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    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – June 2024
    Erin Clifford, partner at Clifford Law Offices and corporate wellness consultant at Erin Clifford Wellness, encourages lawyers to reset and reenergize their wellness routine over the summer by utilizing healthy habits and lifestyle strategies. She urges law professionals to take the time to completely “reboot your body, mind and spirit” to be at their best for loved ones, clients and colleagues. Read the full article here.


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    Barron’s – June 2024
    Boeing disputed the Justice Department’s determination of its compliance with a 2021 deferred prosecution agreement, meeting a deadline to file an official response by June 13, according to a person close to the matter. Read the full article here.


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    Yahoo Finance! – June 2024
    Boeing has contested the Department of Justice’s determination that the airline manufacturer failed to uphold a deferred prosecution agreement and can potentially be prosecuted for two 737 MAX crashes that killed 346. Victims’ families “asked for full transparency including a criminal trial on conspiracy and other possible criminal charges against Boeing and their executives responsible for the two crashes,” states a press release from Clifford Law Offices, the Chicago firm representing more than 70 victims. Read the full article here.


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    The Washington Post – June 2024
    On Friday, May 31, forty family members who lost loved ones in two Boeing crashes took part in an all-day, closed-door meeting with the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. to request the prosecution of the airline manufacturer following the violation of its deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ. Robert A. Clifford, a Chicago-based attorney who is Lead Counsel in the civil litigation against Boeing, said Justice Department officials allowed family members to speak frankly about how the department should move forward in exchanges that were at times tense and emotional. Read the full article here.


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    C-SPAN – May 2024
    Surviving family members of victims of two Boeing crashes spoke outside of the Bond Building on Friday, May, after meeting with the Department of Justice about the next steps in the potential prosecution of Boeing. “The families had an opportunity to express their goals against Boeing and to demand that the Department of Justice continue to prosecute Boeing and go forward with a trial as expeditiously as possible,” said aviation attorney Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices who is Lead Counsel in the civil litigation against Boeing. Watch the full press conference here.


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    The Seattle Times – May 2024
    Families of the victims of two Boeing crashes met Friday, May 31, with The Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting the prosecution of Boeing as a company and of individual executives following the DOJ’s ruling that Boeing had violated the terms of a 2021 deferred prosecution agreement to avoid criminal charges. Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices and Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, said the Justice Department lawyers in the meeting listened but were “tight-lipped about their intentions.” Read the full article here.


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    The Epoch Times – May 2024
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) will meet with Boeing crash victims’ families on Friday, May 31, before announcing the next steps in Boeing’s case by July 7. The DOJ could potentially pursue multiple options if it criminally prosecutes Boeing. Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices and Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, says, “that he is “quite hesitant to speculate” about what the DOJ will ultimately do but expects it to “continue the prosecution of Boeing” and set a public trial date with the court.” Read the full article here.


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    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – May 2024
    Clifford Law Offices attorneys Patrick F. Bradley, of counsel, and Nicholas T. Motherway, associate, represented the family of a 41-year-old woman who died as a result of an opioid addiction allegedly caused by her doctor. A Cook County jury awarded $6 million to the family to cover loss of society, grief, and pain and suffering damages. Read the full article here.


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    PRWeb – May 2024
    John V. Kalantzis has been named partner at Clifford Law Offices. An associate at the firm since 2019, John has been involved with many complex personal injury and wrongful death cases at the firm including the pending litigation in federal district court against Boeing in the crash of a 737 MAX8 in Ethiopia. “We are proud of John’s accomplishments over the years,” said Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at the firm. “In particular, John has been an invaluable part of the aviation team. His legal skills and insights are a testament to his dedication to his clients and to the profession.” Read the full article here.


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    PRWeb – May 2024
    Erin Clifford, partner at Clifford Law Offices and corporate wellness consultant and coach, will lead a free one-hour continuing legal education webinar titled “Working Wellness: Healthy Solutions for Lawyer Well-Being,” on June 13, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. CDT. The event will address critical health and wellness issues common among lawyers and other legal professionals, stemming from stress, work exhaustion, and an imbalanced lifestyle. The program is presented by Clifford Law Offices and is open to the public. Read the full article here.


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    Litigation Radio – May 2024
    Erin Clifford, partner at Clifford Law Offices and corporate wellness consultant and coach, joins Dave Scriven-Young on the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Litigation Radio podcast to share insight and tips for lawyers struggling with a stressful lifestyle and the subsequent physical and mental health concerns associated with chronic stress. Listen to the full interview here.


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    The i Paper – May 2024
    Boeing’s future in commercial aviation is under threat as the Department of Justice considers criminal prosecutions over the 737 Max crashes. The company may face new legal challenges for breaching a deferred prosecution agreement. “We have high expectations for the integrity of the process going forward,” said Bob Clifford, Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia. “We’re hearing from families around the world about renewed faith and hope in the performance of our Department of Justice, and that they will reach the right conclusion for the right reasons.” Read the full article here.


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    Global News – May 2024
    In a letter, the Department of Justice warned Boeing is subject to prosecution due to a violation of a deferred prosecution agreement reached following the two 737 Max8 crashes that killed 346. Robert A. Clifford, Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, says, “It was a sweetheart deal that families were excluded from participating in in violation of their rights as crime victims.” Watch the full interview here.


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    King 5 – May 2024
    The Justice Department says Boeing could now be prosecuted on criminal charges after violating a settlement following two crashes involving its 737 Max8 plane. Aviation attorney Robert A. Clifford, Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, believes this is a positive step for the families of the victims who are still seeking justice for the loss of their loved ones. Watch the full interview here.


