Actor Tracy Morgan Critically Injured in Auto Accident Over Weekend

June 9th, 2014 | Posted in Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Truck driver, Kevin Roper, that hit Tracy Morgan limo bus

Truck driver, Kevin Roper, that hit Tracy Morgan limo bus

The bus driver that critically injured comedian, actor Tracy Morgan over the weekend, turned himself in and is being charged with death by auto and 4 counts of assault by auto. The driver, Kevin Roper, was driving an 18-wheeler truck when he rear-ended Mr. Morgan’s limo bus, killing Morgan’s mentor and friend, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and injuring several others in the six car pileup. The driver claims to have been awake or over 24 hours and failed to see traffic slowing on the New Jersey turnpike when he hit the limo bus.

Morgan’s condition is listed as critical, but stable. As of June 9th, Mr. Roper is facing a bond of $50,000 and a court date on Wednesday.

If you or someone you know is injured in an auto accident, give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

Jell-O Shots Found on Alleged Drunk Driver

June 5th, 2014 | Posted in DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

The popular Jell-O shot style beverage found on Cathy Sanchez. Photo courtesy of www.news4jax.com.

The popular Jell-O shot style beverage found on Cathy Sanchez. Photo courtesy of www.news4jax.com.

Cathy Sanchez, 28 year old Minnesota resident, was pulled over on May 31 after she was spotted driving sloppily. During the 2 a.m. stop, Glydon police noticed a few things that indicated the woman might have been intoxicated. The police claimed that Sanchez smelt of alcohol, her eyes were bloodshot, and she was not speaking clearly.

Police have reported that her blood-alcohol level was at 0.136. During a search of her body, police discovered that Sanchez had three Jell-O shots in her pockets.

Sanchez now faces several charges. Her charges include two counts of driving while impaired, one count of providing an officer with a false name, and one count of driving after a cancellation.

If you have been charged with driving drunk, you have the right to legal representation. The New Orleans criminal defense law firm, Bloom Legal, can help you. Call (504)-599-9997 for a free legal consultation today.

Singer Chris Brown Released

June 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, Criminal Defense by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Chris Brown appears in court for his Feb. 28, 2014 hearing. Photo courtesy of ABCnews.go.com.

Chris Brown appears in court for his Feb. 28, 2014 hearing. Photo courtesy of ABCnews.go.com.

According to authorities, on Monday, June 2, Chris brown was released from a California jail. The popular singer has been incarcerated since March for violating the terms of a court-ordered rehabilitation program.

Brown was charged with misdemeanor assault in October while on probation for assaulting singer and ex-girlfriend Rihanna. The charges were brought against Brown as allegations of an assault surfaced. Brown later admitted that the altercation violated the terms of his probation and he was ordered to remain in jail.

Judge James R. Brandlin sentenced the singer to serve an additional 131 days during his May 9 decision. Initially, the court ruled that Brown would serve a year, but they credited him almost eight months. The credit was granted for Brown’s time served between jail and rehab. He also got credit for good behavior while behind bars.

Now that Brown has been released, he still is expected to complete his community service requirements. Brown is required to complete 1000 hours of service. However, it appears as though he only has around 800 hours remaining.

If you or someone you know is arrested for Battery, Assault, or any other criminal charges in the Greater New Orleans area, please give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

Gentilly Graduation Celebration Turns Deadly

May 29th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Recent graduate, JeShan Vail, pictured in a banner hung at the scene of the crime. Photo courtesy of www.nola.com

A photo taken the day after the graduation party shooting. Recent graduate, JeShan Vail, pictured on a banner. Photo courtesy of www.nola.com

On Friday, May 23, friends and family gathered to celebrate JeShan Vail’s high school graduation. Vail had recently graduated from George Washington Carver High School. Moments before midnight, gun fire erupted at the crowded party after a small argument ensued.

The shots killed 15 year old Tremaine Robertson, Vail’s brother, who was visiting from Texas. Seven other bystanders were wounded. Six of the seven were immediately in stable condition, but one 19 year old female underwent surgery due to the injuries sustained.

