Lawsuits Claim SSRIs Can Cause Severe Birth Defects
Imagine you have an employee who is out three weeks on a medical leave protected by the FMLA. The employee suffers from a serious mental condition (or some other chronic condition), which has required her to take FMLA...more
A jury verdict earlier this month to mentally disabled workers who were abused and forced to live in a “house of horrors” has been drastically slashed after trial....more
Jose Antonia Franco-Gonzalez spent nearly five years in detention, separated from his mother after his deportation case was closed. Severe mental impairment prevented him from defending himself....more
Whenever someone tells you that a proposed bill “clarifies” something or “simplifies” existing law, you should view such talk with a dose of healthy skepticism....more
Kenneth Hatai sued his employer (CalTrans) and his supervisor (Sameer Haddadeen), alleging discrimination based on his Japanese ancestry and the fact that he was not of Arab ancestry like Haddadeen. The case was tried to a...more
Adding yet another wrinkle to the nation’s contentious gun control debate, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) soliciting information and public...more
German Companies Fired Memphis Employee Due to Bipolar Disorder, Federal Agency Charged -
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Probat, Inc. and Probat Burns, Inc., d/b/a Bauermeister, Inc., German-based companies which roast and grind...more
A turkey processing company has been ordered by a jury to pay a whopping $240 million for paying mentally disabled workers 41 cents per hour and housing them in a rodent-infested “house of horrors.”...more
A jury awarded $7.7 million for the death of a patient who suffocated during a struggle with her caregivers.
Thirty-three year old Lauren Arcady was developmentally disabled, suffered from schizophrenia, and had a...more
Gun violence is a hot topic in the wake of the Newtown shootings and the aftermath of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings, and now health privacy has joined the debate....more
Millions of patients take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression, anxiety and other disorders. One out of 10 people in the United States use antidepressants, making them one of the most widely...more
In This Issue:
- Immigration. Washington takes the first step toward immigration reform.
- State Round-Up. Learn about the latest employment law news in your state.
- Traditional. Wade Fricke and Matthew Kelley...more
It is no exaggeration to say that the 9/11 terrorist attacks inflicted psychological and emotional trauma on Americans from coast to coast — and indeed, on people around the world. No one alive on that infamous day can ever...more
Ignat v. Yum! Brands, Inc -
Court of Appeal, Fourth District (March 18, 2013) -
Traditionally, a common law right of privacy based on the disclosure of private facts required that there be a written “publication” of...more
A worker who was fired for her panic attacks won a $21.7 million jury verdict against her employer, including $16.5 million in punitive damages for the employer’s malice....more
All of the excitement surrounding the publication of the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule may have overshadowed another very important development in health information privacy. On January 16, 2013, the Obama Administration released...more
Prosecutors and Jared Lee Loughner, who shot Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, killed six people and injured 13 others in a shooting rampage at an Arizona political gathering, reached a plea deal in August 2012. Under...more
I came across an interesting FMLA case this past week, and the facts are simple enough that it kept my attention. [In the age of Twitter and Facebook, anything beyond a 30-second sound byte and you might as well give me a...more
In Maurer v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 11-16044, 2012 WL 6101903 (9th Cir. Dec. 10, 2012), the Ninth Circuit interpreted a policy provision favorably for insurers, holding that a policy’s mental nervous...more
Just over two years after the raid on the Miami headquarters of mental healthcare chain American Therapeutic Corporation (American Therapeutic), a former program director and therapist in the Ft. Lauderdale office of the...more
Patricia Johnson, who had a history of depression and bipolar disorder, taught special education for a school district in Idaho for a decade. Before her teaching certificate expired in 2007, Johnson failed to take sufficient...more
An investigation by the Miami Herald into conditions at dozens of assisted living facilities has prompted a crackdown by Florida’s state regulatory agency, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).
protecting elderly family members and clients from improper medication while in a nursing home....more
How to protect family members or clients in nursing homes from improper medications...more
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