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Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid, Education Dept #student #loans,suits #and

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Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid, Education Dept. Says

Students attended graduation at the City College of New York last year. The federal Education Department has raised the possibility that students’ acceptance into a loan forgiveness program could be rescinded. Credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

More than 550,000 people have signed up for a federal program that promises to repay their remaining student loans after they work 10 years in a public service job.

But now, some of those workers are left to wonder if the government will hold up its end of the bargain — or leave them stuck with thousands of dollars in debt that they thought would be eliminated.

In a legal filing submitted last week, the Education Department suggested that borrowers could not rely on the program’s administrator to say accurately whether they qualify for debt forgiveness. The thousands of approval letters that have been sent by the administrator, FedLoan Servicing, are not binding and can be rescinded at any time, the agency said.

The filing adds to questions and concerns about the program just as the first potential beneficiaries reach the end of their 10-year commitment — and the clocks start ticking on the remainder of their debts.

Four borrowers and the American Bar Association have filed a suit in United States District Court in Washington against the department.

The plaintiffs held jobs that they initially were told qualified them for debt forgiveness, only to later have that decision reversed — with no evident way to appeal, they say. The suit seeks to have their eligibility for the forgiveness program restored.

“It’s been really perplexing,” said Jamie Rudert, one of the plaintiffs. “I’ve never gotten a straight answer or an explanation from FedLoan about what happened, and the Department of Education isn’t willing to provide any information.”

The forgiveness program offers major benefits for borrowers, advocates say, to the point of persuading some people to take public service jobs instead of more lucrative work in the private sector. The program generally covers people with federal student loans who work for 10 years at a government or nonprofit organization, a diverse group that includes public school employees, museum workers, doctors at public hospitals and firefighters. The federal government approved the program in 2007 in a sweeping , bipartisan bill .

About 25 percent of the nation’s work force may qualify for the program, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimated. Eligibility is based on a borrower’s employer and whether it meets the program’s rules, not on the specific work an applicant does.

On its website, the Education Department directs borrowers who believe their employer qualifies to submit a certification form to FedLoan. If the form is approved, the Education Department transfers the borrower’s loans to FedLoan, which collects payments and tracks the borrower’s progress toward the 120 qualifying monthly payments they must make before the remaining balances will be forgiven.

Only a small fraction of the millions of workers who might qualify for the program have begun the process of using it. Fewer than 553,000 borrowers have submitted at least one certification form to FedLoan and received its approval, according to Education Department data. Borrowers are encouraged to submit a new certification form each year.

But some of those approved borrowers might get bad news because it is unclear whether the certifications are valid.

Mr. Rudert submitted the certification form in 2012 and received a letter from FedLoan affirming that his work as a lawyer at Vietnam Veterans of America. a nonprofit aid group, qualified him for the forgiveness program. But in 2016, after submitting his latest annual recertification note to FedLoan, he got a denial note.

The decision was retroactive, he was told. None of his previous work for the group would be considered valid for the loan forgiveness program.

What changed? Mr. Rudert said he did not know. After filing a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he received a reply from FedLoan saying that his application “had initially been approved in error.” He has not been told what the error was, and has not found any way to appeal the decision.

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Mr. Rudert and the American Bar Association filed their suit in December, alleging that the Education Department acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in making its decisions about which employers qualified.

Last week, the department filed a reply that said that FedLoan’s responses to borrowers’ certification forms cannot be trusted.

A FedLoan approval letter “does not reflect a final agency action on the borrower’s qualifications” for the forgiveness program, the department wrote.

The idea that approvals can be reversed at any time, with no explanation, is chilling for borrowers. Mr. Rudert, who graduated from law school owing nearly $135,000 on student loans, said he would have picked a different employer if he had known that his work at Vietnam Veterans of America would not qualify.

A FedLoan spokesman would not comment on the case, referring questions to the Department of Education. A department spokesman also declined to comment on the suit or on any of the issues it raised, including whether any mechanism exists for borrowers to challenge a denial.

That lack of transparency has been a hallmark of the forgiveness program, said Natalia Abrams, the executive director of Student Debt Crisis. an advocacy group.

