web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > News Corporation (Page 33)

California bride tried scamming wedding website The Knot out of $10G twice, insurance department finds

A California bride was caught trying to scam wedding website The Knot out of thousands of dollars — twice.

Vermyttya Miller, 37, was sentenced to five years in county jail, and hit with a $22,500 fine, on one count of insurance fraud for the October 2016 incident, to which she pleaded no contest.

MAN PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND BY STAGING A FAKE ARMED ROBBERY, IT DOES NOT GO OVER WELL

Miller had booked her wedding reception for the Galleria Ballroom in Glendale through The Knot. The venue reportedly came with $10K insurance for event cancellation or postponement.

Soon after booking, Miller filed an insurance claim, alleging she tripped on her wedding dress and had to cancel the reception because of her injuries. Miller also provided medical documents corroborating her claims, the California Department of Insurance reported in a press release.

Westlake Legal Group bride-wants-money California bride tried scamming wedding website The Knot out of $10G twice, insurance department finds fox-news/lifestyle/weddings fox news fnc/lifestyle fnc e264f818-8077-5673-9c71-212b2d7e9761 article Alexandra Deabler

Vermyttya Miller, 37, was sentenced to five years in county jail, and hit with a $22,500 fine, on one count of insurance fraud for the October 2016 incident. (iStock)

Miller was delivered a $10,000 check on Oct. 31, 2016 for the claim.

However, on Dec. 4, 2016, Miller e-mailed The Knot’s insurer to report her check stolen, and sent a copy of a police report she claims to have filed.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Unfortunately for Miller, the claim was referred to the Department of Insurance for investigation, where both her medical documents and the police report were found to have been forged.

“Miller’s trail of fraudulent claims led straight to a five-year jail sentence after department detectives unraveled her scheme,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office handled the case. Miller was sentenced to jail time, and to pay restitution for the $10,000 payout as well as $12,500 for investigative costs, the press release shared.

Interestingly, according to her Facebook, Miller began serving her sentence on Dec. 4 — exactly three years to the day when she reported her check missing.

“Today is my last day free,” Miller, an actress, wrote in a Dec. 3 Facebook post. “Tomorrow I start my 5-year sentence but I will only do half. I want all my supporter [sic] and family to pray for me and my family.”

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS

“I am sad I have to go but I will knock it out and come out better and start from where I left off with filming, music and the businesses I was starting,” she continued in her post, adding that she hopes to one day “show my life through film to motivate others and show the timeline from making mistakes to changing my life.”

Westlake Legal Group bride-wants-money California bride tried scamming wedding website The Knot out of $10G twice, insurance department finds fox-news/lifestyle/weddings fox news fnc/lifestyle fnc e264f818-8077-5673-9c71-212b2d7e9761 article Alexandra Deabler   Westlake Legal Group bride-wants-money California bride tried scamming wedding website The Knot out of $10G twice, insurance department finds fox-news/lifestyle/weddings fox news fnc/lifestyle fnc e264f818-8077-5673-9c71-212b2d7e9761 article Alexandra Deabler

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Marie Fredriksson, Of Pop Group Roxette, Dead At 61

Westlake Legal Group gettyimages-110488497_wide-824dc6fc5e82bd39effd40a9a1ca557aeff67bd3-s1100-c15 Marie Fredriksson, Of Pop Group Roxette, Dead At 61

Swedish singer Marie Fredriksson, performing in Cologne, Germany on March 19, 2011. Patrik Stollarz/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption

Patrik Stollarz/AFP via Getty Images

Westlake Legal Group  Marie Fredriksson, Of Pop Group Roxette, Dead At 61

Swedish singer Marie Fredriksson, performing in Cologne, Germany on March 19, 2011.

Patrik Stollarz/AFP via Getty Images

Singer Marie Fredriksson, who co-founded the hitmaking Swedish pop group Roxette, died yesterday in Sweden. She was 61 years old.

Before she became one of the most recognizable voices of her era, Fredricksson grew up in a tiny village, where her mom was a factory worker and her dad a postman. There wasn’t any day care, so he’d take her along while delivering mail and sing to her — the experience was formative.