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    Global News – May 2024
    Robert A. Clifford, Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, says Boeing has “worn out a lot of their good credibility,” in response to the Department of Justice’s announcement that the airplane manufacturer violated a 2021 Deferred Prosecution Agreement that protected it from criminal prosecution in the two 737 Max8 crashes that killed hundreds. Watch the full interview here.


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    Scripps News – May 2024
    On May 13 the Justice Department’s criminal division accused Boeing of failing to “fulfill completely the terms and obligations” of the 2021 Deferred Prosecution Agreement that protected the company from criminal charges in the two 737 Max8 crashes that killed 346. While Boeing denies violating these terms, families of victims of the two crashes feel vindicated. Robert A. Clifford, Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, says families will meet with the DoJ in a scheduled meeting on May 31 in Washington, D.C. Read the full article here.


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    NBC 11 – May 2024
    The US Department of Justice announced that Boeing violated a deferred prosecution agreement that protected the aviation manufacturer from criminal charges in two 737 Max crashes that killed 346. “There will be transparency now associated with the review of the criminal conduct,” said Robert A. Clifford, Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia. Read the full article here.


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    eTurboNews – May 2024
    Boeing’s breach of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement reached in 2021 means the pending criminal conspiracy charge filed against the airline manufacturer in the Federal District Court in Texas will now move forward, which could lead to a criminal conviction against Boeing. “The lawyers for all of the victims’ families have supported them during this battle, and we are now gratified that the Department of Justice is standing up for the rights of these families – admitted crime victims – who have fought so hard for the protection of their rights and that of the flying public under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act,” said Robert A. Clifford, Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia. Read the full article here.


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    Business Insider – May 2024
    Boeing may still face criminal charges as the Department of Justice announced the airplane manufacturer violated the terms of its 2021 Deferred Prosecution Agreement that originally allowed the company to avoid criminal prosecution following two fatal 737 Max crashes by agreeing to a settlement that included strengthening its compliance program. Federal prosecutors stated Boeing failed to “design, implement and enforce a compliance and ethics program to prevent and detect violations of the U.S. fraud laws throughout its operations.” Robert A. Clifford, aviation attorney, and Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, is quoted. Read the full article here.


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    ABC 7 – May 2024
    The Department of Justice announced that Boeing failed to “design, implement and enforce a compliance and ethics program to prevent and detect violations of the U.S. fraud laws throughout its operations,” violating its 2021 Deferred Prosecution Agreement that allowed the aircraft manufacturer to avoid criminal prosecution. “This is a way for Boeing to be held criminally responsible in court,” said Robert A. Clifford, aviation attorney, and Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia. “It’s what the families have wanted. They want answers as to what really happened in the crashes and for the safety of the public to be protected.” Read the full article here.


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    CBS News – May 2024
    The Justice Department is in the process of determining if it will prosecute Boeing on criminal charges for failure to comply with a 2021 deferred prosecution agreement as Federal prosecutors push that Boeing “breached its obligations,” in part by allegedly failing to “design, implement, and enforce a compliance and ethics program to prevent and detect violations of the U.S. fraud laws throughout its operations.” Robert A. Clifford, aviation attorney and Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, is quoted. Read the full article here.


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    Daily Herald – May 2024
    Boeing could face criminal prosecution over two fatal 737 Max crashes after they were accused of violating a settlement that allowed them to avoid earlier charges. The Justice Department will decide whether to pursue charges, amid increasing scrutiny over the safety of the company’s planes, by July 7. Robert A. Clifford, who is Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, told the outlet, “The DOJ has been very nontransparent in disclosing to the families how they are going about making the determination of compliance or breach. That has been a very disappointing feature of the department’s contact and communication with the families. But, in fairness to the department, prosecutors seldom discuss the details of their investigations, so this is not out of the ordinary.” Read the full article here.


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    Law.com – May 2024
    Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices has been named a 2024 Elite Trial Lawyers (ETL) Finalist by The National Law Journal as a winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Award recipients will be recognized at the ETL award ceremony at Lotte New York Palace in New York City on July 11. Read the full article here.


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    Law360 – May 2024
    On Tuesday, May 7, U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso selected six cases for a November trial over the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, giving Boeing the power to decide the order in which they’ll face a jury, but prioritizing cases whose discovery will end in July. Aviation attorney Robert Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices who is representing families of the crash victims, said his clients are “by and large very satisfied” with Judge Alonso’s decisions in the hearing because “now we have target cases, and we can work on them.” Read the full article here.


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    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – May 2024
    Clifford Law Offices partner Bradley M. Cosgrove will host the Bradley Cosgrove 1L Mock Trial Competition on Friday, May 10 at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. Read the full article here.


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    The Hill – May 2024
    The Department of Justice has requested a May 31 meeting with the families of victims of two Boeing 737 Max8 crashes to inform them of the DOJ’s decision regarding Boeing’s potential violation of a 2021 deferred prosecution agreement that allowed the company to escape criminal prosecution. “The DOJ has been very nontransparent in disclosing to the families how they are going about making the determination of compliance or breach,” said aviation attorney Robert A. Clifford, who is representing families of the Max8 crash victims. “That has been a very disappointing feature of the department’s contact and communication with the families. But, in fairness to the department, prosecutors seldom discuss the details of their investigations, so this is not out of the ordinary.” Read the full article here.


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    ABC News – May 2024
    The Justice Department contacted the families of victims of two fatal Boeing 737 Max crashes as it nears a crucial decision over whether the company violated a 2021 deal that allowed it to escape criminal prosecution over the incidents. Families are invited to attend a meeting where they will be informed of the DOJ’s decision as to whether the company breached the deferred prosecution agreement or DPA. “The DOJ has been very nontransparent in disclosing to the families how they are going about making the determination of compliance or breach,” said Robert A. Clifford, who is representing families of Max crash victims. “That has been a very disappointing feature of the department’s contact and communication with the families. But, in fairness to the department, prosecutors seldom discuss the details of their investigations, so this is not out of the ordinary.” Read the full article here.


