Legal News | Law Firm Newswire - Part 6

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2019 – Home improvement contractor firm Fidelity Home Energy, based in San Leandro, California has been accused of using discriminatory practices and thereby creating a hostile work environment for employees in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC.) A former employee of the company, Ayesha Faiz who is of Afghan descent, became upset when she learned that Fidelity Home Energy discriminated against customers who were thought to be of Indian or Middle-Eastern descent. Employees were instructed to turn away anyone who was perceived as Indian or Middle-Eastern by […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2019 – The Florida Highway Patrol has reported that a motorcyclist has died due to injuries he suffered in a crash with another vehicle. The motorcycle accident occurred on Hillsborough Avenue at Countryway Boulevard. The motorcyclist was traveling west on Hillsborough. The crash occurred as the driver of a minivan traveling in the opposite direction made a left turn into the path of the motorcycle. The driver of the minivan failed to see the motorcycle before attempting the turn. The motorcycle then struck the van’s right rear side. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2019 – Federal authorities are urging people to be on alert for a new telephone scam in which callers pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Scammers have stolen millions of dollars by exploiting the trust that victims have in government agencies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said the number of fraudulent calls from SSA impostors has climbed sharply over the past year. There were more than 76,000 reports filed about SSA scams in the 12 months ending in March. They totaled approximately $19 million in losses. Around 36,000 of the […]


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Andover, MA (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2019 – The Massachusetts School of Law (MSLAW) has announced that former Boston Celtic player, author, inspirational speaker and wellness advocate, Chris Herren, will address the graduating class of 2019. The event will take place on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 5:00 pm in The Collins Center, located at 100 Shawsheen Road in Andover.   Herren, a standout from Durfee High School in Fall River, MA, played for Boston College and Fresno State before missing part of Freno’s 97-98 season to seek treatment for an ongoing struggle with substance use disorder. He was […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2019 – Ride-share company Uber Technologies Inc. and its former CEO agreed to a $20 million settlement in a lawsuit regarding the classification of its drivers. The proposed settlement comes after more than five years of litigation involving 13,600 drivers from California and Massachusetts. Drivers with the company are considered independent contractors; however, the lawsuit claimed that this classification violates labor laws. It claims Uber does so to avoid paying for traditional employee benefits like minimum wage, overtime and sick pay. “With the rise of the gig economy and the prevalence of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2019 – In the case of Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company, L.P. v. Texas Crude Energy, LLC (No. 17-0266), the Texas Supreme Court held that certain post-production costs were rightfully deducted when calculating overriding royalty payments based on the “amount realized” from the sale when the royalty interest is to be delivered “into the pipelines, tanks, or other receptacles with which the wells may be connected.” This opinion reversed the decision by the lower appeals court. Texas Crude Energy, LLC sued Burlington alleging Burlington could not charge post production costs to the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2019 – After reaching a national low in traffic fatalities in 2010, the rising popularity of ride-hailing services has contributed to an increase in roadway accidents and deaths. Victims of accidents involving ride-hailing services have additional complications due to how personal car insurance handles claims for Uber and Lyft drivers. The recent rise of highly popular ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, has spurred a rise in accidents in U.S. cities. In 2010, traffic fatalities in the United States reached a low of 32,885, which was the lowest fatality rate since 1949. […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2019 – Personal injury attorney Matthew Curtis of Sommers Schwartz appeared in an NBC News feature about the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning in public housing overseen by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Curtis, along with attorney Michael Cunningham, is representing the family of a couple who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in their Wayne, Michigan, home. Anthony and Gwendolyn Fleming were residents of Hickory Hollow Cooperative, a federally subsidized apartment complex. Their daughter called the police after her parents failed to open the door when she visited them on […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2019 – A margin loan refers to money that an investor borrows from a brokerage firm. The margin loan is collateralized by the assets held in the customer’s investment account (i.e., securities). Customers are generally free to use the margin loan to buy additional securities or to withdraw the funds from the account to meet personal expenses. Brokerage firms will issue a margin call if the value of the collateral assets supporting the margin loan falls below the maintenance requirement. Put another way, if the collateral declines, the brokerage firm expects that […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2019 – To help both employees and employers better understand and recognize sexual harassment, employment law firm Strong Advocates has declared May Sexual Harassment Awareness Month. “Unfortunately, sexual harassment continues to be a persistent problem in the workplace,” says Betsy Havens, Executive Director of Strong Advocates. “In the wake of the #MeToo movement, awareness of sexual harassment is at an all-time high but still it happens every day. We need significant change in order to eliminate this abuse of power. No one should be subjected to sexual harassment or assault at work.” […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2019 Gilfix & La Poll Associates is thrilled to invite the public to attend the firm’s 15th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar in Palo Alto, California. Attorneys Michael Gilfix and Mark R. Gilfix will be presenting the free seminar on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Several of the Bay Area’s best special needs-oriented nonprofits, including NAMI, The Pacific Autism Center for Education, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Pragnya and many others will also be in attendance. Gilfix & La Poll’s signature annual event aims to help families navigate the complexities of special needs […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2019 – Supermarket chain Raley’s was recently sued in Sacramento County Superior Court for the termination of three security personnel who complained of racial profiling at its grocery stores in Sacramento, California. One security officer, Candace Alston, appeared with her attorney Bryan McCormack on Fox40 on April 10 to comment on the case, which alleges racial discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. According to Alston, Raley’s managers told loss prevention officers to follow customers of a specific race. “They would want us to watch black people specifically,” she said. “One manager told […]


