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Recent Positive Developments in Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Everyone knows that asbestos causes mesothelioma. A major defense of the defendants has been that victims must prove exactly how much asbestos exposure a victim had. This is impossible in many cases because work sites often did not measure asbestos exposure. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has just issued a very favorable opinion that lays to rest this and related defenses.

 

In Rost v. Ford Motor Co., 2016 Pa. Lexis 2638 (Pa., Nov. 22, 2016), Mr. Rost was exposed to asbestos in potentially high amounts on a daily basis at a garage for more than three months. His medical expert, Dr. Arthur Frank, testified that every asbestos exposure contributes to the total or cumulative dose, which in turn increases the likelihood of disease. Dr. Frank testified that the asbestos exposures at the garage were sufficient, in and of themselves, to cause Rost’s mesothelioma. The Court held that this was sufficient to support the jury’s verdict in favor of  Rost.

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Videos show what happened, but can police refuse to produce them?

For months, amateur and police videos of confrontations between police and citizens have made headlines and stoked anger. Just last week, a video showed a police officer hitting a woman. The value and power of all types of videos is that they can show what happened. Certain police agencies in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey have attempted to refuse to produce them. Whether police videos must be produced affects not only criminal cases but also civil cases alleging deprivation of civil rights.

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The Locks Law Firm Presents Education Program to the Legal Community

On October 21, 2016, nine lawyers from the Locks Law Firm presented an extensive program of legal education to the legal community of Philadelphia and New Jersey. The program was called “The ABCs of Complex Litigation: Asbestos, Benzene, CRPS and More”. This educational program was certified for official continuing legal education (CLE) credits in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and there were attendees from all three of those states who came to learn from the Locks lawyers. In fact, there were close to 150 individuals who attended.

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Gratitude Practice

The Thanksgiving Holiday has traditionally been associated with giving thanks---thanks for our families, for the food that will be lovingly prepared and shared, and for other things we consider dear and important. But what happens after the dinner is finished, the football games watched, the family members departed to return to their distant homes?

Are we changed in any way? Have we caused change in any way? Or was our Thanksgiving, however sincere, a mere one-off nod to what we’ve received and enjoyed?

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Legionnaires Disease – 40 Years Later

Senior Partner Marc P. Weingarten discusses the first outbreak of Legionnaires Disease and what we have learned 40 years later in his article for the Newsletter for the International Practice Section of the American Association of Justice. The summer of 1976 saw more than 200 individuals sickened and 34 deaths due to this disease. Over the years, this event has led to better detection and prevention, greater cooperation across health departments and more rigorous inspection codes. The article originally appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer. To learn more about the American Legion convention of 1976 and where we are today, read the full text here:

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The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania - An Excellent Model For Ethical Practice

The lawyers at the Locks Law Firm are single-minded in their dedication and devotion to zealous representation of our clients. However, we also believe that in the course of our zealous advocacy of our clients, it is important that we scrupulously adhere to the Rules of Professional Conduct, which is the code of ethics that governs all aspects of an attorney’s practice. I have always believed that it is possible to get great results for my clients and yet not cross the border into any practices which even remotely seem to be unprofessional or lack an ethical foundation.

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Attorney or Counsellor?

As I was replacing some of my business cards in my wallet this morning, I noticed the words “Attorney At Law” beneath my name.  In itself this wasn’t surprising, since I have been actively practicing law for nearly 25 years, but it got me to thinking: am I more “attorney” at law, or “counsellor” at law?  And: is there a difference?

 

In the not-so-distant past, families had a trusted lawyer, a counsellor, who administered to all or most of the family’s legal needs.  That lawyer wrote wills, managed real estate transactions, advised about business ventures and handled criminal and other matters as they arose.  Often, the lawyer would be called on discuss other sensitive matters, and asked to offer advice on the best way to proceed.

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Locks Law in the Philadelphia Business Journal and Honored by The Sierra Group

Today, Locks Law Firm was honored to receive the Summit Award for employers of distinction, providing opportunities for people with disabilities from The Sierra Group. We are the inaugural winner of this award and are proud of the partnership with have formed with The Sierra Group, offering internships and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

 

October is National Disability Awareness Month. To learn more about how you can support those with disabilities, contact the Sierra Group (http://www.thesierragroupacademy.org/). To learn more about our partnership with them, please see the attached article from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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Andrew DuPont Participates in an International Asbestos Conference in Brazil

On October 6, 2016 I was honored to speak at the Seminario Internacional do Amianto: Uma Abordagem Socio-Juridica (International Asbestos Conference: An Approach to Social Justice) in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The conference brought together doctors, attorneys, prosecutors, judges, scientists and victims advocates from Brazil, Portugal, Italy, the United States and other countries, in order to discuss the health hazards of asbestos, asbestos civil and criminal actions in various national and international legal systems and the efforts to ban the mining and use of asbestos in Brazil.

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NFL Concussion Settlement Appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court

On Monday, September 26, thirty one (31) former NFL players filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court to review the NFL Concussion settlement, joining the estate of Cookie Gilchrist, who also filed an appeal earlier in the month. While the attorneys at Locks Law Firm feel that the court is unlikely to hear the case and thus this is just a further delay in getting much needed settlement payments to those who are suffering debilitating neurocognitive diseases, there are no guarantees. In that light, let’s take a quick look at the process by which a case is either granted or denied their petition with the Supreme Court.

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