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    WGN Radio – May 2024
    Hon. Henry R. Simmons (Ret.), a former judge and managing partner at Clifford Law Offices, joins Lisa Dent to talk about the hallmark case and first-ever trial, being held in Chicago, over claims that the heartburn drug Zantac causes cancer. The complaint against two pharmaceutical companies alleges insufficient warnings. Listen to the full interview here.


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    Law.com – April 2024
    John V. Kalantzis has been named partner at Clifford Law Offices. An associate at the firm since 2019, John’s caseload includes complex personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits including the pending litigation in federal district court against Boeing in the crash of a 737 MAX8 in Ethiopia that killed all 157 on board from 35 countries. Read the full article here.


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    Crain’s Chicago Business – April 2024
    John V. Kalantzis has been named partner at Clifford Law Offices. An associate at the firm since 2019, he is involved in many complex personal injury and wrongful death cases including the pending litigation in federal district court against Boeing in the crash of a 737 MAX8 in Ethiopia that killed all 157 on board from 35 countries. Read the full article here.


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    CBS 6 News – April 2024
    Boeing crash victim families met with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to present evidence and demand Boeing not be protected from prosecution and instead, held accountable for the 346 deaths by crashes on October 29, 2018, and March 10, 2019. “The justice system in America is on full display with these families,” said Bob Clifford, the lead lawyer for the victims’ families. “And I have to report to you that they are all very, very disappointed. There is a concern that Boeing is somehow in a position to get DOJ to stand down on a fair review of their alleged criminal conduct.” Read the full article here.


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    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – April 2024
    Clifford Law Offices promoted John V. Kalantzis to partner. He has been an associate at the firm since 2019. Read the full article here.


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    The Seattle Times – April 2024
    U.S. Justice Department officials met on April 24, 2024 with families of Boeing 737 MAX crash victims who have attempted to share information they’ve obtained through civil litigation against the company, including about 200 depositions and millions of documents, but their efforts have been thwarted by Boeing and the courts after a protective order was cast over the evidence. “The government should be reviewing this material,” Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, who represents more than 70 families who lost loved ones in the 2019 Ethiopia MAX 8 crash, said in an interview. “Maybe some of the documents will help prosecutors connect the dots.” Read the full article here.


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    Bloomberg – April 2024
    Families from the U.S. and at least four other countries who lost loved ones in the crash of the MAX8 jet in 2019 met with representatives of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a “conferral meeting” regarding whether Boeing has complied with the deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) entered into as a result of two disastrous crashes of the MAX 8 jet in 2018 and 2019. Read the full article here.


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    Legal Talk Network – April 2024
    Erin Clifford, partner at Clifford Law Offices and corporate wellness consultant and coach, joins Dave Scriven-Young on Litigation Radio to share healthy lifestyle strategies from the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Mental Health and Wellness Task Force. Listen to the full podcast here.


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    The Seattle Times – April 2024
    Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, who represents more than 70 families who lost loved ones in the 2019 Ethiopia MAX 8 crash, said the litigation against Boeing is likely to last into 2025, as families pursue trial dates to hold Boeing accountable. “There are some people who demand that there be a public reckoning of Boeing’s criminality and wrongdoing — and they would rather a jury decide,” Mr. Clifford stated. Read the full article here.


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    The Alex Pierson Show – April 2024
    Robert A. Clifford, who is Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, is interviewed on The Alex Pierson Show to talk about the Boeing whistleblower who came forward, saying he believes that all Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes need to be grounded ASAP due to security and safety concerns. Listen to the full podcast here.


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    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – April 2024
    Courtney A. Berlin, associate at Clifford Law Offices, will speak during the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association webinar on “Practice Tips for Young Lawyers” from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 26. Berlin will address “Trial Preparation & Strategies for Success with Motions in Limine.” Learn more here.


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    The National Herald – April 2024

    The National Hellenic Museum presents the Trial of Pericles at the Harris Theater in Chicago on April 17, 2024. The trial series takes historical legal cases and controversies and tries them before an audience to demonstrate the continued relevance of these ancient disputes in modern society. Sarah F. King and James C. Pullos, partners at Clifford Law Offices, will represent Pericles in the mock trial, with the fate of the Athenian statesman in the hands of the audience. Read the full article here.


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    WVON AM – April 2024

    Sarah F. King, partner at Clifford Law Offices, was interviewed on the Rufus Williams Show on WVON (1690 AM) morning radio to speak about the upcoming mock Trial of Pericles, an event sponsored by the National Hellenic Museum on April 17 at the Harris Theater. Listen here.


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    Law360 – April 2024

    An Illinois federal judge has scheduled trials in November for some of the remaining lawsuits stemming from the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines crash, denying Boeing’s request to delay to allow for settlement talks. Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, and Lead Counsel in the pending federal litigation, says cases are ready to go to trial. Read the full article here.


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    Business Insider – April 2024

    The families of Boeing 737 Max 8 crash victims will meet with the Justice Department to determine the possibility of criminal charges in the 2018 and 2019 disasters as officials investigate if Boeing violated its compliance agreement amid events including the Alaska Airlines blowout. Aviation attorney, Robert A. Clifford, who is Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, is quoted. Read the full article here.


