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Norman Public Schools

Norman Public Schools Says No Money For Bus Crash Victims

Two months have passed since the horrific Texas bus crash that involved a group of Norman elementary school students, and now a battle over medical bills is underway. Jones Brown reported on the bus crash that took place in September involving the Cleveland Elementary 5th Grade field trip to Sea World. While the class was driving through Lampasas, Texas, the bus driver lost control, wrecked and rolled the bus multiple times. There were 25 students and three faculty members on the bus at the time of the accident. According to Norman Public Schools, five students and two faculty members...
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31 million awarded in discrimination case

California Jury Awards $31 Million in Age Discrimination Lawsuit

A 58-year-old Ontario, Calif., woman who has already been awarded $3 million in compensatory damages is now entitled to $28 million more after age discrimination jury in Los Angeles Superior Court determined she faced repeated and pervasive age discrimination from her former employer. The jury decided defendants acted with malice against plaintiff and landed on the figure of $28 million during the punitive stage of the lawsuit. Comments against the plaintiff during her employment with the company allegedly included “We need younger workers here,” “Dumb female,” and “You are outdated.” The...
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Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr.

Autopsy Shows Alabama Police Shot Emantic Bradford in The Back Three Times

We reported earlier on the shooting death of an Alabama man, Emantic Bradford on Thanksgiving at an Alabama mall. According to a forensic examination commissioned by the family, Emantic Bradford was shot three times from behind by police that night. The announcement came by way of a press conference on Monday, and the new information is telling the family and their attorneys that Emantic was running away from the police that night and therefore posed no threat to the officer that shot him. Enmatic Fitzgerald Bradford, 21, was fatally shot in the middle of a chaotic, panic-stricken crowd...
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What Do I Do After A Slip and Fall Accident at a Business?

The holidays are upon us and that means shopping, shopping, and more shopping. Malls, stores, and businesses will be inundated with shoppers, and just as the number of shoppers increases, so does the number of accidents that can and will happen. It’s sad but true: Most people will suffer a slip and fall accident at some point in their lives. Sadder yet: The accident likely won’t even be their fault. Because slip and falls can happen anywhere—and to anybody—it’s important to know what steps to take following an accident. By law, buildings, homes, parking lots, and...
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Blind Couple Sues Walmart Over Self-Checkout Kiosks

Nothing could have surprised a blind couple, Cynthia Morales and her boyfriend Linwood Boyd, when a routine trip to their local Walmart in Owing Mills, Maryland, in 2017,  ended with the police being involved. That is exactly what happened whenever Morales tried to use one of the self-service checkout kiosks located at the retail titan’s Maryland store. The entire premise behind these self-service kiosks that you will find in Walmart locations all over the U.S. is to offer shoppers an alternative to waiting in line for a cashier. The kiosks do offer shoppers some...
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Orange Mound Youth Football Team Bus Crashes in Arkansas Kills 1 and Injures 45

One child had died and at least 45 other children were injured after a youth football team bus traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee, crashed in the early morning hours Monday. According to a press release from the Arkansas police, the charter bus was traveling on Interstate 30 near the city of Benton, Arkansas., around 2:40 a.m. Monday morning when it left the surface of the road and overturned. The bus was carrying the Orange Mound Youth Association’s football team, which had attended an All-Star game in Dallas, Texas during the weekend. The team was on its way back to...
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Amber Guyger

Texas Grand Jury Indicts Amber Guyer Former Officer Who Killed Botham Jean

A Dallas grand jury has indicted a former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger for murder. Guyger allegedly shot and killed Botham Jean, an unarmed black male at his apartment on September 6. Guyger shot and killed Jean in his apartment after returning from a late night shift. According to Guyger’s arrest affidavit, she entered Jean’s apartment thinking that she was entering her own apartment and that she shot and killed Jean because she thought he was an intruder in her apartment. Guyger’s apartment was actually located on the floor directly above Jean’s apartment....
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St. Louis Stockley Protests

