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How to Avoid a #MeToo Experience with a Massage Therapist

There is nothing like a good massage at a spa where you feel safe.  Turns out some massage therapists are dangerous. Recently BuzzFeed said that more than 180 women around the USA have complained they were sexually assaulted by employees of Massage Envy.  Some of the women filed lawsuits which have since settled.  Since the announcement, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has subpoenaed a number of documents from Massage Envy locations in that state, as well as from corporate headquarters in Arizona.  Madigan is looking for corporate policies, employee training, information about lawsuits, sexual misconduct

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What if My Trucking Company Doesn’t Have Workers’ Comp Insurance?

Here is why you need an experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney.  You sign up with a trucking company to become one of their drivers.  You may travel from your home in North Carolina to another state to finish your application.  Or you live outside of North Carolina.  You probably take tests for the company in that other state, and they give you a lot of paperwork to sign. One paper in the pile is for occupational accident insurance (OAI).  You sign it and everything else they give you, and you have a job.  You

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You Can Still Report Sexual Abuse that Happened Long Ago

In some states, if you were molested by an adult when you were a child, there isn’t much you can do about it decades later.  For example, even though former North Carolina Episcopal priest Howard White Jr. admitted in 1974 that he raped a 14-year old boy in Providence, Rhode Island, no one reported it to police at the time.  Now it’s too late for prosecutors in the State of Rhode Island to seek justice, because of that state’s statute of limitations on felony child sexual abuse.  You can read the story about Rev. White

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Stay Safe with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 28th

Take unused drugs back October 28! Billions of prescription drugs are in our drawers and medicine cabinets right now. Doctors wrote almost 4,000,000 prescriptions last year! While some of those are prescribed in hospitals, about half of us took a prescription drug in the last month. Many take three or more drugs on a regular basis. Medicine is sometimes left hanging around for years. Many people stop taking their medications when they no longer think they need them. Maybe they don’t like the side effects or think they didn’t work. That can be dangerous! Some studies say that only

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You Won’t Believe This Attack on Justice in North Carolina

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Sometimes judges in North Carolina don’t get the respect they should. They often have large caseloads. They have to know the law in lots of different areas. And most have to run for office every eight years. It takes time to go through that process, and when judges run statewide, they have to cover a lot of ground. Now the North Carolina General Assembly (your NC legislature) has introduced a bill to change the NC Constitution so that judges will have to run every 2 years! Judges would have to raise money and campaign all

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Should your Employer Give You Sick Leave?

Should Your Employer Give You Sick Leave

Your favorite department store may not be treating its employees fairly. Walmart has been accused of punishing workers who take sick days. A recent NY Times article reported on a study completed by A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center. The report, “Pointing Out: How Walmart Unlawfully Punishes Workers for Medical Absences,” details Walmart’s “three strikes and you’re out” policy, and how it hurts workers who take sick days. More than 1000 employees completed a survey and it was found that Walmart routinely refuses to accept doctors’ notes, penalizes workers who need to

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Leto Copeley reports North Carolina Court of Appeals Win in Wrongful Death Case

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On the morning of July 5, 2013, Emily Cheek was driving while intoxicated and crossed over the opposite lane of the highway.  Ms. Cheek slammed her car into our client as she and her friend took their morning walk. Our client lived for eight days after the horrible crash. She left behind her husband and her father.  Leto Copeley was asked to represent her estate. Leto Copeley and her co-counsel, David Stradley and Robert Holmes, tried the North Carolina wrongful death case before a jury in Chatham County.  The jury awarded $4,250,000 in damages to

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3 Things You Can Do to Survive The Wait During Your Workers’ Comp Case

3 Things You Can Do to Survive The Wait During Your Workers' Comp Case

You have been injured at work. You have filed a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Either your case is accepted and you receive benefits, or it is denied and you don’t. Some big issue – like the denial of medical treatment, or the insurance company trying to cut off your benefits — may have caused you to file for a hearing. But in a North Carolina workers’ compensation case, hardly anything happens quickly. What’s the best thing to do when you just have to wait until your case is done? 1.  Look for work

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Does North Carolina Still Get an “F” in Teacher Screenings?

North Carolina Teacher Troy Pickens Accused of More Sex Offenses and Rape of a child Recently music teacher Troy Logan Pickens was charged with two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child and first-degree rape of a child, for actions that allegedly occurred in the fall of 2016 while Pickens was teaching at Durant Road Middle School in Wake County. Criminal charges against Troy Logan Pickens in two counties It was easy for law enforcement officers to find Pickens and serve him with a warrant because he was already in the Durham County jail

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Here’s Why Press Says NC State Victims Knew Men Who Sexually Assaulted Them

Definition of Rape

We have seen recent news reports about alleged sexual assaults on female students at NC State. The reports said that three women who attended the same party in July in on-campus housing reported that they were assaulted by “three male students they knew.” The reports make it seem like it’s unusual to be assaulted by a man you know. But that is not the case. In fact, sexual assaults are usually carried out (sorry guys) by men the victims know. It’s pretty much the definition of sexual assault:  somebody you know suddenly surprises you, acts different,

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