Redding Gas Station Crash

Redding Gas Station Crash

Redding Gas Station Crash

Redding Gas Station Crash

I’m Ed Smith, a Redding Auto Accident Lawyer. A scary accident involving an intoxicated driver took place on the night of Monday, August 22, 2016 at a TA gas station on Knighton Road nearby the Interstate 5 in Redding.


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6 burning questions for ‘Making a Murderer’ season 2

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Netflix is currently in production on season two of its true-crime hit, “Making a Murderer.”

The docuseries follows Steven Avery, a man cleared of a sexual assault charge after spending 18 years in prison. Free and with a $36 million suit pending against Wisconsin’s Manitowoc County, Avery suddenly found himself at the center of the investigation into the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.

Even worse, his learning-disabled teen nephew, Brendan Dassey, was accused of helping.

In the end, both Avery and Dassey were given life sentences for Halbach’s murder.

Since “Murderer” was released in December 2015, many people have come away with their own takes and theories on the case. And there have been a couple major developments. Kathleen Zellner, a defense attorney whose work has so far led to the overturning of wrongful convictions for 17 people, took on Avery’s case earlier this year. She has expressed nothing but confidence that she can get Avery freed.

And second, Dassey’s conviction was recently overturned. A federal judge in Milwaukee ruled that Dassey’s constitutional rights were violated when authorities questioned him without an adult present.

All this amounts to several loose ends that need to be tied up.

Here are six questions that need to be answered on “Making a Murderer” season two:

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How will Brendan Dassey’s overturned conviction play out for Avery?

Certainly, the recent overturning of Dassey’s murder conviction has revived the attention to Avery’s conviction. But how will it play out for Avery? Will Dassey become a trial witness for his uncle? Or will Avery’s attorney want to distance his case from Dassey?

Also, there’s still a chance that the state will refile charges against Dassey. Does that mean season two will once again feature Dassey’s trial?

Who is new defense attorney Kathleen Zellner’s alternate suspect?

During the trial and in the wake of the success of “Making a Murderer,” several possible alternate suspects in the Halbach murder have been discussed in the media and fan forums. They’ve included Avery family members, Halbach’s ex-boyfriend, and even a notorious killer known for pinning his murders on others.

In March, Zellner said she was close to identifying alternate suspects among key people who knew the victim. Currently, Zellner says that she has a very good lead on an alternate suspect. Will that pan out?

Will new tests uncover that evidence was planted?

Since choosing to represent Avery, Zellner has been using new tests on the alleged crime scene and the evidence in the case. She hasn’t established whether earlier tests have come up with anything that will help Avery’s case and recently told the New York Times that she’s embarking on more, with results coming back within 60 days.

Nonetheless, she still feels fairly certain her defense team will come up with something.

“It may not all be successful, but I believe if even one bit of evidence is planted, the conviction is going to be vacated,” she told the newspaper.

Will any of the tests prove that evidence was planted, as many “Making a Murderer” fans suspect, or is she bluffing?

See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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What it’s like to have your world turned upside down by an insider trading conviction

preet bhararaWhat’s it like to be convicted of insider trading, and later freed?

William D. Cohan wrote a fascinating profile for Fortune about Todd Newman, the hedge fund manager at now-defunct Diamondback Capital, whose case has raised questions about the definition of insider trading.

According to the government’s case against him, Newman allegedly heard fourth-hand information that he then traded on. Newman has always maintained his innocence, and racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees defending himself, according to the Fortune piece.

Here’s more from the article:

“As he reflects on the events that reshaped his life, Newman, 51, shows traces of bitterness but mostly exudes calm and a degree of satisfaction. That perspective has come only with time, though. The day the feds came calling, his feelings ran more toward fear, panic, and confusion.”

In the Fortune article, Newman recounts the months he waited to see if he would be charged of wrongdoing, and how he feared that his young daughter would see him being arrested.

In 2013, Newman was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison. In December 2014, an appeals court overturned his conviction.

Lots had been written about the legal meaning of that overturning, but Fortune’s story is the first time we hear from Newman’s perspective.

Today, Newman says he cannot find another job in the hedge fund industry, and plans to start a business that would help others through experiences like his, Fortune reported.

One suggestion from Business Insider: he might try reaching out to this Connecticut couple that ministers to people who are convicted of white-collar crime.

To read the full Fortune story, click here.

