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Pella Window Class Action — Are you an Appropriate Class Member?

 

By Robert A. Clifford, Senior Partner and Lead Counsel in Pella Window Class Action, and Shannon McNulty, Partner, Clifford Law Offices If you have Pella ProLine Casement windows, you may be a member of a class action underway in the Northern District of Illinois.  For more information, go to www.CliffordLaw.com/class actions. Q: I have Pella ProLine casement windows, but they are not showing any signs of defect rot.  Am I still a class member?  What should I do? A: You … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on May 29, 2015 |
Filed under: class actions
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Helpful Videos for Dog Owners — Can Your Dog Cost You Your Home Insurance?

 

  Learn Basics to Prevent Dog Attacks by Reading Body Language Victoria Stilwell, host of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog, demonstrates how to avoid a dog attack by reading a dog’s body language and what to do if you are attacked. View video. Could Your Dog Cost You Your Home Insurance? Some insurance companies are denying homeowners insurance to people with dogs categorized as a “dangerous breed.” CNN’s New Day interviewed dog owners and insurers. View video. Advanced Training … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on May 27, 2015 |
Filed under: dog bites
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Illinois Ranks Second in Dog Bite Claims According to Recent Study

 

The Associated Press recently reported that 4.5 million Americans were bitten by dogs in the U.S. in 2014.   And a recent study conducted by State Farm and the Insurance Information Institute found California to be the leading state in 2013 of dog bite claims with 4489 claims and $14.7 million paid and Illinois being second on the list with 309 claims and $8.9 million in claims paid.  To read more about the report, click here: State Far report 4.5 Million Bites … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on May 27, 2015 |
Filed under: dog bites
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Child Killed by Pit Bull in Chicago; Dog Bite Claims on the Rise

 

Children are most often the victims of dog bites, as evidenced by the recent attack in Chicago of a pit bull that killed an innocent five year old child.  The story is a terrible tragedy that has been reported in the news for days. Dogs are many times our closest companions and considered one of the family. But any dog can be territorial and unpredictable when it feels threatened or when defending puppies, owners or food. “Our dog has never … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on May 27, 2015 |
Filed under: Personal Injury,Wrongful Death
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More than One in Three Nursing Homes Receive Relatively Low Overall Ratings on Nursing Home Care

 

More than one third of the nation’s 15,500 nursing homes received relatively low ratings of one or two stars under the federal government’s recently revamped five-star Quality Rating System, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. This number accounts for some 39 percent of all nursing home residents. The rating system is overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is based on deficiencies that may be reported during health inspections. The measures relate to … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on May 26, 2015 |
Filed under: Nursing Home,Premises Liability
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Train Fuel Tank Cars Desperately Need Retrofitting According to NTSB

 

Train tank cars that haul fuel need retrofitting as soon as possible to avoid possible explosions, according to a recent study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that examines such accidents. A recent story published by the Associated Press (“Safety board: Train fuel tank cars need retrofits – and fast,” by Matthew Brown) explained how the public is not going to be able to wait the 10 years for improvements as the industry suggested. Instead, the NTSB is … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on May 26, 2015 |
Filed under: Explosions,NTSB,Train Accidents
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Do Workplace Laws Cover Actions of Independent Contractors?

 

  Question: Do workplace laws cover independent contractors? Answer: Workplace law deals with the regulation of the relationship between employers and employees. Independent contractors are not considered to be employees. Generally, if an employer controls, directs and supervises the individual in the performance of his or her work, that individual is an employee. But, if the employer merely specifies the result to be achieved, and the individual uses personal judgment in the means used to achieve that result, then the … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on May 26, 2015 |
Filed under: Premises Liability
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Factors to Consider in Deciding Whether to Join a Class Action Lawsuit

 

Question: What factors should I consider before deciding whether to become part of a class action lawsuit? Answer: Some of the common advantages of class action lawsuits are lower litigation costs, greater uniformity of recoveries among plaintiffs, and the opportunity for all plaintiffs to receive damages. Common disadvantages include the lack of individual decision-making control, and relief that is exclusively financial in nature. Also, if the class is unsuccessful in its lawsuit, then individual class members likely will not have … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on May 26, 2015 |
Filed under: Uncategorized
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Can Nursing Home Resident Place Audio/Video Recording Devices in Room?

 

Question: Is it legal for the family of a nursing home resident to place video or audio monitoring devices in their room? Answer: A bill passed the Illinois House in April 2015 that would allow nursing home residents and their families to place video or audio monitoring devices in their rooms to help ensure their safety and quality care. If the bill passes the Illinois Senate and is signed by the Governor, it will become law.   For more information … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on May 26, 2015 |
Filed under: Negligence,Nursing Home,Premises Liability
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Premises Liability: Definition

 

Premises Liability: Liability of landowners or those who are responsible for maintaining the property for activities or conditions occurring on the land.

Created by Clifford Law Offices on May 26, 2015 |
Filed under: General Information,Premises Liability
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