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The Danger of Forced Arbitration When Used to Silence Sexual Assault Victims

Published on Jun 25, 2019 at 3:29 pm in Title IX.

In Aug. 2017, a 45-year-old teacher, Aimee Palmitessa, was arrested and charged with 12 felonies related to having sex with a minor. She taught at Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California, a $44,000 per year private academy. She was known in the school to flirt with male students and make inappropriate jokes. The specific relationship she was arrested for started in 2016 with student John Doe. She first sexually assaulted him in 2017 when he was 17 and the relationship escalated from there. Other than being a minor, he was also unable to consent because the teacher-student relationship contains a power dynamic. When the school found out, she was placed on administrative leave, but the head of the school, Michael Riera, minimized allegations to parents at the school.

John Doe sued the school in Aug. 2018 in Los Angeles County Superior Court for failing to protect him by ignoring the warning signs of her behavior long before he was in her classroom. The 33-page lawsuit included the details of her grooming and assaulting Doe. But the lawsuit quickly went away from public eye from the loophole of forced arbitration.

JPMorgan Chase Seeks to Force Card Holders into Forced Arbitration Clause

Published on Jun 25, 2019 at 3:03 pm in Law and Information.

Forced arbitration is a legal process that keeps a lawsuit from going to the public courts with juries. Instead, the case is handled privately by a disinterested third party. Unlike public court, any information from the case is not released to the public. These cases usually rule in favor of the employer or company, or in this circumstance, JPMorgan Chase.

JPMorgan Chase is trying to reintroduce a forced arbitration clause they got rid of ten years ago. They agreed to temporarily drop the clause after a class-action lawsuit in 2009 that argued large banks work together to force customers into arbitration. Chase continued with the lift on the clause into 2016 because the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued rules that prohibited mandatory arbitration for financial products, including credit cards. In a way, CFPB agreed with the 2009 ruling: consumers deserve their day in court. But in 2017, President Trump overturned the rules. Now, 72% of banks use arbitration clauses. According to Patricia Wexler, a JPMorgan spokesperson, arbitration is already “standard practice” for their consumer banking and auto loan business, and so they want to extend the policy to their credit card accounts.

Autonomous Mail Delivery Truck Route Starting Between Phoenix and Dallas

Published on Jun 20, 2019 at 12:22 pm in Auto Accident.

Parked USPS mail carrier

While the United States Postal Service may be referred to as “snail mail” in this digital age, technology may soon change that. USPS has started using self-driving trucks to send mail. There aren’t any drivers to get fatigued or that will need sleep. While the test runs have a safety driver behind the wheel and an engineer in the passenger seat to evaluate everything, this is not the long-term plan. Eventually, the trucks will be able to transfer mail without needing a reason to stop.

When Is Going to an Urgent Care Clinic a Bad Idea?

Published on Jun 20, 2019 at 11:55 am in Medical Malpractice.

When an illness or injury appears out of the blue, you may be uncertain about where to go for care. If the symptoms you’re facing aren’t life-threatening, but your doctor can’t get you in right away or their office is closed, you can head to your closest urgent care clinic.

While many urgent care facilities offer convenient medical services, it’s not always the best place to go. It’s important to know when going to an urgent care clinic is a bad idea, so you can make the best decision for your health.

Here are some situations where going to an urgent care center may be a poor decision:

Two Louisville Nursing Homes Named in Senate’s Report of Facilities with ‘Poor Care’

Published on Jun 11, 2019 at 2:39 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

On Monday, June 3, almost 400 nursing homes nationwide had their names released because of their poor safety records. The list of names was made public by U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (PA-R) and Bob Casey (PA-D). Six on the list are in Kentucky, and two are located right here in Louisville. The two Louisville nursing homes named were Klondike Center and Springhurst Health and Rehab.