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  • Estate Wars: Feuding Over the Family Fortune
  • Smartphone Health Apps Give FDA a Headache
  • First Post-Divorce Summer Often Difficult
  • Lactation Discrimination Ruling Rightly Reversed
  • Ruling Could Have Unintended Consequences


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Estate Wars: Feuding Over the Family Fortune
Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.
Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorney
Ronald Fatoullah & Associates
Conflicts over inheritance are often the final straw that tears a family apart. Whether an estate is small or large, there are steps that can be taken to avert a family feud. Fatoullah has seen and counseled many families pulled apart by infighting over the family fortune. He is the founder and managing attorney of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, a New York law firm that exclusively focuses on the legal and financial challenges of aging: elder law, estate planning, Medicaid eligibility, asset preservation, probate, wills, trusts, guardianships, veteran planning, and planning for same-sex couples.
Media Contact: Carol Schell,

Smartphone Health Apps Give FDA a Headache
Maura Kolb
The Lanier Law Firm in Houston
"The growing relationship between smartphones and medical technology is making the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nervous. One smartphone app, uChek, which allows users to check levels of blood, protein and other substances by reading urine test strips, is the FDA's first target in seeking to set boundaries in the growing niche. The uChek app relies on test strips made by Siemens and Bayer. Those strips are approved only for visual reading and would require additional clearance for automated analysis, the FDA said in its letter to uChek. The FDA is smart to step into this relationship now, while casual in the U.S., to provide necessary guidance to help keep the public safe. But as these types of smart apps are developed, they will likely attract the attention of Big Pharma and medical device manufacturers, who have shown time and time again that hiding information from the FDA is something they are capable of and willing to do."
Media Contact: Alan Bentrup,

First Post-Divorce Summer Often Difficult
Amber Liddell Alwais
Family Law Attorney
McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing L.L.P. in San Antonio
"For the newly divorced parent, summertime presents special challenges. Although some of the rules that apply during school are still in effect, others aren't. Newly divorced parents should read their possession order carefully before making too many assumptions about their summer. Generally, the non-primary parent should get 30 days of uninterrupted visitation, but that parent should still get the first, third and fifth weekend of the other months. The typical Thursday night visitation, however, probably doesn't apply. Also, many families have treasured summertime traditions, such as trips over Independence Day or Labor Day, that may not be covered in the standard possession order. But you're not stuck with the standard possession order. If there are days that are important to you, tell your lawyer and get them negotiated into your possession order."
Media Contact: Amy Hunt,

Lactation Discrimination Ruling Rightly Reversed
Carrie Hoffman
Labor and employment attorney
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Dallas
"Many were surprised last year when a federal court ruled that a new mother could be fired from her job for pumping breast milk during work hours based on the notion that such a firing did not rise to the level of sexual discrimination because 'lactation is not pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.' But the tide turned with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' recent reversal of the earlier ruling. The District Court's decision seemed to strain credibility, as this certainly fits the standard needed to bring a sexual discrimination case. However, given the conservative nature of the 5th Circuit, it still came as somewhat of a surprise to some that the appeals court sided with the employee. This decision is a strong indication of the general opinion on this issue, and certainly bolsters the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's view that addressing pregnancy-related discrimination should be a national priority."
Media Contact: Rhonda Reddick,

Ruling Could Have Unintended Consequences
Steve Fink
Thompson & Knight in Dallas
"The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' reversal of the District Court's ruling related to whether a woman who was fired for seeking permission to pump milk at work was sexual discrimination, was correct, as only females lactate naturally as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. As a result, the ruling would be generally unremarkable except the court went a little further than expected, going on to say that lactation is a 'medical condition' related to pregnancy and childbirth. That should come as news to wet nurses, but has implications for employers beyond lactation. It will be interesting to see if future legal challenges occur, perhaps based on whether other physical and mental changes that can accompany pregnancy and childbirth will now be considered 'medical conditions' that an employer must ignore when making employment decisions."
Media Contact: Barry Pound,



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