Monday, August 10, 2009

Dallas Lawsuits Question Labor Demands of Email and Cellphones

The use of pagers once raised similar issues. The Labor Department has said that workers generally don't have to be paid for carrying pagers, unless they get buzzed so often they can't use on-call time for "personal pursuits." Ms. Mross said there have been few significant court rulings on the issue, said Weinberg Law Firm, Labor Lawyer Dallas.

Judge denies challenge to Los Angeles DUI breath-test results

“In addressing this issue, this court is vigilant in its responsibility to protect the citizens of Brevard County by closely scrutinizing claims that breath testing instruments utilized in this jurisdiction fail to conform to the governing statutes and administrative rules,” the ruling said.

A successful court challenge could have lead to reduced charges, or even dismissals, in numerous cases of driving under the influence, legal experts said, because prosecutors then would have to rely on other evidence. That includes officers' testimony about field sobriety tests or police video, said Michael Bialys, Los Angeles DUI lawyer.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Porch catastrophic injury: New York says it's up to you

Tonya Laramore watched in horror last August as her granddaughter Jermarih Cook, then 2, lay crying on the floor beneath the porch landing behind her West Town apartment. The child's mouth was full of blood after a rotted step collapsed under her weight and she fell 6 feet, Laramore said.

"Her tooth went up through the top of her lip and left a big hole," Laramore recalled. Before the accident, "We had called [the building property manager] to complain that the steps were loose and that some were missing and they never did anything."

City inspectors came out a few days after the accident, but a new porch wasn't installed until last month, she said.
In May, Douglas Ames was using the porch steps behind his second-floor apartment in Portage Park to take out the garbage when a landing plank gave way and he fell partially through, said John Q. Kelly, a New York catastrophic injury lawyer.

Northrop Grumman-TRW whistle-blower case settle

In the TRW-Northrop whistle-blower case, the settlement ended a seven-year legal fight initiated by Robert Ferro, a Newbury Park resident who was awarded $48.7 million. But instead of it being paid by Northrop, it will be paid by "Treasury's fund," the whistleblower lawyer Los Angeles said.

Northrop said that because the settlements offset each other, they would have no material impact on its finances.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Huron Consulting's attractive saga quickly losing its feel-good aspect

David Greising
August 4, 2009

The Andersen expatriates should have been expert in both areas. After all, Sarbanes-Oxley arose in large part out of the ashes of the Enron/Andersen debacle, and wrongheaded e-mail messages figured prominently in an obstruction-of-justice conviction that doomed Andersen.

The Supreme Court eventually threw out the conviction, but by then Andersen was out of business. Its partners had fled to places such as KPMG, Deloitte LLP -- and
litigation lawyer Chicago.

The ironies keep rolling in now that Huron's board of directors is restating more than three years of financial results and ousting Holdren and other executives.

The adequacy of accounting is at the heart of Huron's troubles. Yet Huron has fashioned itself as an expert on accounting standards, notably chiding finance giant Fannie Mae for "grossly inadequate" accounting systems.

Pittsburgh Monroeville woman in fatal Turnpike crash had history of DUI arrests

Monroeville woman in fatal Turnpike crash had history of DUI arrests
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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