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BLIND SPOTS AND HOW TO FIX THEM: DRIVING SAFETY FACTS

BLIND SPOTS CAUSE 20% OF ACCIDENTS It happens hundreds of times a day, hundreds of thousands of times a year. A driver attempts to change lanes — and ends up in a sideswipe collision with another vehicle, thanks to a blind spot. According to one study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one in five of all accidents involve drivers changing lanes and crashing into other vehicles they didn’t see. Common as they are, blind-spot accidents are also highly preventable. Traffic gurus say that exercising just a little extra preparation, awareness and caution could save the motoring public considerable expense...

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AZAR FIRM SUES PG&E ON BEHALF OF CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE VICTIMS

PG&E Fire

A class action lawsuit filed late last week on behalf of victims of the Camp Fire claims that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is responsible for sparking the deadliest wildfire in California history. Since it first erupted in Butte County on November 8, the Camp Fire has resulted in at least 77 deaths, burned more than 150,000 acres and destroyed more than 10,000 homes. Officials say the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but the lawsuit, filed by Franklin D. Azar & Associates and Garner & Associates, cites multiple reports of problems with a high-voltage power line operated by...

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HEALTH CONCERNS LEAD TO CRACKDOWN ON TEEN VAPING

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First, the good news. The number of adult Americans who smoke cigarettes has declined significantly in recent years, from 21 percent in 2005 to less than 16 percent in 2016. That represents a big drop in tobacco-related mortality, although smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the country, accounting for 480,000 deaths a year. At least part of the reduction can be attributed to the development of better smoking cessation aids and programs, such as nicotine gum and patches. It’s also been suggested that the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping could be a factor; the makers of...

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WHISTLEBLOWER CASES: EXPOSING FRAUD, RIGHTING WRONGS

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A few weeks ago the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it was paying substantial awards to two private individuals who had assisted the agency in a major enforcement action. One of the two received payment of $15 million; the other received $39 million. All of the money came from fines paid by a major company that had been caught violating securities laws. The SEC declined to reveal the identities of the two recipients. It didn’t reveal any details of the investigation, either, or the name of the major company that was involved, out of concerns that it would compromise...

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SOME PAINFUL FACTS ABOUT WHIPLASH CLAIMS

Whiplash Injury

Car accidents can produce many different types of injuries. One of the most common is also one of the least understood: Whiplash Injury. It’s often ignored, belittled or dismissed as, quite literally, a pain in the neck — something annoying but hardly worth bothering about. But whiplash, and the constellation of symptoms associated with it, can turn out to be a bigger pain than drivers realize, and it deserves to be taken seriously. WHAT IS WHIPLASH INJURY? Whiplash is an injury that occurs as a result of an impact that produces rapid forward-and-back or sideways movement of the head and neck. Typically,...

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GOOGLE TRACKING LAWSUIT: LOCATION STORED W/O PERMISSION

A federal lawsuit claims that Google has generated millions in revenue by secretly storing location data of mobile phone users who believe they’ve opted out of such tracking. That lawsuit was filed October 19 in the Northern District of California by Franklin D. Azar & Associates and seeks class action status on behalf of iPhone and Android users nationwide whose location information was stored by Google despite their efforts to disable the service. HOW DOES GOOGLE SECRETLY STORE YOUR LOCATIONS? A mobile phone’s location is typically tracked by Google whenever the owner uses Google Maps or similar applications. Google’s support page claims that...

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THE TALCUM POWDER LAWSUIT: LINKS TO ASBESTOS, CANCER LEAD TO BIG VERDICTS

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The raging controversy over possible health risks associated with talcum powder use just keeps getting hotter. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of people who claim that they developed cancer because of exposure to talc products, resulting in billions of dollars in jury verdicts in just the last few months. The manufacturers of talc products deny any wrongdoing and are appealing many of the verdicts, but many more cases are headed for trial. QUESTIONS ABOUT PURITY, TALCUM POWDER AND OVARIAN CANCER Talc is a naturally occurring mineral, composed primarily of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen. Ground into powder, it’s long...

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ELECTRIC SCOOTERS: FAST, CHEAP, AND RISKY?

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In just a few months, the dockless electric scooter has evolved from an oddity to a common sight in many major American cities. And as the numbers have increased, so has the level of annoyance among pedestrians and motorists, many of whom regard the whizzing, toy-like conveyances as too flimsy for the roads and yet too fast for the sidewalks. But others have embraced the phenomenon, seeing in the easy-rent, drop-anywhere vehicles a welcome solution to urban traffic, a way to negotiate congested areas quickly, at a fraction of the cost-per-mile of a gas-guzzling car. Some even regard such “smart mobility”...

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CENTURYLINK LAWSUIT: RETIREMENT FUND INVESTORS SEEK CLASS ACTION STATUS

A motion filed in U.S. District Court in Denver asks a federal judge to grant class action status to a lawsuit against CenturyLink, claiming that the telecom giant mismanaged a retirement fund and cost beneficiaries millions in losses from bad investments. Bonnie Birse and Gerad Detwiler, the named plaintiffs in the suit, are seeking class action certification on behalf of thousands of other participants in the CenturyLink Dollars and Sense 401(k) Plan who invested in the underperforming fund over a five-year period, from April 2012 to the end of September 2017. CENTURYLINK LAWSUIT – A QUESTION OF PERFORMANCE At issue is the Active...

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AZAR FIRM SUES FACEBOOK OVER LATEST SECURITY BREACH

Facebook users affected by the social media giant’s latest security breach have filed a federal class action lawsuit against the company, claiming that a flaw that allowed hackers access to personal data has exposed millions of people to the risk of identity theft. The lawsuit was filed late last week in the Northern District of California by Franklin D. Azar & Associates on behalf of named plaintiffs in California, Colorado and New Jersey. The complaint seeks class action status on behalf of all Facebook users whose private information was compromised by the massive data breach. WHAT IS THE FACEBOOK BREACH? Facebook announced on...

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