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Bryan Pope

Construction Job Site Injuries Down From a Decade Ago, Work Still Needs to be Done

On April 5th in St. Petersburg, Florida, a construction crane on site at the new St. Petersburg Police station toppled over for no apparent reason—narrowly missing several construction workers who might have been crushed otherwise. The harrowing few moments were […]

Mark Bello

April Awareness: Bringing the Issue of Clergy Abuse into the Spotlight

A Pennsylvania grand jury will soon conclude hearing testimony about sexual abuse by priests in six Catholic dioceses in the state. A report is expected to be released in May. Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane launched the statewide probe after […]

Mark Bello

How Can We Arm Our Way To A Safer America?

In a recent New York Times op-ed, retired United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens had a clear message: Repeal the Second Amendment. Moved by the March for Our Lives movement, Stevens said: “Rarely in my lifetime have I […]

Patrick Traber

Earnouts – Seller Pitfalls And Risks

Earnouts are a traditional transaction structuring mechanism to help sellers and buyers of a company bridge valuations gaps. Earnouts are increasingly utilized in today’s current high valuation market. Earnouts helps sellers maximize the value of their enterprise, while at the […]

Mark Bello

Lawsuit Financial Celebrates Four Years Promoting Financial Literacy

April is National Financial Literacy Month as an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. Most Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. That means they will not be […]

Mark Bello

Spring Break Safety: Travel Tips for Teens and Young Adults

While spring break is a great time for students to relax and enjoy time away from the books, it has also become notorious for traveling to party spots and “letting loose.” However, it’s important to not throw all caution to […]

Sean T. Foss

ND Supreme Court Clarifies Contractor License Requirements

After the clarification provided by the Court in Snider and the addition of criminal penalties added to N.D.C.C. § 43-07-02, the consequences of not being licensed as a contractor for work performed in North Dakota can be significant. Now, not only can a contractor forfeit its right to payment for services provided before the contractor is licensed, but the contractor could also be facing criminal fines and even imprisonment.

Jason Lazarus

Social Security Updates Exempt Asset List to Include SNTs and Able Accounts

SSI and Medicaid are both needs based government assistance programs which can be lost by receiving a personal injury settlement.  However, proper planning can avoid this result by making what would normally be a countable resource, exempt.   The Social Security […]

Jason Lazarus

Fighting ERISA Liens Made Easy – Sort Of ….

Many attorneys struggle with getting reductions on ERISA liens. The primary reason is lack of leverage and less than complete information. This blog post gives some tips on how to be better prepared to fight ERISA recovery contractors. The following are key points from this month’s blog post regarding ERISA liens:

ERISA is a federal statute that protects self-funded employer-based health insurance plans from application of state law when they have a lien
It is critically important to review an ERISA plan before negotiating a lien
Use 1024(b)(4) request to put pressure on the ERISA plan
Determine funding status – self funded versus insured
Review Master Plan Document for subrogation language, don’t rely on the Summary Plan Document
Get every piece of information you are owed from the ERISA plan prior to resolving the lien
Follow our step by step plan discussed in the blog post
Outsourcing lien resolution to those that specialize in fighting ERISA recovery contractors may give your client a greater reduction

Mark Bello

Four “Package Explosions” in Austin Could Be Hate Crimes

For the fourth time this month, a device has exploded in a residential community of Austin, Texas. The first three detonations were from packages left on the front porch of homeowners. In those explosions, a total of two people were […]