Four St. Louis Officers Charged With Excessive Force During Stockley Protests

Four St. Louis police officers were indicted on Federal charges this week in connection with the assault of an undercover officer during the Jason Stockley court ruling protests that took place in 2017. The four St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers that are named in the indictment are Dustin Boone, 30, Bailey Colletta, 25, Randy Hays, 31, and Christopher Meyers, 27. All four of the officers have been suspended without pay from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police force. In a statement to the press, Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards praised the department and its dedicated officers by...
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EEOC Sues Kansas City Wedding Venue for Retaliation Against Black Employee

EEOC Sues Kansas City Wedding Venue for Retaliation Against Black Employee ST. LOUIS – 28 Event Space, LLC, a popular Kansas City, Mo., wedding event space in the Crossroads district, violated federal law by retaliating against a black employee for supporting a coworker’s claims of race discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Doug Lytle, owner of 28 Event Space, retaliated against Theopilis Bryant, who is African-American, after Bryant was a witness in an earlier race...
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Dr. Jeremy Thomas of Claremore Pleads Guilty in Opioid Scheme

In November of 2017,  A Claremore doctor, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Jeremy Thomas was under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Rogers County District Attorney’s Office. When investigators contacted the Dr., they were surprised that Dr. Thomas admitted to writing prescriptions to patients for hydrocodone pills with the understanding the patients would give him some of the pills in return. Thomas gave investigators permission to search his phone and that they found text messages revealing he would engage in drug deals at various locations in Claremore, including...
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Delay Injuries Resulting From a Car Accident

Did you know that injuries following a car accident might not rear their ugly head for some time following the initial wreck? That’s right, car accident victims do not always know the full extent of their injuries for hours, days and even weeks after a wreck. The actual collision itself will cause the body to be rushed by adrenaline, and this rush will often mask the symptoms that you might feel otherwise. These delayed symptoms can make it very difficult to receive compensation for car accident-related injuries. However, delayed injuries are common following a car accident and you...
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21-Year-Old Black Man Shot by Police at Alabama Mall Was Not The Shooter

Thanksgiving is a time when families give thanks for all the many blessing that they enjoy in life. They unite to break bread, spend time with family and of course shop until you drop.  This was not the case for a family in Alabama who’s Thanksgiving day turned into a nightmare. An Alabama police officer fatally shot and killed a 21-year-old black man, Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., on Thursday night at a mall near Birmingham, turning a festive holiday shopping scene into a tragedy. Late Thursday evening, the holiday hustle and bustle of the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, about 10...
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Mysterious Santa Visits Vermont Walmart and Picked Up Everyone’s Tab

No one knows his name, in fact, nothing is known about a mystery man that visited a Vermont Walmart on November 15th, 2018 and paid for a lot of families Christmas list items – including layaway item for customers who were not even there. As one shopper, Julie Gates approached the register with a delivery box a man asked if “she was putting anything on layaway.” She said yes, referring to the package she was carrying, but she was not done with her shopping yet. The man told her he’d wait until she was done and then he would pay for everything. Gates chuckled to...
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Holiday Travel Safety Tips 2018

Holiday Travel Safety Tips 2018 Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this year? Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s cottage or a favorite vacation spot to celebrate holidays with family or friends, Jones Brown Law has simple tips to help make your drive a smooth one, so you can arrive at your destination safely and without incident. Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. If maintenance is not up to date, have your car and tires inspected before you take a long drive. Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular times...
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Chris Watts

Chris Watts Receives Life Sentence For Killing His Two Daughters and Pregnant Wife

Chris Watts Receives Life Sentence For Killing His Two Daughters and Pregnant Wife Chris Watts sat in a Colorado court awaiting his fate with his mom telling him she loves him while the family of his deceased wife cursed his very existence. Judge Marcelo Kopcow gave Watts five life sentences, three consecutive and two concurrent, with no possibility of parole in the deaths of Watt’s two daughters and pregnant wife. Before the sentence was handed down, Judge Kopcow called the case “the most inhumane and vicious crime that I have handled out of the thousands of cases that I have...
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Applebee’s Franchisee to Pay $100k In Transgender Sex Discrimination Case

