Gulf Coast Oyster Farmers See Business Improve

oystersFoodies have long rhapsodized over the delicate and delicious virtues of the oyster. As a culinary fad, they have trended in and out for centuries as a food product, a creative appetizer, a succulent meal and even an aphrodisiac.  Through the years, hundreds of gulf coast farmers and other oyster providers have farmed oysters and ran boxes as far up as New York City and Maine.  Profits are lucrative and sellers have quickly cashed in on the long-standing popularity of the industry.

Then came the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which affected the harvest in that region for many years after.  The impact as so severe that Louisiana’s farmed oyster sales decreased from $28 million in 2005 to $13 million in 2013.  Farmers in the gulf coast region soon found themselves in dire straits as production halted from the pollution.

However, scientists are claiming that the region is fast recovering and the seafood production levels are increasing quickly.  Farmers also anticipate that production should level out and remain steady in the upcoming years.

In the meantime, restaurateurs and customer demand has set off a trend which has caused a significant increase in the demand for fresh oysters. Standards for judging have also changed with oyster size decreasing to as small as 2.5 or 3 inches as the preference shifts to product taste and not size.

Oyster lovers have also become quite refined in their palates, demanding diverse flavors that reflect the region they come from.  Oyster tasting rooms have begun springing up with patrons requesting sophisticated pairings of wine, oysters, and food.

But oysters are not just a tasty treat for the tongue; they can give back to the landscape in a very efficient manner.  Scientists believe the reason for this is that oysters, clams, mussels, mollusks and bivalves eat food that is already in their natural environment like plankton.  This requires no additional or expensive replenishing on the producer’s part.  Alternatively, cattle require approximately 15 pounds of feed to produce one pound of beef.  This makes for an inefficient and resource-heavy food product.

Another environmentally friendly characteristic of oysters is that they pump 50 gallons of water per day to get plankton.  This then works to filter the pollutants out of water and make it cleaner.  This is extremely helpful in areas that have suffered the most from the effects of the BP oil spill.

Additionally, during hurricanes or other major weather events, oyster beds can absorb some of the force of the storm and ease the damage to coastlines.

Consumers have long been wary of the dangers of eating a raw product that filters pollution. However, oyster farmers point to the strict USDA guidelines for oysters and stress that they work hand-in-hand with regulators to keep their product as safe as possible.

Of course, there is always a risk when you consume anything raw and food-borne illness is definitely part of that risk. But experts claim that the vast majority of the oyster products are very safe. Increasing sales in the Gulf Coast area and beyond undoubtedly prove this theory.

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Toxic-Exposure Case Dies For Injured Farm Workers

Farming ImageIn a case that has gone far beyond a simple workers compensation case and into a complex legal fight, plaintiffs in a long-standing case against Dow Chemical and Dole recently received a blow in their toxic exposure case.  And despite an impassioned dissent from the Third Circuit, a decision was handed down barring migrant farm workers from suing the two large companies.

The case initially started in 1993 when 200 farm workers brought their claims forward, stating that they developed significant health problems directly related to chemical exposure between 1960 and the late 1980s.  The suit alleged that Dow Chemical and Dole intentionally exposed them to dangerous levels of dibromochloropropane, or DBCP, causing their injuries

According to legal experts, the procedural history associated with these cases is extremely complex and no court has ever had the chance to review the actual merits of the workers’ claims.  Instead, procedural questions tied the litigation up for decades.

After the first round of lawsuits was tanked due to procedural issues, the workers tried again with a 2011 federal complaint in the state of Louisiana. Another suit was filed in Delaware one year later.

Unfortunately, the Louisiana court ruled that the state’s statute of limitations barred the lawsuit and it was dismissed.  Later, the Delaware court ruled that the Louisiana dismissal also blocked it from hearing the farm worker’s case.

The Third Circuit then went on to affirm the Delaware court’s decision claiming that the “first-filed rule” controls.  This means that the later courts will look to the rulings in the earlier dismissed cases to determine if they will hear the case.

