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New NFCC Survey Findings Suggest Military Could Be at Risk of Financial Abuse

Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

July 16, 2014, is Military Consumer Protection Day, the day set aside to bring attention to the fact that Americans should be conscious of protecting those who defend our country. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling is proud to do their part to protect servicemembers from financial abuse every day of the year.    

“No one should be victimized by financial abuse, particularly the military,” said Gail Cunningham, spokesperson for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC). “One way to avoid financial abuse is through financial education, as an educated consumer is always a better consumer, one more equipped to identify fraud or deception and make wise financial decisions.”

The NFCC offers servicemembers an opportunity to protect themselves by gaining a deeper understanding of personal finance through the Sharpen Your Financial Focus™ program. The program’s dedicated military component includes Hands on Banking for Military materials which are designed to address the unique financial literacy challenges facing military members, veterans and their families. The program, sponsored by Wells Fargo, presents 10 individual lesson topics ranging from the basics of banking to planning for retirement, thus is appropriate for servicemembers at any stage of their career.

Additionally, servicemen and women can further polish their financial skills through the Sharpen Your Financial Focus program which also offers a one-on-one financial review, a “deep dive” group workshop on a topic of choice, and the MyMoneyCheckUp® online financial self-assessment tool.

A recent NFCC survey of active duty military personnel revealed the following statistics which, when taken together, underscore the servicemember’s vulnerability to potential financial abuse:


    77 percent of respondents have financial worries;
    55 percent feel not at all or only somewhat prepared to meet a financial emergency, and
    60 percent say they had to look outside of traditional institutions and utilized alternative, non-traditional lenders to meet their financial needs.

“Stressful situations can result in poor choices, with decisions often made out of desperation,” continued Cunningham. “To avoid this, servicemembers should take advantage of the opportunity to improve their financial skills, thus putting themselves in a better position to face any unplanned financial circumstance that comes their way.”

The NFCC member agencies are proud to protect military personnel from abusive practices, or help them resolve an existing issue. To find out more about the Sharpen Your Financial Focus program, visit http://www.SharpenToday.org, or to be automatically connected to the closest NFCC member agency, dial (855) 374-2773.

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The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest serving national nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services. NFCC Members annually help millions of consumers through more than 600 community-based offices nationwide. For free and affordable confidential advice through a reputable NFCC Member, call (800) 388-2227, (en Español (800) 682-9832) or visit http://www.nfcc.org. Visit us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NFCCDebtAdvice, on Twitter: twitter.com/NFCCDebtAdvice, on YouTube: http://www.YouTube.com/NFCC09 and our blog: http://financialeducation.nfcc.org/.







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Circuit Breaker & Fuse Market Worth $15,100.0 Million by 2018 – A Report by MarketsandMarkets

(PRWEB) July 12, 2014

The report “Circuit Breaker & Fuse Market by Type (High, Medium, Low Voltage), Application Non-Residential/Residential Construction, Electronic/Electrical Equipment, Transportation Equipment (Automotive/Non-Automotive) & Geography – Global Trends & Forecast to 2018” defines and segments the circuit breaker & fuse market with analysis and forecasting of the global revenue.

Browse 91 market data tables and 20 figures spread through 183 pages and in-depth TOC on “Circuit Breaker Market & Fuse Market – Global Trends & Forecast to 2018”.

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Circuit Breakers & Fuses market is likely to grow reasonably in upcoming years. With the growth of western markets, the circuit breaker & fuse industry is projected to achieve a slower, yet stable growth. With a growing concern for safety in electronic, electrical, automotive, and telecommunication equipments, the need for advance fuses and circuit breakers has increased considerably. Developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region, including India, China, Indonesia and Indonesia etc. are expected to be the fastest growing markets.

The market has been estimated from demand side. This report breaks the market into smaller product segments. In order to provide a deeper understanding of the competitive landscape, the report profiles the 19 companies in the circuit breaker & fuse market.

Circuit breaker & fuse market revenue, in terms of geography, is expected to reach $ 15,100.0 million, growing at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2013 to 2018. Americas is dominating the market with $ 3,510.0 million in 2013; and is expected to reach $ 4,605.5 million by 2018, at a CAGR of 5.6%. This is followed by Asia-Pacific, which is expected to reach $ 4,379.0 million by 2018, at a CAGR of 6.0% from 2013 to 2018.

