Former CNN Employee Files Discrimination Lawsuit for Wrongful Termination

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2017 – On December 13, 2016, the California Appeals Court ruled that a producer and writer for CNN who was allegedly fired for a plagiarism incident may pursue racial discrimination and retaliation claims against the media giant.
Stanley Wilson, a longtime writer and producer for CNN, was fired after he allegedly failed to attribute credit to parts of a news piece that CNN did not run. Wilson’s lawsuit claims that, as an African-American, Wilson was only promoted once in his 13 years of work.

Wilson sued under California law for race, age, ancestry, disability discrimination and retaliation. CNN attempted to use the “anti-SLAPP law” (strategic lawsuit against public participation) to dismiss Wilson’s claims. The California anti-SLAPP law mandates that, if a lawsuit is infringing upon a party’s right to freedom of speech or participation in the legal process, then the party can ask the court to drop the case.
The Court ruled that the anti-SLAPP law did not apply to Wilson’s case, despite CNN’s arguments that allowing Wilson to sue over his termination would restrict CNN’s free speech rights for public interest. This ruling is a victory for workers with discrimination claims, especially in the media and entertainment industry. It indicates that these workers, who may sometimes be subject to their employer’s abuse of the anti-SLAPP law, can be protected when they file suits for cases of discrimination. As the Court indicated, discrimination is not the same as free speech.
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Florida Criminal Sentencing Report an ‘Eye-Opener,’ says Attorney Jordan Redavid

Criminal defense lawyer, Jordan Redavid

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 at the Herald-Tribune conducted a year-long review of two state databases including tens of thousands of criminal proceedings and interviewed more than 100 legal experts. They also built a database to compare the sentences handed down by individual Florida criminal judges. A study of this scope and detail is a first, the newspaper claims.

The report shows that even though Florida judges issue sentences based on a points system intended to ensure equitable punishment across counties and demographic groups, discrimination remains. Blacks spend a significantly longer time behind bars than whites for crimes that earn the same number of points. This holds true statewide and county-by-county. Moreover, sentence lengths are far from uniform across the state.
The greatest racial disparities of all are in drug cases. In virtually all Florida counties, blacks are sentenced to more time in jail for felony drug possession than whites. In nearly half the counties, blacks spend more than twice as long behind bars even though their crimes and backgrounds are similar.
For his part, Jordan Redavid said that the Herald-Tribune’s investigation has only strengthened his resolve and commitment to ensure that each and every one of his client’s get justice irrespective of race or socio-economic status.
“People much wiser than me made sure that lady justice was blindfolded, and with good reason,” he said. “Justice should not see color, race, or anything else. Only the evidence.”
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Law Office of Richard J. Arendt has Launched a New Website for its Expansion

Richard J. Arendt, Esq.

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2017 – The Law Office of Richard J. Arendt is pleased to announce we are expanding our law practice and have launched a new website to celebrate our over 38-years of service to business clients and individuals.
“It’s tough out there for small businesses,” said respected Chicago business attorney, Richard Arendt, “and we pride ourselves on offering personal, one-on-one legal advice and, if necessary, litigation services to our clients. Clients are not numbers; they are friends who need the best advice to stay afloat in an uncertain economy.” Arendt runs a small but agile law firm that practices its’ philosophy of client-oriented personal service at reasonable rates, with attention to detail and honest assessments of each client’s issues.
Running a small to mid-sized enterprise these days is particularly difficult given the constant evolution of laws and regulations governing business. All entrepreneurs merely want to run their business and strive to achieve success. Most, however really need the assistance of committed professionals to accomplish their business goals – which includes an experienced attorney who understands that the cornerstone of a viable business in today’s marketplace is competent and insightful legal advice. To that end, Arendt is offering the services which are vital to a business owner moving forward into the marketplace of the future.

“The biggest mistakes we see when someone starts a business is in forming it improperly with regard to existing law. Likewise, not protecting the future of their company by providing for business ownership and management succession can have serious repercussions,” said Arendt.
The Law Office of Richard J. Arendt offers experienced and compassionate legal counsel to businesses and individuals in the following areas:
Business entity formation, advising, administrationBusiness lawEmployment lawEnvironmental lawGeneral contract lawResidential real estateResidential landlord/tenant practiceCommercial real estateCommercial landlord/tenant practiceEstate planningBusiness succession planningProbate and trust administrationProbate and trust litigationPurchase and sale of businessTax planning, preparation, filing, e-filingBusiness litigationCommercial litigation
To schedule a free consultation, contact the Law Office of Richard J. Arendt, located in heart of River North in Chicago, Illinois.
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Texas Law Does Not Require Background Checks or Evidence of Convictions for Liability

