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Convicted Fraudster Dead at 82, A Look at Other Scams

Convicted Fraudster Dead at 82, A Look at Other Scams

| Napoli Shkolnik News
The man who defrauded some 30,000 investors out of an estimated $17 billion died in prison, apparently due to failing health. Madoff lived a seemingly charmed life for decades, starting with a compelling rags-to-riches story. In 1960, Madoff took his brother Peter, along with a little money he’d saved from installing sprinklers and working as…Read the article
Nicki Minaj Family Files Wrongful Death Action

Nicki Minaj Family Files Wrongful Death Action

| Personal Injury
The survivors of 64-year-old Robert Maraj, who was killed in a tragic hit-and-run, recently filed a $150 million wrongful death claim in New York Supreme Court. Attorneys Paul J. Napoli and Ben Crump will represent the family in court. According to investigators, Maraj was walking on a Mineola roadway when a man, later identified as…Read the article
New Program Transforms Workers Into Owners

New Program Transforms Workers Into Owners

| Napoli Shkolnik News
Corner delis and other mom-and-pop businesses dominate many areas of New York City. Beginning in 2021, when these owners retire, their workers might be able to fill their shoes. Mayor Bill de Blasio predicted that the Employee Ownership NYC program would “change the rules of the game” by providing up to $10,000 in support for…Read the article
Minimum Wage to Inch Up January 1st

Minimum Wage to Inch Up January 1st

| Napoli Shkolnik News
Despite opposition from business groups, a minimum wage increase will take effect as scheduled, after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office concluded that the coronavirus economic recovery was “not likely to be substantially harmed” by the increase. Upstate, the minimum hourly wage increases from $11.80 to $12.50. Minimum wage workers in Westchester County and Long Island will…Read the article
United Airlines Flight Cancellation Lawsuit Heats Up

United Airlines Flight Cancellation Lawsuit Heats Up

| Aviation Accidents
Lawyers for the transportation giant made a last-ditch effort to have a class-action lawsuit thrown out of court. But customers may have effectively stopped that from happening. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, United cancelled flights right and left. Instead of issuing refunds, the airline gave ticketholders vouchers for future travel. In a court filing, the…Read the article
NY Says Debt Collectors Crossed the Line

NY Says Debt Collectors Crossed the Line

| Napoli Shkolnik News
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that Operation Corrupt Collector, a multi-agency investigation, has culminated in criminal charges against debt buyers in multiple states. State officials pressed charges against five upstate companies in the operation, and the Federal Trade Commission filed similar charges against two North Carolina companies. “These are the most egregious types…Read the article
Google Accused of Selling Children’s Personal Information

Google Accused of Selling Children’s Personal Information

| Napoli Shkolnik News
According to a recent study, as many as two-thirds of the apps aimed at toddlers and preschoolers on Google Play may be in direct violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Seemingly mindless apps and games are a treasure trove of information for marketers, explained lead study author Dr. Jenny Radesky. “It is incredible…Read the article
Hoverboard Dentist Gets Twelve Years in Prison

Hoverboard Dentist Gets Twelve Years in Prison

| Medical Malpractice
Earlier this year, Alaska dentist Dr. Seth Lookhart was convicted on multiple counts of fraud and other wrongdoing, including extracting a tooth while he rode a Hoverboard. In September 2020, he was sentenced to twelve years in prison. In 2017, prosecutors charged Lookhart with over a dozen infractions, including the aforementioned Hoverboard extraction. Lookhart jokingly…Read the article
COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Issues for Tenants

COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Issues for Tenants

| Coronavirus
In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic in general, and the lockdowns in particular, were especially hard on Social Security Disability recipients and other low-income households. These individuals are also at a higher risk for eviction. Many low-income families spend almost half their income on rent. If their income sources dried up even slightly, monthly rent…Read the article
Remote Workplaces: Not Cybersexual Harassment Haven

Remote Workplaces: Not Cybersexual Harassment Haven

| Personal Injury
According to a recent survey, almost half of women and nearly a quarter of men have been victims of cybersexual harassment. Overall harassment figures were at 81 percent for women and 43 percent for men. These numbers are much higher than the figures from previous surveys. Anita Raj, director of the Center on Gender Equity…Read the article