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Medical care is only as good as the people who provide it. And if there aren't enough trained medical professionals, the level of health care a hospital provides can only be so good.

lawsuit filed by nurses against a Michigan hospital claims staff shortages were so bad at the facility that patients faced delays in medication and basic hygienic care and nurses were forced to work in dangerous conditions. You can read the allegations in the full lawsuit below.

Lost in the outrage over widespread fraud at Wells Fargo is the adverse impact the bank's pressure to open new accounts had on their employees. Just last week, the New York Times published stories from former bankers who were under so much stress to sell unneeded services that they suffered from anxiety, had panic attacks, and even became addicted to drinking hand sanitizer.

But a recent class action lawsuit details the unreasonable expectations Wells Fargo had of their employees, and the retaliation those employees faced if they failed to meet strict sales quotas. And some of those former employees are seeking $2.6 billion from the disgraced bank.

Gretchen Carlson, former Miss America and former host of multiple Fox News programs including Fox & Friends, filed a lawsuit against Fox CEO Roger Ailes, claiming Ailes sexually harassed her, created a hostile work environment, and finally fired her after she objected to his sexual advances. The complaint also names her co-host Steve Doocy, and alleges he "engaged in a pattern and practice of sever and pervasive sexual harassment" against Carlson.

You can read the full complaint below, and we've highlighted some of the best/worst parts.

Teachers have a lot on their plate: the students themselves, lessons plans, administrative duties, and countless others. Add this one to the list: students stealing nude photos off your phone when you're not looking. Union County High School teacher Leigh Anne Arthur left her phone on her desk for only a few moments while hall patrol and a 16-year-old student scooped her phone, opened it, and found pictures of a partially undressed Arthur. The student then used his own phone to take pictures of the nudes and send them to friends.

Arthur was forced to resign, and now she is suing the school district for breach of contract and defamation. You can see her full lawsuit below:

An investigation into whether the New England Patriots illegally deflated game balls from last year's AFC Championship Game says it's "more probable than not" that team personnel altered the balls and quarterback Tom Brady was likely involved.

The full report, conducted by an outside law firm at the NFL's request, can be seen below. It includes text messages between Pats staffers discussing altering the inflation of game balls, as well as calls and texts between staff and Brady immediately after news of the scandal broke.

Disgraced ex-journalist Stephen Glass, who fabricated articles for major magazines in the 1990s, is not fit to practice law and has been denied a law license, the California Supreme Court has ruled.

In a unanimous opinion (attached below), California's highest court concluded Glass has not overcome the stain of his tarnished and infamous past as a journalist who fabricated stories for prominent publications in the late 1990s.

Glass was a magazine journalism wunderkind with articles appearing in Rolling Stone, Harper's and The New Republic. Eventually, he acknowledged that 42 articles were partially or wholly fabricated, according to a filing prepared by Glass's lawyers.

Glass's actions were called the most sustained fraud in modern journalism and led to the critically-acclaimed movie "Shattered Glass."

After his journalism career ended, Glass attended law school and spent the past six years pursuing admission to the California State Bar. Concerns about Glass' character kept him from being admitted to the New York Bar in 2004.

A lawyer for Glass, Jon Eisenberg, told Reuters that Glass "appreciates the court's consideration of his application and respects the court's decision."

Undocumented Immigrant Granted California Law License

The California Supreme Court granted a law license Thursday to an undocumented immigrant, a first-of-its-kind ruling that allows the man brought to the U.S. as a toddler to practice law in the state.

The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Sergio Garcia's undocumented status does not disqualify him from becoming a lawyer, and that the final obstacle was removed when the Legislature passed a law allowing otherwise-qualified applicants to join the bar regardless of their immigration status.

"There is no state law or state public policy that would justify precluding undocumented immigrants, as a class, from obtaining a law license," Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote in the ruling.

Garcia was brought to the United States as a toddler, put himself through law school and has waited nearly two decades for legal residency.

But will he be able to find work as an attorney?

Federal law would still prohibit Garcia from working for a law firm or any other paying employer. Still, state officials say he could represent clients as an independent contractor, and Garcia plans to do so despite arguments by Obama administration officials that he would be working illegally.

The U.S. Department of Justice had opposed Garcia's application, while California Attorney General Kamala Harris supported it.

Lawyers like to write intimidating, legalese-laden cease and desist letters. It happens everyday. But one New Jersey lawyer’s snarky response letter has gone viral for calling out a municipal attorney and injecting some classic legal humor.

Richard D. Trenk, representing West Orange, New Jersey, wrote a cease and desist letter over an “unauthorized” website that “is likely to cause confusion [sic].” Trenk demands the website’s owner change domain names and “anything else confusingly similar thereto.”

Enter Stephen B. Kaplitt instantly memorable response letter: “Obviously [your cease and desist letter] was sent in jest, and the world can certainly use more legal satire. Bravo, Mr. Trenk!”

Now sit back and enjoy Kaplitt’s full response letter — it’s one for the ages.

An affidavit has surfaced in which lawyers at the world's largest law firm trade casual e-mails about running up legal bills for a client. One attorney jokes "that bill shall know no limits." Another described a colleague's approach to the assignment as "churn that bill, baby!"

It's not every day you read documentary evidence of possible churning -- the creation of unnecessary work to drive up a client's bill. But that appears to be what The New York Times found in a Manhattan Supreme Court filing last week involving the law firm DLA Piper.

DLA Piper is in a fee dispute with client Adam H. Victor, an energy industry executive. DLA Piper sued Mr. Victor for $675,000 in unpaid legal bills. Then Mr. Victor filed a counterclaim, accusing the law firm of a "sweeping practice of overbilling."

Do law firms inflate bills by performing superfluous tasks and overstaffing assignments? Here are some highlighted portions of DLA Piper's emails:

"I hear we are already 200k over our estimate -- that's Team DLA Piper!" wrote Erich P. Eisenegger, a lawyer at the firm, the Times reports.

"Now Vince has random people working full time on random research projects in standard 'churn that bill, baby!' mode. That bill shall know no limits," replied another DLA Piper lawyer, Christopher Thomson, noting that a third colleague, Vincent J. Roldan, had been enlisted to work on the matter.

A DLA Piper spokesman told TheTimes the firm did not comment on pending litigation.

Octomom's Doctor Michael Kamrava Sued by CA Medical Board

Dr. Michael Kamrava, the Beverly Hills fertility doctor who helped his patient Nadya Suleman (a/k/a 'the Octomom') birth octuplets after delivering her six other children via in vitro fertilization, was sued by California's Medical Board for multiple counts of gross negligence.

According the lawsuit (see below), Kamrava:

  • Negligently used fresh embryo transfers when he should have used already available frozen embryos;
  • Systematically transferred an excessive number of blastocyt embryos that exceeded the medically recommended number for Suleman's age and medical history;
  • Failed to refer Suleman for a mental health evalution, given her multiple IVF births to six children prior to getting pregnant and delivering octuplets;
  • Failed to maintain adequate medical records;and
  • Engaged in repeated acts of negligence which, in addition to the above allegations, included giving Suleman high doses of Gonadotropin protein hormones