Applebee’s Franchisee to Pay $100,000 To Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination and Retaliation Suit Apple-Metro, Inc. and Hawthorne Apple, LLC, which operates a franchise of the popular restaurant chain Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill in Hawthorne N.Y., will pay $100,000 and furnish other relief to settle a lawsuit for sex-based harassment and retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, restaurant staff verbally harassed the employee, a transgender woman, making crude and...
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Orrana Cunningham

Oklahoma Jury Delivers $25.5 Million Verdict Against Aetna

Oklahoma Jury Delivers $25.5 Million Dollar Verdict Against Insurance Titan Aetna An Oklahoma jury has decided that the family of a cancer patient who was denied coverage by Aetna will be rewarded $25.5 million. The jurors said that the insurer Aetna, acted “recklessly” and the verdict was meant to serve as a message for Aetna. The astounding $25.5 million dollar verdict is believed to be the largest “bad faith” case in Oklahoma history one court observer said, and could have a major impact across the U.S. for a form of cancer treatment called proton beam therapy....
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Alyssa Shepherd

Alyssa Shepherd told Police the 3 Kids She Hit and Killed ‘Were Right in Front of Her’

Jones Brown Law continues to report on the crash that killed three children at their bus stop in Indiana. Alyssa Shepherd is currently charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one count of passing a school bus when an arm signal device is extended causing bodily injury. The prosecutor in the case said the current charges the possibility of a maximum of 19 years. Shepherd is scheduled to appear in court today. The prosecutor declined to go on camera for local and national cameras but did say that this is an “unbelievable tragedy.” Detectives in the case spoke with...
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Winter Driving Safety Tips 2018

Winter Driving Safety Tips 2018 Today the winter weather has arrived all over the nation and the slipping and sliding will begin. We here at Jones Brown want all of you to take a few minutes and refresh your knowledge on the best ways to make your way safely when driving conditions are less than favorable. Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving...
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U.S. Veteran Survives Las Vegas Mass Shooting Only to Die in Thousand Oaks Shooting

A California veteran who escaped the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October of 2017 was one of the 12 people murdered at Borderline Bar & Grill Wednesday, November 7th in Thousand Oaks, California. Telemachus Orfanos was one of those in attendance for “college country night” Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California when former U.S. Marine and veteran of the Afganistan war, Ian David Long entered the packed bar, deployed smoke devices and without muttering one word, began slaughtering patrons. Orfanos, 27, was ...
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New study shows CTE could be caused by your genes

Scientists have been studying our genetic code to better determine why some people develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the Alzheimer’s-like disease that has been associated with sports and repeated hits to the head. Boston University’s CTE Center reports that a variant gene TMEM106B could influence why some people experience more severe forms of the disease than other in a newly released study. “Among people who have CTE, people with this [genetic] variation are 2.5 times more likely to develop dementia,” said Dr. Jesse Mez, assistant professor of neurology...
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Hundreds Gather to Honor Girls Scouts Killed While Collecting Trash on Side of Wisconsin Road

Hundreds Attend Vigil for Girl Scouts, Mother Killed Collecting Trash from Side of the Road in Wisconsin For the families and residents of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin there is a dark cloud looming and the sadness was palpable Sunday night as hundreds gathered to remember the four lives that were taken in the flash of an eye in a hit-and-run crash. The victims, three young girls scouts and a proud mother were killed Saturday while cleaning garbage out of a ditch in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin. Police reported to CBS News that 21-year-old Colten True was driving a pickup that left the road and hit...
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Why Every American Should Vote

Voting in America: You Can Make a Difference With election day quickly closing in, there is one question that is racing through everyone’s mind: Who will win the presidential race?  Will we continue to see red, or will there be a blue wave across America? If a person took a look at social media, they would surmise that Americans must be active in their election process, but according to recent data from the United States Census, voter turnout in the U.S. is currently among the lowest in the entire developed world.  In the last presidential election, only 53 percent of Americans...
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Alyssa Shepherd

