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Generic Opioid Manufacturer to Pay $1.6 Billion to Settle Lawsuits

Topics: Consumer Law, Personal Injury

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Generic opioid manufacturer Mallinckrodt has tentatively agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits filed in connection with the part the company played in fueling the opioid crisis.  The pending settlement has the support of 47 state and territorial governments and a committee of attorneys representing thousands of local governments.  The money will be earmarked to address the opioid epidemic, including addition treatment. Mallinckrodt is the largest generic opioid manufacturer in the United States.  They are also the first opioid manufacturer to reach a possible settlement agreement.  If the settlement agreement is approved, the company will enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy and pay $300 million to a trust.  After its restructuring, the company will pay $1.3 billion into the trust over the next eight years. The agreement has yet to be finalized and could possibly be rejected by New York.  A trial regarding the opioid epidemic is scheduled to begin in the state on March 20, with several opioid manufacturers, including Mallinckrodt, as defendants. See the full news story here. Millions of Americans have abused or become dependent on opioid medications, with hundreds of thousands dying as a result.  Lawsuits targeting the pharmaceutical industry are likely to continue for some time. Drug manufacturers, like any other manufacturer, are responsible for the safety and efficacy of their product.  If you or a loved one is injured in any way by a harmful or defective product, you may be eligible for compensation.  The dedicated consumer attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth can help you determine if you have a legal case.  Call us today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Which U.S. Cities Have the Most H-1B Employers?

Topics: Immigration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Employers use H-1B work visas to hire foreign specialty workers when there aren't enough U.S. workers to meet demand.  Many of these positions are in the tech industry, so it may be no surprise that the Silicon Valley area has the most employers who hire H-1B workers.  New York City has the most H-1B employers as an individual city, but the communities that make up the South Bay of northern California have more employers on the whole, more than 50 percent more than New York.
City H-1B Employers in 2019
New York City 7,430
San Francisco 6,860
Houston 6,392
Chicago 5,931
San Jose, CA 4,088
Irving, TX 2,829
Atlanta 1,728
Austin 1,587
Dallas 1,402
Sunnyvale, CA 1,001
Seattle 958
Mountain View, CA 486
Some of these cities may come as a surprise.  While many H-1B visa holder work in the tech industry, other industries also seek H-1B workers.  The medical field, business-services companies, and consulting firms also have a high demand for H-1B workers.  The typical industries that seek H-1B visa holders thrive in Texas and the other large cities on this list. As befitting of the "specialized worker" requirements, H-1B employers typically offer fairly high salaries.  In 2019, the average H-1B salary was just under $90,000.  Specialized workers in the medical field typically earn the highest wages, with business-type positions, such as CEO or Vice President, close behind.  You can see what particular H-1B positions pay here.  Earnings wise, of the top cities with the most H-1B employers, the city with the highest average salary was Mountain View.  On average, Silicon Valley cities saw the highest salaries.
City Average H-1B Salary in 2019
Mountain View, CA $132,672
Seattle $123,996
Sunnyvale, CA $122,221
San Francisco $110,000
San Jose, CA $109,242
Austin $91,000
New York City $90,000
Dallas $88,000
Atlanta $85,000
Chicago $79,999
Houston $70,040
Irving, TX $77,397

H-1B Season is Rapidly Approaching

The H-1B registration and lottery windows are nearly here.  There are new processes that must be followed this year due to changes in immigration law.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has been helping immigrants wanting to live and work in the United States for 35 years.  Do you have an immigration question or are seeking help for your immigration goals?  Call us today and speak to an immigration expert - a free consultation is available at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Attorney Yesenia Acosta Announced as Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2020

Topics: From Our Office

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Criminal defense and immigration attorney Yesenia Acosta was recently named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2020!  She has been named to this list four years in a row, an affirmation of her skill and dedication as an attorney and advocate for her clients. Super Lawyer Rising Stars are selected through a nomination and evaluation process.  Upon an attorney's nomination, he or she is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Only 2.5 percent of attorneys can earn the honor of being named a Rising Star.  Super Lawyers compiles its annual lists to "create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorney and consumer searching for legal counsel." The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth wishes to congratulate Yesenia Acosta on her incredible achievement![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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What Workers’ Compensation Benefits am I Eligible For?

