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Actos Litigation Heats Up

Actos is a diabetes drug which unfortunately causes bladder cancer.  2,500 cases have been filed against Takeda and other corporate entities in federal court. 25 million pages of documents have been produced and over a dozen corporate depositions have been scheduled over the next 90 days alone. Arrangements are being made for depositions of Japanese personnel of Takeda. The first federal trial is scheduled for January 2014. Locks Law Firm LLC is actively filing cases on behalf of our clients.

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Office Depot Overtime Settlement

Locks Law Firm announces that Office Depot, Inc. has offered to pay $103,766.90 to three former Assistant Managers for its failure to pay proper overtime wages from May 18, 2009 to February 2012, in connection with a lawsuit filed in the District of New Jersey, Gibbons v. Office Depot, Inc., 12 Civ 2992.  The specific amounts that Office Depot has offered to pay, and that were accepted by the workers, were $49,491.48, $32,646.22, and $21,629.20, as well as costs and attorneys fees, to be determined by the Court.

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Respected Agency May Have Ties With Asbestos Industry

It has been revealed that the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) may have collaborated with Russian scientists with links to asbestos industry. This arose from a study of a cohort of exposed people at the Uralasbest plant in Asbest, Russian Federation. For example, Dr Valerie McCormack attended the recent Kiev conference. In December 2012 many proponents of asbestos health pleaded with IARC to discontinue this conduct. The February 1, 2013 Lancet issue explored IARC's ties. Apparently the Russian Federation agreed to resume financial contributions to IARC and then floated the proposal to study the risks of chrysotile in Russia. A very recent article, "Health Risks of Chrysotile Revisited", included as an author David Bernstein, who is a defense expert witness. Also, the article was funded by the International Chrysotile Association and bytheCanadian Chrysotile Association. The push by industry (and by governments?) to write literature and slant the conversation about asbestos cancer risks continues at an alarming rate.

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Trying To Find New Ways To Diagnose Pleural Mesothelioma

A study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported on scientists measuring levels of fibulin-3 in plasma and effusions in an effort to determine the prognosis and diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma. Researchers are looking for a biomarker to detect early-stage pleural mesothelioma. They felt that fibulin-3 "may" aid intheprognosis and diagnosis. Still, this may not lead directly to a screening protocol as pleural mesothelioma is rarely if ever cured even with aggressive surgical resection. Even if the only result is better diagnosis and prognosis, that alone may, at least, help the patient and the family to recover legal compensation. Also, it may provide insight into the effectiveness of various treatments, and it may lead to targets for drug development and other therapies which are desperately needed forthisdisease.

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Auto Accidents and Bad Faith Insurance

Over the past decade, auto insurance companies have made great strides toward improving their image, largely through excellent public relations campaigns and memorable television commercials. While these companies may seem kinder and gentler than their counterparts of the past, make no mistake about it: these are major corporations that are trying to maximize their profits. Theres nothing wrong with that - as long as these insurance companies play by the books.

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Construction Injuries Workers' Compensation vs. Personal Injury Claim

If you have been injured while working at a construction site, you maybe be wondering whether it is in your best interest to file a workers' compensation claim, personal injury lawsuit, or both. The circumstances that lead to a construction accident injury, along with the documentation and other evidence involved in the case, will help determine the best course of action for workers injured on the job.

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Burn Injury Lawsuits

Burn injuries can be extremely serious, requiring major medial treatment and rehabilitative services. It's for that reason that people who have suffered burn injuries need to seek justice. Our New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey personal injury attorneys have the integrity and the tenacity to ensure that you receive just compensation following your injuries.

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NFL Head Trauma Litigation - Types of Injuries

One might think that the National Football League (NFL) would do everything within its power to protect the players who have made football Americas most popular sport. After all, these players are among the hardest-working, highest-profile athletes in the nation, watched by millions of fans over the course of the football season. Football is a contact sport and is therefore inherently dangerous; however, measures can and should be taken to help protect players from severe head injuries - measures that, many believe, the NFL has failed to take.

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Generators and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Through years of handling cases involving carbon monoxide poisoning we have learned of the extreme importance of exercising care in the use of gas or diesel fired generators. The use of generators peaks after large storms such as the one that we have just experienced. Unfortunately the number of carbon monoxide poisoning deaths also peaks with the increase in generator use.

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Proving Fault in Mesothelioma Cases

There is a reason that most personal injury law firms do not seek out or accept mesothelioma cases, and that reason has nothing to do with the relative rarity or obscurity of the disease. The fact is that mesothelioma cases are among the most difficult and complex to try, and they require resources and knowledge that are beyond the reach of most law firms.

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