Alyssa Shepard Charged With Reckless Homicide After Killing Identical Twins at Bus Stop

Three children, all from the same family and a fourth child was seriously injured Tuesday morning when they were struck by a pickup truck as they were about to board a bus headed for school. Identical twin6-year-old brothers, Xavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old sister Alivia Stahl were killed in the incident on a rural road in Indiana. An 11-year-old boy, Maverik Lowe, was injured as well, suffering multiple broken bones. According to ABC News, Sgt. Tony Slocum, the public information officer for the Indiana State Police stated that the driver of the truck, Alyssa Shepard, 24,...
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Opioid Prescribing Changes Coming to Oklahoma November 1st

Oklahoma has joined in the nationwide movement to restrict opioid prescriptions not only in our state but across the United States. Starting November 1st, 2018, Senate Bill 1446 will go into effect that will place limits on the number of opioid pills that a doctor can prescribe as well as places safeguards to help curb the potential for opioid abuse and dependency. Acute Pain As of November 1st, 2018, practitioners will only be allowed by law to initially prescribe a week’s worth of opioid drugs to manage acute pain to manage acute pain and must limit the dosage to the lowest...
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Robert Bowers

“I Just Want To Kill Jews” Says the Pittsburgh Shooter Robert Bowers

Pittsburgh Synagogue Gunman Said He Wanted All Jews to Die. Over the weekend, hate showed it’s hideous face once again in America after a gunman killed 11  American Jewish worshippers Saturday morning in a Pittsburgh synagogue, in what some are calling the deadliest attack even on Jews in the United States. According to law enforcement, the suspect, Robert Bowers targeted Jews online and made anti-Semitic comments during the shooting. While Bowers was receiving medical care, he reportedly told a SWAT officer that he wanted all Jews to die, according to a criminal complaint. Bowers,...
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Trucker is Ticketed for Crash That Injured Family of Four

Trucker is Ticketed for Crash That Injured Family of Four Details have been released on a semi-truck accident that occurred near Knoxville, Tennessee on October 8, 2018. The accident left multiple people injured, one seriously, after a tractor-trailer pinned their vehicle against an interstate barrier. According to a police report, Mullue Atsebiha, 28, of Sioux Fall,s South Dakota, was driving eastbound on I-40 just when the crash happened. Atsebiha was ticked for making an improper lane change. According to authorities, Atesbiha stated that he was merging into the far lane from the...
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Truck Accident Attorney

Truck Accident Attorney Truck accidents often cause serious and sometimes even fatal injuries. Because of the sheer size of such large vehicles, car accidents and motorcycle accidents involving 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other large vehicles often require medical attention and legal advice. Don’t try to handle your truck accident on your own. Make sure you have an experienced lawyer who can work with you and help you hold truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for their actions. Make sure you have Jones Brown Law working for you. WHY SHOULD I HIRE TRUCK ACCIDENT LAW FIRM...
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Steven Nguyen, left, was shot by Denver police on March, 19, 2018.

Denver Officers Cleared in Shooting Death Of Man Mistaken For Escaped Inmate [VIDEO]

3 Denver Police Officers Cleared in Shooting Death Of Steven Nguyen, a Man Mistaken For Escaped Inmate Denver’s district attorney has determined that the three officers were justified when they shot and killed Steven Nguyen, a man who had been mistaken for an escaped jail inmate. The attorney for Nguyen’s family, Spencer Bryan called the shooting “egregious” and is questioning whether the Denver police officers violated the department’s policies for firing at moving vehicles. In March of 2018, Denver police were very busy as they were searching the city for...
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Georgia Parents Say Little Caesars Pizza Badly Burned 2-Year-Old

