This is Part III (and final part) of Why I Practice Consumer Law. As discussed in Part I and Part II, my wife and I were dealing with massive medical debts from being denied insurance benefits. During the time consuming appeal process, we maintained contact with the health providers. The health … [Read more...] about “Debt Collectors!” (Part III)
In my last post, I talked about how the treatment we received from big insurance and big healthcare companies really had us stuck in the mud. Many other consumers have experienced similar problems with medical bills (for a refresher on our individual situation, see Part I). Consumers incurred … [Read more...] about Why I Practice Consumer Law (Part II)
Generally, life is an uphill battle. Some things we encounter make life’s journey seem like climbing a vertical cliff. We all have goals and we all face trials and tribulations that knock us down or lead us astray. For my wife and I, our health insurance company’s and eventual debt collectors’ … [Read more...] about Why I Practice Consumer Law (Part I)
Welcome to a Pig ‘n a Poke! The term “Pig ‘n a Poke” figuratively refers to a scam or trick that essentially prevents a person from properly inspecting a purchase. The term’s origins date back to a medieval market scam. Picture the medieval farmer purchasing pigs to fatten up and feed his … [Read more...] about What the Pig ‘n a Poke?
May 21, 2014. Currently, a little over 7 months pregnant. Trying to get all my cases to a point where I can suddenly be gone at any time and another attorney at the office can step in. With last pregnancy wound up in hospital several times. So, could be an issue. Civil plaintiff’s … [Read more...] about First Foray Into Bankruptcy Law
Some days its frustrating. This morning was one of those days. We work hard for our clients and sometimes there's not much we can do. Our client got hurt in a wreck, but for reasons which I can't go into here, we had to accept a greatly reduced rate in settlement. The only reason she got any … [Read more...] about Whatever Happened to Compassion and Mercy?
Now we all know, in some detail, what the United States Supreme Court said about punitive damages in State Farm v. Campbell. So what? Is it important to you and me? Can anyone, with a straight face, seriously be upset that a jury verdict for punitive damages of $145 million was reduced to over $9 … [Read more...] about But, What Do I Think?
Just last week a Polson jury found that two Missoula teenagers died in a head-on wreck because the Hyundai Tiburon they were driving contained a defective steering knuckle. I don't usually blog about verdicts for the sake of blogging about verdicts -- but this one ties in with what we've been … [Read more...] about Olson v Hyundai Motor Co.