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NFL Faces Lawsuit Over Federal Drug Violations

The National Football League (NFL) faces a lawsuit from former professional football players for federal drug violations. They are suing the league in U.S. District Court in Northern California, claiming they suffer long-term organ and joint damage, among other illnesses, due to the improper and deceptive drug distribution practices by NFL teams.

The Washington Post reviewed the sealed court documents from the lawsuit and found that NFL teams “violated federal laws governing prescription drugs, disregarded guidance from the Drug Enforcement Administration on how to store, track, transport and distribute controlled substances, and plied their players with powerful painkillers and anti-inflammatories each season.”

The sealed court filing includes testimony and documents by team and league medical personnel, describing multiple instances in which team and league officials were made aware of abuses, record-keeping problems and violations of federal law. The filing asserts that “every doctor deposed so far… has testified that they violated one or more” federal drug laws and regulations “while serving in their capacity as a team doctor.”

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Melissa and Doug Landau at the Brain Tumour Foundation Cayman Islands Charity 5K Walk/Run

Landaus Participate in Brain Tumour Foundation Cayman Islands Charity 5K

Heroes Square was a fitting venue for the Brain Tumour Foundation Cayman Islands Charity 5K Walk/Run. Participants were treated to a warm, sunny morning with a course that took them by the ocean and then inland before returning from the bottom of Grand Cayman Island to the Courthouse finish line.

Melissa and Doug Landau at the Brain Tumour Foundation Cayman Islands Charity 5K Walk/Run
Melissa and Doug Landau at the Brain Tumour Foundation Cayman Islands Charity 5K Walk/Run

While attending a medical conference for internal medicine doctors and other health care providers, Doug and Melissa Landau didn’t think twice about participating in the 5K. They entered the race and made donations to this worthy group.

Brenda Archer, President of the Brain Tumour Foundation, and the other volunteers were most gracious at pre-registration and packet pick-up in the days leading up to this race. There were smiling faces at every turn and plenty of swag from Cayman National Bank. There were an array of competitors from folks who lived on the island to tourists and those, like Lawyer Landau, in town for business.

While Mrs. Landau was there purely for vacation and relaxation, Lawyer Landau was there to learn medicine and to race. Melissa enjoyed the friendliness that marks Caribbean running. Doug wanted to test his winter “mettle.” However, despite working hard, he was passed by a number of runners even though he went out with the lead group after the first mile. Averaging 7:30/mile, Doug was glad for the warm weather running, but not so happy with his relatively pedestrian pace.

Doug learned quite a lot in the lecture that he intends to use to help his injured and disabled clients. As for what he learned on the racecourse, he has a LOT of work to do if he is going to be back in top racing form by the start of the Triathlon and Duathlon racing season!

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From Civics Teacher to Panther Racer—Lawyer Landau Returns to Langston Hughes Middle School

After volunteering to teach legal procedure and civics at Langston Hughes Middle School (LHMS) in Reston, Virginia, Lawyer Doug Landau saw a poster in the principal’s office for the Second Annual “Panther Pride 5K” on Saturday, February 25 starting at 10:00 am. (To read more about Doug’s volunteering at LHMS, click here).

The late starting time, warm weather and time recently spent at the

Doug Landau shown with one of the many smiling, helpful Langston Hughes PTA Panther 5K race volunteers that made the run through the trails of the Reston Triathlon course fun for runners and walkers of all ages, sizes and speeds.
Doug Landau shown with one of the many smiling, helpful Langston Hughes PTA Panther 5K race volunteers that made the run through the trails of the Reston Triathlon course fun for runners and walkers of all ages, sizes and speeds.

school brought Landau out to race for the first time this year in Virginia. Hoping to see if his “off season” post-surgical training was effective, Lawyer Landau toed the line with a goal of 21 minutes. Indeed, the overall winner was a middle schooler and the 3rd place runner was a member of the local high school track team. In between them was a dad pushing a jogging stroller, who passed Landau at the 2-mile mark and never looked back!

The Langston Hughes Panther Pride 5K promotes running among the student body and raises money to replenish the school’s Technology Fund. Langston Hughes Middle School is located at 11401 Ridge Heights Road in Reston, behind Sough Lakes High School. The event was professionally timed by the wonderful folks at Potomac River Running. There were lots of generous age groups and overall awards. This is a good race for younger runners as there were no roads to cross and the “out-and-back” format meant that participants knew the last third of the course (which was mostly uphill!).

Finishing less than a minute behind the winner, Doug Landau enjoyed the unseasonably warm, sunny weather over the twisty, undulating Reston course that took participants from Langston Hughes, past South Lakes High School under Soapstone Road and along the last third of the famous Reston Triathlon course. After teaching 8th graders during the week, Lawyer Landau finished 4th out of 112 entries, easily winning the over 50 category. Full results of the race can be found at here.

