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Six Women Accuse USC Gynecologist of Sexual Abuse in Lawsuit
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Six women have filed a lawsuit against the University of Southern California alleging that they were victims of sexual abuse by a campus gynecologist. According to the complaint, a longtime gynecologist at the University of Southern California sexually victimized the women under the pretext of medical care. Additionally, the lawsuit claims that the university failed to address complaints by clinic staff about the doctor's behavior.
Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Richard Winton, LA Times 05/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Idaho Tribe Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturer
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Another lawsuit has been filed against opioid manufacturers, this time by Idaho's Nez Perce Tribe. The tribe has filed suit against one dozen opioid manufacturers on claims of racketeering, negligence and public nuisance. Filed on May 18 in federal court, the lawsuit states, "Since the opioid epidemic has come to the tribe, patients on the reservation have been assaulted or robbed in the health clinic parking lot by addicts or traffickers seeking pills." Across the country, 600 governmental entities have collectively filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers seeking compensation for the nationwide opioid epidemic.
Cynthia Sewell, The Idaho Statesman 05/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Uber Facing Engineer's Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
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Uber is facing a lawsuit by a former engineer who says she was sexually harassed by her co-workers at the ride-sharing company. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was sexually harassed by employees at the company and Uber failed to address her complaints. Further, the lawsuit contends that the plaintiff was denied promotions or pay increases in retaliation for reporting misconduct at the company.
Daisuke Wakabayashi, The New York Times 05/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Texas Doctor Refused To Treat Patient Because of Lawsuit Against Family Member
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A Texas urologist is facing a lawsuit by a paraplegic who alleges the doctor refused to treat him. The plaintiff sought medical treatment from the doctor after finding blood in his urine last year. Upon seeing the doctor, he was told that the doctor could not treat him because of a lawsuit filed against the doctor's son-in-law. The plaintiff was one of eight African-American co-workers who sued Sanitation Solutions of Paris last year alleging racial discrimination.
Jason Whitely, 05/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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VA Faces Daughter's Lawsuit Alleging Negligence in Father's Treatment
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The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a woman whose father died after being treated at a South Dakota facility. The plaintiff's father was treated at the VA’s Fort Meade Hospital in Sturgis, South Dakota for post-operative care for a femur fracture. Following treatment, the 84-year-old appeared to suffer a massive stroke, but the hospital failed to treat his symptoms, alleges the lawsuit. "As a result of VA’s negligence, Kenneth Holst suffered physical injuries, mental stress, and an untimely and wrongful death all proximately caused by the VA’s negligence and care," states the complaint.
Jonathan Ellis, Sioux Falls Argus Leader 05/15/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Washington City Responsible For Man's Death While Crossing Street, Says Family's Lawsuit
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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a man who was killed while walking across the street in Kennewick, Washington. The man was walking the Urban Green Belt Trail when he was struck by a car on Feb. 12, 2016. According to the lawsuit, city officials were responsible for the lack of signs and a crosswalk at the spot where the popular path crosses the street. The lawsuit also named as defendant the driver who struck the victim, but she settled with the family before the trial. The trial is expected to last two weeks in Benton County Superior Court.
Wendy Culverwell, Tri-City Herald 05/17/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Law Firm Management

Top Reasons to Structure a Settlement for a Minor
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When a child is involved in a personal injury or wrongful death case, court approval is usually required for settlement. This prerequisite protects the child’s interest, ensures they’re compensated properly and that their money will be invested wisely. A structured settlement can speed up court approval because they‘re proven to protect minors’ interests. Structured settlements reduce the risk of money being misused and provide the child with payments over time for their future needs.
Natalie Yasumine, QC Coordinator, SFA, Millennium Settlements 05/22/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Using a Budget to Determine Your Firm’s Financial Needs is Easier Than You Think
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So you want to build your law practice with a line of credit, but how do you budget for it? Before you can budget for a line of credit, you must determine what your firm needs are and assess how much it will cost to meet those needs. This will, in turn, directly impact the amount of funding you want to request. Follow these three simple steps...
Thomas Olivieri, CFE, MBA, Dir. of Financial Audits, Counsel Financial 05/22/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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