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    The Visualist – April 2024

    Sarah F. King and James C. Pullos, partners at Clifford Law Offices, will join a roster of experienced Chicago attorneys in the National Hellenic Museum’s Trial of Pericles on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at the Harris Theater. Attorneys will cross-examine and litigate for and against Pericles on his changes to the Athenian Constitution, and the audience will have an active role in deciding the verdict. Read the full article here.


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    Business Insider – March 2024

    Boeing announced that CEO Dave Calhoun would resign at the end of the year, making him the second successive chief to go after a 737 Max crisis. “The watershed moment should have been when nearly 400 people died in the Boeing Max 8 disasters years ago,” said Bob Clifford, lead counsel in pending federal litigation for families of the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines crash victims. “If the company had taken the Max crashes seriously, it is likely that the Alaska Air debacle could have been averted, and the company would be on the way to healing itself, and ensuring the safety of the flying public.” Read the full article here.


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    Law.com – March 2024

    Clifford Law Offices filed a lawsuit against NASCAR and other entities on behalf of a man who was killed during the construction of the 2023 Chicago street races. “There was a terrible lapse in safety,” said Kevin P. Durkin, partner at Clifford Law Offices, who is representing the family of the victim. Read the full article here.


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    USA Today – March 2024

    Experts react to the continuing changes in Boeing’s C-suite as CEO Dave Calhoun announces that he will step down. Aviation attorney, Robert A. Clifford, who is Lead Counsel in the federal litigation pending in the 2019 Boeing crash in Ethiopia, is quoted. Read the full article here.


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    Wisconsin Public Radio – March 2024

    The Justice Department has begun sending letters to passengers of Alaska Airlines 1282, informing them that they might be victims of a crime. Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago, whose firm represents families of victims from the Max 8 crashes as well as the Alaska Airlines flight, is quoted. Read the full article here.


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    CNN – March 2024
    Passengers on board the Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 that suffered a terrifying midair blowout in January have received a letter from the FBI saying they may be victims “of a crime.” Aviation attorney Robert Clifford, who represents many family members of the 2019 crash victims of a Boeing 737 Max jet flown by Ethiopian Air as well as some of the recent Alaska Air passengers, is quoted. Read the full article here.


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    NPR – March 2024
    Boeing crash victims’ families are “optimistic” that the DOJ will be “more strict with how they look at this new criminal investigation from the Alaska Airlines case,” said aviation attorney Robert Clifford, whose firm represents families of victims from the Max 8 crashes, as well as passengers on board Alaska Airlines 1282 when the door plug blew out. “I have seen letters to clients,” Clifford said in an interview. That’s an important step, he says, because it’s something the Justice Department did not do after the Max 8 crashes. Read the full article here.


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    Chicago Sun-Times – March 2024
    A photo of Bradley Cosgrove, partner at Clifford Law Offices, along with Devin J. Piper, associate at the firm, was one of the Chicago Sun-Times top must-see news photos of the week. The photo featured Cosgrove pushing Antonio DeAngelo’s wheelchair into a conference room for a press conference following a Cook County jury record verdict that awarded DeAngelo $39.9 million. See the full article here.


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    Chicago Sun-Times – March 2024
    Bradley Cosgrove and Charles Haskins, partners at Clifford Law Offices, obtained a record jury verdict on behalf of a man who suffered a stroke that left him permanently disabled. Mr. Cosgrove said the stroke could have been prevented if a “proper standard of care medicine had been followed.” The $39.9 million is the highest awarded in a stroke-related lawsuit in Illinois, according to Mr. Cosgrove. “Through their verdict, we hope to get the wheelchair access that Tony requires to get through the day,” said the victim’s wife. Read the full article here.


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    Daily Herald – March 2024
    Bradley Cosgrove and Charles Haskins, partners at Clifford Law Offices, obtained a $39.9 million record verdict on behalf of a man who suffered a life-altering stroke after his doctor failed to address warning signs. “This man should be enjoying life to the fullest now. Instead, he finds himself struggling to get through every day,” his attorney Bradley Cosgrove said. Read the full article here.


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    BNN Breaking – March 2024
    A Cook County jury awarded a $39.9 million record verdict to Antonio DeAngelo, a 37-year-old man from Hoffman Estates who suffered a debilitating stroke after his doctor failed to address his high blood pressure. This verdict, obtained by Bradley Cosgrove and Charles Haskins, partners at Clifford Law Offices, is the highest reported for a stroke victim in Illinois, and highlights a significant moment in medical malpractice and patient care standards. Read the full article here.


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    Audacy – March 2024
    A jury awarded Antonio DeAngelo $39.9 million Thursday evening in a record verdict against Advocate Physician Partners. Bradley Cosgrove and Charles Haskins, partners at Clifford Law Offices, represented Mr. DeAngelo, who is permanently disabled following the doctors’ failure to treat his abnormally high blood pressure that led to him suffering a debilitating stroke. Read the full article here.


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    ABC7 News – March 2024
    Bradley Cosgrove and Charles Haskins, partners at Clifford Law Offices, obtained a $39.9 million record verdict on behalf of Antonio DeAngelo, who is permanently disabled following Advocate Physician Partners’ failure to treat his abnormally high blood pressure that led to him suffering a debilitating stroke. The physician treated him with an antibiotic for flu-like symptoms and failed to follow up with any care despite knowing of the patient’s hypertension. “Certainly would have reduced his blood pressure within what’s called gold range within 30 days, and would have prevented Tony’s stroke,” Brad Cosgrove said. Read the full article here.


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    NewsNGR – February 2024
    Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, spoke to Nigerian reporter Justice Okamgba about the circumstances surrounding the tragic helicopter crash that killed six passengers in California. “Helicopters are, in my opinion, the most unsafe aviation device ever created,” Clifford stated. “The installation of an FDR or CVR is an economic decision of the owner.” Read the full article here.