“They wanted to keep the same litigation going in two different federal forums simultaneously to see which one they would fare better,” Judge Nygaard wrote.  “This duplication of litigation was of their own making and it was not an abuse of discretion for the Delaware District Court to dismiss their second-filed complaint with prejudice, instead of staying the matter.”

Although many injured workers were disheartened by the ruling, the blow was softened slightly by Judge Julio Fuentes in his dissent.

“More than two hundred plantation workers brought this suit alleging their employers and certain chemical companies knowingly exposed them to toxic pesticides over a period of many years,”  Fuentes wrote. “As a result, they say, they have injured kidneys, are infertile, and are at heightened risk of cancer.  Twenty years after first bringing suit, no court has heard the merits of their claims.”

Judge Fuentes also noted that many nearby circuits have determined that the first-filed rule is not equitable and should not be applied when it prevents meritorious claims of injured parties from being heard.

In their multiple lawsuits, hundreds of injured workers argued that Dow and Dole had known about the toxic effects of DBCP for many decades.  The substance is so dangerous that the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use, with limited exceptions, in 1979.  Many of these workers are now dealing with significant injuries including aggressive cancer and progressive brain damage.

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Computerized Video System To Be Used In Baseball Games

baseballAmong the many stories of high dollar sports contracts, class-action lawsuits over head injuries and a few highly publicized injuries, a recent story emerged that could impact professional baseball in one of the most significant ways since the sport began.  Baseball players and fans alike have long argued about the accuracy and fairness of umpires calling balls and strikes during games.

Moreover, players and fans have long believed that human error, poor vision and umpire bias have ruined many games.  To remedy this long-standing issue, several independent companies have been researching ways to free baseball from the possibility of any sort of umpire bias.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Fremont-based Sportvision Inc created one version of the new technology and hopes to have it in play for major league games in the future.

Recently, independent league games hosted by the San Rafael Pacifics tried out the computerized umpire system called the Pitch F/X system.  The new technology is essentially a camera that can watch the pitch from several angles and analyze the ball’s route much more precisely that the human eye.  After the ball is pitched, it can determine with pinpoint accuracy whether the pitch is a ball or a strike.

However, the high-tech new systems are not necessarily designed to eliminate the need for human referees, rather they are intended to assist in some parts of the game.

Former player and network analyst Eric Byrnes served as the “strike zone umpire” for the games utilizing the new technology for the very first time.  In basic terms, Byrnes’ role was to oversee the computer system and relay all balls and strikes calls to the players and fans.

Both fans and players alike watched the games with deep interest since they were billed as the first in professional baseball history in which a human didn’t call balls and strikes.  The company that created the technology is ensuring umpires that they need not worry about their jobs.   It was reported that the automated strike zone systems wouldn’t cost umpires their jobs because an on-site review official would still be required.

However, this is not to say that blind acceptance of the new product is expected.   Yes, the system’s ultimate purpose is to create a consistent strike zone and eliminate arguments during games.  But the company who created the system used for the Pacifics’ games is encouraging parties to come forward with comments, suggestions or criticisms.  It is their belief that such arguments would help in creating the best product possible to serve the overall needs of major league baseball.

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Amazon Prime Day Preventing Personal Injury

Online SaleWell, folks, it’s Amazon Prime day. For those of you who don’t know what Amazon Prime Day is, it’s the equivalent to a Black Friday sale, only it’s online and made available to Amazon Prime members only (which is like nearly everyone and anyone who uses Amazon. Seriously, if you have a Costco club member card then congratulations because you are in much more exclusive club than Amazon Prime.)

Yay, Kinda?

In all reality, Amazon Prime Day seems to be the day that some poor imaginary sap walked into a room everyone had forgotten about at the Amazon headquarters. That room happened to be filled with a plethora of unsold merchandise. The aforementioned poor sap then comes running out of the room like his hair’s on fire and screams “We have to sell this stuff! Quick! Make up a holiday, slash the prices, and throw in a few tv’s to catch people’s attention!” Thus was the birth of Amazon Prime Day (not really, but we like to imagine this is how it happened.) All kidding aside, it’s basically a garage sale, turned marketing opportunity, turned Black Friday in July. Only virtual.

