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.

What Should You Do If You Miss Your Tax Extension Deadline?

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.

Who Are the Types of People to Commit Sexual Abuse?

The short answer could be anyone.  Some are more likely to reoffend than others, and depending on the person may have different motives for committing sexual abuse.

However, these are people that tend to have strong ties to the community, with a normal life, stable relationships, gainfully employed, and lack of criminal history.  And the people that are often preyed upon tend to have a personal, or very close professional relationship.

We will be focusing in mainly on the helping professionals that come into our lives, such as doctors, therapists, teachers, clergy, coaches and other similar people.  This is not an exhaustive list, but a good starting point.  Basically, we want to focus in on those that assume authority to help us improve wellbeing, and ourselves whether from athletic ability and recovery to healing our minds, bodies and souls.

How to Spot the Sexual Abusers

Why is it so hard to spot these offenders from the start?  Maybe it’s because we are told, through media portrayal as well as others, that these sexual offenders are monsters and that is what we are basically looking for.  As humans, we do tend to look for the stereotypical signs of danger in others.  And while you should always keep your guard up against those that legitimately give you cause for concern, the people that commit sexual abuse can be quite the opposite.  They can be charismatic, thoughtful, well educated and carry the authority that comes with their field.  From there, they can create an atmosphere that feels professional, safe and conducive to healing, growing and learning.

Now, we are not saying that you should live in fear. However, you should always be aware of your surroundings and situations.  It should also be stated that abuse does not typically happen right off the bat.  There is usually a lengthy process that sexual abusers go through to when selecting a victim.  This process can be hard to identify as it can happen through normal interactions.

Here are some potential red flags that you will want to keep an eye out for:

  • Discussing intimate details of the professional’s life
  • Sitting too close for comfort
  • Initiating more “unconventional methods” that may include hugging, hand holding or other forms of close contact
  • Giving seductive looks
  • Special attention outside of sessions, including lunch, dinner and social activities
  • Changing business hours and schedules so that no one else is around
  • Giving and receiving gifts
  • Providing/using alcohol or illicit substances during sessions
  • Telling the person that he or she may “love you” or “you are special”
  • Relying on the person for emotional support or advice

And a few that may apply more towards the physical areas of healing and development

  • Body work that gets too sensual or seductive
  • Physical touching that gets too close to, or into private areas
  • Having a victim’s private time before or after sessions being interrupted, such as washing, changing clothing, etc.

What to Do Next

Keep in mind that this list is just a starting point, and is not exhaustive or exclusive to one particular area of practice.  Also, mental manipulation may cloud one’s ability to readily spot some of these red flags.

But, after each visit, take a moment to decompress, clear the mind and break down your visit with some of the potential red flags in mind.  If something seems amiss, trust your gut instincts and begin to take action.

Start by cutting off ties first and foremost.  Cancel your appointments and document your experiences.  Do not hesitate to reach out to a close family member, friend or significant other and let them be the strength needed to go through the next steps of reporting the offender to who may be most appropriate, whether it’s management, business owners or law enforcement.  And depending on how far things get, you may want to seek counseling with professionals who will have your best interests at heart.

Also, do not overlook taking legal action against a sexual abuser.  This may be one of the hardest things to do, because the violations are of such a personal and embarrassing nature.  But with the right support system you will be able to help stop the abuse as well as help any other victims come forward.  And with legal action, you are also raising the overall awareness of sexual abuse, making it just a little bit easier to talk about, which leads to educating and empowering others to stop abuse before it can even start.