Navigating the end of life: How to prepare

Preparing for the end of life can be a difficult task for anyone. Dividing up possessions and finances can be even more difficult.

Kelley and Ferraro Associate Attorney Joseph Stottner discussed how people should begin preparing for the end of their life, how to navigate the legal requirements and more. He also touched on the damage asbestos has done to those exposed on jobsites. Continue reading

Zantac multidistrict litigation case enters discovery phase

After Zantac was pulled from the shelves, law firms have been working to get compensation for the people and families affected by the negative side effects of the medicine.

Kelley & Ferraro Associate Brian Kelley joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the firm is doing for their clients with regards to both the Zantac and Roundup weed killer cases. Continue reading

Ongoing legal battle over defective ear protection issued to military members

From 2003 to 2015, there were tens of thousands of reports of tinnitus and hearing loss from veterans who used their military issued 3M ear protection.

Kelley & Ferraro Attorney Ed Kelley joined the AWF Union Podcast to talk about the ongoing lawsuit involving the defective ear protection and causing hearing damage or loss from use of the product.

Defective ear protection

The United States military purchased millions of units of ear protection from 3M, which were standard issue by the military to their members. The equipment was to protect the user’s ears from concussive blasts from explosive equipment and loud noise from their weapons being fired.

Years after use, thousands of veterans had reported hearing damage and loss, and tinnitus. It was found that the products were defective and did not stay in place properly, exposing soldiers ears to the loud blasts.

Pursuing a lawsuit against 3M
The case against 3M will be a multidistrict litigation case. Since there were thousands of veterans affected by the faulty equipment across the country, the case will be tried on behalf of everyone involved in one central location.

There will be a few plaintiffs used as an example to get the case moving forward. The case will represent everyone affected.



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Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Fighting for Workers in the Face of GOP Attacks on Workplace Protections

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 4 about attacks on workers demanding better workplace protections. Continue reading

Senator Sherrod Brown Pushes to Put More Money into the Pockets of Workers During the Pandemic

Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on May 7 to discuss his efforts to put more money into the pockets of workers who are working through the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Frank Mathews from Communications Workers of America on America’s Work Force Radio

Frank Mathews, Administrative Director to the Vice President with the Communications Workers of America was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

Communication Workers of AmericaOn Oct. 9, Frank Mathews made an appearance on America’s Work Force and he talked about elections and voting, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (new NAFTA), drug companies and drug prices, and airline workers most recent victory. Mathews discussed how on Oct. 9, it was last day to register to vote in Ohio and to go make sure that you are registered to vote, and if you think you are registered, go double check; the best way to make your voice heard is to vote! When talking about the USMCA, Mathews said that the USMCA did nothing to help the working person and it is not preventing jobs from being off-shored or outsourced. He also mentioned how it was going to work with drug companies to lower the drug prices, which never happened. To finish his time on the show, Mathews talks about a huge airline workers victory with getting an 8 hour rest time after flights. Little by little, day by day, the workers are gaining the rights they deserve.

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Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilOur second guest was a frequent on the show, Dave Wondolowski. While on the show, Wondolowski also stressed the importance of registering and going out to vote. He talked briefly on Kelley & Ferraro and the benefits of the work that they do, the ECOT scandal and how money is being lost and how unfair it is to the families, and smear campaigns in the commercials right now during the Cordray and Dewine debates. Wondolowski also talked about how early voting is beneficial because it gives you the time to sit down, read things over, make an educated vote, and be able to properly fill out the ballot. To finish his time on the show, Wondolowski talked about what the building trades will be up to from now until November 6th, and construction jobs in Ohio are looking strong for the 4th quarter and are expecting to remain strong for the next 24 months!

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed how far the Cordray and Dewine smear campaigns are willing to go, the AFL-CIO being proactive and distributing informative leaflets, how important voting and registering to vote is, and teacher’s activism going on around the country right now!


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