NTL Dual Event Pass

The Business of Law presented by The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is less than two months away, and we are excited to announce our member-exclusive dual event pass just for YOU! This year’s dual event pass, courtesy of The National Trial Lawyers, includes tickets to both The Business of Law and the 2023 Trial Lawyers Summit. By taking advantage of this special offer and registering now, you will be able to join us at both conferences for only $1,790. That’s right, a $800 savings for both events! 

On November 13-15, 2022, we will be hosting The Business of Law Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. This 3-day conference is a great opportunity to gain insight from some of the top industry leaders that will be discussing How to Hire and Retain A+ Team Members, Converting Leads into Clients, Strategic Branding, and Financial Growth for Firm Growth. All of these topics will help guide you on the way to gaining the maximum return on investment for your firm, so that you can go from unprecedented to wildly profitable! For more details on The  Business of Law Conference, view our full agenda

Attorneys nationwide will come together to learn the latest tips and tricks from some of the top industry leading attorneys. 

On January 23-26 2023, the Trial Lawyers Summit, also presented by The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 will be hosted back home at the Loews Miami Beach in Miami, FL. At next  year’s Trial Lawyers Summit, attorneys, paralegals, students, and firm administrators from all over the country will have the opportunity to learn from many talented speakers about improving their trial skills and business management skills. This unique conference is the perfect destination to connect with the trial community while learning the most up-to-date legal practices while offering numerous networking opportunities as well as educational sessions that focus on improving your trial and business skills.

Attendees of the Trial Lawyers Summit enjoy an evening of great food and live entertainment. 

If you are determined to enhance your legal processes and perfect your practice, this one-of-a-kind special offer is something you are not going to want to miss, make sure you register today to combine and save on this year’s upcoming events!

Uber Pays New Jersey $100M Over Worker Classification Dispute

Uber may have built its hailing empire, in part, by notoriously skirting past local laws and regulations, but at least one state’s finally forcing the company to pay up.

On Tuesday, Uber agreed to pay New Jersey $100 million in back taxes over claims the company misclassified thousands of drivers as independent contractors between 2014-2018. That mischaracterization, according to an audit conducted by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, may have prevented thousands of workers from being able to receive critical resources like unemployment, disability and family leave insurance. Though narrowly focused on New Jersey workers, the payout potentially marks an inflection point for drivers across the country who’ve, for years, refuted Uber’s labeling of them as so-called “gig workers.”

“We will not tolerate companies that misclassify their workers, thereby denying employees vital benefits and dodging their obligation to contribute to programs that benefit the workforce,” New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin said in a statement. “By misclassifying workers, companies both harm their employees and sidestep their obligations under the law. New Jersey will continue to enforce our employee misclassification laws aggressively to prevent such conduct.  As the economy changes, we will vigorously defend workers’ rights.”

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Fans File Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Washington Commanders After Suffering Injuries from Broken Railing at Stadium

Four New Jersey football fans are suing the Washington Commanders, alleging they are still coping with injuries sustained in January when a railing broke at FedEx Field and several spectators fell.

The fans who filed the lawsuit Friday are each seeking upwards of $75,000 for damages they say they suffered at the game and the issues they say they’ve dealt with since.

The collapse occurred after a game between Washington’s football team and the Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 2, 2022, NBC Sports Washington reported.

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Family Sues Texas Assisted Living Facility for Staff Negligence Following Attack on Dementia Patient

A family is suing a Beaumont assisted living facility, claiming the neglect of its staff made way for an attack that worsened the memory of elderly man with dementia.

The entire attack was caught on camera. 

The children of then 80-year-old Charles Jinks decided it was time to get him professional care in 2020, after Hurricane Delta tore through Louisiana. Charles Jinks has dementia, and the chaos of the evacuation led his children to begin looking for assistance.

