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Many luxury cars flunk new type of crash test

When a car's front corner hits something, what happens? The driver often gets seriously injured, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new crash test finds. By Jerry Hirsch Chicago Tribune reporter Results of a new crash test that focused on luxury cars are raising worries that most vehicles may not be able to provide protection from serious injuries in a common accident. Such fancy nameplates as BMW, Mercedes and Lexus all earned "poor" ratings in a test that simulated what happens when the front corner of a sedan hits another vehicle or an object such as a tree or pole, according to the...

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Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano favored women pals for jobs: lawsuit

By BRUCE GOLDING Last Updated: 6:10 AM, August 10, 2012 A veteran US law-enforcement official has filed a blockbuster discrimination lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, charging she pushed him aside to make way for a less-qualified woman who’s “enjoyed a long-standing relationship” with the anti-terror chief. That woman, Dora Schriro, was later appointed by Mayor Bloomberg as commissioner of the city Department of Correction, a post she still holds. The court papers also allege that Suzanne Barr, Napolitano’s chief of staff at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has engaged in “numerous” acts of “sexually offensive behavior” intended to “humiliate and intimidate male...

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Coast Guard investigating tour boat accident on Chicago River

7-Aug-12 – The U.S. Coast Guard will try to figure out why the engine on a brand new sightseeing boat failed late Monday afternoon, sending the boat crashing into a concrete dock near Michigan Avenue and injuring nine people. At about 5:30 p.m., the Lila, delivered to Wendella Boats last Wednesday, was docking just west of the DuSable Bridge, on the north side of the Chicago River, when the engine, instead of going into reverse and slowing the boat, gave out. When the Lila hit head on, nine passengers were injured, two seriously. 144 passengers and six crewmembers were on the Lila....

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Pfizer settles foreign bribery charges

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By James O'Toole @CNNMoney August 7, 2012 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will pay $60 million to settle charges that it paid millions in bribes to foreign officials, federal authorities announced Tuesday. Pfizer will pay roughly $45 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges that the company, along with fellow pharmaceutical firm Wyeth, which Pfizer acquired a few years ago, violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The SEC says staff from the companies' subsidiaries paid bribes to foreign government officials to boost sales and obtain regulatory approvals. The violations occurred in Bulgaria, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy,...

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Eatery settles wrongful death suit for $1.1 million

Harriet McLeod Reuters 2:25 p.m. CDT, August 6, 2012 CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - The owner of a South Carolina restaurant has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man killed last December in a fiery car crash. Quentin Gregory Miller, 32, died on December 17 when his car was struck from behind on a bridge near Charleston in an early morning collision and burst into flames, according to police. The driver of the vehicle that struck Miller's, Adam Joseph Brunelle, was an assistant manager for Charleston's Husk restaurant at the time. He...

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A 50-Cent Fix that Could Have Saved Lives

Posted by: Christopher Scholl Those who attack the civil justice system in the name of so-called “tort reform” frequently don’t bother with facts. That has been proven again by the Wall Street Journal in an editorial on gas can litigation. Had the Journal’s editorial writers done a little bit of homework before making their argument that a manufacturer of gas cans was being picked on by lawyers, they would have learned about the 50-cent fix that could have saved thousands from serious burns and death. The consumer gas cans manufactured by Blitz USA are lacking something called a “flame arrestor.” It’s a simple...

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Ohio unveils nursing home anti-drug abuse effort

By: ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS COLUMBUS, Ohio - Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced a plan to combat the theft of prescription drugs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The initiative is one of several state efforts aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription painkillers, which has led to record numbers of accidental overdose deaths. DeWine said a letter going out next week to all care facilities in the state reminds them of their obligations under law to report suspected illegal activity and lets them know of assistance available from the state to prosecute prescription drug theft. Ohio unveils nursing home anti-drug abuse effort...

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Special Report: Wisconsin companies insulated from stiff penalties in worker deaths

Photo: Ace Work Gear Job foremen across the country fear running afoul of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but the federal regulatory agency’s power is more image than reality. A Gannett Wisconsin Media review of 240 workplace fatalities in Wisconsin over 11 years shows OSHA imposes tiny fines on companies whose employees are killed on the job, and often negotiates even smaller penalties than originally issued. Workers’ families are often shocked by the outcome of the investigation, which by law isn’t designed to assign blame or impose huge punitive fines. Families also are stunned to realize they have no right to sue...

