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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2015 – Revelation over limited firings for long wait times triggers congressional ire, legislation. When a nationwide scandal over manipulated wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals rocked the agency last spring, the controversy resulted in the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and calls for reform. And Robert A. McDonald, Shinseki’s successor as VA chief, followed up with the announcement in February that the department had fired 60 people in the wake of the scandal. The VA quickly corrected that figure, saying that only 14 employees lost their jobs and lesser […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2015 – Ex-canteen employee admits to pilfering funds, blowing it on strippers, prostitutes and gambling. The Justice Department announced on May 5 that a former canteen manager at a Veteran Administration facility in Ann Arbor, Mich., admitted to embezzling approximately $150,000 from the VA retail store and spending the money on strippers, prostitutes and gambling. The former VA employee, Glenn Alan Bates, was arraigned on the federal charges before a U.S. magistrate judge in Detroit the same day. The accusations against Bates, 57, of Saline, Mich., included that he stole cash from the […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2015 – Case pits law enforcement against wife of sheriff’s lieutenant who is also daughter of ex-cop. On May 9, St. Louis police fired multiple shots at a woman while she was at a family home, an encounter that has resulted in felony charges against her as well as her hospitalization with serious injuries. And within days of the shooting, the family has not only responded with outrage but also disputed the police account of the incident. The woman, Jennifer Morgan-Tyra, 38, is being treated at St. Louis University Hospital after police […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2015 – A former director of Research and Development for Quality Systems in Irvine, filed a lawsuit alleging retaliatory firing and sexual harassment. According to the statement of claim filed by the plaintiff, Traci Wolbert, she experienced sexual harassment from Steve Puckett, the Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President to whom she reported to during the course of her employment at Quality Systems (a NEXGEN Heathcare subsidiary). “In response to her repeated refusals to participate in a relationship with the man, she was allegedly fired,” outlined Sacramento, Calif. employment attorney, Deborah Barron, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2015 – Army veteran who once worked at Flint body plant was killed in 2013 near former school. A judge on May 11 sentenced a teenage boy and a young man to a minimum of 22 years and up to 40 years in prison for the 2013 beating, torturing and killing of a homeless veteran in Flint, Mich. Genesee County Circuit Judge Archie L. Hayman handed down the sentence after the pair pleaded guilty on April 8 to second-degree murder and torture in exchange for dismissal of first-degree murder charges. During the trial, […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2015 – As use of the blockbuster anti-nausea drug Zofran continues to grow in the United States, a number of epidemiology studies conducted in the U.S., China, Sweden and Denmark have set out to analyze the potential for Zofran use during pregnancy to cause severe birth defects in babies exposed to the medication in utero. If you took Zofran while pregnant, and your child was born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or another serious congenital malformation, contact a qualified Zofran attorney today to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may have […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2015 – Pact would enforce judgments across international borders, facilitate tracking of scofflaws. State capitals are not usually associated with the fate of international treaties. But the fate of an important international treaty on child support hangs in the balance after a key legislative committee in Boise, Idaho, voted on April 10 to reject the measure that must be passed by all 50 state legislatures in order for the U.S. ratification process to proceed. With only hours left in the state Legislature’s session, the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee voted 9-8 to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2015 – Recent investigations have revealed that self-driving cars have been involved in accidents, but most of them still seem to have involved human error. Although Florida is one of three states that track and regulate autonomous vehicles, no crashes involving them have been reported to authorities here. However, in California, Google has reported three collisions involving self-driving cars to the DMV since September, when California law began requiring such reports. On May 11, Google reported that its self-driving vehicles have been involved in 11 minor accidents, but “not once” was the autonomous […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2015 – It is against the law for a business to discriminate against someone who is pregnant. Further, breastfeeding is an integral part of pregnancy and breastfeeding in public is legal. Yet women who breastfeed in many establishments face discrimination. “Breastfeeding in public is legal. Period. However, the act itself seems to disturb some if the mother chooses not to cover up while in public. This has often resulted in a manager asking the woman to cover up, move into a bathroom, or leave the place of business. This is illegal in every […]


