Saturday, September 18, 2010

Plaintiffs' Law Firm Jon L. Gelman Ranked a Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report

Jon Gelman, a plaintiffs' litigation firm for over 3 decades, announces today that U.S. News & World Report has named the firm to its 2010 Best Law Firms list, an annual list showcasing law firms in 81 practice areas throughout the United States. The Best Law Firms rankings (http://tinyurl.com/2foh4u2) are based on both objective data and peer evaluations. Jon Gelman was ranked for its work in Workers’ Compensation.


Jon Gelman represents clients in individual and class action cases in complex litigation across an array of practice areas, regularly litigating challenging cases involving multiple parties in state and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States, either as sole counsel for the plaintiffs or in association with local counsel and other firms. It is a specialty law office concentrating its practice in the litigation of catastrophic and serious injuries resulting from work-related exposures and traumatic events. Jon Gelman is currently active in such cases as the nationally publicized Asbestos Litigation (http://tinyurl.com/26r4t3r) and Burn Pit Litigation (http://tinyurl.com/279ds2n) and multi-district litigation filed by military personnel against defense contractors KBR and Halliburton.


Attorney Jon Gelman (http://tinyurl.com/ylfucty) received a number of awards and accolades for his willingness to take on diverse litigation in the fight to protect those harmed by traumatic events and occupational exposures. He is a member of The College of Workers Compensation Lawyers (http://tinyurl.com/2crqrn9).

The firm provides legal service with a social conscience. His practice is built on a strong foundation of in-depth knowledge of the subject matter which is reflected in the 3-volume treatise entitled Workers' Compensation Law (http://tinyurl.com/26rfqoq), (Thomson-West), that Jon Gelman authored, and in the 3-volume national treatise, Modern Compensation Law, (Thomson-West), that he also co-authored.


Best Lawyers (http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/) compiles its list by conducting extensive peer-review surveys in which thousands of lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The list is published in an annual referral guide, The Best Lawyers in America, with the intention of providing lawyers and clients with a reliable source for finding legal experts in unfamiliar jurisdictions and practice areas. To date, Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication available in the legal profession. The 2010 Best Law Firms list will be featured in the October print issue of U.S. News & World Report and will be available on September 27, 2010. The list and selection methodology are also available at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.


Jon L Gelman LLC is located in Wayne, New Jersey. For more information about Jon L. Gelman LLC, contact Jon L. Gelman (NJ) at +1 973.696.7900 or visit http://www.gelmans.com.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

We have a real tragedy ongoing

Philip O'Connor reported in the
St. Louis Post-Dispatch that ill veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are suffering from severe medical conditions because of their exposure to massive burn pits use by logistical contractors to burn contaminated waste. 

Last week a Federal judge ruled that a case may proceed against contracts, Kellog Brown & Root and Halliburton for alleged negligent activity in handling the waste.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Federal Court Allows Burn Pit Claims to Proceed Against Halliburton & KBR

A Federal Court Judge has ordered that  claims against military contractors, KBR (Kellogg Brown and Root) and Halliburton,  may proceed. Sick soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan filed claims against the corporations  because of "alleged failures of the military contractors to treat water and dispose of waste in a manner required" by their contract with the US Military.

Judge Roger W. Titus, in his 41 page
opinion,  dismissed the jurisdictions of the defendants and is allowing limited discovery to go forward. He also invited the participation of the US Government as an "amicus curiae, "friend of the Court," in formulating the discovery plan.

A lawsuit is currently pending against Kellog Brown & Root (KBR) and Halliburton on behalf of soldiers who were exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 The corporations were awarded US logistical contracts to support military in the war theaters.


In its ruling the Court stated, "In tension with the exercise of caution supported by these legal defenses is the legitimate concern that the judiciary may prematurely close courtroom doors to soldiers and civilians injured from wartime logistical activities performed by hired hands allegedly acting contrary to military-defined strictures. Courts must be prepared to adjudicate cases that ultimately expose defense contractors to appropriate liability where it is demonstrated that they acted outside the parameters established by the military and, as a result, failed to exercise proper care in minimizing risk to service members and civilians."

Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have report illnesses, including: cancers, respiratory disease, skin disorders and cancer following there tours of duty. Six deaths have been reported from early onset of leukemia and many more under treatment for malignancies. 


Click here to read more about burn pit claims for benefits and lawsuits. Call Jon L. Gelman at 973.696.7900 or e-mail jon@gelmans.com


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Halliburton, KBR Ordered by Judge to Face Military Suits Over Pit Burning (Bloomberg)


Friday, September 3, 2010

National Guard Veterans Allowed to Proceed Against KBR








A US District Court Judge in Oregon has ruled that national guard veterans will be allowed to proceed in a suit against KBR (Kellog Brown and Root) for their exposure  to sodium dichromate and resultant hexavalent chromium poisoning while stationed as Oregon National Guardsmen in Iraq and assigned to duty at the Qarmat Ali water plant in 2003. The soldiers allege serious injuries and adverse health effects because of their exposure to sodium dischromate at the Qarmat Ali plant

KBR entered into a contract with the US Military to provide logistical support during the Iraq conflict. The injured soldiers alleged that KRB was negligent and committed fraud in connection with the provision of services under the contract.

In Court permitted the claim to go forward against KBR for the soldiers, "...exposure to sodium dichromate and resultant hexavalent chromium poisoning while stationed as Oregon National Guardsmen in Iraq and assigned to duty at the Qarmat Ali water plant in 2003 [for the failure of KBR to take] precautions to safeguard personnel who might potentially be exposed to environmental hazards at worksites, including the wearing of protective gear and/or the closing down of operations at any unsafe site."  

The Court held,"Defendants here assert that their "provision of engineering and logistical support services at Qarmat Ali" took place pursuant to the specifications of a contract with the government, and that they did not exceed their authority under those specifications. On this basis, defendants argue that they were merely "executing the will of the United States" and are entitled to the benefits of derivative sovereign immunity. The evidentiary record belies both of defendants' assertions."

lawsuit is currently pending against Kellog Brown & Root (KBR) and Halliburton on behalf of soldiers who were exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Click here to read more about burn pit claims for benefits and lawsuits.Call Jon L. Gelman at 973.696.7900 or e-mail jon@gelmans.com

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