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Crane Collapses in Seattle, Killing Four, Injuring Others

A huge crane collapsed on Saturday April 27, 2019 in downtown Seattle, Washington, falling on cars below killing four people, including two ironworkers in the crane. The cause of the crane collapse is under investigation. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement, "Determining how and why this tragedy happened will take time." The scene is eerily reminiscent of the scaffolding collapse that occurred in...
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Boeing & FAA’s Lack of Safety Priority in 737 MAX Design, Certification and Post-Accident Action — Major Aviation Attorney in Chicago Comments on What Went Wrong

On March 11, 2019, Boeing posted a news release in its online media room (which can be read here). Included were the following two sequential paragraphs: “Safety is a core value for everyone at Boeing and the safety of our airplanes, our customers’ passengers and their crews is always our top priority. The 737 MAX is a safe airplane that was designed, built and supported...
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Fire in Near North Parking Garage Kills One Person and Injures Four Others

A fire in a parking garage in Chicago’s River North neighborhood on Saturday, December 29th left one person dead and four others injured who are reported in critical condition. Flames and heavy black smoke captured on cell phone video surrounded the area and were shooting from the roof of the building at Hubbard Avenue and Orleans Street about 1:20 p.m. Smoke could be seen for...
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Some 80 Percent of Public Pools Test Positive for Health or Safety Violation

A surprising one out of every eight public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds test positive for at least one health or safety violation, according to data released by "Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report." The data was collected in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) from five states that have the greatest number of these facilities: Florida, Arizona, New York, California and Texas....
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Winter’s Coming — What Rights do you have to save that street parking spot you shoveled out?

The Law of "Dibs" By Robert A. Clifford Reprint from the American Bar Association Litigation Journal, Fall 2015 You're patiently waiting in your car for someone to pull out of a parking spot only to have someone come out of nowhere and zip into it without any acknowledgment that you had dibs on it. George Costanza on Seinfeld would have none of that when he...
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