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New Research Could Expand Availability of Light-Based Mesothelioma Therapy, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

The NIH is giving $ 8 million dollars to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania to fund a clinical trial on light-based therapy in mesothelioma surgical patients. Click here to read Surviving Mesothelioma’s newly-posted article on the research.

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania plan to use the grant to enroll 102 pleural mesothelioma study participants over the next four years. Patients will receive a photosensitizing drug prior to surgery. Then half will have the laser light treatment during their procedure while half will have only follow-up chemotherapy.

“This trial represents a major step in understanding the combination of treatment modalities that will offer patients the best hope for survival and extended remission,” said lead investigator Eli Glatstein, MD.

Previous University of Pennsylvania studies of PDT with lung-sparing surgery have produced remarkable survival rates of up to 41 months, even in patients with advanced mesothelioma.

“PDT is an exciting emerging therapy that is currently not widely available for mesothelioma treatment,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “If the results of these new NIH-funded studies are as encouraging as the previous studies of PDT at Penn, more patients who need it may get access to this therapy.”

For details of the new PDT research at Penn, see NIH Grant May Help Validate Light-Based Therapy for Mesothelioma now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

“Penn Mesothelioma Program Receives $ 8 Million NCI Grant to Study Effects of Photodynamic Therapy Plus Surgery on Patient Survival and Disease Progression”, July 10, 2014, News Release, University of Pennsylvania website, http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2014/07/meso/

For nearly ten years, Surviving Mesothelioma has brought readers the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. All Surviving Mesothelioma news is gathered and reported directly from the peer-reviewed medical literature. Written for patients and their loved ones, Surviving Mesothelioma news helps families make more informed decisions.







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Plastic Shipping Crates Procurement Category Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

Plastic shipping crates have a buyer power score of 3.7 out of 5, demonstrating a high level of buyer power. According to IBISWorld analyst Scott Winters, buyers gain negotiation power through the product’s low level of specialization, low total cost of ownership and high level of substitute goods.

Because plastic shipping crates are made using molds and machinery that forms the plastic along an assembly line, there are few differences, if any, between one shipping crate and another. With this standardization, buyers can turn to many suppliers in the market for their shipping crate needs, boosting negotiation power. Similarly, buyers can look to substitute goods like wooden shipping crates and cardboard shipping crates. The widespread availability of substitute products allows for greater buyer power. Moreover, more businesses are switching to plastic shipping crates compared with other types of crates due to their sustainable nature, which allows for cost savings, continues Winters. Plastic shipping crates offer a longer useful life and are safer for food and other edible goods being shipped. Additionally, plastic shipping crates have a low total cost of ownership, with few costs other than the initial purchase of the crate itself. Also, because many crates are used internationally for shipping, buyers can achieve cost savings in some countries where environmentally friendly crates earn governmental support and subsidies. Buyers also have strong negotiating power due to market fragmentation; buyers are able to search among a wide range of suppliers for the best price. As a result, buyers can easily compare product prices and features from companies such as Orbis, Rehrig Pacific Company and Reusable Transport Packaging before making a purchase.

Although buyers have a great degree of power in the negotiation process, buyer power is limited by supplier input costs like the price of plastic materials and resin. This input is the main component in plastic shipping crate production and its price is tied to notoriously volatile crude oil prices. To mitigate the high and volatile prices, suppliers may pass the additional costs on to the buyer or absorb the additional production cost and face lower profit margins. In both cases, buyers encounter less room for negotiation with suppliers. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Plastic Shipping Crates procurement category market research report page.

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This report is intended to assist buyers of plastic shipping crates, which are typically used for storing products or shipping goods from one location to another. Plastic crates provide protection of shipped and stored goods from damage or breakage and simplify the handling of goods. Plastic shipping crates are cleanable and reusable and offer cost savings compared with wooden shipping crates. This report does not include wooden shipping crates, international shipping containers, packaging boxes or bags.

