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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2017 – Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was recently sued by his former personal chef for sexual harassment, retaliation, defamation, failure to pay overtime and intentional infliction of emotional distress. According to the complaint filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Cindy Rueda alleges she worked unreasonable hours, was underpaid, and endured emotional distress as a result of pervasive sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. Rueda worked as a personal chef for Combs at his home in Los Angeles from January 2015 to May 2017. For the first nine months of her employment, […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2017 – On May 25, 2017, the Justice Department announced the official filing of federal lawsuits in its controversial pursuit to fight fraud related to the B-5 immigrant visa program. Across the U.S. multiple government investigations are being conducted into potential fraudulent activity associated with purchasing real estate by foreign nationals. The lawsuits allege that in schemes aimed at obtaining “Green Cards” millions of dollars have been collected from foreign investors and later either returned back to them or stolen from them, instead of investing the money in the U.S. economy. These […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Education website that explains the federal law for students with disabilities is now operational after being down for some time. The government website went offline after the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. It crashed at an inopportune time on DeVos’ first full day in office. The incident heightened the concerns of advocates and families of special needs children who were already doubtful of her commitment to special education. During her confirmation hearing, DeVos acknowledged being confused about the federal Individuals with Disabilities […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2017 – Responding to a California Public Records Act request from the media, the University of California (UC) released documents detailing over 100 reports of sexual harassment and assault that occurred at the 10 UC campuses. Between January 2013 and April 2016, 113 faculty and staff members were accused of sexual harassment and assault, according to the University documents. During that three-year period, UC was found to have violated the system’s sexual violence and sexual harassment policies. The UC was also in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2017 – The family of a Florida State University (FSU) football player will receive the remainder of the settlement amount in a wrongful death case, after Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a claims bill directing the university to make the payment. Devaughn Darling died in 2001 after he collapsed during a strenuous FSU football training session. The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the university was negligent in its supervision of the player, who had been diagnosed with sickle cell trait. A $2 million settlement was reached between the family and […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2017 – Scanlon Rabinowitz & Davis Legal Group PLLC (“SRD Legal Group”) is pleased to announce the addition of Andy Hutcher to the firm. Andy practices in the fields of corporate and securities law focused on strategic and regulatory advisory work, corporate and partnership organizations and related governance, investment funds and their transactions, financing and capital markets transactions, disclosure, derivatives and other trading activities and cross-border matters. Andy has advised on regulatory reforms creating new banking models, enhanced risk management and governance and resolution and recovery planning. Over the course of his […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2017 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the family of a Florida woman who was killed in a wrong-way crash on an Interstate 95. According to authorities, Jennifer Levin was driving north in the southbound lanes of I-95 when she struck the vehicle driven by 91-year-old Octavie Morand, who died from her injuries the day after the collision. A report from the Florida Highway Patrol stated that Levin was driving under the influence, and she was charged with DUI manslaughter. “Losing a loved one is even more tragic […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2017 – A former human resources employee at Cal Poly is suing the university for wrongful termination and discrimination based on sex, pregnancy and medical condition. On September 30, 2016, Sarah Lalou Lessing was terminated five days after going on disability leave for her pregnancy. The university alleges she was terminated for documented performance issues. In the suit, Lessing states that she discovered she was pregnant in September 2016, five months after starting her job as administrative support coordinator for Cal Poly’s human resources department. The suit, filed in San Luis Obispo […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2017 – Cities and counties in Texas are planning legal action against a new state law, Senate Bill 4 (SB4), banning sanctuary cities. “Texas SB4 faces a slew of legal challenges, some filed and others being developed,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with the law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “Regardless of what courts may later do, the impact of SB4 on the undocumented immigrant communities throughout Texas is already being felt. Individuals fear reporting crimes and see little benefit in volunteering to testify. The same individuals also fear racial […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2017 – Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin announced that the agency is considering a plan to close more than 1,100 facilities across the country as it moves toward allowing a larger number of veterans to access private sector health care. Shulkin told a House hearing that the department has identified 735 underused facilities. There are also 430 empty buildings, most of which were constructed around 90 years ago. The VA secretary told lawmakers that closing them would save the government around $25 million annually. However, he did not specify which […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2017 – A pickup truck driver hit a church bus on U.S 83 in Uvalde County, Texas. A 20-year-old driver admitted, to witnesses, on the scene of the head-on collision that he had been texting. A white Dodge pickup truck driver who had been spotted weaving from lane-to-lane on U.S. 83, by another driver, caused the fatal head-on collision with a church bus. The witnesses of the accident, the second driver and his passenger recorded the Dodge jerking from lane to lane while making contact with the police. The video became part of […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2017 – There appears to be disagreement over the estate plan of the late Canadian-American actor Alan Thicke, who was most famous for his portrayal of a father who was a psychiatrist in the sitcom, “Growing Pains.” Alan Thicke suffered a heart attack last December while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. His two older sons, pop star Robin and Brennan, the co-executors of their father’s living trust, filed a petition in the Superior Court in Los Angeles, in hopes of obtaining directions on the interaction between the 1988 trust, […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2017 – An appeals court has issued a ruling stating that the Division of Workers’ Compensation Board has jurisdiction over the case of a New Jersey resident, Keith Williams, who accepted an employment offer in New Jersey, but was injured on a jobsite in New York state. The Appellate Division reversed a decision by Judge George Pollard of the Paterson Workers’ Compensation Court. The ruling dismissed a petition for workers’ compensation by Williams due to lack of jurisdiction. Judge Pollard dismissed the case because the location of the company where Williams’ injury took […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2017 – Seven days after giving birth, the 30-year-old plaintiff in this case underwent an operation to rule out cancer in lymph nodes in her chest. During the operation, a major vessel was cut in her neck. To repair it, three other major vessels were clamped, depriving the woman of a blood flow to her brain. After the surgery, the woman was transferred to the ICU in critical condition where it was determined that a blood clot had completely blocked the blood flow in her right carotid artery. The resulting stroke destroyed massive […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2017 – The Earnest/Tighe Law Firm, P.A./EastSide Title, Inc. is pleased to announce that Cindy Reilly has joined the firm as a Paralegal/Closing Coordinator. Cindy is a true native Floridian, born in Fort Lauderdale and raised off of Las Olas Boulevard. She attended Fort Lauderdale High School, then Colby-Sawyer College, graduating in 1984 with a B.S. in Psychology. She remained in the New England area after graduation, working for the ARC, mainstreaming and mentoring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She eventually returned to Fort Lauderdale and worked for the American Swim […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2017 – President Trump signed an executive order to create a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The office will be dedicated to shielding whistleblowers from retaliation and holding VA employees accountable for misconduct. Trump promised that the office will protect employees who report problems at the VA. He emphasized that, “we will never, ever tolerate substandard care for our great veterans.” Along with investigating reports of retaliation against whistleblowing employees, the new office will look into allegations of misconduct at the VA. It will […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2017 – The plaintiff in this lawsuit alleges he sustained injuries to his right hand while at work and holds his employer negligent for not providing him with tools and training necessary to work safely. There are two named defendants in this workplace injury lawsuit, Automation Temporary Service and Alabama Metal Industries. The plaintiff, a metalworker, filed a complaint in Harris County District Court on February 27, 2017, alleging that insufficient precautions were taken at his workplace to avoid and prevent injuries. As a result of not providing adequate safety precautions, the statement […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2017 – In enforcing the travel ban and deportations of nationals from specific countries, families are likely to be separated from each other. Due to the executive order instituting such travel bans, there have been cases of foreign nationals who were deported and thus, unable to be present to care for their U.S.-born children. Such issues arise in cases involving children in need of services and termination of parental rights. The Department of Child Services is unwilling to provide accommodations to parents who have been deported. Family laws explicitly state that social services […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2017 – A former sergeant of the New York Police Department (NYPD) was sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of receiving child pornography and two counts of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child. A federal judge also sentenced him to eight years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Alberto Randazzo, 40, convinced women to sexually abuse babies and children up to age 8 to help him make pornography online. He instructed them to send him images and videos of the sexual acts. Prosecutors named five women […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2017 – Ajamie LLP is pleased to announce that founder Thomas Ajamie has been recognized in Chambers and Partners 2017 rankings of litigation attorneys. Based in London, Chambers has been conducting in-depth research and interviews to provide annual rankings of the world’s leading attorneys and law firms since 1990. These rankings, in turn, are based on various factors such as technical legal ability, professionalism, client service, diligence, and a host of other highly-valued qualities. In portraying Mr. Ajamie, Chambers and Partners noted: “Tenacious litigator” Thomas Ajamie of Ajamie LLP is a “strong advocate […]


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