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William N. Riley is the principal-managing attorney of the Indianapolis-based law firm, Riley Williams & Piatt, LLC. His practice focuses on complex forms of plaintiff litigation such as class actions, pharmaceutical & medical device injury, product liability, defamation, and business litigation.

Will attended Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington and was executive editor for the Indiana Law Journal. After graduating in 1989, William became one of the youngest lawyers in Indiana to be awarded the AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and thereafter has earned a multitude of local and national law awards such as Indiana Super Lawyers, Indianapolis Monthly’s Top Attorneys Indiana, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, U.S. News & World Report, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, and Nation’s Top One Percent of Lawyers 2015. As well, Will is a charter member of Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America.
By legal definition, Defamation is emotional or financial harm caused by a false statement or communications made to other individuals about another person. Harm may come emotionally or financially and can impact an individual or business’ reputation and character. Statements accusing or questioning a professional status can be considered damaging and is recoverable even without definitive proof of damages. However, winning a defamation case involves careful attention to details and a quick and timely response. Riley Williams & Piatt possesses the expertise to represent your interests in these matters properly.

Defamation can occur through defamatory statements made either orally or in print in a newspaper, magazine or other printed source. Internet defamation transpires when a statement considered defamation is made when posted online. Within the State of Indiana, the State Constitution protects your reputation against all types of defamation.
The FDA said certain lab-developed tests (LDTs) may be producing erroneous results. LDTs are produced and performed in a single hospital and do not utilize standard diagnostic equipment. LDTs can involve prenatal tests, ovarian cancer, whooping cough and human papillomavirus. William Riley, of Riley Williams & Piatt, LLC, stated, “It is important for the FDA to step in and regulate these tests under existing medical device law. Some laboratories are marketing this service on a national basis and these test results are too important to patients to leave in an unregulated Wild West environment.” For more information please visit: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/InVitroDiagnostics/ucm407296.htm
Corporate America has a new shield: forced arbitration. Most every time you buy a cell phone, subscribe to a cable television service, or place a loved one in a nursing home, corporate America is requiring you to give up your rights. Buried in each of these contracts is often found a forced arbitration clause and a waiver of your right to protect yourself in a class action. But, why?

Class actions filed in courts are often times the only thing that can hold a corporation responsible for its misconduct. When a cellular service provider sneaks an illegal $50.00 charge onto every customer's bill, it reaps enormous gain. But no one person has the time or resources to challenge an illegal practice for $50.00. Only when a customer can challenge the practice on behalf of all customers can someone afford to challenge the nearly endless resources of a large corporation.
Workplace injuries are inevitable and while preventable, occur frequently, especially in industries where the workforce performs manual labor. Industries or jobs requiring employees to operate heavy machinery or equipment pose a greater risk to employee safety. Equipment failure, negligence and faulty infrastructure are some of the common factors causing on injuries on the job.

While this is so, a workplace injury can occur anywhere and once liability is determined, the employee is entitled to compensation for their injuries as well as coverage for lost wages in the event they are unable to perform their job duties or in some cases, continue their career.