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Juan Cardenas Found in Baptismal Pool

Starr Austen & Miller are investigating the death of 1-year-old Juan Cardenas who was found submerged in a baptismal pool Wednesday at a day-care center he attended located in Praise Fellowship Assembly of God, 6700 Michigan Road, on Indianapolis' Northwest side. According to police, a therapist had arrived to begin a session with the boy, but he could not be found.  Employees were asked to help look for Juan and they told police that they found him in the baptismal pool, which contained water about 2' deep.  Baptismal pools generally hold water for baptism and vary in size and shape.  He...

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Self-Directed IRA Fraud May Be On The Rise In Indiana

Many people saving for retirement have socked their money in IRAs, which are a type of retirement account with tax advantages. However, there is now a new breed of IRA on the block, called the self-directed IRA, and although it is perfectly legal it has been used for fraudulent purposes by schemers and fraudsters recently, across the country, including in the State of Indiana. Self-directed IRAs are similar, in many ways, to regular IRAs. However, the key difference is that the types of investments you can hold in a self-directed IRA are much broader than in a traditional one. This broad...

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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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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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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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