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Brett Emison

Labor Day Lesson: Happy Employees = Better Business & Higher Profits

  So, today is Labor Day.  And with just a hint of irony, I’m in the office … laboring today.  At our firm, I’m one of the leaders, so no one is “making” me come into the office today.  Sometimes, there’s [...]
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George Brett, Pine Tar, and Statutory Construction

I’ve been a George Brett fan since I can remember.  I wore a number 5 jersey (and still do when I go to a Royals game).  I played 3rd base on my little league team.  I even packed a chunk of Big League Chew bubble gum in my cheek. So, [...]
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Cell Phone Towers Are Killing People

A joint investigation by ProPublica and PBS' Frontline dug up a corporate culture of rampant neglect, workplace recklessness, shoddy planning, and, well, death. – Sam Biddle at Gizmodo The investigation found that major cell [...]
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Sen. Will Kraus Understands Why Voters Are “Very Frustrated” With His Vote Against Mo Court Plan

Will Kraus is my state senator. I voted for Sen. Kraus in his contested primary where he defeated an incumbent who staunchly opposed justice issues. Writing as a constituent, I am deeply disappointed. I thought Sen. Kraus would stand up [...]
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Penn State, Joe Paterno, Civil Justice, & Tort Reform

I’ve abstained from writing about the Penn State child sex abuse scandal partly because it’s just so horrible and partly because others have written so much about it (see Read More below), but I’ll just a little on the role [...]
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Lions And Tigers And Bears… Oh My!

The Associated Press and others have reported that dozens of exotic animals – including Tigers and Bears – have escaped from an exotic animal farm in I-70 in Ohio after the farm’s owner was found dead. The owner’s body [...]
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Did You Know… Mike Rowe Of 'Dirty Jobs' Confirms Safety Is NOT First On Job Sites?

Mike Rowe is the popular host of the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs. As part of the series, Mike has been on site at dozens (perhaps hundreds) of job sites. And in a blog post, Mike confirmed that safety has never been the priority at [...]
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Netflix Spin-off "Qwikster" Fails To Secure Twitter Handle, Loses Brand To Pot-Smoking Muppets

Forgive me if I’m just a little off-topic today, but as a Netflix subscriber and as someone fairly engaged in the online world, a story about the Netflix spin-off, Qwikster, caught my attention. Netflix announced earlier this week that [...]
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Brown Lung Disease: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is Byssinosis? Byssinosis (AKA “Brown Lung disease”, "Cotton Worker’s Lung" or “Monday Morning Fever” ) is a chronic lung disease involving obstruction of the small airways which severely impairs [...]
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Brown Lung Disease Symptoms Can Be Disabling

Cotton and textile workers that have contracted “Brown Lung Disease” (or Byssinosis) face asthma-like symptoms which can be the worst on the workers’ first day back to work after some time off. This is especially true during [...]