Flying The Unfriendly Skies

Written by Greg Hickman

The skies of America’s airline industry are anything but hospitable these days. Operational costs are up, profits (what profits?) are nonexistent, fuel costs are going throughrepparttar roof and labor problems seem to always be looming onrepparttar 119301 horizon.

The entire airline industry, withrepparttar 119302 notable exception of Southwest Airlines, has made losing money an art form. Sincerepparttar 119303 deregulation ofrepparttar 119304 airline industry in 1979, a number of major carriers (including Eastern, Braniff and Pan Am) have gone under while scores of other carriers have filed for bankruptcy protection.

Aboutrepparttar 119305 last thingrepparttar 119306 airlines needed were a pack of litigation crazed lawyers looking to score some nice pocket change - but that’s exactly what they got.

Some ofrepparttar 119307 lawsuits filed by airline chasing lawyers includerepparttar 119308 following:

Economy class syndrome. Airlines are bracing themselves for lawsuits being brought by hundreds of passengers overrepparttar 119309 condition known as deep vein thrombosis (“DVT”). DVT, now commonly known in legal circles as “economy class syndrome” since this condition allegedly tends to afflict passengers on long haul flights, occurs when a blood clot forms due to hours of immobility and cramped seating.

Oncerepparttar 119310 passenger leavesrepparttar 119311 plane,repparttar 119312 blood clot may become dislodged and then travel to a vital organ and have a deadly result. Lawyers are citing that airlines have known about this problem for years and have failed to adequately warn their passengers. There’srepparttar 119313 key torepparttar 119314 piggy bank. Lawyers looking to win millions always claim thatrepparttar 119315 big company knew aboutrepparttar 119316 problem and failed to correct it (rememberrepparttar 119317 cigarette lawsuits?).

Isrepparttar 119318 evidence conclusive? Of course not. Does that matter torepparttar 119319 lawyers looking hovering overrepparttar 119320 airline industry.? What do you think? These lawsuits haverepparttar 119321 potential for massive pay-outs, sincerepparttar 119322 airlines have deep pockets to pick. In It’s Time to Wake Up and Smellrepparttar 119323 Lawyers, we examine how money grubbing lawyers always gravitate towardsrepparttar 119324 deep pocketed companies. No big surprise here.

Toxic air onboard. Another hotbed of lawsuit activity concerningrepparttar 119325 airline industry involves toxic air inrepparttar 119326 passenger cabin. Airlines and airplane manufacturers are getting hit with a flurry of “toxic air” related lawsuits.

Various lawsuits brought by flight attendants allege that some airlines andrepparttar 119327 companies that manufacturedrepparttar 119328 aircraft have known (bingo!) thatrepparttar 119329 MD-80 and DC-9 aircraft have design flaws that make it easy for leaking chemical fluids to get sucked intorepparttar 119330 auxiliary power unit (a small turbine engine used to generate electricity and circulate cabin air before takeoff) and then mix withrepparttar 119331 cabin air. Naturally,repparttar 119332 defendants denyrepparttar 119333 claims.

After a group of Alaska Airlines flight attendants garnered a $725,000 out of court settlement regardingrepparttar 119334 claims, Boeing and Honeywell were next onrepparttar 119335 hit list. The fun had just begun.

ROBBERY OF FREEDOM:The Ultimate Injustice

Written by Beverly Brabham

WRONGFULLY CONVICTED AND IMPRISONED IN ALABAMA ROBBERY OF FREEDOM: The Ultimate Injustice My story is told to you as honestly and as accurately as can be. Overrepparttar years, I have felt like I've had to 'defend' something, but I have realized that, as bizarre as it is, just tellrepparttar 119300 truth and let that be it! I was released in April 10,2001, and my quest for justice has only gained momentum.

I amrepparttar 119301 victim of small town politics whererepparttar 119302 locals have met very little resistance in doing things their own way, regardless ofrepparttar 119303 law. In fact, I amrepparttar 119304 first one who has ever been known to challenge that state court of Bullock County, Alabama (City of Union Springs) for their misconduct and gross miscarriage of justice.

I feel that I must preface my story with events that led up torepparttar 119305 conspired, bogus lie, and malicious accusation against me.

My accuser, John Will Waters, whom I was never allowed to face in court, is a king pin drug lord. He operates out of that small town, but reaches as far as Colombia, South America. My parents grew up in that same town. Waters was from a long line of moonshiners and crooks. He is very liberal and seems to think money will do anything. He and my parents have always been onrepparttar 119306 opposite side of issues, i.e., they opposedrepparttar 119307 building of a state prison there, Waters was for it. They are Republicans, he's a Democrat.

