Month: October 2019

7 things employees get wrong about ‘wrongful termination’

A wrongful termination claim can be filed in a court of law if an employee believes he or she has been ‘illegally’ fired from the job. Such claims result from an alleged violation of federal or state anti-discrimination laws, employment contracts or labor laws, including whistle-blower laws.

A wrongful termination claim can also be filed when an employee believes the termination was due to sexual harassment or in retaliation to a complaint or workers’ compensation claim.

All of this seems pretty straightforward – wrongful always means unfair – right?

Not in the legal sense, no.

PA Jury Awards $33M IVC Filter Trial

A Philadelphia jury has awarded more than $33 million to a woman who was injured as a result of a defectively designed blood filter.

The jury in the case, captioned Reed-Brown v. Rex Medical, awarded plaintiff Tracy Reed-Brown $1,045,764 million in future medical expenses and $2,322,650 million in future pain and suffering. The jury also found that defendant Rex Medical’s conduct merited a punitive damages award, and, following an abbreviated argument session, awarded an additional $30,315,726 in punitive damages.

Lawsuit says 3M combat arms earplugs don’t work, cause hearing loss for soldiers

Lawsuits are being filed across the country aimed at a product issued to thousands of members of the military.

Earplugs are a basic item issued to service members who are sometimes in very loud environments. But the ones bought by the Defense Department from the 3M company didn’t work, according to the government, who says that has led to serious issues involving hearing loss.

The earplugs in question are 3M’s combat arms earplugs. They were issued to service members from 2003 to 2015.

Retired Army soldier Kevin McAnally says he spent two decades working on the CH47 Chinook helicopter.

“With engines running on a flight line where you might have say a half a dozen to a dozen aircraft turning up and you’re out walking

Common Workplace Accidents and How to Prevent Them

When you’re growing your business, the last thing you want to deal with is a workplace accident or injury. Accidents in the workplace can lead to not only physical harm but also undue stress and hardship for employees and employers.

To prevent accidents from happening, start with a general awareness and understanding of the safety risks in your work environment. Then, you’ll need to pair that knowledge with an action plan for accident prevention to make sure the potential risks you’ve identified do not introduce harm into your workplace.

The Impact of Workplace Accidents
Outside of bodily harm, workplace accidents present a number of challenges for business owners.

First, workplace accidents can lead to a loss of productivity. If a worker is harmed in the

Your Guide To The Massive (And Massively Complex) Opioid Litigation

Make no mistake: The legal fight over liability for the U.S. opioid crisis is only heating up.

An 11th-hour settlement Monday morning averted what would have been the first trial in a landmark federal case, one involving thousands of plaintiffs at nearly every level of government and defendants from every link in the chain of opioid drug production. But all the other lawsuits in the broader case remain on track for courtroom confrontations.

And with the costs of the crisis estimated at tens of billions of dollars and with more than 200,000 overdose deaths since the late 1990s, the stakes are immense — even for people who have never heard of this case. What happens with it will largely determine how much money cities and counties nationwide will have to fight the devastating effects of opioid abuse and when they’ll get it.

But the litigation is also intensely complicated. So let’s begin with the basics.

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