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    Punch – February 2024
    In an interview with Justice Okamgba, Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, shares his perspective on the circumstances surrounding the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of a Nigerian family. Read the full article here.


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    The National Herald – February 2024
    The National Hellenic Museum presents the Trial of Pericles in their latest Trial Series installment on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 7 PM, at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Sarah F. King and James C. Pullos, partners at Clifford Law Offices, will be participants in the trial event which will examine the ethics and controversy surrounding Pericles’ changes to the Athenian constitution. Read the full article here.


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    Lawdragon – February 2024
    Fifteen attorneys from Clifford Law Offices have been named to the 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers list. Lawyers for this guide are selected through Lawdragon’s time-honed process of independent journalistic research and submissions to identify the top professionals in their practice area. Read the full article here.


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    Law360 – February 2024
    As Boeing braces for additional federal investigation, the airline manufacturer has fired the head of its 737 Max program. “For a corporation that professes a goal to reinvigorate a company-wide culture of safety over profits, these moves at Boeing totally miss the mark,” said Robert A. Clifford, senior partner of Clifford Law Offices and chief counsel representing families suing Boeing in Illinois federal court over the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Read the full article here.


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    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – February 2024
    Erin Clifford, partner at Clifford Law Offices, will present at the Chicago Bar Association’s annual Women’s History Month Summit on March 7, 2024. Clifford, who is a corporate wellness coach, will present “Secrets to Self-Advocacy: Negotiating Compensation and Prioritizing Balance to Achieve Career Success” which will focus on how women lawyers can advocate for themselves during compensation negotiations, set boundaries, and focus on their well-being. Read the full article here.


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    Aeromorning – February 2024
    The families who lost loved ones in the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX8 jet in Ethiopia nearly five years ago reacted to the firing of the corporate executive who headed the 737 MAX passenger jet program. “True cultural change at Boeing will only come about when the board recognizes that it needs to make major C-suite changes and cleans house of those who oversaw the nearly decade-plus decline in a culture once dominated by a philosophy that rewarded engineering safety. Instead, it now is dominated by a profit motivation on the balance sheet and investor return.” Read the full article here.


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    Audacy – February 2024
    A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the son of former area hospital CEO, Ruth Colby, alleging negligence in her death following a heart surgery. The lawsuit said her doctor recommended a minimally invasive robotic heart valve procedure. “Our expert report states that Ms. Colby underwent the wrong procedure which was negligently performed,” attorney Keith Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices, said in a statement. Read the full article here.


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    Business News Network – February 2024
    Erin E. Clifford, a partner at Clifford Law Offices and certified Holistic Health Coach, will present at the Chicago Bar Association’s History Month Summit titled ‘Secrets to Self-Advocacy: Negotiating Compensation and Prioritizing Balance to Achieve Career Success.’ By advocating for a balanced lifestyle, Clifford aims to inspire women lawyers to set boundaries that foster both career growth and personal fulfillment. Read the full article here.


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    Shaw Local – February 2024
    On February 14, 2024, Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices, filed a complaint on behalf of the family of Ruth Colby, against the University of Chicago Hospital and Health Systems and Dr. Husam H. Balkhy. After reviewing more than 8,000 of Colby’s health records, the firm’s medical expert wrote that Colby’s death was “preventable.” Read the full article here.


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    WGN TV – February 2024
    Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices, explains the professional negligence outlined in a complaint filed February 14, 2024, on behalf of Ruth Colby’s family. “Our expert says that surgery should have been a replacement of the valve and not trying to repair it. The second thing is during the procedure while attempting to repair the valve, there was some shaving of tissue around the valve done by the surgeon that made things worse.” Read the full article here.


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    ABC 7 Chicago – February 2024
    The family of Ruth Colby, 69, who died after receiving a surgical procedure at the University of Chicago Hospital in September 2023, is suing the hospital and one of its cardiac surgeons, claiming negligence. “If we can prevent that from happening to other families throughout Chicago, that would be a win for us,” said Colby’s son, David Chodak. Read the full article here.


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    Patch – February 2024
    Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices filed a complaint against the University of Chicago Hospital and one of its cardiac surgeons on behalf of the family of Ruth Colby who died after receiving a surgical procedure in September 2023. “Our expert report states that Ms. Colby underwent the wrong procedure, which was negligently performed,” Hebeisen said. “We intend to get to the bottom of what happened because Ms. Colby did everything as she was advised and relied on this hospital and its doctor to properly treat her condition without her dying.” Read the full article here.


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    Becker’s Hospital Review – February 2024
    UChicago Medicine and one of its cardiothoracic surgeons have been named in a lawsuit over the death of Ruth Colby, the former CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices, filed the formal complaint alleging medical negligence on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, on behalf of Colby’s family. Read the full article here.


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    Fox 32 Chicago – February 2024
    Keith Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices, filed a complaint Wednesday, February 14, 2024, against the University of Chicago and one of its doctors on behalf of former Silver Cross Hospital CEO, Ruth Colby, who died following complications from a surgical procedure performed by Dr. Husam H. Balkhy in September 2023. The complaint alleges negligence in an attempt to repair the patient’s heart valve. Read the full article here.


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    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – February 2024
    A Cook County jury awarded $6.47 million to a man and his wife over injuries he sustained from a malpositioned hip implant that was allegedly overlooked by his orthopedic surgeon. The family was represented by Sarah King and Joseph Murphy, partners at Clifford Law Offices. Read the full article here.


