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December 9, 2017.
Philadelphia, PA: The Associated Press
(AP 11/27/17) is reporting that the City of Philadelphia could be out millions of dollars as it moves to settle more than 300 police abuse lawsuits
and other cases alleging misconduct on the part of police officers in the city and, specifically, members of a narcotics squad that resulted in at least two wrongful murder convictions, and about 1,000 other convictions that were deemed wrongful.
Read [ City of Philadelphia Moves to Settle Hundreds of Police Misconduct Lawsuits
December 7, 2017.
Los Angeles, CA:
A California labor lawsuit
brought by a Uber driver likens a pricing model observed by Uber to stiffing drivers of proper wages as required under California labor law. For its part, co-defendant Uber Technologies Inc. disagrees with plaintiff Sophano Van’s allegations and is trying to have the lawsuit tossed.
Read [ Uber Hit with Proposed Class Action in California
December 6, 2017.
It is said that an educated consumer is the best customer. Were it to be true, then the wary and aware long-term disability policyholder facing long-term denied disability
might have seen it coming – and might even have been in a position to prevent the denial from happening in the first place. At the very least, knowing you’re on solid ground in the face of an unfair denial to a legitimate claim, could buoy the policyholder with some assurance that at the end of the legal wrangling, things will be made right.
Read [ LTD Denial: Understanding "Own Occupation" vs "Any Occupation"
December 3, 2017.
Los Angeles, CA:
Allegations of sexual harassment
that is consuming the entertainment, media and government industries and given birth to the #metoo movement, has at its root the various allegations against former media mogul Harvey Weinstein. While none of the allegations against Weinstein and others have yet to be proven in court, the mere allegation of wrongdoing is enough to disintegrate a career overnight, and bring once-mighty dynasties to their knees.
Read [ As More Icons Fall, #metoo Continues to Fuel Movement Against Sexual Harassment
December 1, 2017.
Anyone in need of, or thinking about filing a Colorado Denied Workers Comp Claim
would be wise to remain conversant with applicable laws, requirements and updates to statutes in concert with an attorney to ensure you haven’t inadvertently hamstrung your claim by missing a deadline, or dropping the ball on various requirements. Provided you sought the advice and expertise of a qualified attorney for guidance early in the process, a denied claim has a good chance of being reversed considering you had all your ducks in a row.
Read [ Handy Guidance for Colorado Workers’ Compensation
November 28, 2017.
A vilified auto parts manufacturer at the center of the largest automotive recall in US history over defective airbags
has been granted a bit of breathing room by the courts with regard to its bankruptcy proceedings. When combined with some temporary concessions granted by its client automakers, Takata Corp. will be in a better position to remain relatively healthy long enough to fulfill various obligations deemed integral by the courts and the automotive industry – the latter wanting to ensure Takata will be in a position to manufacture the replacement inflators needed to replace defective units that have injured, maimed or killed scores of drivers or passengers.
Read [ Takata Given Room to Breathe Over Defective Airbags for Now
November 27, 2017.
County of Yolo, CA:
The recent rash of assault allegations and actual charges against the Hollywood elite, actors, media personalities and even members of US Congress have succeeded in raising the bar when it comes to proper office and workplace decorum and behavior. The issue has become so sensitive and emotionally-charged that an unwanted hug can be interpreted – many say, correctly – as a form of sexual assault. One well-known Hollywood studio head has recently taken a leave of absence voluntarily in order to reflect on his habit of providing warm hugs at the office. For the employer in California, employees rights
and compliance to labor laws speaking to sexual and physical harassment are of paramount importance.
Read [ Ninth Circuit Revives California Lawsuit Over Unwanted Hugs
November 27, 2017.
There are further details available as to the reversal, earlier this month of a Risperidal side effects
defense verdict originally delivered in a Risperdal case from 2015. The finding for the defense also served to deny the plaintiff of any chance for a new trial. Thanks to the findings of a judiciary panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on November 13, not only is the original defense verdict vacated, but the plaintiff will get a new trial after all.
