to drive impaired.

 

 

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Government Contracts

Our lawyers assist clients who work on government contracts, in such activities as meeting their affirmative-action obligations enforced by the Office of Federal Contracting Compliance Programs. We represent government contractors in all legal forums, at all stages of legal proceedings, including litigation of contract-performance disputes, contract-award controversies, and civil and criminal False Claims Act investigations. Organizations that want to obtain government contracts must comply with a variety of regulations regarding the diversity of their workforce, subcontractors, and vendors.

Businesses, including those new to the government contract award processes, may be unfamiliar with these requirements. Sonnenschein’s Government Contracts Practice Group represents clients participating in all facets of government contracting.

CORPORATE

Our New Jersey corporate attorneys act as general counsel to major clients in such industries as the broadcasting, manufacturing, technology, e-commerce, food processing, health care, and trade association industries. From strategic board-level decisions to day-to-day operations, our lawyers are the primary legal advisors assisting management in evaluating issues and formulating response strategies. Our attorneys play a significant role in corporate structuring, financing, day-to-day business activities, and other major transactions. They also have extensive experience developing diversity-related partnerships and joint ventures, in addition to corporate minority-supplier development programs.

INTERNATIONAL

Our firm is experienced in meeting the legal needs of many of the world’s largest, best-known businesses, as well as of new startups, governments, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.Our competencies in the international arena include crafting transaction policies, representing foreign governments and foreign industry councils, promoting trade and economic development, and attending to international regulatory disputes. Due to our firm’s extensive international acumen, we bring to our clients a worldview as diverse as the global marketplace.

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Can brake overrides help prevent car accidents in Wisconsin?

The recent Toyota and Lexus recalls brought attention to Ohio serious car accidents caused by unintended acceleration. In those cases, many car owners reported that their gas pedal became stuck or that the breaks would not respond to pressure, leading to a collision. Some of the cars involved in these accidents did not have a brake-throttle override system, which causes the breaks to work in the event that both the brakes and the accelerator are pushed at the same time.

Federal regulators are now suggesting that the override system be a part of the required safety features in all car models. Most cars already have the feature, but regulators say that making it universal will help ensure that these types of accidents happen less frequently or not at all.

One interesting aspect to this requirement is an admission by regulators that many of these car accidents were in fact due to driver error, rather than a malfunction in the car itself. In Wisconsin, people who are injured by another driver’s error may be able to recover for the costs associated with the car accident.

The widespread problem with unintended acceleration led to extensive investigation and the government believes that including the brake-throttle override will reduce car crashes.

Some of the car accidents that resulted from unintended acceleration were caused by a gas pedal that was stuck in place or caught on the floor mat. Since the override system allows the breaks to work even in that circumstance, it could help prevent these accidents entirely.

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FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY, SCHEDULE YOUR SURGERIES IN THE MORNING

Surgery can be a scary prospect. Whether you are scheduled for minor skin cancer surgery or a triple bypass on your heart, allowing yourself to go under the knife can produce understandable anxiety.

One fact that may help calm your nerves is that if you schedule your surgery in the morning, you will be at a lower risk for surgical errors than you would be if you scheduled your surgery for the afternoon, according to Duke University researchers.

There are two fundamental reasons why afternoon surgical patients are at a higher risk for surgical errors. The first is that mid-afternoon is when most surgical teams experience a shift change. As a result, your team could even change mid-surgery. Most shifts in surgical wards begin at 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. When factoring in a standard work day with a standard lunch break, mid to late afternoon surgeries are often affected by this shift.

In addition, a biological factor plays into patient safety during afternoon surgery. Between roughly 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. the human body experiences a natural dip in circadian rhythms. These rhythms affect our brain wave activity as well as our alertness. For many people, this dip results in a normal feeling of sleepiness. This circadian dip does not benefit patients being treated by sleepy doctors.

Duke researchers determined that patients are most at risk when they schedule surgeries to begin between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. However, the safest bet may be to schedule your surgery on a day when it can be performed first thing in the morning.