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Get Schooled Letter to Gwinnett: Look deeper into student sexual harassment

3:48 am July 20, 2012, by Maureen Downey Carolyn Garfein of Alpharetta is national president of the American Association of University Women. By Carolyn Garfein From our nation’s top college campuses to small towns in Florida, Texas, Minnesota, and, yes, Georgia, the painful stories of children and teens experiencing bullying and sexual harassment have filled the news, leaving parents, educators, and community leaders with many questions and few answers. Last year, in an attempt to shed some light on the issue, the American Association of University Women surveyed students in grades 7–12 and published the results in a report confirming many of the headlines...

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Reedsburg McDonald’s harassment suit settled for $1 million

Kim Lamoreaux, Times-Press The Reedsburg McDonald's will pay $1 million to three former employees who sued for sexual harassment. Ten women will split $1 million in a settlement reached this week over sexual harassment of employees at the McDonald’s in Reedsburg. Poynette-based Missoula Mac Inc., the owner and franchisee of 25 McDonald’s, was ordered to pay the women who were harassed and carry out a number of corrective actions, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Missoula Mac, however, no longer owns the Reedsburg McDonald’s; it sold the restaurant late last year to Lorrie Gorichs of Sauk...

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NYT: ALEC is a fraud on taxpayers

Posted by: Katie Gommel Today the New York Times calls out the shadowy corporate front group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on its tax-exempt status as a nonpartisan charity despite ALEC’s clear pro-corporate, anti-consumer mission. ALEC has been working behind the scenes for decades to push legislation with one clear purpose—provide immunity for their corporate donors by limiting Americans’ access to the political process and our nation’s courts. ALEC-sponsored legislation includes voter ID laws that disenfranchise whole groups of voters and laws that grant immunity to manufacturers of deadly products like asbestos and pharmaceuticals that harm and kill patients. AAJ...

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Wells Fargo, Justice Department settle discrimination case for $175 million

By Ylan Q. Mui, Published: July 12 In one of the largest fair- lending payouts in history, Wells Fargo agreed on Thursday to spend at least $175 million to settle federal accusations that it steered black and Latino borrowers into high-cost loans and charged them excessive fees. The settlement with the nation’s largest home mortgage lender is rooted in a lawsuit filed four years ago by Baltimore over fair-lending violations. It culminated Thursday in what federal officials called “systemic discrimination” spanning 36 states and involving more than 34,000 minority customers over five years. “This is a case about real people — African American...

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Florida A&M president resigns over hazing death

In the lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Champion's parents alleged that FAMU leaders tolerated hazing that had hospitalized three other band members and was implicated at least 107 other incidents since 1983. They also alleged that the university failed to act three days before Champion's death on a proposal by the school's dean of students to immediately suspend the band in an effort to tackle the hazing problem. Champion's mother, Pamela, welcomed Ammons resignation at a press conference in Orlando late Wednesday. "They (FAMU) need to clean house and that's the only way to move forward," she said. Florida A&M president resigns over hazing...

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“Talent” Contestant Sues Hotel in Wife’s Death

A contestant on "America's Got Talent" files a wrongful death lawsuit against the Biltmore Hotel in connection with his wife's 2010 death at the LA landmark By Jason Kandel Monday, Jul 9, 2012 | Updated 7:24 PM CDT A wrongful death lawsuit against the Biltmore Hotel moved forward on Monday when a man whose wife was found dead at the LA landmark during an audition for “America’s Got Talent” alleged the hotel destroyed evidence to cover up the slaying of his wife. The allegation comes as part of a lawsuit filed by Joseph Finley in March 2011. The body of his wife, Laura, was...

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CIA cracks down on sexual harassment in its ranks

Spy agency reacts to complaints of sexual harassment by women working in CIA war zones. Former officers say trysts are part of the agency's culture. By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times July 4, 2012, 3:04 p.m. WASHINGTON — Spurred by complaints from women working for the CIA in war zones, the spy service is stepping up efforts to enforce what it calls a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment by supervisors and co-workers. David Petraeus, the CIA director, sent a message to agency staff members last month to emphasize the initiative. He ordered a team of managers to meet with senior officers at stations...

