October 18, 2016 On Aug. 19, 2016, a jury ruled in favor of two former straight nurses from the Community Hospital of Long Beach, awarding them $2.8 million after they suffered harassment and discrimination from a fellow nurse, an openly homosexual male. Taking slightly more than a day to reach their decision, the Los Angeles…

October 6, 2016 In June 2016, a Los Angeles jury awarded a retired man $2.3 million after a city employee ran over him, resulting in serious injuries. The victim, Jonathan Soto, 66, suffered fractures to four vertebrae and a broken pelvis in the Feb. 4, 2014 incident. Soto filed the lawsuit against the truck driver,…

September 25, 2016 A complaint filed in U.S. District Court against the tech conglomerate Hewlett-Packard in August 2016 alleges that the company discriminated against older employees. The company began downsizing in 2012 amid restructuring, eventually laying off more than 80,000 employees. However, the workers have claimed that they were specifically targeted due to their age….

July 5, 2016 The NFL has reached a legal settlement with former players who suffer from cognitive impairment as a result of concussions and on-the-field collisions. Payouts could reach as high as $5 million each, but will take months to arrive—and some players don’t have that long to wait. Financially strapped with no money left…

June 29, 2016 When accidents result in personal injury, victims commonly seek reparation through the courts to mitigate the financial burden, but winning the lawsuit may not be the end of the fight. If your health insurance covered your medical bills, they can make a claim for reimbursement from your settlement. Fortunately, a Supreme Court…

Jun 20, 2016 Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles agreed to a settlement of $450,000 after they left a homeless patient in the street upon discharge while the patient still needed medical help. While the hospital did not admit fault, they are the fourth hospital since January 2014 to reach a settlement regarding the improper…

June 5, 2016 The Supreme Court ruled in favor of 3,000 workers from a pork processing plant who brought a single, class-action lawsuit against Tyson Foods Inc. to recover overtime pay. Businesses closely watched the case, hoping new limits on class-action lawsuits would be passed. Much to their dismay, the courts defended the use of…

May 16, 2016 On March 15, 2016, a Texas federal court awarded five plaintiffs $502 million after DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson, its parent company, were found liable, negligent and responsible for their chronic pain and physical problems. The court heard testimony from the plaintiffs and expert witnesses on both sides for 37 days. After…

April 20, 2016 Could utilization review physicians and UR provider companies face liability lawsuits filed by injured workers alleging they were damaged by the administration of the UR process? Perhaps. That appears to be possible under certain circumstances after a 2016 decision by the California Court of Appeal 4th District, Kirk King v. CompPartners. Read the…

February 29, 2016 After the death of three people in a shooting rampage, family members are filing a lawsuit, alleging that a Walmart employee negligently sold ammunition to an intoxicated and underage customer. They filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Philadelphia on Dec. 31, 2015, stating that the cashier sold ammunition to a 20-year-old man…

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