Monthly Archives: January 2016
Hackers stealing lawyer-client closing funds
91 cases have been reported so far where hackers have intercepted or high-jacked emails and stolen funds. As if you don’t have enough to worry about!
Police Misconduct Lawsuit Loans
In the last 12 to 18 months, the topic of police misconduct has been a prominent feature in the news.
Police misconduct is a broad term used to describe any police actions which violate the rights of the citizens they encounter.
One of the most common forms of police misconduct is the use of excessive force, often referred to as police brutality. Another common form of abuse that has rocked the headlines recently thanks to the conviction and 263 year sentence handed down to ex-police office Daniel holtzclaw, is police sexual misconduct.
Police sexual misconduct is often considered a hidden crime that routinely goes unreported. Early this year, dozens of organizations advocating for women of color told the Presidents Task Force on 21st Century Policing that police sexual misconduct is by no means an isolated phenomenon and requires a policy response by law enforcement agencies.
An Epidemic of Police Misconduct?
As the Associated Press recently uncovered in a yearlong investigation, police sexual misconduct is rampant in America and likely woefully underreported. The findings show that female officers report that police sexual misconduct is common. In a 2010 report, police sexual misconduct is the second most common form of misconduct reported, with 517 officers involved in sexual misconduct complaints during that period, 297 of the complaints involved non-consensual sexual activity such as sexual assault or sexual battery. The researchers stress that police sexual misconduct is likely perpetrated by a small number of officers and not by a large proportion of officers.
Police sexual misconduct is common, and anyone who maintains it isnt doesnt get it, says retired Seattle police chief Norm Stamper, author of the book Breaking Rank. In fact, there are several ways in which we generally categorize and classify police misconduct and, while this may seem to be complicated, it is important to first understand what police misconduct is and entails before we delve into what causes it and what can be done in response to it.
Despite becoming a more prominent issue in landscape of American public opinion, police misconduct is still a largely unstudied issue and no other sources of current statistical and trending data exist with which we could use to analyze the nature, persistence, and prominence of police misconduct in America.
Being the victim of police misconduct is obviously a frightening and upsetting experience. Becoming a victim of police misconduct can be very overwhelming and shock will eventually set in at some point or another, in one form or another. There are no support groups out there for victims of police misconduct, little research has been done on the unique psychological effects of it even though being a victim of police misconduct is a unique kind of trauma that erodes ones own sense of security in ways unlike other kinds of crimes.
Poor guy. Stars in a movie that showcases the NFL to be the douchebags that they are and in return, the NFL acts like a petulant child and takes a swipe at the A-lister by not giving him free tickets to the Super Bowl this year.
But with an estimated net worth of $250 million (yeah, a quarter of a BILLION dollars) Will Smith will just have to break out his black AMEX card and spring for his box suite tickets this year like everyone else.
No need to start a GoFundMe page for him though – pretty sure he’ll be okay.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Bladder sling devices were created to correct Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Thousands of complaints and lawsuits have been filed and countless studies and reports have been done that draw attention to the complications that have been discovered since mesh implants have come into widespread use. Two common side effects are organ perforation and erosion.
Many women have sought compensation for the physical suffering and emotional toll that they must endure resulting from these side effects. The complications are not easily treated since they require multiple surgeries, sometimes as many as five or more surgeries in order to correct the damage that was done, and that’s assuming it can be fixed at all. Some unfortunate women have experienced such terrible side effects that any sort of corrective surgery at all would be life-threatening or even deadly and is therefore out of the question and thus, they must suffer with this worsening condition for the rest of their lives.
Many of the manufacturers that make mesh implants, who have consistently denied any liability are now faced with tens of millions of dollars worth of individual and class action lawsuits. Of the tens of thousands of women that have filed lawsuits in both state and federal courts so far, some have settled while others have gone to trial, been decided by a jury and have received favorable verdicts – one verdict so far has been $100 million!
By mid-2014, almost 50,000 women had filed litigation against the various vaginal mesh manufacturers because of severe injuries resulting from their products.
Historically speaking, bladder sling litigation can typically take between 2 and 5 years to settle, sometimes more. Many women have experienced moderate to severe financial trouble during this time as many are often unable to work during or after getting revision surgeries wherein they attempt to remove or modify the mesh.
On DriveCam Inc’s end, they were able to take in facts and data from the commercial fleets that used their products. They were able to get thousands of videos that recorded events of unusual driving behavior as well as risky driving behavior. They studied their data and they have identified seven common risky driving activities that could be the results of crashes. The list included following too close or tailgating; poor awareness when approaching intersections; driving while distracted; not looking far enough on the road ahead; speeding and driving too fast; fatigue; and passing and risky lane change.