Monday, August 14, 2017

FINRA Arbitration Awards for Broker U5 Defamation Claims

U5 Arbitration Lawyer for Brokers In Pennsylvania


If You Are the Victim of an Erroneous, Misleading or Libelous/Defamatory U5,
You Can Sue for Substantial Remedies
Securities broker-dealers who are employed by securities firms are put in a difficult position if there employer should choose to terminate the reason their employment for any reason whatsoever. That is because, if there is any sort of termination initiated by the employer securities firm, no matter how benign, a form you five must be filed with FINRA. Once a you five is filed, its existence can make it difficult for brokers to find new employment.

Philadelphia-Area Contingent Fee Securities Arbitration Attorney

Representing Pennsylvania's Workforce Since 1991
Questions?  John will spend 5-10 minutes with you discussing your current work situation, a U5 claim, your disability/FMLA leave, your employment/non-compete contract, a separation agreement, your wage or overtime claim, your unemployment appeal or your potential lawsuit at no charge to you.  Call 610-647-5027.  John is usually available 24/7.

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FINRA Requires the Filing of a Form U5 for all Involuntary Separations

The fact that an securities firm employer initiating a separation (termination or involuntary resignation) must complete a form U5 to be filed with FINRA can create somewhat of a dilemma for the employer as well. For example, any statement suggesting that the broker was terminated for any reason other than a "reduction in force" or "layoff" can cast a large shadow over the broker (indeed, any U5 can). That said, if the securities firm files an inaccurate, misleading or libelous U5, it can subject itself to litigation from future employers of the broker, future customers of the broker or the broker himself/herself.

Regulates Securities Industry Closely
No Jury Trials - Only FINRA Arbitrations - for U5 Lawsuits

If you believe you are the victim of a misleading, erroneous or defamatory U5, you cannot proceed by filing an action in court. Whether you are aware or not, you have by taking a job with an entity governed by FINRA forfeited your right to a jury trial and agreed to arbitrate any claims arising out of your employment relationship, including U5-related claims.

FINRA Arbitrations Follow a Specific Procedure
Filing Fees for U5 Arbitration Claims Can be Substantially More Expensive Than Federal Lawsuits

While the filing fee to file a lawsuit in federal court is $400, the filing fee to commence an arbitration is often in excess of the thousand dollars. On the other hand, actual litigation in the arbitration forum is usually less expensive than in the court, owing to the limited discovery and limitations on the number of depositions each party can take prior to trial arbitration.  Click to jump to FINRA's dispute resolution statistics for U5 (and other) claims.

FINRA Arbitrations Cost-Effective?
A 3-Person Arbitration Panel Decides Cases Worth More Than $100,000

Arbitration panels consisting of three or more persons with substantial industry knowledge are assigned to U5 arbitration claims involving alleged damages in excess of $100,000. There have been a number of substantial judgments in favor of broker-dealers who were subjected to what arbitration panels determined were inaccurate, misleading, erroneous and/or libelous U5s. Some of more recent awards are:

*  Broker-Dealer Awarded $417,000 Award by Arbitration Panel in U5 Libel/Defamation Case 

*  Royal Bank of Scotland Forced to Pay $2.05 Million on U5 Breach of Contract/Defamation Arbitration Claim


Click to read an excellent summary of some FINRA Arbitration Awards from prior to 2012.

Employment Questions? Call John for a Free Phone Consultation
Employment Law Firm Serving Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, Berks, Lancaster and Philadelphia Counties

If you have employment-related questions and live in Paoli, Exton, Phoenixville, Downingtown, Coatesville, West Chester, Newtown Square, Nether Providence, Springfield, Aston, Broomall, Marple, Villanova, Lansdowne, Wayne, Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Glenolden, Havertown, Haverford, Limerick, Oaks,  Lower Merion, Paoli, Exton, Phoenixville, Downingtown, Coatesville, West Chester, Newtown Square, Nether Providence, Springfield, Aston, Broomall, Marple, Villanova, Lansdowne, Wayne, Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Glenolden, Havertown, Haverford, Limerick, Oaks,  Lower Merion, Malvern, Wayne, King of Prussia, Downingtown, Glenside, Doylestown, Radnor, Newtown Square, Exton, Philadelphia, West Chester, Skippack, Langhorne, Haverford, Nether Providence, Broomall, Drexel Hill, Reading or Pottstown, call John for a free telephone consultation.



