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How a Web of Slip-and-Fall Cases Puts a New Spin on an Old-Fashioned Scheme
May 11, 2018 via New York Times

"It sounded like an old school slip-and-fall scam with a modern-day financial twist.

Neighborhood scouts lined up victims willing to fall in potholes or deliberately trip outside of restaurants, bodegas and dry cleaners. Doctors treated patients for broken limbs, busted knees and internal injuries, including some that were fake. Sometimes they performed unnecessary procedures that drove up the potential value of the personal injury lawsuits that followed.

Lawyers filed those suits in state courts. Behind the scenes, their fees and the doctors’ were "usually paid for" by specialized finance firms, which provide high-interest loans to plaintiffs."

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Hotels & Consumers Making Headway in Anti-Room Poaching Battle

May 29, 2018 via ConvergeBlog

It’s estimated that room poaching results in upwards of $1.3 billion in lost revenue for hotels and lost funds for consumers every year.

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SCOTUS Approves Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements

May 21, 2018 via Conn Maciel Carey

In light of the Court’s decision, employers should immediately review their practices and policies governing employment agreements with arbitration clauses.
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New Maryland Sexual Harassment Law Creates Important Implications for Employers Both Inside and Outside the State
May 24, 2018 via PilieroMazza

"Described by bill sponsor Craig Zucker (D-Montgomery) as a "national model," the law, which goes into effect on October 1, 2018, is the first of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region."
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