May 8th, 2013
I was recently asked whether a client’s divorce could be private. That’s a very insightful question, because many of us have no desire to have our family’s dirty laundry aired in public. In this particular client’s case, I recommended that we use collaborative law so that the parties are in control of the process, rather than the courts.
It is often a smooth fit for a divorcing couple who value their time, their money, and their image. If you are looking to make your divorce a private and mature matter, please call or email and we can visit about your situation. Eric Gruetzner
Attorney at Law
April 25th, 2013
Nissan is recalling certain model year 2013 Sentra vehicles manufactured from September 11, 2012, through October 4, 2012. Some fuel tank assemblies were not properly sealed during the manufacturing process. As a result, a small amount of gasoline may leak from the tank when it is full. A gasoline leak in the presence of an ignition source may lead to a vehicle fire. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tanks as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on April 1, 2013. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261.
If you are in the Houston area and would like to speak with an attorney about your vehicle subject to this recall, please feel free to call or email me. Eric Gruetzner (713) 370-7100 www.ericgruetzner.com email@example.com
August 1st, 2012
Those of us who practice in the area of personal injury law have this situation come up from time to time…taser injuries…..
Today the Houston Chronicle reported:
A 38-year-old man died after a confrontation with police officers who shocked him with a Taser at a motel on Interstate 10 in east Houston late Tuesday.
The confrontation began about 11:30 p.m. at the Interstate Motor Lodge at 13213 East Freeway, according to the Houston Police Department.
Police said the man, whose name has not been released, was taken to East Houston Medical Center, where he later died.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is scheduled to perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
No other injuries were reported.
Police said patrol officers were sent to the motel on an emergency call about a man acting strange. A woman who was working as a clerk said the man appeared at the motel front door and said he needed help. He had wet hair and huge eyes, she told police. The man wouldn’t leave or enter the motel. The clerk called 911.
When Houston Fire Department paramedics arrived, the man refused their help, Officers tried to detain him but he fought them. The officers used a Taser to subdue the man, police said.
He struggled against paramedics as they placed him on a gurney.
As is customary with in-custody deaths, the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs divisions will investigate the case.
May 30th, 2012
So just what is age discrimination in employment? And how old do you have to be to be covered by federal laws on the matter?
What started as an inquisitive question recently turned into a detailed dialog about age discrimination. An acquaintance asked me about age discrimination and whether as an employment attorney if I see this happening.
Starting with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967, the ADEA prohibits employment discrimination against persons 40 years of age or older. Yes, 40! Sounds pretty young, huh, but age discrimination can start at ages younger than we might think.
For example, just last fall, the restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse was sued by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) was just this type of age discrimination. (Civil Action No. 1:11-cv-11732 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts). Even here in the Houston area, I am asked about similar scenarios like this more often than I should be asked….so, if you are wondering if age is a factor at your workplace, please at least take time to consult with an employment attorney soon and get your questions answered.
Take care, Eric Gruetzner
May 11th, 2012
As the WSJ Law Blog reports, Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., took up the issue on a federal level. The Senators wrote to the EEOC and U.S. Department of Justice, asking both agencies to investigate the practice of requiring applicants to provide their social-networking-site log-in information during the hiring process.
The letter to the U.S. DOJ sought a legal opinion as to whether the practice violates the Stored Communications Act (SCA) or the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The letter citesPietrylo vs. Hillstone Restaurant Group, as support of the proposition that mandating Facebook log-ins violates the SCA.
Stay tuned…we haven’t seen the last of this issue yet, and if you are presently faced with this issue, please contact me today, I would like to help, Eric
May 11th, 2012
On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an Enforcement Guidance on employer use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). The Enforcement Guidance clarifies and updates the EEOC’s longstanding policy that a categorical exclusion from employment of individuals with a criminal record raises disparate impact concerns.
The EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance comes at an important time. In the last 20 years, an increasing number of Americans, including a disproportionate number of persons from protected status groups, have had contact with the criminal justice system. As a result, more and more job applicants now have criminal records. Simultaneously, advances in technology have made accessing applicants’ criminal history oftentimes as easy as pressing a button. Given these developments, it is essential for employers to maintain proper policies for criminal record screening.
Full story continued….http://www.publiclawnews.com/public-blawg/2012/05/eeoc-issues-guidance-regarding-consideration-criminal-records-employment-decisi
May 11th, 2012
And you thought your child support amount wasn’t computed correctly? Well, the Wall Street Journal this week look at some recent celebrity child support agreements, and what was being paid for, and it’s not your “average” child support….
April 2nd, 2012
Forbes Magazine ran a March 16, 2012 story chronicling one Alaska doctor’s attempts to hide $4.7 million from his ex-wife…the long arm of the long found him.
March 21st, 2012
The Fredericksburg woman divorcing her husband laid out all the messy details, including the most secret of them all. Her husband, she wrote in now-sealed court documents, is a covert operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. His CIA job, she said, poisoned their five-year-old marriage.
February 27th, 2012
The Washington Post reported today that thousands of poor and disabled men stand to lose their only income next year because of a change in government policy that will allow states to seize every dollar of federal benefits from people who owe back child support.
It’s worth reading because many have lost sight of how much of the “delinquent” child support is often government fees and interest that comprise the delinquency.