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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Brothers Joe Hammond Live in Malvern, PA This Week and Next

Local Boys Make Good - Charlie and Sam Gallagher are Brothers Joe Hammond


Live at Locust Lane Craft Brewery August 10, August 12 and August 17, 2017

They are very talented, play multiple instruments each, and play a pretty diverse playlist.  Come and see them!

Philadelphia Area Unemployment Attorney Representing Employees

John A. Gallagher is an employment lawyer who has since 1991 represented Pennsylvania's workforce.  

John typically represents workers who need an employment lawyer in Philadelphia County, Chester County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Berks County, Lancaster County and Montgomery County.

Pennsylvania Employment Lawyer Provides Free Telephone Consultations (15 Minutes in Duration)

If you are an employee seeking an unemployment lawyer, and live in Malvern, Wayne, King of Prussia, Downingtown, Paoli, Glenside, Doylestown, Radnor, Newtown Square, Exton, Frazer, Philadelphia, West Chester, Skippack, Langhorne, Haverford, Nether Providence, Broomall, Drexel Hill, Blue Bell, Media, Pottstown or Reading or any of their surrounding towns, feel free to send me an e-mail or give me a call.  I am always glad to spend some time with people via a free telephone consultation.

Need an Experienced Employment Attorney to File an EEOC Charge or to Prosecute a Lawsuit in the Philadelphia Federal Court or any State Court in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware o Bucks County?

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Securities Broker Disputes under FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitration – U5 Defamation Claims

Have You Been Subjected to an Erroneous or Defamatory U5?


U5s Can be Devastating to a
Securities Broker's Future Career Prospects
To Be Avoided Where Possible
The law requires that a Form U5 be filed any time a securities broker-dealer is involuntarily separated from his/her employment with a securities firm. This creates a difficult situation for both the firm and the broker.



Click Here to jump to FINRA's answers to Frequently Asked Questions concerning the FINRA arbitration process.

Securing Justice for Pennsylvania's Workforce
Questions?  John will spend 5-10 minutes with you discussing your current work situation, your termination, your non-compete agreement, your wage claim, your U5 dispute, your unemployment claim and/or your potential lawsuit at no charge to you.  

Call 610-647-5027.  John is usually available 24/7.

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Employer Brokerage Firms Must File a Form U5 if they Terminate an Employee Securities Broker or Permit a Broker to Resign in Lieu of a Termination

If you are a securities broker threatened with the involuntary loss of your employment with a securities firm you may be subjected to the filing of a U5. This is not a good thing at all.

A U5 is a statement that must be filed by a brokerage firm when a broker dealer is involuntarily separated from employment with the firm.





A Form U5, formally known as a “Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration,” is required pursuant to article V, section 3 of the FINRA By-Laws. U5s are known to create serious problems for securities broker seeking new employment.

What Does a Form U5 Filed by a Securities Brokerage Firm Pursuant to FINRA Contain?

A broker is involuntarily separated from employment on the motion of the employer brokerage firm, the U5 must indicate one of the following reasons for the separation: 1) discharged; 2) permitted to resign; or 3) other.  See FINRA Regulatory Notice 10-39.

FINRA requires that a U5 must be filed no later than 30 days after the brokerage firm terminates an associated person’s employment, and hence his/her registration with the firm.

Requires U5 be Filed in all Cases of Involuntary Separation from Employment 
In the case of an involuntary separation such as described above, the member firm must explain the reason behind the separation, the most benign of which is likely “did not meet job expectations.” In addition, the employer must state whether the basis for the termination was securities related, that is, whether the departing broker was subject to some sort of an investigation or proceeding by a governmental body or a self-regulatory organization such as FINRA. Of course, if there was some sort of criminal investigation, arrest and/or conviction associated with the termination, this must be disclosed as well.

