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Proposed SAFE TECH ACT Could Help Safeguard Against Fraud, Abuse, and Exploitation of Online Users

With so many more individuals, organizations, and private companies using mostly online-based and platform-mediated channels to reach communities and consumers, many of us have started to question the safeguards and civil rights protections regarding who is responsible for abusing or exploiting those involved, especially in moments of tragedy. In response, the SAFE TECH ACT has been introduced by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and rallied for by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and designed to make it easier for targets of fraud, exploitation, and harassment to sue online and social media platforms that host abusive or harmful content.

According to the office of Sen. Warner, “Service providers’ disregard of the misuse of their platforms has produced more than just consumer harm: in many cases, continued – and reckless – inaction of platforms has facilitated pervasive online harassment of users. With abusers often shielded by online anonymity and platforms’ neglect of meaningful reporting tools, victims are in large measure left to fend for themselves.”

After less than a day of deliberation, a Chicago jury awarded Tierney Darden $148 million for a shelter collapse outside O’Hare Airport that ripped her spinal cord in half, leaving her permanently paralyzed from the waist down and in constant pain.

In August 2015, Tierney, her mother, and sister had just returned to Chicago after traveling to Minneapolis to pick out a wedding dress for her sister. The three were waiting outside O’Hare under one of several pedestrian shelters found at the airport. A storm caused the shelter to suddenly collapse, trapping Tierney, now 26. After the accident, CBS 2 investigators found corroded parts and missing bolts and screws in not only the shelter that collapsed, but in nearly all others. The discovery and exposure forced O’Hare to remove all pedestrian shelters.

Tierney, a former dancer at Truman College, told CBS 2 of the accident “I hate it. I hate that I have to wake up every day and see it.”

A wrongful death lawsuit that was filed by the family of a Chicago man who was electrocuted and killed while working on a bridge in Elgin has settled their lawsuit with the electric company in mediation and will be receiving $3.2 million dollars. The accident occurred over five years ago when this man, as well as another man, was working on the bridge at Fox River in Elgin, Illinois and encountered an overhead power wire that electrocuted them both. The men were present because they were hired to paint the bridge and at the time of the accident, the men were riding in a lift to sandblast the bridge prior to painting when they came in contact with the power lines. The other man that was killed in the accident was driving the lift at the time of the contact with the power lines.

The lift driver’s case was settled in August f this year for $350,000, also through mediation. The lift driver was divorced and had no contact with his children in the previous five years (prior to the accident). The other victim, who just received the several million dollar settlement, was married and cared for his two children who were very young at the time of his death. The settlement amount was determined through mediation and is likely so high to not only cover actual expenses incurred by the family in connection with the tragedy but also to help account for the pain and suffering that the family has suffered through, lost wages and other damages that relate to the young man’s life being cut terribly short. According to the Daily Herald, in addition to the settlement money, the painting company that the men worked for will continue worker’s compensation benefits until the end of this year.

It is likely that the reason the family sued ComEd (the electrical company responsible for the overhead wires) was because there was evidence of wrongdoing, negligence or other liable behavior on the part of the company. It is unclear whether the wires were improperly covered or hanging in an improper way, or what other problem could have been responsible for the electrocution. When a large corporation makes a mistake that personally injures or kills someone, they need to be held liable for their negligence or misconduct.

Chicago Blue Line customers were taken off an outbound CTA train car when a small fire started underneath one of the cars. Early in the morning there was a report of smoke on the outbound Blue Line train car that was near the UIC Medical Center station. The Chicago Fire Department responded and discovered hat an electrical fire had started in the battery compartment located in the under carriage of the train. The authorities stated that the fire itself was very small but there was a lot of smoke. One person who suffered from asthma was personally injured when she became agitated by the smoke and was treated. Customers were taken off the smoky train and put onto another one while the rail operator assessed the train fire. At this time, no personal injury lawsuits have been filed. To read the full story, click here.

Two workers contracted by the Illinois Department of Transportation were personally injured and suffered burns when they came into contact with a power line while hoisting a road sign in Deerfield, Illinois. The personal injuries occurred near an Interstate Highway 294 ramp. The workers were burned on their hands, and the extent of their personal injuries is not yet known. Both work for the Oak Brook, Illinois based Highway Technologies. At this time, no worker’s compensation lawsuits have been filed. To read the full story, click here.

A tragic fire occurred last night that reminded the attorneys at Levin & Perconti about a recent premises liability lawsuit we settled for $6 million. Last night, Electrical wiring is suspected in a Chicagoland fire that killed an eight-year old girl and her two brothers, ages three and one. The fire occurred in a housing complex in southwest suburban Chicago. The mother may have fallen asleep while a candle was burning and was injured and listed in good condition.

The fire began shortly before midnight in the ground-floor living room of a three-bedroom apartment. Firefighters arrived in less than six minutes, but could not rescue the children. The fire was too intense for the firefighters to enter the building.

Residents expressed anger with the Housing Authority of Cook County, which manages the complex. An electrical fire forced a woman living two units east of the fire from her home just a month prior. Residents state that the Housing Authority have not maintained the building properly.

Four people were rushed to area hospitals and treated for injuries Wednesday after a fire erupted on the rooftop of 45-story Loop office tower at 500 W. Monroe in Chicago, Illinois. Faulty electrical wiring caused the loop high-rise fire that prompted hundreds of workers to evacuate the downtown office building, leaving at least four injured.

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Valucraft made a serious mistake in manufacturing their jumper cables. Valucraft BC10, BC8 Booster Cables Certain Valucraft 8 and 10 gauge booster cables imported and sold by Autozone as aftermarket equipment used to jump start automobiles and other motorized equipment including motorcycles, ATVs, boats, and lawn equipment having discharged batteries. These battery cables are either stamped 8GA or 10GA. Some of these cables were assembled incorrectly. On one of the cables, the red clamp was attached to the negative side and the black clamp was attached to the positive side. This may result in reverse polarity. Reverse polarity has the potential to cause damage to the vehicle battery as well as property damage and personal injury. A vehicle’s battery may burst under these conditions.

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A $6 million settlement was announced today by John J. Perconti and Patricia M. Gifford of Chicago personal injury firm Levin & Perconti for the deaths of six children and for the injuries of two children on September 3, 2006 in a Rogers Park apartment fire. The settlement was approved by Judge Elizabeth Budzinski today in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Ramirez and Ramos families. Augusta & Amado Ramirez lost five children in the fire, Kevin, Idaly, Sucette, Erik and Vanessa Ramirez and two other children, William and Natali Ramirez suffered severe burn injuries. A settlement was also reached on behalf of the Ramos family for the death of their daughter, Scarlet Ramos.

On September 3, 2006, a fire broke out at 7706 North Marshfield in Rogers Park claiming the lives of six innocent children and severely injuring two others. Five of the Ramirez children and the Ramos’ only daughter perished in this fire.

A personal injury lawsuit and a wrongful death lawsuit were filed on September 21, 2006 on behalf of the Ramirez and Ramos families against Marshway Limited Partnership, Marshway, L.L.C., and CIG Management L.L.C.
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A press conference has been scheduled to formally announce the settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed after a Rogers Park fire killed six children ranging from three to fourteen years of age. The fire broke out in one of the several low-income buildings owned by Cornerstone Residential, LLC. The building did not have working smoke detectors.

The conference is scheduled for 10:30 am on November 13, 2007, at Levin & Perconti, the law firm that represented the victim’s families.

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