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November 08, 2021

Have you been affected by the putrid odor emanating from Carson, California? For weeks there has been a foul odor plaguing Carson residents coming from the Dominguez Channel. It is due, at least in part, to a toxic, colorless gas called hydrogen sufide coming from the buildup of decaying vegetation. County officials say they are unable to predict when the smell will dissipate. This horrid stench is causing headaches, nausea and other upper airway ailments. While there has been a state of emergency declared providing funds for air filters and hotel rooms, residents and those affected deserve more.

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November 01, 2021

On June 14, 2021 Phillips Respironics announced recall of specific sleep apnea and ventilation devices (CPAPs, BiPAPs, and ventilators) manufactured prior to April 26, 2021

The recall is on account of the sound abatement foam (used to reduce the sound and vibration of the device) used in certain Phillips devices, having the potential to break down and enter the airway of the device, which could then result in the user of the device inhaling or swallowing black debris and/or chemicals from the broken down materials. When the foam breaks down, chemicals are also released which can then be swallowed or inhaled by the CPAP, BiPAP, or...

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October 01, 2021

$1.8 BILLION HISTORIC SETTLEMENT IN THE PORTER RANCH BLOWOUT LITIGATION

In October, 2015, a natural gas storage well at Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon Storage facility in Northridge, California suffered a massive blowout. SoCalGas was unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with the blowout, and performed a dangerous and ill-conceived kill attempt that severely damaged the well and hampered subsequent attempts by well control specialists.

As a direct result of SoCalGas...

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August 23, 2021

Michael Louis Kelly and Lindsey Bayman have been selected to the Porter Ranch Gas Storage Well Blowout trial team. Case is set for trial on February 7, 2022, and involves claims of 35,000 Plaintiffs suing SoCalGas and Sempra.

August 23, 2021

The False Claims Act allows those with knowledge of a fraud on the government’s budget, called “relators” to recover public funds on behalf of the government, and share in a certain portion of whatever is recovered. This is called a “qui tam” lawsuit, short for a latin phrase that translates roughly to “for the king and for himself”. If you have knowledge of wrongfully-paid Medicare or other government health care funds, fraudulently inflated billing on a contract between a company and the military or other government entity, or any other fraudulent or deceitful conduct against the government, you may be able to serve as a relator in a...

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November 09, 2020

Product liability laws apply to injury caused by a defective or dangerous product. Under these laws, a product may be considered defective if it causes harm while being used in its intended manner. There are some cases that involve the unconventional use of a product as well, though a majority of product liability claims are the result of poor manufacturing, defective design, and other product defects.

Strict liability typically refers to laws regarding pet ownership. California is a strict liability state as regards dog bites, which means that the owner can be...

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September 14, 2020

Elderly woman, alone and in a wheelchair, sitting in her roomAccording to the National Coalition on Aging, an estimated 5 million seniors face mistreatment in the form of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, or abandonment every year. One in...

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September 01, 2020

In the state of California, workers enjoy a number of protections against all types of mistreatment. In addition to protections afforded to all workers in the United States, California has protections for political beliefs and activity, and was ahead of the federal courts in protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ employees.

If you suspect you have been mistreated by your employer, give us a call or use the contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation and learn about your rights.

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August 13, 2020

woman in wheelchair looking out of a windowWhen you are injured in an accident, insurance companies will get to work quickly to offer you a settlement. One of the services a personal injury attorney provides is protection against the tactics that these companies may use to try and coerce you into accepting less than you are due.

Your personal injury attorney will review your claim, taking...

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July 23, 2020

When you do your job, you have no reason to expect mistreatment. This simple truth is enshrined, protected in the state of California, even though we are an “at will employment” state. That means if you have been mistreated at work, you may be entitled to take legal action to hold your employer accountable for all of the harm they have caused.

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