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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2017 – A recent Texas lawsuit demonstrates that a company was negligent in knowingly providing an unsafe workplace.
In April of 2015, a young man was killed on-the-job at a metal products company by a co-worker. The deceased was shot with a 38-caliber handgun. The killer is currently serving 45-years in jail.
According to court documents, the convicted killer had pulled a gun on workers at a job prior to being hired at the metal products company and had waved a gun at workers in a local restaurant as well. The company was sued for failing to properly do a background check. It was alleged that had the metal products company completed a background check the convicted individual’s prior charges and convictions would have been revealed and the deceased would still be alive.

It was further alleged in the statement of claim that the metal products company was negligent in knowingly providing an unsafe workplace, failing to conduct a criminal records search and not paying attention to multiple complaints from other workers about the shooter being unstable and erratic at work.
“Ultimately, the wrongful death lawsuit resulted in a $1.2 million verdict,” said Austin wrongful death attorney, Brooks Schuelke. “Either way, it was likely the case would have resulted in a win for the plaintiff, as Texas law does not require background checks or evidence of prior convictions to determine liability.” The law also bars exemplary damages when criminal acts cause an injury, even if the person who perpetrated the criminal act was invited onto a company’s premises or invited by a co-worker.
There are two ways in which a criminal homicide is different from a wrongful death claim. In a wrongful death claim, surviving family or a personal representative, must file the claim. In such cases, liability is determined solely in terms of monetary damages. However, in a criminal case, a prosecuting attorney files charges and a guilty verdict may result in fines, imprisonment or probation. In Texas, a wrongful death claim may be filed even if there are criminal charges in the works.
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South Jersey Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Comment on Right of Intoxicated Worker to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2017 – On Wednesday, November 9, a New Jersey state appeals court ruled that a former mechanic, Antonio Diaz, has a right to receive workers’ compensation benefits for the injuries he suffered when a lift descended on him. The court decided in his favor although he was inebriated at the time. The court reasoned that Diaz’s intoxicated state was not the only cause of the accident.
The appellate panel, which consisted of two judges, affirmed a previous ruling that rendered an award of benefits to Diaz. The ruling also dismissed the defense of intoxication used by the mechanic’s former employer, National Retail Transportation, Inc. The court reasoned that there was enough evidence for the compensation judge to decide that a flat tire on the lift may also have been a contributing factor in causing the accident.
South Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys Petrillo & Goldberg stated, “As long as there is another potential cause of the accident, plaintiff’s intoxication should not be accepted as a valid defense.”

Because National did not provide testimony ruling out the possibility that a flat tire caused the accident, it failed to carry its burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence that Diaz’s drunken state was the only cause of the accident. Diaz, who has been employed as a mechanic by National for 14 years, gave testimony that, prior to leaving for work on January 28, 2014, he consumed a minimum of two eight-ounce glasses of whiskey and ice and water.
Inasmuch as National contended that Mr. Diaz’s inebriated condition was the proximate cause of the accident, the company denied him benefits. However, National admitted that there was a deflated tire on the lift.
The panel said that the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act provides that in cases where intoxication is the proximate cause of injury or death, there can be no recovery of benefits. However, interpretation of intoxication by some courts is that the workers’ intoxication has to be the only cause of the accident.
Moreover, the panel said that the New Jersey Supreme Court reaffirmed the rule in its 2006 decision in the case of James E. Tlumac v. High Bridge Stone, in which the court decided that the Legislature intended that there be a denial of Workers’ Compensation benefits only if intoxication was the exclusive cause of an employee’s injuries sustained in the workplace.
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Two Dead in Austin-Travis County After Three-Vehicle Crash

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2017 – A high school student and his mother died in a recent wreck on SH 71.
According to police records, this accident was the result of a recklessly driven 2015 Subaru traveling west on SH 71. In the inside lane, heading east, was a 2015 Ford Focus followed by a 2012 Volvo truck, in the outside lane.

