Robert Snell The Detroit News Published 8:47 PM EDT Oct 12, 2018 Detroit — A federal grand jury is investigating a bribery conspiracy that benefited prominent personal injury attorney Mike Morse's law firm, according to records filed Friday in federal court. The court records describe a scheme involving bribed police officers, a twist on ambulance chasing and Morse's eponymous firm, a high-profile office due to its ubiquitous television commercials and roadside billboards throughout Metro Detroit. The criminal case involves multiple targets of an ongoing criminal investigation in which FBI agents probed whether the owner of physical therapy centers and others bribed police officers to obtain unofficial accident reports. Once the officers were bribed, the accident reports were sent to several companies, including Morse's law firm, to be used in soliciting clients, according to the court filing. Morse has not been charged with wrongdoing by the … [Read more...] about Feds probe scheme that benefited Mike Morse’s law firm, records show
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Home Daily News Courts can't order Yelp to take down negative… Internet Law By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted July 5, 2018, 7:10 am CDT Tero Vesalainen / Shutterstock.com The California Supreme Court has ruled that Yelp can’t be required to remove negative reviews of a San Francisco law firm. The state supreme court ruled for Yelp on Monday in a 4-3 decision, report the National Law Journal, Courthouse News Service and the San Francisco Chronicle. How Appealing links to additional coverage. Three justices in the majority said Yelp was protected by the Communications Decency Act, while a concurring justice said Yelp couldn’t be enjoined because it wasn’t a party in the suit. The injunction stemmed from a defamation suit filed by lawyer Dawn Hassell against her firm’s former client, Ava Bird. Hassell had sued after Bird acknowledged she wrote a one-star review of the Hassell Law Group that complained her lawyer had withdrawn from her personal injury case … [Read more...] about Courts can’t order Yelp to take down negative review of law firm, California Supreme Court rules
NEW YORK — Perkins Coie, the law firm obtained by Ohio State University to probe molestation allegations by former student wrestlers against their team doctor, paid the controversial Fusion GPS firm to produce the largely discredited, infamous anti-Trump dossier that sparked collapsed claims that President Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. Perkins Coie has also been the law firm for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and represented Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.The Ohio State University case could have political implications since former students are charging that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who was an assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1986 to 1994, knew that team physician Dr. Richard Strauss allegedly abused students on the team. Strauss died in 2005. Jordan has vehemently denied any knowledge of the alleged abuse. Jordan founded the House Freedom Caucus, serves as an important ally to President Trump, and is considered a … [Read more...] about Law Firm for DNC, Clinton Campaign, Fusion GPS Will Question Jim Jordan on Ohio State Wrestling Team Scandal
Home Daily News Law firms hire company to send ads to ER… Legal Marketing By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted May 30, 2018, 1:37 pm CDT ESB Professional / Shutterstock.com Some personal injury law firms plan to use a technology called “geofencing” to send ads to cellphones of patients in emergency rooms, pain clinics and chiropractor offices. The Philadelphia-area firms hired a company called Tell All Digital to target patients using geofencing, NPR reports. The technology identifies people using cellphones within a certain location and then targets them with ads. Law firms in California and Tennessee are also testing the technology. University of Minnesota law professor Bill McGeveran told NPR that the marketing technique may feel intrusive, but it’s not a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a medical privacy law known as HIPAA. The law applies to hospitals, clinics, doctors and insurance companies, but not to lawyers and … [Read more...] about Law firms hire company to send ads to ER patients’ cellphones; is it a HIPAA violation?
Home Daily News Before working for Trump, Michael Cohen was… Careers By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted May 2, 2018, 11:54 am CDT Before Michael Cohen was President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, he was a lawyer for the Trump Organization. And before he held that position, he “roamed the courthouses of New York City,” filing lawsuits on behalf of people injured in auto accidents, according to Rolling Stone. After graduating from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1991, Cohen went to work for Melvyn J. Estrin. Cohen left the firm in 1995, the same year that Estrin was accused in a scheme to bribe insurance adjusters to inflate damage estimates, Rolling Stone reports. Estrin pleaded guilty to second-degree bribery. Cohen ran his own legal practice from 1996 to 2006, and he represented hundreds of clients, his lawyers said after the April 9 FBI raid on Cohen’s home, office and hotel room. Some of Cohen’s clients were accused by insurers of being affiliated … [Read more...] about Before working for Trump, Michael Cohen was a personal injury lawyer