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Workers comp, social security seminar on tap

The Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) will present its  Annual Workers’ Compensation/Social Security seminar to provide practical advice about preparing and trying your case under the new MAHS rules and the latest case law.

The seminar will be conducted Friday, January 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westin in Southfield. 

This seminar is open to non-MAJ members. 

To register or for additional information, visit www.michiganjustice.org or call 517.321.3073.

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Bond denied to doctor charged with fraud

DETROIT (AP) — Saying it’s not even close, a judge is keeping a Detroit-area doctor behind bars while he awaits trial in a case of alleged fraud involving botched back surgeries.

Judge Paul Borman believes there’s a serious risk that Dr. Aria Sabit will flee the country if granted bond. The decision was released last Friday, nearly two weeks after hearing arguments.

Sabit is accused of cheating insurers and patients by promising certain spinal surgeries but actually performing other procedures that brought no relief.

Prosecutors fear Sabit will flee to Afghanistan, his native country, or elsewhere if he’s released on bond. His lawyers say he wouldn’t go anywhere.

The Bloomfield Hills man surrendered his California medical license last summer after similar malpractice allegations.

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Justice Department joins trademark fight over team name

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it is intervening in a trademark dispute concerning the team name of the Washington Redskins.

A June ruling from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office stripped the professional football team of trademark protection,

The NFL team, which has sought to defend the name against those who consider it a racial slur, has appealed that ruling.

In a recent court filing, the Justice Department did not take a position on the appropriateness of the name, though Attorney General Eric Holder has previously said he agrees with those who want it changed.

Instead, the department says it’s joining the fight to defend the federal law that the Redskins are challenging in this case.

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NYC paying $17M  to settle wrongful conviction cases

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will pay $17 million to settle three wrongful criminal convictions.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer said the settlements involve cases handled by retired homicide detective Louis Scarcella.

Scarcella’s tactics have come under scrutiny and are being reviewed by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The cases involved three half brothers; one died in prison.

Robert Hill, Alvena Jennette and Darryl Austin spent a combined total of 60 years in prison before their convictions were vacated by a judge in May.

Stringer told The New York Times he believed the city should avoid litigation — if found liable at trial — in which it could face exposure to high damages.

Stringer has previously reached two other pre-litigation deals involving major civil rights cases.

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