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A Dozen Wildfires Rage Across California Causing Widespread Property Damage
A Dozen Wildfires Rage Across California Causing Widespread Property Damage
9/17/2014 5:27:57 PM
Currently, thousands of firefighters are deployed across California to battle a dozen raging wildfires. The wildfires have resulted in widespread evacuations and have caused damage or the complete destruction of hundreds of homes and businesses. Chronic dry conditions continue to hinder efforts to stop the wildfires and many of these fires are burning aggressively due to gusty …
Soil Removed from California Neighborhood Due to Lead Contamination
Soil Removed from California Neighborhood Due to Lead Contamination
9/17/2014 3:54:06 PM
Last month, NBC’s Channel 4 in Los Angeles broadcasted a report about residents in Vernon having topsoil removed from their yards.  The topsoil is being excavated down to a depth of 18 inches due to the presence of lead contamination. The lead is believed to have come from a nearby battery recycling plant that suspended operations back in March after the plant was unable to …
Suffered a Personal Injury? Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor.
Suffered a Personal Injury? Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor.
9/17/2014 9:00:00 AM
The Law Society has launched its ‘Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor’ campaign with the aim of encouraging people to use accredited solicitors when in need of legal advice instead of ‘DIY’ unregulated providers. The new ‘Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor’ campaign has been rolled out to remind the public that highly qualified and professionally trained solicitors are the …
Speed limits raised for HGV’s – which side of the road are you on?
Speed limits raised for HGV’s – which side of the road are you on?
9/16/2014 4:35:49 AM
The government has raised the speed limit for lorries travelling on a single carriageway road to 50 mph – a move that has divided opinion from prominent campaigners on both sides. Transport Minister Claire Perry hopes the new initiative will reduce congestion as well as dangerous overtaking. Heavy goods vehicles are currently stuck at a 40mph speed limit on single …
Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids from Malibu School due to PCB Concerns
Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids from Malibu School due to PCB Concerns
9/15/2014 4:10:46 PM
Last month, it was reported that supermodel Cindy Crawford had pulled her two children from Malibu High School due to recent tests that found elevated levels of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in some of the classrooms.  According to several media reports, the PCBs are believed to be coming from window caulking. Production of PCBs in the United States was halted in the …
Tropical Storms Create Potential Indoor Environmental Hazards for Building Occupants
Tropical Storms Create Potential Indoor Environmental Hazards for Building Occupants
9/15/2014 10:24:11 AM
September 10th is generally considered to be the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season that starts at the beginning of June and runs through the end of November. During a typical hurricane season there may be several powerful hurricanes that make landfall, but there are often even more tropical storms that form and create concerns for anyone living near the coast.   A …
Testing for Airborne Contaminants that Could Cause Lung Cancer
Testing for Airborne Contaminants that Could Cause Lung Cancer
9/8/2014 9:42:31 AM
There are numerous airborne pollutants that are known to cause lung cancer.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States. The agency states that the most important thing a person can do to lower their lung cancer risk is to …
Google, Photographers Settle Litigation Over Books
9/5/2014 3:21:09 PM
A group of photographers, visual artists and affiliated associations have reached a settlement with Google in a lawsuit over copyrighted material in Google Books. The parties are pleased to have reached a settlement that benefits everyone and includes funding for the PLUS Coalition , a non-profit organization dedicated to helping rightsholders communicate clearly and …
How to Avoid an Estate Planning Scam
How to Avoid an Estate Planning Scam
8/29/2014 9:44:56 PM
Constantly in the news, it seems like there is a new scam making headlines. Perhaps most familiar is Bernie Madoff and his infamous Ponzi scheme. Many people have also heard about the “grandparent scam.” In this swindle, the scammer calls posing as the victim’s grandchild, claiming to be traveling in a foreign country and in distress. The scammer convinces the victim to wire …
Houston Company Recalls Ready-To-Eat Products Due to Listeria Contamination Concerns
Houston Company Recalls Ready-To-Eat Products Due to Listeria Contamination Concerns
8/28/2014 4:27:21 PM
Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that a company in Houston was recalling ready-to-eat products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes .  The sandwich and wrap products were produced on July 15, 2014, and then shipped to retail locations in Texas. According to the news release, “The …
Are New Buildings in Canada Being Outfitted with Pipes Containing Asbestos?
Are New Buildings in Canada Being Outfitted with Pipes Containing Asbestos?
8/26/2014 3:33:56 PM
Earlier this summer, The Globe and Mail published an article about new buildings being constructed across Canada that are being outfitted with pipes that contain asbestos. The article “Pipes with asbestos still used in new buildings” discusses asbestos-cement pipes being installed in new installations and potential health concerns. According to the article, “Unlike most …
Rod Stewart’s Son Battling Landlord over Mold Problems
Rod Stewart’s Son Battling Landlord over Mold Problems
8/25/2014 10:53:53 AM
Last month, TMZ reported that Sean Stewart is fighting his landlord over back rent after moving out of his home, which he claims had a serious mold problem.  According to the article, Mr. Stewart claims that he has been feeling weak and developed blisters because of mold issues that were not properly addressed. The presence of high levels of mold can cause a myriad of …
$50 Million Claim for Mold-Related Illnesses at California Board of Equalization
$50 Million Claim for Mold-Related Illnesses at California Board of Equalization
8/20/2014 9:21:44 AM
Last month, the Sacramento Business Journal published a report about the ongoing problems at the building that houses the California Board of Equalization (BOE).  According to the article, a new claim was recently filed on behalf of employees whose alleged health problems were due to mold at the BOE headquarters.  A previous lawsuit concerning similar issues was settled in …
Recent personal injury reforms may reduce access to justice
Recent personal injury reforms may reduce access to justice
8/19/2014 6:00:00 AM
The Legal Service Board have recently released a report assessing the different changes to the legal system over recent years, and whether this has affected people gaining access to justice in the personal injury market. The most recent reforms to the legal system for personal injury claims arose from the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), …

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