Fredriksson began her music career in earnest as a teenager, performing in bands before going solo. But later, as half of Roxette, Fredriksson scored half a dozen hits – including the one above — and sold around 75 million albums. Frederiksson was diagnosed with brain cancer seventeen years ago, but she kept recording and touring until 2016, when her illness eventually forced her and bandmate Per Gessle to cancel an upcoming summer tour.

Speaking in 2015, Fredriksson recalled, to the Swedish magazine Vi, of her extended period of sickness: “When things were at their most difficult… even if nobody else believed in me, I believed in myself. Felt I had to.”

[embedded content]

YouTube

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

New survey finds nearly half of conservative students heard anti-Trump rants from professors

Westlake Legal Group CABOT New survey finds nearly half of conservative students heard anti-Trump rants from professors Julia Musto fox-news/us/education/college fox-news/us/education fox-news/shows/fox-friends fox-news/politics/elections/republicans fox-news/politics/elections/democratic-convention fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/columns/bias-alert fox news fnc/media fnc article 96b9f3ed-00f1-5f2d-9a23-b0928f62814a

Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips said Tuesday that he’s not at all surprised about a new survey showing nearly half of conservative college students claim they’ve heard their professors rant against President Trump.

A November survey from The College Fix showed 46 percent of conservative students said their professors have gone on tangents criticizing the president, 54 percent saying they have not heard such statements.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with host Steve Doocy, Phillips said that he’s “shocked” that the number isn’t far higher based on his interactions with students on campuses.

SACRAMENTO STATE STUDENT APPEARS TO SLAP FORMER COLLEGE REPUBLICANS PRESIDENT ON VIDEO

Phillips said that in his experience interviewing university students for Campus Reform, people are “afraid of retribution” and unsure of what to do when their professor is “ranting against President Trump, ranting against me for being conservative, letting everyone know how horrible conservative ideas are.”

“And, no student should have to choose between feeling like their ideas are some evil thing and feeling like their grade might be threatened and standing up for what they believe in,” Phillips said. “I think it’s important for us to hold it accountable when we see it.”

Phillips explained to Doocy that “for every one professor that donates to conservative causes, conservative candidates, they are 12 on the left that [will do] the same thing.”

“This kind of plays into this idea of privilege which is all the rage on college campuses right now. How about liberal privilege?” he asked. “Liberal students having the privilege of professors that agree with their every idea and the privilege of knowing if they don’t speak up, it’s not a problem because the professor will speak up and give their ideas for them. That’s a privilege conservative students don’t have.”

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE FOX NEWS APP

Phillips said the solution is making sure people are aware of what’s going on so professors don’t operate in an “echo chamber.”

“Professors should just be teaching students how to think critically, not what to think,” said Phillips.

“And, I think, when professors get politics out of the classroom … that’s when students can learn to think for themselves,” Phillips said, “and that’s what the goal of college should be.”

Westlake Legal Group CABOT New survey finds nearly half of conservative students heard anti-Trump rants from professors Julia Musto fox-news/us/education/college fox-news/us/education fox-news/shows/fox-friends fox-news/politics/elections/republicans fox-news/politics/elections/democratic-convention fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/columns/bias-alert fox news fnc/media fnc article 96b9f3ed-00f1-5f2d-9a23-b0928f62814a   Westlake Legal Group CABOT New survey finds nearly half of conservative students heard anti-Trump rants from professors Julia Musto fox-news/us/education/college fox-news/us/education fox-news/shows/fox-friends fox-news/politics/elections/republicans fox-news/politics/elections/democratic-convention fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/columns/bias-alert fox news fnc/media fnc article 96b9f3ed-00f1-5f2d-9a23-b0928f62814a

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Flight Attendants, Pilots Say Frontier Discriminated Against New Moms

Frontier Airlines jetliners sit at gates on the A concourse at Denver International Airport. Lawsuits filed on Tuesday allege that the airline of discriminating against pregnant and nursing women. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

toggle caption

David Zalubowski/AP

A group of female pilots and flight attendants is accusing Frontier Airlines of discriminating against pregnant and nursing women, forcing them to take extended and largely unpaid leave while pregnant, and refusing to accommodate breastfeeding.

