5 months ago

John Edwards goes back to square one to practice personal injury law

Story highlightsEdwards is opening a practice in Raleigh with the same partner he started with in 1993It's his first step back into the public eye since his acquittal on campaign finance charges Report: He also does not think that his affair and his wife's death will influence juries against himHe has no more political ambitions, he and his daughter sayAfter two bids for the Oval Office, a sex scandal and a fraud trial, John Edwards is back where he started from.The former senator will be practicing personal injury law in his home state of North Carolina, CNN affiliate WRAL reported Monday.

He is opening a practice in Raleigh with the same law partner he started his first firm with i

5 months ago

Unsealed U.S. lawsuits tell of alleged fraud by asbestos law firms | Reuters

Jan 20 U.S. personal injury lawyers allegedly

concealed evidence and induced clients to commit perjury to

drive up asbestos-related settlements and garner bigger fees,

according to lawsuits unsealed on Tuesday in the bankruptcy of a

gasket maker.

The unsealed racketeering complaints alleged that four law

firms sued Garlock Sealing Technologies, which made

asbestos-lined gaskets, while hiding evidence that their clients

were exposed to asbestos products made by other companies.

The evidence was allegedly hidden because the other

companies were bankrupt, making Garlock a much more attractive

target for an asbestos lawsuit, according to the complaints.

Garlock, a unit of EnPro Industries, filed for

bankruptcy in 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the face of

the mounting cost of asbestos lawsuits.

The unsealed complaints cite many examples of alleged fraud,

including the Shein Law Center's handling of a lawsuit by

Vincent Golini, who was diagnosed with deadly mesothelioma in

2009.

Golini allegedly told Philadelphia-based Shein he was

exposed to 14 asbestos products made by bankrupt companies

including Owens Corning and Armstrong World Industries. But when

Golini sued Garlock he denied exposure to any products made by a

bankrupt manufacturer, according to the complaint.



After Garlock settled with Golini, Shein had Golini file

claims with the asbestos trusts that were set up by Owens

Corning and other bankrupt makers of asbestos products. Those

trusts often pay only a small fraction of a claim.

Shein's lawyer, Daniel Brier of Myers Brier & Kelly, said

the racketeering lawsuit is completely without merit and Shein

represented its clients "ethically and properly".

Garlock's Chapter 11 case has drawn national attention due

to the company's allegations that personal injury lawyers

fraudulently inflated judgments and settlements.



The racketeering lawsuits were originally filed in early

2014. They were ordered unsealed last summer but only became

available to the public on Tuesday.

The allegations in the unsealed documents appeared to have

already been discussed publicly in an opinion in 2014 by Judge

George Hodges. That opinion set Garlock's liability for asbestos

at $125 million and said the company's past settlements were

tainted by fraud.

The others were Belluck & Fox of New York; and Waters Kraus

& Paul and Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett of Dallas. Mark

Iola, a partner at Iola Galerston, also in Dallas, was also

sued.

Attorneys for the law firms said Garlock was trying to

relitigate settled cases and blame others for the consequences

of its own conduct.

(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Additional

reporting by Jessica Dye in New York)

5 months ago

Find a Personal Injury Lawyer Near You

If you have experienced an accident or incident that has resulted in some type of physical harm, you may need to engage the services of your local personal injury law firm; particularly if you suspect that your injury could have been prevented and was not due to the another person's negligence.



A personal injury lawyer will have a specialized and in-depth knowledge of tort law, or civil wrongs that result in personal damage to a person and further result in economic or financial injury to the person who needs medical attention. Resolving these damages can be a costly and lengthy endeavor. Some types of injuries that these attorneys handle include automobile accidents, work accidents, medical malpractice incidents, faulty or defective products, slip and fall types of accidents, faulty construction accidents, and many other types of accidents that result in physical or psychological injury.



Most often, a personal injury lawyer would prefer to settle a case before going to court, but there are times when it is unavoidable, and a practiced attorney will support you throughout a trial. Personal injury attorneys are held to the same ethical standards as other attorneys and are regulated by codes of conduct that serve to further protect the rights of the client. They will counsel you on how to proceed with your case to achieve the very best results in terms of receiving appropriate compensation for the nature and severity of any injury or harm you have suffered due to someone else negligence. You will be faced with different considerations, concerns and confusion in a personal injury case, which your attorney will be able to break down and clarify for you, quickly and confidently. You won't be left to your own devices in understanding the finer points of law.

If you've been injured, it can be tempting to accept the first offer an insurance company gives to you, especially if you need money to pay medical bills or household expenses. However; keep in mind that the insurance company is working for the person who caused your accident and their job is to minimize the amount of money the insurance company has to pay. You should not have to stand up to a skilled insurance company lawyer all alone. You need an attorney of your own to protect your rights and lobby for the best settlement possible. Most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations so you can see if you have a legitimate case and if the lawyer feels he or she can help you. Many PI attorneys work on a contingency basis, where you pay no upfront fee and the lawyer is paid if and when he or she wins the case and gets a monetary settlement for you.

5 months ago

Choosing A Personal Injury Attorney



If you have been in an accident, it can be emotionally and physically traumatic for you, especially if you have been injured. Whether it be the result of someone's medical negligence, an automobile accident, or some other situation, you need help. This is especially true if your injury was due to someone else's neglect. An experienced attorney can help by consulting with you about your options and personal injury attorneys in New Orleans are prepared to go over your legal options with you. Here are some things to expect when hiring a personal injury attorney.

Experience

When

5 months ago

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Though letter writing may seem like an activity that does not have much significance in the technologically obsessed world of today, but even today letters are of utmost importance, especially in professional settings where a letter functions as a written document verifying a verbal conversation. Whether you are searching for examples of a letter of promotion or resignation letter examples, a professional letter format remains more or less the same, with the content differing depending on the need of the hour. A personal letter format on the other hand does not have any hard and fast rules and is subject to personalized changes. This article gives you a brief overview of the different types

5 months ago

4 Marketing Tips From Successful Attorneys

When it comes to law firm marketing, no single solution works for all attorneys or all law firms. For example, personal injury attorneys use a mass-market approach, which can turn them into household names, while other attorneys abhor the idea of purchasing any advertising, cringing at the thought of a billboard with their picture gracing interstate highways.

I have worked with law firms and their marketing teams for decades, and while I'm confident about what traditional public relations tactics work well, I set out to ask some attorneys in Florida about their best marketing initiatives. The attorneys interviewed are recognized as being good lawyers, but all agree that being a good

5 months ago

Choosing A Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been in an accident, it can be emotionally and physically traumatic for you, especially if you have been injured. Whether it be the result of someone's medical negligence, an automobile accident, or some other situation, you need help. This is especially true if your injury was due to someone else's neglect. An experienced attorney can help by consulting with you about your options and personal injury attorneys in New Orleans are prepared to go over your legal options with you. Here are some things to expect when hiring a personal injury attorney.

Experience

When choosing a personal injury attorney, make sure that he or she has many years of experience. It is helpfu