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Jon Lewis

No Jury? No Judge Now!

I recently posted that obtaining a jury is getting more and more difficult in civil cases.  Well, Monday, the process began where it might become more difficult to even get a Judge.  On Monday, August 15, 2016, an order was […]

Jon Lewis

You Want a Jury in your Case? SORRY!

NO JURY (SOUP) FOR YOU!!!!! The 7th Amendment of the United States Constitution provides: In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact […]

Danny Lehane

Social Security Disability Doctor’s Appointment

A visit to a doctor scheduled by the DDS or the SSA is not an uncommon event. Does the claimant have to make the appointment? What is the reason or the purpose of the exam? How much weight is given […]

Danny Lehane

CREDIBILITY OF THE CLAIMANT

The goal of each SSDI hearing is for the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to award a Fully Favorable Decision at the closing of the evidence. (While it does not happen too often, Claimants are sometimes found to be disabled after […]

Jon Lewis

Frivolous Lawsuits

We always hear about frivolous lawsuits.  We hear about how they cost the system so much money.  Well, there was a recent example of a case in Alabama which clearly shows how a frivolous case would be handled. Now, I […]

Jon Lewis

Albuquerque police and Alabama Immunities and Caps on Damages

Have you seen the recent news stories regarding Albuquerque police shooting a homeless man.  Here is a link to the most recent CNN article.  These types of incidents raise many questions regarding the civil claims which emanate from such activity.  […]

Jon Lewis

What’s Wrong with America? Sincerity

sincerity sin·cer·i·ty sinˈseritē noun 1. the quality of being free from pretense, deceit, or hypocrisy. “the sincerity of his beliefs is unquestionable” Synonyms:  honesty, genuineness, truthfulness, integrity, probity, trustworthiness, straightforwardness, openness, candor, candidness This word is sorely missing in our […]

Jon Lewis

What’s Wrong with America? Rich v. Poor/Middle

Where do we place our values?  Are blue collar, hardworking employees paid what they are worth?  Do blue collar, hardworking individuals have the protections they need? Let me start by discussing a client I met with today.  He has been […]

Jon Lewis

What’s Wrong with America? JP Morgan Chase and Citibank

Okay, I’m a 46 year old attorney who has reached some conclusions after twenty-two (22) years of representing individuals (and companies in my first four years).  My views and opinions have changed over time, but after having three (3) children and […]

Jon Lewis

Regions Helping Homeowners – Really?

You know, my partner always says we go after the fleas and not the elephants. Whether you agree or not, many on Wall Street made a lot of money on the securitization of mortgages. We aren't…