December 2016

Locks Law Attorneys Work to Protect Our Natural Resources

“Man does not weave this web of life.  He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself” ---Chief Seattle


With the anti-environment administration of President Elect Donald J. Trump looming over our Nation, it will be ever more urgent for all of us to be vigilant in protecting our right to clean air, clean water and clean places to live.  We at the Locks Law Firm are “all in” and ready to fight to preserve those rights.


President Elect Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), E.Scott Pruitt, is a staunch critic of the EPA---the federal agency that is tasked with protecting our air, water and natural resources. Pruitt has rejected the scientific fact of climate change, calling it a hoax or a fraud. He repeatedly announced his intent to repeal all of the Obama administration’s environmental regulations. Agreeing with President Elect Trump, Pruitt lamented, wrongly, that you couldn’t use hairspray anymore because it damaged the ozone layer.  Mr. Pruitt has called the EPA an “activist” organization, and as Governor of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt has sued the EPA dozens of times.  The target of Mr. Pruitt’s lawsuits: anti-pollution measures put in place by previous administrations popular with the public because they help to protect clean air and water.

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On Friday, December 9th, the US Supreme Court Justices met for a Justices’ Conference in which they reviewed the appeals related to the NFL concussion settlement.  We are happy to report that they denied the appeals.  The NFL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IS NOW FINAL, and the EFFECTIVE DATE of the Agreement is December 12, 2016.  The schedule now is:


  • Within 90 days of the Effective Date, the website for claims administration and the automated phone system will be active.
  • Within 90 days of the Effective Date, the Baseline Assessment Program doctors (BAP providers) will be identified, as well as Monetary Award Fund (MAF) physicians.
  • Within 120 days of the Effective Date, the BAP will commence.
  • Within 180 days of Effective Date, all class members must register for the settlement.


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