Congratulations to Attorney Joyce Novotny-Prettiman, who was installed as the 98th President of the Westmoreland Bar Association at its annual meeting on April 1st! Ms. Novotny-Prettiman joins Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr. (1989), Richard "Dick" Galloway (1990), and David S. DeRose (2012) who also presided over the organization.
Horror stories about the use of talc powder have been in the news and you may wonder about the legal issues involved. We wanted to alert you to some important information about talc lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder have contained talc for many years. Talc is a soft mineral that can be ground into a fine powder to absorb moisture. Unfortunately, studies have shown that talc can cause serious side effects and research shows that women who have regularly used talcum powder on their genital area may have an increased risk for developing ovarian cancer. With regular use, small particles of the powder may travel through the various female organs and embed in the ovaries which can cause cancer. Ovarian cancer is particularly dangerous because it is difficult to detect. Talcum powder has been used by millions of women over the years to stay dry and feel fresh without knowing the serious cancer risks.
When we say that QR attorneys know the law, we mean it! Today, for example, our Personal Injury Team -- Dennis Rafferty, Joyce Novotny-Prettiman, and Jessica Rafferty -- made a presentation to approximately thirty Westmoreland County attorneys about optimizing their clients' uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. In the continuing legal education presentation, "Untangling UM/UIM Auto Coverage," the QR legal team discussed verifying coverage, making a timely claim, and recognizing complicated policy exclusions. Big thanks to the Westmoreland Bar Association for hosting this event!
QR is proud to be a sponsor of the Green Luncheon. The Luncheon is held every September by the Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) to thank those who support our parks.