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Toxic Algae Reported at Las Vegas’s Lake Mead

Brian Nettles, Esq. A blue-green growth at several popular spots of Lake Mead National Recreation Area may be toxic algae. The colorful algae was discovered last month, but only recently became a concern after tests revealed the presence of microcystin, a toxin. No area of the lake has been closed to the public, but the National Park Service warns that people and their pets should stay out of the water. Microcystin can cause a variety of illnesses, from skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. If you come into contact with the blue-green algae, rinse thoroughly with clean water. If accidentally ingested, …


How You Can Help End Forced Arbitration

Brian Nettles, Esq. As far as government agencies go, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) ranks high. With diligence and resilience, they continue to challenge and dismantle a system that burdens the working class. From Wall Street and predatory lending, to American student debt and mandatory arbitration, Elizabeth Warren’s CFPB is fighting financial injustice on all fronts. However, behind the agency are people like you and me. Much of the CFPB’s agenda is influenced by advocacy by public groups and individual consumers. Due to growing public opposition to forced arbitration, the CFPB investigated the issue and recently released it’s second …


Las Vegas Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit by Car

In Las Vegas, a pedestrian struck by a car on Wednesday, March 11th has died. Joan Freeman, 81, was crossing Rainbow Boulevard early in the morning when she was hit by a 2003 Mercedes-Benz. She was allegedly outside the crosswalk. She was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition, and passed away last Friday afternoon.  The driver of the Mercedes-Benz was not injured. Our hearts go out to Joan Freeman’s family and the loved ones affected by this tragedy. Whether driving, biking, or walking, always practice caution during your commute. Stay alert of others traveling and always yield to …


Predatory Lenders “Rent-a-Tribe” For Legal Immunity in High Interest Schemes

Brian Nettles, Esq. We’ve blogged about the ugliness of payday lending before–it’s a lucrative business that preys on vulnerable consumers. In a nutshell, payday lenders offer loans to consumers who do not have savings or cannot qualify for bank loans. This may sound like a good deed, but high interest rates make it anything but philanthropic. Payday lenders seek out this struggling class of consumer because it the least likely to be able to pay back loans on time. To hook them in, they offer short term loans with high interest rates. These loans are often small or moderate in …


OSHA Adds Evidence to Workers’ Comp Crisis: Injuries Cause Social Inequality, Taxpayer Burden

  Chris Welsh, Esq. The evidence of the destruction and disappearance of the workers’ compensation system is mounting, The verdict? Families of injured workers and taxpayers bear the majority of the cost, financially and socially. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), the federal agency that oversees the health and safety of America’s workers, has released a report on the dire conditions of the current workers’ compensation system. The agency’s report comes just after the release of another investigative report on the issue by NPR and ProPublica. All three entities’ investigations reveal much of the same: the timeless care …


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