A pair of federal lawsuits filed Tuesday says that Frontier required pilots and flight attendants to stop flying weeks or months before their due dates, without providing paid maternity leave or alternative work arrangements. The suits follow similar complaints lodged with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2016 and 2017.

Melissa Hodgkins, a flight attendant at Frontier, said those policies forced her to stop working around 34 weeks with each of her two pregnancies, go without a paycheck for months, and burn through much of her limited time off before she’d even given birth.

“I was going to use up a lot of that precious stash of days before, you know, my children were even born,” Hodgkins said in an interview with NPR.

The lawsuits also accuse Frontier of failing to provide time and space for breastfeeding mothers to pump breast milk, and prohibiting pilots from pumping during flights.

One of the pilots, Shannon Kiedrowski, noted that pilots routinely use the restroom, especially during long flights, while a co-pilot remains at the controls. She argues taking a brief break to pump wouldn’t be much different.

“It’s not as though we’re going to be pumping during takeoff and landing,” Kiedrowksi said.

When she returned to work after the birth of her second child in 2013, Kiedrowski said, word got around that she was breastfeeding. She said she was summoned by her human resources department and asked what she describes as “inappropriate” questions.

“They questioned why I was pumping, why I felt the need to breastfeed my child, implying that, ‘You’re a pilot. And really, there’s no place for you if you need to pump at work,'” Kiedrowski said.

Hodgkins, the flight attendant, said she decided to stop breastfeeding before returning to work after her children were born because of the lack of accommodations for pumping. She said she struggled with postpartum depression, which she attributes at least in part to feeling pressure to go back to work and discontinue breastfeeding before she was ready.

“It sort of feels like, here’s your first shot as a mom and you’re a failure,” she said.

Hodgkins and Kiedrowski are among the Frontier workers named in the lawsuits against their employer. They accuse the Denver-based airline of violating the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Colorado state laws protecting the rights of pregnant and nursing women.

Galen Sherwin is a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the pilots and flight attendants. She said failing to account for pregnancy and breastfeeding “stacks the deck” against employees who give birth.

“Those employees will never able to succeed equally — at Frontier or in any industry — with the same success as those who don’t get pregnant,” Sherwin said. “Unless companies take their heads out of the sand and realize that women get pregnant, it’s a part of women’s lives, and we need to account for it.”

Via email, a Frontier spokeswoman declined to comment on pending legal matters.

Becky Lutte, an aviation professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, said the lawsuit reflects a larger challenge facing the U.S. airline industry. Only about 5% of pilots industry-wide are women, Lutte said, and “an even smaller number of those are in leadership positions.”

Melissa Hodgkins, a flight attendant who is part of a class-action lawsuit against Frontier airlines, with her two sons. Hodgkins says the airline’s policies forced her to take unpaid leave and to led her to stop breastfeeding prematurely. Courtesy of Zachary Hodgkins hide caption

toggle caption

Courtesy of Zachary Hodgkins

“There is an issue in terms of needing to enhance and increase those numbers, and to work on efforts to recruit and retain women — and one of the ways to do that is to create a more inclusive workplace setting,” Lutte said.

There’s also a history of other airlines being pushed — through the legal process or union bargaining — to accommodate new mothers’ needs. In 2017, Delta settled with a flight attendant who filed a discrimination complaint accusing that airline of failing to give her a place to pump breastmilk.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said flight attendants have faced a long history of sex discrimination, including weight restrictions imposed as recently as the early 1990s.

She said the industry has made strides in recent decades in the area of gender equality, but hasn’t done enough to accommodate the needs of new or expectant mothers whose jobs may require them to work 14-hour days or staff back-to-back flights.

“There hasn’t been enough of a recognition that there are mothers who fly in these unique situations…and there needs to be more focus on this in the industry,” Nelson said.

According to union officials, specific policies on pregnancy and breastfeeding vary widely across airlines, but many require pregnant flight attendants to stop flying weeks or months before giving birth. Some offer disability or other benefits during that time.

Others offer extended unpaid leave, beyond the 12 weeks required under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA. United Airlines, for example, allows up to a year of unpaid leave. Under pressure from workers, Frontier recently expanded its policy to allow up to 6 months of unpaid leave for women who give birth.

