Justice Depart Gets Involved in Pennsylvania Clergy Abuse

Justice Depart Gets Involved in Pennsylvania Clergy Abuse

The federal government has announced that it will be launched an investigation into the Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania involved in this summer’s shocking grand jury report into widespread abuse by clergyman over the past several decades.

Financial Scams Targeting the Elderly: A Growing Problem

Financial Scams Targeting the Elderly: A Growing Problem

As baby boomers hit retirements, bringing with them the largest amount of wealth a single generation has ever possessed, regulators at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) foresee an ever growing number of financial scams designed to separate boomers from their hard-earned savings.

Essures Cases Now in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Essures Cases Now in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

In spite of Bayer’s insistence, Federal Judge John Padova felt that state and local law ought to be applied to the Essure litigation, and returned the cases that had made their way into federal court to their original place of filing, Philadelphia. While Bayer’s attorneys certainly had a legal point in trying to remove the cases to federal court, the move was at least an equal amount strategic, since Philadelphia is well-known to be a plaintiff-friendly venue.

Pennsylvania Legislators Tangle Over Sex Abuse Law Reform

Pennsylvania Legislators Tangle Over Sex Abuse Law Reform

The bill that would open the window for claims passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last month and now awaits Senate review. There are only a few days left in this term for voting on the bill in Harrisburg, so Representative Rozzi of Berks County, who was raped by a priest, and his supporters have ramped up the pressure in Bucks County.

Brokerages Must Do More to Supervise Brokers with History of Misconduct

Brokerages Must Do More to Supervise Brokers with History of Misconduct

Broker-dealers are not doing enough to supervise brokers under their charge who have committed indiscretions in the past. According a recent report from the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) based on its sweeping investigation covering 30 jurisdictions across the US, not nearly enough firms are putting brokers with a history of misconduct on “heightened supervision.”

Possible Sex Abuse Cover-up at Pennsylvania University

Possible Sex Abuse Cover-up at Pennsylvania University

Pennsylvania may not be done with massive sex abuse cover-up scandals. According to recent reports by the Associated Press and other media outlets, a Pennsylvania state agency has refused to release a report of sexual abuse by a high-ranking state university administrator.

How to Report Clergy Sexual Abuse in Pennsylvania

How to Report Clergy Sexual Abuse in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Attorney General handling the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the state has created a hotline for victims, and the phone is ringing off the hook. The office has received more than a thousand calls, following the naming of more than one thousand victims in the infamous August grand jury report describing widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests throughout Pennsylvania.

Defective Hip Implant Crisis Goes International

Defective Hip Implant Crisis Goes International

While lawsuits by Americans continue to be filed and resolved over hip implant systems made by Johnson & Johnson and other huge corporations, in countries like the UK and India, where the implant systems are quite common, it has been much harder to obtain justice and compensation for victims.

Pennsylvania's Bishops Agree on Victim Fund for Sexual Abuse

Pennsylvania's Bishops Agree on Victim Fund for Sexual Abuse

In the aftermath of Pennsylvania’s massive Catholic diocese sexual abuse scandal, the state’s bishops have come together with a plan to compensate victims - but, it seems, potentially at the expense of other victims’ rights to pursue justice for themselves.

After Pennsylvania, Will New Jersey Be Next to Reveal Far-Reaching Sexual Abuse in Catholic Dioceses?

After Pennsylvania, Will New Jersey Be Next to Reveal Far-Reaching Sexual Abuse in Catholic Dioceses?

Many are wondering if a scandal of even greater proportions than in Pennsylvania will emerge in New Jersey, which has one of the largest populations of Catholics in the country. Attorney generals in New York and New Jersey have already set up hotlines for individuals who would like to speak with investigators and report instances of sexual abuse.

PA Legislature May Suspend State of Limitations on Sexual Abuse

PA Legislature May Suspend State of Limitations on Sexual Abuse

As the public reels from these gruesome revelations of rampant sexual abuse within Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses, lawmakers have come under increasing pressure to suspend the statute of limitations on sexual abuse in the state so that victims may come forward and bring their cases against not only members of the Catholic church but other abusers who often lurk in institutional settings.

Diabetes Drug Invokana Linked to Flesh-Eating Genital Infections

Diabetes Drug Invokana Linked to Flesh-Eating Genital Infections

The FDA has warned doctors and patients that some of the most popular diabetes drugs prescribed today may cause a flesh-eating bacterial genital infection. The FDA has said that as it continues its investigation, more cases will likely be uncovered.

Aging Parents & Unscrupulous Brokers

Aging Parents & Unscrupulous Brokers

Yet another article from The New York Times reminds us that in caring for our aging parents and relatives, not only are we responsible for finding them suitable end of life care and living arrangements, but we must also keep an eye on the people managing their money.

3 "Golden Rules" for Better Financial Self-Defense

3 "Golden Rules" for Better Financial Self-Defense

In the many dozens of securities litigation cases we have worked on for investors, we have noticed that, when it comes to protecting yourself against broker misconduct and financial fraud, there several "golden rules" which, if regularly observed, would prevent the vast majority of abuses in the securities industry. 

Marvel Comics Creator Needs Superhero to Combat Elder Abuse

Marvel Comics Creator Needs Superhero to Combat Elder Abuse

The federal government has kicked into high gear regarding elder financial abuse. But the best way to prevent it from happening remains to take precautions on your own behalf or on behalf of your parents and grandparents.

Broker Best Interest Regulations Fall Short

Broker Best Interest Regulations Fall Short

In order to reform the system, investor advocacy groups have suggested the SEC enhance the standard to which brokerages and brokers are held with regard to investor best interests. Currently the standard is based on the necessity of matching investor and investment through a concept known as "suitability." Investor advocates like PIABA, however, want to raise the bar to the "best interest” standard.