Al Smith http://mtpr.net en Federal Regulators – Whose Interests Do They Serve? http://mtpr.net/post/federal-regulators-whose-interests-do-they-serve <p>GM, oh GM, what to do about you? You hid dangerous defects from the public and federal regulators, you determined 57 cents was too high a cost, to you, to fix the problem, and as a result Americans have needlessly died. If it weren't for those pesky family members who lost a loved one seeking accountability from you, and the trial lawyers that represent them, you wouldn't be the butt of late night comedy sketches. But, you have somewhat of an explanation, it wasn't all your fault.<br /> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:23:30 +0000 Al Smith 17393 at http://mtpr.net Civil Justice System - Protecting All Citizens, Even Hypocrites http://mtpr.net/post/civil-justice-system-protecting-all-citizens-even-hypocrites <p><strong>Civil Justice System - Protecting All Citizens, Even Hypocrites </strong></p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:17:31 +0000 Al Smith 16076 at http://mtpr.net Work Comp – You Can Help http://mtpr.net/post/work-comp-you-can-help <p><br /><br />Workers' compensation, pretty boring stuff, until you need its benefits.&nbsp; So, this is for all you workers out there – from desk jockeys and burger flippers, to firefighters – and for you employers who want the best for your workers.&nbsp; What do you do if you are injured on the job and are unable to work for several weeks, months or years?&nbsp; How will you keep a roof over your head, make your car payments, buy clothes for your kids or put food on the table?&nbsp; If you are like most Montanans, you would have to rely upon the Workers' Compensation system.&nbsp; Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:06:18 +0000 Al Smith 14903 at http://mtpr.net Corporate Paid Umpires? http://mtpr.net/post/corporate-paid-umpires <p>The L.A. Times has an editorial today on a subject I've spoken about before – arbitration. It opens with a “what if” - what if the L.A.</p><p>Dodgers have “just won the pennant and are going to play the New York Yankees in the World Series. But the rules have changed: All games will be played in Yankee Stadium. And, there are new umpires, hired and paid for by the Yankees.” The opening concludes with the observation that 'with rules like that, the Dodgers wouldn't stand much of a chance.'</p><p></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:37:23 +0000 Al Smith 13742 at http://mtpr.net Holiday Cheer - Mandatory Arbitration Fixes? http://mtpr.net/post/holiday-cheer-mandatory-arbitration-fixes <p>It's that time of the year when when many of us are out buying gifts as part of our holiday celebrations.&nbsp; The vast majority of those will be purchased with debit or credit cards.&nbsp; Later this month and continuing next month the statements for those cards will be arriving – in mailboxes or in-boxes across the state.&nbsp; And, if you have a dispute with the bank – such as additional fees being tacked on that you didn't know about that caused you to go over your limit and incur even more charges – you will likely find that buried in the fine print of your account agreement is a prov Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:04:59 +0000 Al Smith 12609 at http://mtpr.net Holiday Safety http://mtpr.net/post/holiday-safety <p>We're quickly approaching the holiday season, a festive time for gathering with family and friends.&nbsp; It is a time for celebrating and for giving thanks.&nbsp; Every year it seems that we are urged to get into the holiday spirit earlier and earlier,&nbsp; at least the buying part.&nbsp; So, here are some tips to keep your holiday season and gifts joyful, and safe.&nbsp;<br /> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:45:27 +0000 Al Smith 11434 at http://mtpr.net What's The Cause of Rising Health Care Costs? http://mtpr.net/post/whats-cause-rising-health-care-costs <p>Well, the rhetoric over the Affordable Care Act, Obama Care, is heating up. Amazing that a private health insurance plan that Republicans touted as a solution not so long ago, is now being attacked by those same Republicans as being “socialist,” while Democrats who supported a national single payer system, now defend a private insurance plan. We even have disagreement as to whether it is a good idea for every citizen to have insurance coverage.<br /> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:36:41 +0000 Al Smith 10080 at http://mtpr.net Gun Safety - Get Your Remington 700 Repaired http://mtpr.net/post/gun-safety-get-your-remington-700-repaired <p>For me, these crisp autumn mornings mean the big game hunting season is near.&nbsp; Right now hunters are out sighting in their rifles.&nbsp; The general rifle season for elk, deer, and antelope opens next month.&nbsp; Hunting is a family tradition in Montana, a higher percentage of our population hunts than in any other state, and it is common to see hunting parties of two or three generations in the woods and on the prairies throughout Montana.&nbsp; Unfortunately, a Montana family may lose a loved one to a hunting accident.&nbsp; While any loss of life is tragic, we are doing better with Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:30:32 +0000 Al Smith 9072 at http://mtpr.net Regulating Corporate Behavior http://mtpr.net/post/regulating-corporate-behavior <p>Is Congress doing it's job? Most of us would agree that the answer is no – Congress's approval ratings are at an all time low for good reason. But that doesn't mean they aren't busy.<br><br>The House will be voting on 10 bills this week to highlight their headline grabber “Stop Government Abuse Week.” Now, if the name makes you think this might be a renewed effort to rein in the NSA's surveillance program, you'd be wrong. Maybe the name conjures up hope that Congress is looking at how to rein in the TSA before every air traveler is irradiated, no such luck.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:22:24 +0000 Al Smith 6125 at http://mtpr.net US Supreme Court's Fireworks http://mtpr.net/post/us-supreme-courts-fireworks <p></p><p></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:47:25 +0000 Al Smith 4791 at http://mtpr.net