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M. Lawrence Lallande Presented at 2015 CAOC Convention

11.9.15

M. Lawrence Lallande spoke at the 2015 Consumer Attorneys Association of California (CAOC) Convention in San Francisco, California. Mr. Lallande presented on November 6, 2015 as part of the panel “Trial Skills Track: Dealing With Evidence At Trial”. Mr. Lallande’s presentation focused on using demonstrative evidence to help tell a story. Mr. Lallande is honored that CAOC asked him to participate on this panel with esteemed colleagues Michael Alder and Mark Geragos.

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M. Lawrence Lallande Presented at 2015 CAALA Convention

09.7.15

M. Lawrence Lallande spoke at the 2015 Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. CAALA’s annual Las Vegas convention is the largest gathering of plaintiffs lawyers in the United States. Mr. Lallande presented on September 3, 2015 at 3:15 p.m. as part of a panel on the topic of evidence. Mr. Lallande’s presentation focused on establishing foundation for demonstrative and electronic evidence. Mr. Lallande is honored that CAALA asked him to participate on this panel with some of his esteemed colleagues.

Lallande Law, PLC’s Long Beach Office Has Moved

06.26.15

Lallande Law, PLC is excited to announce that our Long Beach office has changed locations. Our new office is located at 232 Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach. The new office space is located in building that has been designated as a historic landmark by the City of Long Beach. Built in 1903 and originally used as a Masonic Temple, the building is the oldest standing building in Downtown Long Beach. After two years of significant restoration and renovation to the building, Lallande Law, PLC is looking forward to relocating to the improved and upgraded space.

As of June 29, 2015 we will be operating in the new office location. Please note that our telephone number, facsimile number, and email addresses remain the same.232 Pine Avenue

Karina N. Lallande Selected to 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

06.22.15

Lallande Law, PLC is pleased to announce that Karina Lallande has been named among the Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” for 2015. This is the second year in a row that Ms. Lallande has been named on the prestigious list. The recognition honors top up-and-coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

The Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list will be published in Southern California Super Lawyers magazine, as well as in the July 2015 issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Ms. Lallande has the added distinction of inclusion in Super Lawyers 2015 list of The Top Women Attorneys in Southern California, which will be published in the September 2015 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.

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M. Lawrence Lallande, Sr. Selected to 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers List

02.25.15

Lallande Law, PLC is pleased to announce that M. Lawrence Lallande, Sr. has been selected to the 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers list. This is the ninth consecutive year that Mr. Lallande has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

The Southern California Super Lawyers list is published in Southern California Super Lawyers magazine, as well as in the February 2015 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.

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Make Your Voice Heard: Federal Comment Period on Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Raising Trucking Insurance Limits

02.16.15

The minimum insurance requirements for interstate motor carriers have remained unchanged for over three decades. The $750,000 minimum liability coverage for interstate trucking was set in 1980 and continued in by the Reagan Administration when setting other insurance requirements in 1985. Adjusted for the rate of medical inflation, the $750,000 minimum would be over $4.4 million today.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a pending rulemaking proposal to adjust the interstate truck and bus minimum insurance requirements for inflation, and then update it every four years thereafter. Truckers with the least adequate safety compliance and financial responsibility are stirring up vocal opposition, claiming it is all about “blood sucking lawyers” and disregarding the impact on lives and families devastated in truck crashes. Frequently, injured victims and their families cannot get full restitution for their medical bills and lost wages, much less non-economic damages. This issue most often arises in cases involving seriously injured victims and cases that involving several vehicles with multiple passengers.

Insurance companies vet trucking companies safety policies before underwriting, and higher policies mean they will do more to vet the trucking companies before they provide insurance. A company with no insurance cannot operate legally, and shippers will not use them. So trucking companies will either operate safely to get insurance or they won’t operate at all.

Please help show your support this rulemaking by clicking here to send a comment to the FMCSA. The deadline to submit comments is February 26, 2015.

You can learn more about this issue at http://saferhighways.com.

A Review of Recalls In 2014

01.30.15

It is natural to expect that when you buy a product, it will be safe when it’s used as expected or according to its directions. Unfortunately, defective products are made and placed in the stream of commerce all the time, causing injury and death to too many consumers. The consequences of defective products can be significant.

