Is plastic food packaging safe or dangerous? Will the federal government ever decide and act to protect us properly?

It's not enough that we have to worry about the safety of the vehicles we drive in, the airplanes we fly in and even the toys our children play with. Now, in a story in The New York Times last week, we are reminded to always be concerned about the packaging used for the food and drinks that we consume each day. Less than two years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared that...

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Court rules that hormone replacement therapy plaintiff should not suffer due to statute of limitations

Patients who have sued in connection with serious injuries from hormone replacement therapies in the last decade just received a potentially promising ruling from the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In a decision handed down on Dec. 31, 2009 in the case Simon v. Wyeth, the court said that a two-year  statute of limitations that forced the reversal of an earlier $1.5 million damage award for the injured plaintiff should not have been applied, according to a...

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Video Blog: Slip and Fall Accidents

Can you explain what caused your slip and fall accident? If not, you may not be able to recover compensation for your injuries. In this video blog from MyPhillyLawyer.com, Attorney Dean Weitzman explains the importance of identifying the cause and responsible party for your trip, slip and fall accident. He assures that the attorneys of Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman will help you with the discovery process and with filing a successful claim.

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Freed from prison after 35 years following DNA testing, James Bain to receive award at Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration

It took 35 long years for justice to prevail, but James Bain's release from a Florida prison in December for a crime he didn't commit will be celebrated this weekend at several events here in Philadelphia. Mr.  Bain, who was freed on Dec. 17, will receive the 2010 Drum Major Award for Criminal Justice from the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Non-Violence in ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, Jan. 18.  The...

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So you received a new power tool for the holidays? Let’s be careful out there

Electric hand tools are fabulous. They let you get building projects done more quickly and accurately, and they help you produce professional results and true satisfaction with a job well done whether you're renovating your home, fixing a porch swing or building hand-made furniture. At the same time, though, they can be dangerous if used improperly or without the correct safeguards. The hazards of the  "10 Most Dangerous Power Tools" were highlighted recently in a...

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New LED traffic lights: are they accidents waiting to happen?

Fueled by the goal of drastically cutting their expensive electricity bills, cash-strapped municipal governments around the United States have been changing over from traditional light bulbs to new energy-saving light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in traffic lights at thousands of intersections.  But unlike "impact studies" that often have to be done for zoning, planning and road construction projects, no one seemed to think twice about the impacts of such a move. Yes, it saves plenty of energy...

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Winter snow and ice is here: be careful so you don’t get sued for having icy sidewalks

Now that winter officially began on Dec. 21,  two days after a powerful storm dumped almost two feet of snow over Philadelphia and the region, it's the perfect time for homeowners, renters and business owners to review their responsibilities when it comes to clearing their sidewalks after a snowstorm. Think no one's watching if you leave the snow out there and skip the shoveling?  Think again. Most municipalities have laws requiring that sidewalks be cleared...

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Airline passengers finally getting some real rights

You've heard those horrific stories in recent years about airline passengers whose flights sit on airport taxiways or gates aprons for hours because the planes are waiting for the weather to improve or for an arrival gate to open up. You've heard about the problems as the planes just sit there for hours on end in the cold or the heat, as the planes become foul-smelling as toilets fill up and can't be used anymore. ...

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Free at last after 35 years in prison, any of us could have been James Bain

After spending 35 years in prison for a crime he always insisted he hadn't committed, James Bain walked out of the courthouse in Polk County, Fla., yesterday, a free man once again,  according to an Associated Press story in today's New York Times. It took many legal attempts to finally get the courts to analyze his DNA and compare it to DNA left at the scene of the kidnapping and rape of a nine-year-old boy...

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