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State and Federal Authorities Denounce Racism Amid Increasing Attacks Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, racist and xenophobic attacks against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have been on the rise. A study analyzing police department statistics across 16 major U.S. cities found anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 150% in 2020, while overall hate crimes fell by 7%. Only weeks ago, …

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Can the False Claims Act Protect Former Employees?

A recent decision out the 6th Circuit reinforces that former employees are protected from retaliation under the False Claims Act – even when the retaliatory conduct happens after they are fired or leave the company. In the lawsuit, an employee alleged he was “marginalized” for insisting on compliance with the law during his employment and …

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Legislation to Prohibit Arbitration Clauses from Denying Employees Their Day in Court

Forced arbitration is a powerful tool used by employers to limit employees from suing them in court. Under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), employers have wide latitude to force employees into mandatory arbitration. Arbitration is a binding process that is conducted by a private judge (arbitrator),  instead of a public trial. Arbitration can have many …

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False Claims Act Focus for 2021

Knowing the kinds of fraud the federal government is focused on fighting is an important warning to health care providers, contractors, grantees, and others doing business with the government. But this information is also a source of encouragement for those who blow the whistle when such business dealings turn into fraud. Acting Assistant Attorney General …

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I was involved in a T-Bone Accident – what should I do?

A “T-Bone” accident is a shorthand description of a collision where the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle. Calling it a “T-Bone” does not necessarily determine who was at fault for causing the accident.  A “T-Bone” can happen at an intersection that is controlled by stoplights or stop signs or …

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Who is at Fault in a Car Accident?

People are quick to form a judgment about who is at fault in a car crash, even if it is their own collision. However, determining fault or liability is not always that easy and often depends on the type of claim and to whom the claim is presented. In Minnesota, sometimes it does not even …

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The Equality Act – LGBTQ Discrimation Laws

Does federal law protect LGBT individuals? In a groundbreaking decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of three employee plaintiffs—two gay men and one transgender woman—in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia (which was consolidated with Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda and G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC). ‘The Court held that …

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Civil Lawsuits: Providing a path to create social change

With the Covid-19 pandemic, violent hate groups, policing misconduct, national crises, and societal challenges at the forefront, people may be quick to say, “There should be a law (or regulation) against that.” In many instances, there are laws in place. The question is, How they are enforced? Regulatory bodies such as legislatures or government agencies …

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What should you do if you are involved in an accident with a large truck?

Large trucks are central to keeping our economy rolling. Tragically, they are also the cause of countless catastrophic injuries and deaths across our country. In 2017 alone, nearly 5,000 Americans were killed by accidents involving large trucks, with tens of thousands of others suffering severe injuries. The open road sets the stage for an unfair …

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New Treasury Secretary applauds role of IRS whistleblowers

Newly confirmed Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen told the Senate Finance Committee that she was committed to respecting and protecting whistleblowers as “an important asset to the integrity of the agency and tax system more generally.” Read her written response to a question about the role of whistleblowers and a recent downturn in IRS whistleblower …

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