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West Palm Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2015 – A federal investigation of St. Mary’s Medical Center has been launched after a news story reported that the West Palm Beach hospital had a death rate from open heart surgery on babies that was three times higher than the national average. “A death rate that high means that something has gone terribly wrong,” said Debi Chalik, a prominent birth injury attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “If these children were injured or lost their lives as the result of negligence on the part of medical personnel, their families […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2015 – The first housing project dedicated to homeless women veterans in the United States was inaugurated on May 5, 2015. U.S. secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert A. McDonald, along with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Blue Butterfly Village in San Pedro, Los Angeles. The housing community comprises 73 two-bedroom units that can accommodate families of up to six people. Veteran families will receive priority for 61 of the townhouses, which are expected to be filled up by the end of the year. “The Blue Butterfly Village […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2015 – Tips in Los Angeles may be rolled into a server’s wage, should laws boost minimum wage. This is a hotly debated issue affecting restaurant workers and others who garner tips from clients or customers. Lawmakers are once again debating raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles. Should the wage be boosted to $13.25 or perhaps $15.25? How would that affect restaurant workers? Aside from the figures and logistics of the issue, the restaurant industry is less than impressed with the idea. Los Angeles hired Beacon Economics to analyze a proposed wage […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) JUne 5, 2015 – A veteran fatally shot himself inside the parking lot of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Phoenix Regional Office in Phoenix, Arizona on May 10. A gun was found next to the body of Thomas Murphy, 53, who left behind a suicide note. According to a Fox News report, he was attempting to highlight the lack of care for suicidal veterans and display his frustration with the system. Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Michigan, said, “Such tragedies underline the gaps in care that many veterans are struggling with. We need […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2015 – In a recent high-profile divorce, former “Baywatch” actress Pamela Anderson received $1 million in her settlement with poker player Rick Salomon. The ex-couple, who announced their marriage in January 2014, released a joint statement. “Public divorces can be harsh and cruel — we apologize to our families and friends for any hurt and embarrassment we have caused — we have come to an amicable agreement and are moving on,” they said. Celebrity splits, including this one, tend to involve prolonged litigated battles in which money matters take center stage more […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2015 – A Houma, Louisiana man is seeking $3 million in damages from three companies after sustaining spinal injuries during an accident while working onboard an offshore rig two years ago. Walter Hewitt and his wife Patricia filed the suit against three defendants: Shell Oil, Frank’s International, and Noble Drilling. The suit was launched in the U.S. District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 14, 2015. Walter Hewitt was employed by Frank’s International onboard the Frontier Driller rig in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the suit, Shell operates the Noble-Drilling-owned deep […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2015 – Politically speaking, immigration reform is a conundrum of mixed messages, oxymorons and smoke and mirrors. It may never get done. Consider the latest politician to have once stood solidly behind making sure immigration reform came to pass – Marco Rubio. “To hear him speak today, any type of major reform to the system is not a political possibility,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a noted Miami immigration attorney and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff P.A. “He apparently realizes there is no way to implement one huge piece of legislation to accomplish […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2015 – Truckers are required to obtain permits when hauling an oversized load. The driver in this case did not get a permit. Lares Trucking, a smaller trucking firm, primarily hauls lumber, logs, building materials, poles and other general freight. A two-truck outfit, the rig involved in this accident hit the overhead bridge support beam on I-35, causing the deadly accident near mile marker 286 Salado, roughly 40 miles north of Austin. The bridge was under construction at the time. The trucker and his company neglected to acquire the necessary permit for his […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2015 – Attorneys represented three plaintiffs on behalf of more than 1,800 patients who were endangered with feasibly contaminated saline from a nurse working at Broward General Medical Center. Between 2004 and 2009, the nurse administered tests in the cardiac stress lab reusing supplies intended for single use. In 2009, an anonymous tip led to the discovery by the North Broward Hospital District and the nurse was terminated. Yet, as many as 1,850 patients could have been affected in the class action lawsuit. Among them were the plaintiffs, Russell Loland, Betty Westbook […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2015 – A proposed bill would task Michigan’s newly formed Veterans Affairs Agency with sending “welcome home” letters to U.S. military veterans returning from active duty. The letters would include information about services and tools for transitioning to civilian life. “Veterans face significant hurdles when returning home, one of the biggest of which is not knowing which services are available or how to access them,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Northville, Michigan. “This bill could ensure that all returning veterans receive the most accurate information about available services in a format […]


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strong>Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2015 – Despite the EEOC being around for decades, racial discrimination and sexual harassment are still prevalent in workplaces across the nation. A recent investigation at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant has revealed racial discrimination and sexual harassment. A class action lawsuit, filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a group of female workers, alleges that they were continuously the recipients of lewd comments, unwanted touching, numerous demands for sexual favors and phallic symbols, carved out of Styrofoam or rubber hosing, left in their work areas. In addition, these […]


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