Policies to accommodate breastfeeding are relatively rare, though officials point to a provision negotiated in Alaska Airlines’ contract that provides specific protections for lactating women to pump on airplanes.

Nelson said airlines could do more to address the needs of pregnant women and nursing moms by offering flexible schedules, additional family leave, or allowing part-time work.

“There’s a lot of different ways this can be resolved, if the airlines are ready to take it seriously and look at the realities of flying for flight attendants and pilots and make accommodations that make sense,” Nelson said.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Trump Aides and Democrats Strike Deal on North American Trade Pact

Westlake Legal Group 00dc-usmcahfo-facebookJumbo Trump Aides and Democrats Strike Deal on North American Trade Pact United States Politics and Government Politics and Government Law and Legislation International Trade and World Market impeachment

WASHINGTON — The administration and House Democrats have reached an agreement in principle to modify President Trump’s revised North American trade pact, removing one of the last hurdles to enacting the president’s signature trade deal.

The agreement, announced Tuesday by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, comes at an odd moment as the same group of House Democrats moved closer toward impeaching the president. Ms. Pelosi of California said she would allow the deal to move forward in the House, handing the administration one of its biggest legislative victories less than an hour after she announced the articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump.

The decision to proceed with the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement came after Democrats said they secured additional labor, pharmaceutical, environmental and enforcement provisions in a trade pact that governs commerce across North America. Those changes were critical to winning the support of labor unions, including the powerful AFL-CIO.

The changes to USMCA, which the three countries signed more than a year ago, must now be woven into implementing legislation that the House and Senate will both vote on. The pact will also need to secure the president’s signature and the final approval of the Mexican senate and Canadian leadership.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Ms. Pelosi, flanked by Democrats including Massachusetts Representative Richard E. Neal, said that they were confident that the legislation would become law, replacing the much-maligned North American Free Trade Agreement and fulfilling a legislative priority for both the administration and the House Democratic caucus.

“It is infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration,” Ms. Pelosi said. “It’s a victory for America’s workers.”

“This is a transformative agreement,” Mr. Neal said.

Mr. Trump, who has spent weeks blaming Ms. Pelosi for obstructing completion of a trade deal that he says will help workers, touted the progress on Twitter earlier on Tuesday morning. “Looking like very good Democrat support for USMCA. That would be great for our Country!”

Mr. Lighthizer, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, and Chrystia Freeland, who negotiated the deal on behalf of Canada and is now deputy prime minister, are expected to announce advancements to the pact with Mexican officials in Mexico City later Tuesday.

The timing of the handshake agreement offers Mr. Trump a crucial victory to tout on the campaign trail during his re-election bid and House Democrats tangible proof that they are able to legislate while preparing to vote on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against the president. While it is unclear when legislation will be ready for the House floor, it could come as lawmakers are readying for a vote on impeachment articles.

“We’re going to begin to share text and review parts of the agreement before there’s an expedited period of bringing it to the floor” Mr. Neal said. “There’s no reason for unnecessary delays.”

Given the ongoing impeachment inquiry and Democratic opposition to both Mr. Trump and NAFTA, the House majority is offering a remarkable trade win to the administration.

But the closed door negotiations between a select group of Democrats and Mr. Lighthizer gave them an opportunity to secure multiple policy changes related to prescription drug pricing, the environment, labor protections and dispute settlement.

That included removing a provision that Democrats criticized as a boon to the pharmaceutical industry. Democrats had objected to provisions governing intellectual property protections for new pharmaceutical products, in particular an advanced class of drugs called biologics, which were given 10 years of protection from cheaper alternatives. Congressional Democrats said those measures could undermine efforts to make American health care more affordable and the revised deal strips out that 10 year protection.

Democrats have also been eager to lock in provisions that they see as improvements on the original NAFTA, and provide more certainty to the businesses in their districts that depend on the pact.

The administration and Republicans in both chambers have hammered Ms. Pelosi and her caucus for weeks over the delay in allowing the pact’s legislation to go for a vote on the House floor. Even within Ms. Pelosi’s majority, several moderate members and a number of the freshmen responsible for flipping seats and delivering her the majority had begun pressuring leadership for a vote on the pact before the end of the year.

