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FealGood Foundation’s John Feal Interviewed on PBS

PBS’ Tavis Smiley recently did an interview with John Feal of the FealGood Foundation about his long fight for justice for the 9/11 First Responder community. Feal was part of the cleanup and recovery effort at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. It was also where he lost part of his foot and nearly died.

Watch FealGood Foundation’s John Feal on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.

That experience, along with the health issues he incurred, pushed him to be a crusader for the 9/11 First Responder community. Through his advocacy, he has been able to reach almost the entire New York Congressional delegation to help push through legislation that would help the community. It is no wonder he is so well regarded by his peers.

In his interview with Tavis, Feal discusses the numerous issues the community has had to face, including the sequester, which consists of federally mandated cuts across the board to many programs and departments in an effort to bring down the national deficit. Those cuts may have a huge impact on the James Zadroga Act passed in 2010 which restarted the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund setup to help anyone affected by 9/11.

Written by Lulaine Compere.

RD Legal Offers Funding to Plaintiffs and Plaintiff’s Attorneys with Police Abuse Settlements

Cresskill, NJ: According to various news reports, the plaintiffs who sued the Chicago Police Department for abuses they suffered are set to receive $32 million as part of a settlement, reached after years of fighting between the two sides. The plaintiffs Alton Logan and Christina Eilman suffered at the hands of the Chicago Police Department for different reasons.

Logan, who previously filed a federal lawsuit, spent over 25 years of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit. He alleged officers covered up evidence that would have proven his innocence. The detectives who handled his case worked under Detective John Burge who is currently in prison for using torture against suspects. Eilman was arrested by the Chicago Police Department and released in a dangerous area where she was raped before she fell from a seventh-story window. Both plaintiffs are set to receive settlements in the millions.

A city council committee in Chicago approved the money for both plaintiffs to receive their settlements. Logan, the victim of the Chicago Police Department torture scandal, is slated to get over $10 million, and Eilman will receive over $22 million. These recent settlements increase the spotlight that is currently on the police department. The city of Chicago is already in the news because of the high crime rate and has recently settled various abuse lawsuits, including one featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

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Written by Lulaine Compere.

Toyota Motor Corporation Agrees to Billion Dollar Settlement

Toyota Motor Corporation announced they are going to pay close to $1.4 billion to settle lawsuits that allege their vehicles accelerated unintentionally and without warning. News of Toyota’s vehicle acceleration problem made worldwide headlines and even caused the CEO of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, to apologize. He even testified in front of Congress to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for the lax safety measures that led to the vehicle problems and pledged to strengthen quality control.

According to news reports about the settlement, Toyota will establish a fund of $250 million for customers who bought vehicles from September 2009 to December 2010. The money will be used to provide cash payments, retrofit certain vehicles, and add additional warranty for certain vehicle components. In addition to the money, the settlement will establish additional driver education programs and fund research into advanced safety technologies.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the issues involving Toyota occurred in 2009 after an off-duty officer and three of his passengers were killed when the car sped out of control. When more news stories came out about vehicle acceleration problems, Japanese and American authorities launched their own investigations. There is a separate lawsuit against Toyota where people are seeking compensation for injury and wrongful death. They were not part of the settlement, and according to NBC News, the first trial is slated to start in February.

This settlement was recently granted preliminary approval by the court. If you believe you are due compensation, you can visit the official Toyota economic loss settlement website at http://www.toyotaelsettlement.com. If you are a plaintiff’s attorney litigating this case and are in need of a post-settlement advance on your legal fees, RD Legal’s Fee Acceleration program can help. Simply visit http://www.legalfunding.com/solutions/fee_acceleration.cfm for more details about post-settlement legal funding.


Written by Lulaine Compere.

A Slow Loading Website Can Really Kill Conversions

wwwAccording to an article from seo.com, a one second delay in page load time can decrease your website’s conversion rate by up to 7%. Not only that, but if your site loads too slowly, your search engine rankings will actually be penalized. Below are five tips from Nate Babbel to decrease your website’s page load speed:

  1. Minimize HTTP requests.
  2. Ensure JavaScript and CSS calls are external.
  3. Make sure to aggregate external JavaScript and CSS calls into as few files as possible.
  4. Place all JavaScript file requests towards the bottom of pages on your website.
  5. Reduce images to the smallest size possible while still maintaining image quality.

