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Determining Wrongful Death Damages and Recovery Amount

What Is the Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settlements Average in California? It is a very difficult time for family members when they lose a loved one, and impossible to quantify the loss monetarily. However, there are state laws that allow family members to recover compensation for the damages they suffered. Compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit…. Read More

What is “Fair Use” of a Copyrighted Work?

The term “fair use” refers to the limited permitted copying of copyrighted material without receiving permission from the copyright holders. It is used as a defense against copyright infringement, and if use of a copyrighted work is deemed to be “fair use”, then the action is not considered illegal. The Copyright Act of 1976 cites four factors it uses…. Read More

The Top Six Causes of Boating Accidents

Baytown Boat Accident Attorneys Explain Common Causes In Texas, millions of people spend time enjoying lakes and beaches during spring and summer. However, there are also instances each year where people are killed or seriously injured while boating. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show there were 170 boating accidents in 2017, 51 of which were fatal….. Read More

3M Earplug Hearing Loss Lawsuit

In May of 2016, a groundbreaking whistleblower lawsuit was filed against the 3M company. The lawsuit alleged that not only were these defective earplugs sold to the government but the allegations in the lawsuit were that 3M knew of the defect during the time they were sold.   Martzell, Bickford and Centola and Berniard Law Firm on…. Read More

Medical Device Liability

Larry Centola was recently quoted in a Bloomberg article entitled: “Medical Device Makers May Risk Liability Following FDA Effort.” You can read the entire article here: If you have been harmed by a medical device, please call Mr. Centola at 504-581-9065 to discuss. Source: Martzell, Bickford & Centola

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Expands Airbag Probe to 12.3M Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently expanded its investigation into multiple vehicle models with allegedly defective airbag control units. According to investigators, 12.3 million vehicles could be affected by the issue, which may keep the airbags from deploying during a crash. As many as eight deaths are suspected to be related to the…. Read More

What Is a “Joint Work” and Who Owns Its Copyright?

A “joint work” is a work prepared by two or more authors with the intention that their contributions be merged into inseparable or interdependent parts of a unitary whole. See 17 U.S.C. § 101. A collaborative effort is only classified as a joint work if each author made independently copyrightable contributions to the work and if the authors fully intended…. Read More

Israelis Finally Granted E-2 Visas

Pursuant to the treaty investor agreement signed and executed between the United States and Israel, The US Department of State announced that from May 1, 2019, the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa became available for Israeli citizens wishing to make a substantial investment in or set up a business here in the United States.  To qualify…. Read More