My father started, owned and operated a tire business there for 45 years. Duringrepparttar 119308 latter years, he depended strictly on out of town business, becauserepparttar 119309 locals prevented county vehicles, school vehicles, and any other county business to be done there. Nevertheless,repparttar 119310 business did very well. In 1993, my father had double knee replacement surgery. The business fell behind a few payments on a mortgage loan from a local bank. My father had done business with that bank since 1951. After very few months,repparttar 119311 bank began foreclosure proceedings. My father immediately sold a large inventory of tires, raised $10,000. He offeredrepparttar 119312 bankrepparttar 119313 $10,000 to payrepparttar 119314 arrearage plus a few payments in advance to show good faith. Every possible attempt was made to satisfyrepparttar 119315 bank, but everything was turned down exceptrepparttar 119316 $50,000 required to payrepparttar 119317 loan off in full. My parents were able to raiserepparttar 119318 $50,000.

The day beforerepparttar 119319 scheduled foreclosure, my parents went torepparttar 119320 bank to settlerepparttar 119321 debt. They were met byrepparttar 119322 President with a cool reception. He said he could not take it. He told them to go home that he would call them. He met withrepparttar 119323 foreclosure attorney, who was also a Board member ofrepparttar 119324 bank (conflict of interest). They both conspired to refuserepparttar 119325 money and did refuserepparttar 119326 money.

The next morning, February, 1995repparttar 119327 foreclosure was staged onrepparttar 119328 steps ofrepparttar 119329 courthouse. As people gathered, so did my parents, brothers, and I. My parents voiced loudly torepparttar 119330 attorney, Rutland, that they hadrepparttar 119331 money. They were totally ignored. A friend offered to pay it for them since he wouldn't take their money, and that was refused. He openedrepparttar 119332 bid at $85,000. No one can benefit fromrepparttar 119333 sale at a foreclosure and he was opening at $35,000 aboverepparttar 119334 amount owed! My parents bid $85,500. They countered after each bid, but were totally ignored. The attorney yelled sold, and pointed to a bidder who had been sent by my accuser, John Will Waters.

My parents asked him how he could do that. The attorney's reply was, 'because I wanted to and I hadrepparttar 119335 authority to do so".

My parents had 10 day in which to redeemrepparttar 119336 property. They were able to do torepparttar 119337 tune of $100,000. The property joinsrepparttar 119338 courthouse property, and is highly coveted.

It wasn't until later that my parents learned that it was my accuser, Waters, who had boughtrepparttar 119339 property.Crushed and broken hearted, I watched my father walk around in a daze, holding his chest, voice cracking when he spoke, and he hitrepparttar 119340 depths of depression. It was all I could bear to see.

In February. 1995, I called JW Waters and told him what a horrible thing I think he did. I maderepparttar 119341 statement that he should stay in his greedy drug world and stop trying to destroy people who are trying to make a living. I told him he destroyed enough people with his drugs. That's all, just got it off of my chest.

In June 1996 (16 months later) I was charged under a newly created law for "stalking John will Waters." April 24, 1996 was whenrepparttar 119342 anti-terrorism law was passed). Six weeks later I was charged under that law, EX POST FACTO, with stalking.

The arrest warrant only stated 'stalking'. It did not have him named on it. I knew that this was bizarre, for I had not stalked anyone. I still don't even know how to. Atrepparttar 119343 time I was accused, I did not own a vehicle, nor have a telephone. I lived acrossrepparttar 119344 street from my parents, work atrepparttar 119345 tire company, and was home most ofrepparttar 119346 time that I was not at work. So who, what, when, and where was still a question. I signed on my own recognizance, and it was then that I learned it was John W. Waters.

This was clearly a conspiracy to maliciously prosecute. Waters was coming atrepparttar 119347 Brabham family with a vengeance, attempting to destroy at all cost. The D.A. (Whigham) was his buddy. He awarded Whigham a beach house in Panama City, valued at one million dollars for this and other dirty work he has performed for him (i.e., not prosecuting his drug cronies).


I went to court, accompanied by my mother who was well aware of my absolute innocence. I had one of their appointed attorneys to represent me (so called). He never defended me, encouraged me to plead guilty, and I didn't talk to him for even 5 full minutes before court was recessed. My mother and I were taken into a back room for a most severe coercion of a guilty plea. There were 6 men present with us. The JUDGE conductedrepparttar 119348 coercion!! D.A. Whigham,repparttar 119349 foreclosure attorney, Rutland, 2 DEA agents, and an Alabama Bureau of Investigations man were there. I had calledrepparttar 119350 ABI to reportrepparttar 119351 corruption, drug business, etc. He was there to enhancerepparttar 119352 coercion and had breached all ofrepparttar 119353 confidential information that I had given him, information that they have killed people over (and there are a few!) (Examples provided atrepparttar 119354 end of story.)

The judge, Robertson, was hissing, spitting and spewing anger toward me, and I couldn't understand any of it. He repeated things to me that I had toldrepparttar 119355 ABI. I just sat there in total shock at what was being said. My attorney just shrugged when I would look at him, he never opened his mouth. The death penalty was suggested as a possibility by a DEA agent, Orvie Locklar. He was a lifetime friend of my parents, so they thought. One can only imaginerepparttar 119356 helpless horror of that ordeal. I had never had any court experience, but we were very aware of just what they were capable of doing.

My mother and I talked alone afterrepparttar 119357 bug-eyed, red faced judge went back torepparttar 119358 bench. He had screamed torepparttar 119359 top of his lungs!

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