Bait and Switch?

It’s time for another adventure of lawyer dog…

Have a great weekend, friends!

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Second Verse, Same as the First

The following post was so popular back when we originally shared it in 2015, that we thought we’d share it again for today’s Throwback Thursday…

Double Take

When you come in our office, try not to be confused… Dean Burnetti is really NOT Christopher Walken.  Today’s Throwback Thursday features photos of a young Dean Burnetti and a young Christopher Walken, and while they are not actually related, don’t they look like they could be?

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The REAL Christopher Walken

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Dean Burnetti a/k/a NOT Christopher Walken

To learn more about the REAL Dean Burnetti and not his doppelganger, please visit our website at http://www.burnettilaw.com/.

#TBT

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New Set of Wheels, New Set of Worries

Wednesday is the day YOU get to “Ask an Attorney.”  Just leave your question in the comments below, and if your question is selected, it will be answered on an upcoming Wednesday by one of our attorneys at Dean Burnetti Law.

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Dave W. from Ybor City asks, “My pickup truck was recently totaled while it was parked.  It was hit by a drunk driver who was trying to outrun the police.  The truck was completely paid for and was pretty old, and I was actually planning on getting something newer in another month or two after I saved a decent down payment.  The insurance company actually gave me a little more than I thought it was probably worth, but now that I’m in the market for another vehicle, I’m a little concerned.  The insurance adjuster told me the guy who caused the accident only had $10,000 in property damage coverage.  I can’t help but think that if I had already bought the new truck and this had happened, the insurance wouldn’t have covered what I would owe.  Is there a solution for this?”

Hi, Dave.  Yes, when you purchase your new truck, if you finance it, you will undoubtedly be required by the lender to purchase “full coverage” insurance.  Part of what they will most likely require will be “GAP Insurance.”  (If not, then you should ask for it on your own.)

The acronym GAP stands for “Guaranteed Asset Protection.”  If you’re in an accident, or in your case, if your truck is in an accident, and it’s declared a total loss, many insurance policies will reimburse you for up to the “fair market value” of the vehicle (or the limits of the policy as you already learned).  But, if you owe more on your car than it’s worth at the time of your accident, GAP insurance would pay the difference between what the truck is worth (or what the insurance company pays out) and what you still owe your finance company, so you’re not still responsible to pay out of your pocket for a truck that is no longer drivable.  As you make your truck payments, once your truck is completely paid for, or when you owe less than the total value of the truck, you won’t need to carry GAP insurance any longer.

Good luck with everything!

~Dean Burnetti

[If you have a question for one of our attorneys, please write it in the comments below, and be sure to check back soon for a response.]

(The information contained herein is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.)

 

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Cross Your Heart

It’s “Tuesday Newsday,” the day when Dean Burnetti Law brings you news of recalls, legal or political events, or other important happenings…

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According to the FDA, a popular blood pressure medication, valsartan, has been determined to contain a chemical that can cause cancer and is being recalled.  The carcinogenic chemical is N-nitrosodimethylamine (more commonly known as NDMA).  The FDA reported that the sudden presence of NDMA is because of the way the substance was manufactured.

While valsartan was actually recalled a few weeks ago, the recall did not include the U.S. and affected only the generic version.

The list of valsartan drugs now being recalled includes pills made around the world.

  • Valsartan – Prinston – Pharmaceutical Inc.
  • Valsartan – AvKARE
  • Valsartan – A-S Medication Solutions LLC
  • Valsartan – Bryant Ranch Prepack, Inc.
  • Valsartan – HJ Harkins Company
  • Valsartan – Major Pharmaceuticals
  • Valsartan – Solco Healthcare
  • Valsartan – Northwind Pharmaceuticals
  • Valsartan – Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
  • Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Proficient Rx LP
  • Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Remedy Repack
  • Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Solco Healthcare
  • Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Teva Pharmaceuticals Injustries Ltd.

The FDA has also compiled an updated list of medications not included in the recall:

  • Amlodipine and Valsartan – Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited
  • Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited
  • Valsartan – Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited
  • Byvalson (Nebivolol and Valsartan – Allergan, Inc.
  • Valsartan – American Health Packaging
  • Valsartan – Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC
  • Diovan and Valsartan  – Aphena Pharma Solutions
  • Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Apotex Corp.
  • Amlodipine and Valsartan – Aurodindo Pharma Limited
  • Valsartan  – AcPAK
  • Valsartan – Cardinal Health
  • Diovan – Carilion Materials Management
  • Amlodipine and Valsartan – Gavis Pharmaceuticals, LLC
  • Valsartan  – Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Valsartan – Lucid Pharma
  • Amlodipine and Valsartan – Lupin
  • Valsartan – Macleods Pharmaceuticals USA
  • Amlodipine and Valsartan – Mylan
  • Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – Northwind Pharmaceuticals
  • Diovan  – Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
  • Amlodipine and Valsartan – Novel Laboratories, Inc.
  • Valsartan  – Ohm Laboratories, Inc.

The FDA has advised patients taking any affected medication to contact their doctor or the pharmacy that dispensed it to discuss an alternative option, and that if an alternative is not readily made available, they should continue to take it until a replacement product is presented.

