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Buyer Beware: Switching Counsel is at an All-Time High in the NFL Concussion Litigation

 

The NFL Head Trauma litigation resulted in an uncapped settlement in record speed.  Unfortunately, as that settlement has been pending in the appeals court, an unusual and disheartening number of players are changing counsel.  Some players have left our firm for other lawyers, and some have come to us and requested that we replace their current lawyers.  But most players change counsel because lawyers, unconnected to this case at the beginning, have improperly solicited players to leave their original lawyers.  Sadly, the lawyers who are doing this are new to the litigation and were uninvolved in the extraordinary efforts that brought the cases in 2011 and 2012 and developed the viable, large, and uncapped settlement for the players.  To be clear, these new lawyers entered the litigation after Judge Brody approved the settlement.  None of them understand the science, diagnostics, and requirements of the settlement agreement as well as the men and women who filed the first cases, consolidated those cases before Judge Brody, and brought the NFL to the negotiating table.  In our opinion, they are opportunists, and we caution all players to beware of what they are selling.

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Lead Poisoning: Knowing the Facts

Even though the United States banned the use of lead-based paints in homes, toys and furniture in 1978, lead poisoning continues to be a serious problem. Lead is most often found in lead-based paints used in older homes of families in more urban and underdeveloped areas. Lead poisoning can affect both children and adults but is most detrimental to children under the age of 6 years old.

Lead is most often ingested by children putting lead-based toys, paint chips or their contaminated fingers in their mouths. Lead poisoning can be diagnosed with a blood test and is measured in micrograms per deciliter. No safe level of exposure has been identified, and children with levels of 5 mcg/dL or higher may be at risk.

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Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, Endures Historic Gas Leak

In Los Angeles, California, the neighborhood of Porter Ranch has been enduring an environmental catastrophe of historic proportions in the form of a natural gas leak since mid-October 2015. On a normal day, the sun shines brightly over Porter Ranch, which is surrounded by the Santa Susana Mountains to the north, the Granada Hills to the north and east, and Brown’s Canyon to the south and west. Unfortunately, the bliss of the neighborhood came to an abrupt halt on October 23, 2015, when employees of the Southern California Gas Company (“SoCalGas”) noticed a leak from the ground caused by the malfunction of a well.

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Happy Holidays from Locks Law Firm

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Locks Law Firm would like to wish you a joyous holiday season!
During this season of reflection and joy, we are grateful for our good fortune and our ability to be a voice for people in need. We hope that your holidays and New Year are filled with health, happiness and success.

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New Decision in Ski Slope Liability Case

Janet Lewis, Locks Law’s Director of Sports and Athlete Relations, has recently published an article in the November issue of the Sports Litigation Alert. “Liability on the Ski Slopes: Recent Rulings May Signal Changes” introduces a new legal ruling and discusses the impact it may have on future cases.

 

Read the article in full here.

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Locks Law Firm makes a Difference with Donation to Cradles to Crayons

Locks Law Firm has called Philadelphia "home" for several decades and looks forward to many more.  As a firm that represents people in need, we also recognize that there are those in our own communities who have needs on a daily basis.  This year, we wanted to reach out to those in our own community and neighborhoods.  With careful thought, we chose to partner with Cradles to Crayons.

Cradles to Crayons is an organization that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, in Philadelphia and Boston, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

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On Arbitration Clauses

I recently had the privilege of arguing as amicus counsel before the Supreme Court in the case Morgan v. Sanford Brown Institute.  As with all too many consumer cases in recent memory, the case involves an arbitration clause, in which a business – in this case a for profit college – sought to strip consumers of their ability to file a lawsuit in a Court of law.  The facts of the case were pretty straight-forward, Annemarie Morgan and Tiffany Dever each entered into an enrollment agreement with Sanford Brown to take medical sonography courses. The cost for sixteen months of courses was an astronomical $37,500 – more than triple what a year of in-state tuition would have cost them at my alma mater, Rowan University, for the 2015-2016 year.  Unfortunately for Ms. Morgan and Ms. Dever, they were not told that the course in medical sonography was unaccredited – meaning they could not receive the licenses they needed to work in the sonography field in New Jersey.  

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LLF Attorney David Langfitt Interviewed about Youth Sports

Locks Law attorney David Langfitt was recently interviewed by The National Alliance for Youth Sports' Sporting Kid Live as part of their Ask the Experts series. An expert on legal issues concerning youth sports, David discussed the laws that govern how pictures of youth athletes may be used and how parents can control this usage:

http://www.nays.org/sklive/ask-the-experts/youth-sports-and-the-law-how-photos-of-youth-athletes-are-used/

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Defending the Right to Class Action Lawsuits

Congratulations to Michael Galpern, Andrew Bell, James Barry, and everyone else here at the Locks Law Firm who contributed to the recent granting of class certification in  Martinez-Santiago vs Public Storage. Class certification is the first step in a long battle, but it is a very important step.  Emboldened by increasingly corporate-friendly decision by the Courts, including SCOTUS, corporations now believe they can ignore important laws that have been passed which protect the rights of consumers. This anti-consumer client was recently detailed in a series of articles regarding mandatory arbitration in The New York Times. Locks Law Firm has long been in the forefront when it comes to holding such corporations accountable and protecting the rights of consumers, and we will continue to do so.

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Defending the American Consumer

In over thirty years of practicing law only once has a film so inspired me that I felt compelled to discuss it in a speech to my entire firm.  That film was Michael Clayton, which was released in 2007 and starred George Clooney.

If you haven't seen this movie I highly recommend that you do.  If you have, and you would like a vivid reminder of the reason our society needs plaintiffs' attorneys, watch it again.  I am proud to be on the front lines in the battle against corporate corruption and greed.

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