Topics: Workers' Compensation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Workers' compensation benefits are available to anyone who has suffered an injury on the job.  It does not matter how the injury occurred, who or what caused the injury, or if the injury only became apparent after weeks, months, or even years of repetitive motion or environmental hazard.  If a worker becomes injured, he or she will be able to access benefits.  What determines the level of workers' compensation benefits available to injured workers is the severity of the injury and how much the injury impacts the job duties of the worker. Workers' compensation benefits can include the following:
  • Medical treatment
  • Temporary disability
  • Permanent disability
  • Job displacement voucher
  • Death benefits
The more severe the injury, the more likely it is an injured worker is eligible for a specific benefit.  Minor injuries will likely only require medical treatment and would not be eligible for disability benefits.  To be eligible for temporary disability benefits, an injured worker must have been hospitalized or missed more than three days of work.  For permanent disability benefits, only injured workers who do not recover in full after medical treatment are eligible.  Job displacement vouchers are only offered to injured workers whose employer cannot or will not make reasonable accommodations for their permanent disability.  Workers' compensation death benefits are provided to surviving family members should the worst happen. If you've been injured on the job, an experienced workers' compensation law firm can help you determine what benefits you're eligible for and help you fight to receive those benefits.  Your attorney can fight your employer and insurance company to ensure you receive the proper level of medical treatment, receive an appropriate permanent disability rating, and receive appropriate accommodations to get you back working as soon as possible.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth offers free consultation to injured workers.  Call us today at 888-517-9888![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Los Angeles’ Vision Zero Plan is Not Working…Yet

Topics: Auto Accident, Personal Injury

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Vision Zero is an ambitious plan to prevent all traffic fatalities and serious injuries worldwide.  Vision Zero has had an impact on reducing traffic deaths, and especially pedestrian deaths, in some cities and countries across the United States and Europe.  Sweden, the first country to implement Vision Zero, has seen a 30 percent reduction in fatalities since changing policies in 1997.  New York City has pursued Vision Zero plans since 2014 and has reduced traffic deaths about 20 percent since then.  San Francisco has also seen reduced fatalities.  Los Angeles, however, tells a very different story. Since joining the Vision Zero project, Los Angeles has seen an increase in traffic fatalities of about 30 percent.  It's not known exactly why this has happened, though certain theories include more drivers on the road, larger vehicles on the road, distracted driving/walking, and even increased speed limits on some city streets.  While no one factor may be causing the increase, it's still a bit confusing.  Los Angeles has spent millions of dollars implementing recommendations, including dedicated bike lanes, pedestrian scrambles, and curb extensions.  As improvements continue, it remains to be seen if patience will pay off. Los Angeles County has its own plan for Vision Zero.  Los Angeles County's Vision Zero action plan states that LA County will
use sound engineering principles and judgment and work closely with communities to identify and implement a variety of roadway enhancements proven to reduce fatal and severe injury collisions. Roadway enhancements aim to manage vehicle speeds, enhance visibility, and provide separation for travel modes. Some examples are shown on the following pages, which may be applied in rural or urban settings based on community needs.
The LA County Vision Zero action plan lists some specific safety enhancements that could be implemented with the goal of reducing traffic fatalities:
  • Pedestrian beacons that light up when a pedestrian is waiting to cross
  • Left turn arrows to protect pedestrians
  • Dedicated bike lanes with separation from vehicle traffic
  • Additional roadway lighting
  • High visibility crosswalks
  • Curb extensions that reduce crossing distance and vehicle speed
  • Midway stopping points at long crosswalks
  • "Road diets" that reduce the available number of lanes, slowing traffic
  • Traffic circles and roundabouts
Most of the Vision Zero enhancements center around two things: being able to identify and protect pedestrians and reducing vehicle speed.  Collisions are much less likely to happen if drivers are aware of pedestrians and if a collision does happen reduced vehicle speed reduces the risk of injury or death to the pedestrian.  Los Angeles' original, ambitious goal was to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2025.  It's looking less and less likely that it will meet that goal. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth provides legal representation for the victims of car accidents, including pedestrians and bicyclists.  If you've been hurt in a collision, call our offices today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Asian American Expo 2020 Pictures and TV Raffle

