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Sweeney Law FirmFairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2009 Introduced by Senator MartinezMarch 9, 2009Washington, DC””The most vulnerable Americans and their families will no longer be forced to give up their legal rights and sign one-sided mandatory binding arbitration clauses under new legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate.  The bipartisan Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2009, introduced by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL)...Sweeney Law FirmA Victory in the Fight Against Federal PreemptionMarch 5, 2009MARCH 4, 2009 By MARK H. ANDERSON and BRENT KENDALL WASHINGTON -- In a loss for the pharmaceutical industry, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Wednesday that a Vermont woman can sue Wyeth for injuries she suffered after taking one of the drug maker's medicines. Justice John Paul Stevens, in the...Sweeney Law FirmThe Bush Administration's Final Gift to the Nursing Home IndustryFebruary 25, 2009By Cindy Skrzycki, Bloomberg February 24, 2009 The Bush administration shut off a source of information last fall about abuse and neglect in long- term care facilities that people suing nursing homes consider crucial to their cases. The change that affects the $144 billion nursing-home industry occurred with no public...Sweeney Law FirmOld Age Ain't For SissiesFebruary 13, 20092/7/2009 By Ken Connor, Center for a Just Society ""Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD."" -Leviticus 19:32 NIV Old age ain't for sissies””especially if you happen to be living in one of America's 15,000 nursing homes...Sweeney Law FirmIndiana's Nursing Homes Rank Among the 10 Worst in the United StatesJanuary 6, 2009Indiana nursing homes rated among worst By Heather Gillers, Indianapolis Star   A staffing shortage is driving down the quality of care at Indiana nursing homes, putting the state among the 10 worst in the nation, according to an analysis of recent data released by the Centers for Medicare &...Sweeney Law Firm1.25 Million Verdict Against Kindred Healthcare in GeorgiaJanuary 5, 2009Nursing home loses neglect suit By Ty Tagami, Atlanta Journal Constitution Melvin Raybon died in pain four years ago, and a DeKalb County jury agreed that the cause of his suffering was neglect at the Tucker nursing home where he lived for nine months. A state court jury awarded Raybon’s...Sweeney Law FirmMedicare Introduces It's New 5 ""Star"" Rating System for Nursing HomesDecember 20, 2008CMS Introduces Its New 5 Star Rating System for Nursing Homes By Julie Appleby, Steve Sternberg and Jack Gillum, USA TODAY Jacquelyn McCarthy, who runs a nursing home in Framingham, Mass., credits the five-star rating it's getting from the government today to its focus on caring for both residents and...Sweeney Law FirmIf Arbitration Is So Wonderful, Why Don't Corporations Arbitrate Against Each Other?October 16, 2008October 6, 2008 By JONATHAN D. GLATER, New York Times Corporate executives routinely sing the praises of arbitration clauses, the language buried in the fine print of contracts for mobile phones or credit cards, for example, that typically bars a consumer from going to court in the event of a...Sweeney Law FirmUnited States Govt. Joins Lawsuit vs. McKesson Corp. and Golden HorizonsOctober 16, 2008Oct 6, 2008  (Reuters) WASHINGTON - The United States has joined a whistle-blower lawsuit against McKesson Corp and other companies accused of submitting false claims to Medicare, the Justice Department said on Monday. The complaint says that McKesson set up arrangements to make sure that McKesson's oxygen supplies and other durable...Sweeney Law Firm94% of Nursing Homes Cited for Federal Safety Violations in 2007September 29, 2008September 30, 2008   By ROBERT PEAR, The New York Times WASHINGTON ”” More than 90 percent of nursing homes were cited for violations of federal health and safety standards last year, and for-profit homes were more likely to have problems than other types of nursing homes, federal investigators say...