In previous blog entries on this subject, we have discussed the general nature of the hazard of lawn tractor rollovers and some of the statistics that have been compiled concerning them. We also have addressed the industry history of Rollover Protection Systems (ROPS) and its’ near 100% effectiveness in preventing death. We have also discussed some of the defenses which the tractor manufacturers have asserted in court to justify why they either do not have ROPS available or make them available only as extra optional equipment for an additional price.
Update on PA surveillance video
Surveillance videos can make or break a case. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an important opinion on access to police dash-cam videos, or motor vehicle recordings (MVRs), on June 20, 2017 in Pennsylvania State Police v. Grove, 161 A.3d 877 (Pa., 2017). Grove was the subject of a prior blog. Since Grove, there have been a new statute and a new case that are both important.
CONSUMER FRAUD CLASS ACTION: NEW YORK SPORTS CLUBS
A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT HAS BEEN FILED IN JIATZ v. NEW YORK SPORTS CLUBS, BERGEN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, NEW JERSEY, DOCKET NO: L-5245-17.
THE ABOVE CLASS ACTION ALLEGES VIOLATIONS OF THE NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD ACT AND THE TRUTH-IN-CONSUMER CONTRACT WARRANTY AND NOTICE ACT ON THE PART OF NEW YORK SPORTS CLUB. THE DEFENDANT DENIES AND DISPUTES ANY SUCH ALLEGATIONS CONTAINED IN THE COMPLAINT.
Trump Administration Attempts to Ban Words it Deems Dangerous
In a classic attempt at restraining the speech of critical government agencies, the Trump Administration last week advised employees of the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) to avoid certain words when preparing budget requests. The words the Trump Administration seeks to ban are "vulnerable" "diversity" and "entitlement." Bad enough one agency was the target of Trump’s attempt at prior restraint of speech. Later that same week, the Centers for Disease Control were told to avoid four other words: transgender, fetus, evidence-based and science-based.
Slipping on Ice, Who's Responsible?
Slip and fall accidents are common and costly, and they account for a large share of hospital visits in this country. From icy stairs to sidewalks and parking lots, property owners in cold weather states such as New Jersey must be vigilant to reduce or eliminate slip and fall injuries that occur on their property.
Riding Mower Tractor Rollover Hazards (Part II)
In our last blog we introduced the topic of rollover hazards associated with riding mower lawn tractors. We ended that article by briefly discussing the fact that Rollover Protection System (ROPS) had been available as optional equipment from several manufacturers, but at a higher price.
Why I Voted
Today is Election Day. November 7th, 2017. And I have a very different feeling this election day than previous election days. I feel as though this political climate paired with current events has left Americans feeling 2 ways:
The Heart Of A Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Lawyer
Early into my days here at Locks Law, I began to wonder. How is it that these attorneys are successful when each of them are unique in personality? Affable, Intense, Inquisitive, Well-Versed, Precise, Tough, Assertive, Aggressive, Ambitious, Bold, Energetic, Hard-Working. These are some of the quality characteristics you will find in the attorneys at Locks Law. No one is a carbon copy of the other. No one is alike. We practice personal injury law, but there is even some variation in the types of areas that we practice. Yet, there is one common thread. The Heart. That is, the heart of a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Lawyer.
Pro Bono Work and the Impact on the Attorney, Law Firm and Community
“Whatever community organization, whether it’s a women’s organization, or fighting for racial justice … you will get satisfaction out of doing something to give back to the community that you never get in any other way.”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The benefits of pro bono work are numerous. Pro bono work provides an opportunity for an attorney to help an individual who may not have the resources to hire an attorney. It is also a chance for an attorney to support a cause or pursue a passion that may not be part of his or her day to day practice. Additionally, pro bono work can be an opportunity, particularly for young attorneys, to gain practical legal experience in the courtroom and autonomy in handling a case. Finally, intangible benefits of pro bono work, as with any volunteer work, include overall happiness of the individual attorney and community involvement and activism of the law firm.
Uber Delays Announcing Data Breach - Increasing Harm to Consumers and Drivers
Today Uber Technologies announced a massive data breach of approximately 57 million consumers and drivers. Compounding the damage done by Uber's failure to secure customer and driver data Uber chose to cover up the breach - reportedly going so far as to pay $100,000 to the hackers responsible for stealing the data. The failure to notify people affected by a data breach only compounds the problems caused by a breach, as the delay costs people the opportunity to protect themselves from identity theft or other scams. That is why nearly every state has passed a Data Breach Notification Law, requiring businesses to tell affected people when their data has been compromised. These laws are important safeguards to protect individuals affected by a breach and Uber should be held accountable for violating consumers and drivers rights.