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Federal Arbitration Act holds strong under Supreme Court: What it means for you

On Monday May 15th the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Kindred Healthcare, a nursing home system, was allowed to enforce a binding arbitration contract signed by the families of two patients who died in the facilities. This decision is just one in a string of similar decisions upholding the legality of a controversial practice known as arbitration. So, what is Arbitration? Who uses it? And what does it mean for you? What is Arbitration? In the most basic sense, arbitration in the process of settling a legal dispute through arbitration services rather than the court systems. Two parties can...

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EPA In Hot Water After 3 Million Gallons of Toxic Mine Waste Spills into Animas River

On August 5th a crew working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at an abandoned mine in Colorado caused 3 million gallons of toxic remnants to spill into the Animas River. Originally thought to be 1 million gallons of waste containing heavy metals was recently revised to 3 times the initial estimate. Residents living all along the Animas River rely heavily on the river as a water supply and are seriously worried. EPA’s stated goal was to enter the Gold King Mine in Southern Colorado and extract contaminated water for treatment. However, due to the large equipment being used during the...

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The BP Oil Spill: An Environmental and Economic Disaster

The BP Oil Spill has become the worst ecological disaster in American history, affection millions of Gulf coast residents in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas, not to mention foreign residents in the Caribbean and Mexico. Below are some links to recent stories about the BP Oil Spill. Reuters: Obama to Speak Tonight About BP Oil Disaster CNN: Oil spill will get 'unprecedented response,' says Obama New York Times: Internal Documents Show Risky Decisions Before BP Blowout Washington Post: Congress Presses BP for an Apology Fox News: BP Approves Money for Small Businesses Wall Street Journal: ...

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Mass Tort/Class Action Litigation and the BP Oil Spill Disaster

For the hundreds of thousands of victims of the ever-worsening environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, many are left to ponder what the future holds for them in the wake of the economic and environmental losses that has forever changed their lives. One likely outcome of this whole debacle, aside from the drastic lifestyle changes for gulf coast area residents, will be the forthcoming litigation against British Petroleum (BP), the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, as well as their primary contractors Halliburton and Transocean, and perhaps other firms yet to be named in the forthcoming ...

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The BP Gulf Oil Spill Disaster: What it Means to You

As we approach the 2 month mark from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill, the saga of the Gulf oil spill continues unabated. The efforts to contain the spill seem idiotic on many levels, all the more confounded by the latest in the 'top kill' strategies failing to plug the fissured deep sea well. Shifting strategies but failed response have mutated to an environmental disaster for the Gulf coast, causing thousands to lose their livelihoods and substantially damaging the quality of life of both wildlife and humans alike throughout the gulf coast region and perhaps beyond. According to U.S....

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