Thursday, November 15, 2012

$3.3 Million Awarded in Wrongful Termination

After two and half days, jurors decided to award Dr. Muhammad Anwar $3.3 million in a wrongful termination lawsuit. In 1990 Anwar had a state contract to provide surgical services to inmates at Central California Women’s Facility. “As California's prison population ballooned, the doctor restricted his own private practice to provide care to the inmates, attorney Mike Ball said. Anwar formed a physicians' group to help prison officials get proper care for the inmates. But in 2005, the state agency abruptly terminated Anwar.” During the trial, Ball argued that prison officials not only breached a contract, but violated his 66-year-old client's due process rights. Ball pointed out that prison officials showed no evidence of wrongdoing by Anwar or even made a complaint against him.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Britax Car Seat Recall

Parents please pay attention! The company Britax has issued a recall of 60,000 convertible car seats due to a choking hazard. “The car seats under the voluntary recall are Britax Boulevard 70-G3, Pavilion 70-G3, and Advocate 70-G3 convertible car seats in the USA .The company reports that the chest pads on the seats pose a choking hazard, as children can bite them and small pieces can come loose.” The products were manufactured between June and August of 2012 and have a tag on the child’s upper left hand side with manufacture date and model numbers on it. Recall model numbers include: USA: E9LJ91A, E9LJ91M, E9LJ91S, E9LJ92E, E9LJ93P, E9LJ93S, E9LK91A, E9LK31A, E9LK31Q, E9LK32D, E9LK32Z, E9LK33Q, E9LL11A, E9LL11Q, E9LL12D, E9LL12Z, E9LG81A, E9LG83N, E9LG83P, E9LG83X, E9LG83Y, E9LL21A, E9LL23P, E9LL23Y “Britax is offering free replacement chest pads made of a firmer material that will not tear off.”

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Zoloft Linked to Birth Defects

A woman is seeking punitive and actual damages in a lawsuit she has filed against manufacturer Pfizer, Inc. According to the file the woman took the antidepressant Zoloft during her pregnancy and it caused multiple birth defects in her newborn son. “According to studies, Zoloft has long been linked to birth defects in newborns. In spite of FDA regulations that the new medical evidence requires Pfizer to update the warning label, the company has yet to do so.” Spina bifida, vater syndrome, clubfoot and other related defects are side effects the plaintiff’s baby is suffering from due to the drug, Zoloft. “The complaint says that in 2007, Pfizer knew that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Zoloft doubled the risk of septal heart defects in babies who were born to mothers who took the medication. In studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it indicates that a four-fold increase in heart defects was connected to pregnant women using Zoloft during their first trimester.” Pfizer took no initiative to sufficiently warn pregnant women about the side effects this drug could cause when marketing their product.

Monday, November 5, 2012

$1 Million Settled for Wrongful Termination

A nearly $1 million wrongful termination lawsuit has been settled. The lawsuit involved two fiber-optic network managers, Joe Jarvis and John Smith, who said they were fired to deflect responsibility. “PUD General Manager John Janney told The Wenatchee World he stands by his decision to fire the two in February of last year over inconsistent estimates of fiber optic network access and expansion costs.” The settlement gives nearly $700,000 to Jarvis and nearly $300,000 to Smith.

Police Misconduct

Unfortunately there are some police officers that take their authority and use it in an abusive way and they need to be punished for their actions. Police officer, Adam Scott Martin, of Milan, Tenn., is one of those officers who has been arrested on allegations of sexual misconduct. “Martin was indicted on several charges, including 18 counts of rape and one count of sexual battery by an authority figure. Martin was originally arrested in July one count of sexual battery by an authority figure against a 19-year-old woman. All the charges involve the same victim.” Martin has a $150,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned this month. So please lets report these members of authority and let them get the punishment they deserve.