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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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Construction worker Juan Rosas killed in multivehicle crash

On October 5, 2011, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Juan-Hernandez Rosas was killed in a multi vehicle crash while working as a traffic flagman for a construction crew installing a beam on I-465 over 30th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the time of the accident it has been reported that Mr. Rosas was holding a “slow” sign in the roadway. He was hit by a Hyundai, and then multiple other vehicles were also involved in the crash. It has further been reported that the occupants of the Hyundai were ejected from the vehicle by the impact of the collision. Mr. Rosas was 43 at...

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Starr Austen & Miller, LLP, is Pleased to Announce the Addition of Shannon Starr

Logansport, IN  -  October 10, 2011:  Starr Austen & Miller LLP, a prominent Indiana law firm, announces the addition of a new associate attorney, Shannon Starr, Esq.   Starr will be focusing on class action, truck and construction accident litigation.  Mr. Starr, a Logansport native, earned his a JD from the Saint Louis University School of Law, Saint Louis, Missouri and was admitted to the Indiana State Bar the same year.  After law school, he worked as an associate at Beasley & Gilkison LLP, Muncie, Indiana prior to joining the firm. Shannon was admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana...

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Starr Austen & Miller Files Civil Suit Against Accused Killer of Dave Schroder

The family of Dave Schroder has filed a lawsuit against the man accused of killing him. Schroder was a 75-year-old resident of Logansport, Indiana, who was shot twice in the head. Schroder's two sons, Terry and Robert, and seeking damages including medical, funeral and burial expenses, emotional distress caused to their father and damages for the "loss of their father's love, companionship and support." Andrew Miller, Partner at Starr Austen & Miller, will be representing Schroder's sons. Read the full article at Pharos Tribune...

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MDL Hearing Today on Indiana Golf Course Company’s Class Action Lawsuit Alleging DuPont’s New Herbicide Imprelis Causing Death Of Trees Nationwide

-- Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Hearing to Determine Where Nationwide Class Action Cases Will Be Heard Logansport, IN, September 27, 2011 – Today, Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, along with the other plaintiff’s firms that have filed class action lawsuits against E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ("DuPont"), charging that DUPONT'S herbicide Imprelis is causing widespread death among trees and other non-targeted vegetation across the country, will argue in a multidistrict litigation hearing to a federal panel as to where all of the cases should be transferred. Multidistrict litigation is a procedure utilized in the federal court system...

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I-465 Semi Accident injures Gregory Lacey and Zachary Wright

Starr Austen & Miller is investigating a semi accident on I-465 injuring Gregory Lacey of Marble Hill, Georgia and Zachary Wright of Cicero, Indiana. In addition, another person was killed as a result of the accident. On September 21, 2011, around midnight, Wright was on the side of the road on I-465 near I-74 working on a disabled vehicle he was occupying. The currently unknown driver of a pick up truck, and his or her passenger, Lacey, stopped to assist the disabled vehicle. A tractor trailer driven by Paul T. Morris drove onto the shoulder of the road and struck all three people...

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Imprelis ® Class Action Filed; Interview with Mario Massillamany

Indiana Golf Course Company And Pennsylvania Homeowner File Class Action Lawsuit Alleging DuPont's New Herbicide Imprelis ® Causing Death Of Trees Nationwide Need For Impacted Property Owners To Take And Preserve Soil Sample Highlighted [ml_raw_html] [/ml_raw_html] Logansport, IN, July 18, 2011 - Scott Starr of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, and Jonathan Selbin of the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that a Pennsylvania homeowner and an Indiana golf course company today filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against  E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ("DuPont"),  charging that DuPont's herbicide, Imprelis, is causing...

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What Is Subprime Securities Fraud?

With the 2007 subprime crisis in this country, and its subsequent fall out with the entire economy, which we are still feeling the effects of today, we have heard the term “subprime securities fraud” bandied about over and over in the news and elsewhere. If you have some confusion about what this term means, here is a primer for you. Let me caution you, however, that there are hardly ever any hard and fast definitions when it comes to the law, and discussing securities fraud law is no exception. Therefore, this information is only provided for informational purposes, to help you...

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Can An Out-Of-State Lawyer Participate In Indiana FINRA Actions?

All states have laws about the unauthorized practice of law, including Indiana. These laws prevent those without a law license issued from the state of Indiana from representing individuals legal matters in this state, with some exceptions allowed for temporary admission for those with out of state licenses based on certain guidelines. However, with the rise of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), many people have questioned whether out of state investment fraud lawyers can participate in these actions held in Indiana, or whether that would be considered the unauthorized practice of law. FINRA itself...

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