Police were informed that the assailant was wearing a red colored shirt. Upon further investigation, police noticed that a young man by the name of Zachary Gibson was wearing a red shirt in photographs taken during the event. A witness was also able to identify Gibson during a lineup.

On Wednesday, May 28, 19 year old Gibson was arrested and taken into custody. He was found on Sixth Street, near his home. Gibson will face one charge of second degree murder. It is also anticipated that Gibson will face seven additional charges of attempted second degree murder. Gibson’s bond has been set at $750,000.

Why You Can’t Trust Your Insurer After an Auto Accident

May 25th, 2014 | Posted in Personal Injury by admin | No Comments »

Insurance is required for drivers, so motorists will pay premiums to an insurance company who will then pay for losses in the event of an accident. The specific insurance coverage you need to have may vary by state, with some drivers required to buy no-fault coverage although this is not mandated in Louisiana. Drivers may also be required to buy collision insurance by a car loan lender or may choose to buy it to protect themselves from loss.  

Auto Accident

Every driver, however, must have liability insurance coverage to pay for losses that the motorists causes others to experience if the policy older causes an accident.  Liability insurance kicks in if the driver does something wrong and is sued or has a claim made against him for compensation for losses.   If the driver who causes a crash does not have liability insurance as required, the victims of the collision may be forced to seek compensation from any uninsured or underinsured motorist policies available from their own insurer.

Dealing with an insurance company is never fun, and you should not assume that the insurer who provided your insurance policy will be eager and willing to help you get the money you need to cover your losses. In fact, as a new report from the American Association for Justice shows just how underhanded insurance companies can be when lying to customers and trying to maximize their profits.  You need to protect yourself from this behavior, and hiring a New Orleans auto accident attorney is one of the smartest ways to ensure you have a knowledgeable professional standing up to the insurer on your behalf. 

Insurers Cannot be Trusted

According to the American Association for Justice, the average profits within the U.S. insurance industry exceed $30 billion.  Yet, despite these massive profits, insurance companies want to do everything they can to hold onto income and premiums and to pay out as little as possible. Major insurance companies have patterns of denying claims, delaying payouts to make people desperate for cash, and trying to settle cases for much less than the claims are worth.

Some of the dishonest practices that insurance companies engage in to try to underpay or avoid paying policyholders include:

  • Claiming that the loss is not covered, such as one accident where a 60-year-old woman was denied payouts on her $2 million policy because the incident that harmed her was not an “accident.” The insurer claimed that since the driver who caused the collision was acting because of deliberate road rate, the insured’s policy didn’t apply and the policyholder was out of luck for extensive medical bills. 
  • Offering incentives for denying or delaying payouts. Insurance company employees reportedly receive incentives like pizza parties and gift certificates in order to keep payouts low or avoid making payments.  
  • Delaying until the policyholder dies. If the victim policyholder is no longer alive to make a claim for covered losses, this may let the insurer off the hook. While this is an especially big problem with long-term care insurance, it could also become an issue after motor vehicle collisions and other incidents where a victim experiences a potentially fatal injury. 

These are just some of the many reasons listed in the AAJ report showing why insurers cannot be trusted. Stand up for your rights when dealing with the insurers by contacting the New Orleans auto accident law firm of Bloom Legal today.

Bloom Legal Wishes Everyone a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend!

May 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of www.thefinancialphysician.com

Photo courtesy of www.thefinancialphysician.com

This weekend is Memorial Day, widely considered the “unofficial” start of the summer season. Many business will be closed Monday allowing friends and family to enjoy a long 3-day holiday weekend together. This is also the time that police increase their watch and institute checkpoints in and around the city. Bloom Legal would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day!

If you or something you know is arrested in and around the Greater New Orleans during this holiday weekend, please give Seth Bloom a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

Discussion: Is Big Law a Thing of the Past?