For more detailed information about these five points, check out the below video by Nick Babbel entitled How do I improve my page load speed?

To make sure my website is loading at optimal speed, I use a tool called PageSpeed Insights at https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights. You simply type in your URL, hit the “analyze” button, and you are provided a score and suggested actions to take to improve page load speed. The score is based on a scale of 1-100, and the higher the score, the better. The suggestion summary, which provides actionable steps to improve page load speed, is broken down into high, medium, and low priority. In my opinion, you definitely want to tackle any high and medium priority suggestions.


Written by David Smethie, Deal Origination Manager at RD Legal Funding.

Headstrong: NYC Play Focuses on Effects of Football Concussions

Headstrong is a new play currently showing at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City that focuses on the issues of concussions and the effect it has on football players. The well-reviewed play was very timely as society starts to question the real long-term effects concussions have on football players.

Most notably, the National Football League is facing a class action lawsuit from former players who allege the league did not adequately protect them from the damage they sustained during their careers. The plaintiffs also allege the league hid medical information related to their playing and how concussions would affect them.

Written by Lulaine Compere

Questionable Automobile Insurance Practices

In 2007, CNN’s Anderson Cooper did a series that highlighted questionable practices of the automobile insurance industry. As attorneys in the civil litigation sector know, automobile injuries make up a large percentage of cases in the court system.

Insurance is mandatory, so when a person gets into an accident, it is the insurance company that usually has to pay. The more the insurance companies pay out, the less profit they make. Therefore, insurance companies do what they can to minimize payouts. This leads to shady tactics, as illustrated in the below video.

John Feal Honored in Yahoo’s Year in Review

John Feal, a legend and revered person in the 9/11 First Responder community, was recently praised in Yahoo’s Year in Review (heroic acts category). Feal has been active in fighting for the rights of 9/11 First Responders since 2003.

Through his Fealgood Foundation, he has worked to bring attention to the issue and help many of the responders receive their well-deserved benefits. He, along with many others 9/11 related organizations, helped get the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act passed, which was recently expanded to cover 50 types of cancer.


Written by Lulaine Compere.

Mega-Church under Investigation for Sex Abuse Allegations

The New York Times reported a story on September 20th about the Victory Christian Center, a mega-church based in Oklahoma facing sex abuse allegations from some of its youngest parishioners. This isn’t the first time mega-church officials have been subject to such allegations.

According to the Times and other news sources, former employee Chris Denman was arrested for raping two girls-one 13 and the other 15 years old. Another former employee, Israel Shalom Castillo, was charged with making a lewd proposal to a child, and the daughter-in- law and son- in- law are charged with failing to report the assaults.

Most recently, Pastor Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church faced similar allegations, which he settled with the accusers. The accusers in that case won a large settlement and avoided trial, but their lives have been forever altered because of what happened to them and the media scrutiny that came with the case.

Victims of these kinds of cases should know that litigation funding is an option, on both a pre-settlement and post-settlement basis. Trials can be long, tedious, and very expensive. Legal funding advances can help keep the plaintiffs afloat during a difficult time.


Written by Lulaine Compere.

$7 Million Popcorn Lung Lawsuit

According to several media outlets, Wayne Watson is going to get $7 million from Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation, Kroger, and Dillon Foods over developing “popcorn lung.” Watson apparently ate microwave popcorn twice a day for 10 years, and he says he developed “popcorn lung” as a result.

Popcorn lung is a fatal respiratory disease that develops in workers that work with the chemical diacetyl. In some cases it can cause constrictive bronchiolitis which can scar the lung and block off air. The jury awarded Watson the money after almost two days of deliberations.

$1.2 Billion Pink Slime Lawsuit

Mother Jones magazine reported about a lawsuit Beef Products International is bringing against ABC News and three whistleblowers. The allegations are that the news stories ABC did led some of the company’s biggest customers to stop buying their products, forcing them to shut down 75% of their plants. The company is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.