And thank goodness for that. In fact, we’re hoping massive sales from the physical world continue to transcend into the virtual world. Permanently.

Now, at this point you may be asking yourself why we’re saying this. And it’s a very logical question. Aside from the people camping outside Best Buy, Macy’s and Old Navy for three days with war paint on their faces and tents behind them, what’s not to love about Black Friday type sales, right?

That was sarcasm. Black Friday sales are awful. They are awful and dangerous.

The Mayhem Ensues

While personal injury attorneys need work as much as the next person, we have our boundaries. No one in their right mind likes to see people trampling over one another in the name of holiday spirit and they try and cram through the doors of Target and sprint for the one of the three flat screen tv’s that seventy other people are also sprinting toward. Tis’ the season, right?

If you don’t believe us, simply go to type in “black Friday security camera footage,” put on Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Festival Overture in the background and watch the mayhem unfold as capitalism rears its head. It’s actually funny. That is until you start to notice people are getting hurt. People are stepping on other people, pushing them, shoving them, and even downright brawling with one another, all in the name of an XBOX.

The ones that limp away from these economic extravaganzas end up needing personal attorney lawyers because some man accidentally punched their grandmother in the face while reaching for the last $20 Blu-Ray player. We’re not kidding, guys. This type of thing actually happens! It’s sad, unnecessary and frankly discouraging to know that people can let themselves get so caught up in a frenzy that they end up hurting another person for a material item.

A Long Awaited Solution

As it appears humans cannot play nicely with one another when there are only ten Kindle Fires on sale for $40 bucks and a whopping seven Playstation 4’s whose prices have been slashed in half, we’re honestly glad sales like these are being transferred to the internet. This way, when people get upset the only thing they have to scream at is their computer screen.

So to all our coupon cutters, extreme shoppers, deal hounds and the many relieved courtesy clerks out there, we wish you a very happy Amazon Prime Day.


Louisiana Family Suffers Tragic Car Accident Before 4th Of July

Accident imageMany accidents happen during holiday weekends when people are tired, drinking or distracted by festivities. This was not the case for Mike Romanyak who should have been back in Louisiana for the Fourth of July holiday with his family after a recent visit to New York.

The trip was intended to let the Mike, his wife and their two kids visit family up North, but ended with the family stranded in a Kentucky hotel. The crash’s only victim was Mike’s 10-year-old step-daughter. So instead of having fun on the Fourth of July, they were recovering from injuries suffered in a fatal wreck on Interstate 71 and mourning the loss of one family member.

According to witnesses, the family’s SUV was badly mangled in a deadly nine vehicle pileup north of Campbellsburg, KY. Under the circumstances, the family could not leave Kentucky. But the family had even more trouble ahead as they could not find a rental over one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year.

The story did not end there though. A compassionate community reached out to the family and thousands of people offered prayers, condolences, rides, and lodgings. One man in particular, confirmed that he would be driving the family to Mississippi because they had no vehicle after the crash. Mike’s Wife Stefani has family there who will be letting the Romanyak family stay for a while and helping them get through their grief.

Friends and acquaintances started fundraising efforts to help the family with expenses related to the accident. An internet fundraiser opened on July 1 and had raised nearly $15,000 by the Fourth of July. Additional fund raisers have since been added to help the family.

Donations came mostly from the family’s hometown, but donations have also been pouring in from Alabama, Mississippi and other surrounding states as the word spread about the unfortunate family. Mike, a member of the military has also been recognized and supporters want to make sure he knows that the he is appreciated for the service he has willingly provided to his country.

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Facts About Traumatic Brain Injuries From Attorney J. Price McNamara

brain-injuryEvery year, many thousands of Americans suffer from head injuries in accidents, crashes and other unexpected events. But head injuries can offer cause another event called a traumatic brain injury or TBI. Unfortunately, TBI is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. In fact, according to recent studies, approximately 30% of all head injuries result in a brain injury that ultimately causes death or serious disability. TBI victims that survive a TBI often suffer from injuries that last for the rest of their lives.

