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Dog for Sale!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
   This story is from my Mom… perfect for a weekender. The Talking Dog for sale!the one


 A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: “Talking Dog For Sale” – He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

‘You talk?’ he asks. 

‘Yep,’ the Lab replies. 

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says ‘So, what’s your story?’


The Lab looks up and says, ‘Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so… I told the CIA.

In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.’


 ‘I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running… But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in.

I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.’

‘I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.’

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

‘Ten dollars,’ the guy says.

‘Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?’

‘Because he’s a Liar.   He’s never been out of the yard’




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Coins of Settlement

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Insurance companies advertise how fast you can get a quote or how quickly you can get savings. But, here’s a new one. (LA Times) It relates to how they might pay.

Andres Carrasco filed suit against a California insurance company and its agent, relating to a scuffle between the man and the agent. According to the lawsuit,  Carrasco claimed that the agent physically assaulted him while removing him from his office, because of an argument over the cancellation of his insurance.

The company, named Adriana’s Insurance, decided to settle the lawsuit for $21,000. Then, they paid the settlement with buckets of loose coins. Carrasco’s lawyer,  Antonio Gallo, reported that the settlement by the insurance company was paid in more than 16 buckets of coins.

To top it off, Carrasco had recently had a hernia operation. “It’s too heavy,” Carrasco said, in reacting to why he did not appreciate the payment of settlement in coins. Gallo initially refused to accept the coin payment, but eight people delivered the coins the next day when Gallo was in court.

And for pic o’ day, speaking of a good story:


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Colorado Candy Lawsuit

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

I am currently in our South Carolina office. In fact, it caused me to forget to post Monday’s blog… which then became Tuesday’s!

Despite trying to get a lot done in a little bit of time, I have to admit that I wandered into the Greenville downtown General Store. In the back was the candy section with barrels of different candy. So much temptation in such a small area. Still, I ended up with those Wafers that promised to be low in fat and low in calories. I didn’t question the description; I just bought and ate.

That leads me to the unusual candy that was recently sold in Colorado. In fact, a Full Melt Chocolate Bar sounds like a real treat if you are a chocolate lover. However, if you were attending the Denver County Fair, it would have been more than expected.

According to the Denver Post, A class action lawsuit has been filed against a company that was giving out candy samples that contained marijuana, at the Denver County Fair in Colorado. The lawsuit contends that Full Melt Chocolate and LivWell gave out the sample chocolates laced with marijuana, in the “Pot Pavilion”, which was supposed to be drug-free. Apparently, they have sections identified as such in that state.

The fair security started investigating the “sample” incident after receiving reports from three people who claimed they were drugged by the chocolate candies. Two of the three reportedly went to the hospital and tested positive for marijuana. The lawsuit was filed against Beyond Broadway LLC, the umbrella company that operates both Full Melt Chocolate and LivWell brands.

For some reason, I feel a joke should be said here, but I will just let the free samples stand for themselves.

DID YOU KNOW that Cheerios were originally known as Cheerioats? As a kid, I was told that they are hula hoops for ants.

And for pic o’ day…


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The Fake Lawyer

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Within the last 6 months, I have had some credit card purchases flagged for possible fraud. Sure enough, the charges were fraud. Not surprisingly, while in Virginia, I was not buying gasoline in Texas. Nor was I making a Walmart purchase in Maryland. Unfortunately, someone had gotten my credit card number.

Stealing a credit card number is bad enough, but the New York Daily News tells a story of the stolen identity of a lawyer.  Then, the thief took it a step farther and used the identity for employment.

A Brooklyn man who identified himself as Shlomo Dickerman, stole a lawyer’s identify and then set up a law office to begin practicing law. As Dickerman, who really was a lawyer, the impostor filled out a court registration form while using the real lawyer’s social security number, date of birth and law school. However, the Shlomo first name was a bit different because the imposter claimed in his registration application, that he was changing his first name to his “Hebrew version”.

The impostor lawyer opened his office in Brighton Beach and began filing lawsuits including a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York,  for unsuspecting clients.  The fake lawyer appeared at least eight times in cases including one in which the FBI secretly taped his court appearance. Finally, the FBI caught him when they visited his office as undercover potential clients, where he quoted them a $5,000 retainer to be applied against his $400 an hour rate.

