Can Victims of Unemployment Insurance Fraud Reclaim the Fines They Paid?

The Michigan unemployment insurance fraud scandal that began making news this past spring has done more than just cause headaches for the state’s unemployed workers, it has also forced many of them to pay steep penalties and interest for transgressions they did not commit. This situation has garnered a lot of attention from the media, as well as state legislators, as the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency’s (UIA) newly adopted computer system has, without human intervention, accused innocent men and women of committing fraud and subsequently rendered judgement against them. While the state has acknowledged the fault in their system, they haven’t exactly made it easy for innocent people who paid penalties and interest to reclaim their money. If you’re currently in this situation, you can take solace in knowing that the law is on your side.

The UIA’s automated system can send out faulty accusations of fraud for a variety of reasons, from a filing error on the part of the claimant or their former employer, to an unexplainable computer glitch. But even when innocent people have taken the necessary steps to prove that they didn’t knowingly commit fraud, they have received little to no help from the UIA, leaving many to wonder if they will ever see their money again. The UIA has publicly stated that they are committed to thoroughly reviewing each case, but yet, the vast majority of calls for help have gone unnoticed.

At 1-800-LAW-FIRM, our attorneys are hard at work helping victims of the UIA’s unjust practices, and we’re eager to help you too. These unwarranted accusations and judgments not only demonstrate a lack of oversight on the part of the UIA, but they also represent a blatant disregard for the right that every American has to due process of law. Whether you’ve just received a notice claiming that you must pay penalties and interest, or you’ve already paid and want to reclaim the money that is rightfully yours, out attorneys are ready to fight for your rights.Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!

Monsanto Lawsuit for Truthful Labeling

A lawsuit filed in California alleges Monsanto is guilty of false advertising for their claims that Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup is not harmful to humans or animals because the enzyme it targets, EPSP synthase, is only found in plants and not people or pets.

The lawsuit attests that this enzyme does in fact exist in humans and animals alike, but in gut flora, the microbiota that reside in our intestinal tracts.  Those are the tiny microorganisms that help us break down and absorb the nutrients of food and help us live normally.

They go on to say that when these gut flora are targeted, it can cause stomach problems, bowel issues, indigestion, ulcers, colitis, gluten intolerance, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, renal failure, liver disease, diabetes and endocrine disruptions along with other ailments.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has gone on to also list glyphosate as a Group 2A carcinogen, a chemical that is capable of causing cancer.

It should be a given that if people are to use a product, they should not only know what it contains, but how it can affect them and those around, which sometimes gets ignored in order to make a profit. In this particular case, it is asserted that even though Roundup may come across as innocuous, the ingredients it contains could lead to potential harm if not used properly.

This is a suit filed, not to eliminate Monsanto or a tool that many people depend upon, but to clearly label the chemicals used and the potential harm they can lead to if not used with proper care and protection for both animals and people.

Your Civil Rights: Freedom of Speech Online

In 2012 a Wisconsin man, Thomas G. Smith, posted comments on the Village of Arena’s Police Department’s Facebook Page with profanity-laden allegations of department racism.

Instead of responding in a cordial manner, or just simply removing the posts, the police department ended up arresting Mr. Smith that night. He was later convicted of using “fighting words,” which adds up to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to community service and probation.

An appellate judge then threw out the case in 2014 saying that his comments were protected under the first amendment as free speech.

Soon after, Mr. Smith filed a federal lawsuit against the Village of Arena’s Police Department alleging unreasonable search and that his civil rights were violated in an attempt to deter his free speech.

This suit was just ruled in his favor, and the damages awarded added up to $35,000 for the injustice as well as the damage done to his life and reputation because of a few off color (but still non-threatening) remarks.

This is just one instance where an individual’s civil rights were violated. In this situation, one person’s right to free speech.

Now, if people are to criticize those that serve and protect, even in a vulgar tone, they are allowed to do so without fear of arrest or intimidation because of the First Amendment.  This civil right also extends to all social media platforms.  As long as people do not threaten the lives or wellbeing of those being criticized, no matter how profane, there is no reason that they should be arrested and convicted of anything.

Needless to say, if anyone finds that their first amendment rights infringed upon, a qualified lawyer should be retained immediately to help navigate the choppy waters ahead.  Civil rights attorneys know how to evaluate the situation and choose the right strategy for any particular case.

If you need a qualified civil rights lawyer, our team here at 1-800-LAW-FIRM may be just who you need.  Give us a call, and one of our experienced attorneys will gladly speak with you free of charge about your particular case.

FDA: MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. Recall on PROFEMUR Neck Varus/Valgus CoCr 8 Degree, Part number PHAC 1254

The FDA has released a note regarding MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. recall on their PROFEMUR Neck Varus/Valgus CoCr 8 Degree, Part number PHAC 1254, which is a modular neck component used with prosthetic parts including a femoral head and femoral stem in total hip replacement surgeries.

Post surgery, this modular neck model has been known to fracture in patients. Immediate symptoms include sudden pain and instability coupled with a difficulty in walking or completing simple tasks.

A revision surgery is required in order to remove and replace the fractured neck, and any other components that have been damaged. And it should be noted that along with this defect and revision surgery, serious health events could occur, including neurovascular damage, hematoma (a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues), hemorrhage (an escape of blood from a ruptured blood vessel, especially when profuse) and even death.

Health care professionals and doctors have all been alerted to this recall.

If you believe to have been a recipient of this defective modular neck, you should contact your doctor immediately.

Also, if you have experienced any adverse affects of this unit, or any other bad drug or faulty medical device, you should make it a point to alert the FDA’s MedWatch to help insure that the products medical manufactures produce are properly scrutinized for patient safety.