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Blog Posts in 2017

  • Metro Plans to Stop Allowing Negative Balances on SmarTrip

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 28-Dec-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel For years, Metro has allowed its subway riders to have negative balances on SmarTrip cards for one ride. For example, if you have deposited $2.50 on your SmarTrip card and you take a ride that costs $3.50, when you leave the fare gates will open for you, but a negative $1.00 balance will be left on your SmarTrip card, which you must pay the next time you try to enter the Metro ...
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  • Montgomery County is Latest Jurisdiction to Sue Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors for Opioid Crisis

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 27-Dec-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Earlier this month, Montgomery County announced its intention to sue manufacturers and distributors of opioids, which are a commonly prescribed type of painkiller. Oxycodone and morphine are examples of opioids. The County contends that these companies used false marketing and other unlawful sales techniques in a manner that led to over-prescriptions of the drug, and ...
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  • By: Matthew Tievsky In 2015, 36 year-old Oregon resident Elisha Cooke-Moore visited her OB-GYN for a regular examination, and underwent precautionary genetic testing, to see if she was at risk of developing any genetic diseases. In particular, Ms. Cooke-Moore was tested for mutations of the genes known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. The results were actually negative for any mutations. But a nurse ...
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  • After an Auto Accident, the First Rule is to Take Care of Your Health

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 7-Nov-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky Too many times in automobile collision cases, we receive calls from potential clients who waited until days or even weeks after the collision to seek medical treatment. Sometimes the reason is, "I thought I'd feel better after a few days." Other times the reason is, "I wanted to get the advice of a lawyer first." (Which is ironic, because our first ...
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  • Maryland Extends Statute of Limitations for Child Abuse Victims to Bring Lawsuits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 31-Oct-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky On October 1, a new law in Maryland went into effect that extended the statute of limitations for child abuse victims to bring lawsuits against their abusers. A statute of limitations is a time limit for a victim to sue a wrongdoer; if the time limit expires, it becomes impossible for victims to sue. Previously in Maryland, a person who was abused while under the age of 18 had ...
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  • Toddler Dies in Drowning Accident at Charles County Home Day Care

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 12-Sep-2017

    By: Joseph Cammarata A two year-old boy who wandered out of a day care provider’s home died Monday in what authorities suspect to be a drowning accident. According to the county sheriff’s office, the day care provider had been watching three children in her home located in the 3600 block of Yorktown Drive in Waldorf at the time of the incident. As the provider told authorities, she had ...
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  • Pastors Sue Coca-Cola and Soda Lobbying Organization for Misleading Consumers Over Health Claims

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 8-Sep-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel In July of this year, two D.C. pastors, along with a public health group (called the Praxis Project), filed a lawsuit against The Coca-Cola Company and the American Beverage Association, a trade group representing the interests of soda manufacturers. The lawsuit, which has been filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, claims that the beverage industry has ...
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  • Congress Considers Bill to Allow 100,000 Self-Driving Cars on the Roads in the U.S.

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 1-Sep-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering a federal bill that would permit up to 100,000 automated, self-driving cars to drive anywhere in the United States. Under the proposed law, the self-driving cars would not have to meet existing federal safety standards that usually apply to new vehicles, because those regulations are designed for human-driven cars. ...
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  • By: Joseph Cammarata The first lawsuit against Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) over sexual abuse by a former teacher has been filed on behalf of one of the victims. The case involves John Vigna, a former teacher at Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland, who had been employed by the school for over 20 years. Vigna was recently found guilty of child sexual abuse and sentenced ...
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  • To Settle a Case Without Filing a Lawsuit, Hire an Attorney Who is Willing to File a Lawsuit

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 8-Aug-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky A relative of mine (call him “Evan”) who was wrongfully terminated by an unethical employer. Evan believed that he had some potential legal claims against his old employer, for its illegal behavior. Evan recently came to me, looking for help in picking a lawyer to obtain compensation from the employer, based on these legal claims. My relative was particularly ...
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  • Maryland Passes Law to Protect Rights of Cyclists in Crosswalks