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Jury Awards $5M to Passengers in Greyhound Crash When Driver Fell Asleep

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The bus driver fell asleep, because she had inadequate sleep before getting behind the wheel for this overnight NYC to Cleveland route.

A Philadelphia jury awarded a $5.05 million verdict to four passengers in a case known as Hoang v. Greyhound. They were injured when a Greyhound bus collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 80 in Central Pennsylvania.

The jury found Greyhound and its driver, Sabrina Anderson, to have acted negligently and to have recklessly disregarded the lives of its passengers.

On July 22, 2016, after a six-week trial, the jury awarded separate verdicts to each of the four passengers, totaling $3.05 million in compensatory money damages and an additional $2 million in rarely awarded punitive damages. The purpose of punitive damages is to deter or punish Greyhound for “outrageous” conduct that was a factual cause in this crash.

According to court records, the jury found Greyhound and Anderson to be 100 percent at fault for the accident. More specifically, Anderson was found to be 55 percent negligent and Greyhound 45 percent negligent. Court records also confirmed that the jury also found that the conduct of defendant, Greyhound Bus Lines, Inc. was deemed “outrageous,” resulting in the punitive damages awarded to each of the plaintiffs.

Preventable fatigue-related crashes

“Greyhound must update and enforce its driver safety rules and fatigue management policies or these preventable, catastrophic, fatigue-related crashes will continue,” Lead Counsel Jon Ostroff said.

“The testimony of CEO David Leach made it clear that Greyhound places profit above the safety of its passengers,” Ostroff says. “Until Greyhound is restructured and safety is given adequate priority and oversight, particularly with respect to fatigue management of its drivers and enforcement of its safety rules, these fatigue-related highway crashes will likely continue.”

“It’s time for the government to intervene and create regulations intended to prevent these fatigue-related crashes from continuing. Appropriate regulations must be implemented, especially with inherently dangerous long routes like the one in our case, which was an overnight, 463-mile route with only one scheduled rest stop for the driver,” he says.

Greyhound’s Safety Director Alan Smith testified that Greyhound had not made any significant changes to its fatigue management program since 2006, which was before he and CEO Leach took over their positions. It is clear that if safety, including proper training and management of its drivers continues to be left in the hands of Greyhound without industry oversight, passengers will continue to be at risk.”

The individual verdict amounts were allocated by the jury to the four passengers as follows:

▪ $3 million for a 21-year-old woman who sustained cervical spine injuries, non- displaced broken bones in her foot, displaced tibia fibula fracture requiring surgery, skull and facial fractures and a traumatic brain injury;

▪ $850,000 for a man who suffered from jaw and dental injuries, a broken wrist, and knee and ankle injuries;

▪ $625,000 for a female passenger who sustained a concussion and underwent six months of chiropractic visits for a back sprain and strain, and

▪ $575,000 for a passenger who suffered from spinal sprain and strain and received approximately six medical treatments.

Driver fell asleep

“The evidence at trial in this 2013 crash clearly confirmed that the driver was driving recklessly and fell asleep, because she had inadequate sleep before getting behind the wheel for this overnight NYC to Cleveland route, “Ostroff says. “She appeared tired to passengers before they boarded, but Greyhound does not require that drivers be assessed for fatigue (or other potential medical, drug or alcohol impairment) by anyone at its NYC terminal before she departed.”

“Greyhound also did not enforce its own safety rules for any drivers of long routes, which requires ‘safety stops’ every 150 miles. The purpose of safety stops is to give the drivers an opportunity to remain alert and awake.”

A CNN investigative report studied this crash and the lack of Greyhound’s safety stop enforcement and confirmed that Greyhound drivers are required to make this 150-mile safety stop. They further confirmed that management does not enforce this safety rule, and CEO Leach is aware of this.

“They don’t enforce their 150 miles safety rule because it costs them money,” Ostroff told CNN. “I would never allow anyone in my family or anyone I know and love to ride on a Greyhound bus.”

Settling cases in hospital rooms

On the day of the crash, Greyhound representatives made settlement offers and sought statements and medical authorizations from many passengers. Greyhound Vice President of Customer Experience Myron Watkins was the highest-ranking executive who was overseeing Greyhound’s response to this crash. Watkins testified that he was aware that adjusters and managers acting on behalf of Greyhound were approaching injured passengers at various hospitals and approaching and entering the hospital rooms of injured passengers.