Georgia Parents Say Little Caesars Pizza Left 2-Year-Old With Second-Degree Burns In Lawrenceville, Georgia a couple is saying that a trip to Little Caesars Pizza left their 2-year-old daughter screaming in pain after scalding-hot cheese and sauce fell onto the child’s hand and leg Friday night. The young girl’s mother, Koddi Dunn, of Cornelia, Georgia, told WXIA they were on their way home from visiting with their husband’s mother when they decided to stop at a little Caesars in Lawrenceville that they frequented. According to the Dunns, the restaurant was packed at...
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11 Infant Corpses Found in Funeral Home Ceiling

The morbid discovery of 11 babies’ corpses in the ceiling of a former funeral home in Detroit, and the investigation into who hid them — and why — follows other incidents over the years that have stoked dark fears about the mortuary business across the country. On Friday, the badly decomposed bodies of 11 infants were found in the ceiling of former Cantrell Funeral Home on Detroit’s east side, police said. State investigators had received an anonymous letter explaining how to find the bodies. Detroit police Lt. Brian Bowser was unable to say how long the remains had been...
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Ohio Judge Orders Defendant’s Mouth Taped Shut

An Ohio Judge has social media buzzing after a media outlet’s video caught the Judge ordering a defendant’s mouth taped shut during a courtroom hearing. The video indeed shows an officer of the court duct-taping the man’s face and mouth in order to silence him. The incident took place earlier this week, when a Judge in Cleveland, Ohio, ordered Franklyn Willimas, 32, to remain silent during his sentencing hearing. Despite multiple warnings from Judge John Russo, Williams continued to speak over the Judge and his own attorneys. The courtroom video, shot by and first aired...
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Deadliest Limo Accident in the U.S. in 9 Years Claims 20 Lives

  20 Killed in Limo Crash in New York; Deadliest U.S. Accident in 9 Years Schoharie, New York – The plans were made, the friends had gathered and all 17 of them piled into a white stretch limousine. Their destination? A New York brewery in upstate New York to celebrate a birthday. The excited group of friends never reached their location.   The massive vehicle, speeding downhill on Saturday, approached the intersection of two highways that residents had long warned was notoriously dangerous. And in just a few seconds of terror, their worst fears were realized: The...
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Widow Sues Walmart for Wrongful Death Following Parking Lot Shooting

Widow Sues Walmart for Wrongful Death After Parking Lot Shooting A Georgia widow is taking on the retail titan Walmart in a lawsuit following the shooting death of her husband Fadil Delkic in a Walmart parking lot in Snellville, Georgia. “Given the history of violence in their parking lots,” a wrongful death lawsuit claims, “and Wal-Mart’s knowledge they were not employing adequate security measures, it was foreseeable to Wal-Mart that the Plaintiff would be attacked in their parking lot and sustain serious injury or death.” That is the legal argument that is...
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EEOC Sues NDI Office Furniture For Sex Discrimination and Retaliation

Nashville-based NDI Office Furniture, LLC, the largest office furniture distributor in the Southern United States, violated federal law by systematically refusing to hire women to work at its Birmingham warehouse, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. When a female job applicant complained to corporate headquarters about the discriminatory policy, NDI unlawfully retaliated against her and her son, an NDI employee, by firing him, the EEOC further charged. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, in September 2015 Alicia Jenkins attempted to...
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$289 Million Awarded in Roundup Lawsuit

$289 Million Awarded in Roundup Lawsuit A former groundskeeper who sued Monsanto after one of their products left him terminally ill with cancer was awarded $289 million by a jury. The result will likely aid thousands of pending cases for people who are claiming that Monsanto’s Roundup Weed-killer caused them serious illness or injury. Speaking at a news conference, Dewayne Johnson said the following about the compensation he received, “I’m glad to be here to be able to help in a cause that’s way bigger than me.” Johnson’s case claimed that heavy...
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Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger Fired

Dallas Police Department Fires Amber Guyger Amber Guyger, the police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting of a man inside his Dallas apartment, has been fired from the department, according to a statement Dallas Police Chief Ulysha Renee Hall. Guyger was fired during a hearing Monday, Hall said. Jean’s mother, Allison, learned of Guyger’s termination during a Sunday evening conference call with Hall, family attorney S. Lee Merritt said Monday. “She also offered an explanation of why it took so long, explaining that she had to consider Ms. Guyger’s...
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Houston Dr. and Pain Management Clinic Owner Get 420 Months for Pill Mill

