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Dennis C. Schulze Injured On Borman Expressway In Two Semi Crash

As reported by Chicago Sun Times, at approximately 2:45 a.m. on June 20, 2012, a crash between two semis occurred on the eastbound side of the Borman Expressway, near Cline Avenue, close to the Illinois-Indiana border, but on the Indiana side of the line. As a result one of the drivers, Dennis C. Schulze, driver of one of the semi-trucks, has life-threatening injuries and had to be airlifted from the scene. From the initial Indiana State Police report it is currently believed that an off-duty police officer stopped a suspected drunk driver, 21-year-old Ronald E. Blankenship, of Gary Indiana, on the...

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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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OSHA Fall Protection Training – Keeping it Interesting and Memorable

Regulations about falls by employees working at heights can be dull stuff when employers are trying train employees. But nothing could be more important. Employers need to keep the training interesting, keep employees engaged and, in so doing, keep them safe. When conducting training, employers need to boil down the main messages from the mass of regulatory words. Here are a few snippets of some OSHA requirements employees should know: • 1910.23(b)(1): Every wall opening from which there is a drop of more than 4 feet shall be guarded...

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What is Carrier Liability?

Liability is a key issue when common carriers, such as buses, trucks, and taxicabs, are involved in collisions. These carriers serve upon reasonable demand by those using their services.  They are expected to uphold a high standard of care for the persons and properties they are entrusted with. Common carriers are also limited to incidental damages for breach of duty. Because bus companies, truck companies, and taxicab companies know these issues, such enterprises quickly respond when accidents happen. On the other hand, an individual or individuals involved in an automobile accident, especially one who has been injured, may not immediately respond...

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Should Aggregate Settlements Be Subject To Judicial Review?

An aggregate settlement and a class action settlement are often mistaken for the same thing in non-legal circles, since they both involve settling the claims of multiple plaintiffs all at once. However, a large distinction between aggregate and class action settlements is the requirement that class action settlements must be subjected to judicial scrutiny, while aggregate settlements do not. The underlying facts from the recent case of Johnson v. Nextel Communications, Inc., 660 F.3d 113 (2d Cir. 2011) questions the wisdom of this distinction, and begs the question, should aggregate settlements be subjected to judicial review too? An aggregate settlement is one...

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Call The SEC About Suspected Financial Fraud

You may have seen the recent public service announcements with Michael Douglas, channeling his famous role from the movie Wall Street, where he played Gordon Gekko, encouraging anyone knowing about insider trading, or other suspected financial fraud, to report this crime to the FBI. If not, here’s the public service announcement. While we encourage anyone knowing of insider trading or other financial fraud to contact authorities to share what you know about these crimes, it most likely is not in your financial best interest to share your tips, as a whistleblower, with the FBI. That is because when you become a whistleblower...

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Court Sends Message That Form Doesn’t Trump Substance

One of the things that aggravate many people is that high priced corporate lawyers seem to find legal loopholes in almost any regulation designed to protect the public or investors. Then, they use these loopholes to make it appear they are following the rules, but it is only in form, not in substance. We, as securities fraud attorneys, understand that aggravation. However, a recent case in Delaware, the home of many corporations, appears to be saying enough to to these legal shenanigans, if the recent case of In re Southern Peru Copper Corporation Shareholder Derivative Litigation is any indication. In that case...

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Court Ruling a Roadblock for Class Action Lawsuits

Matthew Wolf was a captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the Army Reserves is 2007 when was called to duty in Afghanistan. He was about a year into his 39-month lease for his Nissan Infiniti and, according to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, he was entitled to get back the $400 he’d paid in advance on his future monthly installments. But Nissan didn’t respond. Wolf’s lawyer filed a lawsuit in 2010 in Federal District Court, New Jersey, on behalf of Wolf and any other service member with a similar claim against Nissan. However, the lawsuit ran into a roadblock in...

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Richard Lowe Dies After Falling From Grain Bin During Inspection

The owner of a company that inspects and repairs old farm structures died Wednesday after being struck by a piece of machinery and falling from a grain bin.  69-year old, Richard B. Lowe, of Darlington fell to his death from a grain bin Wednesday afternoon at Davidson Farm, 5496 S. C.R. 310 E., Crawfordsville.  Around 2:30 p.m. on May 30, Ladoga Rescue responded to the call at Davidson Farm and contacted the Sheriff's Department and Coroner shortly after arriving. According to Chief Deputy Ryan Needham, Richard Lowe fell roughly 35 feet from the roof and struck his head.  On Wednesday, Lowe...

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Rear End Collision Involving Two Semi’s on Interstate 70 Result in Two Deaths

A semi driver and his passenger were killed after a fiery crash involving two semitrailers on Interstate 70 just east of Indiana 46.  The crash occurred about 5 p.m. in the eastbound driving lane. According to a preliminary investigation, an eastbound semitrailer had slowed for construction zone traffic when it was suddenly struck from behind by a second semitrailer, which apparently failed to slow down, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts. The second (rear) semi caught fire and part of the cab detached.  Both the driver and the passenger in the second semitrailer were pronounced dead at the scene.  The...

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