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Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Train Derailment

By Charlie Wojciechowski, Friday, Jul 6, 2012 Two victims found beneath the wreckage of Wednesday's train derailment have been identified A judge has ordered all clean-up halted at the site where a train derailed Wednesday in Glenview after a couple was found dead buried beneath the rubble. Two people discovered inside a car beneath debris from the derailment were identified as Burton Lindner, 69 and wife Zorine Lindner, 70. The couple lived a block away from the site of the derailment, which spilled thousands of tons of coal from the train. Their car and bodies were discovered Thursday morning while crews cleaned up wreckage...

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BREAKING NEWS: AAJ Response to SCOTUS decision on the Affordable Care Act

Posted by: Katie Gommel Washington, DC—The following is a statement from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gary M. Paul in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a step forward not only in the fight to expand access to healthcare, but also in the fight to protect patients’ access to justice. “This ruling bolsters AAJ’s longstanding argument that federal efforts to deny patients’ legal rights by mandating changes to state laws and state courts exceed Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause and violate our system of federalism. BREAKING NEWS:...

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Racist antics cost trucking firm $11 million

Glasper, of Park Forest, is among dozens of current and former employees represented in a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against their one-time employer, Yellow Transportation Inc., a freight-hauling company that later was folded into what is now YRC Inc. The case — filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Glasper and other African-American employees working at the company’s Chicago Ridge facility — was settled with the company for $11 million, EEOC officials announced Friday. Glasper’s experience mirrored that of other African-Americans who say hangman’s nooses and racist graffiti, comments and cartoons marred the now-closed Chicago Ridge terminal where...

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Supreme Court to Review Rules for Supervisor in Job-Bias Suits

By Bob Drummond on June 25, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court will settle a dispute about who can be considered a workplace supervisor for purposes of a federal job-discrimination lawsuit. The justices today agreed to consider an appeal by a black Ball State University catering worker, whose discrimination claim against the school was thrown out after a federal appeals court said her alleged harasser didn’t qualify as a supervisor. Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an employer can be held liable if a supervisor discriminates against an employee based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Maetta Vance sued Ball State...

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Former Rams employee sues for age discrimination, sexual harassment

Posted by Mike Florio on June 21, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT As Chris Berman would say, once is an accident and twice is a trend. Or something. Last month, former Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt sued the team for age discrimination. Now, former executive assistant Lory Fabian has sued the Rams and executive V.P. of sales and marketing Bob Reif. Fabian alleges age discrimination and sexual harassment, according to Robert Patrick of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Fabian specifically claims that the Rams have been shedding “middle-aged women” and replacing them with ‘young inexpensive grinders’ who could handle the long hours of NFL employment.”...

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2 injured in motorcycle crash in DeKalb

A man was charged with DUI and a woman was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday night in DeKalb. Matthew Bean, 32, of the 300 block of West Sycamore Street, of DeKalb, was charged with DUI, improper lane use, no insurance and failure to reduce speed, according to a press release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office. Police responded about 9 p.m. to Old State Road east of Larson Road and found the motorcycle, a 2007Harley-Davidson, in a ditch. An investigation revealed Bean had gone off the roadway and lost control of his motorcycle in a ditch, according to the release. 2...

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Milwaukee Pit Bull Jumps Off Balcony, Attacks Dog Walker and Dog

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin, dog walker and his wife were walking their own dog on Saturday, June 16, about 5:00 p.m. when a Pit Bull jumped from a second-floor balcony to attack their pet. The incident occurred in the 4200 block of W. Capitol Drive on Milwaukee’s north side. The 55-year-old man is still in St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious bite wounds after he wrestled the Pit Bull off his dog. Police sent an e-mail saying the victim had more than 30 punctures on his arms, face, legs and torso and will require surgery, according to Fox11online.com. "The dog really attacked him everywhere,"...