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North America Software Defined Network (SDN) Market Worth $1,443.8 Million by 2019 – New Report by MicroMarket Monitor

(PRWEB) July 12, 2014

The rise in the number of mobility devices around the world has urged for new advanced network architectures to suit the upsurge. Virtualization has become a growing trend in the IT industry with increasing cloud storage technologies. The data traffic has increased by several folds with the advent of more mobility devices. This has resulted in larger and more complex networks. These global factors are the main driving forces for the SDN market.

The North American (NA) region is expected to witness a huge growth in cloud storage and virtualization. The cloud traffic is expected to grow to 1,886 Exabyte by 2017. Advanced SDN architectures would be in demand in the future for managing cloud storages. The changing data traffic patterns in the region and increasing workload would require better SDN solutions to increase speed and agility of the networks with real-time resource allocation. The SDN market is expected to grow effectively in the NA region.

The North American software defined network market is estimated to grow from $ 159.3 million in 2014 to $ 1,443.8 million in 2019 at a CAGR of 55.4%, from 2014 to 2019. Some of the key players in this North American market include Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Hewlett-Packard, and Plexxi, among others.

Browse through the market data tables, figures and detailed ToC on the “North America Software Defined Network (SDN) Market” at: http://www.micromarketmonitor.com/market/north-america-software-defined-network-sdn-9065162554.html.

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The Latin American region is hosting the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the Rio Olympics 2016. The growth in data traffic due to these world events is predicted to be very high. The number of cellular devices is estimated to rise by several folds in the region. This would eventually result in data traffic congestion. The deployments of 4G LTE technologies are rapidly picking up pace since its inception in 2013. These factors are considered to become potential market drivers for the software defined networks market in the Latin American region.

The Latin American software defined network market is estimated to grow from $ 5.7 million in 2014 to $ 77.4 million in 2019, at a CAGR of 68.8%, from 2014 to 2019.

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Europe is expected to show a rapid growth in 4G LTE networks in the prospective time. Telecom operators like Spirent have planned to roll out 4G LTE services throughout the region in 2014. Advanced SDN architecture would grow in the region to support the high bandwidth requirements of the network. The enterprise software market is growing worldwide and almost 26% (2012) share of the market was from the European region. The enterprises are now looking at SDN solutions to reduce the capital and operational expenses related to the entire network infrastructure.

The European software defined network market is estimated to grow from $ 60.6 million in 2014 to $ 731.4 million in 2019, at a CAGR of 64.6%, from 2014 to 2019.

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Asia-Pacific Software Defined Network (SDN) Market

The Asia-Pacific region has shown a tremendous increase in the number of subscribers and data transverse over the network. This has created a need for effective management of the network to squeeze the maximum data traffic over the network. SDN solutions are expected to have greater demand in this region. The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has witnessed an increase in the number of member countries in this region, from China, India, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea to 26 more countries. This increased participation will result in higher adoption rates among enterprises in the region.

The Asia-Pacific software defined network market is estimated to grow from $ 57.8 million in 2014 to $ 1,301 million in 2019, at a CAGR of 86.4%, from 2014 to 2019.

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Middle East and Africa Software Defined Network (SDN) Market

The MEA region has witnessed a tremendous economic growth in the past decade. The region has become one of the major destinations in the tourism industry. The data traffic in the region is estimated to grow rapidly due to the impacts of globalization on the economies of this region, especially in the financial market. New SDN infrastructure would be required to withstand the growing cellular traffic. The increased spending over IT in the past years shows a potential development for SDN architecture

The Middle-East and Africa software defined network market is estimated to grow from $ 6.6 million in 2014 to $ 116.3 million in 2019 at a CAGR of 77.3%, from 2014 to 2019.

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Stepping Stones Museum for Children Celebrates Winning Four Awards

Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

Stepping Stones Museum for Children is pleased to announce the museum has recently won four awards, thanks to the dedication and talent of an amazing staff.

The Excellence Award from the Connecticut Art Directors Club for the museum’s “Express Yourself” exhibit goes to Exhibits Team members Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, Leigh Ryan, Brian Morrissey, Khalaf Jerry, Andy White and Kim Kuta Dring. Dring also earned a Community Service Award from the Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents. Kathy Labieniec, the in-house graphic designer, won a 2014 Ad Club CT Award for the museum’s 2014 Kaleidoscope Ball gala invitation design.

