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  • Who's Watching Out for the Consumer in Washington?
    Apr-19-08 Washington, DC: Linda Sherry is Director of National Priorities for Consumer Action , a national non-profit organization that both educates and advocates for the consumer. In the Washington office of the San Francisco-based organization, Sherry and her team contribute to the drafting of important protective legislation and produce award-winning publicati...
  • The Reality of Reality TV: Alleged "Sweatshop Conditions"
    Apr-17-08 Hollywood, CA: The reality for many workers on US Reality TV shows is long hours, and little or no overtime pay -- a contravention of California overtime statutes. It is for this reason that the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is attempting to organize workers, to help them get a better deal from their employers. Last Tuesday, 12 former workers of suc...
  • Preventing Medication Errors
    Apr-15-08 Philadelphia, PA The LawyersandSettlements website is chock full of stories of errors and near-misses in medication, inaccurate or misread prescriptions as well as the resulting health complications and tragedies. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is a non profit charity that exists to help prevent such occurrences by educating both cons...
  • Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan: Challenging Corporate Power and Tips Abuse
    Apr-9-08 Boston, Massachusetts: LawyersandSettlements' interview with Shannon Liss-Riordan, a partner in the labor, employment, and class action law firm of Pyle, Rome, Lichten, Ehrenberg & Liss-Riordan, P.C. was delayed a day. That's because Liss-Riordan had to be in court for the verdict in a Massachusetts tips case taken against American Airlines. It was the f...
  • Attorney Teresa Demchak on Employment Discrimination and Pre-Litigation
    Apr-8-08 Oakland, CA: As managing partner in Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen and Dardarian (GDBBD), a California firm specializing in public interest class actions, Teresa Demchak oversees a busy firm with a large and varied practice. That practice is not strictly litigation, as we'll see. LawyersandSettlements (LAS): Your practice in the past has involved...
  • DC Sues 23 Landlords
    Apr-6-08 Washington, DC: Twenty-three landlords are being sued by the District Government because these individuals have long histories of housing law violations and providing less than satisfactory living conditions to tenants that are considered vulnerable, according to DC officials on April 4. The District plans to ask the DC Superior Court to appoint what...
  • Forty Years Working with Asbestos
    Apr-6-08 Hudson Falls, NY Frank M. worked with asbestos for most of his life, from the Navy in the 1950s to a paint manufacturer in the 1990s. That's 40 years of asbestos exposure, without being given proper safety gear or respirators, without knowing that his work environment could lead to asbestosis or even worse, mesothelioma . "We didn't know anything abou...
  • Group files lawsuit over toxins in fire retardant
    Apr-4-08 Fall River, OR: According to the nonprofit group Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, fire retardant has a negative impact on the environment . As a result, they are challenging a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to continue using the substance on forest fires. The executive director of the organization, Andy Stahl, says that the For...
  • Attorney C. Wes Pittman on Product Liability and Sexual Harassment in Florida Prisons
    Apr-1-08 Panama City, FL C. Wes Pittman is a founder and principal in Pittman and Parry, PA , a firm specializing in personal injury and consumer cases nationwide, although primarily in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. A 1976 graduate of the University of Florida's Frederick G. Levin College of Law, Pittman's practice covers a wide and varied range of cases—as we'l...
  • Twenty-One Arrested in Securities Fraud Ring
    Apr-1-08 Trenton, NJ: Twenty-one people have been arrested because of their connection to a securities fraud ring that netted approximately $50 million by scamming investors. The New Jersey State Attorney General Anne Milgram said the scheme was operating from Miami, Florida and Sao Paulo Brazil and was using the securities market in New Jersey to conduct their s...
  • Botox Death: It CAN Happen
    Mar-31-08 Irvine, CA The recent reporting of potential deaths and severe adverse reactions linked to Botox has served as somewhat of a primer to the general population as to what Botox really is. It is much more than the cosmetic version that's been around for a relatively short period of time. While Botox Cosmetic was brought to the market in 2002 and was...
  • Stock Options: Honesty and Deception Filter Down from the Top
    Mar-31-08 New York, NY One needs only to pick up the paper on any given day to read about yet another highly-paid corporate player having his or her way with the system, by thumbing a nose at securities law and manipulating stock options to improve yield and reduce tax. For this reason, any employee of any company who participates in, or has stock options through...
  • Former Employee Files $50 Million Suit against CSX
    Mar-25-08 Lewisburg, WV: The former president of the Greenbrier, A CSX-owned resort, filed a $50 million lawsuit against the railroad company, alleging that he was unjustly fired by CSX President Michael J. Ward for revealing and trying to put a stop to unethical practices taking place within the company. These unethical practices taking place allegedly involve...
  • Attorney Charles W. Shipley Speaks on Messing with Farmers and the Environment
    Mar-25-08 Tulsa, OK LawyersandSettlements heard from Tulsa attorney Chuck Shipley recently when he alerted us to a recent $21 million class action verdict against OK Foods of Fort Smith, Arkansas on behalf of 300 chicken farmers. When we spoke to him, he was just back from a week off. We didn't need to ask many questions! LawyersandSettlements (LAS): Where have...
  • Overdose on Duragesic Painkiller Patch
    Mar-25-08 Lawrenceburg, KY For years, Vicki was pleased with the effective pain management of Duragesic pain patches that drip controlled doses of the potent narcotic, Fentanyl, through the skin. But when the patch started leaking, she found herself in a losing battle against the drug's tight-fisted manufacturers. "I'd been on the patches since around 2001 with...
  • Kid Rock Faces Battery Lawsuit
    Mar-24-08 Los Angeles, CA: Three men have sued Kid Rock for battery after he allegedly lashed out at them physically when they asked him for his autograph. All three plaintiffs say that they were seriously injured in the incident. Jose Perez, Carlos Bonilla, and Michael Medlin filed their lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday March 21, 2008 and are de...
  • Chantix: Vast Majority of Trial Participants Failed to Stay Smoke-Free
    Mar-24-08 New York, NY As Chantix is poised to go on the market in India, questions remain as to its adverse affects related to mood swings, and suicide ideation. The smoking cessation drug from Pfizer, on the market in the US for only a couple of years, is sold as Champix in the UK and will also be patented under that name in India. It has been reported that...
  • California Overtime: What the New Exemption Threshold Means
    Mar-21-08 Los Angeles, CA A change in the California Overtime Law , and a lowering of the exemption threshold that came into effect in the New Year, translates to a win for employers in the computer industry, and a loss for those spending endless hours staring, hunched over, into a screen. Following years of annual increases, as of January 1st 2008, the hourly w...
  • Best Buy Price Match: An Insider's View
    Mar-18-08 Beverly Hills, CA Customers of Best Buy stores have been having difficulty with the chain's Price Match policy, which appears to promise a practically universal price match in Best Buy promotion and marketing, but contains so many exclusions in the fine print that the effective usefulness of the policy is gutted. What's more, an employee of Best Buy...
  • Death of Elderly Mother Due to Arsenic Death Causes Daughter to File Suit
    Mar-16-08 Fresno, CA: The death of an elderly Fresno mother is causing quite a stir after she has been found to have died from arsenic poisoning. Lily Mae Harmon's death was investigated only after the prompting and pleading of her daughter, Betty Harmon. She was ignored and put off several times when she tried to bring this to the attention of city agencies. Bet...
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