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Lawyer Landau 2016 Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series Award Winner

Lawyer Doug Landau has been a proud supporter and participant of the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series (VTSMTS) for years now. The Abrams Landau staff wanted to congratulate Doug on becoming a 2016 Series Award Winner! He participated in 5 races in 2016 and placed in the top 5 in the 2016 VTSMTS Series.

Lawyer Landau in his office holding up the T-Mat Transition Mat he received from the VTSMTS Team
Lawyer Landau in his office holding up the T-Mat Transition Mat he received from the VTSMTS Team

He participated in 5 races in 2016 and placed in the top 5 in the 2016 VTSMTS Series. Doug received a T-Mat Transition Mat and a plaque from the VTSMTS Team. The 2016 race results are all listed here.

Registration is now open for 2017—all of the races can be found here at the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series website.

Abrams Landau, Ltd. has a long history of helping injured athletes, such as bikers injured by cars and trucks; runners and walkers injured by motor vehicles; and bikers injured by defective bicycle components. If you or someone you know or care for has been injured and become disabled as the result of a bike, car, truck, recumbent bicycle or motorcycle crash and there are questions about legal rights and remedies, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once. Also, you can download a free copy of Doug’s e-book 10 Mistakes That Can Derail Your Bike Injury Case here.

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Register Now for the 2017 Vasa Ride in DC

It’s that time of the year again! Join the Swedish Embassy for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA) 2017 Vasa Ride on Sunday, March 19th. This annual event is a tribute to Sweden’s famed ski race and festival Vasaloppet. The Vasa Ride is a great way to start the year for any bicyclists in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area. Lawyer Doug Landau has participated several times since 2008 and highly recommends it, so register now here!

Riders can choose from a variety of routes ranging from 16-miles to 59-miles. Check in and rides start from the House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. Check in and start times vary depending on the ride you chose to participate in. For the first time ever, this year’s Vasa Ride will also feature an 8-mile family-friendly ride starting from 10:00-10:30am ET.

After the rides, all Vasa Ride participants are invited inside the House of Sweden for warm blueberry soup—a traditional Swedish treat and Lawyer Landau’s favorite part of the event! For more information, click here.

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Cycle for Survival: Donate Now to Help Fight Rare Cancers

Mr. Landau’s youngest daughter Nicole—who was hired by IBM while working as an undergrad in the William & Mary Admissions office—is putting some “sweat” into raising money to fight rare cancers. Her grandfather, Mr. Landau’s father Norman J. Landau, died suddenly and prematurely from pancreatic cancer, so this is a cause she is passionate about.

Cycle for Survival—the movement to beat rare cancers—is a cause that’s near and dear to me. I’m riding on February 25th, and I need your help to meet my fundraising goal.

What my father calls a Monday night, and my sister calls a side-gig, I call a fundraising event. I will be riding stationary bicycles with the IBM DC team, sweating to earn your support.

100% of every dollar you give will fund pioneering rare cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Approximately half of all people fighting cancer are fighting a rare cancer. These are diseases we know: from leukemia to lymphoma, pediatric cancers, brain, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers, among many others. However, because these cancers are considered “rare,” research is often vastly underfunded.

That’s why I need your help: rare cancer patients deserve more effective treatment options—and fast.

Though we can’t all be doctors (like my lieutenant doctor brother!) or researchers, we can arm them with the resources they need to combat these diseases. Please visit my fundraising page (through the button below) to make a donation and help make that happen.

Landaus don’t like to ask friends and family to support our exercise addiction, but this is a method I cannot deny to bring awareness and support to a well-deserving cause.

Thank you for your support!

JOIN THE BATTLE.
Nicole “Sweating for You” Landau

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$1500 Trek Disc Bicycles Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Trek has issued a recall on its 720 Disc bicycles and wheelsets due to a fall hazard. According to a press release, the company reports hearing of 10 incidents where either the wheel spoke contacted the bike’s brake caliper or the spokes broke at the hub. There has been one reported injury involving a broken vertebra.

This recall involves model year 2015, 2016 and 2017 Trek model 720 Disc bicycles and Bontrager Approved TLR disc 700C 24H Front and Rear Wheels with silver spokes. These models were sold nationwide from November 2014 through October 2016 for between $1,500 and $1,900 for bikes and March 2015 through November 2016 for aftermarket wheels for between $80 and $90. About 800 bicycles and 300 wheels were sold in the U.S.

If you’ve purchased any of these items, please immediately stop using them and return the bicycles to a Trek retailer for a free inspection and free replacement wheels. You can contact Trek at 800-373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

If you or someone you know or care for were injured while using a defective sports training product, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

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Lee Wills: An Inspirational Story in Competitive Shooting

It is not only our clients who discover us; we often discover the incredible stories behind our clients’ lives. In this case, the son of one of our clients has an inspirational story of triumph and compassion.