The museum’s newest exhibit, “Express Yourself,” was created by Stepping Stones Museum for Children as a part of its “Healthy Children, Healthy Communities” initiative. The exhibit helps children and parents learn more about the importance of expressing emotions in a healthy way. Dring, the museum’s director of community teaching and learning, appeared with Fairfield University Associate Professor Dr. Gill Lopez on “Good Morning Connecticut,” WTNH-TV to talk about social, emotional well-being. You can watch the informative interview on YouTube.

During the interview, Dr. Lopez shared tips for parents to encourage social emotional learning:

    Be a good listener
    Parents should model the behavior they’d like to see in their child
    Praise children and nurture their self-esteem
    Focus on the child’s strengths
    Help the child take another’s perspective
    Teach the child to problem solve

Stepping Stones Museum for Children also received the MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums Replication Award to develop a toolkit for museums interested in developing an Around the World program. The ability to know, understand and relate to people from other cultures and with different points of view are essential skills that build toward global competency.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children introduced the Around the World program in 2009. The goal was to enable children, their families and their caregivers to experience different cultures and visit faraway places without ever leaving Norwalk. Each month, Stepping Stones Museum for Children introduces visitors to 12 different parts of the globe and highlights the various cultures and people that inhabit the world.

Around the World is an ever-evolving, multilayered project that provides a “menu” of programs to create a comprehensive Around the World series. Museums can implement the programs they are most comfortable with. Stepping Stones’ featured programs include:

    Performance Series
    Theater Productions with Limited Runs
    Creative Kids: Hands-On Arts
    Books, Music and Object-Based Learning
    Vacation Week
    Passport: World Traveler Program
    Travel Guide Display
    Travel Film
    Media Connections/Teleconferencing

At Stepping Stones, play is serious business. Their learning framework is a strong set of foundational ideas that guides the planning of all of the museum’s experiences — exhibits, programs, promotional events and partnerships.

About the museum:

Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT, is an award-winning, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children and families. Located on five acres in Mathews Park, the LEED Gold certified museum encompasses five hands-on galleries, a state-of-the-art Multimedia Gallery, Family and Teacher Resource Center, cafe and retail store.

Stepping Stones is located at 303 West Ave., exit 14N or 15S off I-95 in Norwalk. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from Labor Day through Memorial Day, and Monday through Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $ 15 for adults and children and $ 10 for seniors. Children under 1 are free. To learn more, call 203-899-0606 or visit http://www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.







ShopIgniter Announces $3M Investment, Led by Madrona Venture Group

Portland, OR (PRWEB) March 4, 2010

ShopIgniter, Inc., a multi-channel ecommerce software provider, today announced that it has secured $ 3M in venture capital funding. The Series A round was led by Madrona Venture Group.

The ShopIgniter platform tightly integrates social media into core ecommerce functionality to increase a seller’s online sales by as much as 30%. The platform enables retailers, wholesalers and product brands to merchandise products through FaceBook, find customers through Twitter, and manage all the functionality of their online store through an intuitive, easy-to-use interface.

Founded in 2008, the company provides an integrated ecommerce platform unifying physical retail stores, branded websites and the social web. “We are investing in ShopIgniter because its flexible web services based platform significantly improves the ability of retailers to better manage and present their web store to customers,” said Tom Alberg, a Managing Director at Madrona Ventures. “The founders have deep domain expertise and the company has built a platform that incorporates new opportunities for retailers to serve and reach customers through social networks and other innovative features.” Alberg is a founding partner of Madrona and serves on the board of Amazon. He will join the ShopIgniter board.

The company was founded by Alan Wizemann, Dan Warner and Jason Glover. “The product concept was to acknowledge a seller’s existing systems for selling and inventory and extend that online with a customizable, high-performance ecommerce platform. What we discovered was that by weaving in configurable social features, our customers could create online stores that self-generated traffic,” said Wizemann.