May 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of SF Criminal Law Blog

Photo courtesy of SF Criminal Law Blog

Everyone has heard of the big firms in the city. So why are more and more clients preferring smaller firms? There is a very simple explanation.

Back in the old days, big firms had their libraries, and a multitude of lawyers for every case. These were both necessary for handling cases, especially the bigger, more complicated ones. Today, however, with the advancements in technology, every lawyer has the same access to the same sources of information. This means that where in the old days (before the internet) we would need two lawyers and a law clerk for a job, today that same job can be done by one lawyer, and in a fraction of the time.

So it is very simple. Today, clients seem to prefer the leaner, dedicated team of lawyers that they get from the small law firm where their business is top priority—the personal touch. And they get it at a fraction of the price. So this begs the question: Are big law firms a thing of the past?

Are Lawyers Becoming a Rare Commodity?

May 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo Courtesy of The Atlantic (www.theatlantic.com)

Photo Courtesy of The Atlantic (www.theatlantic.com)

Amidst controversy and scandal, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), is reporting record-low numbers of students taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

The number of students who took the LSAT last year (2013-2014) was a 6.2% drop from the year before, 2012-2013, and the lowest number of student test-takers since 1998. Amidst record-low numbers of law school applicants, the number of students taking the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) has remained constant.

This might be explained by alleged misconduct by the LSAC, which just settled a class-action lawsuit for $7.73 million to avoid going to trial on charges of discriminating against students with disabilities—disabilities such as dyslexia or ADHD. These allegations claimed that the LSAC violated of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires institutions to provide an equal-footing for all applicants.

Perhaps to avoid bad press, or perhaps because it truly felt that it had not discriminated, the LSAC decided to pay the $7.73 million settlement (instead of going to trial), stating “We decided to resolve this case not because we believe that we were wrong in our position, but because we do not think that continued litigation is in the best interests of our member schools or prospective law school students.”

Whatever its reason for forking over the money, it is clear that the LSAC is in need of students who aspire to go to law school; and for now, at least, the fact remains that the lawyers of tomorrow may very well be a rare commodity.

Crime Down 40 Percent in Mid-City

May 22nd, 2014 | Posted in NOPD by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Outline is the approximate boundaries for Mid-City's Crime Prevention District. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

Outlined is the approximate boundaries for Mid-City’s Crime Prevention District. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

April crime reports for MidCity’s Crime Prevention District show a 40 percent drop compared to last year’s figures of the same time frame. For April of 2013, records indicate that 45 total crimes occurred in this area compared to only 27 for April of 2014.

Last year there were four murders in the defined district, while this year there has yet to be a single one. While rapes, armed robberies, and assaults show no significant change, the amount of property crimes have significantly decreased.

The district seems fixated on preventing crimes during times of increased traffic. Sgt. Sam Palumbo was glad to report that no “major” crimes occurred during the city’s 2014 Jazz and Heritage Festival. He also reported that they have been beefing up security at Bayou Boogaloo to deter crimes.

Actor Michael Jace Booked: Homicide

May 21st, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Michael Jace with wife April. Photo courtesy of NY Daily News

Michael Jace with wife April. Photo courtesy of NY Daily News

“The Shield” actor, Michael Jace, has been booked for homicide after his wife was shot dead in their family home. In a 911 correspondence, Jace reportedly said, “I shot my wife.” Thereafter, police officers were dispatched to the home where they found April, Jace’s wife, shot dead. The bond has been set at $1 million.

According to those familiar with the matter, the couple’s two small children had been in the house during the shooting. The two children have been placed in their grandmother’s care for the time being. April’s brother, Carlo Laune, was especially caught off guard by the news. He claims that he had no idea that the couple had been fighting. “This is more than a shock,” Laune stated in an interview. “It’s out of this world.”

It appears as though Jace may have to spend time in jail due to recent financial issues. In 2011, Jace filed for bankruptcy. He listed debts, including his Hyde Park home, at a value between $500,000 and $1 million. Furthermore, Jace owes thousands in income tax and back taxes.

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