Read [ Risperdal Defense Verdict Overturned Due to “Erroneous Evidentiary Rulings”
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- Consumer Advocate Blames both Manufacturer and FDA for Dragging their Heels (Nov-23-17)
- California is now a ‘Sanctuary State’ for the Undocumented Worker (Nov-21-17)
- Monsanto Still Fighting California’s Carcinogen Listing for Glyphosate in Roundup (Nov-21-17)
- Men Allege Propecia Sexual Dysfunction, but what About Women and Propecia Side Effects? (Nov-21-17)
- Actemra Linked to Heart Attacks and Deaths, But Label Remains Unchanged (Nov-20-17)
- California Startup Has Faced Three Class Action Lawsuits in its Young History (Nov-20-17)
- Respected Consumer Advocate Public Citizen wants Benicar Banned (Nov-18-17)
- Is it Getting Just a Bit Harder to Bring an Eliquis Lawsuit? (Nov-18-17)
- Trial for First Philadelphia Mass Tort Xarelto Lawsuit Finally Underway (Nov-17-17)
- Medtronic SynchroMed Plaintiff Loses Case, But Will He Appeal? (Nov-17-17)
- Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuit Alleges Defective Product (Nov-16-17)
- Unum Accused of Denying Disability Benefits as Corporate Profits Rise (Nov-14-17)
- Health Care Provider Faces ERISA Lawsuit, Plaintiffs Allege Standard of Care Not Met (Nov-13-17)
- Employees of Luxury California Resort Launch California Labor Lawsuit (Nov-13-17)
- Pennsylvania CIGNA Denied Disability Lawsuit Seeks Compensation (Nov-12-17)
- First Responder Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Texas Seeks $1 Million (Nov-11-17)
- Bank of America to Settle Excessive Fees Class Action for $66.6 Million (Nov-10-17)
- The Fix is In for St. Jude Defective Batteries, But Is it Enough? (Nov-9-17)
- Canadian Couple’s Fight against Home Warranty Insurance a Full Time Job (Nov-8-17)
- Sun Life Denied Disability Benefits Lawsuit Settled Previously, But Issues Remained (Nov-7-17)
- Former Employee of NBCUniversal Media Alleges Wrongful Termination (Nov-6-17)
- Mirena IUD Lawsuit Alleges Grievous Mirena IUD Side Effects (Nov-5-17)
- Texas Plaintiff Joins Flood of Lawsuits Citing Ethicon Physiomesh Problems (Nov-4-17)
- From the Ashes of a California Wage and Hour Class Action, Another Appears (Nov-3-17)
- Whistleblower Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit Alleges Surgical Double-Booking (Oct-31-17)
- ER Bills and Hospital Overcharging: It’s Not Getting Any Better (Oct-30-17)
- Denial of Benefits May not be the Only Problem Plaguing WA Workers Comp (Oct-29-17)
- California Unpaid Overtime Class Action Down, but Not Out (Oct-29-17)
- Asbestos and Environmental Law (Oct-28-17)
- You Can Easily Trace a Car’s History, but Not Necessarily Their Parts (Oct-27-17)
- Between Slips, Falls and Dog Bites, Consumers Need to be Wary (Oct-24-17)
- Monsanto Moves for Summary Judgement While EU Looks to Ban Glyphosate (Oct-23-17)
- Will Duodenoscope Redesign Prove Sufficient to Stem Endoscope Infection? (Oct-22-17)
- Ohio Firm Loses Petition to Have SEC Lawsuit Dismissed (Oct-21-17)
- Criticism for Both St. Jude Medical and FDA over Defective St. Jude ICD Batteries (Oct-20-17)
- Research Both Kind, and Unkind to Propecia (Oct-19-17)
- Cook Celect IVC Filters Approved Through FDA Fast Track Approval Process (Oct-18-17)
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