The ShopIgniter solution is a fully extensible ecommerce platform built on CodeIgniter, a web application framework with a community of over 115,000 developers. The platform serves sellers of all sizes and was built with system integration and front-end customization in mind. “Retailers, product brands and their interactive agencies need to be able to design custom store fronts but do not want the maintenance hassle or expense of hosting and building high-performance ecommerce functionality. We provide that flexibility and still deliver all the benefits of a SaaS solution,” said CTO and co-founder, Dan Warner. “We also encourage developers to leverage the ShopIgniter module architecture to extend functionality, build integration points and continue to innovate for their ecommerce clients.”

This round of funding will enable ShopIgniter to accelerate sales and marketing efforts as well as further extend commerce functionality into both social and physical retail environments. Matt Compton, former Madrona Venture Partner, has joined the company as CEO. During his tenure at Madrona, Compton evaluated over 100 early stage companies in Oregon.

“The ecommerce space is big, growing and ripe for disruption. The incumbent software platforms that power the $ 170 billion ecommerce market are often antiquated or even homegrown. ShopIgniter is revolutionizing ecommerce software by applying cloud-based delivery, third party developer extensibility and social commerce to a beautifully designed and extremely innovative set of features,” said Compton. “When presented with the opportunity to join the company and continue to work with Madrona and Tom Alberg, I asked, where do I sign up?” Prior to Madrona, Compton was VP of Media at Yahoo where he also headed up sales and marketing for the hosting and ecommerce business services.

The ShopIgniter platform is now available to new customers going live this Spring. Retailers, wholesalers, product brands and site developers can request a demo at http://www.shopigniter.com.

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EurekaMag.com Publishes 64,900 New Studies on Hepatitis C

Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

EurekaMag.com has newly published results of 64,900 studies on Hepatitis C which is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver. An estimated 3.2 million people in the United States have chronic Hepatitis C virus infection of which approximately 80% of people develop chronic infection. While the site’s research category covers all studies on Hepatitis C, the Life, Earth & Health Sciences Research Section 36 contains all new and previously unpublished articles focusing on transmission of the potentially fatal liver disease.

The Life, Earth & Health Sciences Research Chapter 35028 presents a range of documentation and results of studies aiming at identifying Hepatitis C transmission pathways. It covers Hepatitis C virus infection in San Francisco’s HIV-infected urban poor, Hepatitis C virus infection in dialysis and chronic liver patients, Hepatitis C virus infection in hemodialysis patients from southern Brazil, Hepatitis C virus infection in injection drug users, Hepatitis C virus infection in institutionalized psychiatric patients, and on Hepatitis C virus infection in renal-transplant patients.

The most significant and most read articles on Hepatitis C at EurekaMag.com include articles on diagnostic tests for Hepatitis C, histological improvement of chronic liver disease after spontaneous serum Hepatitis C virus clearance, and on genotypes of Hepatitis C virus in Guangix Province, southern China.

Established in 1998, EurekaMag.com is a publisher of references in biology, in the applied life sciences agriculture, horticulture and forestry, in the earth sciences, in the environmental sciences, and in the health sciences. The site currently contains a total of 36.9 million bibliographic references and 20.8 million abstracts from as early as 1703. Since earlier this year, the site now publishes PDF full text articles which are exclusively contributed by its users.

The site also features expert literature searches on user-requested biological, geographical and health subjects, a mobile version for smartphones and frequently updated accounts at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.







Attorney J. Allen Roach, Jr. Joins the Law Firm of Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach, P.C.

Addison, Texas (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of J. Allen Roach, Jr. to the firm. Allen practices in the Litigation section of the firm with a focus on medical malpractice defense.

Allen Roach is a knowledgeable civil litigator with more than 10 years of experience. His practice covers an array of areas including personal injury litigation, business litigation, dispute resolution, products liability and insurance defense. He began his career working for a mass tort litigation defense firm representing Fortune 500 companies; he spent the next six years sharpening his skills and gaining a wide breadth of diverse experience.

Allen attended Texas Tech University School of Law and earned his law degree in 2002 and his Bachelor of Arts in 1999 from Texas Tech University with a major in English and minor in Chemistry. Currently, Allen is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas, as well as the Louisiana State Bar and Arkansas State Bar Associations.

Allen was selected by his peers for recognition in the Rising Stars edition of Super Lawyers for five consecutive years from 2008-2012. Rising Stars is published by Thompson Reuters to recognize attorneys 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in Texas are named to Rising Stars each year.

