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California Attorney General Supports Washington State’s Ruling that GEO owes Detainees Minimum Wages
#1  California Attorney General Supports Washington State’s Ruling that GEO owes Detainees Minimum Wages
Santa Clara, CA California's attorney general has taken the lead in supporting Washington State’s decision to enforce minimum wage laws, which includes GEO, a private prison company that, since at least 2005, has paid thousands of detainee workers $1 per day for labor that is necessary to keep its facility operational. The private prison company has appealed a Washington district court ruling that it owes back pay to detainees.

Maker Of “Neuro” Drinks Agrees To Pay $500,000 In Fines and Restitution
#2  Maker Of “Neuro” Drinks Agrees To Pay $500,000 In Fines and Restitution
Neurobrands LLC, the Santa Monica-based maker of the “Neuro” line of drinks, has agreed to a permanent court injunction that requires it to change its marketing practices. The company will also pay $500,000 in penalties and restitution as part of a settlement with local prosecutors.

Covid Long-Haulers and Denied Disability
#3  Covid Long-Haulers and Denied Disability
Santa Clara, CA If you are a COVID 19 long-hauler and your disability claim has been denied, don’t give up – don’t accept excuses from your insurer. The medical and legal community, state and federal governments (including the CDC) and a recent global survey recognize Long COVID as a disability and insurers will increasingly find it difficult to deny LTD benefits.

Zetia and/or Statins: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
#4  Zetia and/or Statins: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Halle-Wittenberg, Germany Can a drug designed to curb heart attacks also cause heart attacks in some people? Apparently, it's possible with statins or medication like Zetia when used in combination with a statin. Statins are designed to lower the "bad" cholesterol thought to be a contributing factor for heart attack and stroke, while leaving the so-called "good" cholesterol to do the good work that good cholesterol, ultimately, does.

Aftermath of a Horrific Amusement Park Accident
#5  Aftermath of a Horrific Amusement Park Accident
Louisville, KY It is not only a parent's worst nightmare but anyone's worst nightmare??"in this case an Amusement Park Accident at a popular theme park that resulted in a 13-year-old girl having both of her feet severed above the ankle. Kaitlyn Lasitter survived, and doctors were able to re-attach her right foot. But they could not save her left, and Kaitlyn now walks with a prosthesis.

Equinox Employees Go Ahead with Three Class Actions
#6  Equinox Employees Go Ahead with Three Class Actions
Los Angeles, CA Over 9,000 Equinox employees, including personal trainers and group fitness instructors, have been given the green light by a California federal judge to have their wage claims and other California labor laws resolved by three class actions rather than individually.

Does Workers Compensation Cover Heart Attack?
#7  Does Workers Compensation Cover Heart Attack?
Santa Clara, CA Many Americans, particularly those with heart conditions, have good reason to ask whether they are eligible for Worker’s Compensation if they suffer a heart attack at work. Heart attacks are normally covered by state workers’ compensation laws but there are often many factors involved and you may wonder if a heart attack or stroke qualifies for worker's comp.

Seroquel Side Effects for the Elderly
#8  Seroquel Side Effects for the Elderly
Pearblossom, CA Seroquel is a neuroleptic indicated for the treatment of bipolar disorder—and like most drugs carries a host of Seroquel side effects, including diabetes, tardive dyskinesia and even birth defects. However, there is a little-known use for Seroquel off-label that concerned the daughter of one Alzheimer's patient for whom she was caring.

Surgical Company and its Physician Owner Settle for $3 million Whistleblower Lawsuit
#9  Surgical Company and its Physician Owner Settle for $3 million Whistleblower Lawsuit
Alpharetta, GA A federal whistleblower lawsuit claiming that Dr. Jeffrey Gallups, the owner of Milton Hall Surgical Associates in Georgia, directed his physicians—one of whom blew the whistle-- to order unnecessary tests for their patients to defraud government health programs has reached a $3 million settlement.

ERISA Lawsuit Alleges that ESOP Fiduciaries Cheated Participants
#10  ERISA Lawsuit Alleges that ESOP Fiduciaries Cheated Participants
Chicago, ILParticipants in the West Monroe Partners Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) filed a class action ERISA lawsuit claiming that the ESOP’s fiduciaries and the Trustee shortchanged them of the value of the company’s stock when West Monroe sold half the company to an outside investor. At its most elemental, the scheme described in Daly v. West Monroe Partners Inc. involved using participants’ retirement savings to enrich the company insiders. The details, however, suggest a careful plan carefully executed in several steps over almost a year.

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