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 18-Jul-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky Years ago, Maryland’s legislature (the General Assembly) passed a law permitting cyclists to ride within crosswalks, like pedestrians. However – possibly as an oversight – the General Assembly did not also pass a law stating that cyclists, like pedestrians, are entitled to the right-of-way while inside crosswalks. This omission had serious consequences in ...
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  • Three Deaths Reported in Suitland Parkway Crash in Prince George's County

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 16-May-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel A two-vehicle crash and fire on Suitland Parkway in Prince George’s County early Monday morning claimed the lives of three victims and injured another. According to officials, a collision involving two vehicles occurred around 4:00 am near the intersection of Suitland Road. Following the collision, one of the vehicles involved caught fire. All three victims who died in ...
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  • Charter Bus Carrying Dozens of Children Overturns on I-95 North of Baltimore

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 15-May-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Over two dozen victims, many of whom are children, were injured in a bus crash Monday morning on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore. According to officials, the accident occurred around 9:30 am near Havre de Grace in Harford County when the bus overturned on the southbound lane of I-95. Emergency responders reported that 30 people suffered injuries, including one child and one ...
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  • Maryland Governor Completes Multi-State Pact to Establish New Metro Safety Commission

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 11-Apr-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel On March 31, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a bill that creates a new safety agency to oversee the rail system of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, also known as WMATA or Metro. Before Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia had already enacted similar laws. Because Metro is established by an interstate compact between these three jurisdictions, ...
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  • By: Matthew Tievsky Since the election, the U.S. House of Representatives has considered several bills which, if passed into law, would significantly limit the right of personal injury plaintiffs to seek justice in courts across the nation. Many of these bills are promoted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups with a financial interest in preventing or limiting personal injury ...
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  • Mid-March Winter Snow Storm Expected Tonight, as well as Treacherous Road Conditions

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 13-Mar-2017

    Monday, March 13, 2017- There is a winter storm warning covering DC and several counties in Maryland and Virginia. Heavy snow is expected in the northwest, and a dangerous mix of snow, rain, and sleet is expected in the District and its surrounding suburbs. Predictions on the level of snow fall varies from 4 to 8 inches. The winter storm warning is in effect for areas west of DC and DC itself from ...
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  • Nothing Fair About "Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017"

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 7-Mar-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel On February 9, 2017, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the so-called “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017.” This bill most certainly does not make class actions more fair or equitable for the average American. In fact, as the American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen recently stated, ...
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  • Metro Whistleblower Warns that Metro is Cutting Program to Ensure Safe Drivers

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 7-Feb-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky With Metro's budgetary and other recent woes, it is no surprise that some of the agency's programs are getting the ax. However, it is particularly disturbing when Metro starts cutting out safety measures -- particularly because the “first” job of Metro should be to keep its riders safe. Former Metro Transit Police Officer James D. Holmes, a self-described ...
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  • 14-Year-Old Boy on Bike Killed by Car Crash, Driver Possibly was Drunk

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 1-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel On January 28, 2017, 2 teenagers were hit by a car in Randallstown, Maryland. The 14-year-old on the bike was killed. The other teenager on the bike was seriously injured. Police have since identified and arrested someone who they believe hit the teenagers while driving drunk. The community has been hit hard by very the loss of such a young life. Unfortunately, these things ...
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  • Justice Department Accepts Plea Deal From Takata For Defrauding Consumers on Faulty Airbags

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 26-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Earlier this month, the United States Justice Department reached a deal with the Takata Corporation of Japan, which has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and pay $1 billion for its criminal activities. (At the same time that this deal was reached, the Justice Department separately obtained the indictments of three executives of Takata Corporation for the same criminal ...
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  • Use Your Health Insurance Even When You Have a Personal Injury Claim

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 16-Jan-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky When a new client retains our firm after being injured by another person's negligence, we regularly advise the client to use health insurance to pay the medical bills, if the client has health insurance. The most obvious reason, of course, is that health insurance can be used to immediately pay some or all of the medical bills. Also, there is little down side: Using health ...
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  • Metro Fires Six Workers Accused of Falsifying Track Inspection Records

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 9-Jan-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky In July of last year, two train cars on the Orange Line went off the rails near the East Falls Church Metro station. At least one person was injured. In the aftermath of the derailment, Metro discovered that six workers who were charged with inspecting that section of track had falsified records to make it appear that they had conducted the necessary inspections, when in fact ...
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