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Blog Posts in January, 2013

  • Oakland Lawsuit Raises Awareness of Dangerous Roads

    The family of Cesar Sopelario recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the city of Oakland for $500,000. This settlement has garnered the attention of road safety advocates throughout the nation, pushing for increased awareness of dangerous and deadly roads. In 2007, Cesar Sopelario was killed while navigating a turn along 35th avenue and Redwood Road, near Highway 13. The curve is notorious ...
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  • The Intricacies of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

    Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a recent article written by Dr. Darshak Sanghavi for The Boston Globe explaining the system that doctors, patients, and lawyers must use when analyzing cases of medical negligence. He points out that the vast majority of major errors are never pursued, and that the problem is not that Americans are filing too many lawsuits, but ...
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  • Warning Toyota Users: Toyota Recalls Over One Million Vehicles for Potential Safety Hazard

    Toyota is recalling more than 900,000 vehicles due to defective air bags and more than 380,000 Lexus IS cars due to faulty wipers. This is just the last development in the company’s major operations problems over the past four years. Concerns over Toyota’s quality control have been festering ever since the company had to recall 14 million vehicles in 2009 and 2010. Toyota was also fined upwards of ...
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  • FDA Proposes New Food Safety Rules

    Earlier this January the FDA released an announcement detailing proposals for new landmark food safety standards. Food contamination attorneys highlight the new safety rules being enacted to prevent food-borne illnesses. The preventative proposals are part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law by President Obama in January 2011. It has been called the most ...
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  • Disney Employees Class Action Overtime Lawsuit Settles

    Two class action lawsuits have been filed against Walt Disney Co. in under two years. Wage and overtime lawyers report that the Disney recently agreed to settle the claims, although a judge must still certify the settlement. The first lawsuit was filed by Joseph Peralta and Pamela Ventura in 2011, and involved 36 salaried employees who claim they were misclassified as managers or exempt employees ...
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  • New Mesothelioma Drug on the Horizon

    Verastem Inc., recently entered into an agreement with Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) to aid in the development of a new mesothelioma drug and a companion diagnostic. Mesothelioma lawyers are hopeful that the new drug, which is set to begin clinical trials in 2013, will curb the number of patients succumbing to this disease. Verastem is a Massachusetts-based company that focuses on ...
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  • Januvia, Janumet May Cause Pancreatic Cancer

    Drug recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of recent developments linking popular diabetes medications Januvia, Byetta and Janumet to pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. These are the brand-names for the generic drug Sitagliptin. The medications are a new class of drugs that use DPP-4 inhibitors, or gliptins, to control glucose levels in the blood for those suffering from type II ...
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  • A Medical Malpractice Victim’s Struggle for Justice in Texas

    One woman’s fight for a medical malpractice case illuminates what many claim is unfair about the Texas healthcare system. Medical malpractice lawyers reveal the struggle many medical error victims now face in Texas courts. Connie Spears was rushed to the emergency room at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in 2010 with severe leg pain. She told the doctors and nurses assisting her about her history of ...
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  • Despite Drop in 2011 Transportation Fatalities, Remains One of Leading Causes of Death

    Accident and injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that, while transportation fatalities dropped in 2011 by 2%, such accidents remain one of the country’s top causes of death. Officials at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) believe we can do better. The NTSB statistics from 2011 reveal that the majority of fatalities involved passengers in vans, light trucks, and cars. ...
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  • North Chicago Police Allegedly Beat Man to Death

    Police brutality attorneys report that an Illinois coroner has reclassified the death of a man allegedly beaten while in police custody as a homicide. The victim died in the hospital one week after the alleged beating. 45-year-old Darrin “Dagwood” Hanna was arrested in November 2011 in North Chicago after police responded to a domestic disturbance call from his apartment. Hanna yelled at officers ...
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  • Companies to Pay for Workers’ Asbestos Poisoning Tests

    Mesothelioma attorneys report that the Lowell Housing Authority has agreed to pay for asbestos poisoning screenings for its maintenance employees. The company was recently accused of improperly handling asbestos during a major renovation project. According to federal documents, in February 2012 the FBI and the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General (MA OIG) conducted an investigation into ...
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  • Deadly Skateboarding Accidents Lead to Tougher Regulations for Los Angeles Skateboarders

    Accident and injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the Los Angeles City Council is adopting measures that will require skateboarders to follow city traffic laws. The tougher regulations are in response to two recent deaths of young skateboarders. As of January 22nd, skateboarders will have to follow the same rules of the road as bicyclists and motorists. The new regulations ...
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  • Wisconsin Pushes to Toughen Penalties for Drunk Drivers

