Archive for September, 2010

Senator Mary Landrieu Champions Small Business Jobs Act

September 29th, 2010 | Posted in Legislation, Local Issues, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

The job market received a much needed boost this week when President Barack Obama signed Senator Mary Landrieu’s Small Business Jobs Act into law.

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Over thirty billion dollars in loans and twelve billion dollars in tax incentives will be made available to small businesses across the country. Included in the incentives are eight small business tax cuts, which take effect immediately. New and expanding businesses will now be able to expense capital investments more effectively, deduct more from their taxes for start-up expenses, and avoid the capital gains tax on certain investments. Proponents of the act expect small business growth to increase immediately. President Obama called it,”the most significant step on behalf of our small businesses in more than decade.”

The effect on the job market is predicted to be felt right away. Sen Landrieu hopes it will transform the nations recent jobless recovery into a “job-filled recovery.” With unemployment at record highs, the relief could not come at a better time. As the incentives do not distinguish between types of small business, the job market is expected to improve in all fields. Those currently searching for work can expect to see an uptick in the number of job openings in the New Orleans area.

For those having trouble finding employment due to a past misdemeanor or felony offense, Bloom Legal can assist in expunging convictions from your record and making you a more desirable candidate. If we can assist you please call us at 504-599-9997.

DWI Checkpoint Tonight in Central City!

September 29th, 2010 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Local Issues, NOPD by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement today indicating that they will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the Central City area from approximately 9pm to 5am on Wednesday, September 29th.

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Drivers are advised to have the proper documentation (proof of insurance, driver’s license, etc) available if requested.

Visit our new DWI site – NOLADWI.com to print out a quick Glovebox Reference Guide for information regarding how to respond when pulled over or arrested for DWI.

While we certainly do not condone this type of behavior, should you or someone you know get behind the wheel after a night at the bar and get arrested or charged with a DUI/DWI, Bloom Legal is here (504-599-9997) to provide assistance to you in getting all of your affairs back in order.

Justice Department Urges Feinberg to Speed Up BP Claims Payments

September 27th, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Since taking over supervision of the BP Emergency Oil Spill Claims Program about a month ago, Kenneth Feinberg has met with substantial criticism over the pace at which claims are being paid out.

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Feinberg originally came into the position making statements which indicated an extremely optimistic prediction of his ability to organize the claims process so that it would be able to make payments in a matter of days to those with legitimate claims. Such statements have since been admitted to have been inaccurate by Feinberg and his staff.

While Feinberg’s organization has managed to pay more than 35,000 claims at a value of almost $400 million, a figure which surpasses the amount of payments made by BP during an almost 4-month period, there are still more than 40,000 claimants yet to receive any form of payment.

It is because of the large amount of claimants who are still waiting to be paid that Associate Attorney General, Thomas J. Perelli, sent a letter to Feinberg last week calling the current state of procedures “unacceptable”.

This news reminds us that many people who have been seriously affected by the oil spill have still yet to receive any form of compensation to help make their lives whole again.

If you or someone you know have been affected by the BP Oil Spill and have yet to receive compensation, contact Bloom Legal today at 504-599-9997 to discuss how we can help fight for you.

Stephen Colbert Testifies Before House Subcommittee

September 24th, 2010 | Posted in Legislation, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Comedian Stephen Colbert testified before a House Judiciary Subcommittee this morning on the topic of immigrant farm workers.

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Colbert’s presence was requested by subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren who attended an event as part of the ‘Take Our Jobs’ campaign with the comedian for an episode of his show: The Colbert Report.

The ‘Take Our Jobs’ campaign is sponsored by the United Farm Workers of America and encourages unemployed Americans to try out jobs typically held by immigrant and itinerant farm workers in order to demonstrate apparent fallacies in the argument made by anti-immigration supporters who claim that illegal aliens are responsible for stealing good jobs from American citizens.

Colbert’s appearance in Congress was especially notable given that he issued nearly his entire testimony while in character as a Conservative talk show host, leaving members of the House Subcommittee to parse through sarcasm and irony in order to determine his actual opinion on the various issues covered.

Click here for a video of Colbert’s testimony.

First Death Sentence for a Female in the U.S. in 100 Years

September 23rd, 2010 | Posted in National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

41 year old Teresa Lewis was scheduled to be executed Thursday at 9 A.M. despite warnings from the European Union and negative remarks from Iran.

In 2002, Lewis conspired with hit men to kill her husband and stepson in order to receive a hefty reward from an insurance company which she planned to use to pay the hired guns.

Although Virginia has the second most active execution process in the country, it still has not had a female victim in over a century, and massive attention is being brought to the proceedings because of aspects of her defense.

Her attorneys claim that Lewis does not possess the intelligence to mastermind such a series of events, and suggest that she was encouraged by the hit men who ultimately went through with the murders. The release of
this information prompted the European Union ambassador to the United States to attack the U.S. for executing
someone with a mental deficiencies.

Since the reinstitution of the death penalty in 1976, only 11 of the 1,200 individuals to receive the sentence have been women, with Lewis expected to be the 12th.