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And speaking of keeping your heart healthy, we recently found healthy version of Chicken Salad that we think your heart – and your family – will love:

Heart-Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium cooked rotisserie chicken breasts shredded or chopped
  • 2 ripe avocados pitted and diced
  • ½ cup corn roasted, canned, or frozen
  • ¼ cup red or green onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dill
  • 2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Dash of sea salt and black pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, add the shredded chicken, avocado, onion, avocados, corn, and dill.
  2. Drizzle with the lime (or lemon) juice, olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss gently until all the ingredients are combined.

More Flavorful Bonus:

Additional add-ins that make this salad even more delicious include chopped tomatoes, chopped seedless cucumber, cooked and crumbled turkey bacon, roasted sunflower seeds, black beans, and/or chickpeas.

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What Are You Selling?

It’s Monday. Welcome to a new week. Today is the day for “Monday Ministry.” Did you know that Attorney Dean Burnetti went to seminary before he was called to the legal field? The following is a devotion given to you by Dean…

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Mark 11:15-16 – “When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, and he stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace.”

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I’ve heard many messages preached and lessons taught on the subject of Jesus throwing the money changers out of the Temple. I always thought it was the perfect example that the Lord was not afraid to take action and kick some butt. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we are to go inside the church house and start throwing people out. So what’s the meaning of this factual account for you and I today?

Start by considering your own motives for the things that you do in the ministry and your church.  I’ve been sincerely concerned about my own advertising and to what extent I may use that.

I represent to the public that I’m a Christian attorney.  I want to display my ministry, but at the same time I don’t want to exploit it to make money. You may have your own examples within your individual experience.

Ultimately, I believe that we each have to utilize our own conscience to determine and measure when we are doing our ministry for the sake of Christ or the desire to financially prosper.

For me, I measure my success and commitment by what I plant in the lives of others around me who work not only with me but also those whom I serve. Do you ask God in effect what you can do to help or what you can get?

I don’t believe that the Lord was upset with those who were selling doves for sacrifice. He was upset because of their motivation and purpose.

Praise God for His grace that is  rich and full.

Have a blessed week!

~Dean Burnetti

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Better Guard Your Bacon!

Happy Weekend, Friends!

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Beam me up!

We recently read with intrigue that Thursdays are not only for Throwbacks.  Sometimes, they are also for Thirteen Things.  So, for today’s Throwback Thursday, we thought we’d try something different…  We’re going to skip the Retro Bus today and head across the parking lot to the line that boards the USS Enterprise!

Now that we’ve all found a seat, for today’s ride to the Way Back (that’s nearly 52 years way back!), we’ll take a look at Thirteen Things (okay, technically 13 fictional gadgets) that were featured in the original Star Trek series that eventually became household items that many of us use in current times.

  1. The Big Screen, Flat Television

Sure, Captain Kirk called it a viewing area, but it’s practically the same thing.

  1. Cell Phones

Personal communicators, cellular telephones – same thing.

  1. Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant

Whatever, you call them, talking to a speech-recognizable computer and receiving an intelligent answer is still pretty cool.

  1. Skype, Facetime, Oovoo

Any way you look at it, video calls started right here on the Starship Enterprise in the form of telepresence.

  1. Bluetooth

Isn’t wireless, hands-free technology just groovy?

  1. Tasers, Stun Guns

You can call it a phaser if you want, but either way, I don’t want to be shot by one!

  1. Desk-Top Computers

Half a century ago, personal computers were unheard of.  Now, we’ve even passed the desk-top computer and moved on to computers that are so small, they fit in our hand (such as tablets and cell phones).

  1. USB Drives

Actually the “floppy discs” of the 90s more accurately depicted the colorful wooden “memory squares” used in the USS Enterprise’s computer, but they accomplish the same thing.

  1. Ultrasound Machine

When Bones used his medical tri-coder to scan patients for vital signs and collect other medical data, he was essentially inspiring the ultrasound.

  1. Google Translate

Sure, it’s not quite as fast (or as accurate) as when Captain Kirk and company used their Universal Translator, but it’s still quite helpful.

  1. Tractor Beam

While NASA scientists haven’t yet developed a light beam strong enough to pull a space ship, two New York University professors have successfully used a light beam to control tiny microscopic particles.

  1. Hypospray

Remember when Bones administered medicine through the skin using painless jet-injected hypospray?   Recently, MIT created a similar device that delivers a drug through the skin at speeds of up to 340 meters per second and in under a millisecond. Wow!

  1. Vulcan Salute

Just like the ancient story of when a Christian met a stranger in the road, the Christian sometimes drew one arc of the simple fish outline in the dirt and if the stranger drew the other arc, both believers knew they were in good company, Star Trek fans (now known as Trekkies) can covertly do the Vulcan Salute across a crowded room, and when someone returns the gesture, they know they are in good company.

(Yes, that’s Vulcan Burnetti on the left.)

This concludes today’s Throwback Thursday Thirteen Things blogpost.  Please watch your step as you exit the ship, and as your parting wish, we hope you Live Long and Prosper.

#TBT #13Things

 

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