In 2014, we saw a great deal of products get recalled for safety related reasons. Here are three of the largest recalls of 2014:

  • General Motors: In the 2014 calendar year, GM issued a total of 84 separate recalls, affecting a total of nearly 26.6 million vehicles in the U.S., or nearly 30.1 million vehicles for export and including all of North America. This is one of the largest automotive recalls in history. A majority of the 2014 recalls were related to the ignition switch/key.
  • Graco: The company first recalled 3.8 million seats because of defective buckles in February 2014, then added 400,000 more in March, and another 1.9 million in July. Collectively, the 6.1 million seats recalled over the latch problem comprise the largest recall of children’s car seats in U.S. history.
  • Takata: Approximately 7.8 million vehicles are estimated to be affected by the recall of Takata airbags. The airbag recall was in response to complaints of inflators in the Takata bags exploding and throwing metal shrapnel at drivers and passengers.

The following organizations are responsible for protecting consumers from defective and/or dangerous products:

LALLANDE LAW, PLC  handles product liability cases in California. Please learn how we can help by contacting our office.

The Future of Bicycle Safety

01.12.15

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Over the past few years, the evolution of automobile safety has been a hot topic, with more car manufacturers offering safety technology that intervenes before a crash to help minimize occupant injury and damage to a vehicle or even avoid an accident altogether. Through the use of sensors, cameras and onboard computers, these crash prevention systems warn the driver of a potential accident, better prepare the car and occupants for a collision and, in some cases, automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t act in time to avoid a crash. Crash statistics show that these systems really do reduce car crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Recently, the Netherlands launched its first-ever intelligent bicycle that may do the same for bicycle safety that the vehicle crash avoidance technologies have done for automotive safety. Developed for the government by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), the intelligent bicycle prototype sports forward-looking radar detection mounted below the handlebars and a camera in the rear mudguard, which are linked through an onboard computer with a vibrating warning system installed in the bicycle’s saddle and handlebars to alert cyclists to impending danger.

As stated in the 2012 National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors, 18 percent of the population age 16 or older, rode a bicycle at least once during the summer of 2012. The 2009 National Household Travel Survey estimates that 11.9 percent of all trips in this country are done by walking or bicycling, up from 9.5 percent in 2001. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 726 pedalcyclists (bicyclists and other cyclists include riders of two-wheel, nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles, and unicycles powered solely by pedals) were killed and an additional 49,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Pedalcyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities, and made up 2 percent of the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. The number of pedalcyclists killed in 2012 is 6 percent higher than the 682 pedalcyclists killed in 2011. Those statistics are set to grow as more and more people take to two-wheeled transport, leading to congestion and an increased risk of injury.

With a rising number of bicyclists on the road and the potential for an increase in bicycle related accidents, developing bicycle safety technology will become more and more important. Utilizing technology already at work in the automotive industry to fit bicycles with an array of electronic devices to help bring down the accident rate is a step towards making the roads safer for bicyclists.

LALLANDE LAW, PLC  handles bicycle accident cases in California. Please learn how we can help by contacting our office.

LALLANDE LAW, PLC Supports Proposition 46

10.21.14

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On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, California voters will have an opportunity to make a difference and save lives by voting YES on Proposition 46.

Preventable medical errors kill up to 440,000 Americans every year – it’s the nation’s third leading cause of death behind only cancer and heart disease. But too little is being done to stem that silent death toll. Proposition 46 offers three common-sense changes to improve patient safety.

Proposition 46 Will:

Require Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors: Require drug and alcohol testing of doctors just like airline pilots, bus drivers, and dozens of other public safety professions. Why is that important?  The California Medical Board says experts estimate that nearly 1 in 5 doctors will abuse drugs or alcohol in their lifetime. USA Today ran a recent story reporting on a federal study saying that more than 100,000 health care workers are currently battling drug problems. Add to it that another 400,000 are fighting alcoholism, and we have a very significant problem that endangers the lives of patients. Proposition 46 addresses this serious patient safety problem by requiring random drug and alcohol testing of doctors as well as after an adverse medical event. If a doctor tested positive, they would face suspension and potential disciplinary action after an investigation.