A Houston physician and the owner of a pain management clinic were each sentenced to 420 months in prison today for their roles in running a pill mill that provided tens of thousands of unlawful prescriptions for millions of doses of opioids and other controlled substances. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick of the Southern District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Houston Field Office made the announcement. Gazelle Craig D.O., 42,...
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Reliant Rehabilitation Holdings to Pay $6.1M Settlement in Qui Tam Lawsuit

Reliant Rehabilitation Holdings to Pay $6.1M Settlement in Qui Tam Lawsuit Reliant Rehabilitation Holdings Inc. has recently agreed to pay $6.1million to settle a qui tam lawsuit that alleged the healthcare company had an illegal kickback arranged with certain nursing homes. According to the qui tam lawsuit, the company paid significant kickbacks to nursing homes in exchange for referring their residents to the company’s rehabilitation therapy services. Reliant is a nationwide rehabilitation therapy provider based in Plano Texas. The company agrees to pay the multi-million dollar...
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Safeway Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Safeway Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination SEATTLE – Grocery store giant Safeway, Inc. violated federal law by refusing to accommodate and hire a qualified deaf applicant for various store jobs in Seattle, Wash., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. The EEOC said that Joel Sibert applied online in July 2017 for food, courtesy, produce and Starbucks clerk jobs at Safeway Store #1551 in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Based on his qualifications and experience working similar jobs, Sibert was selected for an...
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Police Officials Release Footage of Oshae Terry Shooting

Arlington TX. Police Release Body-cam Footage From Fatal Shooting of Oshae Terry Arlington, Texas police released body-camera footage from the fatal shooting of a man who drove away while an officer had his arm inside the window. Two officers had stopped an SUV to ask about an expired registration about 1:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of Califonia lane. According to police, one of the officers smelled marijuana and went back to the patrol car to run some checks while the other officer stayed near the passenger side of the vehicle. The officer by the SUV asked the driver, 24-year-old Oshae...
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Forget Opioids – Fentanyl is the New Crisis

The crisis in the U.S. has shifted from opioids to the potent painkiller Fentanyl. As the White House and Congress continue to “investigate” the issue, the death toll is on the rise reaching more than 49,000 in 2017. That is an increase of nearly 7,000 over the previous year, itself a record-breaking year. It seems that the agent of death is no longer ordinary prescription painkillers. It is Fentanyl, a prescription drug that is being mixed with heroin and other street drugs. What does this new information mean? This new information calls for an equally drastic shift in the...
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Golden Corral Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

AUGUSTA, Ga. – A Golden Corral restaurant franchisee located in Augusta, Ga., violated federal law when it unlawfully fired a server with epilepsy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today. According to the EEOC’s suit, B. Fehr, LLC, doing business as Golden Corral, terminated Alicea Cruce in May 2016 because it accused her of being unwilling or unable to control her disability. Discriminating against an employee due to a disability or perceived disability violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects...
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Ford Recalls 2 Million F-150 Trucks Due to Fire Risks

There are over 2 million Ford F-150 trucks in North America that have been recalled by the auto titan because of seat belt mechanisms that have the potential to start fires. Ford Motor Company said that it was aware of 17 reports in the United States where smoke or fires broke out, and another six in Canada, but said it didn’t know of any accidents or injuries that resulted. Ford blames the issue on the vehicle’s seat belt pretensioners, equipment designed to secure passengers in the event of an accident or crash by reducing the slack in seat belts. The equipment uses ...
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Houston Dr. Gets 12 Years for $155 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Houston Psychiatrist Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for Role in $155 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme A Houston psychiatrist was sentenced to 150 months in prison for his role in a $155 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false and fraudulent claims for psychiatric services. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowiski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of the U.S. Department...
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7 Dead In New Mexico Head-on Semi-Truck and Greyhound Bus Crash

