The latest activity popular during the pandemic: writing your will
MINNEAPOLIS — Along with bread baking, bike riding and playing board games, add this to the list of things that have become more popular during the pandemic: writing your will.Several local lawyers specializing in trust and estate work say the number of people coming to them to prepare a will has shot up 20 to 35% since the COVID-19 virus hit.“I have been busier now than in all 23 years of my practice,” said Mary Alice Fleming, an estate planning attorney with the DeWitt law firm in Minneapolis. “It’s been unbelievable.”Local lawyers say the clients who have come to them recently have included...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bill Gates Sr., civic figure and father of Microsoft co-founder, dies at 94
SEATTLE — William Gates Sr., the father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has died at 94, the family said Tuesday.Gates was a prominent Seattle attorney and the founding partner of one of the region’s best-known law firms. But it was his son’s fortune in the tech field that made the name “Bill Gates” known the world over. And it launched an entirely different path for the elder Gates when he was nearly 70.That’s when he became one of the guiding forces behind the William H. Gates Foundation — later renamed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, after his son and daughter-in-law. It is one of t...
The Seattle Times
H-1B: Trump administration pushes ahead on long-promised changes to controversial visa
A long-promised but thrice-delayed change to the H-1B visa program by the administration of President Donald Trump has been pushed ahead, but immigration lawyers are already predicting a legal fight.The administration has been saying since 2017 that it would change the definition of what qualifies as a “specialty occupation” for the H-1B, a visa intended for skilled foreign workers that is often used as a pathway to a green card.Now, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has taken a concrete step forward, sending its proposed new rule to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Th...
The Mercury News
Miami firm files $1 billion bias suit against McDonald's on behalf of former Black franchisees
A Miami-based law firm filed a billion-dollar lawsuit on behalf of more than 50 Black former franchise owners of McDonald’s restaurants Tuesday, alleging the fast food giant denied them the same opportunities as white franchisees.The Ferraro Law Firm says in its complaint that the Chicago-based company sent former owners on “financial suicide missions” by “steering” them to set up shop in economically depressed and dangerous areas.The lawsuit includes six Florida-based plaintiffs and seeks a jury trial.“The notion that McDonald’s is a friend of the Black entrepreneur is complete fiction,” said...
Detroit-area woman wrongly declared dead was in body bag for hours, attorney says
DETROIT — When the funeral home unzipped the body bag that Timesha Beauchamp had been in for hours, the embalmer faced a startling scene: the 20-year-old on the table who was thought to be dead was very much alive.Her eyes were open — and she was breathing.The macabre account, delivered Tuesday by the family’s attorney Geoffrey Fieger on a video conference call, is making international headlines. Fieger’s law firm and the Southfield police are both investigating what happened. The scene was surreal, as if it were out of a horror movie.Fieger, who offered journalists a detailed narrative of wha...
Detroit Free Press
The St. Louis couple charged with waving guns at protesters have a long history of not backing down
ST. LOUIS — When Black Lives Matter protesters marched up Kingshighway on June 28 and turned through an iron gate into the magnificent private street of Portland Place, they encountered a couple who have for years, nearly constantly, sued other people and ordered people off their property.Personal-injury attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey became instant national figures when they intercepted protesters marching past their marble-faced palazzo at One Portland Place, aimed guns at them and demanded they get out.Americans saw the story they wanted to see. Some saw respected professionals feari...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
SEC lays out its fraud case against Philly-based firm, calling it a 'sham' with 'no respect for the law'
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday buttressed its civil fraud charges against Philadelphia-based Par Funding, detailing how the firm rejected an auditor’s report showing it was losing money and swapped it with one showing a profit.In a lengthy federal court hearing watched on Zoom by a virtual audience of 150 that included defendants, numerous lawyers, and many worried investors, SEC senior trial counsel Amie Riggle Berlin castigated Par Funding and its network of financial advisers, accusing it of building a “sham” and “egregious” operation with “no respect for the truth …...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
County in NY agrees to change treatment of transgender inmates
NEW YORK — A county in western New York has agreed to change how it treats transgender inmates, as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a trans woman who said she was discriminated against because of her gender identity.On Wednesday, human rights groups announced that Steuben County committed to establishing one of the country’s strongest jail policies to protect the rights of transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and intersex people in custody.The agreement stems from a 2019 lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Transgender Legal Defense & Educatio...
New York Daily News
In a sweeping lawsuit, 42 Chicago businesses seek insurance coverage for COVID-related business losses
CHICAGO — In a sweeping lawsuit, prominent Chicago restaurant groups including Lettuce Entertain You and Gibsons are fighting their insurance carriers over denial of coverage for lost income related to COVID-19.The suit, filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, is one of hundreds businesses have filed against insurers over the last several months as the health crisis, and shutdowns mandated by the government, slashed revenues. It is notable for its breadth: There are 42 plaintiffs, mostly Chicago restaurants, and 18 insurers listed as defendants.The suit alleges shutdown orders caused hund...
Lawsuit: Ex-coach Bo Schembechler knew about Dr. Robert Anderson sexual assaults at Michigan
DETROIT — Legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler was told by a student in 1982 about sexual assaults being carried out by then-football team doctor Robert Anderson, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.The suit alleges the student — who is filing as an unnamed “John Doe” — told Schembechler he was digitally penetrated by Anderson during an exam for migraines.“The revelations involving the failure to act on the part of Bo Schembechler are troubling but should not be surprising,” attorney Jamie White said. “We have seen this trend play out with institutions all over the country, incl...
Detroit Free Press