Monthly Archives: April 2014

Passaic River cleanup still a long way off

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Workers cleaning a section of the Passaic River in Lyndhurst on Wednesday. A much more extensive $1.7 billion plan was announced last week for the lower part of the river.
Workers cleaning a section of the Passaic River in Lyndhurst on Wednesday. A much more extensive $1.7 billion plan was announced last week for the lower part of the river.

It is touted as the largest Superfund cleanup ever, one that will remove 4.3 million cubic yards of sediment contaminated with a stew of pollutants from the Passaic River and even make it safe for people to fish there again without significantly raising their risk of cancer.

This was the pledge from federal officials last week as they unveiled with great fanfare a $1.7 billion cleanup to be paid by more than 100 companies that either polluted the waterway or inherited the liability of past polluters.

But the road to a Superfund cleanup is long and full of twists, and it sometimes falls short of its goals.

Since the federal Superfund program was launched three decades ago, only four of the 14 sites in Bergen and Passaic counties have been fully remediated. Eight sites — including the Passaic River — have been on the list for more than 25 years.

Court battles with polluters and the complexity of removing toxic chemicals from soil and water have long been blamed for the glacial pace of cleanups. Since the time between the announcement of a cleanup plan and when work actually begins is often several years, the scope of a Superfund cleanup usually changes due to everything from technology upgrades to the discovery of more pollution to lobbying by the polluters.

Officials at the…

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Suit Accuses Director of New ‘X-Men’ Film of Sexual Assault

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LOS ANGELES — The filmmaker Bryan Singer, whose big-budget “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is set for release next month by 20th Century Fox, was accused in a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday of drugging and raping an underage boy here and in Hawaii more than 14 years ago.

A lawyer for Mr. Singer, Martin D. Singer, said in a statement that the claims were without merit. “We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit,” he added.

The suit, which includes graphic, detailed allegations, was filed in the Federal District Court in Hawaii by Michael Egan, a one-time aspiring actor who is now a resident of Nevada. Mr. Egan’s suit alleges that Mr. Singer provided him with drugs and alcohol and subjected him to unwanted sex on trips to Hawaii in 1999, after meeting him at California parties organized by Marc Collins-Rector, who in 2004 pleaded guilty to charges of transporting minors across state lines to have sex.

Mr. Egan is represented by Jeff Herman, a Miami lawyer known for pursuing cases against pedophile priests and representing plaintiffs in a 2012 scandal involving allegations of underage sex against Kevin Clash, a “Sesame Street” puppeteer.

The suit against Mr. Singer creates publicity problems for Fox, which is just starting to introduce its marketing artillery for “Days of Future Past,” a big-budget film starring Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry and Jennifer…

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Eugenics Bill Deadline — June 30, 2014

Victims of North Carolina’s state-sponsored sterilization program have until June 30, 2014 to file claims for compensation through the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Eugenics Asexualization and Sterilization Compensation Program. In the early 20th century North Carolina and 31 other states supported eugenics, the science of improving the human population through the control of hereditary qualities. Between 1929 and 1974, the Eugenics Board of North Carolina authorized the forced sterilization of approximately 7,600 people. The victims were classified according to three categories: mental illness, epilepsy and feebleminded (which usually meant a low IQ score). The Board also considered personal factors such as sexual activitiy, whether or not they were hard to control, and whether they were poverty stricken. Most victims were female and some were as young as 10 years old.

In 2010 Governor Beverly Perdue created the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation ( in an effort to find and compensate victims who were wrongly sterilized. In 2013 N.C. lawmakers appropriated $10 million for one-time payments through the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Eugenics Compensation Program for the estimated 1,500 victims who are still alive (State Bill 402).

The Industrial Commission has provided instructions on how to file a claim for compensation ( Eligible compensation recipients must have been alive on June 30, 2013. Those who believe they may have been sterilized under this program are encouraged to call the Victim’s Information Line at 1-877-550-6013 or 919-807-4270. The amount of compensation per individual will be determined by the number of eligible victims that come forward and file claims. Payments will not be made until 2015. Many attorneys and members of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice have agreed to represent these victims on a non-fee basis. For a list of these attorneys call 919-533-1413. Leonard Jernigan is one of the listed attorneys.

Alternative Ways to Treat Arthritis: Fish Oil and Gin-Soaked Raisins?

According to the People’s Pharmacy, a popular radio show on National Public Radio, there are less expensive alternatives to joint pain than prescribed medications. Joint pain can be challenging because all the prescribd drugs have side effects. Ibprofen, meloxicam and naproxen can be hard on the digestive tract. All these drugs, including Celebrex, also may raise blood pressure and increase the risk for cardiovascular complications. Another drug, prednisone, can cause insomnia, hypertension, diabetes, swelling, osteoperosis and cataracts. Fish oil and gin-soaked raisins offer less risk and many people report that these remedies are quite helpful.

For more home remedies and non-traditional treatments for arthritis and other ailments, we encourage you to go to the People’s Pharmacy website at:



Understanding Your Auto Insurance – Online Flip-Book

Today’s post comes from guest author Kit Case, from Causey Law Firm.

The Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) has released their publication “Understanding Your Auto Insurance” as an online flip-book. This booklet explains the various components that make up auto insurance coverage, including liability coverage, personal injury protection (PIP) coverage and underinsured motorist, collision and comprehensive coverage options. Details about who is covered under a policy and what the policy may cover are outlined. Steps to take if an accident occurs are explained in detail, as well.

This booklet is a great resource and should be on everyone’s required reading list.

College Football Players Get Approval to Unionize – Workers Compensation Next

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Today’s post is shared from the and highlights a growing trend that student-athletes are employees and will be subject to workers’s compensation mandatory insurance coverage. With head concussion recognition on the rise as a long term medical issue in body contact sport this will be a huge incentuve to eliminate the business of college body contact sports.

CHICAGO—In a decision with potentially broad ramifications for collegiate athletics, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that Northwestern University scholarship football players are employees of the school and are eligible to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union.

The ruling, which Northwestern immediately said it would appeal, has the potential to upend big-time college sports by reversing the NCAA’s longtime stance that athletes are students first and athletes second. As such, they can’t be considered employees.

In his ruling, Peter Ohr ruled that Northwestern’s scholarship players are athletes first and students second. Their duties to the athletic program include 50 to 60 hours a week during training camp and 40 to 50 hours a week during the three- or four-month football season. For much of the year, players are told by coaches when to eat, sleep and train.

Northwestern University football players with athletic scholarships are employees and can unionize, a National Labor Relations Board regional director ruled Wednesday, contradicting the…

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