It’s estimated that about one thousand coal miners die every year from a disease commonly known as black lung. In this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes Stephen A. Sanders, public interest lawyer and the Director of the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center and Attorney John C. Cline, to discuss the latest in black lung litigation. Stephen and John will discuss the correlation between coal mine dust and black lung, legislation passed to help coal miners, the rise of black lung disease in younger miners and the impact this horrible disease has on miners and their families.

State legislatures have recognized the need to protect people who have structured settlements.  On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes Ringler colleague, Jim Early, Senior Vice President-Eastern Region out of New Hampshire welcomes Attorney Peter Vodola from the law firm of Seiger, Gfeller, and Laurie in West Hartford, Connecticut, to discuss the California Structured Settlement Protection Act. They will discuss this new legislation, factoring and the role of the factoring companies and how  this act will ultimately protect consumers.

Tobacco litigation continues to pop up across the states and is growing internationally. On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes legendary tobacco industry insider and founder of the non-profit organization, Smoke-Free Kids, Inc., Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, to discuss the latest in tobacco litigation. Larry and Dr. Wigand will talk about the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, concerns about smokeless tobacco products and how to protect our children from the dangers of smoking.

On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes Ringler colleague, Jim Early, Senior Vice President-Eastern Region out of New Hampshire and Dan Durbin, President of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association, to take a look at NSSTA’s initiatives in the new year.  They will discuss structured attorney fees, factoring and the special emphasis on educating plaintiffs about the security and value of structured settlements.

The sport of golf serves not only as a social outing for many in the legal community, but also is a way to make business connections and to network with clients on the course. But what we don’t often think about is some pesticides used on golf courses may be causing potential health and environmental hazards.  On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes Jay Feldman, Executive Director of Beyond Pesticides, to take a look at the issues, the data and the goal to find a safer alternative for those who love the sport of golf.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently reported that there is a “strong association” between homes built with Chinese drywall and levels of hydrogen sulfide in the indoor air.  In this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes Attorney Ervin A. Gonzalez,  partner at Colson Hicks Eidson and Attorney Jerrold S. Parker, Managing Partner with the firm Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, to talk about the latest in Chinese drywall litigation. They will discuss the recent CPSC report, the property and health issues and next steps for homeowners.

As of January 1, 2010, there will be new rules pertaining to Medicare compliance.  In this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes Attorney Benjamin M. Basista from the law firm of Burns, White & Hickton, to look at the new rules regarding Medicare compliance and how they relate to the railroad industry. Larry and Ben will explore the Medicare reporting process, the issue of medical liens and how it all relates to the railroad industry.

James W. Turner

James W. Turner

In the earlier 1990s, railroad workers claimed symptoms of what their lawyers call toxic encephalopathy. Ultimately, scores of lawsuits were filed in northern West Virginia in which those railroad employees sought compensation from the railroad.  On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes Attorney James W.Turner from the firm Huddleston Bolen to discuss the groundbreaking railroad case: Carter, et al v. CSX Transportation, Inc. Larry and Jim will explore this controversial solvent study and how a Judge’s ruling in various Daubert hearings took center stage when it came to these cases.

A work of a plaintiff attorney isn’t always about filing lawsuits and going to trial. In this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen along with co-host and colleague, Manny Valdez Jr. welcome Attorney John Gomez nationally recognized trial attorney from the Gomez Law Firm in San Diego, to highlight the work of a plaintiff attorney, and connecting with members of the community through public service. You’ll also hear about specific cases that plaintiff attorneys are taking on that might surprise you.

Leo Boyle in studio at AAJ

Leo Boyle in studio at AAJ

On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen sits down with famed Boston trial attorney, Leo V. Boyle, from the firm Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C., to give you an inside look at his role as a trial attorney. Leo will talk about his love for the courtroom, the organization, Trial Lawyers Care, which provides free legal services to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the importance of integrating storytelling into every aspect of the trial.