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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court

President Barack Obama plans to nominate Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Kagan is slated to fill the postiton that Justice John Paul Stevens will vacate.

NBC News’s Pete Williams reports:

Kagan, 50, served as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009. Obama nominated her to serve in her current post as solicitor general early in 2009, and she won Senate confirmation by a vote of 61-31. She is the first woman to serve as solicitor general of the United States.

She was widely viewed as a front-runner when Obama was considering candidates for a Supreme Court opening last year, but the president ultimately chose Sonia Sotomayor for the job.

Unlike the other Supreme Court justices, Kagan has never before served as a federal judge.

Kagan would be the fourth woman ever nominated to the high court and continue a trend of Ivy League-educated lawyers who sit on the bench.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Worse Than Exxon Valdez Disaster

The Louisiana Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is an environmental nightmare of colossal proportion. BP is drilling a “relief well” to divert the oil, but it could take three months to complete. By then, the Exxon Valdez disaster that destroyed Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1989 is expected to pale in comparison to this disaster.

The Coast Guard said the growing slick is 45 miles wide at its broadest point and 100 miles long – about the length of New Jersey’s coastline… Read Full Story

Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Investigation is Ongoing

HOUSTON, TX – Offshore injury lawyers, Gordon, Elias and Seely, LLP, have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Karl Kleppinger, Jr, one of the missing 11 men, who to this date has not been found.

Initially, the law firm contemplated filing a possible Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in the Transocean Deepwater Horizon explosion that took place on April 20, 2010. A TRO is filed for many reasons – one of which would be to preserve evidence or not to cause spoliation of evidence… ... Read Full Story

Transocean Oil Rig Explosion Lawyer Todd Elias is Helping Family of Missing Worker

HOUSTON, TX – Eleven people are still missing after an oil rig explosion on April 20th in The Gulf of Mexico 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The families said that they were told by representatives early Friday morning that their loved ones are considered dead.

Transocean Deepwater Horizon sinking into The Gulf Of Mexico on April 22, 2010

Todd Elias, a Houston maritime lawyer, who is representing Tracy Kleppinger, the wife of worker Karl Kleppinger Jr. of Natchez, Miss., said his client was told by rig owner Transocean Ltd. that her husband Karl Kleppinger, Jr is considered deceased. Attorney, Steve Gordon, said the company has sent grievers to be with Tracy Kleppinger.  ... Read Full Story

Deepwater Oil Rig Explosion Coast Guard Update; 11 Workers Still Missing

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The US Coast Guard held a press conference at 3:00 p.m. at Coast Guard 8th District headquarters in the Hale Boggs building in the New Orleans Central Business District to update the status of the oil rig explosion of Deepwater Horizon that took place Tuesday night at 10:00 PM in the Gulf of Mexico 52 miles off the coast of Venice, LA.

An explosion rocked an offshore oil drilling platform, sending a column of fire into the sky and touching off a frantic search at sea for at least 11 originally reported missing. Most of the 126 workers on the rig Deepwater Horizon were believed to have escaped safely after the explosion that happened about 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2010.

Photo Courtesy: Dan McDonald - Coast Guard vessels try to extinguish the fire on DEEPWATER HORIZON. These pictures are believed to have been taken by a nearby Chevron worker

Rear Adm. Mary Landry, commander of the Coast Guard’s 8th district headquarters; David Hayes, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior; Adrian Rose, vice president of Transocean; and David Rainey and vice president of BP were at the conference to answer questions… ... Read Full Story

15 Workers Missing in Oil Rig Explosion in Gulf of Mexico

VENICE, LA – An explosion has occurred on Transocean’s oil rig, “Deepwater Horizon”, in The Gulf of Mexico about 52 miles south of Venice, LA. The explosion, which happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, forced all personnel to abandon ship. The USCG is on the scene, along with several other vessels, conducting search patterns for the missing.

Photo taken 10 miles out from the explosion in The Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Venice, LA

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser in an interview with WDSU.com, said there were 15 people still not accounted for. He said that earlier the Coast Guard located and had a visual contact with one of the rescue capsules off the rig but didn’t know if all of the missing people were on there now… ... Read Full Story

Arizona Passes Controversial Illegal Immigration Law

PHOENIX, AZ – On Monday, April 19, 2010, lawmakers in Arizona passed a controversial immigration bill, a measure which critics say is open to racial profiling. The law requires that the police in the state that borders Mexico determine if people are in the United States illegally. Lawmakers in the AZ  Senate voted 17 to 11 to approve the bill, widely regarded as the toughest measure yet taken by any U.S. state to curb illegal immigration. Read Full Story

Virginia Law Allows Opt Out For Individual Health Insurance Mandate

Virginia State Capitol

RICHMOND, VA – Virginia state law makers passed laws earlier this month that are intended to nullify proposed health-care legislation that carries with it mandates for individuals to purchase health insurance.

Virginia is the first state to pass a law that would allow its residents to opt out of the proposed federal requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance, which is one of the elements of the proposed health care bill currently pending in Congress. State legislatures in Idaho and Utah also approved similar measures this month that would limit the scope of the proposed legislation. Several other state legislatures also are considering similar laws and are promoting constitutional amendments that would limit federal requirements. Most are following Virginia’s lead in nullifying the mandate on health insurance… ... Read Full Story

Truck Accident Study Conducted by FMCSA and NHTSA

WASHINGTON, DC – The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) is is the first-ever national study to attempt to determine the critical events and associated factors that contribute to serious large truck crashes. It has been conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which are agencies under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

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Truck Accident Lawyer Cites Driver Fatigue As Major Cause Of Truck Accidents

 

Steve Gordon & Todd Elias

Gordon & Elias, truck accident attorneys. Todd Elias on the left; Steve Gordon on the rt

Truck accident lawyers, Gordon & Elias, agree with Deborah A.P. Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that driver fatigue “is one of the most insidious issues in the transportation industry,” and more needs to be done to address this problem.

Truck accidents caused by driver fatigue have become a national problem and it is getting worse. The country’s health practitioners have been aware of an increase in persons suffering from sleep deprivation for many years. Medical problems such as sleep apnea and acid reflux, which causes constant sleep interruption, are the number one causes of driver fatigue. In addition, even drivers that are not suffering from these health problems but simply are driving more than the permissible amount of hours due to economic necessity also is a cause of driver fatigue…. ... Read Full Story