Looking back at his “practice of law”; in one case where he represented an immigrant facing deportation, the court noted that the complaint filed was “hardly a model of clarity”. One unhappy client rated Schlomo Dickerman on Avvo as  ”a terrible lawyer who takes his sweet time in handling a case”.  To date, according to the reporter, the FBI is still trying to figure out his real identity.


I admit that I am a bit excited over NFL football starting, even though it’s only preseason. So, I guess it’s time to bring out the Eli Manning pic o’. I know… I’m probably the only one that finds humor in this, so just please excuse my blog nonsense.


And for pic o’ day…

No evil

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Quite the Driver!

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

You may have faced some traffic this morning. If you were mad at a driver, you will probably be thankful that it wasn’t this driver:


Sarah Espinosa was recently charged with reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, and unlawful possession of marijuana. There is also a possible reckless endangerment charge pending. But that doesn’t tell the half of it.

This New York woman was arrested after she crashed her Toyota Prius into a firehouse…. with a Python snake wrapped around her neck. And, the Python was stolen. (Reuters)

After she crashed into the firehouse, it was the firefighters that were giving aid to Espinosa, who discovered the snake wrapped around her neck. They removed it and secured it.

The responding police then discovered that the python had been stolen from a nearby pet store shortly before the crash. While securing the Python, they  found the marijuana in her possession.

Police acknowledge that it isn’t clear whether it was Espinosa’s alleged intoxication or the snake that was strangling her, that caused the crash.

She reportedly lost control of her car on the Jericho Turnpike, crossed the median, struck another vehicle and then crashed through the door of the Nassau County fire station. One final note, she also damaged two trucks.

DID YOU KNOW that if you want to burn off the calories after eating one plain M&M candy, you have to walk to full length of a football field?

After that driving story, pic o’ day seems a bit anti-climatic.



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Talcum Powder & Antidepressants

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Usually,  I discuss a news story or case in the blog. Today, two quick-hitters relating to a product, and some medications.

First is a discussion of some antidepressants. Specifically, this relates to Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. All are prescribed for the treatment of depression.

Studies have shown an increased risk of heart birth defects in children, born to mothers who took these antidepressants during their first trimester. Most of the heart defects observed in these studies were atrial or ventricular septal defects .These are conditions where the wall between the right and left sides of the heart does not completely develop.

The Second blog discussion relates to Talcum Powder that is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. It is sold under the name of Shower to Shower baby powder. A Harvard medical doctor says that he has studied the link between talc and cancer for 30 years and believes that talc is the likely cause for as many as 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year. To date, Johnson & Johnson has failed to issue any warning relating to this doctor’s findings.

Now to switch gears to pic o’ day, I thought that I would go with some  “truth humor”.



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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

This week in Our Daily Bread, I was reminded of the method that some circus trainers have used to train baby elephants. Some call it the Elephant Principle.

To initially restrain a baby elephant, they tie them to a stake that is driven deeply into the ground. The elephant will strain in every conceivable way to break free, but learns that it cannot budge that stake. Finally, it gives up.

As the elephant grows older and stronger, its learned limitations cause it to no longer try to break free. It does not matter that elephants are the strongest land animal. Instead, trainers are able to tie these fully grown powerful animals to nothing but a small tent stake, because of their learned behavior limitations.

You probably can think of many applications to this principle. Those who have suffered abuse, carry that limitation with them as they get older. The simple concept of being told you can’t do something; or that you aren’t smart enough or that you don’t have the opportunities that those of privilege receive, can serve as a  limitation. You can’t do it. That voice in your head might be telling you to not even try.

A poor self image or a negative attitude can all be learned and become self-fulfilling prophecies. “I don’t get any breaks” or ”I’m just not lucky” become our emotional prison.

Instead, let me apply this positively to my life. When I am asked, “Why are you a lawyer?”, this is the real reason.