The deal announced Tuesday offered Ms. Pelosi and her core allies justification for the delay by establishing what she said would be a legacy agreement that sets the standard for future trade deals.

The rewrite provides a much-needed update to the trading rules for North America. The original NAFTA, which was negotiated by President George H.W. Bush and signed by President Clinton, went into force on January 1994, before the commercialization of the internet.

Besides updating rules for digital commerce, Mr. Trump’s USMCA has made other changes generally sought by Democrats, like raising the threshold for the proportion of a car’s value that must be made in North America in order to qualify for the pact’s zero tariffs. It also contains provisions designed to strengthen Mexican labor unions and roll back a special system of arbitration for corporations long opposed by Democrats.

With passage into law in the United States, the deal will clear its biggest and one of its last remaining hurdles in a tumultuous two-year negotiation.

Since beginning the negotiations in August 2017, Mr. Trump peppered the talks with accusations that Canada and Mexico were ripping off the United States, as well as frequent threats to withdraw from the pact altogether. He and his advisers pressed for concessions that were opposed by both foreign officials and the business community, including a sunset provision that could have caused the pact to automatically expire.

The Trump administration ultimately watered down some of its more controversial demands and secured the approval of Canada and Mexico late last year. Mexico’s legislature has already ratified the agreement, and in Canada the trade pact is expected to pass into law without controversy.

Elisabeth Malkin contributed reporting from Mexico City.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

College football halftime winner shares gospel after winning $100G in tuition

A college student used his halftime cash prize win as an opportunity to share his deep-rooted faith.

On Saturday night, Tyler Gordon won the Dr. Pepper grand prize of $100,000 during the halftime tuition giveaway contest of the Big Ten Championship, before the Ohio State Buckeyes rallied in the second half to defeat the Wisconsin Badgers 34-21.

But it’s what he said after winning that garnered attention.

OHIO STATE FOOTBALL STAR’S ‘MIRACLE BABY’ STORY SHARED DURING GAME VS. MICHIGAN

“I want to thank God from the bottom of my heart,” Gordon proclaimed to the millions tuned in to Fox Sports that night. “If you do not believe in him, I pray that you would soon become a believer.”

Westlake Legal Group scholarship-1 College football halftime winner shares gospel after winning $100G in tuition fox-news/us/religion/christianity fox-news/us/religion fox-news/us/education/college fox-news/sports/ncaa/wisconsin-badgers fox-news/sports/ncaa/ohio-state-buckeyes fox-news/sports/ncaa fox-news/good-news fox-news/faith-values/faith fox news fnc/sports fnc Caleb Parke article a6c7faed-b020-5e5e-b009-aa54f95a02e0

Tyler Gordon won the $100,000 scholarship from Dr. Pepper Saturday during the halftime of the Big Ten Championship. (Fox Sports)

The West Virginia University law student received praise from many online, including Sports Spectrum host Jason Romano.

“If you were on national TV and a believer and had 45 seconds, would you give praise to God and encourage others to do the same knowing you might face backlash?” Romano tweeted. “Good on the Dr. Pepper kid here for being bold.”

FAITH-BASED TV SERIES ‘THE CHOSEN’ TELLS THE STORY OF JESUS: THE START OF SOMETHING ‘VERY SPECIAL’

The Indiana native was one of four students trying to throw the most footballs through an oversized Dr. Pepper can in 30 seconds and he won. He also thanked his family and his school.

Finalists for the contest were chosen based on video submissions explaining why the tuition money would be important to them, FOX 59 reports.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“It’ll mean the world to me,” Gordon explained. “Words can’t express how much it means. I’ve tried and, honestly, all I can say is that I’m so excited and so thankful for the opportunity. It’s going to allow me to be able to pursue my goals without being hindered by my debt.”

