DOT Calls for Ban on Social Networks

On behalf of <span"> Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation posted in Legal news on Thursday, February 23, 2012. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking automakers to design devices that prevent a driver from using social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook while the vehicle is running. Ray LaHood, Transportation Secretary, in a nonbinding guidelines also called for disabling manual texting, Internet browsing, 10-digit phone dialing and the ability to enter addresses into a built-in navigation system for drivers; unless the vehicle was on park. However, the guidelines do not apply to electronic warning ...

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CRASH KILLS SAN JOSE MAN AFTER FAMILY VACATION

On behalf of Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation posted in Personal Injury on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. A San Jose man was killed early Monday morning after a SUV rolled over on the ramp from northbound 101 to Capitol Expressway. This was the third death on the South Bay roads during the holiday weekend. The coroner's office identified the man as Victor Gomez-Mendoza, age 30. He was one of eight people in the Chevrolet Trailblazer - at least two of whom were not wearing seatbelts - when it flipped on the off-ramp at about 4:45 a.m., according to the CHP. The driver of the Trailblazer hit a raised curb while negotiati ...

Categories: Personal Injury

Checklist & Tips for Winter Road Trips

On behalf of Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation posted in Personal Injury on Thursday, February 16, 2012. It is important for drivers to properly maintain their vehicles and to take necessary precautions before hitting the road for the winter season. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommended that drivers take the following precautions: Get the car serviced now Get a tune-up and other routine maintenance Have your entire vehicle inspected for any leaks, bad hoses, or other needed parts, repairs, and replacements. Check the battery (when the temperature drops so does the battery power) ...

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Details into the Explosion at Josh Powell’s Home

On behalf of Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation posted in Public Safety on Thursday, February 9, 2012. The tragedy started when Josh Powell lost custody of his two boys last week. His wife, Susan Cow-Powell disappeared in 2009 and Powell is a suspect. He was in a custody battle with Susan's parents. A social worker brought the two boys to their father's home for a supervised visit. Immediately the social worker feared that these two boys were in danger because when she arrived at the door Powell grabbed his boys from her and slammed the door to his home. The social worker immediately called 911 and told the operator that ...

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ALIEN TORTS HEADED FOR THE SUPREME COURT: CORPORATE LIABILITY

On behalf of Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation posted in Legal news on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Later this month, the United States Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments for the liability of Corporations under the Alien Tort Statute for the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. The decision to take the case is in response to a circuit split. The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) is a statute that grants Federal District Courts jurisdiction to hear tort actions and has been operational since the Judiciary Act of 1789. The ATS provides for aliens to sue in United States Courts for breaches in international law that ...

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PG&E Possibly Facing Significant Fines

On behalf of Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation posted in Legal news on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. PG&E could possibly be facing substantial amount in fines in regards to the 2010 San Bruno Fire; if they are guilty of systemic violations in both state and federal safety regulations. The California Public Utilities Commission stated that PG&E had failed to follow accepted industry practice when installing the pipeline, failed to comply with federal pipeline integrity management requirements, kept inadequate records, and poorly collected and reported data. CPUC also accused PG&E of excoriating the utility's e ...

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UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT ON GPS TRACKING DEVICES

On behalf of Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation posted in Legal news on Thursday, January 26, 2012. On January 23, 2012 the Supreme Court rule unanimously that police must get a search warrant before using a GPS device to track criminal suspects. Justice Scalia wrote the opinion for this case which involved Washington D.C. drug kingpin, Antoine Jones. Jones was partially convicted because the police installed a GPS device and tracked his movements on public roads for 28 days. Installing a GPS device on a suspect's vehicle to monitor movements now constitutes a "search" under 4th Amendment protection for unreasonable sear ...

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Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

On behalf of Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation posted in Legal news on Thursday, January 19, 2012. On Friday January 13, 2012, a loud bang indicated that something was going terribly wrong on the Costa Concordia Italian cruise ship. The 4,000 people on board began to panic as the ship quickly came to a halt, and then became dark. Passengers starting to feel the boat shake, as people began running and dishes were being thrown. The boat tilted to the left, an hour later an emergency was announced, and then the shipped rolled again to the right. People began to pile in lifeboats, women and children were given priority, but ...

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Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet

On behalf of Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation posted in Personal Injury on Thursday, January 12, 2012. While motorcycling is an inherently dangerous activity, and it is likely that most personal injury attorneys would advise against riding on a motorcycle, if you are insistent on biking, please pick out a safe helmet. Get one that is both Snell certified as well as DOT certified. You may also wish to consider a full face helmet instead of a half helmet or 3/4 helmet. According to the 1981 Hurt Report found that as many as 31% of all impacts occur below the DOT test zone. Be sure to check for recalls and possible ...

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7-year old girl dies at school of peanut allergy

On behalf of Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation posted in General Health on Thursday, January 5, 2012. A 7-year old girl died on Monday from a suspected peanut allergy at school. First grader Ammaria Johnson broke out in hives and complained of shortness of breath at recess. Approximately 8% of children have some sort of food allergy. If a child's allergy is life threatening, it is imperative that the school is aware and is prepared. Shawn Smith, a spokesman for the Chesterfield County school district, said administrators do have guidelines for treating students with severe allergies and details of those guidelines we ...

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