Lee recovering from his recent surgery. This procedure would be his 15th surgery for his hands.
Lee recovering from his recent surgery. This procedure would be his 15th surgery for his hands.

Lee Wills, now 17 years old, was born with a condition called Bilateral Syndactyly/Polydactyly, which left him with 14 fingers and webbing in between. He’s had numerous surgeries since and the doctors said he’d never be able to write. However, he followed in his father and older brother’s path and picked up competitive shooting. Lee was even the youngest competitor at the 2011 U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Single Stack Nationals where he participated as an 11-year-old. (Click here to watch a short video about Lee Wills).

Lee’s mother Karla Wills is a workers compensation client of Abrams Landau, Ltd. She had undergone two major spine surgeries from a workplace injury. Lee helped his mother during this process by driving her to her doctor’s appointment at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. They had to make many stops along the way because she couldn’t sit for long periods of time because of the back pain caused by her on the job injury.

While receiving treatment at the Walter Reed Medical Center, Lee saw soldiers with missing limbs suffering from agonizing pain. Lee’s own experiences, and what he witnessed while at the center, prompted him to fundraise for the Wounded Warrior Project. He and his brother first reached out to the USPSA Mid-Atlantic States–regional director and eventually raised thousands of dollars for this organization.  Wounded Warrior is a worthy organization lawyer Landau has long supported and it is a recipient of funding through the Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Series, which he helps sponsor.

Lee continues to be passionate about gun safety and doing his best at shooting competitions. He not only overcame his own obstacles, but also reached out to help others overcome theirs. Doug Landau and everyone at the “Law Shop” salutes Lee Will’s courage, skill, charitable efforts and work effort. We look forward to hearing about his future success after he heals up from his latest surgery.

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Best Type of Exercise for the Brain?

Studies in animals and humans have shown that physical activity generally increases brain volume and can reduce the number, and size, of age-related holes in the brain’s white and gray matter.

Long moderate running or similar exercise is good for brain health & growth. Brain injury lawyer Doug Landau, shown here getting ready for the opening ceremonies at the DUathlon World Championships in Adelaide, incorporates long, slow distance running into his year-round training regimen. Lawyer Landau knew it was good for his endurance, but now he knows it is also good for his brain !While exercise is generally good for the brain, as it increases blood flow throughout the body and stimulates the centers charged with coordination, growth and homeostasis, some forms of exercise may be more effective than others at “bulking up” the brain. According to a remarkable new study, scientists compared the neurological impacts of different types of exercise: running, weight training and high-intensity interval training. The surprising results suggest that going hard may not be the best option for long-term brain health
Long moderate running or similar exercise is good for brain health and growth. Brain injury lawyer Doug Landau, shown here getting ready for the opening ceremonies at the Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, incorporates long, slow distance running into his year-round training regimen. Lawyer Landau knew it was good for his endurance, but now he knows it is also good for his brain!

Exercise also augments adult neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the creation of new brain cells in an already mature brain. In studies with animals, exercise, in the form of running wheels or treadmills, has been found to double or even triple the number of new neurons that appear afterward in the animals’ hippocampus, a key area of the brain for learning and memory, Continue reading

Just 6 weeks after injury, & without his run at full speed, Landau was still winning his age group, working as a volunteer & threatening for overall honors at races like the Warrenton Virginia "Salute to the Military" sprint triathlon at the former Vint Hill base.

Thankful for Another Great Year of Competition

After popping his soleus a half mile into the 5km run at the April Richmond Sprint Triathlon, lawyer Landau hopped the remaining miles & then hobbled onto the podium for his prize. The rest of the season required careful training, therapy, pre-race rest & recovery
After popping his soleus a half mile into the 5km run at the April Richmond Sprint Triathlon, lawyer Landau hopped the remaining miles & then hobbled onto the podium for his prize. The rest of the season required careful training, therapy, pre-race rest & recovery

Three regional championship podium finishes, two national championship races and a series podium spot make for a successful year of multisport racing. While constrained by injury and travel, 2016 saw numerous award-winning competitive performances. Though not permitted to compete at the World Championships because of happy family events (his kids’ wedding, college and medical school graduations), Landau overcame an early season injury (torn soleus) and late season surgery (double inguinal hernia) to nevertheless have a great sporting year. Here are some of the highlights:

  • USAT Duathlon Mid-Atlantic, New England AND SouthEastern Regional Championship Runner Up.
  • Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series Age Group Runner Up
  • Age Group Prizewinner at over 20 Duathlons, Triathlons, Track & Road Running races throughout the East Coast
  • Qualified for the 2017 World Championships at the USAT National Duathlon Championships
  • Podiums at every MidAtlantic Duathlon Series race he entered
  • Raced in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, California, Oregon, Nebraska & Washington, D.C.

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