Cop Exploits Elderly Inheritance Lawsuit

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On Monday night Brad Lown who is a City Councilor stated that Police Chief Stephen DuBois had arrived late for a case that involved the embezzlement of money from an elderly citizen by police sergeant Aaron Goodwin. According to Lown, DuBois did not appear to give evidence because he only had a very small part to play in the incident.

Incident Between Goodwin and Webber

However, this was disputed by Paul McEachern who is the attorney who was involved in the case against Sergeant Aaron Goodwin. Goodwin was guilty of convincing Geraldine Webber to hand over an estate worth more than $2 million.
On Monday Brad Lown requested other councilors to agree to a situation where Stephen DuBois would step down as police chief by the end of the year and include severance pay of three months. DuBois has two years remaining as police chief, but this agreement would be a less costly and awkward way for him to finish in this role.

Lown went on to say that DuBois spent 22 years in the Police Department. He felt that Lown may have made mistakes in the case but could not see evidence of any wrongdoing.

Senior Colleagues Knew About the Incident

On Tuesday McEachern said no reason was given for DuBois not to give evidence for the case between Goodwin and Webber. According to Cory MacDonald who is a former deputy chief, it was understood that DuBois and all of DuBois’s senior colleagues knew about the dealings between Webber and Goodwin as far back as 2011.
MacDonald went on to say that former police chief Lou Ferland, DuBois and three other senior members of the police were aware that Webber was giving the house to Goodwin. He then went on to say that Goodwin would only have contact with Webber in an off-duty capacity. Webber’s contact from the police department was Captain Mike Schwartz.

Nothing Was Done About the Incedent



According to McEachen and Judge Gary Cassavechia, nothing was done by DuBois or his colleagues to come to the aid of Webber. DuBois held the position of deputy chief at the time and even gave Goodwin a promotion.
McEachern then added that DuBois told the press the investigation into the incident was complete and Goodwin was not guilty of any wrongdoing. However, McEachern strongly disagreed with these events.
In 2012 DuBois had written a letter after an inquiry by the Portsmouth Herald indicating that his department had carried out a proper investigation and Goodwin had done nothing wrong.
In June Judge Stephen Roberts headed a City Council funded independent investigation into the incident. They found that Goodwin had broken department rules in his dealings with Webber.
The outcome of this hearing found that DuBois should leave his position according to the separation agreement drawn up. 8.15am on Wednesday is the day set to meet again about DuBois’s separation agreement.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Xarelto Lawsuit in Ohio

A personal injury and product liability lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio by Molly Harr from Ohio, against the manufacturers of Xarelto. Harr claims she suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding after taking Xareto which is used as a blood thinner or used in atrial fibrillation treatment.

Allegations Made by the Plaintiff

In September 2013, Harr was prescribed Xarelto to treat atrial fibrillation. A couple of months later she suffered from severe gastrointestinal bleeding, leading to further health issues.
Product liability lawsuits against Bayer and Johnson and Johnson in the United States for the problems caused by Xarelto are now centralized and consolidated. This process is also known as Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) and is currently before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Xarelto Bellwether Trials to Take Place in 2017

Four trials related to Xarelto Bellwether are set to take place in early 2017. The Eastern District of Louisiana currently has 1,710 Xarelto injury lawsuits and the number of serious bleeding problems continues to rise throughout the United States.

Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas Trials
On February 6 and March 13, 2017 the first two Eastern District of Louisiana trials will take place. Mississippi’s trial will take place on April 24, 2017 and the Texas trial will commence on May 30, 2017.
Judge Fallon has ordered that 40 lawsuits will be selected in January 2016. They will be trial-ready and include details from those related to the case including doctors, plaintiffs, physicians and sales reps of the manufacturers of the drug.

Why Use Xarelto?
50477-hi-Xarelto_Bottle_LR-150x150Xarelto was first introduced in 2011 to replace Coumadin or Warfarin. It prevents blood clots in patients who suffer from deep vein thrombosis, have a risk of getting a stroke through atrial fibrillation or pulmonary embolism. Xarelto is the most used anticoagulant in the United States with annual sales reaching $1 Billion.

Risk of Anticoagulant Bleeding
There is always a risk of bleeding and other health issues from Xarelto and similar blood thinning products. However, Xarelto has caused many serious health problems in patients. In the most severe cases it has resulted in the death of patients.
It is advertised as an easy-to-use product but its safety is questioned. The effects of Xarelto cannot be reversed, unlike similar products such as Warfarin.

Pradaxa Lawsuits and Settlements

Pradaxa is a similar anticoagulant developed by Boehringer Ingelheim. 3,592 health problems were reported and 752 people died from side effects of Pradaxa. Xarelto was the cause of 3,331 bleeding problems and 379 deaths. Like Xarelto, Pradaxa doesn’t have an antidote. This has resulted in over 4,000 lawsuits. $650 million was eventually paid out in settlements by Boehringer Ingelheim.
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Drink Drive and The Law

Drink Drive and The Law

The amount of alcohol in your bloodstream is called your Blood Alcohol Concentration or BAC.

 

A-motorist-is-breath-tested (1)Your BAC depends on how much you drink. The more you drink, the higher your BAC. But there are also many other factors that affect your BAC such as your size, your weight, your gender, whether you’ve eaten and even how tired you are. BAC can be measured with a breathalyzer or by analyzing a sample of blood. It is measured by the number of grams of alcohol in 100ml of blood. For example, a BAC of .08, the US legal limit for driving for those over 21, means you have .08 grams of alcohol in every 100ml of blood.

Alcohol’s effect on the brain slows down a person’s reaction times – they take longer to respond to hazards. So, if a cat ran in front of a car or motorbike, the delay between you seeing it and putting your foot on the brake slows down. The extra distance traveled in that time is called your ’thinking distance’.

blog_77Each drink can increase the ‘thinking distance’ by 20%. The risk of someone being in an accident increases by: two times for drivers with a BAC of .05 four times for drivers with a BAC of .08 and twenty times for drivers with a BAC of .15. Drivers who have been drinking also underestimate the distance and speed of other vehicles on the road. Their vision is affected, slowing reaction times further. Drivers who’ve been drinking also overestimate their ability and drive more recklessly too.

In the United States, all states define driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08 as a crime, but specific laws and penalties vary substantially from state to state, with some states having specific BAC limits for commercial drivers and drivers who have previous DUI offenses.

The Minimum legal drinking age laws prohibit selling alcohol to people under age 21 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Keeping and enforcing 21 as the minimum legal drinking age helps keep young, inexperienced drivers from drinking and driving.

Blood Alcohol Level


42 states, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands have administrative license suspension (ALS) on the first offense. ALS allows law enforcement to confiscate a driver’s license for a period of time if he fails a chemical test. Most of these states allow limited driving privileges (such as to/from work).

All states have some type of ignition interlock law, in which judges require all or some convicted drunk drivers to install interlocks in their cars to analyze their breath and disable the engine if alcohol is detected. 20 states (and 4 California counties) have made ignition interlocks mandatory or highly incentive for all convicted drunk drivers, even first-time offenders. Legal pr knows the value of media exposure, how to get it, and most important how to leverage it to minimize drunken drivers.

The designated driver program asks that motorists always designate a driver when travelling after consuming alcohol or take a taxi. “Designate a driver” can be used anytime people plan to go out and drink alcoholic beverages ensuring a safe drive home.


Never mind the law, you’d never forgive yourself if you injured someone seriously – and try getting car insurance or a new job if you’ve got a driving conviction – not easy.

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