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California Controller Cracks Down On Wage Theft By Employers

By Brian Chase on October 30, 2014 - No comments

Wage Theft CaliforniaCalifornia Controller John Chiang is cracking down on wage theft by invoking the state’s Unclaimed Property Law.

According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, more than 25 percent of Los Angeles County workers get paid in cash, which leaves them vulnerable to wage theft.

Chiang is now using a new tool to combat wage theft by employers, which is costing workers about $390 million a year. Chiang, working with the state’s labor commissioner, is demanding restitution from suspected violators.

He has said he will file lawsuits against …Read the rest »


Evenflo Agrees To Recall Defective Infant Car Seats

By Brian Chase on October 29, 2014 - No comments

Evenflo RecallChild car seat manufacturer Evenflo has agreed to issue a defective product recall for 202,000 rear-facing infant car seats over concern that a faulty buckle could make it difficult or impossible to quickly remove a child from the seat in an emergency.

According to a news report in The New York Times, the recalled seat is the Embrace 35, which Evenflo said was manufactured at various times from December 2011 through May 2013.

The defective buckle was made by AmSafe Commercial Products and was used by Evenflo and one of its competitors, Graco Children’s Products.

Concern about the buckle’s safety has resulted in nearly six million …Read the rest »


Feds Issue Massive Alert Over Defective Takata Airbags

By Brian Chase on October 28, 2014 - No comments

Airbag Failure AlertFederal auto safety regulators have issued a rare alert to drivers of more than 4.7 million vehicles with defective airbags, which may fail to deploy in a crash or explode with tremendous force before any collision.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asked owners of the vehicles to have them inspected as soon as possible, especially if they live in …Read the rest »


General Motors Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Ignition Switch Defects

By Brian Chase on October 27, 2014 - No comments

General Motors RecallA group of lawyers has filed a class action lawsuit against automaker General Motors for more than $10 billion in what could become the largest such action for ignition switch defects that have claimed at least 29 lives.

According to a news report in Car and Driver, the filing includes every new and used GM car sold between July 11, 2009, the day after GM emerged from bankruptcy as a new company, until July 3 of this year.

The document lists 68 plaintiffs including …Read the rest »


Wage Theft Has Reached Epidemic Proportions Nationwide

By Brian Chase on October 24, 2014 - No comments

Wage Theft Employment LawThe Economic Policy Institute recently reported that wage theft has reached epidemic levels in the United States with millions of American workers losing their wages to this illegal practice every year.

According to a report in Wallstcheatsheet.com, wage theft has become rampant in several industries such as construction, garment manufacturing, warehousing and even healthcare.

The study found that …Read the rest »


$400-Million Settlement Reached In Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

By Brian Chase on October 24, 2014 - No comments

Vaginal Mesh ProductsEndo International Plc. has agreed to pay more than $400 million to resolve lawsuits alleging that its vaginal mesh implants were defective and caused serious side effects in women who got them.

According to a Bloomberg News report, Endo, the parent company of American Medical Systems that makes Perigee, Apogee and Elevate mesh implants, is adding $400 million to its $1.2 liability reserve for the devices. …Read the rest »


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  • “I went to law school knowing I wanted to be a personal injury attorney. I wanted my life’s work to have a positive impact on other people’s lives.”

    Brian Chase

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “I was in a serious auto accident when I was in law school. I had to hire a personal injury attorney and had a really bad experience.”

    John Bisnar

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “Everybody either drives in a car or rides in a car, so when I do the auto defect cases I really feel like I’m making the world safer by making vehicles safer.”

    Brian Chase

    on why he focuses on auto defect cases

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    John Bisnar

    on his philosophy on running a law firm

  • “Corporate greed is a reality in our world and I see it time and time again. Especially, with the auto defect cases we focus on.”

    Brian Chase

    on corporate greed and how it affects the consumer

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    on how he would define superior client representation

  • “There are many, many defects in vehicles that can lead to life or death that could be fixed with a mere $40-$50 [on the assembly line].”

    Brian Chase

    on the shocking facts about the vehicles we drive

  • “You are dealing with people who are seriously injured or have lost a family member...Compassion is understanding someone else’s situation.”

    John Bisnar

    on the role compassion plays in his profession

  • “I’m convinced, because of all the lawsuits...the auto industry finally found out it was cheaper to fix the problem than to keep paying in the litigation.”

    Brian Chase

    on making the world a safer place

  • “...if [manufacturers] build a dangerous product and someone is seriously injured from that, some personal inury lawyer is going to call them on the carpet about it.”

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    on how Bisnar | Chase has helped make the world a better place

  • “When you have a client come in that’s in a wheelchair...or you meet a wife who has lost their husband or they’ve lost their child, it’s diffucult not to get emotionally involved.”

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    John Bisnar

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  • “I was always jealous of doctors. They get to save lives and they get to heal. I don’t get to do that but I get to have a very big impact on another person’s life...”

    Brian Chase

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  • “Seeing the growth of my employees, seeing them mature professionally, personally, and grow into the great professionals they have become is tremendous.”

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    on being an advocate for the people of California

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    John Bisnar

    on mentoring young attorneys

  • “We try to figure out how we can help [our clients] get through what they’re going through emotionally. Because just getting them compensated is only part of the job.”

    Brian Chase

    on the role compassion plays in his profession

  • “The Lakers have always been a winning organization, a class organization. I’ve used the Lakers as kind of a model for how to run my practice as well.”

    John Bisnar

    on his passions in life

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The Problem of Overmedication in California’s Nursing Homes

One of the major concerns we, as California nursing home abuse lawyers have, is the excessive use of antipsychotic drugs in these care facilities. The truth is that antipsychotic medications are

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Records Show Takata Sought Patents for Safer Airbags

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