Westlake Legal Group scholarship-1 College football halftime winner shares gospel after winning $100G in tuition fox-news/us/religion/christianity fox-news/us/religion fox-news/us/education/college fox-news/sports/ncaa/wisconsin-badgers fox-news/sports/ncaa/ohio-state-buckeyes fox-news/sports/ncaa fox-news/good-news fox-news/faith-values/faith fox news fnc/sports fnc Caleb Parke article a6c7faed-b020-5e5e-b009-aa54f95a02e0   Westlake Legal Group scholarship-1 College football halftime winner shares gospel after winning $100G in tuition fox-news/us/religion/christianity fox-news/us/religion fox-news/us/education/college fox-news/sports/ncaa/wisconsin-badgers fox-news/sports/ncaa/ohio-state-buckeyes fox-news/sports/ncaa fox-news/good-news fox-news/faith-values/faith fox news fnc/sports fnc Caleb Parke article a6c7faed-b020-5e5e-b009-aa54f95a02e0

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Bill Cosby loses sexual assault conviction appeal

Bill Cosby’s bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction over issues including the trial judge’s decision to let five other accusers testify was rejected by a Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday.

The Superior Court ruling was being closely watched because Cosby was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the #MeToo era. The same issue was hard-fought in pretrial hearings before movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial.

In his appeal, Cosby’s lawyers said the suburban Philadelphia judge had improperly allowed the five women to testify at last year’s retrial although he’d let just one woman testify at the first trial in 2017.

BILL COSBY SHOWS NO REMORSE IN FIRST INTERVIEW FROM PRISON: ‘IT’S ALL A SETUP’

But the Superior Court said Pennsylvania law allows the testimony if it shows Cosby had a “signature” pattern of drugging and molesting women.

“Here, the (prior bad act) evidence established appellant’s unique sexual assault playbook,” the court said, noting that “no two events will ever be identical.”

The court went on to say that the similarities were no accident.

“Not only did the (prior bad act) evidence tend to establish a predictable pattern of criminal sexual behavior unique to appellant, it simultaneously tended to undermine any claim that appellant was unaware of or mistaken about victim’s failure to consent to the sexual contact that formed the basis of the aggravated indecent assault charges,” the panel said in its ruling.

CUBA GOODING JR. FACES SEVEN MORE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ACCUSATIONS

Lawyers for Cosby had argued eight issues on appeal, including the judge’s decision to let prosecutors use portions of a deposition he gave in the accuser’s related civil suit. His lawyers also argued that he had a binding promise from a former prosecutor that he would never be charged in the case and could testify freely at a deposition in accuser Andrea Constand’s related lawsuit.

The appeals court rejected those arguments and upheld the judge’s classification of Cosby as a sexually violent predator.

Cosby, 82, can now ask the state Supreme Court to consider his appeal.

He has been serving a three- to 10-year prison term for the 2004 encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home, which he deemed consensual.

BILL COSBY SLAPPED WITH $2.75M LEGAL BILL

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-126b60b316fd4f06a8da91a1815fd199 Bill Cosby loses sexual assault conviction appeal Sasha Savitsky fox-news/person/bill-cosby fox-news/entertainment/events/scandal fox-news/entertainment/events/in-court fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 8d14f956-ff8c-5658-b450-7e1a6d738929

FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa.  (AP)

He was arrested a decade later, after a federal judge unsealed portions of the deposition at the request of The Associated Press and new prosecutors reopened the criminal case.

The Superior Court panel, in arguments in Harrisburg in August, asked why Cosby’s lawyers didn’t get a written immunity agreement and have it approved by a judge, instead of relying on an oral promise.

“This is not a low-budget operation we were operating here. They had an unlimited budget,” said Superior Court Judge John T. Bender, who questioned whether any court would have approved the deal.

Judge Steven O’Neill’s decision to let the other accusers testify came after more than 60 women accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. Prosecutors asked to call 19 of them. Superior Court Judge John Bender appeared to agree with O’Neill’s logic in letting some take the stand.

BRITNEY SPEARS PLANS TO FIGHT FOR INCREASED CUSTODY OF SONS IN COURT NEXT YEAR: REPORT

“The reality of it is, he gives them drugs and then he sexually assaults them. And in four out of the five, those were in mentor situations,” Bender said.

Kristen L. Weisenberger, representing Cosby, said one of the women wasn’t even sure she was sexually assaulted. However, prosecutors said, that’s how Cosby planned it.