One plaintiff in this recent trial was hospitalized for a concussion and back injuries. According to Greyhound documents, an adjuster acting on behalf of Greyhound was aware that she was admitted as a concussion patient and was “groggy,” but still attempted to end her injury claim by offering her $1,000 from Greyhound to settle her injury claim from her hospital bed. A Greyhound Terminal Manager also entered her room and approached her later that day. The company then offered the same client $45,000 shortly before trial. Her verdict of $625,000 in the recent Hoang v. Greyhound trial, was almost 14 times this pre-trial amount.

Ostroff Injury Law succeeded in obtaining the first ever release of claims handling documents and memorandums from the company handling the injury claims in collaboration with Greyhound. Greyhound attempted to prevent the release of these documents by withholding them for over a year, until the Superior Court upheld the plaintiffs’ right to obtain these documents. Greyhound’s appeal to the Pa Supreme Court was denied.

 

The trial team of attorneys at Ostroff Injury Law that obtained the Hoang v. Greyhound verdict were Jon Ostroff, Lou Ricciardi, William Coppol, Richard Godshall and Ryan Jablonski.

Ostroff Injury Law still represents 12 passengers injured in this crash. This trial was the first of four scheduled trials, each one on behalf of four clients – including the Estate of Son Thih Than Hoang, who was ejected and killed in this crash.

Ostroff Injury Law is located in Plymouth Meeting, PA and represents victims worldwide who are injured or killed in Greyhound Bus crashes. For more information, visit OstroffLaw.com.


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Donald Trump calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton Foundation scandal

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump urged for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s involvement with the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as Secretary of State during on a rally in Akron, Ohio on Monday

Trump accused his Democratic rival of corruption, claiming that donors of the foundation were given preferential treatment and were awarded with special favors. 

He went on to say that the investigation calls for special circumstances as The Department of Justice “has proven itself to be a political arm of the White House.”

 

“After the FBI and Department of Justice whitewash of the Clinton email crimes, they certainly cannot be trusted to quickly or impartially investigate Hillary Clinton’s crimes,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Akron Ohio alluding to Clinton’s use of a private email server. 

The GOP nominee is also demanding a complete shut down of the Clinton Foundation after emails released by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization, revealed Clinton may have given donors special access

“There is absolutely no connection between anything that I did as secretary of state and the Clinton Foundation,” Clinton said in a statement last month. 

In light of the accusations levied against Clinton, her campaign said the foundation would stop receiving foreign  and corporate donations if she is elected in November.

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Accidents Involving Skull Fractures

Accidents Involving Skull Fractures

Fractured Skull Injuries

Accidents Involving Skull Fractures

I’m Ed Smith, a Davis personal injury attorney. Injuries involving a fractured skull can sometimes be devastating and life-altering. The term “skull fracture” refers to any break to the bone structure which surrounds the brain. They are relatively common in the aftermath of blunt trauma involving the head, such as that which can be experienced due to a fall or a vehicle collision.


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Audience Fragmentation and Market Pressure…When Should Marketers Change Strategy?

The Sentinel GroupBy Adam Warren of The Sentinel Group® Temecula, CA.

It is crucial for attorneys to understand the ever-changing landscape of advertising and to keep a strong base of available TV time to generate lead/case acquisition flow.  Knowing how to identify the effects of special programming such as the Olympics, sweeps, season finales and ongoing pressure on available TV inventory is key to operating an effective and efficient advertising campaign.

There are also patterns in media such as when TV inventory will be more available than others that cycle by quarter and allows for some predictive analysis of what to expect enabling you a plan of action when media changes occur. Here we will address some of the market pressures on your ad inventory and how to work around it.

Media Pressure

As an advertising veteran since 2001 when I sold time on national TV all over the country as well as throughout my performance-driven media career, I’ve seen my share of political impact on media as one of many forms of market pressure and audience fragmentation that takes place.  As an advertiser, it is important that attorneys know what to do about it.  If you do not know, then it is equally important that your agency or buying representative does.

In general, there will always be some kind of pressure on TV inventory caused by under-delivery on rating points, major news events, and the time of the year. Yes, even weather or movement in the stock market has affected inventory and caused viewership fragmentation. All of this can devalue your TV spot or weaken its potential for delivery of leads.

You have to know when your current strategy stops working, and what you need to do to adjust. Do not just accept your losses and continue as is.  Make a move, let the media refresh, and expand your message to new viewers. That being said, if you know you have winning media buys that may be in a temporary slump, do not pull 100% of your schedule.

