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November 2012 Archives

Judge rules wrongful death suit against university without merit

Recently, a judge in California ruled that a lawsuit against the University of Southern California brought by the families of two Chinese graduate students killed near the campus lacked merit. This forces the attorney for the two families to file an amended lawsuit within a time frame of three weeks.

Judge allows use of e-mails in Jackson family wrongful death suit

Recently, the judge in the wrongful death case between the concert promoter AEG and the family of pop superstar Michael Jackson ruled that e-mails sent by the officials of AEG regarding Jackson's emotional and physical health could be entered into evidence. The wrongful death lawsuit stems out of Michael Jackson's death from prescription drugs in 2009, which the Jackson family blames on the company for pressuring him to rehearse for a world tour despite his poor physical and mental health and for hiring a certain doctor to be his physician. A court found the doctor guilty of involuntary homicide for medical negligence in prescribing Jackson painkillers. AEG argued that Jackson family members leaked the e-mails to the press in violation of the court's order, but the judge rejected that argument. The e-mails reveal AEG officials' doubts about Jackson's emotional stability and his ability to perform.

California employers arrested for worker's compensation fraud

There are many hazards on the job that can cause worker's compensation to be a necessity. There are job injuries that occur due to the nature of the work itself, such as repetitive motion injuries, as well as accidents and illnesses that occur when exposed to dangerous work conditions or hazardous chemicals. Regardless of the cause, workers' compensation is an essential part of a worker's protection against financial ruin caused by injury.

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