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Locks Law CTO Quoted in Forbes

Leon Carelli, Chief Technology Officer at Locks Law Firm, was quoted today in Forbes, offering his advice on how companies can improve their security practices. Read the full article here.

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Locks Law Firm to Appear As Amicus Curaie in Arbitration Dispute Before The New Jersey Supreme Court

The Locks Law Firm, on behalf of the Consumers League of New Jersey, was granted leave to appear as amicus curiae before the New Jersey Supreme Court on Friday April 29, 2016 in the case Roach v. BM Motoring, LLC.  The complaint in Roach alleges a used car dealer committed fraud by misrepresenting the condition of vehicles and charging illegal fees in the sale agreements.  The contract for sale contained an arbitration provision, which required an arbitration “in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association” and provided that the “Dealership shall advance both party’s filing, service, administration, arbitrator, hearing or other fees.”

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Benzene: Causing Cancer for Over a Century

Whether it is from television or word of mouth, most people these days have become aware that asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma and lung cancer. However, far less of the general public knows of the similarly strong causal link between benzene and leukemia and blood cancers. Yet juries around the country, who hear the benzene story for the first time, are now frequently holding benzene suppliers and sellers of benzene-containing products responsible for the harm they can cause without proper warnings.

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Concussions: Not Just a Football Problem

 

When asked which athletes are most likely to suffer from a concussion, many would answer “football players.”  Football is a brutal sport in which every play results in bone jarring physical contact.  However, that answer is not necessarily correct.  The fact is, concussions happen at an alarming rate in lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, ice hockey, baseball, skiing and field hockey.  Athletes in any sport can be at risk for suffering a concussion whether it is the physicality of the sport, the errant throw that hits a head or the fall to the ground.  And while Locks Law Firm (LLF) is actively representing nearly 1,500 retired NFL players in the concussion litigation against the NFL, other suits are pending against the NHL and WWE.  This is a serious issue for pro athletes and for youth, as well.

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What Makes a Great Legal Professional?

Today, my paralegal of eleven years is leaving the firm and moving to Maine. Aside from the obvious difficulty of losing a team member who is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to our cases, it is very sad to say goodbye to a friend, someone with whom we have spent long hours working to complete deadlines, someone with whom we have shared the emotional ups and downs that come with the practice of personal injury litigation, and someone who cares as much as we do about our clients and the importance of the work we do for them.

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Product Liability Law in Pennsylvania - Some Questions Answered, New Questions Posed

The long awaited decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Tincher v. OmegaFlex, Inc., 104 A.3d 328 (Pa. 2014) finally clarified the law of Pennsylvania with respect to product liability.  Pennsylvania had previously been a jurisdiction which adhered to the Restatement of Torts Second but in the interim, the American Law Institute had come forward with the Third Restatement of Torts.  Controversy had ensued in Pennsylvania, particularly because many of the federal courts in Pennsylvania had predicted that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would adopt the Third Restatement.  Tincher served to clarify that indeed the Second Restatement would still be the law in Pennsylvania.  However, in so doing, it reversed the 1978 opinion of Azzarello v. Black Bros. Co., 390 A.2d 1020 (Pa. 1978).

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Key Asbestos Decision Expected

On April 6, 2016 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard argument for the second time in Rost vs. Ford Motor Company, a case which could be extremely important to the future of asbestos litigation in Pennsylvania.  There have been a series of unfortunate opinions from Pennsylvania Appellate Courts over the last several years which have made it increasingly difficult for plaintiffs to prove their cases and have therefore deprived innocent victims of asbestos exposure from obtaining just compensation.  As is usually the case, these decisions resulted in part from bad fact patterns; often, companies whose products caused heavy exposure to asbestos, and therefore serious injuries to plaintiffs, were bankrupt or no longer in business.  Lawyers, often unable to target the “main source” of exposure then sought claims against defendants who manufactured or supplied products which likely had extremely minimal effects of exposure to asbestos.

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What Evil Lurks In Your Reconstruction?

Many people like to move into older houses that have been modernized inside. Especially in cities, old bank or factory buildings are being turned into condos. These rehabs give people the pleasure of living in an older attractive building with the convenience of modern amenities. But beneath the surface of the new interiors evil may lurk. The evil could be asbestos or lead that was part of the original building and was just covered up by a contractor eager to cut corners. Or the evil could be massive leaks or other structural problems that also were just covered up. Locks Law Firm has represented home owners in cases where these evils were discovered.

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U.S. Agencies Responsible for PCB Monitoring in the Hudson River Battle Each Other

Despite coverage of GE’s near-criminal pollution of the Hudson River with PCBs manufactured at its two New York plants in Hudson Falls and Fort Edward, and the decades long litigation which resulted in the Hudson River being declared a Superfund site and engendered the cleanup that is being overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency, new evidence of the extensive nature of this pollution continue to be discovered.  And despite the responsibility of the various federal agencies to protect us, and to return the River to some state that will allow for recreational use, these agencies instead are now fighting among themselves about how well they are doing their jobs.

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Leon Carelli, Locks Law's CTO, Quoted in Forbes

Leon Carelli, Chief Technology Officer at The Locks Law Firm, has been quoted in Forbes. Alongside a group of other tech experts, Carelli was asked how businesses are making the Internet of Things (IoT) easier to adopt.

Responding to this question, Carelli said, "If we have learned anything from the development of networks and protocols over the past three decades it should be that standards are not just important, they are essential. Smart, forward-thinking companies are already beginning to coalesce around standards like Z-Wave or ZigBee. By adopting standard protocols, product development teams can focus on strong feature sets rather than compatibility."

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