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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2017 – A major investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on the sentences handed down by Florida criminal judges shows disparities in those sentences between black defendants and whites. Miami criminal defense attorney Jordan Redavid said the report is revealing, but not surprising. “I saw it myself in my time as a public defender,” Redavid said. “Minorities are treated differently. They’re arrested, charged, and convicted at rates disproportionate to their crimes. Same with low-income people. This report is important for people to see. This should be a real eye-opener to the general public.” Reporters […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2016 – A bicycle rider was killed after being struck by a box truck on an Indianapolis state road. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, they found the bike rider dead and the trucker waiting to answer questions. The investigation is ongoing, and police are unclear why the accident occurred. The state road is well known to be a dangerous stretch for car accidents. Residents report that bicyclists are not uncommon on the highway, as it is the only way across. Police say both drivers and bicyclists need to use […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2016 – Jeanetta Matichak recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation by former Executive Director Dominic Egizio and the Joliet Park District. It is further alleged that park board members and other supervisors knew of the harassment. Matichak was first hired for her position as a fitness instructor in 2011. It was then that Egizio allegedly started to harass her. She also noted he made it a habit to openly stare at other women’s bodies and make sexual comments, even in the presence of a park board member […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2016 – On June 13 a Social Security judge pleaded guilty to conspiring to retaliate against a former Social Security Administration (SSA) worker who was an informant to federal agents investigating fraud. The employee blew the whistle on a scheme devised by Kentucky disability lawyer Eric Conn. Conn obtained over $600 million in fraudulent SSA disability payments for thousands of individuals regardless of whether they were eligible for benefits or not. He allegedly falsified medical evidence to make clients appear disabled. The lawyer also paid physicians to approve bogus reports. “Fraudulent claims for […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2016 – The semi truck in an accident near El Paso rear-ended a car, killing two women. According to the police accident report, a big rig driver was speeding and did not reduce the speed of his truck when the traffic ahead of him slowed down. Subsequently he rammed into the car in front of him. The car was literally run over and was under the truck in crumpled, fiery ball when emergency first responders arrived at the scene at I-10 East and Sunland Park, El Paso. Six other cars, SUVs and pickup […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2016 – Yet another university professor has resigned following an investigation revealing he violated the University of Chicago’s sexual misconduct policy. A recent media exposure in Chicago by the Times revealed that 43-year-old molecular biologist Jason Lieb, who had been hired away from Princeton University, hurriedly resigned from his position after an investigation uncovered details indicating he violated the University of Chicago’s sexual misconduct policy. Sexual harassment of any type is not being as readily tolerated at educational institutions across the nation. A spate of revelations about the dismal handling such complaints received […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2016 – A yearlong investigation has uncovered thousands of privacy violations at Department of Veterans Affairs-run medical facilities, clinics and benefit centers across the country. According to ProPublica’s analysis of VA data, over 10,000 breaches have occurred since 2011. The majority of privacy incidents were inadvertent, such as medical records left in waiting rooms or documents sent to the wrong individuals. However, a number of errors involved employees intentionally snooping or stealing veterans’ personal information. The highest number of privacy violations — at least 370 over the past five years — was recorded […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2016 – Offensive racial comments and conduct directed at an African-American worker at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center resulted in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit was filed after attempts to reach a settlement first. Before the EEOC moves to file a discrimination lawsuit, they first conduct an investigation. In this case, the initial investigation found that an African-American worker bore the brunt of continuous offensive behavior, repeated remarks making reference to slavery and unceasing racial slurs. One particularly disturbing remark made reference to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 6, 2015 – In some instances it may be assumed that once sued for discrimination, a business may implement changes that would bring any questionable practices into compliance with federal law. That was not the case with Rosebud Restaurants, which was recently sued for systemic sexual harassment and gender discrimination in their chain of restaurants. In the latest lawsuit filed against Rosebud Restaurants, two female workers allege in their statement of claim that they were continually subjected to being called obscene and sexist names, unwanted groping, humiliation and lack of promotion into leadership roles. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2015 – Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase agree to change how they report debts discharged in bankruptcy. Many borrowers know the stress of being unable to pay one’s bills — the constant phone calls from collectors, the fear and uncertainty about the future. Those who turn to bankruptcy do so in the hopes that it will enable them to turn their lives around, and it does provide substantial relief. But their credit reports do not always tell the whole story. Bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton says inaccurately reported discharged debts on credit […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2015 – The DuPont and Co. pesticide plant, 25 miles from downtown Houston, took the lives of four workers. According to the Houston Chronicle, the DuPont and Co. pesticide plant that claimed the lives of four workers had a history of reporting regular malfunctions to their ventilation systems at the La Porte facility. Those malfunctions had previously put workers at risk by exposing them to dangerous fumes. Environmental issues were reported and on record; the plant has been cited more than 50 times in recent years for illegally releasing chemicals and other violations. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2015 – Stephanie Gurney fell to her death from the side of a communications tower that she was climbing. She was trying out for a job with a tower maintenance company. “This is an unusual case,” said Brooks Schuelke, a personal injury wrongful death attorney in Austin, with the firm Perlmutter & Schuelke, PLLC. “Apparently, the deceased was climbing a communications tower as part of a trial to see if her climbing abilities would land her a job with Jostan Communications. She was with her boyfriend and the prospective employer the day of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2015 – An Illinois man died in a construction accident after being pinned between a lift and a beam. Patrick C. Wilda of Plainfield was working in a lift at a construction site in Wilmington, Illinois, when he became pinned, Wilmington Police Chief Philip Arnold said. The lift had been extended to the roof beam, according to Arnold. Co-workers performed CPR until emergency services arrived. Wilda was pronounced dead at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, a Joliet hospital. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Illinois State Police and Wilmington police are investigating the […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Mathematician John F. Nash, who inspired “A Beautiful Mind,” and his spouse, were ejected from a vehicle in a fatal accident. New Jersey State Police over the Memorial Day weekend released their preliminary findings in connection with the May 23 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that claimed the lives of famed mathematician John F. Nash Jr. and his wife. While the deadly crash of the taxi that Nash and his wife were riding is still under investigation, the police say that the couple were not wearing their seatbelts when they […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2015 – A San Diego State University (SDSU) professor who has been accused of sexual harassment by two female students continues teaching at the university. According to the latest information coming out of SDSU, a group of upset students held a silent protest calling for the removal of Vincent Martin, the Spanish language professor in question and the subject of an internal investigation by the Office of Employee Relations Compliance at the university. “The most disturbing part of this story is that students only found out about the accusations against a Spanish language […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2015 – It was reported in a podcast that Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, which is part of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, has a death rate from open heart surgery that is more than three times the national average. As a result of this alarming discovery, St. Mary’s Medical Center is now the subject of a federal investigation. Although St. Mary’s does not disclose its death rates, CNN was able to obtain them by filing a Freedom of Information request, and communicating with the families of children who lost […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2015 – The House Veterans Affairs Committee voted on April 30, 2015, to step up its probe into allegations of mishandling of veterans’ claims at the VA’s Philadelphia office. In a sign of dwindling patience with the department, the committee voted to issue a subpoena of VA records for just the third time in its history. The committee has since December, 2014, repeatedly requested personnel and complaint records from the Philadelphia office with limited results. James G. Fausone, an attorney with Legal Help for Veterans in Northville, Michigan, said the vote was an […]


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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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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2015 – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released preliminary findings in its investigation of an Illinois truck crash that caused the death of a Tollway worker and caused serious injuries to a state trooper. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin called for the federal investigation of the January 2014 crash to determine whether the truck driver or his employer violated hours-of-service regulations. The NTSB has found that the company operating the truck, DND International, had previous violations for hours-of-service compliance and unsafe driving — two of the five categories used by the NTSB […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2015 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating Lynn Tilton’s “Zohar” Loan Funds, the collateralized loan funds managed under the names Patriarch Partners, LLC, Patriarch Partners XIII, LLC, Patriarch Partners XIV LLC and Patriarch Partners XV, LLC (“Zohar Funds”). The investigation concerns the allegations against investment advisor Lynn Tilton and the Zohar Funds made by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). On March 25, 2015, the SEC filed an Administrative Proceeding alleging that Tilton issued misleading values of the Zohar Fund’s CLO holdings to inflate management fees charged to the […]


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