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Substance Use and Medical Malpractice

For a doctor, nurse, or other hospital staff member to properly diagnose and treat medical disorders, they must have their wits about them. PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 15, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- For a doctor, nurse, or other hospital staff member to properly diagnose and treat medical disorders, they must have their wits about them. Keeping a clear head means refraining from using substances such as narcotics and alcohol that can slow response times and hamper good judgment. Disturbingly, some studies have found that alcohol use is rampant among healthcare practitioners while on-call or on-duty. Additionally, prescription narcotics accessed through hospitals have been...

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Judge denies government’s motion to dismiss wrongful death suit

June 04, 2012 6:45 pm, By Sarah Tompkins sarah.tompkins@nwi.com, (219) 836-3780 HAMMOND | A federal judge denied the government's motion to dismiss the wrongful death suit of an alleged Latin Dragon gang member whom an officer shot and killed during an attempted arrest in 2007. Rosalio Rincon was 28 when he was killed near Hobart's Westfield Southlake mall. He had recently been indicted on cocaine distribution charges, and a local Drug Enforcement Agency-led task force was trying to execute an arrest warrant for Rincon. The original plan was to arrest Rincon in the early morning at one of the residences he frequented, according...

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Radiohead stage collapse: One man dead in Downsview Park incident, concert cancelled

Niamh Scallan, Josh Tapper and Graham Slaughter Staff Reporters The grassy venue inside Toronto's Downsview Park was a flurry of activity late Saturday afternoon. As staff went about their final preparations, a crush of Radiohead fans waited to flood the gates for the sold-out evening concert. Inside the beer tent, Oana Damian, 23, and a handful of other workers had just sat down for a meeting with their employer around 4 p.m. when she heard a loud, crackling sound — like “fireworks” — coming from the stage area. Damian turned around and watched in horror as the stage's back scaffolding began to twist...

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WHO’s Behind H.R. 4369?

ALEC and ILR have assisted the asbestos industry in covering up the dangers of asbestos, villainizing the victims, misleading the public with propaganda and working to limit accountability through legislation. H.R. 4369 is part of a campaign to let the asbestos industry off the hook by burying the system in paperwork and delaying justice until victims die: State legislation: In 2007, ALEC adopted the “Asbestos Claims Transparency Act.” This legislation has been introduced in OH, OK, LA, TX, and WV. Judicial Conference: On November 22, 2010, ILR made a direct appeal to the Judicial Conference to change the rules governing bankruptcy law. Federal legislation:...

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Most medical malpractice claims litigated, but few go to trial: Study

Most medical malpractice claims lead to litigation, but a majority of these are dismissed, and more than three-quarters of the relatively few against specialists that lead to a trial verdict are resolved in the physician's favor, says a new study. The study, whose lead researcher was Dr. Anupam B. Jena of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, appears in the Chicago-based American Medical Assn.'s current issue of Archives in Internal Medicine. The study examined all claims closed between 2002 and 2005 that involved some defense costs. Among all claims, 55.2% resulted in litigation, ranging from 46.7% for claims against...

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New veterans set record for war-disability claims

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen. A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after some other relatively recent wars, top government officials told The Associated Press. What's more, these new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average,...

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Whistleblower Woodford to tackle Olympus in court

May 27, 2012|Kirstin Ridley | Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - Michael Woodford, the ousted chief executive of Olympus, will try to persuade a London judge his embattled former employer fired him because he blew the cover off one of Japan's most high-profile corporate frauds. The five-day hearing, which starts on Monday, will throw the spotlight back onto a $1.7 billion accounting scandal that has cost the camera-to-endoscope maker its board and reputation. Whistleblower Woodford to tackle Olympus in court...

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Readers talk insurance, accidents during chat with personal injury lawyer

LAUREN BOYER York Daily Record, Pa. 1:10 p.m. CDT, May 9, 2012 YORK, Pa. Teens driving. Treading through icy parking lots. Super gluing. These, and other potentially hazardous activities, were discussed Friday in a ydr.com live chat featuring attorney Gregory Bair of Stock & Leader. Bair is a member of the York firm's litigation practice group. His concentrations include injury law; domestic law and other issues, such as auto and motorcycle accidents; wrongful death; product liability; animal injuries; and injuries resulting from falls. Readers logged on to ask Bair questions -- the good, the bad, and the downright amusing. Readers talk insurance, accidents during chat with...

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