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Escalator Injuries: Who Woulda Thunk It?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 27, 2011

Escalator accidents – who woulda thunk it? Well, actually, I’ve thunk it but, hey, I represent people who get hurt in a variety of ways both common and uncommon. Earlier today I read a fascinating account of how a New York Jets fan was injured when an escalator malfunctioned at Meadowlands Stadium. The Lawyers USA blog post Jets Fan Gets Day In Court Over Escalator Malfunction tells the whole story. To sum it up, though, it was a crazy game on October 1, 2006. The stadium was packed and everyone stayed until the last second of the game. “Everyone” means 77,190 distraught Jets fans! Well, when… Read More

Drinking and Driving – It’s Never Been Said This Well

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: December 6, 2010

Someone sent me this video. It speaks for itself. On December 10th 1989 the first TAC commercial went to air. In that year the … more info On December 10th 1989 the first TAC commercial went to air. In that year the road toll was 776; by last year 2008 it had fallen to 303. A five minute retrospective of the road safety campaigns produced by the TAC over the last 20 years has been compiled. The montage features iconic scenes and images from commercials that have helped change they way we drive, all edited to the moving song Everybody… Read More

Dumb Things Lawyers Say in Court: A Funny Video

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: November 13, 2010

Well, sometimes lawyers say dumb things in court.  They ask dumb questions but, really, are the questions all that dumb?  Or are they just a quest for the truth?  You be the judge

Happy Halloween

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 30, 2010

Well, all I can say is “Be Safe” and enjoy!

Hug Your Lawyer: Good Stories About Lawyers

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 27, 2010

Contrary to popular belief, many people have positive experience(s) with their lawyers! About a week or so ago I posted the following request on a fabulous website called Help a Reporter Out (check it out): I am looking for people who have been injured in an accident whether it be vehicle related (car, motorcycle, bus, boat, plane, as a pedestrian, bicyclist) or in a slip/trip and fall type case (falling down stairs, off of a ladder, tripped on sidewalk, slipped in store) and whose case has been settled already. How has the accident affected your life? The lives of people around you?… Read More

Brown Announces $13 Million Settlement With DIRECTV, Restitution to Customers

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 15, 2010

Brown vs. Directv Consumer Victory!!! The Press Release says it all: SAN DIEGO – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a $13 million settlement with DIRECTV plus restitution for customers who were subjected to the satellite TV company’s misleading sales and marketing practices. “DIRECTV won customers by offering special deals with hidden costs, and also extended customers’ contracts without telling them,” Brown said. “With this settlement, DIRECTV will reimburse customers and change its sales and advertising practices to comply with the law.” The settlement by Brown and 48 other state attorneys general was filed today in San Diego… Read More

Legal Briefs for October 4, 2010: Keeping You In The Know!

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 4, 2010

Verizon To Refund Up To $90 For Improper Data Charges Can you hear me now? Reuters reports that Verizon will pay refunds of up to $90 Million for improperly charged data usage!  Read Verizon’s Official Statement and an in-depth article at The Tech Herald. Would Mark Zuckerberg Win A Suit Against “Social Network” Makers? Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal Law Blog both reviewing “The Social Network” and editorializing as to whether Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, would win a lawsuit against the makers of “The Social Network” for defamation.  Read the article here Six Things You Should Never Share On Your Social Networking Site Attorney David Mittleman of Lansing, Michigan… Read More

Sexting and the Law (Part One)

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 7, 2010

Yikes! Sexting may sound harmless but it is far from it! Sexting can land the sender in prison for a felony and can cause that person to have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his or her natural life! This is no laughing matter and the powers-that-be (i.e. police and prosecutors) take sexting very, very seriously. What, exactly, is sexting? Well, according to Wikipedia, “Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.” In California, Sexting is made a crime by Penal Code Section 288.2 which basically says that it’s a crime to send a message to a minor if the message is intended to arouse or seduce the minor. This crime applies even… Read More

Are You Willing To Risk Lives Just So You Can Send a Text Message?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: August 22, 2010

What is your reaction when you see someone texting while driving or gabbing away on with the cell phone to their ear while behind the heel? Generally speaking, I don’t notice someone engaged in these (or similar) activities unless I’m behind them waiting for them to finally realize that the light has turned green and it’s their turn to go.  And, of course, it’s always a fun challenge to avoid the car that just swerved into my lane because they’re answering that all-important text message or e-mail.  Oh, yeah, and the other day when a woman pulled out of her parking space and made a u-turn right in front of me.  Naturally, I understood… Read More

Wear Your Seatbelt – Embrace Life, the Viral Video

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: August 8, 2010

Well, I think I’m coming late to the party because this beautiful video, entitled Embrace Life, has already had over 10 million hits.  My good friend up north, Lynnette Lipp, sent it to me today and, frankly, I was moved.  I think you’ll  be moved, too.  In case you haven’t seen it before, I beseech you to watch this video now. Seat Belts do save lives!!!  Produced by the Sussex Safer Roads Project Seat Belt related links: National Safety Council making our world safer Wikipedia detailed seat belt discussion, examples State Seat Belt Laws Governors Highway Safety Association – seat belt laws state by… Read More

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