Finally, the employer must specify whether the was any sort of customer complaint relating to the individual, whether there is/was any type of litigation related thereto and the status/outcome of such litigation.

FINRA Regulatory Notice 10-39 Explains Nuts and Bolts

Must a U5 be Filed if a Securities Broker Voluntarily Resigned from his/her Employment?

Any case of involuntary separation, even a “permitted to resign” (code for – “was about to be fired”) must result in a U5 and any such U5, no matter how benign, can at the very least be quite limiting, and sometimes nearly lethal, to an employee broker’s future employment chances.

Therefore, if you believe that you are approaching involved in a situation which could result in your ultimate termination, it is best to contact counsel at once. Sometimes, a voluntary resignation is the best course. While a U5 must be filed where there is a voluntary resignation, my experience has been that it does not create a serious impediment to future career opportunities.

Broker Claims Valued at over $100,000
Heard and Decided by Panel of 3 Arbitrators
May a Broker Who Believes that he/she has been Subject to an Erroneous, Misleading or Defamatory U5 File an Arbitration Claim with FINRA?

Absolutely – and large arbitration awards have been rendered in numerous such circumstances.  Consequently, if you are broker who believes that you have been subjected to an erroneous, misleading or defamatory U5, contacting counsel is wise. In such situations, one can initiate an arbitration with FINRA and the remedies can be substantial if the member firm is found to have engaged in the publication of an improper U5


Arbitrations Can Be Complex and Astute Lawyering is a Must
That said, arbitrations, although slightly less formal than judicial proceedings, are particularly nettlesome for the uninitiated.  They can be expensive to initiate and litigate, involve very precise pleading requirements, are adjudicated in accordance with quite specific guidelines, involve minimum pre-hearing discovery and are adjudicated by arbitrators with a substantial level of expertise in the subject matter. 

A FINRA Arbitration Panel has the Power to Award an Aggrieved Broker Dealer Monetary Damages and Expungement of an Erroneous or Defamatory U5

A Broker Dealer who prevails in an arbitration against a Securities Firm may be entitled to substantial compensatory damages and, perhaps as importantly, to an award of expungement of the offending U5.  However, such arbitrations are complex, and the remedies to be obtained must be set forth with specificity in one's Statement of Claim submission at the outset of the proceeding.


Representing Pennsylvania Employees
Since 1991
Philadelphia Area U5 Attorney Representing Employee Brokers in Arbitration Against Employer Securities Brokerage Firms

JohnA. Gallagher is an employment lawyer who represents employees in Pennsylvania. 

John typically represents workers who need an employment lawyer in Philadelphia County, Chester County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Berks County, Lancaster County and Montgomery County.

Pennsylvania Securities Employment Attorney Provides Free Telephone Consultations (15 Minutes in Duration)

If you are looking for a lawyer to evaluate your Form U5, and live in Malvern, Wayne, King of Prussia, Downingtown, Glenside, Doylestown, Radnor, Newtown Square, Exton, Philadelphia, West Chester, Skippack, Langhorne, Haverford, Nether Providence, Broomall, Drexel Hill, Reading or any of their surrounding towns, feel free to send me an e-mail or give me a call.  I am always glad to spend some time with people via a free telephone consultation.

Need an Experienced Lawyer for a FINRA Arbitration Involving a U5 and Located in the Philadelphia Area?

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

OJ Simpson Granted Parole After Serving 9 Years of 33-Year Sentence

OJ Simpson Granted Parole by Nevada Parole Board


Free Bird
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Serving Pennsylvania's Workforce since 1991
Philadelphia Area Wage and Hour Attorney Helping Employees Collect Wages, Compensation, Bonuses and Severance on a Contingent Fee Basis Attorney Representing Employees

John A. Gallagher is an employment lawyer who represents claimants in Pennsylvania. 

