However, many families of these innocent victims have not been able to obtain justice. Many states, including Ohio, place a limit on the amount of compensation injury victims and their families can get under the guise of “tort reform.” As pointed out in this recent New York Times piece, it simply becomes too expensive to bring a case, in light of what the law allows to be recovered. Said another way, by the time experts are hired to prove the case, the value of the injuries and suffering is not enough to obtain a successful result.
But the physical dangers to people in the area of the wells, workers and others, is also a big fracking problem. I saw this article today about a worker at a well in Noble County, Ohio who died after an explosion. I suspect we will start to see more and more unfortunate, but preventable, injuries in the fracking industry in the coming months and years.
What does this mean to you:
Though the energy companies promise jobs and increased economic opportunities to the communities they invade, the costs – in terms of both environmental and human loss – continue to mount.
The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law released a study of the records of two Ohio Supreme Court Justices – Justices French and Kennedy – who are both running for re-election this year. The study found that Justice French voted with her top campaign contributors over 91% of the time, and that Justice Kennedy voted with her contributors 88% of the time. This study is really remarkable for a couple of reasons.
First, money in politics matters. We don’t want our government sold to the highest bidder. Second, the 1851 Center is affiliated with the tea party movement. One of their main issues is limited government. The fact they they, of all groups, are critical of two of the conservatives on the Court says something.
So, Über and Lyft want to keep their insurance policies secret, which raises a lot of questions in my mind. Like, what are they hiding? And specifically, what is covered by the policy? Is it only the driver, or are the passengers covered too? Seems like we should be allowed to know the answers.
Go now and find out how much uninsured motorists coverage you carry on your insurance policy. We will wait for you here. Yes, its that important. Go on.
Do you have uninsured motorists coverage in your auto policy? Do you also have it in your umbrella policy? What are the limits? Considering that almost 15% of drivers carry no insurance and many more do not carry enough insurance, do you have high enough limits?
Does everyone know that slamming your head into a 300 lb. hunk of linebacker is probably not good? Sure. But if the organizing league had information that the problem is much worse than reported, and refused to take action to fix the problem, all in order to make a profit at expense of the players’ health, that is a problem too.
When I was growing up, my grandfather was a smoker. As entertainment for the grandkids when we’d go to visit, grandpa Harris would stand up on a chair, hold his lit cigarette up to the smoke detector, and set off the alarm. Now that’s fun.
For those who don’t know, Dom Tiberi is a Central Ohio sportscaster who lost his daughter, Maria, last year due to distracted driving.
He and his wife have been on a tireless campaign to raise awareness of the dangers distracted driving poses to any one of us on the roads. The Central Ohio Association for Justice was proud to present the 2014 Outstanding Citizen Award to Dom on behalf of Maria’s Message.
Change is hard. I get it. The people in the horse and buggy business probably didn’t like to see the advent of the automobile. But as technology changes, especially in the the area of safety improvements, business must change and adapt along with it.
Not all cases involving hundreds or thousands of plaintiffs are class actions. Class cases make the most sense where the wrongful conduct applies the same to everyone affected. Think of a corporation that misrepresents its financial condition. All shareholders suffer the exact same loss in share value.
But what about when the wrongful conduct affects lots of people, but each in their own individual way? Those cases are called mutli-district litigation, or MDL for short. MDL’s are common with defective medical devices, where the defect is the same in every case, but the way it affects each person is unique to their circumstances.
Class actions get a bad name, perhaps not without merit, for automatically including people without their knowledge. MDL’s on the other hand, require the plaintiff to actively pursue a claim for their harms and losses.