    Car accident attorneys report that legislator’s in Wisconsin are attempting to crack down on drinking and driving. State residents are unsure the laws will make a difference, and are emphasizing the need for more enforcement instead of more laws. Politicians in Madison, specifically State Representative Jim Ott (R) and Senator Alberta Darling (R), are trying to pass legislation that would ...
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  • Wal-Mart’s Tactful PR Campaign

    Wage and hour lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Wal-Mart’s current veteran outreach program may not be what it seems. Some are speculating that the company is engaging in the program to direct attention away from recent bribery scandals and active discrimination lawsuits. The New York Times recently revealed Wal-Mart’s plan to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five ...
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  • The Gerson Diet for Mesothelioma Treatment

    Many mesothelioma patients are interested in non-conventional cancer treatments. Therapies vary, from acupuncture to hypnosis to specialized diets aiming to activate the body’s own immune system to destroy cancer cells. One of these specialized diets, esteemed by many, is the Gerson Diet. Developed by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1930s, the therapy was originally intended to treat and cure Gerson’s own ...
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  • Public Chicago Hospital Subject of Two Malpractice Lawsuits

    Medical malpractice attorneys report that Illinois Stroger Hospital in Cook County is facing two medical malpractice lawsuits, one of which resulted in a patient death. Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri recently stated that the county may reach an out-of-court settlement, as much as $1.75 million, with a man who had his leg amputated. Jessie Peoples, now in his sixties, was admitted to ...
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  • The Streets for Cycling Plan 2020

    Chicago injury attorneys are happy to announce the city’s new Streets for Cycling Plan 2020. The plan is identifying projects, programs and policies to encourage bicycle transportation and make the city streets safer for both drivers and riders. In October 2012, a cyclist riding on Near North Side streets was killed when he swerved into the path of an oncoming semi-truck to avoid being hit by an ...
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  • Size Really Does Matter For Subway

    If you recently purchased a foot-long sub from Subway that fell short, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is currently evaluating potential claims from Subway consumers who purchased a footlong sub, only to find that it measured less than 12 inches. As the Associated Press is reporting, lawsuits are already pending against the popular fast-food chain after two New Jersey ...
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  • Low-Dose CT Screening Provides Hope for Early Mesothelioma Detection

    The American Cancer Society, along with the Lunch Cancer Alliance and other medical agencies throughout the country, is now endorsing low-dose CT screening for those at risk for lung cancer. Mesothelioma attorneys hope that this new screening method will help save the lives of asbestos exposure victims through earlier detection. This development was spearheaded by the National Cancer Institute, ...
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  • FDA Lowers Recommended Sleeping Pill Doses

    Pharmaceutical attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm would like to highlight a recent development in the sleeping aid industry. Amid reports of dangerous side effects, drug agencies are now recommending that women should only take half the usual dose. Ambien, perhaps the most notorious of all sleeping pills, is one of the most widely prescribed medications in the country. It has been estimated ...
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  • New Experimental Mesothelioma Treatment

    A form of gene therapy is among the most promising new experimental treatments for mesothelioma. The treatment is a novel cancer suicide gene therapy. Mesothelioma lawyers are hopeful that this new development will provide hope and better prognoses for those suffering from the rare lung cancer. Reports of this new therapy were recently published in the Journal of Genetic Syndromes and Gene ...
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  • Car Accident Deaths on the Rise in the Northeast

    Car accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that conflicting traffic laws in the Maryland-Virginia-D.C. region are resulting in serious loss of life. Many advocate groups are pushing for more uniform road regulations, including seat belt enforcement, texting penalties, and heightened restrictions on teen drivers. The call for stricter regulations is in reaction to the recent spike ...
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  • DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Updates

    Product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the FDA recently issued new guidelines for those with metal on metal hip implants. More than 3,000 DePuy lawsuits were consolidated into U.S. District Court, all involving the metal-on-metal Pinnacle System. The first trial is set to begin September 2014. In August 2012, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay an estimated $600,000 to resolve ...
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  • NJ Contractor Sentenced to Probation for Violating Asbestos Work Standards

    A New Jersey contractor was recently charged with conspiracy and six counts of Clean Air Act violations. The man was sentenced to three years probation, including six months of home confinement, after he improperly removed several hundred feet of asbestos-containing insulation. Mesothelioma attorneys remind the public that, although asbestos mining was banned in the United States, asbestos ...
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  • Pleurodesis for Mesothelioma Treatment

    Pleurodesis is a procedure performed on mesothelioma patients to relieve some of the disease’s more debilitating symptoms. Mesothelioma patients often develop malignant pleural effusions, which is the abnormal buildup of fluid in the linings of the lungs, and unfortunately leads to a decrease in quality of life. Effusions cause shortness of breath, coughing, dyspnoea, and chest pain. Pleurodesis ...
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