“Allen is a talented attorney who will represent our clients well and defend their cases with the high degree of quality they expect from our firm,” said shareholder Dick Wiles. “We are very glad to have him joining the team at HHDU.”

Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach, P.C. is a full-service commercial law firm located in Addison, Texas. Their attorneys provide legal representation in a broad range of practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, business, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, executive employment representation, insurance defense, intellectual property, bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, taxation, and estate planning. For more information, visit the firm’s website at http://www.hhdulaw.com

Source: Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach, P.C.







GM Ignition Switch Settlement Deadline: December 31st Set as Final Date for Claims Submissions, The Oliver Law Group P.C. Reports

Detroit MI (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

The Oliver Law Group P.C., a law firm representing consumers in GM ignition switch recall lawsuits, notes that General Motors has set December 31, 2014 as the deadline for participation in the recently announced GM Victims Compensation Fund. According to a report from the Associated Press, the Fund will open to claims on August 1, 2014.

The GM Victims Compensation Fund was established to compensate the families of those killed, as well as individuals who were severely injured, in automobile crashes associated with a defective ignition switch that has resulted in the recall of millions of GM cars. According to the GM recall notice, the ignition switch in question can unexpectedly and suddenly move from the “On” or “Run” position to the “Off” or “Acc” position. When this occurs, the motor engine and certain electrical components, including the power assisted steering and anti-lock brakes are turned off, thereby endangering the vehicle occupants and compromising the safety airbag system.

Vehicles involved in the GM ignition switch recall include:

         2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
         2005-2007 Pontiac G5
         2003-2007 Saturn Ion
         2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
         2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
         2007-2010 Saturn Sky

(safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners/Consumer+Alert:+GM+Ignition+Switch+Recall+Information, NHTSA, February 2014)

(hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GENERAL_MOTORS_COMPENSATION_GLANCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT, Associated Press, June 30, 2014)

According to an earlier report from Washington Post, at least 13 auto fatalities have been linked to the defective ignition switch. A congressional probe also determined that GM had made a modification to the ignition switch in 2006 that resolved the issue, but did not publicly disclose the problem or announce a recall at that time.

(washingtonpost.com/business/economy/gm-fined-35-million-in-ignition-switch-safety-case/2014/05/16/f1b92e56-dd08-11e3-8009-71de85b9c527_story.html, Washington Post, May 16, 2014)

According to the Associated Press, those eligible to participate in the GM Victims Compensation Fund include drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and people in other cars involved in crashes with recalled GM vehicles who suffered physical injuries or relatives of people killed in crashes. Claimants must show that the crashes were caused by faulty GM ignition switches. Those who settle their claims through the Fund will be required to give up their right to sue GM.

GM has hired attorney Kenneth Feinberg to administer the Fund. According to the Associated Press, the company has not placed any monetary limits on payouts involving deaths or extreme injuries such as permanent brain damage, loss of limbs, paralysis and serious burns. Claims for other injuries will be determined by formulas established by Mr. Feinberg. Those claimants may be able to receive higher payouts if they are able to prove extraordinary circumstances.

The Oliver Law Group is offering free legal reviews to individuals who were injured, as well as the families of those killed, in automobile accidents allegedly related to GM’s ignition switch recall. To learn more about filing a GM ignition switch lawsuit, please contact our office by calling 800-939-7878 today.

About The Oliver Law Group P.C.

Oliver Law Group P.C. is a different kind of law firm. One that focuses on the needs of the injured first. A compassionate law firm dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims and their families, and doing everything necessary to ensure those rights. 

The experience of a large firm. The 1-on-1 dedication of a small firm. A reputation built on trust.

Experience. Dedication. Trust. Oliver Law Group P.C.

If you would like to learn more about filing a GM ignition switch recall lawsuit, or GM airbag failure lawsuit due to ignition switch recall problem, turn to the law firm with the Experience, Dedication, and Trust you deserve. Contact the Oliver Law Group P.C. for your free case review by visiting http://www.legalactionnow.com or calling toll free 800-939-7878 today.

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The Oliver Law Group

(800) 939-7878

950 W University Drive

Suite #200,

Rochester, MI 48307

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