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Jury Awards $4 Million To Disney Cruise Line Worker

A Disney Cruise Line worker was awarded $4 million by a jury after she claimed that she got inadequate medical care from ship doctors after she was hit by a car during a port of call. The Brevard County jury … Continue reading

Hospital Chain Files for Bankruptcy

Americore Health and its four affiliated hospitals in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Dec. 30. The bankruptcy petitions state that three of the hospitals — Ellwood Medical Center in Ellwood City, Pa., St. Alexius Hospital … Continue reading

Fatal Occupational Injuries Increase

There were 5,250 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the 5,147 in 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See chart 1 and table 1.) The fatal work injury … Continue reading

Alston & Bird Liable for $4.7M in Legal Malpractice Case

A Fulton County jury has awarded $4.7 million to a longtime Alston & Bird client after finding the law firm’s erroneous tax advice and subsequent cover-up of the error constituted legal malpractice. The jury issued the Dec. 13 verdict for … Continue reading

NLRB: Employers May Restrict Nonbusiness Use of E-Mail

The National Labor Relations Board overturned Purple Communications and held that employers have the right to control the use of their e-mail and IT systems to restrict employee union and protected concerted activity. The Board reversed the Obama Board’s controversial 2014 decision … Continue reading

Uber to pay $4.4 million to end federal sex harassment probe

A federal commission said Wednesday that Uber Technologies Inc. will establish a $4.4 million fund for employees who experienced sexual harassment while at the San Francisco ride-hailing company. The settlement ends an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission … Continue reading

Divorce month? January likely to see spike in divorce filings as holidays end

January has earned the nickname “Divorce Month” in legal circles because many couples wait until just after the holiday season to divorce. Attorney Laura Wasser, who has represented celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Ashton Kutcher in their divorces, says January has rightfully earned … Continue reading

Immigration Debates Are Affecting Workers’ Comp in the U.S.

What if the worker is an undocumented immigrant? And should a person have to decide between the risk of unaddressed injuries and the risk of deportation if they seek medical care? Instead of making it easier for these people to … Continue reading

Policyholders in $52M Farmers Insurance Settlement

A federal judge found that a $52 million class-action settlement by Farmers Group Inc. was fair and that the parties should proceed with sending notices to auto insurance policyholders who will share part of the settlement. The dispute was over the Farmers … Continue reading

Suit alleges 2 lawyers sexually assaulted paralegal after firm’s annual holiday party

A former paralegal at St. Louis law firm Brown & Crouppen claims in a lawsuit that she was apparently drugged at the firm’s annual holiday party and sexually assaulted by two firm attorneys at an Illinois strip club later that … Continue reading