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Exclusive New York City Bars Face Class Claims Over Discriminating Tip-Pooling Scheme
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On December 4, 2018, class claims were filed in New York federal court against celebrity watering holes Rose Bar and Jade Bar. Female employees allege that the popular bars inside New York City’s exclusive Gramercy Park Hotel violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor laws. In the complaint, named plaintiff in the case, Allison Ullo, claims that the clubs require female waitresses to distribute their tips to male employees working as bartenders and bar-backs.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 12/13/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
Olympus Corp. Settles Lawsuits Over 'Superbug' Tied to Medical Device
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Two women from Washington have settled lawsuits over a "superbug" tied to a medical device. Both of the women's husbands died after contracting “superbug” infections following procedures involving a medical scope made by Olympus Corp. The women have filed suit against the company alleging it is responsible for the death of their husbands. The terms of the settlements have not been disclosed.
Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times 12/12/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Boy Scouts Allowed Priests With History of Abuse to Become Leaders, Says Lawsuit
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The Boy Scouts of America is facing a lawsuit alleging that two former Albuquerque priests with a history of sex abuse were allowed to become Boy Scout leaders. According to the complaint, the former priests, alleged to have participated in “sex parties” with children in the 1990s, later became Boy Scout leaders to gain access to young boys. The two men are listed on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.
Colleen Heild, Albuquerque Journal 12/11/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Florida Heart Surgeon in Coma After Back Surgery, Lawsuit Filed
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The family of a prominent Florida heart surgeon has filed suit alleging a hospital's actions led to the doctor's coma. According to the lawsuit, the surgeon, while undergoing back surgery, was placed on a heavy narcotic, which allegedly placed him in a vegetative state. Because of the patient's low tolerance for narcotics, the drug caused him to suffer cardiac arrest and brain injury that left him in a coma, the lawsuit states. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are JFK Medical Center and one of its doctors.
Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post 12/11/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Lawsuit Over Beating Death of Irish Businessman Settled
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A wrongful death lawsuit over the beating death of an Irish businessman has been settled. The lawsuit alleged the deceased man's wife and her parents were responsible for his fatal beating. The wrongful death suit was filed against all three by the Irish man's estate. A criminal lawsuit resulted in the convictions of the man's wife and her father, a former FBI agent.
Michael Hewlett, Winston-Salem Journal 12/12/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit: Man Drowns in California Lake When Winds Cause Boat to Capsize
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The widow of a man who drowned in a California lake after his boat capsized has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the boat's captain. According to the lawsuit, the boat capsized in Lopez Lake in San Luis Obispo County due to high winds. The lawsuit alleges the captain was negligent in allowing the boat to sail despite the high winds. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages including those for pain and suffering.
Matt Fountain, San Luis Obispo Tribune 12/06/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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