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Accident on Indiana 25 Injures Four

Thursday's snow created hazardous road conditions on Indiana 25 three miles northeast of Delphi when a vehicle driven by James McCartney of Logansport lost control of his van in Carroll County and hit a pick-up truck driven by Cepeda Williams of Logansport.  McCartney's passengers Haley Utterback and Joseph McCartney were ejected from the van.  Utterback was flown to Methodist Hospital and Joseph McCartney was transported to a Lafayette hospital.  Williams was taken to Logansport Memorial Hospital with shoulder pain and his passenger, Benjamin Pena, was taken to IU Health Arnett with back pain.  Read the full article at JCOnline. If you...

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The Importance of Evidence in the “Black Box” For Truck Accident Litigation

Often in truck accidents there is a lot of conflicting testimony between the truck driver’s version of events and that of the injured person regarding such important issues as speed, acceleration and braking. Some of this conflict may come from a bias of protecting one’s own interests, but in addition these accidents often happen so quickly, and so many things happen in quick succession that it can be difficult to accurately remember or even notice all relevant pieces of information. That is where a heavy truck’s Event Data Recorder (known in the industry as an “EDR”), and often commonly referred to...

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Michael Hoover of Logansport, Indiana Died from Truck Accident

Michal Hoover, 61, was driving in his car on Ind. 25 near 100 South in Fulton County early in the morning.  His car was struck by the trailer of a southbound semi-truck at about 6:40 A.M. The driver of the truck was Jay Voigt, 44, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jay's semi-truck entered the northbound lanes for "unknown reasons", states the press release from the Fulton County Sherrif's Department. The semi-truck then hit another driver, Timothy L. Wilson, in his pickup truck while we was waiting to turn. Michal Hoover died at Parkview Hospital today, according to Fulton County Sheriff's Department's email communications...

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Sugarland State Fair Collapse Lawsuit Filed By Starr Austen & Miller

Attorney Mario Massillamany has announced that Starr Austen & Miller has filed a complaint today on behalf of 48 victims of the Sugarland State Fair stage collapse, which occurred on August 13, 2011. Entitled 'Jill Polet et al vs Sugarland Music, Inc et al', the case has been filed in Marion County Superior Court 14 in Indiana under cause number 49D14-1111-CT-44823. On August 13, 2011, a large crowd of Sugarland fans gathered at the Indiana State Fair Grounds expecting a great country music concert, and instead tragedy struck. During a severe thunderstorm with very strong winds the stage at the outdoor...

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Will The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act Make FINRA Arbitration Obsolete?

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act shows a congressional dislike for mandatory arbitration provisions, to say the least. This Act, which was signed into law on July 21, 2010, by President Barack Obama, contains many provisions which could lead, after study, to the prohibition or limitation on these boilerplate clauses in consumer contracts. This includes arbitration provisions in client agreements with broker dealers that cause many securities fraud causes of action to be arbitrated at FINRA at this time. Widespread Prevalence of These Arbitration Clauses Statistically, just about everyone in the United States has knowingly, or unknowingly, agreed to a boilerplate mandatory...

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Some who were hurt in State Fair collapse are unable to receive money from relief fund

Some victims of the Sugarland stage collapse have looked for compensation for their medical bills and injuries caused as a result of this tragedy from the State Fair Relief Fund, just to be denied because they did not meet the strict guidelines the fund imposed to determine eligibility. The State Fair Relief Fund is comprised of approximately $970,000 of donated money, and whose stated purpose is to help the victims of this accident. Thirty seven victims of the stage collapse have applied for access to money in the fund, but of those only twenty have been approved, with approximately $470,000 having...

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Investigation of Mini Cooper Engine Fires

Starr Austen & Miller is investigating engine compartment fires in certain models of the Mini Cooper. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defect Investigation has announced that it is investigating a number of complaints about engine fires in Mini Coopers. The models that affected include the sport coupe’s S models, the Clubman and Convertible, for the 2007 and 2008 model years. There are approximately 36,000 of this type of car on the road. The complaints include engine fires, some of which occurred while the engine was off, and some of which resulted in a total loss of the vehicle. No physical...

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Multidistrict Litigation Panel Rules On Nationwide Class Action Against DuPont

Logansport, IN, October 21, 2011 – Mario Massillamany of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced the ruling by the Multidistrict Litigation Panel regarding the nationwide class action lawsuit against E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ("DuPont") COMMA charging that DUPONT'S herbicide Imprelis is causing widespread death among trees and other non-targeted vegetation across the country. The federal panel ruled that the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will serve the over 40 class actions pending in 18 districts. The panel’s basis was due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency office responsible for the investigation and handling of...

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New FMCSA Trucking Policies Deemed Successful by Independent Study

New policies implemented in 2010 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) appear to be working in reducing the number of truck collisions. Findings from an independent review, by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), show the partnership in communication between the FMCSA, its state partners, and commercial motor carriers reduced crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Previous commerical carrier policies were shouldered by a small number of staff that evaluated and determined carrier safety. The new policy system partners with the states, giving them better access to FMCSA's data. This shared communication results in successfully targeting high-risk carriers regarding...

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Starr Austen & Miller investigating listeria outbreak in the United States

Starr Austen and Miller LLP is investigating the listeria outbreak in the United States.  Jensen Farms in Colorado has been reported as the source of the listeria outbreak due to contaminated cantaloupes distributed and sold in several states which has resulted in illness and death.  To date, 84 illnesses and 16 deaths have been reported making it the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade.  If you or a loved one are a victim of the listeria outbreak contact Starr Austen and Miller LLP for more information at 574-722-6676.  For more information about the outbreak, click here....

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