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December 2015

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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Deadline for Completion of Actos Settlement Approaching

All Actos bladder cancer cases that were part of the Multi-District Litigation (“MDL”) involving use of Actos prior to Dec. 1, 2011, and most other Actos cases filed elsewhere,  were settled as of April 28, 2015.  This includes all Actos clients who had retained Locks Law Firm to represent them as of that date.  The settlement includes nearly 9,000 cases for a total of $2.4 billion.  Completed claims packages with all required supporting documentation must be submitted by January 8, 2016.  The Locks Law Firm pharmaceutical team has been working diligently to meet this deadline and ensure that all of our Actos clients receive the highest possible offers.  It is not known how long it will take for all of the cases to be processed and paid, but we are hopeful that everything will be concluded in 2016.  Locks Law Firm continues to accept Actos cases for persons who used Actos prior to Dec. 1, 2011 and were diagnosed with bladder cancer within the last two years.

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Locks Law Firm Looking Into E-Cigarette Claims

The Locks Law Firm is now investigating claims against e-cigarette "juice" manufacturers.  A recent Harvard study revealed that a number of manufacturers were selling juices which contained diacetyl and other chemicals without indicating the presence of those chemicals or including warnings related to those chemicals on their labels.  Two of the manufacturers in the study specifically represented that their products were "diacetyl free," while the Harvard study seems to indicate that the products did contain diacetyl.

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FDA Adds Warnings to SGLT2 Inhibitor Labels

This month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added new warnings to the Type 2 diabetes medications known as SGLT2 Inhibitors.  In May of 20-15 FDA issued warnings that the use of these drugs could cause too much acid to be present in the blood, a condition called ketoacidosis. The updated warnings issued in December 2015 reinforce that patients and their doctors should be on the look-out for signs and symptoms of ketoacidosis which include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, tiredness and trouble breathing.

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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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