7 Dead In Horrible a New Mexico Head-on Semi-Truck and Greyhound Bus Crash New Mexico police officials are reporting the at least 7 people were killed in when a semi-truck crashed head-on with a nearly packed Greyhound bus. “We do expect that number to rise,” New Mexico Officer Ray Wilson said Thursday concerning the horrible accident. Witnesses say the there were dozens of passengers trying to crawl out of the windows of the bus while some bystanders walked among piles of debris carrying ladders. Most of the 49 people on the bus, including adults and children, were taken to...
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Texas Police Officer Indicted of Shooting Jordan Edwards

Texas Police Officer Indicted of Shooting Jordan Edwards The verdict has been handed down and the former police officer who shot and killed 15-year -old Jordan Edwards has been indicted on a murder charge, a seemingly rare occurrence in a state and nation where criminal charges against police officers are almost nonexistent. Monday in Dallas, Texas County grand jury indicted a former Balch Springs officer on a murder charge in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. The indictment is a rarity in Texas and clearly illustrates the controversy surrounding the shooting since details...
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Uber Pays 1.9 Million to Workers for Harassment Claims

Uber has agreed to pay 56 of it’s current and former employees about  $33,900 each, or $1.9 million, to settle their claims of gender discrimination, harassment, and hostile work environment. On Monday, lawyers for the plaintiffs filed paperwork in a Northern California district court that outlined how a $10 million settlement announced in April would be divided up. In addition to the $1.9 million, another $5.1 million will be divided among more than 480 workers, including the 56 who are receiving the other payouts. The lawsuit that was filed in April of 2017 by three Latina...
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Employment Law and #MeToo Movement Lawsuits

Employment Law and #MeToo Movement Lawsuits With the recent scandals and stories coming out of Hollywood, the nations eye has been pulled to the #MeToo into full focus. This focus has brought with it the empowering of assault victims to speak up publicly about their own experiences. This movement has not only made a significant impact on the lives of victims but has also led to a spike in employment law cases. Each day, more and more victims of workplace discrimination are coming forward and making their voices heard because they feel comfortable enough to do so, as well as take legal...
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opioid overdose 2017

Record Breaking Year for Drug Overdoses in the US

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released preliminary data that shows that more than 72,000 Americans died due to drug overdoses in 2017, up nearly 7% from 2016. This preliminary death count from 2017 represents all 50 states and the District of Columbia and shows an increase of 2-fold in the past decade according to the CDC. The authors of the report say the 2017 numbers may be an underestimate due to states’ investigations into some overdose deaths may not be complete. Opioids, which include prescription painkillers along with heroin and other illegal synthetic...
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10 Deadly Mistakes Teen Drivers Make

It is that time of the year, all across the US kiddos get ready to get back in the swing of things as school is starting. For many of you, the kids are growing up fast and the morning ride on the school bus has been replaced by them driving to school on their own. Whether it be a cell phone or other passengers in the vehicle, there are many ways for your teen be distracted while driving. Jones Brown knows the impact that a deadly vehicle accident can have on a family. With that in mind here are 10 deadly mistakes teen drivers make when they are on the road. Before we begin we would like...
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EEOC Cracks Down on Harassment With Seven New Lawsuits

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed seven lawsuits this week against various employers across the country, charging them with harassment, and also announced a major resolution of a harassment, and also announced a major resolution of a harassment lawsuit. This multi-state action by the EEOC should reinforce to employers that the consequences of not preventing or stopping harassment, on all bases, is significant. “Workplace harassment causes serious harm to women and men in all kinds of jobs across the country,” said EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic. “These lawsuits...
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EEOC Sues University of Wisconsin System for Age Discrimination

EEOC Sues University of Wisconsin System for Age Discrimination Madison, Wisconsin – The University of Wisconsin  System violated federal law when it refused to hire a former longtime employee because of her age, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a recently filed lawsuit. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Bambi Butzlaff Voss, who was 53 years old and subject to a layoff from her job as a marketing and Communications Specialist at the University of Wisconsin’s  Waukesha  campus, applied for six different positions with the University of...
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Personal Injury Lawsuits and Ambulance Fee Compensation