This is where objectivity and smart navigation comes into play. Leave an advertising position in places that work (this is especially relevant to performance-driven inventory) because advertising works in cycles and good TV times may come back. You want to be ready when it does, so keep some advertising intact while pioneering new ground to inspire growth and lead/case acquisition.

Knowing When To Move

The Cook Political Report estimates that 2016 political ad spending will top $4.4 billion in races for Congress in battleground states, governors, presidential, and so on. They further estimate that $3.3 billion will go to local broadcast and $800 million will go into local cable.  Total ad spends seems to be increasing and according to Nielsen Ad Intel Competitive Media Reporting, this election year will top 2012 by 146%.

As the available TV time gets squeezed in a way not normal to the ad cycle, where do all the displaced advertisers go? There are 34 battleground states in this presidential election from New Hampshire to Virginia. Be ready to pivot your strategies! There is a belief in marketing circles that light is ahead for campaigns that have had to fight tooth and nail to keep their ad positions intact.  

Many believe that the political spending in the primary election will see a greater spend and inventory pressure than the general election. Likely, much of the money will be spent as we get closer to the finish line and this is a signal of when to be ready to pivot again.  As inventory becomes available, be ready to diversify.  This is the time to capture market share and negotiate hard for your schedules or performance media placements.

Leveraging a Multimedia Strategy

Sophisticated media managers and the systems they use should understand when diversifying or riding out the storm  is a must.  Most campaigns today should have a complimenting strategy that moves seamlessly between TV (local, national, regional), radio, digital (utilizing various lead capture methods from landing pages to programmatic) and print as it makes sense. (Side note: print is a quality component of a marketing strategy, however, it is a long-haul tactic and takes patience to ramp up.)

Using cash buys and performance-driven media as hybrid and/or interchangeable strategies is another form of a pivot key to staying on track with your campaign goals.  The audience is always fragmented and diversified and a savvy marketer will make sure to find the audience wherever they may be.

We have found tried and true strategies can fall short when developing mass media and local media plans for many mass tort campaigns and other single-event cases this year.  Where we have overcome this challenge is having the ability to move quickly and precisely allowing us to pivot to alternative media strategies that are still efficient and cost effective.

If you are unable to transition from one media type to another based on the movement of the market, you will slow your ability to garner the traffic you are looking to attract and will lose precious time and fiscal opportunity working to create a variety of Plan B’s.

Find The Win

Viewer eyeballs are always on the move.  As an example, consider the potential increase in various daypart ratings for NBC and its affiliates running the Olympic coverage.  The increase in viewers for the Olympics by comparison to regular programming, which may show a lesser audience in regular no-event based schedules, is coming from somewhere. NBC has experienced enormous rating boosts from the Olympics. What does that mean for other networks and how as a marketer can you move with the audience spectrum be it on or offline to find continued benefit? It is key to recognize when it’s not just a challenge, but an opportunity.  Identifying fragmentation and programming changes per major events can be your next epic media win if you already have your pivot move in place. Make sure your marketing firm maintains a diverse breadth of experience and media portfolio and change will be your friend.

 


About The Sentinel Group: The Sentinel Group® is the legal marketing division and premium brand of full-service advertising firm OpenJar Concepts®.  TSG has become one of the most widely recognized and successful brands in lead generation for case acquisition. We understand how to walk the line between what media needs in ROI and what law firms need in their packet economics. The OJC/TSG team has over 40 years of combined mass media, performance-driven lead generation experience, using mass media vehicles such as TV, RADIO, PRINT and DIGITAL. The TSG senior management team has successfully been involved in the advertising for nearly every Mass Tort campaign during the last decade plus, dating back to 2001.

The core of TSG merges the perfect balance between deep media and client relationships with in-house proprietary tracking capability, utilizing our system TrafTrack®, for unlimited reporting technologies. We offer one of the most robust license and back end free trademark protected content libraries industry wide (in many cases with complimenting web/landing page components) for our clients to utilize either with or without their own law firm brands to scale in ways previously not possible. TSG couples our media savvy and technology prowess with in-house production allowing us to move fast to market with unique quality content. We enable the possibility of driving leads cost effectively with an aggressive movement towards market share. TSG maintains Tier 1 relationships with the top most endorsed legal focused intake facilities and law firm funding partners all ready to engage and deploy with you. Together, our pieces of the case acquisition puzzle provide endless solutions to enabling a cost effective platform for driving quality calls and leads to our network of participating law firms. Simply, this is…. WHERE THE CASE BEGINS™.

For further information:

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