MetLife will pay a $50,000 penalty and refund an undetermined amount of money to customers to settle allegations it imposed costly surcharges on Massachusetts drivers who were found not at fault in auto accidents. In detailing an agreement reached with Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance Company, state attorney general Martha Coakley said Tuesday that some custoemrs who filed accident claims were improperly penalized even after a state appeals board had ruled they were not responsible for causing the crashes.
BP claims and claimants:
The trial against BP, Halliburton and Trans Ocean is set for trial January 14, 2013, to determine punitive damages owed under the maritime law. In a true limitaions action, the unresolved issues include claims among the defendants for which Judge Barbier will apply various laws, e.g., admiralty law and the Oil Field Pollution Act. The trial on punitive damages may enhance your claims under the pending settlement of economics and medicals claims. Settlement of your claims under the pending settlement will bar all future claims against BP and the long list of defendants who are beneficiaries of the transaction and compromise. For more information on the list ofclaims barred by the settlement or your rights in the pending multi-district litigation, contact Thornhill Law Firm.
International Paper and Temple-Inland: Bogalusa paper mill suits filed:
Fines and/or penalties paid by BP will be paid to Gulf Coast states under the proposed “Restore Act.” Eighty (80) percent of any fines/penalties assessed in connection with the April 20, 2010, BP disaster would be paid to the five Gulf Coast states, where it would be distributed for economic and environmental restoration projects and scientific research. Under the current Clean Water Act, the fines from the BP spill go into a fund to help pay for future disasters. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fl, co-chair of the Congressional Gulf Coast Caucus comments on the failure of Congress to move the proposed Restore Act saying, “I’m disappointed there hasn’t been movement. I thought this would be a no-brainer.” The proposed Restore Act was added as an amendment to the current bipartisan Transportation bill, which has passed the Senate. The House version has stalled, and has been extended from July 1 through the end of September this year. Paying BP fines/penalties directly to the affected areas of the Gulf coast should help reestablish the local businesses, assist fisheries, and encourage restoration of the environment and our way of life.
Chinese drywall in your house or building? It is not too late to file a claim. The settlement with Knauff is not final and a bar date has not been issued. Claims against other manufacturers are also still pending.
So, it is not too late for filing claims. Thornhill Law Firm is ready to send experts to test, evaluated and develop your claim for Chinese drywall damages by filing through the lawyers at Thornhill Law Firm. Call Emily if you have questions: 985-641-5010, toll Free: (800)-989-2707. https://www.thornhilllawfirm.com/
The Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (“PSC”) is still engaged in adversarial discovery process. Many more samples and tests are still required to know the scope of the loss of fish and wildlife, the impact on the commercial fisherman, land owners, water quality and associated use rights. Our objective is to determine the effects of the release(s) and the content(s) of the release(s) through our experts.
On February 15, 2012, we filed our First Amended Master Class Action Complaint and included all insurance companies providing coverage for Defendant. A Status Conference has been set before the Honorable Lance Africk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for April 13, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. If you have any updated documentation to support your claim, please be sure to get that information to my office at your earliest convenience. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. https://www.thornhilllawfirm.com/
The Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (“PSC”) appointed by Judge Lance Africk of the United States District Court, Eastern District, Louisiana has been engaged in adversarial discovery process. Although Temple Inland (“TIN”) has begun to comply, many more samples and tests will be required to know the scope of the loss of fish and wildlife, the impact on the commercial fishermen, land owners, water quality and associated use rights. Toward that end, we have scheduled testing. Our objective is to determine the effects of the release(s) and the content(s) of the release(s) through our experts. A preliminary expert report on the number of fish killed has been issued, subject to revision after complete testing in the river.
A status conference is set for February 8, 2012 with Judge Africk. If you are one of our class members and have any updated documentation to support your claim, please be sure to get that information to our office at your earliest convenience.
Thornhill Law Firm filed the Evans class action, which has been established by federal Judge Africk as the lead action against TIN, Inc. d/b/a Temple Inland (“TIN”). All other cases with similar issues and damages are consolidated under the Evans class action in order to efficiently and most accurately work through the legal process. The court has appointed Tom Thornhill as Liaison Counsel and has appointed a Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (“PSC”) to serve with alongside to prosecute all claims against the TIN.
We have initiated expedited discovery in the case including Rule 26 Disclosures required by law where we obtain documents, evidence, and answers to vital questions relevant to this lawsuit. The expedited discovery includes an Order issued on December 12, 2011 by federal Magistrate Judge Alma Chasez to TIN to provide us with all test results issued and all samples taken by TIN. Our objective is to determine the effects of the release(s) and the content(s) of the release(s) through our experts. A preliminary expert report on the number of fish killed has been issued subject to revision after complete testing in the river.
We intend to file a Master Complaint on January 11, 2012, and a status conference was held December 28, 2011 with the Judge. If you are a class action member we will be contacted you in the next sixty (60) days for additional information to support your claim. Meanwhile, if you have any additional photos or updated documentation to support your claim, please be sure to get that information to our office at your earliest convenience.