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For many Americans, there’s no prouder moment than the day they move into their newly constructed dream home. Unfortunately, for some house buyers in Colorado and several other states, that dream has turned into a nightmare — and something they once took for granted, the prospect of feeling safe and healthy in their own domicile, has become a burning issue. Also a wheezing, eye-watering, coughing, throat-irritating issue. The source of their complaints has to do with floor joists manufactured by the Weyerhaeuser Company. The joists are coated with a formaldehyde-based resin, which was intended to aid in fire prevention. But buyers say...

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Throwing Out Wrongful Death Claims in Theater Shooting

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Hegarty said claims of Wrongful Death and Negligence, in the Aurora Century 16 theater should not be considered, and thrown out. Hegarty claims that laws in Colorado disallow victims, and their families, from filing such claims. James Holmes, suspected of the shooting, is currently in prison. Holmes, has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder. 12 people were killed in the shooting spree, and two counts of murder are being brought against Holmes for each victim. Judge Hegarty has only recommended the wrongful death and negligence claims be thrown out, he has not made any kind of...

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20th Annual Franklin Azar Tournament

Every year, for the past 20 years, Frank Azar hosts The Franklin Azar Gold Tournament in Trinidad, Colorado. In 2012, for the first time, the tournament had two champions sharing the title. Travis Coberly and Tom Shultz shared in the title, in the Stableford format tourney. Jeff Frasheur took third place with a +15, just missing the co-champion spot by a single point. Frank Azar is a former Trinidadian, and hosts this tournament every summer. Along with Mr. Azar, other friends and supporters that participated include Dr. Duane Osduchuk, of Desert Mountain resort in Phoenix, Dr. Scott Burke, of Denver, Fred...

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Wal-Mart & HP

Suing Wal-Mart Frank  Azar first filed suit against Wal-Mart in 1995, alleging that the company had systematically denied overtime to pharmacists in violation of federal labor laws. Over the next 15 years, Azar and counsel across the country brought actions in 26 states against Wal-Mart for systematic violations of wage and hour law.  The Firm’s lawyers were on two separate trial teams that litigated class actions to successful verdicts in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.  After considerable negotiations in 2008, Wal-Mart Stores, the nation’s largest retailer agreed to pay nearly$700 million to settle class actions across the country.  The cases involved hundreds of...

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Depuy Hip Recall

On January 9, 2012, Franklin D. Azar was appointed to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation. This Steering Committee is a group of attorneys selected to oversee the multi district litigation serve as a guiding force on the plaintiffs side. Mr. Azar will help coordinate the litigation and facilitate the recovery and settlement process. In this position, Mr. Azar will work hard to bring this litigation to a successful conclusion for the plaintiffs. Read more about this litigation here....

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Wrongful Death at Work in Colorado: Know Your Options

Colorado wrongful death claims are usually brought on behalf of the deceased by his surviving spouse, child or parent. There are numerous wrongful death situations that are recognized by each state's statutes. Types of Colorado wrongful death cases include: • Medical mistakes • Car or airplane accidents • Criminal attacks • Work-related exposure to dangerous conditions or substances • Death during a supervised activity Workplace murder is the leading killer of working females, (35% of their fatal work injuries) and the second leading killer of males. The problem is especially acute in service sector industries such as retail establishments, taxi and limousine, police and security services. Taxicab drivers and chauffeurs face the...

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Slip and Fall Accidents and Colorado/U.S. Tort Law

If a slip and fall accident occurs on the premises of a property owner due to some dangerous or hazardous condition that the owner should know about, it is the owner’s responsibility under Colorado premise liability laws. This covers the following: • Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents • Negligent security • Animal attacks and dog bites • Failure to remove snow and ice from public walkways • Unmarked sinkholes on construction sites • Defects in flooring or walkways In the United States, over 1 million slip and fall injuries are reported annually. Imagine the number of accidents that are not reported. When a person slips and falls on the sidewalk...

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Motorcycle and Recreational Vehicle (RV) Accidents in Colorado

Motorcycle riding has become increasingly more popular on the Colorado Front Range and throughout the state of Colorado. With more motorcyclists on the road comes more opportunity for motorcycle accidents, however. This same theory applies to users of recreational vehicles such as RVs, snowmobiles, jet skis, and ATVs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of deaths, involving some of these vehicles, has increased dramatically since 1997. It is thus implied that the number of accidents has also increased. Helmet Laws in Colorado: The District of Columbia and twenty states all have motorcycle helmet laws in place that require...

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Colorado Motor Vehicle Accidents Involving Commercial Vehicles

Accidents involving commercial vehicles often result in serious injury due to the size and volume of the vehicles involved. In addition, there are usually insurance issues to deal with including liability, heath and even health care providers. Commercial vehicle accidents tend to be more comprehensive from both a legal and financial standpoint due to it’s heavily regulated industry, the investigation requirements and aggressive representation of the commercial company and the driver of the commercial vehicle. Accidents happen every day due to a variety of differing elements, including: • Reckless driving/negligence • Inexperienced drivers • Poor weather conditions • Unsafe roadways • A defect in the vehicle • Inadequate vehicle repairs • Drivers who are...

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