What Causes TBI?

TBI can be caused by a jolt, bump, blow, or penetrating injury that alters the normal activity of the victim’s brain. However, not all head injuries result in a TBI. Some TBI are mild with a slight change in mental status or loss of consciousness. A severe TBI could be caused by a harder blow and could result in an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after a head injury.  Mild injuries can cause a variety of symptoms or a combination of mild and severe reactions.

Effects Of TBI

The effects of TBI vary based upon the nature of the injury, the area of the head, the age of the patient and many other factors.  In addition to serious disabilities and impairments to everyday activities, TBI can cause the following problems in patients:

  • Loss of sensation
  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Impaired thinking or memory
  • Impaired movement
  • Loss of sensation
  • Insomnia or changes in sleep patterns

What Types Of Injuries Can Cause TBI?

The type of injury can often dictate how seriously the patient will be impaired.  However, certain types of injuries are definitely more common than others.  The most significant number of TBI injuries are caused by falls, assaults, car and bike accidents. The age of the patient often determines what the most common causes are for head injuries. Small children ad the elderly are more prone to injuries from falls and assaults while adults tend to receive more injuries from car or bike accidents.

TBI Risk Factors

  • Men are more likely to die from TBI injuries.
  • Persons over 65 years are more likely to suffer a TBI injury.
  • Falls caused the highest number of TBI deaths for people over the age of 65.
  • Auto accidents were the top cause of TBI death in children and young adults until age 24.
  • In children ages 0-4, physical assaults were the leading cause of TBI death.
  • For children ages 0-14 and adults 45 years and older, falls were the leading cause of TBI death or disability.

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Louisiana Kidnap Victim’s Family Hunts Down And Kills Abductor

justiceIn a story straight out of a made for television action movie, a man looking for his abducted cousin kicked down the back door of an abandoned house to rescue his cousin last week. During the incident, the man also shot and killed her kidnapper.

The surrounding community was in shock as none suspected the events that were taking place on the seemingly quiet street. And despite the fact that the man hunted down and killed his cousin’s kidnapper the shooting has been ruled justified by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Department.

In the interest of protecting the identities if the victim and the victim’s family, the cousin’s name was withheld by the sheriff’s department. The abduction victim was 29-year-old Bethany Arceneaux who reportedly knew her abductor.

Arceneaux disappeared Wednesday night. Thomas’ car was found that night abandoned behind a cane field about a mile from a road. After making a complete search of the area after the cousin’s disappearance, family members came across an area where they felt a strong suspicion that Arceneaux might be. Those suspicions were confirmed when the cousin heard Arceneaux’s voice.

According to witnesses, the cousin said he heard screams from a nearby house as he stood on the sidewalk. Whether it was luck or careful planning, no one would say, but the cousin said he actually saw a man start stabbing Bethany Arceneaux. At that point, he broke through the door and fired several shots with a handgun. The cousin told police he wasn’t sure if he hit the kidnapper because the house was so dark.

Inside, police officers found the unresponsive body of Scott Thomas. According to the family, Thomas has a child with Arceneaux and had previously violated a restraining order protecting her.

Arceneaux was hospitalized with wounds but is expected to make a full recovery. The child was not involved in the incident and was not reported to have been injured in the melee.

Interestingly enough, police and bloodhounds had searched the area without success the day before the family located Arceneaux. The following morning, police were met by about 20 relatives who decided to organize their own search party.

Officers and relatives searched the area until about noon, when one of the family members found the house. Local authorities say that the family just happened to be at the right place at the right time and were able to prevent a possible tragedy for Arceneaux.

After a careful investigation, the sheriff’s department concluded the cousin acted within his rights. In Louisiana, a state law that allows deadly force to be used in preventing great bodily harm or death. It is likely that the case also will be reviewed by the district attorney. However, many believe that given the circumstances, no charges will be filed.

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