Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

60 Minutes Exposes U.S. Companies Shipping Toxic E-Waste to China

Last Spring Bachus & Schanker partnered with Guaranteed Recycling Xperts (GRX) in a firm wide “Spring Cleaning” e-waste recycling effort. Employees brought in all types of outdated and broken electronic equipment or “e-waste” to be recycled. But, in light of the report “The Electronic Wasteland” with correspondent Scott Pelley which aired on 60 minutes this past Sunday, it begs the question, “how and where is our e-waste being recycled?”

You want to be green and think you’re doing the right thing by dropping off your e-waste at a recycling event in your neighborhood. But how do you really know if your old computer monitor, cell phone, blender or TV is truly being recycled in an environmentally safe method?

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It’s A Typical Day at Work for 2 Denver Street School Teens

On Wednesday October 8, two teenage girls from the Denver Street School spent the day at Bachus & Schanker as a part of a “Job Observation” program to see what really happens at a law firm.

The girls had an opportunity to sit down with Mr. Kyle Bachus, a founding partner of the firm, to talk about the opportunities that college can provide, and how a law firm functions. They also spoke with other members of the firm including a paralegal, the medical records department, and the file clerk to open their eyes to the many different parts of a law firm that are all crucial for its success. The girls commented that there were many more jobs available than they previously thought.

The Denver Street School was founded in 1985 by Tom Tillapaugh to reach struggling students that have either dropped out or are being expelled from public schools. Data shows that nearly 50% of minority students are dropping out of high school, a statistic that jumps to 70% in America’s urban cores. In order to reach these children, the Denver Street School focuses on small class sizes, extra curricular activities, and counseling to help children break their negative habits and patterns and help to provide opportunities through and past high school.
We hope that both girls enjoyed their time at Bachus & Schanker. Mariah V., one of students, commented that what we do “seems cool” – despite the heavy reading load! Mr. Bachus also told both of the girls that we truly love what we do because it gives us an opportunity to help people.

Kelly McSparran
Intake Specialist

Pikes Peak Challenge

As I am not married, I have no children, my family and I are relatively healthy, and I am fortunate enough to have a rewarding job, loving boyfriend and fantastic family and friends…every now and then I start feeling just a little bit guilty about my level of freedom, security and flat-out luck. Everyone can say they’ve had ups and downs. Everyone can say they’ve experienced some bumps in the road. I know I can say I have fallen flat on my face more than once – and I’m probably not alone in that. But for the most part, I have lead a fairly lucky and charmed life, and whatever bruises or scars I’ve earned, my grossly optimistic nature thinks I am all the better for having them.

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Pikes Peak Challenge Supports Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention

On Saturday, September 6, 2008 two employees from the law firm of Bachus & Schanker are ready to conquer Pikes Peak in the Pikes Peak Challenge Summit, a Special Event of the Brain Injury Association of Colorado (BIAC). This unique fund raising event is held every September, not only to raise funds, but to increase public awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Pikes Peak Challenge is also a great way to allow participants to experience the thrill and triumph of conquering one of Colorado’s famous 14’ers.

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Annual Bachus & Schanker Walk Like MADD Family Day

On Saturday, August 2nd hundreds assembled at Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver, Colorado to participate in Mother’s Against Drunk Driving‘s 3rd Annual Walk Like MADD fund raising event. In spite of the record breaking, triple digit temperatures, spirits were high and the pace was brisk as attorneys and staff of Bachus & Schanker, along with their families (and 6 dogs), joined hundreds of other walkers and volunteers to ultimately raise over $99,000 ($5,000 over their goal of $95,000) for the Denver MADD chapter. These donations are used to support the local community by providing support programs for victims of drunk driving and programs to help prevent drunk driving and underage drinking.

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Denial by Design: US Government Avoids Compensation to Ill Workers

The Rocky Mountain News has launched a 3-part series on the plight of the workers who formerly worked to assemble the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Many of those individuals now have significant health problems, and the government has lied, concealed, and dissembled in a drive to avoid paying any form of compensation.

During the Clinton administration, the Republican Congress joined with the President to create a system for compensating the workers, but to no avail. As the years past, the agencies in question and the present administration have put more and more roadblocks in the way of these people getting any kind of medical or financial help. No matter your feelings regarding the Cold War, the plight of these workers will pull at your heart strings. And the actions of the government will, and should, exasperate you.

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When Fireworks Don’t Work

The Fourth of July is coming, along with all the traditions that make the holiday so immediately memorable, especially to children. There are barbecues, gatherings of friends and family, and of course, fireworks. I love fireworks as much as the next guy, probably a little more, but I’m not ignorant of the risk involved.

On Sunday, the Denver Police Department found a huge cache of what they are referring to as a “recreational explosives” in Denver. They found an entire garage full of fireworks, describing it as equivalent in danger to having a meth lab next door.

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Justice Delayed and Justice Denied

The Supreme Court issued a decision, reducing the punitive damages Exxon would have to pay as a consequence of their continued employment of a known drunkard who caused the catastrophic Exxon Valdez oil spill. Thus ends a long and storied battle over responsibility for a massive oil spill.

In 1994, a jury awarded punitive damages of $5 billion, which was then reduced to $2.5 billion. Now, the Supreme Court has further reduced the punitive award to $500 million, stating that in these situations (which are admittedly limited), the ratio of compensatory damages to punitive damages must be 1 to 1.

The Court based their decision on a perceived need for consistency, stating that punitive damages are sometimes high and sometimes low, and similar facts do not necessitate a similar award. I have a hard time arguing with that; one of the underlying theories of the Common Law is that it should be consistent and built on precedent. But I feel that the Court missed the forest for the trees, so to speak.

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Record Breaking Flooding and No Insurance Coverage?

Flooding and no insurance coverage is about to become much more common in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. State Farm announced that it will not be renewing homeowners policies to those living within 1,000 feet of the beach and those between 1,000 and 2,500 feet will not be getting wind coverage renewed. Mike Chaney, the Mississippi Insurance Commissioner, is confident that people will be able to get coverage and states that rates may even decrease.

However, I am wondering, will it really decrease the rates. And will everyone be able to get covered? The real question is whether any other insurance companies will follow suit. If they do, basic economics tells us that the rates will go up. The less companies offering insurance to homeowners in that area, the less supply. People are unlikely to move at any significant number away from the area so demand will not substantially change. This will drive up the price. Also, if less companies are offering the insurance, the more risk they are taking on to pay out, so naturally the price would increase that homeowners pay for insurance. The fear of flooding without insurance coverage is well deserved for homeowners after Katrina, and with the recent developments up north in the Midwest.

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