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Lawsuit Filed Against Charlotte School of Law -- Attorneys Continue to Investigate

A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed by Martin & Jones and Shipman & Wright, on behalf of all students attending the Charlotte School of Law during the fall 2016 semester. The complaint alleges that Charlotte Law and its owners, InfiLaw, violated North Carolina's prohibition against unfair or deceptive trade practices, breached its fiduciary duty to students, was unjustly enriched, and committed a constructive fraud against its students. The complaint further alleges that Charlotte Law made multiple misrepresentations to current and prospective students regarding Charlotte Law's compliance with American Bar Association Standards, and failed to disclose its noncompliance even after being ordered to do so. Specifically, the complaint alleges the following:

Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections Linked to Contaminated Heater-Cooler Units

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have issued warnings concerning an increased risk of infection from heater-cooler devices used during open heart and transplant surgery. Heater-cooler devices are used during heart and transplant surgery to heat and cool a patient's blood and organs to maintain optimum body temperature during surgery. Defective heater-cooler devices have been linked to nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections. Symptoms may not appear for weeks or even years and may lead to serious illness or death.

Several Ford Models Being Recalled for Safety Belt Issue

Ford has issued a recall on more 680,000 vehicles, most of which are in the United States.  According to news reports, certain Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs vehicles are being recalled because of a safety belt issue.  Ford indicates that the front seat belts may malfunction in a crash.

Martin & Jones Continues to Investigate and File Xarelto Claims

More than 9,000 cases involving injuries or death caused by Xarelto have now been filed in state and federal courts against the manufacturer Bayer AG and its U.S. distributor Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Xarelto is a blood thinner that has been associated with severe, irreversible internal bleeding that typically occurs in the gastrointestinal tract or in the brain. According to the Food & Drug Administration which oversees the safety of pharmaceuticals, over 10,600 Xarelto users have reported injuries which required hospitalization or resulted in death since it came on the market in 2011.

Helping Our Neighbors Devastated by Hurricane Matthew

Our hearts go out to our friends and neighbors so devastated by Hurricane Matthew. We were looking for ways to help and wanted to share what we found. The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina are helping victims of this disaster, supplying "life-sustaining food, water and basic non-food essentials to the thousands affected."  Visit their websites to learn how you can donate or volunteer. Please join us in making whatever contribution you can.

Were you sold Universal Life Insurance and told the premium would never increase?

When interest rates were very high in the 1980s and 1990s, insurance companies aggressively sold Universal Life Insurance policies promising the customers that their monthly premiums would never increase. However, these insurance companies knew that the premiums on these policies would increase when interest rates inevitably went down, but chose to mislead their customers in order to make greater profits.

Jury Awards $500,000 to Injured Bicyclists in Verdict Against TWC

Martin & Jones attorneys Forest Horne and Hunt Willis represented two plaintiffs who were injured in bicycle accidents that occurred in January 2014 as a result of Time Warner Cable failing to respond to a down cable.  After a two-week trial in Wake County, a jury unanimously returned a $500,000 verdict against TWC.

What Happens When You Are Injured at Work and There Is More Than One Employer

When an employee is hurt while providing a service to more than one employer, a common question is which employer should be responsible for paying workers' compensation benefits to the injured employee. This issue usually arises when the injured employee is working through a staffing agency or temporary employment agency, or when there are multiple employers on a job site.

Medical Errors are the Third Leading Cause of Death in America and the North Carolina Legislature Doesn't Care

In a recent study published in The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), one of the foremost medical journals in the world, two researchers from Johns Hopkins concluded that medical errors account for more than 250,000 deaths every year in the United States. This places these preventable errors in an inauspicious place - the third leading cause of death for Americans, only behind heart disease and cancer. If we take a moment to let that sink in, the sheer magnitude of the problem comes into view - preventable medical errors kill more of us each year, in the country which is supposed to have the best healthcare in the world, than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke, Alzheimer's, diabetes, pneumonia, kidney disease or suicide.

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