O’Neill had allowed just one other accuser at Cosby’s first trial in 2017, when the jury deadlocked. Cosby’s lawyers called his later decision to let more women testify arbitrary and prejudicial.

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-cbb037fe9b9d4f10ad0a3a3953c6a854 Bill Cosby loses sexual assault conviction appeal Sasha Savitsky fox-news/person/bill-cosby fox-news/entertainment/events/scandal fox-news/entertainment/events/in-court fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 8d14f956-ff8c-5658-b450-7e1a6d738929

This Sept. 25, 2018, photo provided by the Montgomery County Correctional Facility shows Bill Cosby after he was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (Montgomery County Correctional Facility via AP)

The long-married Cosby, once beloved as “America’s Dad” for his TV role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the hugely popular sitcom “The Cosby Show,” has acknowledged having sexual contact with a string of younger women, many of whom came to him for career advice and took alcohol or pills he offered them.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

He and his lawyers and agents have suggested that many of the accusers were gold diggers seeking money or fame. He told a news outlet in November that he expects to serve the maximum 10-year sentence if he loses the appeal, because he would never express remorse to the parole board.

Cosby agreed to pay Constand, a former Temple University basketball team manager, about $3.4 million to settle her lawsuit. His insurance company, following his conviction, settled at least nine other defamation lawsuits filed by accusers for undisclosed sums.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_5838951122001_5838940750001-vs Bill Cosby loses sexual assault conviction appeal Sasha Savitsky fox-news/person/bill-cosby fox-news/entertainment/events/scandal fox-news/entertainment/events/in-court fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 8d14f956-ff8c-5658-b450-7e1a6d738929   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_5838951122001_5838940750001-vs Bill Cosby loses sexual assault conviction appeal Sasha Savitsky fox-news/person/bill-cosby fox-news/entertainment/events/scandal fox-news/entertainment/events/in-court fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 8d14f956-ff8c-5658-b450-7e1a6d738929

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

House Democrats Support Updated Trade Deal With Mexico And Canada

Westlake Legal Group ap_19344569394746-c0d94728fc81a63a4df47fe57adf3121fc140fd9-s1100-c15 House Democrats Support Updated Trade Deal With Mexico And Canada

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Tuesday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

toggle caption

Susan Walsh/AP

Westlake Legal Group  House Democrats Support Updated Trade Deal With Mexico And Canada

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Tuesday.

Susan Walsh/AP

House Democrats and organized labor have thrown their support behind an updated trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The announcement came on the same day Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against President Trump.

“This is a day we’ve all been working to,” declared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA. But in terms of our work here, it is infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration.”

Democrats endorsed the trade deal after winning stronger enforcement of labor and environmental provisions, and stripping a measure that would have locked in long-term patent protection for certain pharmaceutical products.

“It’s an agreement that Democrats shaped,” said Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Backing from House Democrats comes after months of sometimes tense negotiations with the White House and the president’s trade representative, Robert Lighthizer.

“I think we set a world record for hanging up on each other,” Neal said. The breakthrough came after a final round of talks this weekend, with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka checking in regularly from a hunting trip.

The union’s endorsement was an important green light for House Democrats to support the trade deal.

“President Trump may have opened this deal. But working people closed it,” Trumka said in a statement. “For the first time, there truly will be enforceable labor standards — including a process that allows for the inspections of factories and facilities that are not living up to their obligations.”

“This is more than a triumph for organized labor,” Neal added. “It’s a triumph for workers everywhere across America.”

The agreement would mark the first major trade deal struck by the administration. It updates NAFTA, which took effect a quarter-century ago.

The new agreement includes provisions for digital trade and incentives that could shift some automotive manufacturing from Mexico to the U.S. or Canada.

“It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA,” Trump tweeted. “Good for everybody – Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions – tremendous support.”

The agreement also gives House Democrats an accomplishment they can point to beyond the impeachment inquiry.

