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  January 15, 2019

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Salvadoran Woman Granted Restraining Order Against ICE
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A Salvadoran woman has been granted a restraining order against U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following an incident in which she was detained. The woman was detained last week amid mediation for her 2009 civil rights lawsuit filed in Maryland. The restraining order was granted on Monday by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake and prohibits the Department of Homeland Security and ICE from removing the woman from the United States.
Lillian Reed, Baltimore Sun 01/14/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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California Brain Death Law Debated at Ninth Circuit Court
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A California law concerning a statewide brain-death standard was debated Monday at the Ninth Circuit. The case centers around a child who was deemed brain dead by doctors at several hospitals before being taken off a ventilator. The legal complaint filed by the family of the boy alleges the state allows doctors to take patients off life support based on a faulty 1982 law. According to the lawsuit, the law gives doctors the ability to act as “both judge and executioner” in medical cases.
Nick Cahill, Courthouse News Service 01/14/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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California Senate Settles With Employee Fired After Reporting Assault
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The California Senate has settled a lawsuit for $350,000 with a state employee who alleged she was fired after being raped by a co-worker. The woman filed suit against the state alleging she lost her job after asking for accommodation following the sexual assault. The $350,000 settlement included $280,000 in lost wages and damages, $50,000 to cover law school debt and $20,000 for medical assistance and career counseling.
Alexei Koseff, The Sacramento Bee 01/09/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Henrietta, New York and Former Supervisor Accused of Workplace Discrimination and Harassment
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Two lawsuits have been filed in New York against the Town of Henrietta and former Town Supervisor Jack Moore alleging workplace discrimination and harassment. According to the complaints, the former supervisor used racist, sexist, and homophobic language against employees. Both plaintiffs filed complaints about their treatment by Moore with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuits seek back pay in addition to unspecified compensatory damages for pain and suffering, anxiety, humiliation, physical injuries, and emotional and physical distress.
Meaghan M. McDermott, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 01/10/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
New Jersey Supreme Court Allows Lawsuit Over Fatal Crash to Proceed
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The Supreme Court of New Jersey has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit against the New Jersey Turnpike Authority can move forward. The lawsuit was filed by a woman whose husband and 5-year-old daughter were killed in a crash nearly two years ago. The woman's right to sue was questioned after her original attorney failed to send a notice of tort claim to the correct state agency within 90 days of the fatal crash in February 2016.
Corey W. McDonald, NJ.com 01/14/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Washington Officials Say They Are Not Responsible for Fatal 'Ride the Ducks' Crash
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The Washington Attorney General's Office says the state was not at fault in a deadly Ride the Ducks crash. According to the Attorney General's Office, neither the Aurora Bridge, where the crash took place nor the state was at fault in the crash. The state says the Missouri-based company that made the World War II-era vehicle and its operator, Ride the Ducks Seattle, were at fault for failing to act on a critical warning about a defect in the axle.
Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times 01/14/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Law Firm Management

 
Applying for law firm funding? 3 of the top questions, answered
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You've decided that your law firm may benefit from obtaining financing—what should you expect as you start the process? Here are three common FAQs to consider.
Kimberly Gomlak, MBA & Kelly Anthony, Esq., Counsel Financial 01/15/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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