Crowdfunding for Litigants

If you have spoken to a trial lawyer about a possible case, you probably learned that litigation, even with a contingency fee arrangement, is far from free of costs. Many consumers have legitimate legal claims for compensation, but lack the funds to litigate those claims. If the damages are sufficiently large, many plaintiffs’ lawyers will […]

December 18 / 2014
Author Linda Chalat
Category Legal Myths
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FDA Confirms Safety of BPA

A few years ago, fear of poisoning from our water bottles and other plastic containing bisphenol A (BPA) was creating panic in gyms and nursery schools across the nation. After extensive research and study, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its online BPA information to reaffirm its conclusion that the substance is […]

December 16 / 2014
Author Linda Chalat
Category Consumer Rights
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Toy Hazards Still Too Numerous

For three decades, numerous reports on toy safety have been issued just before the holiday shopping season. This has resulted in an estimated 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years,and has helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children. Yet, U.S. […]

December 12 / 2014
Author Linda Chalat
Category Consumer Rights
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Safe for Cops to Type and Drive?

Last year, a sheriff’s deputy fatally struck a cyclist on Mulholland Highway outside of Los Angeles while typing on his in-car computer. Now, concerns over distracted driving have prompted Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials to propose dramatically curbing use of in-car computers. After years of “don‘t text and drive” campaigns by national and local law […]

December 10 / 2014
Author Linda Chalat
Category Legal Myths
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Smokers Need Not Apply

A national trend toward imposing after-hours bans on certain employee behavior has been adopted by one of Colorado’s largest health care systems. Increasing numbers of employers have only considered non-smokers for openings and Centura Health joined the group by recently announcing that it won’t hire tobacco users after Dec. 31. Applicants for any positions at […]

December 04 / 2014
Author Linda Chalat
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Protect Pregnant Workers’ Rights

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Peggy Young v. UPS, a pregnancy discrimination case which will have a major impact on the health and economic security of women and families across the country. When Peggy Young, a delivery driver for United Parcel Service (UPS), found out she was […]

December 02 / 2014
Author Linda Chalat
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