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Southwestern Electric Responds to Wrongful Death Suit

Southwestern Electric Cooperative has denied allegations brought against it in a wrongful death lawsuit. Nancy Mechochko filed the lawsuit, claiming that her husband, Gregory Mechochko, was in contact with a concrete mixer as he was working on January 23, 2013, when an uninsulated power line collapsed and touched the concrete mixer. The man died on February 12. The power line, which was the property... 

Medical Device Maker Seeks $2 Million from Competitors in Noncompete Lawsuits

Smith & Nephew (S&N), a medical device maker, has filed lawsuits against two competing companies in Texas federal court, seeking $1 million from each company on allegations that they poached sales personnel who were bound by covenants not to compete. The lawsuits were filed against Central Texas Orthopedic Products Inc., an Austin-based distributor for Biomet Inc., and Exact Surgical Inc.,... 

Supreme Court Bans 3 Municipal Ordinances Aimed at Controlling Illegal Immigration

On March 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied writs of certiorari in two (2) municipal ordinance cases designed to limit the presence of persons in their city without legal status in the United States.  In the first case, the City of Farmers Branch, Texas sought to implement an ordinance requiring a city license of anyone seeking to rent an apartment.  The high court let stand a Fifth Circuit decision... 

A New Way to Erase the PTSD Stigma for Vets?

Jim Fausone Veteran Disability Lawyer Former President George W. Bush offered an interesting take on erasing the stigma that comes along with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for military veterans: drop the “D” in PTSD. At a summit convened on veterans’ issues, the former President said that the condition has been mislabeled a “disorder” and that simply calling it “post-traumatic stress”... 

Elderly Americans Are Increasingly Targeted by Financial Scammers

Scams targeting the elderly are spreading. According to Federal Trade Commission data, 26 percent of 2012 fraud complaints made to the agency were made by people age 60 and older (the highest of any age group). That figure represents an increase from 2008, when their rate stood at 10 percent, the lowest for any age group. According to a 2010 survey by the Investor Protection Trust, an organization... 

State Settles with Insurance Firms over Workers’ Compensation Irregularities

An insurance business truism: insurance companies love to collect money, but they detest parting with it. And a prominent January settlement between the Missouri Department of Insurance and two insurance companies certainly backed up the truth behind the stereotype. State insurance regulators settled with EMCASCO Insurance Company and Employers Mutual Casualty Company after examiners found several... 

MyRA Retirement Accounts: What You Should Know

Workers will soon have a new retirement savings option. In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced the establishment of the new MyRA program, retirement accounts for workers who do not have access to employer-sponsored 401(k)s. MyRAs can be opened through employers with as little as a $25 minimum deposit and future contributions as low as $5, automatically deducted from employees’... 

Early Intervention Evaluations: What to Expect

Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, states receive funds to make early intervention services available to infants and toddlers with disabilities under the age of three years and their families.  To be eligible for services, children must be less than 3 years of age and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay, as defined by the State, in one or more... 

New Device Could Battle Traumatic Brain Injury

In January, scientists at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University announced a new device that may one day restore movement for people with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The invention offers hope for thousands of combat veterans who suffer from TBI (also known as acquired brain injury). The innovative battery-powered microprocessor records electrical impulses in... 

Pending Cases Benefit with Pre-Settlement Funding

We all are aware that thousands of innocent people suffer from a personal injury every year, but no one imagines that it could ever happen to them or someone they love. Depending on the type and the severity of the injury, medical expenses can reach thousands of dollars or more, pain and suffering can last years, and some injuries can put a victim out of work for life. When the injury is due to the... 
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