The speeding Subaru failed to negotiate a curve on SH 71, causing it to cross over into the inside lane of highway directly in front of the Ford Focus. The Subaru slammed into the front left of the Focus with its front, causing the Focus to spin counter clockwise into the east guardrail. The Subaru spun out into the west ditch. Witnessing the crash, the truck driver attempted evasive action but ended up smashing into the passenger side door of the Focus.
The two dead at the scene were identified as a 17-year-old Lake Travis High School senior and his mother.
“It was not clear why the driver of the Subaru was speeding, but those details are expected to be determined when the police have finished their investigation into the crash,” said Austin personal injury attorney, Bobby Lee, not involved in this case. “There are a number of reasons that come to mind as to why the car was speeding and those may involve distracted driving, a medical emergency, driving while under the influence or possible mechanical failure.”

The reckless negligence of the Subaru driver led to a fatal accident. If the driver were under the influence of alcohol, the family of the deceased would be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit, which would be launched after any criminal proceedings were completed. “Our firm represents plaintiffs or victims of DWI collisions. If you have been involved in a collision with a drunk driver, our door is open to you to answer any questions you may have about your legal rights,” added Lee.
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Leaked Documents Reveal VA’s Ratings System for Hospitals

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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2017 – Leaked internal documents published for the first time by USA Today reveal that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses a secret ratings system to evaluate its medical facilities. The VA has never released the ratings for public viewing, claiming they are only for the agency’s internal use.
They show dozens of VA medical centers are performing at below-average levels. For years, the VA has assigned between one to five star ratings to hospitals, with five being the best. The ratings depend on factors such as the quality of care provided, appointment wait times and death rates.
“The lack of transparency over the ratings system is worrying. Veterans seeking health care at VA facilities have a right to know exactly what sort of standards they should expect from the hospital,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “Patients and their families deserve to know how their local VA medical centers are performing and whether they are meeting expectations.”

Around 45 medical centers were rated above average with five stars. Many of the highest-rated facilities are located in Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota, South Dakota and other parts of the Upper Midwest and Northeast. VA hospitals in Tennessee and Texas are among the lowest performing with only one star out of five.
The documents also indicate that several lower-ranking facilities have failed to improve despite triggering nationwide scandals. The most notable is the Phoenix VA, which had just one star in 2014 when reports broke of veterans dying while awaiting care and staff manipulating data about appointment wait times.
VA Undersecretary for Health David Shulkin expressed uneasiness about the ratings system becoming public. “It is essentially a system within VA to see who’s improving, who’s getting worse, so we can identify both,” he explained. “My concern is that veterans are going to see that their hospital is a ‘one’ in our star system, assume that’s bad quality, and veterans that need care are not going to get care.”
According to Shulkin, the VA medical center in Detroit, Michigan, is the only one-star medical center that has failed to show improvement and deteriorated in overall quality. He said low-performing facilities are getting extra help from VA officials. Lack of progress could lead to hospital management being replaced.
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18-Wheeler T-Bones SUV

Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2017 – Three people in an SUV were T-boned by a big rig. None of them made it out of the wreck alive.
The accident, involving a semi and an SUV, happened on the intersection of Minnesota County Road 47 and Goodwin Avenue. The crash occurred as the SUV was slowing down to execute a wide U-turn. The heavily loaded 18-wheeler, hauling beer at the time, slammed into the side of the SUV, causing it to roll into a roadside ditch.

All three occupants of the SUV were declared dead at the scene. The trucker was not seriously injured in the crash.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway, focusing on identifying what happened just prior to the crash. Specifically, law enforcement would be looking for evidence of DWI, distracted driving, bad road conditions, poor truck maintenance, speeding, driving while fatigued or using e-devices while driving.
“Trucking accidents such as this one involve an extensive litigation process. During that time, the victims may find themselves buried by expenses relating to the accident, items such as loss of wages, medical bills, household expenses and possibly funeral and burial costs,” said Litigation Funding Corporation representative Daren Monroe.

Under such tough financial circumstances, plaintiffs may be interested in filling out an application online or over the phone for a lawsuit loan, also referred to as a lawsuit cash advance, pre-settlement funding and litigation funding.
Approval is contingent on the likelihood of a successful outcome of the case. “A lawsuit cash advance is not a loan where you pay accrued interest whether you win your lawsuit or not,” added Monroe. “It is lawsuit funding to aid the plaintiff deal with pressing bills and expenses.”
There are no monthly payments or application fees involved in applying for pre-settlement funding and the only collateral required is a pending lawsuit being handled by an attorney. Once the lawyer submits the required documents for a lawsuit loan, funding may arrive within 24 – 48 hours. If the case is lost, repayment is excused. If the plaintiff wins, repayment is made at that time.
“If you are not certain your case would be eligible for litigation funding, contact us, Litigation Funding Corporation, for a complimentary case evaluation,” said Monroe.
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