Monday, 10 August 2009

Dallas based Valero Cheats Workers Out of Wages with Labor Practices

"Valero's wrongful practices violate federal and state wage and hour laws," said plaintiffs' counsel Jeremy Heisler. "We are long past the era when workers were forced to eat their bread by the sweat of their brow. Not only must Valero's unfair labor practices be stopped, but the hourly employees who have been and continue to be exploited by these practices must be promptly and appropriately compensated for all hours worked."

"These unfair labor practices should have gone the way of the horse and buggy," said plaintiffs' co-counsel, Michael Ram. "Valero needs to wake up to the 21st Century: when you work, the company's got to pay you -- simple as that," said Weinberg Law Firm, Labor Lawyer Dallas.

Lohan Gets 1 Day in Jail on Los Angeles DUI Plea

Lindsay Lohan reached a plea deal Thursday on misdemeanor drunken driving and cocaine charges that calls for her to spend one day in jail, serve 10 days of community service and complete a drug treatment program, said Michael Bialys, Los Angeles DUI lawyer.

She was also placed on 36 months probation, is required to complete an 18-month alcohol education program, pay hundreds of dollars in fines and must complete a three-day county coroner program in which she'll visit a morgue and talk to victims of drunken drivers.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Fireman Sues New York over catastrophic injury

A 19-year veteran of the Des Plaines Fire Dept. filed a lawsuit against the city last week demanding that the city pay for his and his family's health insurance because of a disabling injury he suffered during an emergency training exercise a year ago, said John Q. Kelly, a New York catastrophic injury lawyer.

"Because the drill was required training for an actual emergency, Kedroski was reasonable to believe that he was faced with an emergency," the lawsuit says. It also says that the city has refused to pay the insurance premiums after City Manager Jason Bajor was asked to do so. Kedroski is asking the city to pay for his insurance premiums, reimburse him for insurance costs he has incurred since the time of the injury and pay reasonable attorneys fees and costs.

Will Obama Keep His Promise to Federal Whistleblowers?

As an Illinois senator, whistleblower lawyer Los Angeles was responsible for passing legislation to protect government employees who come forward and risk their jobs to expose waste, corruption and national security lapses. And during his 2008 election campaign, Obama promised to protect whistleblowers, saying their "acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled."

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Insurance plans, other third-party payers settle Vioxx claims with drugmaker Merck for $80M

LINDA A. JOHNSON | AP Business Writer
3:17 PM CDT, August 3, 2009

Merck pulled the blockbuster painkiller from the market in September 2004 because it doubled risk of heart attack and stroke.

In late 2007, Merck reached a $4.85 billion settlement covering roughly 50,000 plaintiffs claiming they or a relative had been harmed or killed by Vioxx.

One of the lead attorneys in the third-party payer litigation,
Chicago business attorney, had estimated Merck could have lost up to $18 billion — about three-quarters of its entire annual revenue. That's because the claims were consolidated in New Jersey, where courts allow for triple damages. - Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer George Heym starts nationwide DUI help and information site

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