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Limestone County Courthouse Renovations

Athens residents know well the parade of orange cones that have invaded the downtown square for many months. We have some good news; the end is near! The renovations of the courthouse are all but finished and the construction equipment will soon be gone. Renovations started in 2011 and has more than doubled cost predictions due to unforeseen structural complications. Residents, lawyers, and the staff of our Athens office will welcome the end of the traffic headache and the opportunity to use the new facilities. Currently, the courts are housed in the off-site judicial center a few miles away from the main courthouse. The citizens of Limestone County will be better served by the new increased capacity of the county’s judicial facilities. As the population continues to grow and the number of cases increase, the expanded court rooms will be a much-needed improvement. All types of cases will be litigated in the new court rooms such as criminal defense, domestic relations, and personal injury cases. If you are a resident of Limestone county or anywhere in the southeast and need an injury attorney, criminal defense attorney, or family lawyer then give Hodges Trial Lawyers a call at 256-539-3110.

Defective Triggers in Remington Rifles

Unsealed internal documents from Remington reveal that the company has known for decades that the trigger in over a dozen Remington models would fire when no one pulled it. These models included the Remington Model 700, the most popular bolt-action rifle in America. Remington has consistently denied this fact, hidden the truth about this defect, and continued to sell the rifles in question. As a result, hundreds of people have been killed or maimed as a result of this defect. In December 2015, CNBC aired a one-hour special, Remington Under Fire: The Reckoning, based in part on some of these documents. Public Justice has recently been successful in unsealing documents that show culpability with regards to what was known and when. This is exactly why we oppose confidentiality in settling personal injury cases. Confidentiality protects Corporate America at the expense of American citizens.

Over 7.5 million Remington 700 and other rifles with this defective trigger are now in gun owners’ hands. A national class action lawsuit was filed in federal court and the proposed settlement included free trigger replacements to all owners of the Remington Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, and 770 rifles. Everyone who owns one of these rifles should stop using them and make sure that their triggers are in proper working order.

There are other models not covered under this settlement. The Remington Model 600, 660, or XP-100 were recalled in 1979. Their triggers can still be repaired for free under that recall. The settlement also does not provide free trigger replacement for Remington Model 721, 722, and 725 rifles, even though they also have the same defective trigger.

For a full list of all affected Remington models, visit our website at www.notanaccident.com/defectivetrigger.

Jeremiah Receives Prestigious Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremiah recently received the Preeminent AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell. According to Martindale Hubbell, lawyers are rated by their peers and Jeremiah is rated as the “Highest Level of Professional Excellence.”

Jeremiah was also recognized for 2016 as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Each year, the top 2.5% of Alabama attorneys under forty (or those who have practiced less than 10 years) are recognized for their high achievement in legal ability, professional standards, and peer recognition. Candidates are selected through a rigorous process that combines extensive peer review and independent research conducted by the Super Lawyers organization.

Jeremiah has been recognized by Super Lawyers each year since 2011. Jeremiah stated that “Awards like these are evidence of the great work that our team does. We are grateful for the recognition; awards like these pale in comparison to the feeling we get from a satisfied client.”

Abilify

Abilify is an anti-psychotic drug that is often prescribed for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, Parkinson’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. According to the FDA, it is the top selling anti-psychotic drug in the U.S. It has been linked to uncontrollable, compulsive urges, especially for gambling, and the inability to control these urges. If you took Abilify and suffered these symptoms, we may be able to help you.

Xarelto

Xarelto, a blood-thinning drug, has been linked to serious side effects including internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleed and death. Lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp. over Xarelto have been consolidated in Louisiana federal court. If you or a family member took Xarelto and were injured, call and let us help you.