The program’s rules are complex. Only certain types of federal loans qualify, meaning that many borrowers need to restructure their debt to make it eligible — and the Education Department has done little to clarify gray areas, Ms. Abrams said.

No borrowers’ debts have been eliminated. Because 10 years of service are required, the first wave of qualified workers will be eligible to submit applications for debt forgiveness in October.

At that point, others whose certifications were approved by FedLoan could discover that the Education Department has a different position. Some employers clearly qualify — the definition of a “government organization” is fairly straightforward — but the rules for certain nonprofit organizations are harder to interpret.

“It’s kind of a no man’s land,” Ms. Abrams said. “We don’t know how this will pan out.”

Linda Klein, president of the American Bar Association, called the department’s response “illogical, untenable and bewildering.” An unreliable certification system “exposes those undertaking public service work — exactly what Congress intended them to do — to crippling financial risk,” she said.

Mr. Rudert left Vietnam Veterans of America in 2015 and now works at Paralyzed Veterans of America. helping former service members appeal denied applications for disability benefits.

The work is almost identical to what he did in his former job, Mr. Rudert said. Last year, FedLoan approved his certification request and deemed Paralyzed Veterans of America a qualified employer.

A version of this article appears in print on March 31, 2017, on Page B1 of the New York edition with the headline: U.S. Promises to Clear Debt for Students May Be False. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe


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Women are suing the NHS over their vaginal mesh implants #vaginal #mesh #litigation


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Over 800 women are suing the NHS after their vaginal mesh implants have left them in pain so severe they are unable to walk, work or have sex – with some even considering suicide

By Alexandra Thompson Health Reporter For Mailonline 09:47 BST 18 Apr 2017, updated 02:00 BST 19 Apr 2017

  • Patient Claire Cooper says her husband has been forced to become her carer
  • Kate Langley has been admitted to hospital 53 times to try and relieve the pain
  • An expert claims the devices are made available without proper testing
  • The implants are meant for incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse after birth
  • Over 92,000 had the devices fitted from April 2007 to March 2015 in England

Over 800 women are suing the NHS and device manufacturers after being left in permanent pain thanks to their vaginal mesh implants.

Certain implants have cut into women’s vaginas, causing discomfort so severe that one sufferer was nearly driven to suicide.

Others have been left unable to walk, work or have sex.

The implants are intended to treat incontinence after childbirth and pelvic organ prolapse, which occurs when the bladder pushes against the vagina’s walls.

Between April 2007 and March 2015, over 92,000 women had vaginal mesh implants fitted in England. Of which, around one in 11 have experienced problems, according to NHS data from the Hospital Episodes Statistics.

Over 800 women in the UK are suing the NHS due to the agonising pain caused by their vaginal mesh implants, fitted to treat incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse after birth

The protruding implants have also injured women’s partners during sex.

Claire Cooper first experienced pain three years after her implant was fitted, the BBC reported.

Doctors diagnosed the source of discomfort as her womb, which was removed when she was 39.

When the pain continued, a GP even accused her of imagining it.

WHAT ARE VAGINAL MESH IMPLANTS?

The devices repair damaged or weakened tissue in the vagina wall.

Some women report severe and constant abdominal and vaginal pain following the surgery.

Despite criticism, the procedure is still performed if a woman’s incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse is severe.

Women should be made aware of the potential risks of the implants and agree to proceed regardless.

Ms Cooper’s pain was so severe she even planned to commit suicide, but chose to live for the sake of her children.

Her constant pain has forced her husband to become her carer.

She said: ‘We haven’t had sex for four-and-a-half years. This stuff breaks up marriages.

‘I wouldn’t at all be surprised if there are mesh-injured women that have taken their own lives and didn’t know what the problem was.

‘I want the procedure banned, I want the material banned.’

Kate Langley has been admitted to hospital 53 times to try and relieve the pain.

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Yet, the mesh is too close to her nerve to be completely removed, leaving her with nerve damage.

Ms Langley was forced to give up her childminder business because the pain left her unable to look after the children.

Consultant urogynaecologist Dr Sohier Elneil has treated patients who have been immobilised by the pain.

