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Starr Austen & Miller Investigating 2013 Ford Escape Fuel Line Fire Recalls

Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced today that the firm is investigating potential products liability claims related to a recall of the 2013 Ford Escape for those vehicles containing a 1.6 liter engine. The Ford Escape has a new redesign for the model year 2013, and had only recently begun production of the new model at the Louisville, Kentucky Ford plant. While trying to launch this new version of the compact SUV, Ford announced a recall of approximately 11,500 vehicles manufactured between early April through July 11, 2012 all of which have a...

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Construction Workers Vulnerable to Injuries and Premature Death

New research from the Center for Construction Research and Training, affiliated with the AFL-CIO, indicates that almost all construction workers will have at least one work-related injury during their lifetime and are at greater risk of dying prematurely. Researchers drew from multiple years of data from national sources, including the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. According to CCRT researchers, in a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 75 percent chance of experiencing a disabling injury, and a 1-in-200 chance of a fatal injury on the job. Furthermore, someone who begins construction work at age 20 and lives until the age of...

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New Regulations Aimed at Ensuring Safety of Temporary Outdoor Stages

The Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission has OK’d temporary regulations that cover the 2012 fair and festival season. These are the state's first rules concerning the kind of temporary outdoor stage rigging involved in last summer's deadly State Fair stage collapse, which killed seven people and injured nearly 60 others. The new regulations are for outdoor stage rigging structures that hold overhead lighting, sound and other equipment. The regulations cover only those structures not connected to a permanent stage, and which are in place for no more than 45 days in any single year. Although state law had long...

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DuPont Imprelis Class Action Update

[youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuHnjBb7TTA rel=0 fs=1 autohide=1 modestbranding=1] Defective herbicide Imprelis continues to hinder tree growth as late as May 2011. Scott Starr, attorney at Starr Austen & Miller has been traveling for the last two months with expert witnesses visiting golf courses and observing the damages done to their trees. Evergreen trees should be sprouting new growth this time of year, but there appears to be no new growth. It's clear to us that Imprelis continues to damage these trees....

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Hackers: more than 450,000 code names from Yahoo users posted online

CNN has reported that hackers had posted login information on a Web page for what the hackers said were more than 450,000 Yahoo users. Yahoo verified the hack of Yahoo Voices, a publishing tool, citing "approximately 400,000" filched usernames and passwords. However, according to a Yahoo statement, less than five percent of the violated accounts had valid passwords. A note appearing on the post page said, "We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat, There have been many security holes exploited in Web servers belonging...

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DeWitt & Schrader Ponzi Scheme Lawsuit Announced by Starr Austen & Miller

View the Complaint Scott Starr of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP,announced today that the firm has commenced a lawsuit against the independent certified public accounting firm, and one of its principals and employees, who were involved in rendering services for the Keenan Hauke Ponzi scheme on behalf of its client, the court appointed Receiver for Samex Capital Partners, LLC. The case is entitled “William E. Wendling, Jr., as Receiver for Samex Capital Partners, LLC v. DeWitt & Schrader, P.C., David M. DeWitt, and Matthew S. Hickey,” and was filed on July 9, 2012 in Marion County. Keenan...

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Starr Austen & Miller Suspects the JOBS Act could Lead to Fraud Against Lay Investors

Mario Massillamany of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced an alert to the public today regarding upcoming changes in 2013 to private offerings laws with the recent enactment of the JOBS Act. The JOBS Act, formally known as the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. According to Forbes, this Act has been heralded by many proponents as a way for small business owners and entrepreneurs to have more access to funding opportunities and to gather capital which can help them grown their businesses, and as a...

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Garfield Park Pool Chemical Spill Or Leak Causes Many To Go To Hospital

On June 21, 2012 around 2:00 p.m., there was a chemical spill or leak at the Garfield Park Aquatic Center, located at 2345 Pagoda Drive, in Indianapolis, Indiana's Southside. The Garfield Park public pool is a popular destination for kids and adults alike, such as on a hot day such as this. Although some reports are calling the problem to be a chemical leak or spill, at least one report from Shari Patton, a parent of three children swimming at the pool, described the incident as an "explosion." Of course, this story is still developing, so it remains to be seen...

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Jacqueline Jansing Plus 1 Year Old Passenger Injured In Accident On U.S. 421 At State Road 47

On June 15, 2012, at approximately 1:40 p.m. Jacqueline Jansing and her one year old passenger were headed northbound on U.S. 421 in a Chevy S-10 pickup truck when they were hit, head on, by a vehicle driven by 17 year old Jordan Franklin. The accident occurred on U.S. 421 at around State Road 47, in Boone County, Indiana. Franklin had been heading southbound on U.S. 421, headed back to Fishers, Indiana, from a church camp in Clinton County. From preliminary reports it is believed that his vehicle veered off the road for an unknown reason, and then he overcorrected, thereby...

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Starr Austen & Miller Investigating Toyota & General Motors Door Fires

Mario Massillamany of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced today that the firm is investigating potential products liability claims related to certain vehicles manufactured by Toyota and General Motors, both of which have had several complaints of door fires resulting from faulty power window switches in the driver’s side door, which may overheat and cause fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation recently announced that it had upgraded its investigation of certain Toyota models to an engineering analysis, which is not yet a recall, but can precede one. Specifically, over 1.4...

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