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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 “mmc_read failed” Defect Investigation

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Theresa Andre

Numerous consumers who purchased the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 have complained that it suffers from a fatal defect in its memory chip, which leads to the dreaded “mmc_read failed” error. Once this defect manifests, the phone will frequently restart and fail to boot, and ultimately become inoperable. Many Note 4 owners are using the Wake Lock app as a temporary band aid fix, which appears to buy time before the memory chip completely fails, at the expense of additional battery usage. The only solution to the “mmc_read failed” error appears to be a motherboard replacement. Consumers who bought the Note 4, which went on the market in October 2014, at a cost of over $700 on most of the major U.S. carriers, thought that they were purchasing a premium and durable flagship phone, replete with high-end features such as 3gb of ram, a 5.7 inch 1440p screen, stylus, image stabilized…
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Tristar Pressure Cooker Defect Investigation by KGG

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Theresa Andre

Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., together with its co-counsel, are investigating a potential consumer class action against Tristar Products, Inc. (“Tristar”) alleging defects in a pressure cookers designed, manufactured, marketed, and sold online or through third-party retailers by Tristar. This defect pertains to the Power Pressure Cooker XL (“Pressure Cooker”), model Number PPC-770. Tristar inaccurately advertises that the Pressure Cooker has a “built-in safety feature” which is designed to prevent the lid from opening until the pressure is released from the appliance. This model Pressure Cooker inaccurately indicates that the built-up pressure in the appliance has been released leading the consumer to believe that it is safe to open the lid when in fact, it is not. Despite the alleged “safety feature,” a defective gasket actually allows the lid to be opened when the built up pressure is still contained within the appliance causing the scalding hot contents to rupture…
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Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman Salute Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge For Their Heroic Work

Posted on July 7, 2017 by Jenn Fusion

  Bergen County Heroes of the Month The Law Office of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman is proud to support the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge. “One common thread among all the lawyers who work for our office is a passion for animals,” explains founding partner Paul Goldhamer. “We agree with the idea that the morality and the greatness of a society can be judged by the way the most vulnerable are treated. The Bergen County refuge does great work in improving conditions for local animals, a cause we’re really happy to be a part of.” Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge combats overpopulation the humane way Uncontrolled overpopulation leads to insufficient homes for cats and dogs in Bergen County. Some establishments euthanize animals without a second thought as a way of decreasing animal populations. By contrast, the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge adheres to a “no-kill” policy. Instead, every animal that passes through their doors receives proper…
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VOLKSWAGEN Water Pump Defect Class Action

Posted on July 4, 2017 by Theresa Andre

The firm is currently litigating a putative class action involving a potential defect in the water pumps of 2008 — 2014 model year Volkswagen and Audi vehicles equipped with the 2.0L TSI / TFSI engine. This suit alleges that the engines in these vehicles are prone to experiencing premature failure of their water pump components before the end of the useful life of the vehicles and well before consumers reasonably expect any such failure to occur. The water pump defect also subjects class engines to coolant loss and engine overheating which could lead to catastrophic engine failure. The suit seeks reimbursement of the cost of repair and/or replacement of the defective water pumps. If you have any interest in speaking with an attorney at the firm about this matter, please contact class action attorney Gary S. Graifman, Esq., Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., 747 Chestnut Ridge Road – Suite 200,…
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5 Most Common Types of Financial Elder Abuse

Posted on May 31, 2017 by Jenn Fusion

Financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse, next to neglect and emotional abuse. About 12 percent of the crimes against older Americans involves financial abuse – unauthorized check cashing, coercing the elder to part with property, or diverting guardianship. Each year, senior citizens are swindled out of some $36.5 billion dollars by trusted individuals and caregivers, according to San Francisco-based True Link Financial. The most common types of financial elder abuse include: Theft Most often, trusted individuals or unknown thieves use an elder’s checks, bank account information, or credit cards to obtain money without permission. In addition to money, valuables, medications, and personal property may be stolen. Carefully orchestrated identity theft can wipe out an elder’s entire life savings over a period of time. Older people may be viewed as easy, weak targets – pushed down and mugged on the street by pickpockets. Some thieves brazenly walk…
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Posted on May 29, 2017 by Maros M

Gary S. Graifman Awarded 2017 AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Theresa Andre

Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, PC is proud to announce that firm partner Gary S. Graifman has once again received the AV Preeminent rating for 2017, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.  Mr. Graifman was first awarded this designation in 2013. Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® certification is considered the benchmark for measuring an attorney’s exceptional skill, experience, and reputation among peers in the legal profession. The rating reflects the opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. Gary S. Graifman, Esq. has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years. He handles the firm’s employment law practice as well as commercial litigation, class action securities and consumer law, copyright and trademark law. He also maintains an entertainment law practice and regularly represents artists, production companies and related entities. Mr. Graifman is admitted to practice before the State Courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as the United States…
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What Are PTSD Personal Injury Claims?

Posted on May 9, 2017 by Dawn Snyder

PTSD, also known as post traumatic stress disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that sometimes affects people who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. When a personal injury victim suffers from PTSD as the result of an accident, it can interfere with daily functioning in ways that make physical and mental recovery even tougher. As a personal injury lawyer at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C. can tell you, this type of impairment is compensable under the law but it is not as straightforward as a clearly physical injury. PTSD as a result of personal injury When most people think of PTSD, they probably think of affected soldiers returning from war. In reality, there are many other causes as well, including natural disasters, sexual assault, car accidents, and other types of personal injury. PTSD as a result of a traffic accident, for example, is far more common than most people realize….
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Our Support of the YWCA: Building a Stronger Bergen County

Posted on May 3, 2017 by Jacky Gale

  Since 1920, the YWCA of Bergen County, New Jersey has tirelessly advanced its mission of empowering women and families, supporting social justice, and eliminating racism. Not only is the YWCA the leading destination for health and fitness programs, but it also operates Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center, healingSPACE. Here at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, our personal injury lawyers are proud to support the YWCA and the important work they do. Through our legal work, we often see first-hand the harsh consequences of social injustice, and we’re constantly looking for better ways of serving our community. With our sponsorship of the YWCA, we’re privileged to contribute to the strength of Bergen County. The mission of the YWCA of Bergen County Girls, women, and families throughout Bergen County have long relied on the YWCA to provide a safe, supportive space. The YWCA seeks to give women the opportunities they…
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What is the Difference between General Damages and Special Damages in a Car Accident Case?

Posted on May 3, 2017 by Dawn Snyder

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may suffer many kinds of losses – medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of certain functions, even the ability to take part in some of your favorite activities. Even though the losses can take many forms, judges and juries can only compensate them in one way – with a monetary award. To aid the calculation of a monetary award that an injury victim is entitled to, the types of losses are divided into categories known as general damages and special damages. The Rockland County car accident lawyers at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman recognize that understanding the differences between these personal injury award components can take some of the mystery out of a car accident case. What are special damages? Special damages are easier to calculate than general damages. Special damages (also known as economic damages or “specials”) represent…
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