She said: ‘They become so incapacitated that many of them are either walking by crutches or sitting in wheelchairs and, perhaps more dramatically so, they become unable to look after their families.’

Many of the women fitted with the device claim they were never told of its potential dangers.

Around 100 types of vaginal mesh implants are available in the UK.

No model has been withdrawn to date.

Consultant urogynaecologist Dr Sohier Elneil says she treats women suffering such severe pain that they are confined to a wheelchair and unable to look after their families

The implants are made of a type of plastic commonly used in packaging and are manufactured by many different companies, including Johnson Johnson.

A leaked email from Johnson Johnson suggests it was aware of problems with one of its implants back in 2004.

The email said the company needed to start a ‘major damage control offensive’ because ‘the competition will have a field day’.

The manufacturer claims highlighting this email in isolation is ‘extremely misleading’.

According to Carl Heneghan, professor of evidence based medicine, University of Oxford, manufacturers are simply required to demonstrate their implant is similar to an existing one on the market before it is made available on the NHS.

Yet, the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency maintains vaginal mesh implants are safe and effective for the majority of women.

The meshes are prescribed on the NHS throughout the UK, although a recent Scottish review said they should not be routinely used for pelvic organ prolapse.

Professor Carl Heneghan claims manufacturers are simply required to show their vaginal mesh implants are similar to those on the market before they get made widely available on the NHS

If the women are successful in their legal case, the NHS compensation payout could be tens of millions of pounds.

Thousands of women have successfully sued manufacturers in the US, receiving payouts that total several billion dollars.

Johnson Johnson’s subsidiary, Ethicon, said it was ‘vigorously defending litigation,’ claiming it acted appropriately in the development of these devices, which have helped millions of women.

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Internet Defamation and Online Libel – Internet Law Firm #internet #defamation #lawyer, #internet #defamation

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Internet Defamation and Online Libel

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Should you require the services of an experienced Internet defamation attorney . Hinch Newman focuses on issues pertaining to Internet defamation and trade libel. where our primary goal is to have the unlawful material swiftly removed from the relevant website and avoid litigation.

The majority of these personal and professional attacks upon the reputation and good-will of an individual or a legitimate business are “anonymous” in nature, using anonymous e-mail addresses or screen names, and made with the intention of evading identification by their victim, and thus, liability. Adding further complexity, pursuant to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act . Internet Service Providers are generally not liable for the defamatory comments of its users. Despite the fact that most Internet Service Providers refuse to remove libelous user-generated content, Internet anonymity does not render the end-user, or “publisher,” immune from prosecution.

Hinch Newman has vast experience and concentrates on successfully resolving Internet defamation and online reputation issues for both speakers and victims of online defamation. In fact, we have had numerous posts containing defamatory, false, or misleading comments “voluntarily” removed by the website owner or “anonymous” poster, without the need to resort to formal litigation. Our successes include having defamatory allegations removed from several social media websites, review-based websites, consumer complaint-based websites and blogs (on-shore and off-shore), private blogs, message boards, and even Internet-based newspaper blogs/postings.

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As top rated Jacksonville Attorneys, we work to balance the scales of justice for those that need it most, one client at a time. Our firm’s national reputation was earned by staying true to the core beliefs discussed in our mission statement. The Personal Injury and Commercial Trial Attorneys at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. have been listed in Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite and Florida’s Super Lawyers. They also serve in prominent positions in local and state trial lawyers’ associations and have testified before the legislature on numerous occasions on issues of importance to the justice system.

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TECHNOLOGY; Temp Workers At Microsoft Win Lawsuit – The New York Times #microsoft #corp,labor,fringe

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TECHNOLOGY; Temp Workers At Microsoft Win Lawsuit

David Stobaugh, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, estimated that 8,000 to 12,000 former temporary workers would qualify for an award under the settlement, with the average award expected to run about $10,000.

”This case has gotten a lot of publicity, and as a result, a lot of employers have decided to change their policies,” said Mr. Stobaugh, whose Seattle-based law firm stands to gain 28 percent of the settlement. ”These employers recognized they shouldn’t have people working at their company for a long time who don’t get benefits. And for those companies who haven’t changed their policies, this settlement sends a message that it could be very expensive not to change.”