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    Crain’s Chicago Business – February 2024
    Clifford Law Offices filed a complaint against the University of Chicago Hospital and one of its doctors for negligently causing the death of Ruth Colby who died last October following complications following a surgical procedure performed last September. “Our expert report states that Ms. Colby underwent the wrong procedure, which was negligently performed,” Keith Hebeisen, a partner at Clifford Law Offices, said in a press release. “We intend to get to the bottom of what happened because Ms. Colby did everything as she was advised and relied on this hospital and its doctor to properly treat her condition without her dying.” Read the full article here.


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    Columbus Dispatch – February 2024
    The Columbus Dispatch spoke with aviation attorney Robert A. Clifford who shared he thinks aviation regulatory agencies need to “clean house.” He said that as long as the industry continues “chasing down profit over safety,” people can “draw a lot of lines” from one aviation accident to another. Bob also said federal agencies deserve some blame for the state of the industry, but he insisted that the pilots who died in the February 9, 2024, crash deserve deference until more details are revealed. Read the full article here.


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    Business Insider Africa – February 2024
    In an exclusive interview, Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices and aviation attorney, shares the expectations and process of the NTSB investigation being conducted following the crash of an Airbus Helicopter EC130B4 that killed six. “NTSB investigators will thoroughly examine all aspects of what led up to the crash and ultimately will use their expertise to determine the probable cause to see if it was avoidable… At this time, the family of the victims need to be patient in allowing the NTSB to do its job. They are credible, honest, and capable investigators in whom I have great confidence.” Read the full article here.


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    Vanguard News – February 2024
    Aviation attorney Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, shared that the fatal helicopter crash that killed six passengers in California may have been avoidable given the known weather conditions at that time. “It is always a horrific tragedy when innocent lives are lost in an aviation disaster.” Read the full article here.


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    New National Star – February 2024
    Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices stated in a press release the possibility that the deadly California helicopter crash was a preventable tragedy and expressed his confidence in the National Transportation Safety Board to thoroughly investigate the cause of the incident and determine if the crash was, in fact, preventable. Read the full article here.


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    Daily Post – February 2024
    Chicago aviation attorney Robert Clifford, spoke out amid an ongoing NTSB investigation of the Airbus Helicopter EC130B4 that crashed on Saturday, February 10, killing six. Clifford said in a statement, “The crash… immediately strikes one as a tragedy that may have been avoided given the known weather conditions at that time.” Read the full article here.


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    Business Traffic – February 2024
    “The crash of a helicopter that killed six people including a top Nigerian banker and his family along the California-Nevada border Saturday night immediately strikes one as a tragedy that may have been avoided given the known weather conditions at that time,” said Chicago aviation attorney Robert A. Clifford, who is currently Lead Counsel in the crash in Ethiopia of a Boeing 737 MAX8. Read the full article here.


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    Shaw Local – February 2024
    Clifford Law Offices has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a 25-year-old worker who was killed following an explosion and fire last year at Seneca Petroleum’s refinery in unincorporated Lemont. freestar “The families of these workers need answers as to what happened that tragic day,” Craig Squillace, partner at the firm, said. Read the full article here.


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    Business News Network – February 2024
    Clifford Law Offices, a highly respected legal institution specializing in complex medical malpractice and personal injury cases, announced the addition of partner Thomas ‘T.J.’ Tomasik. Tomasik brings to the firm a dedication, expertise, and passion for justice and demonstrates the firm’s commitment to nurturing talent and delivering exceptional legal services. Read the full article here.


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    ABC 6 – February 2024
    ABC 6 spoke with aviation attorney Robert Clifford, who says investigators will have a lot to sort through as they work to determine the cause of the Bombardier Challenger 604 crash. “I can tell you, it’s highly unusual to lose both engines at one time,” he said. “Was it a contaminated fuel? Was it a bad switch that made the engines go off? Was it something the pilots did or didn’t do?” Read the full article here.



    CBS News – February 2024
    Aviation attorney Robert Clifford spoke with CBS News about the crash of the Bombardier Challenger 604 that crashed near Naples, Florida. Clifford handled a case about a Bombardier Challenger Jet that crashed in Colorado. Read the full article here.



    WINK News – February 2024
    In this interview with WINK News, Chicago aviation attorney Bob Clifford weighed in on Friday, February 9 2024 Bombardier Challenger jet crash in Naples, Florida, and how the NTSB will handle its investigation. Read the full article here.



    NBC 6 – February 2024
    NBC 6 spoke with aviation attorney Robert A. Clifford about the crash of the Bombardier Challenger 604 that took off from Ohio Friday and was scheduled to land in Naples. It crashed on I-75 near Naples. Clifford handled the case of the Bombardier Challenger jet that crashed in Colorado in 2004. Read the full article here.


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    Cision PR Web – February 2024
    The 17th Annual Clifford Law Offices Free Continuing Legal Education Webinar will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 2:30 pm CST. The two-hour webcast will cover the topic of “Ethics 2024: Questions from the Trenches” and offer CLE credit in five states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. To register for the free event click here.


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    The Chicago Lawyer – February 2024
    Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices further explores both the known and unknown ethical dilemmas that AI technology presents in the legal industry in his latest article in The Chicago Lawyer. “AI can’t listen, empathize, advocate or understand the emotions and politics involved in legal matters… it can’t replace the critical thinking and problem-solving skills human lawyers use to represent human clients.” Read the full article here.


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    KFI AM 640 – January 2024
    Bob Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, who currently represents families of victims in the Ethiopia MAX 8 crash, joins KFI AM 640’s John Kobylt show to discuss the continued concerns surrounding Boeing Max jets. “You have to be uber diligent about the quality of your product, and that’s where [Boeing] slipped and failed us all.” Listen to the interview here.