Crack Down on Prescription Drug Abuse and Over-Prescribing: Crack down on prescription drug abuse by requiring doctors to check the existing database before prescribing powerful narcotics. The Centers for Disease Control has called prescription drug abuse the fastest growing drug epidemic in the nation. To help control abuse, California has developed a statewide Internet database so doctors can check to see if a patient is “doctor shopping” drug abuser. The problem is, fewer than 1 in 10 doctors in California bother to use the database. Proposition 46 would require doctors to check the database before prescribing prescription drugs to a patient for the first time. Mandatory use of similar databases in other states has dramatically reduced the number of “doctor shoppers” there. Prescription drug abuse raises healthcare costs — over $55 billion in 2007 alone.  The state Legislative Analyst’s Office says YES on Proposition 46 could provide “significant” savings by requiring doctors to check the existing database.

Hold Medical Providers Accountable for Medical Harm: Provide access to justice for those harmed by medical negligence by adjusting the cap on pain and suffering and wrongful death for inflation. In 1975 California established a $250,000 cap on the amount of pain and suffering damages that can be awarded to those harmed by medical negligence. That amount has not been adjusted for inflation, despite the cost of everything else skyrocketing over the past four decades.  Proposition 46 would update the cap, restoring the same economic power it had in 1975, and providing victims of medical harm closer to fair compensation. Adjusting the cap for four decades of inflation will hold doctors accountable for needless injuries and deaths caused by medical negligence, and it would provide a greater financial deterrent to prevent harm in the first place.

Opponents of Proposition 46:

Foes of Proposition 46 are financed primarily by the malpractice insurance industry, which has poured in most of the money into the $58-million campaign against the initiative. They’ve launched a statewide ad blitz centered on distortions and fear tactics. They claim updating the cap on malpractice compensation would lead to soaring medical malpractice premiums and cause doctors to quit or leave the state, reducing your access to health care. They won’t offer you any evidence, because there is none. And they won’t tell you that in states where similar caps have been not just adjusted but eliminated in recent years, malpractice premiums have not gone up and there are actually more doctors per capita since the caps were removed.

Foes also want you to think that Proposition 46 is all about making money for lawyers who represent those harmed by medical negligence. But they won’t tell you that compensation for those lawyers is capped by law, a cap that would not change under Proposition 46. The reality is that the vast majority of damages awarded in medical negligence cases go to those who were harmed, not to their attorneys. And foes certainly won’t tell you that should medical malpractice cause harm to you or a loved one, a good lawyer is your only chance for justice, fair compensation and accountability against the health care machine.

Hall of Shame: Insurance Companies Backing No on Proposition 46:

Cooperative of American Physicians: $10,161,489.04
The Doctors Company: $10,000,000.00
NorCal Mutual Insurance Company: $10,000,000.00
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan: $5,000,000.00
Medical Insurance Exchange of California: $5,000,000.00
The Dentists Insurance Company: $1,620,000.00
The Mutual Risk Retention Group: $1,000,000.00
All Insurers: $42,781,489.04
Total: $58,068,255.82

The insurance industry has vowed to spend over $60 million to defeat Proposition 46. We are on the side of the patients, not the insurance companies.

For more information on Proposition 46, please visit: https://www.yeson46.org/

LALLANDE LAW, PLC strongly supports Proposition 46 for a safer California, and we hope you will join us in voting YES on Proposition 46. 

LALLANDE LAW, PLC Marks 7th Year Anniversary

10.15.14

October 15, 2014 marks LALLANDE LAW, PLC’s 7th year anniversary of its founding. Seven years ago, LALLANDE LAW, PLC’s founder M. Lawrence Lallande, Sr., a trial attorney then with twenty-three years of experience and proven results, set out to build a law firm committed to obtaining justice for his clients.  An important part of Lallande Law, PLC’s history and success is our development into a true family business with the addition of Mr. Lallande’ s  daughters, attorney Karina N. Lallande and legal administrator Shannon Bratton, in 2010. Today, LALLANDE LAW, PLC strives to bring our clients the highest level of excellence in the legal profession, while maintaining the personal warmth of a family law firm.

To LALLANDE LAW, PLC’s clients, past and present, it has been a pleasure to serve you, and we consider each of you a part of the LALLANDE LAW, PLC family.

To LALLANDE LAW, PLC’s employees, we’ve done amazing things together, and we truly value your dedication and loyalty to LALLANDE LAW, PLC.

LALLANDE LAW, PLC looks forward to continuing to work diligently for our clients in the coming years and maintaining our commitment to our core values of “Excellence. Results. Justice.”

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