Have you noticed that this week was full of important news? Do you want to hear some clear and interesting discussion of the headlines? Make sure you catch this week's episode of the Bordas & Bordas Legal Review to see Jamie Bordas and Chris Regan discuss Michael Sam's NFL draft, recent judicial ruling about gay marriage, the US Supreme Court's decisions on President Obama's ability to make recess appointments, political turmoil in the Ukraine and the West Virginia False Claims Bill! This episode is jam-packed with important information for you, and shouldn't be missed!
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This is a rather silly pet peeve but when I drive to work every morning, I pass one of those barns that are there to collect "goods" for the Goodwill store. Invariably, there are pieces of upholstered furniture there or mattresses or some other things that are beyond use. It's my belief that people have left these items there because they don't want to have to pay to take them to the landfill or don't want to pay the extra amount their refuse collector would charge to haul these unusable things away. I have also driven by this station when people have dropped off upholstered items and it is either pouring down rain or snowing. Sometimes there are also appliances sitting outside the station when it is pouring down rain! According to the Goodwill website "Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Rev. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of 'a hand up, not a hand out' was born."
Bordas & Bordas partner Chris Regan was recently published in the West Virginia Record's "Their View" column refuting an editorial published by The Record. Read on for his views about why all citizens-weak and strong alike-should enjoy the same protection of the law. Using a clearly legitimate claim as a pretext to bash basic liability rules is not the best tribute February 16th, 2014 By Using a spouse's death as a pretext for a lawsuit is not the best tribute " gives us another opportunity to have a frank exchange of ideas. By way of background, a Target employee pushing a string of shopping carts knocked over an elderly man walking in the lobby of the store, causing him to fall, break his hip and die as a result. The Record says "[we] believe that Target should not be blamed for a death that probably would not have occurred if Zink had been young and healthy."
When you discover that a young person who you have known since she was a child has passed away in a tragic accident, you feel helpless. You want to do something to comfort the family members. What do you do? Well, back in January of 2013, after Stephanie K. Ward Stahl's untimely passing on November 11, 2012, it was announced on Facebook that Tammy Keller was organizing an Adopt-A-Highway clean up in memory of Stephanie. Through the years, I have seen many of these blue Adopt-A-Highway signs along different locations on roads in memory of a loved one, but I did not know how it all came to fruition.
Welcome moms! Bordas & Bordas is very proud of Stacy Bordas' popular article below -- many thousands of people have been kind enough to read it and comment on it over the past week and the breasfeeding bill is progressing in the Legislature. We wanted to mention, particularly for people interested in motherhood issues, other pieces we've published on how the time flies and paying tribute the incredibly challenging work moms do . One of our paralegals, Darcy Springer, wrote an article about being a grandmother and attorney Jay Stoneking wrote one for all the dads and grandads out there, too.
Tune in, turn on, stream and download this week's episode of the Bordas & Bordas Legal Review as Jamie Bordas and Chris Regan explain controversial bills currently in the West Virginia Legislature. Two new bills, designed to create ethics and accountability in government, are up for votes this session. Find out why Attorney General Morrisey might be opposing a bill requiring him to recuse himself from cases in which he and his wife have business connections to the litigants, including campaign donations, and cash arising from Mrs. Morrissey's lobbying business. You can also learn about the "super load" that moved through Marshall County last week and the gas boom's implications for legal issues ranging from gas explosions that have become more and more common throughout the Ohio Valley as a result of the fracking boom to oil and gas leasing issues. It is an episode not to be missed.
Close to a million of our veterans, and many active duty Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines depend on food stamps . Those of us who have military experience, or have lived on or around the major military bases throughout the United States, know about the poverty that many of our military personnel experience, a burden that falls very heavily on the children of our servicemen and women. Trivial scandals abound in the news about politician's personal lives or the traffic situation in Jersey, but US veteran and military poverty in the United States is a real scandal. The unprecedented pace of deployments that accompanied the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have only made the situation more extreme, more obvious, and more in need of public attention (and public money).
Almost four years ago, a massive gas explosion killed eight people and injured 66 more in San Bruno, California. Civil Gas and Electric, the utility that was responsible, has been found to have grossly neglected its gas delivery infrastructure. Nonetheless, neighboring cities are continuing to have problems getting TG&E to set its profit margins aside, do the right thing and repair its delivery infrastructure. The utility has admitted that it doesn't even know the safety status of nearly twenty percent of its gas pipelines, and judging by its track record, even that claim may be dubious.
Mandatory arbitration clauses are buried in the fine print of consumer finance, employment, cell phone, credit card, retirement account, and nursing home contracts. Just by taking a loan, a job or buying a product or service, consumers without warning are forced to give up their right to go to court if they are injured by a company. Because the private system of forced arbitration benefits companies - and disadvantages consumers and employees - more and more industries are flocking to forced arbitration to evade accountability. In arbitration, there is no publicly accountable judge, jury, or right to an appeal. The arbitrators are not made to follow the facts or the law, and there is no public review of decisions to ensure the arbitrator got it right. Moreover, contracts typically name the arbitration firm that must be employed. That arbitration firm is typically one preferred by the company. These arbitrators have an incentive to favor the company, as they want to continue to be given repeat business by them. Most importantly for corporate America, arbitration is now being used to legitimized broad class action arbitration waivers in all types of consumer agreements, including consumer finance contracts. The practical effect is that companies now use forced arbitration clauses to eliminate the ability of consumers to band together, which is often the only means for consumers to vindicate their rights. "The federal law that governs arbitration has been interpreted to the point where it has warped all sense of fairness or justice, and has given corporations a get-out-of-jail-free card," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. "The mere existence of a forced arbitration clause and class-action ban in a contract can squash thousands of valid consumer claims and shield companies from being held liable for their misconduct."
You won't believe what happened to me this morning. I have to tattle on myself in order to tell this story but it's so worth it! I was feeling pretty stressed this morning, so I decided to go through McDonald's and get an Egg McMuffin (I'm doing Weight Watcher's - that's where the tattling comes in) on my way into work. However, that's not all I have to confess. Today, Egg McMuffins were two for $3.00 so, of course, I got two. When I got up to the window to pay, the McDonald's employee told me that the vehicle in front of me paid for my Egg McMuffins. I was shocked, and asked the employee if I knew the woman who had paid for my breakfast. The girl said she didn't know whether we knew each other, she just knew that the woman paid for my Egg McMuffins!