When I was seven-years-old, my T-ball baseball coach was a lawyer. I didn’t really know what that meant but I remember thinking that it was “pretty cool”. Here, I was playing for a team named the Fleas and my coach was a lawyer. I even remember that he “got stuck at the office” a couple of times.

I also remember that when the team t-shirts were delivered, there were two shirts that were defective. These two shirts had a patch over the original name where you could still see the printing of … the Wasps. So, it was the coach and me who ended up wearing the two defective shirts with a “Flea patch” . I thought that was “pretty cool” too.

By the time that I was twelve, I remember that my father used to say that I enjoyed arguing and that I should be a lawyer. As I grew older, both my mom and dad used to tell me that I could do anything and that I should be a lawyer.

They made me feel like I had no boundary or limitation. So… I didn’t. Because of the positive influence of a coach; and the reinforcement of my parents who made me believe that I could be anything and do anything  that I wanted to accomplish, I became a lawyer.  No emotional stake was going to hold me down.

DID YOU KNOW that the canning process for herring was developed in the town of Sardinia? That’s why we call them sardines.

And our pic o’ day:


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Brain Myths

Monday, August 4th, 2014

At the firm, we represent several clients who have problems after hitting their head in a car crash. Sometimes, it may have been the airbag that causes an issue. Other times, it could be the acceleration/deceleration of the crash.

The airbag is something that probably saved their life or at least lessened any physical visible damage, but the force of the airbag can sometimes cause brain injury issues. The brain injury symptoms can become more readily apparent, days after the crash.

With clients having these issues, it causes me to read and research new information that the medical community produces. Also, now that the military recognizes brain injury issues, there is fortunately more attention that is being brought to these issues. No longer is someone just referring to it as “no big deal, it’s just having your bell rung”, as one defense expert proudly announced in one of my trials.

With that backdrop, I came across an article titled 5 Brain Myths That Won’t Go Away, that discusses some interesting brain information. I have attached the article,. I am not vouching for its findings. But here are the 5 myths:

Myth 1: Alcohol kills brain cells.

Myth 2: You are either right or left-sided dominant.

Myth 3: You only use 10 percent of your brain. (Apparently contrary to the Lucy movie now playing)

Myth 4: Brain damage is permanent. (the article does discuss that some brain damage is permanent)

Myth 5: Your IQ is a fixed number.

Scientist continue to study how the brain works. Knowledge will help us recognize the silent epidemic of brain injury and brain damage.

What’s in a name? DID YOU KNOW that Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy?

And for pic o’ day… how about those Cheetos?



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The Scare of a Handshake

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Have you ever heard someone say that they wished for the good old days?  When a person’s word was their bond and that all you needed was a handshake.  Well, we are now being told what you probably suspected. That maybe we should question the handshake after all. Not for contract purposes, but for health reasons.

Here’s an article from Brewster Miller that discusses a recent British study  finding that fist bumping is better than handshaking, because it prevents the spreading of germs.  According to the study, many infections from the common cold can be passed via a handshake. Unfortunately, many people simply do not wash their hands. According to the scientists, fist bumping is only dry contact and the back of the hand has less bacteria compared to the palm.

I guess if someone sneezes and sticks out their hand to shake… it’s best to offer a fist? Maybe people will miss the old days when a person’s fist was as good as a contract?

DID YOU KNOW that the oldest known goldfish lived to be 41-years-old? He was named Fred. Yep, Fred the Goldfish.

And for pic o’ day, doesn’t this seem like a good “get-out-of bed” thought?

out of bed

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“Cocaine Nose” Lawsuit

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

In Cook County Circuit Court,  An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit against her doctor who had performed her facial reconstruction surgery. He posted before and after pictures of her nose on his website, labeling them “cocaine nose.” The lawsuit claims that her photos were taken in 2004, with the plaintiff believing that the images would be kept in her confidential file.

This is a claim that her medical privacy was violated. The lawsuit was based on a HIPPA  (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)  claim violation. The suit has also been filed against the website company that prepared the site and pictures for marketing the doctor’s services.(Chicago Tribune)

In the DID YOU KNOW section, can you name a word that rhymes with “month” ? Well… apparently no such word!

And pic o’ day…



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