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Monticello, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2019 – On February 28, 2019, Sobo & Sobo continued its growth and expansion throughout the Hudson Valley Region by opening the law firm’s eighth regional office at 553 West Broadway, Monticello, NY. Although Sobo & Sobo Monticello attorneys will focus on the firm’s core area of law, personal injury litigation, the firm’s full legal services will also be available through this office. The Monticello office is in the renovated former home of prominent judge Lawrence H. Cooke. Judge Cooke was one of the most celebrated politicians and judges in Sullivan County history. […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2019 – Popular pancake restaurant chain IHOP has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) which says that multiple franchise locations in Nevada and New York were involved in the sexual harassment of and retaliation against female employees. The restaurant chain will pay $700,000 in restitution to a class of female victims. According to the lawsuit, IHOP employees at all levels, including owners, managers, supervisors, and restaurant wait and kitchen staff continually sexually harassed female employees. The EEOC says the women were groped, touched and kissed […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2019 – Guidance Charter School of Palmdale, California settled a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) earlier this year. It will pay $8,000 in restitution and perform other injunctive actions as part of the settlement. The school is charged with paying a female math tutor less money per hour than her male counterpart, despite the two performing the same work. When the female employee complained about the difference in pay, the school failed to correct the problem. “Wage inequities between men and women continue to be […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2019 – The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that attorney Catherine D. Meehan of Charleston, South Carolina has been certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. Catherine “Catie” Meehan’s dual passions for law and medicine led her to the Steinberg Law Firm, […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2019 – The Hazen Law Group is proud to announce that founding attorney Marielle Hazen has been named to the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA.) The NAELA is a professional organization of elder law attorneys whose mission is to educate, inspire, serve and provide community to its members. Marielle Hazen is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She is a past president and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys […]


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La Jolla, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2019 – Thermal Pipe Shields, an innovator in the pipe insulation industry, recently filed an antitrust lawsuit against the dominant supplier, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK) company Johns Manville Corporation. Before Thermal Pipe Shields entered the market, Johns Manville had the market to itself. In independent tests, Thermal Pipe Shields’ product met or exceeded the industry standard and outperformed Johns Manville’s product in several ways and at a lower cost. But Thermal Pipe Shields was forced to file an antitrust lawsuit because Johns Manville, which controls 98% of the market, resorted to disparagement […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2019 – Hazen Law Group will host a free informational session at the Cumberland Crossings Alzheimer’s Support Group on September 17, 2019. Marielle F. Hazen, Esq., will lead an advice-packed discussion on Elder Law & Estate Planning for Alzheimer’s patients, their families, and anyone wishing to know more about elder law, asset protection and effective estate planning. Marielle is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) and founder of Hazen Law Group, a firm dedicated to the practice of elder and special needs planning law, estate planning, tax planning and estate administration. The support […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2019 – Steinberg Law Firm’s attorney, Malcolm Crosland, was the recipient of the 2019 South Carolina Leadership in Law Award. The Leadership in Law Award is presented to attorneys who have realized success in their law practice, and made lasting contributions to society and the legal profession. Candidates for the award are nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of legal professionals. Crosland, a Charleston native, joined the Stenberg Law Firm three decades ago. In his career, Crosland has represented working people and protected injured people and their families. The […]


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