DWI Checkpoint Tonight in Gentilly!

September 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Local Issues, NOPD, Traffic by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement today indicating that they will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the Gentilly area from approximately 9pm to 5am on Wednesday, September 22nd.

Drivers are advised to have the proper documentation (proof of insurance, driver’s license, etc) available if requested.

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Visit our new DWI site – NOLADWI.com to print out a quick Glovebox Reference Guide for information regarding how to respond when pulled over or arrested for DWI.

While we certainly do not condone this type of behavior, should you or someone you know get behind the wheel after a night at the bar and get arrested or charged with a DUI/DWI, Bloom Legal is here (504-599-9997) to provide assistance to you in getting all of your affairs back in order.

Grand Isle ‘Oil Hotspots’ Indicate Fallout From Spill Is Far From Over

September 20th, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

A recent report by NOLA.com about the residual effects of the oil spill in coastal areas such as Grand Isle and Fourchon has indicated that the widely held view that Louisiana dodged a bullet in the aftermath of the BP Oil Spill could be mistaken. Oil Hotspot in Grand Isle

According to the report, large patches of oil are being discovered a few inches below the surface of the sand on many beaches. Large ‘patties’ of stratified oil are also being identified in the water which leech oil residue into the marshes and Gulf as tides recede.

While these areas are concentrated in ‘hotspots’ (about 500 miles of coast) that seem relatively minor when compared to the 7,700 total miles of Louisiana coast that largely avoided oiling, the concentrations of oil in these area still represent mortal threats to wildlife and potential hazards to humans residing in the area.

For the full report as well as a video demonstrating the presence of concentrated patches of oil: click here.

If you or a loved one have been affected by the BP Oil Spill, time is of the essence in ensuring your ability to file a claim. Contact Bloom Legal today at 504-599-9997 to discuss how we can help fight for your rights.

Corps of Engineers Contractor Open to Liability in Katrina Levee Failure

September 17th, 2010 | Posted in Courts, Katrina, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

In a decision on Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal judge’s ruling that Washington Group International (a contractor employed by the Army Corps of Engineers) was entitled to government-contractor immunity.

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According to plaintiffs, WGI employed shoddy excavation and back-filling techniques that ultimately compromised the structural integrity of levees designed to keep the Industrial Canal from flooding the Lower Ninth Ward.

The original ruling protected WGI and other government-contractors from liability under the assertion that the contractors were operating under the direct instruction of the Army Corps of Engineers. According to the Fifth Circuit Court’s reversal, however, the Corps of Engineers did not provide instructions as to the methods to be employed and merely gave indications of budgetary restrictions to be followed. This would place liability with the contracting firms as to the methods which they elected to employ in their construction projects.

According to reports, there has yet to be ruling on whether or not the Army Corps of Engineers will be entitled to immunity in these proceedings.

The events surrounding the levee failures following Hurricane Katrina were the subject of a recent documentary by part-time New Orleans resident Harry Shearer called ‘The Big Uneasy’.

This recent ruling has significant implications for people affected by levee failures and breaches in the aftermath of the storm. If you or a loved one have suffered property damage as a result of levee failures in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, contact Bloom Legal today at 504-599-9997 to discuss how we can fight to help make things right.

Facebook Comment Causes Juror to be Removed and Fined

September 15th, 2010 | Posted in Courts, Local Issues, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

As social media come to dominate more and more of our daily lives, unexpected consequences are emerging in a number of arenas. facebook court trial

Recently, a Michigan juror selected to sit on the trial of a woman accused of resisting arrest was removed from the trial when the defense attorney’s teenage son found a Facebook comment from her saying “gonna be fun to tell the defendant they’re GUILTY” before the trial had even started.

The judge appointed to the case removed the 20 year old juror, fined her $250, and required her to write an essay on the Sixth Amendment.

This case provides an example of how difficult it can be to maintain the confidential matter of court cases in an era of mass connectivity. Several states have been prompted to implement court rules forbidding the electronic disclosure of information related to trials outside of the courtroom.

This is also an example of one of many things that can cause someone accused of a crime to to be denied their constitutional right to a fair trial – something to which Bloom Legal is very committed. If you or a loved one are arrested, contact Bloom Legal today at 504-599-9997 to discuss how we can ensure your right to a fair trial and help fight the charges against you.

DWI Checkpoint tonight in St. Bernard Parish

September 14th, 2010 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Local Issues, Traffic by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Department has issued a statement indicating that it will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint tonight somewhere in Chalmette.

No details were released regarding the exact location or time of the checkpoint.

Drivers are advised to have the proper documentation (proof of insurance, driver’s license, etc) available if requested.

Visit our new DWI site – NOLADWI.com to print out a quick Glovebox Reference Guide for information regarding how to respond when pulled over or arrested for DWI.

While we certainly do not condone this type of behavior, should you or someone you know get behind the wheel after a night at the bar and get arrested or charged with a DUI/DWI, Bloom Legal is here (504-599-9997) to provide assistance to you in getting all of your affairs back in order.

Available 24/7. Call 1-877-NOLATIX for immediate help.