Woman Harassed by Robo-calls Awarded $229K in Damages

Jul 13, 15 Woman Harassed by Robo-calls Awarded $229K in Damages

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A Manhattan federal judge ruled in favor of Araceli King, saying that she was harassed by Time Warner Cable in an illegal manner. According to the law suit brought by Irving, Texas resident King, Time Warner Cable continuously left messages on her cell phone via robot to the tune of 153 automated calls in less than a year. The communications company was looking for a former customer, Luiz Perez, who at one time had King’s number, but no longer did. King informed Time Warner of their mistake, making it as clear as possible during a seven-minute discussion she had with an employee of Time Warner, to no avail. After the discussion the automated phone calls continued unabated, totaling 74 additional calls after King’s suit to end them. US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein awarded King triple damages totaling $229,000 in total, or $1,500 per call. Hellerstein said that a “responsible business” would have tried harder to find Perez. Especially after March 2014, when King had already sued Time Warner, the judge said it was “incredible” to believe that Time Warner did not know she objected, which is their claim. Time Warner Cable claims it is not liable under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act since it believed it was calling Perez, who did agree to the calls. The TCP Act was enacted to limit robocall and telemarketing abuses. The automated calls made to King were part of an “interactive voice response” system that calls late-paying customers automatically. “Defendant harassed plaintiff with robo-calls until she had to resort to a lawsuit to make the calls stop, and even then TWC could not be bothered to update the information in its IVR system,” Hellerstein wrote. He added that the last 74 calls made by TWC to King were “particularly egregious violations of the TCPA and indicate that TWC simply did not take this lawsuit seriously.” A trial has been set for July 27. Spokeswoman for the New York based TWC, Susan Leepson said that the company is...

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Lindsay Lohan in Fort Greene Doing Community Service

May 18, 15 Lindsay Lohan in Fort Greene Doing Community Service

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In order for Lindsay Lohan to avoid about 6 months in jail for reckless driving, she will need to spend 115 hours doing community service before May 28 comes around. Lucky for the children at the Duffield Children’s Center in Fort Greene, Lohan started clocking those hours last Wednesday, bringing warm smiles to many of the children’s faces. Lohan was supposed to begin her hours on Tuesday, but for reasons that are not entirely clear she did not show up that day, but she did arrive first thing Wednesday morning. There is speculation that Lohan was trying her best to avoid the paparazzi, and even sent conflicting messages about what state in the US she was in on Monday. Michael Lohan, Lindsay’s dad, is not worried about his daughter’s tardiness. “I don’t care what anyone else says. She’s back and she’s started with the process. She’ll get it done,” he said. Moms whose children Lohan will be caring for do not seem to be worried about Lohan’s irresponsible driving. One mom of twin girls, age 5, is accepting of Lohan in the Center. “It’s not a real big issue. People make mistakes. It’s not really a big concern for me,” she said. “If she’s going to interact with the kids, maybe she should talk about the positives of her negative situation,” said another mom of a 3-year-old Duffield student. “Everybody has their ups and downs and we all do things to get ourselves in...

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Organizations that Offer Support with Illness or Aging

Feb 02, 15 Organizations that Offer Support with Illness or Aging

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Navigating one’s way through an illness, or the difficulties of aging can be a daunting process. Luckily there are several organizations that exist to offer a helping hand through the complexities of confronting illness. Brooklyn-based Refuah Resources, headed by Rabbi Shuky Berman with Jack Lefkowitz co-chairing the board, specializes in making referrals, offering support, and acting as an advocate for patients and their families. Utilizing their excellent working relationships with highly regarded physicians and preeminent medical centers all over the world, Refuah Resources can truly make a life changing difference for the people that turn to them. Team Continuum is a unique organization which provides support for those with cancer and their families. There are several ways in which this support is delivered: Their Patient/Family Assistance Program pays the non-medical bills, such as rent, mortgage, car, gas, and more when there is a need. There is a Toys for Kids Program; and a program that helps improve communication between caregivers and patients through Narrative Workshops which use narrative medicine. Team Continuum raises money through having athletes participate in endurance events such as marathons. As the population in the US continues to age, organizations that help seniors will play an increasingly important role supporting the elderly. One such organization is BenefitsCheckUp. A free service of the National Council on Aging, BenefitsCheckUp helps those over 55 years old find the federal and local benefits available which could save them money. There are many more similar organizations helping people get through what can be one of the most difficult challenges life has to...

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City Awards $17 Million to Wrongfully Imprisoned Brothers

Jan 13, 15 City Awards $17 Million to Wrongfully Imprisoned Brothers

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Robert Hill, Alvena Jennette and Darryl Austin, all half-brothers, will receive $17 million as compensation for spending 60 years in prison between the three men. Their convictions for murder, all made during the crime-laden 1980s, were overturned in May by State Supreme Court Justice Neil J. Firetog. All three cases involved the retired homicide detective Louis Scarcella, whose investigative methods are under investigation. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, run by Kenneth p. Thompson is looking into 130 additional convictions, 70 of which are strongly connected to Scarcella. Scott M. Stringer, the New York City comptroller, stated that the settlements are primarily to help the men and their families. He also stated that the city should try to avoid lawsuits which could lead to even higher damages if allowed to go to trial. “The 1980s were a difficult time in our city’s history,” Mr. Stringer said, “and in a certain way we are sort of unearthing the tangled history of that time period in our court system today. Clearly, our heart goes out to those who have been wrongfully incarcerated,” he continued. “We are also very concerned about the impact these cases will have on the fiscal health of the city.” Mr. Hill will receive $7.15 million after spending 27 years in prison. Mr. Jennette was released on parole after 20 years in prison will be awarded $6 million. Mr. Austin, who died in prison in 2000 after spending 13 years there, will get $3.85 million to his...

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The Silverfern Group Announces New Headquarters Location

After ten years of strong growth, The Silverfern Group is moving its headquarters. The new location at 599 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan will afford The Silverfern Group additional and much needed space for its continued growth as a leader in active global co-investment. Co-managing partner Reeta Kapani Holmes expressed her satisfaction with the relocation of its New York City headquarters: “Silverfern is pleased to continue its Headquarters association within midtown Manhattan. With more conference room space and a larger team than we had 10 years ago, we look forward to welcoming our partners and investors to our new New York offices in the near future.” The New York move does not impact the locations of their other offices in Australia and Europe, which, at least for now, will remain unchanged. The Silverfern Group is the largest and most successful family office investment club in the...

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