Personal Injury Lawsuits and Ambulance Fee Compensation Following a major accident, it is not uncommon for an ambulance and EMTs to arrive at the scene and administer crucial, life-saving medical care. This, however, comes at a cost. Let’s take a moment to consider ambulance fees and how personal injury attorneys address these bills during a legal case. Ambulance and Emergency Response Costs: Yes, ambulance rides and emergency medical services can save lives, they can potentially break the bank. The average cost of an ambulance ride typically costs $900 to $1300. Emergency Medical...
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Marine Sues Food Vendor, Claims E. Coli Lead to His Discharge

Food Vendor Sued in Marine Lawsuit San Diego, Calif. – A lawsuit is being filed against the San Diego Marine Corps boot camp food provider after a former recruit fell ill, claiming an E. coli infection led to his discharge. Former marine recruit Vincent Grano, 19, is suing Sodexo, Inc., who provided food for the boot camp. Grano was one of 30 recruits who were hospitalized for E. coli after eating food prepared by Sodexo employees.   E. Coli Outbreak Leads to Complications As a result of the E. coli infection, Grano suffered from a complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. This...
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Doggy Daycare Dust-Up Results in Death: Who is Responsible?

Doggy Daycare Dust-Up Results in Death: Who is Responsible? We here at Jones Brown Law see a myriad of situations and complaints from people that need and want our help.  Unfortunately, the law rules all and we cannot help everyone that calls our office or walks through our door. Sometimes we have to be the bearers of bad news. With that in mind, here is a story that came through our doors. A prospective client reached out to us with a horrible story and asked if we could help. Apparently, the family in question had a family vacation planned and taking the entire family was not an option....
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Construction Zone Accident Attorney

Construction Zone Accident Attorney When Is the Department of Transportation or Construction Company Responsible? When you enter a construction zone, you likely have seen the signs to reduce speed or the orange “road work ahead” informing you that a construction zone is approaching. You, as a driver, have a responsibility to take necessary steps to keep construction workers safe. But, did you know that the workers and the companies that they work for have very strict guidelines they must follow to avoid construction zone accidents from occurring?  If you or a loved one has...
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Family Affected by Tragic Duck Boat Accident Sues for $100 Million

Indiana Family Sues After Duck Boat Accident A lawsuit filed on behalf of members of an Indiana family who died in the July 19th Branson Duck Boat accident seeks $100 million in damages, alleging that the tourist boat company failed to put passengers’ safety first. Branson Duck Boat Accident Lawsuit Nine members of an Indiana family drowned in the catastrophic Duck Boat accident, which had a total of 17 fatalities. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the estates of Ervin Coleman, 76, and Maxwell Ly, 2, accuses the Duck Boat industry of “willful ignorance” and refers to the boats as “death...
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Construction Accident Attorney- What to Do After a Construction Accident

What to Do After a Construction Accident Construction sites are dangerous places to work even though there are strict state and federal guidelines to prevent them. There are many things that can cause construction accident injuries such as scaffolding, welding forklifts, cranes, elevators, chemical explosions, tools, equipment trucks, tripping hazards, electricity / live wires, and more. And when an accident occurs there are many factors in construction accidents and injuries that determine who is liable for the injury. Often the cases get complicated as they involve lead contractors,...
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Two IHOP Restaurants to Pay Nearly $1 Million to 16 Employees in Sexual Harassment Suit

Two IHOP Restaurants to Pay Nearly $1 Million to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit Jones Brown reports on a story out of Illinois: Two Southern Illinois International House of Pancakes (IHOP) franchises in Glen Carbon and Alton will pay $975,000 and furnish other relief to settle a systematic sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  (EEOC). The EEOC sued on behalf of several female employees, some of which were teens at the time of their employment. An EEOC news release said that employees had suffered: “offensive sexual...
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