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Three Car Accidents Reported In The Same Area Of Orange County

An area along toll road 241 has been the site of three car accidents on the same rainy Saturday in Orange County. California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene of the first accident around 1:30 p.m on November 20th. The accident involved a white truck that skidded off the road and struck a utility pole. Only minutes after this incident occurred, three more cars were involved in a second wreck along the wet road. The cars involved slid off the highway during a collision between them. Although there were injuries in both wrecks, no one was taken to the hospital. A third wreck was caused when a car lost control and rear-ended a California Highway Patrol vehicle at the scene. No injuries were reported in that crash but traverse city personal injury lawyers have been retained.

While a quarter of Saturday’s wrecks remarkably occurred in the same location in Orange County, nine additional wrecks were also reported. California Highway Patrol officials say that rain was a factor in these accidents. A connector to the northbound 405 freeway was closed due to a serious accident on the westbound 22 freeway that rendered the roadway unsafe. This information was obtained from a SigAlert issued by police. Southbound on the 405 freeway, two cars were involved in a crash in which one vehicle ended up off the road and another was seen to be facing in the wrong direction. The crash occurred near the Westminster Ave off-ramp around 9 a.m. Around the same time, another car struck a pole on the northbound 55 freeway. The pole’s light was knocked out, but the pole itself was still standing after the crash. On the northbound 5 freeway south of Jamboree multiple lanes were blocked due to a two-car crash near the center freeway divider.

Ambulances responded to two car accidents in Orange County on Saturday. One of the accidents occurred on the East Seventh Street on-ramp to the 605 freeway and another occurred on the eastbound 91 freeway. A car and a van collided and were blocking the fast lane on eastbound 91.

At 9:30 a.m. a black Mitsubishi may have hit the center divider on southbound 405. A tan Cadillac did strike the center divider on the Knott Avenue on-ramp to the eastbound freeway 91. California Highway Patrol responded to all accidents.

 

 

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DANGEROUS CHEMICALS TO BE REMOVED FROM JOHNSON & JOHNSON PRODUCTS

The organic movement has heightened the public’s awareness of potentially dangerous chemicals which may be present in their food. As a result, Americans everywhere are increasingly choosing to buy organic dairy, produce and meats. However, other dangerous products harbor chemicals which are just as hazardous, if not more so, than the pesticides and hormones present in some foods.

In response to public frustration over certain chemicals in baby and beauty products, Johnson and Johnson has recently pledged to “remove potentially cancer-causing and other dangerous chemicals from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide within 3½ years,” according to USA Today.

The New-Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant had already planned to rid “chemicals of concern” from all of its baby products as of late last year. J&J only made this move after a coalition of environmental and health safety advocates had pressured the company to do so for several years. As a result of this earlier pledge, J&J will likely have its baby products reformulated by the end of next year. If the newest pledge is fulfilled as scheduled, adult products will be retooled by December of 2015.

Some of the well-known products receiving a chemical makeover will include Desitin diaper rash cream, Johnson’s baby bath products and lotions, and adult brands Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC and Lubriderm.

It is critical that Johnson & Johnson approaches the chemical reinvention of these products with care. Otherwise, alternative ingredients may lend themselves to reactions in consumers and other dangers associated with various beauty products.

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Financial Services National Practice Group

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The Financial Services National Practice Group consists of shareholders across the country and from all disciplines who represent a wide range of domestic and international businesses that provide and use financial services. The group prides itself on the quality of its practitioners, its client base, its work product and its ability to integrate the experience of individuals from a number of disciplines such as buying a home in new jersey.

Some of the nation’s leading banks and financial institutions rely on us to handle their largest and most complicated litigation matters, including cases relating to fiduciary and trust issues, antitrust claims and loan servicing. These high-profile engagements have involved claims exceeding $1 billion and have included trial and other litigation victories. In addition,  has a long and successful record representing financial service clients in the area of consumer litigation, particularly in defending class actions and “private attorney general” actions. We are experienced in the rapidly developing law affecting such consumer claims and have obtained favorable results for clients in diverse markets.

We advise financial institutions on:

  • Secured and unsecured loans
  • Loan syndications
  • Leasing
  • Mezzanine, tax-exempt and project financing
  • Securities matters
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Regulatory matters
  • Securitizations
  • Credit enhancements
  • Other special purpose or alternative financing devices

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