These temp workers at Microsoft, who called themselves ”permatemps” because many worked there for more than two years, asserted that the company maintained a fiction that they were temp workers by hiring them through temp agencies to avoid paying them stock options, pensions and health coverage.

In 1997, the United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that according to the rules governing Microsoft’s employee discount stock purchase program, these temp workers should be considered regular workers and they should, therefore, have been able to take part in the stock purchase program. The court was not asked to deal with the issue of whether the temps were entitled to take part in the far more lucrative stock options program.

Temp employees, who had to wear orange badges, while regular employees wore blue badges, often complained that they were not invited to company Christmas parties or summer outings and were not allowed to shop at the company store, where employees received deep discounts. Microsoft now has about 42,000 regular employees worldwide, as well as 5,000 temporary employees.

Mr. Stobaugh said that the awards to individual employees would be paid in cash and would be based in part on how long they worked at Microsoft. That cash payment would be based on the amount of stock they would have been able to buy in the discount stock purchase program if they had been allowed to, and how the value of the stock would have appreciated, assuming the employee sold the stock after a year.

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”Microsoft continues to be a great place to work, and we value everyone who contributes to our products and services,” said Deborah Willingham, Microsoft’s vice president for human resources. ”We are pleased to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both sides and resolves this litigation.”

In trading yesterday, Microsoft shares rose 31 cents, to $58.38.

Over the last year, Microsoft has hired about 3,000 temp employees as permanent employees with full benefits. Stung by criticisms that such a wealthy corporation should not rely on temp agencies that provided lesser benefits, Microsoft has adopted a policy favoring agencies that provide more generous benefits. And to make clear that the temps it hires are not permanent employees, the company requires those temp workers who stay at Microsoft for 12 months to leave the company for at least 100 days.

”Microsoft is constantly working to ensure that its employment policies make this a great place to work,” said Matt Pilla, a company spokesman. ”There are ongoing changes, and obviously we factor in when employees have problems with our employment policies.”

Since Microsoft has more than $20 billion in cash and cash equivalents, company officials said the settlement would have little effect on the company’s bottom line. And Mr. Pilla said the settlement would not have a material effect on Microsoft’s financial results.

Larry Spokoiny, one of the eight named plaintiffs, hailed the settlement. Mr. Spokoiny, who worked at Microsoft from May 1989 to September 1990, testing Microsoft Word software, said he was surprised what happened after he answered a Microsoft employment ad. When offering him a job, a company official told him that he was not going to receive employee benefits even though he was to do the same work as many regular employees.

”This is a huge victory for the workers,” Mr. Spokoiny said. ”Before, they used to do this just to save some cash for themselves. It sounds to me as if they learned something from this lawsuit, and I think many other companies across the nation are going to sit up and take note.”

As the two sides sparred for years in the lawsuit, Microsoft officials estimated that the plaintiffs would receive less than $10 million, while the plaintiffs’ lawyers predicted an award in the hundreds of millions. The settlement covers temp employees who worked at Microsoft from January 1987 to June 2000.

Microsoft embraced the use of long-term temps in the early 1990’s after the Internal Revenue Service found that it and many other companies had wrongly classified as independent contractors thousands of full-time workers who should have been considered regular employees.

Correction: December 14, 2000, Thursday A headline in Business Day yesterday about a lawsuit brought against Microsoft by temporary employees who accused the company of improperly denying them benefits misstated the outcome. The suit was settled for $97 million; the workers did not win it.

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Criminal Defense Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – James M #lawyer, #attorney, #representation, #legal, #law,

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If you or a loved one are facing investigation, arrest, trial or jail time, in South Western Pennsylvania State or Federal Court, then you need an aggressive Criminal Defense Plan. You need James M. Herb. That includes having a Pennsylvania Criminal Attorney that is experienced and dedicated to seeking justice for people who are charged with a crime.

Whether you’ve been accused of:

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You need your Criminal Defense Lawyer at your side.

