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Juul Settles with North Carolina for $40 Million

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Vaping giant Juul has reportedly agreed to settle illegal youth-targeted marketing claims with the state of North Carolina for $40 million.  This is the first settlement that Juul has reached with a state but faces lawsuits from 13 other state governments and the District of Columbia.  Juul was accused of marketing its addictive electronic cigarette products at teenagers, who could not legally use their products, through social media and other youth-centric platforms.  Under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company stopped selling flavored vaping products in 2019. Juul's settlement with the state of North Carolina includes the $40 million and a promise to not sell its flavored vaping products until it is given authorization by the FDA and will only advertise to adults over 21.  The $40 million will be paid over six years and will be used to fund anti-vaping efforts and research the health effects of e-cigarette and other vaping products. See the full news article here. The US Government banned the sales of vapes that had fruit or mint flavor in 2020 and raised the legal age for buying tobacco products to 21.  The new policies have led to a decline in the rate of youth vaping, but overall use rates are still high.  The FDA decision on whether to allow certain vaping products is currently expected in September.  About 6.5 million tobacco-related products are currently facing review. Manufacturers and other businesses can be held liable for the dangerous products they produce and market.  False advertising and targeting adult products to under-age demographics can leave companies susceptible to lawsuits, such as the one filed by North Carolina and the other states.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth pursues corporations that violate the tenets of product liability law on behalf of those who suffer injury due to faulty product manufacturing, design, and/or marketing.  Call us today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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San Gabriel Valley Master Key – Episode 39 – Teddy Bedjakian

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Episode 39 of the San Gabriel Valley Master Key podcast, co-hosted by Attorney Scott Warmuth, officially released yesterday! Episode 39 features Teddy Bedjakian, restaurateur of Edwin Mills by Equator.

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Teddy Bedjakian is the restaurateur of Edwin Mills by Equator located in Old Pasadena. Teddy started at that location back when it was known as Equator Coffee House. He was the one who decided to rebrand, and thus rename, the café in order to survive and thrive against the competition between coffee shops during 2014. Surviving and thriving has been a part of Teddy's life since he was young. His family immigrated to the US when he was 7 years old from Armenia where they were being targeted. Growing up Teddy describes himself as a tough kid, from living in a tough neighborhood during the time when Pasadena was not the prime place to hang out.

Currently Teddy has brought life back to the alley where his restaurant resides in Old Pasadena, while going through all the difficulties the pandemic has presented to him. He enjoys bringing the history of Pasadena, particularly the building that houses his restaurant, to the awareness of all who visit his establishment.

Available now on Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and iHeartRADIOVisit the San Gabriel Valley Master Key website for more information.

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Riding Bicycles Safely this Summer

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It is officially summertime!  After the challenges of 2020, lots of people are excited to get out and about this summer.  For many, that means taking to the streets and trails on a bicycle.  Learning to ride a bicycle is something that most of us learn how to do.  Learning to ride a bicycle safely, however, is something that is not.  Riding a bicycle can be dangerous, especially in a city setting.  Following these safety tips can help you reduce the risk of being seriously injured in a bicycle accident. Wear Safety Gear
  • Bicycle Helmet - While cyclists over the age of 18 are not legally required to wear a bicycle helmet in California, wearing a helmet can save your life in the event of a crash.  Helmet have been found to protect against head injury, traumatic brain injury, face injury, and death.
  • Lights and Reflectors - California law requires that bicycles have a white headlight, a rear red reflector, and white or yellow reflectors on the pedals while being operated at night.  From a safety standpoint, the more visible your bicycle is to motorists, the safer you are.
  • High-visibility Clothing - There is a reason many bicycle jerseys are colored in bright neon.  It is safer for bicyclists when drivers are aware of their presence.
Obey the Rules of the Road
  • Bicycles are Vehicles - In California, cyclists must follow all traffic laws as if they were driving a car.  That means obeying all traffic signals and stop signs, riding on the right side of the road, and even following speed limits.  And yes, cyclists can be ticketed by traffic enforcement if they are spotted disobeying a traffic law.
  • Sidewalk Safety - California does not specify the legality of riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, leaving the decision up to local governments.  Some jurisdictions allow for cyclists to ride on the sidewalk while others outlaw it, so you may want to check before doing so.  Regardless, studies show that riding a bicycle on the sidewalk is much more likely to lead to a collision than riding on the road.
  • Crosswalk Safety - California also does not specify whether or not riding a bicycle in a crosswalk is prohibited.  Similarly, it is safer to walk a bicycle through a crosswalk than to ride through it.
  • Ride with Traffic - Cyclists should never ride against the flow of traffic.  Not only is it illegal, but it is incredibly dangerous.  A 1994 study concluded that riding against traffic increased accident risk by 360 percent and riding against traffic on a sidewalk increased accident risk by 430 percent.  Riding against traffic also increases the risk of a more serious collision.
Stay Vigilant
  • Assume You Are Invisible - Many drivers may not be actively looking out for bicycles on the road.  For cyclists, it is just safer to assume that no driver can see you and behave accordingly.  Avoid putting yourself in a situation that could become dangerous if a vehicle were to make a common maneuver, such as a turn or lane change.
  • Stay Out of Blind Spots - In an extension of the above tip, when you are biking in a driver's blind spot you actually are invisible.
  • Do Not Bypass Stopped Vehicles - Attempting to pass vehicles queued at a stop sign or stop light is dangerous, as it typically involves biking in blind spots.  Vehicles will not have a chance to react to your presence.
  • Be Wary Biking Near Parked Vehicles - Drivers who have parked their vehicles and are attempting to exit may not be looking for cyclists and could open their doors directly into your path.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth encourages all cyclists to have fun and stay safe this summer.  Should an unfortunate accident occur, our team of personal injury attorneys will be there to help.  We provide free consultations and case evaluations at 888-517-9888.
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Certain Asylum Criteria Returned to Pre-Trump Norms