Topics: Events, From Our Office

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last month, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth hosted a booth at the 39th Annual Asian American Expo.  At the event, we handed out numerous goodies, including 2020 calendars, pens, fans, and gift baskets.  We also hosted a raffle for a Samsung 4K TV!  Congratulations to Chinghui Li for winning our raffle prize!  Ms. Li stopped by our City of Industry office to collect her prize last week. We took some pictures at the Asian American Expo and of Scott Warmuth presenting Ms. Li with her raffle prize![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4077" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4076" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4065" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4066" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4067" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4068" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4069" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4070" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4071" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4072" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4073" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="4074" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Product Liability – A Primer

Topics: Personal Injury

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The legal term 'product liability' doesn't mean much to most people, but those same people have likely heard advertisements seeking victims of it.  Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with mesothelioma?  Developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder?  Lithium-ion battery catch fire, resulting in injury?  You may be entitled to compensation!  When any dangerous, poorly-designed, defective, or misleadingly-advertised product causes injury to consumers, the responsible party can be targeted with a product liability lawsuit. Product defects resulting in a possible liability claim can occur at any time over a product's lifespan.  Design flaws occur before a product is made, manufacturing flaws occur when a product is being made, and marketing flaws (aka misleading advertising) occur after the product is made.  The type of product flaw can greatly affect the number of potentially dangerous products in the market, the potential number of victims, and how litigation could be pursued.  Recent examples of product defects and when they occur during the lifespan:
  • The 737 MAX Boeing passenger plane experienced two crashes tracked to a design flaw in its MCAS flight control system.
  • Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medication often prescribed off-label, failed to warn of the risk of gynecomastia, a marketing flaw.
  • An outbreak of E. coli was linked to romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, CA.  The limited nature of the outbreak is an example of a manufacturing flaw.
Numerous product liability lawsuits were filed by victims in each of these examples.  Some 737 MAX lawsuits against Boeing began settling late last year.  Risperdal manufacturer Johnson & Johnson lost a jury verdict and was ordered to pay $8 billion in damages to one victim, though that award was recently reduced by a judge to $6.8 million.  Victims of the Salinas-linked E. coli outbreak began filing lawsuits last month. It must be noted that product liability litigation is extremely complicated, difficult to prove, and time-consuming.  These types of lawsuits are nearly impossible to pursue without the help of a dedicated and skilled law firm on your side.  The vast majority of product liability case representation is provided on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won't pay your attorneys unless they win your case.  If you have been injured by any defective product, it's important to quickly consult with an attorney.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth provides 100% free consultations with no obligations.  Call us today at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Updated Travel Ban Targets Six Additional Countries

Topics: Immigration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Trump administration is expanding its controversial travel ban to include six additional countries.  The updated executive order will prevent citizens of Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar (Burma), and Kyrgyzstan from receiving immigrant visas to the United States.  Citizens of Sudan and Tanzania will be ineligible for the U.S. Diversity Visa Program.  The updated travel ban is slated to take effect on February 22.  The travel ban executive order was originally blocked from taking effect, but was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2018 in a 5-4 vote. The six countries being added to the travel ban are facing fewer restrictions than the countries already targeted.  Citizens from those countries (Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen) are barred from entering the country.  Citizens of the six countries being added to the list can still come to the United States but will be unable to pursue a green card, though some people may be eligible for waivers.  According to the administration, the six countries could potentially removed from the list if they take certain steps regarding security and information sharing.  Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, has already set up a committee to work towards the goal of being removed from the travel ban. See the full news story here.  Read the travel and visa restrictions prepared remarks from the Department of Homeland Security here. The Trump administration has implemented numerous policies with the goal of restricting immigration to the country.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth continuously monitors potential changes to immigration law in order to best serve our clients.  If you have questions about any changes to immigration law and how it could affect your chances for permanent residency, call our offices today at 888-517-9888.  We offer free consultations and provide a full range of immigration services.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]