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Is there a warrant out for your arrest? Is it an arrest warrant or a bench warrant? Can you get out of jail on bond? How do you get a bail bond? How much does bond have to be? Do you want a jury Trial? Should you negotiate a plea bargain? What about your past criminal record? What if you were not alone? Does it matter if you are facing criminal charges in a State of Federal Court? How much does a Criminal Defense Lawyer cost? Will you lose your driver’s license (or child or car or gun)? An experienced Criminal Defense Attorney can answer all these questions for you, and help you decide what is best for your case.

Choosing the Best Criminal Attorney for Your Case

Anyone facing an allegation that they have violated a criminal law needs a criminal defense attorney they can respect and trust. Money, jail time and even someone’s life may be on the line and a criminal lawyer has to be trusted to fight hard for his client’s best interests.

James M. Herb has more than 30 years experience in helping people who are facing criminal authorities in arrests, allegations, investigations, trials or appeals.

Before deciding on a criminal defense lawyer for your case, you should talk with the attorney and get a feel for how you will work together. There is no bond like that between a criminal defense lawyer and his client, and deciding who to hire as your criminal defense attorney may be the most important decision of your life.

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RESULTS The attorneys at Girardi | Keese have recovered more than $10 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients who have been injured or killed because of someone else’s actions. View Our Success Stories

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Back in 1965, when Girardi | Keese first opened its doors, the issues were simple. Person A hurt Person B, but Person A did not mean to cause harm.

Over the years, however, we noticed a moral component entering into our legal work. Person A (often a big company, not a single person) made decisions knowing full well that Person B (plus lots of people like Person B) would be hurt. The big company, however, thought profits would far outweigh the risks. Person B became an unimportant casualty in the quest for quarterly income statements, stock options and dividends.

You Are Not an Unimportant Casualty in the Quest for Profit

For the trial lawyers at Girardi | Keese. that is wrong. If you are the victim of another person’s (or company’s) negligent, reckless or illegal actions, call 800-401-4530 or send us an email. We have the resources and the passion to give a voice to people who have suffered personal injury and financial harm because of the often-deliberate actions of big companies.

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We help people in California (nationwide in select cases) in legal matters involving personal injury, defective products, toxic torts, business law, and employment law.

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Our success stories show how often and for how long we’ve helped David fight Goliath. We’ve recovered more than $10 billion in verdicts and settlements for people injured or killed because of negligence and wrongdoing. To have us fight for you, call 800-401-4530.

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Girardi | Keese keeps fighting back, providing a voice and a team of accomplished lawyers for people who have been injured. Tough cases require a law firm with resources, so you can count on us to ably and effectively represent you.

When our colleagues say, It’s a Girardi | Keese case, that means the case will get the resources it needs, that we will face the biggest companies in the world without blinking, without backing down, and that we will work for what is legally and morally right — fair compensation for every client.

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Our Success Stories

  • $4.85 billion settlement with Merck for personal injuries to consumers of the drug Vioxx.
  • $1.9 billion settlement with Sempra Energy on behalf of California consumers who were.
  • $1.7 billion settlement with El Paso Gas on behalf of California consumers who were.
  • $785 million jury verdict against several chemical manufacturers for toxic tort.
  • $633 million settlement with PG E for toxic tort personal injury claims by.
  • $300 million settlement with PG E for toxic tort personal injury claims by.
  • $200 million settlement with Farmers Insurance for homeowners whose property had been.
  • $90 million settlement with Lockheed, after the initial 25 plaintiffs in the case were.
  • $68 million settlement with a major pharmaceutical company for personal injuries to.
  • $46 million settlement with Rent-A-Center for class action alleging overpricing of.
  • $45 million jury verdict against the Ford Motor Company in a product liability case, for.
  • Multi-million dollar settlement with a California amusement park for 4-year-old boy.
  • $35 million settlement with major supermarket for 11-year-old girl who suffered.
  • $30 million settlement with international insurance company for committing bad faith.
  • $25 million jury verdict against B. Braun for theft of trade secrets involving a.
  • $13 million settlement with Chevron USA for contamination of water wells in.
  • $12.5 million jury verdict against the Masonic Home for negligent supervision.

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