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]An asylum rule issued by the previous administration that made it difficult or impossible for the victims of gang crime or domestic violence to receive asylum in the United States was revoked by the Biden administration on Wednesday.  The 2019 rule was issued at least in part to reverse a 2017 court decision that determined that a family targeted by a drug cartel would qualify under the "social group" classification of asylum eligibility.  Immigrants can seek asylum if they fear persecution because of their race, nationality, religion, politics, or inclusion in a particular social group. Under the rule that is being revoked, being targeted by gangs or because of one's gender was considered "private violence", not because of inclusion in a particular social group.  The revocation is not immediate and will follow the federal rulemaking process and allow for public comment.  Current asylum seekers may still have their cases adjudicated according to the revoked rule until the process is complete. Seeking asylum in the United States is no easy task, regardless of circumstance.  While the Biden administration has made the process less cumbersome by reversing some Trump-era policies, receiving asylum is not guaranteed. See the full news story here. Immigration advocates welcomed the rule change, with the consensus being that while not perfect, the updated rule will allow for every asylum claim to be judged on the facts of the individual case.  The revocation of the rule was also hailed as a step forward, one that could save lives.  The revoked rule was originally criticized as cruel and afoul of legal precedent. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps immigrants to live and work legally in the United States.  We have been helping immigrants seek visas, green cards, and citizenship since 1984.  Our immigration experts provide free initial consultations, so call 888-517-9888 today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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San Gabriel Valley Master Key – Episode 38 – Aaron Sanchez

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Episode 38 of the San Gabriel Valley Master Key podcast, co-hosted by Attorney Scott Warmuth, officially released today! Episode 38 features Aaron Sanchez, ABC News Radio Host.

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Aaron M. Sanchez currently hosts “The Morning Show” weekdays at 8am on ABC News Radio KMET 1490AM & 98.1 FM. He has been described as a natural, multi-talented, playful and personable host. His multiple years of hosting Red Carpet interviews and producing various projects with NBC News Radio KCAA station in 2010 as an entertainment reporter, led him to a shot at filling in as the co-host of their morning show. In 2013 that opportunity led to a weekly one hour talk show that Sanchez Executive Produced and co-hosted, “LIVE with Aaron and Kelly” an entertainment variety show visited by celebrity guests. In 2016 Sanchez was offered his own Morning Show on ABC News Radio KMET1490AM. There he began adopting the latest streaming technologies on Facebook LIVE and PeriscopeTV. He is also the Executive Producer of Hollywood Social Lounge & Co-Creator of the Digital Series "Two Men in Your Business" an entrepreneurial show. As an early adopter of Livestream Platforms, Sanchez is among the earliest Cross Platform Broadcasting Pioneers utilizing simultaneous streaming to Television, Radio and Online Streaming Networks.

Available now on Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and iHeartRADIOVisit the San Gabriel Valley Master Key website for more information.

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Injured Workers Are Protected, Even if Employer Is Uninsured

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Workers' compensation law was written to protect both workers and employers when an injury occurs on the job.  Having workers' compensation insurance to protect employees is considered so important that it is required by law for any business that has one or more employees.  Failure to have workers' compensation insurance can result in extensive fines and criminal prosecution with possible jail time. If a business does not purchase workers' compensation insurance for its employees, any employee injured on the job can also sue the business for damages. But even if a negligent company does not provide legally required workers' compensation insurance for its employees, those employees can still seek workers' compensation benefits if they are injured on the job, without having to pursue the business in court.  Injured workers who discover their employers did not carry workers' compensation insurance at the time of their injury can pursue a workers' compensation claim through the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund (UEBTF), managed by the Office of the Director in the California Department of Industrial Relations. Applying for workers' compensation benefits through UEBTF is not the same as pursuing a workers' compensation claim through insurance.  UEBTF claims are more complicated and may require more steps to be taken to secure benefits.  An experienced workers' compensation law firm can help you determine if your employer was illegally failing to provide workers' compensation insurance, and if so, pursue benefits through UEBTF. Workers have enough to worry about without having to consider whether or not their employer is properly providing workers' compensation protection.  Injured workers should be focused on their recovery and getting back to work, not on the status of a workers' compensation claim.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps injured workers pursue benefits, regardless of insurance coverage.  We offer free consultations and offer a no recovery, no fee guarantee.  Call us today at 888-517-9888![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Employment Law Attorney Jean Power Discusses Age Discrimination

