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Pueblo Jury Awards $337,000 to Cafeteria Worker Injured in Auto Accident

On Thursday, December 19, a Pueblo jury awarded $337,000 to a cafeteria worker for injuries resulting from a traffic accident — more than three times the amount the other side had offered to settle the case before trial.   The verdict came after three days of testimony in the civil case concerning the injuries suffered by Alba Moreno when her vehicle was rear-ended by another motorist in 2016. Ms. Moreno was represented by attorneys Erica Vecchio and Patric J. LeHouillier of Franklin D. Azar & Associates.   Ms. Moreno underwent neck fusion surgery after the crash. State Farm, the insurance company for the at-fault...

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Protecting Yourself from Data Breaches and Identity Thieves

The amount of time Americans spend online — emailing, direct messaging, keeping up with social media, and simply surfing the Internet — keeps going up. According to the latest annual study by the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg, we now spend close to 24 hours a week online, almost double the amount of time expended in 2000. No question about it, instant access to worlds of online data has become an indispensable aspect of modern life. But with all that additional time online comes increased risk of falling prey to hackers, phishers, identity thieves, and other cyberscammers. According...

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Winter Mountain Driving and Colorado’s Traction Law

Even in the best conditions, winter driving takes preparation, patience, and flexibility. And that goes double for driving in Colorado’s mountains, where road and weather conditions can change rapidly and present a series of formidable challenges for even the most seasoned driver, from fog and windy whiteouts to ice storms, slush, and passes closed by avalanches. A new traction law that went into effect this year should help to make mountain driving along the state’s busiest corridor a bit safer. But the law is only effective if people know about and comply with its requirements. Whether you’re heading for the ski...

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Dangers of Drowsy Driving

HOW DANGEROUS IS DROWSY DRIVING? We’ve all been there. The road stretches monotonously ahead, and drowsiness is settling into your bones like a heavy fog. Your eyelids sag. Your head nods. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to fall asleep at the wheel — and be in for a rude awakening, if you wake up at all. Drowsy driving is both more common and more dangerous than most people realize.  In fact, it may be one of the leading killers on the road, second only to driving drunk. Here’s what you need to know to help stay alert behind...

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Halloween Safety Tips

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS:  SMART MOVES ON AMERICA’S SCARIEST NIGHT With all the costume parties, the roving trick-or-treaters, the monster movie marathons and more, Halloween can be one of the most entertaining nights of the year. What’s not to like about free candy? Yet most people don’t realize that Halloween can also be one of the most hazardous nights of the year. Many cities see a spike in vandalism, theft, and other crimes. Children in dark costumes on poorly lit streets present one kind of challenge, and adults who’ve partied too much before getting behind the wheel present another. Here are some suggestions for...

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Halloween Candy for Toddlers

Sweet! A Guide to Safe Halloween Candy For Toddlers Americans will spend more than $2.5 billion on Halloween candy this year. That’s a lot of sweet stuff — some of it tasty, no doubt, and some of it downright spooky. For parents, trying to screen their kids’ haul and regulate their candy consumption can be a daunting task. Is it safe? Digestible? Even remotely nutritious? Okay, maybe nutrition is too much to hope for. But preparing for a safe and happy Halloween for ghouls and goblins of all ages doesn’t have to be frightening. Here’s a guide to how to not get...

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FDAzar Car Accident Lawyers Recognized for “Top 20” Verdict

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It’s official. Two car accident lawyers at FDAzar have been recognized for obtaining one of the top twenty Colorado plaintiffs’ verdicts in 2018, as compiled by the independent website TopVerdict.com. Firm attorneys Dezarae D. LaCrue and Anna N. Martinez secured a jury verdict of $640,000 on behalf of their client, who was injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver. The recognition is gratifying, but the story behind that verdict is even more compelling. It’s a story of persistence and determination in the face of an unusual but very serious injury and a recalcitrant insurance company. What Happened? Derek Stringer was working...

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New Report: Food Recalls on The Increase

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The safety of America’s food supply has improved greatly over the past century. The grim picture rendered in Upton Sinclair’s classic 1906 work The Jungle, which exposed atrocious conditions at stockyards and slaughterhouses that produced meat that’s adulterated, spoiled, and poisonous, set in motion a host of new laws and a keen concern about food safety that persists to this day. Modern consumers know that the food supplied to restaurants and grocery stores is subject to intense government oversight and inspection. Yet even with an extensive safety system in place, significant outbreaks of food-borne illnesses continue, as well as large-scale recalls...

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QUORA USERS FILE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OVER DATA BREACH

A federal class-action lawsuit filed by Quora users accuses the social media company of exposing sensitive personal information of up to 100 million people to hackers, leaving the victims vulnerable to a wide range of potential cyber crimes and scams. WHAT IS QUORA? Quora is a question-and-answer platform where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by a community of users. Launched in 2010, the company was valued at approximately $1.8 billion in 2017 and now claims 300 million monthly unique users. On December 3, 2018, Quora acknowledged that user data were compromised as a result of unauthorized access by a malicious third...

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UPDATE: EDWARD JONES “REVERSE CHURNING” MISLED CLIENTS

Attorneys for former clients of Edward Jones accuse the investment services giant of failing to disclose key aspects of a new program that generated more than $17.2 billion in revenue, much of it at the expense of “small-town, middle-class, buy-and-hold investors” who were misled about high monthly fees. The allegations can be found in a recent court filing by Franklin D. Azar & Associates, opposing efforts by Edward Jones to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former clients, who claim that their assets were shifted into costly fee-based accounts as part of a “reverse churning” scheme. REVERSE CHURNING DEFINITION To understand reverse churning,...

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