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Toyota Reaches Class-Action Settlement of $150M Over U.S. Fuel Pump Recall

Toyota has reached a potential settlement with upwards of $150 million to resolve class-action litigation in the United States related to the recalls of approximately 3.36 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

The settlement covers owners and lessees of a multitude of Toyota and Lexus vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2020. These vehicles are equipped with a Denso low-pressure fuel pump which could cause vehicles to run rough and ultimately lose engine power and stall. Toyota recalled more than 5.8 million vehicles worldwide throughout 2020 and 2021 due to the defect.

This preliminary settlement was filed in federal court in Brooklyn but still requires a judge’s approval.

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Boy Scouts to Exit Bankruptcy Following the Approval of a $2.46B Settlement

The Boy Scouts of America secured approval of a $2.46 billion reorganization plan from a bankruptcy judge on Thursday that will allow the youth organization to exit Chapter 11 and settle decades of claims by more than 80,000 men who say they were abused as children by troop leaders.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein in Wilmington, Delaware signed off on the restructuring plan after the Boy Scouts made changes to address portions of a previous settlement proposal she had rejected.

The biggest change in the amended plan was the removal of a $250 million settlement payment from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which Silverstein refused to approve.

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Oil Company Found Guilty of Negligence in the Discharging of Crude off Southern California Coast

An oil company on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to negligently discharging crude off the Southern California coast when its underwater pipeline ruptured last year, a spill that closed miles of shoreline and shuttered fisheries.

Meanwhile, Houston-based Amplify Energy and two of its subsidiaries agreed to enter no contest pleas to killing birds and water pollution in court on Friday in a settlement with the county and state officials stemming from the same October 2021 oil spill.

Amplify’s pipeline broke off the Orange County coast, spilling about 25,000 gallons (94,600 liters) of oil into the Pacific Ocean. The rupture closed beaches for a week and fisheries for more than a month, oiled birds and threatened local wetlands.

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Former Patient in Tennessee Sues Hospital Over Allegations of Staff Negligence and Injuries

A former patient is suing Blount Memorial Hospital and three other entities, alleging that hospital staff “failed to protect” him from abuse and dealt him both physical and emotional injuries.

In a lawsuit brought Aug. 29 against BMH, Southeastern Health Facilities, Inc., which does business as Etowah Health Care Center, M-K Management Services, Inc. and M-K Management, LLC in Blount County Circuit Court, Tom Stamey contends that the poor care he was given as a hospital patient and nursing home resident in 2021 caused him physical ailments including “skin breakdown.”

The lawsuit states that Stamey was a BMH patient approximately between Aug. 21 and Sept. 13 of 2021. After being discharged from the hospital, he was moved to Etowah Health Care Center, a McMinn County nursing home.

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Juul Agrees to Pay Nearly $440M to Settle Lawsuits Regarding Marketing Probe

Electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs has agreed to pay nearly $440 million to settle a two-year investigation by 33 states into the marketing of its high-nicotine vaping products, which have long been blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced the deal Tuesday on behalf of the states plus Puerto Rico, which joined together in 2020 to probe Juul’s early promotions and claims about the benefits of its technology as a smoking alternative.

The settlement, which includes numerous restrictions on how Juul can market its products, resolves one of the biggest legal threats facing the beleaguered company, which still faces nine separate lawsuits from other states. Additionally, Juul faces hundreds of personal lawsuits brought on behalf of teenagers and others who say they became addicted to the company’s vaping products.

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Uber Agrees to Pay $8.4M for Driver Misclassification

Uber recently agreed to pay $8.4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit with California drivers who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors, rather than employees. The U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California approved the settlement on July 21.

The settlement applies to drivers who used the Uber Rides App in California between Feb. 28, 2019, and Dec. 16, 2020, or who used the Uber EATS App in California between June 28, 2016, and Oct. 7, 2021, and who opted out of Uber’s arbitration agreement. It does not reclassify drivers as employees.

“These kinds of cases are becoming very common in California,” said Jennifer Shaw of Shaw Law Group in Sacramento, Calif. “Independent contractor issues have been in the news for several years, but we are seeing more cases being filed.

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