A ratification vote on the House floor could come as early as next week.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

READ: Articles Of Impeachment Against President Trump

Westlake Legal Group gettyimages-1187386575_wide-6ad3d279824cd24dba81dbeca46d2fe7745a8036-s1100-c15 READ: Articles Of Impeachment Against President Trump

House Democratic leaders announced articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption

Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Westlake Legal Group  READ: Articles Of Impeachment Against President Trump

House Democratic leaders announced articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday.

Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

House Democrats announced Tuesday that they will bring two articles of impeachment against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

After it finalizes the articles, the Judiciary Committee is expected to send them to the full House for a vote on whether to impeach. If the Democratic-led House votes to impeach the president, the Republican-led Senate is expected to hold a trial on whether to remove or acquit the president.

Read the articles, as released by leaders of the House committees conducting the inquiry.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Reporter caught boyfriend cheating when ‘physical activity’ spiked on Fitbit: ‘Wish the story wasn’t real’

Cheaters never win, and one woman is now having the last laugh after finding out that her former boyfriend was being unfaithful when his “physical activity” levels mysteriously spiked on his Fitbit device.

Last week, NFL Network reporter Jane Slater replied to a fellow correspondent’s tweet about the Peloton bike and the brand’s recent, controversial holiday ad by sharing the story of her former beau’s fitness-tracker fail. Her shocking admission has since gone viral, with over 46,000 shares and thousands of comments.

Westlake Legal Group jane-Slater-NFL-Network Reporter caught boyfriend cheating when 'physical activity' spiked on Fitbit: 'Wish the story wasn’t real' Janine Puhak fox-news/lifestyle/relationships fox-news/lifestyle fox-news/fitness-and-wellbeing fox news fnc/lifestyle fnc article 845ad9da-74ea-5281-80ca-b8f841427a1c

Reporter Jane Slater got the last laugh after learning her former boyfriend was cheating via his Fitbit fitness tracker. (NFL Network)

“An ex-boyfriend once got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I loved it. We synched up, motivated each other… Didn’t hate it until he was unaccounted for at 4 a.m. and his physical activity levels were spiking on the app,” ” Slater revealed. “Wish the story wasn’t real.”

MAN PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND BY STAGING A FAKE ARMED ROBBERY, IT DOES NOT GO OVER WELL

“Spoiler alert: he was not enrolled in an OrangeTheory class at 4 a.m.,” Slater added.

Though the 38-year-old reporter said she first “sobbed uncontrollably” when she put the clues together, she has since moved on and says she’s laughed “many times” about the Fitbit fail.

Westlake Legal Group fitbit-iStock Reporter caught boyfriend cheating when 'physical activity' spiked on Fitbit: 'Wish the story wasn’t real' Janine Puhak fox-news/lifestyle/relationships fox-news/lifestyle fox-news/fitness-and-wellbeing fox news fnc/lifestyle fnc article 845ad9da-74ea-5281-80ca-b8f841427a1c

“An ex-boyfriend once got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I loved it. We synched up, motivated each other… Didn’t hate it until he was unaccounted for at 4 a.m. and his physical activity levels were spiking,” the woman revealed. (iStock)

In reply, some empathetic commenters shared similarly woeful tales of how they caught former partners cheating with fitness-tracking watches.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS

A few critics, meanwhile, argued that Slater should be thankful the Fitbit shed light on her ex-beau’s infidelity.

Making light of the situation, other jokesters teased that the horror story should inspire “every” woman to purchase their partner a Fitbit, and “glue it” to their wrists to monitor any illicit dalliances.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Westlake Legal Group jane-Slater-NFL-Network Reporter caught boyfriend cheating when 'physical activity' spiked on Fitbit: 'Wish the story wasn’t real' Janine Puhak fox-news/lifestyle/relationships fox-news/lifestyle fox-news/fitness-and-wellbeing fox news fnc/lifestyle fnc article 845ad9da-74ea-5281-80ca-b8f841427a1c   Westlake Legal Group jane-Slater-NFL-Network Reporter caught boyfriend cheating when 'physical activity' spiked on Fitbit: 'Wish the story wasn’t real' Janine Puhak fox-news/lifestyle/relationships fox-news/lifestyle fox-news/fitness-and-wellbeing fox news fnc/lifestyle fnc article 845ad9da-74ea-5281-80ca-b8f841427a1c

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com