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    The Loyola Phoenix – January 2024
    The National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation into the commuter train crash that occurred near the Howard Station on the Yellow Line Nov. 16. Clifford Law Offices partner Joseph T. Murphy, who is representing six passengers said, “If it were just human error, that’s one thing. But if we have a design flaw here, then the question becomes is this the entire fleet of CTA trains?” Read more.


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    CNN – January 2024
    “In the light most favorable to Boeing, the first crash was an accident, the second crash is a crime,” said Robert Clifford, the attorney suing Boeing on behalf of families of the victims of the second crash, the one in Ethiopia, in an interview with CNN, adding, “They gambled with people’s lives and the people lost.” Read more.


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    The Washington Post – January 2024
    Robert Clifford, an attorney for families of the Ethiopian Airlines Max crash victims, who is also representing some passengers on the Alaska Airlines flight, said the FAA’s patience with Boeing appears to have finally run out. Read more.


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    SF Gate – January 2024
    Aviation attorney Robert Clifford who is representing families of the Ethiopian Airlines Max crash as well as some passengers of the Alaskan Airlines flight, says the FAA’s patience with Boeing appears to have finally run out. “The trust factor has been substantially diminished,” he said. Read more.


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    The Spokesman-Review – January 2024
    The FAA’s past critics say its response to the Alaska incident has been markedly different from how it handled the earlier crashes. Robert Clifford, who is representing families of the Ethiopian Airlines Max crash as well as some passengers of the Alaskan Airlines flight, says the FAA’s patience with Boeing appears to have finally run out. Read more.


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    Los Angeles Times – January 2024
    Aviation attorney Robert Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, who currently represents families of victims in the Ethiopia MAX 8 crash, criticized the FAA for allowing Boeing 737 Max 9 jets to resume flying: “While we applaud the FAA for saying it will halt any Boeing 737 Max production expansion, it should not be rewarding the company by clearing Max 9 inspection instructions, paving the way for the planes to be ungrounded until Congress and the regulators hold immediate hearings.” Read more.


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    Yahoo! News – January 2024
    As airlines begin flying previously grounded Boeing Max 9 jets, Robert Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices and experienced aviation attorney, criticizes the FAA’s decision: “[The FAA] should not be rewarding the company by clearing Max 9 inspection instructions, paving the way for the planes to be ungrounded until Congress and the regulators hold immediate hearings.” Read more.


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    Kiro 7 – January 2024
    Aviation law expert Robert A. Clifford says more needs to be done as work halts for the day at a Boeing facility in Renton, Washington as airlines push to bring back grounded 737s. “It matters to all of us who are going to get on an airplane tomorrow of course,” he told KIRO 7. “It doesn’t change what’s occurred.” Read more.


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    Super Lawyers – January 2024
    Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices, has been ranked the #1 lawyer in the state of Illinois by Super Lawyers® “Top 10: 2024 Illinois Super Lawyers List.” Read more.


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    Super Lawyers – January 2024
    Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, was interviewed by Super Lawyers, highlighting his years of experience as a top personal injury attorney, decades of recognition by the rating service, and his vision for the future of the law. “I’m empowering several of my younger partners to help with the growth of Clifford Law and the sustainability of our firm. I’m surrounded by young people who want a future, and I’m determined to help give it to them.” Read the full article here.


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    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – January 2024
    Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices, will speak on closing arguments during the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Damages seminar on February 16, 2024, at the Westin Chicago River North. freestar “The families of these workers need answers as to what happened that tragic day,” Craig Squillace, partner at Clifford Law Offices, said. Read the full article here.


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    ABC News – January 2024
    “What’s going to come out within the next probably 24-48 hours is that this plug is far more than a plug,” said attorney Robert Clifford about the “door plug” on a Boeing 737-MAX 9 jet, that ripped a hole in the side of the airplane during flight on January 5th, 2024. “This so-called plug is really a spring-latched mechanism, a very complicated mechanism, that was just an accident waiting to happen.” Read the full article here.


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    KPIC – January 2024
    “When the FAA chose to ground the fleet, they immediately believed that there was a systemic, fleet-wide problem on that MAX 9 because the FAA wouldn’t have grounded everybody for any other kind of reason,” said Robert Clifford, an experienced aviation attorney who currently represents families of victims in the Ethiopia MAX 8 crash. Read the full article here.


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    KTVL – January 2024
    Aviation attorney Robert Clifford said the FAA would not take the step of grounding every MAX 9 plane if it wasn’t worried about a systemic, fleet-wide problem on the MAX 9. “I have great confidence in the FAA nowadays. I didn’t before, but they have been rattled by the disclosures over the last five years of their cozy relationship with companies like Boeing, and they’re not taking it anymore,” Clifford said. Read the full article here.



    KATU – ABC Portland – January 2024
    Bob Clifford was live on ABC Portland saying the FAA would not take the step of grounding every MAX 9 plane if it wasn’t worried about a broader problem. An aviation attorney who represents families of victims killed in the Ethiopia Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in 2019, Clifford said the FAA’s grounding of all MAX 9 planes pointed to a possible systemwide issue. Read the article and watch Bob Clifford’s live interview here.


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    The Alex Pierson Show – January 2024
    “The fact remains that the public’s safety is oftentimes compromised by these manufacturers and operators all for the sake of their profit,” says Robert Clifford in a podcast with The Alex Pierson Show, stressing the importance of holding Boeing accountable, including limiting deferred prosecution in pending cases. Listen to the full podcast here.


