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Partner Jon Rehm To Moderate Panel At American Association Of Justice’s Annual Convention

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Rehm Bennett and Moore partner, Jon Rehm, will be moderating the Workers Compensation and Workplace Injury Section Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program on July 23rd  at the upcoming American Association of Justice (AAJ) Annual Convention in BostonRehm served as chair of the AAJ Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Section for 2016-2017.

“A national CLE for workers compensation can be difficult to organize because workers’ compensation laws are so state specific. But there are some trends that effect all practitioners and federal laws that impact the workers’ compensation practice that you can and should discuss at a national level,” Rehm said.

“ I appreciate the support of the firm in being able to serve AAJ in this capacity. I am also thankful to AAJ staff for their help in organizing the CLE. I would also like that thank my colleagues Robert Riojas, Deb Kohl and Aida Carini for taking the time to write papers and present on the CLE.”

“I also appreciate the help of the other members of the Executive Committee throughout the year.”

AAJ is the largest plaintiff’s lawyer organization in the United States with roughly 20,000 members. AAJ represents the interests of plaintiff’s lawyers and their clients on a national level.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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How US Business Routinely Steals Your Legal Rights

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Today’s post comes from guest author Jay Causey from Causey Law Firm in Seattle. Mr. Causey, as a respected plaintiff’s attorney whom I have known for many years, is a strong advocate for consumers. He writes about how the American Association of Justice (a group to which I also belong) is encouraging consumers to know how arbitration limits the ability to get just compensation. This project also includes a component where people can report their experiences with arbitration, which adds to the general knowledge and AAJ’s research on the subject. Nebraska has limits on the kinds of disputes that are subject to binding arbitration. Our constitution barred binding arbitration of any kind until 1996 when a big-business-led group got the voters to approve it.

     You’ve just bought a new car, or signed an employment agreement, or engaged an investment firm to act for you, or made substantial charges on your credit card, or even just bought a Starbucks card.  Now something’s gone wrong, and you’re looking for relief, maybe contemplating a lawsuit.

     Unfortunately, you can probably forget any real legal remedy because chances are you’ve agreed to some fine print in the transaction that forces you into binding arbitration of any claim you have. For years the US Chamber of Commerce has been working behind the scenes to ensure most consumers lose access to the courts through these stealth provisions that hide in most contracts. The Chamber recently convened its annual summit for its Institute for Legal Reform, whose primary goal is to find ways that corporations can eliminate the rights of consumers, small businesses and employees to hold them accountable in court.

     The American Association for Justice (AAJ) calls the Chamber’s efforts “Corporate America’s Trojan Horse” which substitutes big businesses owned dispute resolution mill for the real machinery of justice in the courts. Most Americans are unaware of the some half billion arbitration provisions in transactions they have unwillingly consented to. Forced arbitration by arbitrators selected by big business, not bound by law, and making decisions not subject to any meaningful judicial review, has substantially altered the civil justice system of this country, and what’s left of your legal remedies.

 

For the full report on this go to: License to Steal: How the US Chamber of Commerce Forced Arbitration on America.

 

The offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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