Las Vegas Ranks 11th in Internet Safety

Las Vegas was recently ranked the 11th riskiest online city in the United States. We are more connected online than ever, and it’s easy to become a victim of identity theft over social media and e-commerce. Luckily, the best way to stay safe online is by using common sense.

Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal data for their own personal gain. This data usually takes the form of cancelled checks, a social security number, a driver’s license number, a consumer’s address of record, a birth date, or a credit card/credit card statement. With your personal information, thieves can open a new credit card under your name, open a new line of credit at your bank, get a new driver’s license, a new social security card, or acquire wireless accounts under your name. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself online:

  • Avoid public Wi-Fi spots, especially when accessing your financial information.
  • Keep your social security number confidential. Your social security number is the key that unlocks all personal information.
  • Keep your mail safe by protecting the personal information mailed to you by banks and shredding old mail.
  • Get off credit marketing lists. Thieves steal mailings and apply for credit in your name.
  • Memorize your passwords and pins, and don’t leave them where someone can find them.
  • When inputting credit card information, the address bar should change from “http” to “https” or “shttp.”

What’s “Open & Obvious?”

When you slip and fall in a public place, the question of negligence is always raised. The million dollar question is did someone’s actions fall below a standard of care for your safety? If the answer is “yes,” there is still a defense. It is the “open and obvious” defense, so the rule isn’t exactly (pardon the pun) open and obvious.

If injured and the court considers the conditions “open and obvious,” then the  owner is not liable. The rule implies that the open and obvious nature of the dangerous situation serves as a warning to you. Therefore, you should recognize the danger and take steps to avoid it. However, even open and obvious risks can be unreasonably dangerous, and when they are, the invitor has to take special measures to protect you.

Here’s the test for what’s “open and obvious”:  whether “an average user with ordinary intelligence would have been able to discover the danger and the risk presented upon casual inspection.” Wet floor, black ice, potholes… all potentially “open & obvious,” depending on the scenario. Sounds precarious… and not as open and obvious as you may think.

Outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease at Aria Resort and Casino

Nettles|Morris is investigating an outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Recent tests from the CDC determined that six former guests of Aria have the disease. Although all of the patrons have recovered, the disease can sometimes be fatal. Aria officials notified guests who stayed at the hotel from June 21 to July 4 that they might have exposure to the bacteria.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, “Legionella, the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease, is often in water sources. The bacterium reproduce in warm, stagnant waters.”

The hotel received inspections that determined the bacteria was in numerous rooms.

Read the complete RJ article here, which contains more useful information. If you or someone you know has Legionnaires’ Disease, please contact us at (702) 434-8282 so we can help.

Nettles|Morris Supports HBO Documentary Hot Coffee

Hot Coffee the movie debuted last week, and has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public. The creators of Hot Coffee posted the following on their website:

“More than 40,000 people have visited our website in the last 2 days; and almost a thousand people have contacted us, through email, Facebook andTwitter. They say the movie made them mad about their rights being taken away and made them want to get them back. Out of all the emails, and posts, and tweets, we’ve received exactly two negative emails complaining about ‘trial lawyers’!”

The film also covers caps on damages, the buying of judicial elections, and mandatory arbitration clauses. The film shows victims who have limited access to justice, as a result.

If inspired by the film, here is how Hot Coffee says you can take steps to get into the action:

“So now, let’s all do everything we can from signing up for Action Alerts, to joining The Civil Justice Project, to suggesting Susan Saladoff as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Colbert Report!! And don’t forget, you can watch Hot Coffee through July 28th on HBO, on HBO On Demand all summer long, and on HBO GO. For those of you who don’t have HBO and can’t get to a Film Festival, we’re working on bringing Hot Coffee to theaters soon. And we will have DVDs for sale in the fall—if you give us your email address, we’ll let you know just as soon they’re available.”

Everyone needs to watch this movie, despite your political inclinations. To see what the media is saying now, click here.

Brian Nettles at AAJ Convention in New York

Nettles|Morris founder Brian Nettles will present on social media during the AAJ summer convention in New York as part of the Sole Practioner and Small Firm Section’s program on “Maximizing Profitability in Changing Times”. Along with attorney Maria Glorioso from Louisiana, Brian will discuss utilizing blogging to promote law firms.

“I’m very excited to be part of the Small Firm Section’s program. I hope my experience with social media tools can help bring some added value,” Nettles said.

The program kicks off July 9 at 8:30am in the Gramercy A room on the second floor of the Hilton.