Philip Morris USA Remains Committed to Defending Engle Cases Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision
Today, HomeServe provides service plans to over 1.4 million homeowners in the US and Canada through partnerships with leading utilities and directly to consumers under the HomeServe brand. “Home emergency repairs like water line breaks, and HVAC system problems are typically not covered by basic homeowners insurance and leave homeowners with expensive repair bills. When these emergencies happen, HomeServe offers a fast and reliable solution, bringing local, licensed contractors, or our own qualified technicians, to customers’ homes for repairs,” said Tom Rusin, CEO of HomeServe USA. “We are proud to have a 97% customer satisfaction rating year to date and look forward to our continued commitment to current and future customers with our Customer Charter.” HomeServe has more than 35 utility partners that offer its protection programs to customers. Aqua America, Inc., one of the largest publicly traded water utilities in the United States, was HomeServe’s first utility partner in 2003, and has since expanded the HomeServe program to 91,000 of its customers in six states including: Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas. “When a water line needs repair, customers frequently turn to us for answers, not knowing or expecting that they will be responsible for repairs,” said Nicholas DeBenedictis, Chairman, President and CEO of Aqua America, Inc. “We are proud of our partnership with HomeServe, which helps us educate our customers and offer them a solution to protect against these expensive repairs.” This month, via a direct mail offer, HomeServe is offering its Water Service Line Protection Plan to homeowners in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Homeowners across all states are invited to visit www.yourserviceplans.com to find out about plans available in their area. About HomeServe HomeServe USA Corp (HomeServe) is an independent provider of home emergency repair service plans. For over a decade, the company has protected homeowners against the expense and inconvenience of water, sewer, electrical, HVAC and other home emergencies by providing affordable coverage and quality service. HomeServe serves over 1.4 million homeowners in the US and Canada and dedicates itself to being a customer-focused company providing best-in-class emergency repair plans through leading utility partners and directly to consumers.
If you have a suggestion for a staff-written obituary, please contact Elinor J. Brecher, 305-376-3631, EBrecher@MiamiHerald.com Headlines Hurricane Coverage See the full forecast and storm coverage tool goes here Construction Odebrecht USA a master at winning public contracts has run into roadblocks in its quest to build Airport City By MIMI WHITEFIELD The Miami Herald Since the 19th century, construction has been in the Odebrecht familys blood Odebrecht in the United States Odebrecht USA: Headquartered in Coral Gables with offices in Houston and New Orleans. The construction company has built many public works projects in Miami-Dade County, bridges throughout Florida, highways in Texas, California, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida, the Seven Oaks Dam in California and new water pumping stations and fortified levees in New Orleans. Ongoing Florida projects: Miami International Airport North Terminal (Final phase the baggage handling system that will connect with North Terminal international arrivals is scheduled to be completed in February.) Wharf-strengthening at PortMiami in preparation for deepening the shipping channel. As a prelude, 185 corals were relocated to a more suitable environment. Widening of SR 8360I-385 near Biscayne Bay Embankment, wall and drainage work for new south runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and development of navigational aids infrastructure. Rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee (replacement of two culverts near Moore Haven) for the Army Corps of Engineers Working on preparing bids for $2.8 billion worth of FDOT projects Braskem America: Headquartered in Philadelphia, it is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States and has five U.S. production plants. Subsidiary of Odebrechts Braskem S.A., the top thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas. The parent company has 36 industrial plants in the U.S., Brazil and Germany. Odebrecht Environmental: It has offices in Coral Gables and Houston and is developing models for water re-use projects Shaping the face of Miami-Dade Odebrecht USA has been involved in the construction of some of the countys most visited and iconic public structures and venues, including these four: By MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com Odebrecht USA. Its a name that pops up on signs at construction sites all over South Florida and a company that has had a major role in public projects from American Airlines Arena and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts to the North and South Terminals at Miami International Airport. Despite winning dozens of public contracts valued at more than $4 billion in Florida since working on its first local project, the Metromover, in 1991, Odebrecht USA has been able to maintain a fairly low profile until recently. Because the construction company is so prolific in South Florida, many people have assumed it has local roots.
USA TODAY Sports Media Group And CineSport Announce Content And Technology Partnership
We had a lot of people who — their unemployment ran out and this was the next step. Jenna Fliszar: If you’re unable to find a job, and you have any type of physical issue, then it really becomes a last ditch effort because the job market is so bad. Many of the cases they handled involved ailments with subjective symptoms like backache, depression and fibromyalgia, which is joint and muscle pain along with chronic fatigue. Steve Kroft: Hard to prove you’ve got it? Jenna Fliszar: Yes. And there’s really no diagnostic testing for it. Steve Kroft: Hard to deny you don’t have it. Jenna Fliszar: Correct. Steve Kroft: Out of the hundreds of people that you represented, how many of these cases involved strong cases for disability? Jenna Fliszar: Strong cases I would say maybe 30 percent to 40 percent. And then I would say half of my cases were not deserving of disability.
Odebrecht USA — a master at winning public contracts — has run into roadblocks in its quest to build Airport City
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Supreme Court Decision * Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release. Mon Oct 7, 2013 10:47am EDT Philip Morris USA Remains Committed to Defending Engle Cases Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision The United States Supreme Court today in the Douglas case denied a request from Philip Morris USA (PM USA) and other tobacco companies to review the constitutionality of the trial structure being used in the Engle progeny cases in Florida. Todays decision does not diminish our ability to put forth a vigorous defense, said Murray Garnick, senior vice president and associate general counsel, Altria Client Services, speaking on behalf of PM USA. We have strong legal and factual defenses and remain committed to defending ourselves in each of these cases. Although we are disappointed by the decision, we will continue to challenge the constitutionality of these trials as appropriate, added Garnick. Even under the current rulings, we have demonstrated our ability to manage these cases over the last five years. Not only has a substantial number of cases been dismissed or otherwise resolved before trial, but juries have returned verdicts in favor of PM USA in approximately half of its cases tried to verdict. The so-called Engle progeny cases stem from a 2006 Florida Supreme Court decision that decertified a class action but allowed former class members to file individual lawsuits and rely on general findings from the first class action. The case is Douglas v. Philip Morris USA et al. Philip Morris USA