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    Independent – January 2024
    “(Boeing) has to stop giving lip service to the idea that they put safety over profits because right now it looks like they put… speed to the marketplace over safety,” aviation trial attorney Robert Clifford told CNN as federal investigations into Boeing’s 737 Max9 aircraft continue. Loose bolts were found on grounded Boeing 737 Max9 jetliners of another airline during inspections that followed the emergency landing of an Alaskan Airlines flight when a door plug blew out of the side of the plane. Read the full article here.


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    CNN – January 2024
    Shares of Boeing and one of its key suppliers, Spirit AeroSystems, dropped on January 8, 2024, as investors grew worried about possible damage to the businesses after a piece of fuselage on a Boeing 737 Max 9 blew out mid-flight. “This is a company that went from being the gold standard in engineering expertise and precision to now a company that seems like it’s at the bottom of the barrel,” Robert A. Clifford said. Read the full article here.


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    ABC 7 – January 2024
    Dozens of flights are canceled at O’Hare airport on January 8, 2024, after mainly United Airlines and Alaska Airlines planes were grounded. Aviation trial attorney Bob. Clifford said the incident will have reputational repercussions for Boeing and the company will likely be on the hook to pay airlines for lost revenue. Read the full article here.


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    NBC 4 Washington – January 2024
    After a side panel of a Boeing 737 MAX 9 broke off midflight on January 5th, 2024, the FAA decided to ground all of those planes for inspection. Aviation attorney Robert A. Clifford of Clifford Law Offices said the incident raised questions of whether regulators were too quick to let Max planes return to flying. Read the full article here.


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    NBC 4 New York – January 2024
    Boeing faces new scrutiny about the safety of its best-selling plane after federal officials announced the temporary grounding of some Boeing 737 Max planes on January 6, 2024, following a flight in which an Alaska Airlines jetliner was left with a gaping hole in its side. Robert Clifford, Chicago aviation lawyer, said this incident raised questions of whether regulators were too quick to let Max planes return to flying and of Boeing of putting profits over safety. Read the full article here.


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    CNN – January 2024
    An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing Friday, January 6th, 2024 when a panel and window blew out of the Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. Aviation trial attorney Robert Clifford said this incident will have consequential reputational repercussions for Boeing and will likely be on the hook to pay airlines for lost revenue. Read the full article here.


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    NBC 7 San Diego – January 2024
    Some Boeing 737 Max planes were grounded after a window and a chunk of the fuselage blew out of the plane shortly after takeoff, causing the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Portland, Oregon, on January 5, 2024. Robert A. Clifford, a Chicago aviation lawyer who is representing families of passengers killed in the Ethiopian crash, said the incident raised questions of whether regulators were too quick to let Max planes return to flying. Read the full article here.


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    Fox 32 Chicago – January 2024
    On January 5, 2024, a fuselage panel blew out on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 seven minutes after takeoff from Portland, Oregon. Robert A. Clifford, who is representing families of passengers killed in the 2019 Ethiopian crash, said this incident raised questions about whether regulators were too quick to let Max planes return to flying. Read the full article here.


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    WGNRadio – January 2024
    Bob Clifford joined Jon Hansen of WGN Radio to discuss the Alaska Airlines flight that made an emergency landing after a door on its Boeing 737 Max9 blew out mid-flight. He talked about what role the Federal Aviation Administration will play and the compensation that the airline will offer to the flyers. Listen to the interview here.



    ABC27 – January 2024
    Boeing faces new scrutiny about the safety of its 737 Max planes following a harrowing flight on January 5 in which an Alaska Airlines jetliner was left with a gaping hole in its side. Aviation attorney Robert Clifford, who is representing families of passengers killed in the 2019 Ethiopian crash, said this incident raised questions about whether regulators were too quick to let Max planes return to flying. Read the full article here.


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    Telemundo- January 2024
    “Clifford Law Offices está llevando a cabo su propia investigación para determinar exactamente qué sucedió con respecto al accidente de la Línea Amarilla en noviembre. La NTSB concluyó que el conductor estaba al tanto de los equipos en las vías, así como de un defecto de diseño, pero aún queda mucho por aprender sobre exactamente qué salió mal en este incidente evitable. El público permanece en la oscuridad y la CTA necesita ser más transparente para que los pasajeros puedan tener más confianza al viajar en la Línea Amarilla”, the team at Clifford Law Offices said in a news release following the reopening of the Yellow Line that had been closed since a November crash that injured dozens. Read the full article here.


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    WEBZ Chicago – January 2024
    As the CTA Yellow Line commuter train reopens following a crash on November 16, 2023, passengers injured in the crash pursue lawsuits alleging negligence on the part of the CTA. Clifford Law Offices is representing passengers in the matter. Read the full article here.


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    Chicago Sun-Times – January 2024
    “The CTA needs to be more transparent so the passengers can have more confidence riding on the Yellow Line,” Joseph T. Murphy, partner at Clifford Law Offices, said in a news release following the reopening of the Yellow Line that had been closed since November 2023, when a crash injured dozens. Read the full article here.


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    NBC Chicago – January 2024
    Joseph T. Murphy, partner at Clifford Law Offices, was interviewed by NBC about the reopening of the Yellow Line that had been closed since November 2023, when a crash injured dozens of individuals. Watch the full report here.


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    ABC 7 Chicago – January 2024
    The CTA Yellow Line has reopened following NTSB investigations into the causes of a November crash between the passenger train and snow removal equipment that injured 40. Watch the full report here.


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    NBC Chicago – January 2024
    Seven weeks after a crash, the CTA Yellow Line is set to reopen on Friday, January 5, 2024, following NTSB investigations. Clifford Law Offices, quoted in this article, is representing several passengers who were injured when the speeding train struck equipment on the track and is conducting its own investigation. Read the full article here.


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