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Employment Law Division of the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth  invite you to join attorney Jean H. Power and paralegal Ting Xu to find out if you have a claim against your employer for Age Discrimination.  Please contact us for a free consultation if you feel your rights have been violated at 626-282-6868.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_lebkWz4BE" el_width="60" align="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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San Gabriel Valley Master Key – Episode 37 – Jack Feldman

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Episode 37 of the San Gabriel Valley Master Key podcast, co-hosted by Attorney Scott Warmuth, officially released today! Episode 37 features Jack Feldman, engineer.

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Jack Feldman is currently on the executive Board of Water and Power Associates (W&PA), which is an organization dedicated to educating the Public, Politicians, and Media on water and energy issues affecting Southern California. Its secondary mission is to preserve the regional history of water and electricity and show its role in the development and growth of the Southland.

Jack worked at the LA Department of Water and Power for over 35 years where he retired in 2006 as Senior Manager in charge of the Power Engineering Organization. Over the last 12 years Jack was responsible for putting together the W&PA website and virtual museum. The museum is the largest of its kind, consisting of over 20,000 images, including background information related to the history of Los Angeles and Southern California.

Available now on Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and iHeartRADIO!  Visit the San Gabriel Valley Master Key website for more information.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Temporary Protected Status Recipients who Entered US Unlawfully Ineligible for Green Cards

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling today that could affect hundreds of thousands of recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that TPS holders who unlawfully entered the United States are ineligible to seek permanent residency because they do not meet the "admitted" requirement to receive a green card.  The ruling could affect about 400,000 TPS recipients from 12 countries. The ruling only prevents TPS recipients who were not legally admitted to the country from pursuing a green card.  It does not remove TPS status, change TPS benefits, or otherwise alter the existing TPS program: TPS recipients are still protected from deportation and can legally seek employment in the US.  TPS holders who entered the country legally can still seek to become permanent residents, even if their visas had expired and were undocumented prior to being granted TPS. The Supreme Court case, Sanchez v. Mayorkis, involved Salvadoran man Jose Santos Sanchez, who entered the US as an undocumented immigrant in 1993 and was granted TPS in 2001 after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Central American country.  In 2014, Sanchez applied for permanent residence and was found ineligible.  The case made its way through the entire court system before the final ruling was issued today. See the court ruling here. TPS faced an uncertain future during the Trump administration but has likely entered a more stable situation under the Biden administration.  However, with this court ruling, there may be few options for TPS recipients who entered the country without being admitted from finding a permanent future in the United States.  If TPS were to end for any of the 12 countries whose citizens are currently eligible for TPS, those citizens would be expected to return voluntarily to their home countries or risk deportation from the US. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth works with immigrants to try and find any potential avenue to secure permanent residence in the United States.  Our immigration attorneys offer 100% free consultations, so call us today at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Supreme Court Rejects Johnson & Johnson Appeal of $2 Billion Talc Verdict

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Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Baby Powder and other J&J talc-based products have been linked to ovarian cancer, leading to thousands of lawsuits and many multi-million dollar jury verdicts.  One such case was decided in July 2018, where 22 women and their families were awarded $4.7 billion by a Missouri jury.  The original award included $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages, which was later reduced to about $2 billion overall.  Two of the 22 women were also dropped from the lawsuit at that time. On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by J&J to vacate the $2 billion verdict on the grounds that the Missouri courts should not have combined the 22 cases together, which J&J argues confused the jury due to differing state laws.  The court did not indicate why it rejected the appeal. It is unclear whether J&J plans to appeal the Missouri verdict on other grounds. See the full news report here. J&J maintains that its products are safe.  Key to many of the trials was a trove of J&J internal documents that documented its raw and refined talc sometimes being contaminated with asbestos, a known source of cancer, which J&J kept hidden from regulators and the public.  Reuters ran a special report on this topic in December of 2018 and can be found here. Companies that design, manufacture, or market a product that harms consumers can be pursued for financial damages.  If you have been injured or harmed by a faulty product, you may be entitled to recovery under a product liability action known as a mass tort.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth provides a free consultation and case evaluation to anyone who has been harmed by a dangerous or recalled product.  Call us today at 888-517-9888 to schedule your consultation.