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Rick Shapiro

BNSF Engineer Fired for Reporting Safety Problems Awarded $1.25M in Whistleblower Suit

A veteran locomotive engineer who got fired twice after going to federal regulators with concerns over his employer’s failure to fix track safety problems has won a whistleblower lawsuit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. A federal jury in Tacoma, […]

Sheller, P.C.

Philadelphia Signs Sick Leave Law

Mandatory paid sick leave was signed into law this week, in Pennsylvania, by Mayor Nutter. “Those that did not have paid sick leave are most in need of it,” said Councilman William K. Greenlee, a sponsor of the bill. “They’re […]

Scott R. Marshall

Florida Workers’ Compensation: UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Order highlights importance of judiciary in reigning in runaway legislatures

The Bombshell from Miami-Dade County Circuit Court is no doubt reverberating throughout the halls of Tallahassee this week and will most certainly dominate discussion at the 69th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference to be hosted this week by the Workers’ Compensation […]

Scott R. Marshall

SELF-EXECUTED — Florida Workers’ Compensation Law

The week before last, I am sitting in the Florida Workers’ Compensation Forum, when one of the speakers quotes a court opinion stating that to require a certain act (irrelevant to this blog) on the part of the insurance carrier […]

Scott R. Marshall

Climate Change Needed in Florida Workers’ Compensation

We need climate change in the State of Florida.  Big time! What kind of climate change you may ask?  Well, I ask you this:  when you think of “workers’ compensation fraud,” what comes to mind?  The “injured” worker collecting a […]

Michael Bogdanow

Facebook Comes Face-To-Face With Personal Injury Litigation – And It Costs Someone $80,000

Personal injury litigation is always deeply interconnected with what is happening in society. Torts that could not have been conceived of just a couple generations ago, such as “wrongful birth” (for mistakes in prenatal testing) or “bullying” (based on new […]

Michael Bogdanow

Facebook Comes Face-To-Face With Personal Injury Litigation – And It Costs Someone $80,000

Personal injury litigation is always deeply interconnected with what is happening in society. Torts that could not have been conceived of just a couple generations ago, such as “wrongful birth” (for mistakes in prenatal testing) or “bullying” (based on new […]

Clay Rossi

Hi-Tech Angels and Demons

We live in a brave new world where our technology has outstripped our traditional attitudes and expectations. The law has struggled to keep up. Two recent news items encapsulate the current struggle. One concerns an individual’s legal rights to protect […]

David Mittleman

CVS Institutes Mandatory Weight Disclosure Policy

No doubt about it, weight is a sensitive subject but also the primary focus of so many people in the U.S. Evidenced by the enormous amount of money we spend on diets and weight loss foods, we are…

Brett Emison

Yahoo! Telecommuting Ban Comes After Monitoring Employee VPN Activity

There were plenty of questions after Yahoo announced its ban on employee telecommuting – some panned the decision as an affront to workers (particularly female employees) while others noted…