John typically represents workers who need an employment lawyer throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, including those working in Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, Berks County and Lancaster County.

Pennsylvania Wage and Hour Lawyer Provides Free Telephone Consultations and Contingent Fee Representation

If you are owed money by your employer, are looking for a contingent fee lawyer who is experienced in collecting wages, compensation, bonuses and severance from corporations that withhold payment from their employees and or work in East Norriton, East Nottingham, East Vincent, Easton, East Whiteland, Edgemont,  Elkins  Park,  Elverson,  Essington, Exton,  Fairless Hills, Feasterville Trevose, Fleetwood, Flourtown,  Folcroft,  Folsom, Fort Washington,  Franconia, Gap, Gilbertsville, Gladwyne,  Glen Mills,   Glenolden,  Glenside, Green Lane, Gwynedd,  Gwynedd Valley, Hanover, Harleysville, Hatboro,  Hatfield, Haverford,  Havertown, Honey Brook,  Horsham, Huntingdon Valley, Immaculata,  Jenkintown, Kennett Square,  Kimberton,  King Of Prussia, Kutztown, Lafayette Hill,  Lancaster,  Langhorne,  Lansdale,  Lansdowne, Lawrence Park, Levittown, Limekiln, Limerick, Lionville, Lititz, Londonberry, Lower Merion and Lower Moreland or any surrounding areas, feel free to send me an e-mail or give me a call.  I am always glad to spend some time with people via a free telephone consultation.

Need an Experienced Contingent Fee Lawyer to Collect Money You Are Owed by Your Former Employer?

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Colorado Baker's Denial of Wedding Cake Order From Gay Couple Based Upon Freedom of Religion to be Decided by the U.S. Supreme Court

The Gay Wedding Cake Dilemma Reaches the United States Supreme Court

May They Have Their Cake and Eat it Too?
Bakers throughout the world have sought to refuse gay customers the right to eat their delicious treats on the grounds that making such a cake would offend their religious beliefs.  So far, bakers have not had a great deal of success. Now, the Supreme Court will decide things once and for all, at least in the United States.


Representing Pennsylvania's Workforce Since 1991
Questions?  John will spend 5-10 minutes with you discussing your current work situation, your disability/FMLA leave, your discrimination or retaliation claim, your non-compete agreement, your wage claim, your unemployment claim or your potential lawsuit at no charge to you.  Call 610-647-5027.  John is usually available 24/7.

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May Private Business Discriminate Against Customers Because of their Color, Sex, Disability, Age, Religious Beliefs and/or Sexual Preference?  Colorado Civil Rights Statute Says NO

A bakery in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake requested by a gay couple was found to have violated Colorado's civil rights statute. Click Here for images and background.

Now, these United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear the matter.

It is an interesting case -- the right to express one's religious beliefs by refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple because it offends one's religious beliefs versus the right of gay couples to be free from discrimination.

Traditionally, civil rights statutes have prohibited discrimination by government entities and employers. It is only been recently that some states have extended civil rights protection to customers of private businesses. I think the first time this came to into Americans consciousness had to do with the tradition of the famed Augusta National to deny membership to female applicants.

Same-Sex Couples Seek Equal Privileges 
Click Here for a Comprehensive Overview of LGBT Rights in the United States - at Both the State and Federal Levels

Although the United States legislature has yet to pass many statutes prohibiting discrimination by private businesses when it comes to who they may agree to service or not service, many states have taken this step. Now, we will get a view into how SCOTUS views the extension of civil right protections to customers of private business establishments.

Not long ago, the Belfast, Ireland, high court considered a similar matter and ruled against the bakery.


Philadelphia Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Attorney Helping Employees Collect Wages, Compensation, Bonuses and Severance on a Contingent Fee Basis Attorney Representing Employees

John A. Gallagher is an employment lawyer who represents claimants in Pennsylvania. 

John typically represents workers who need an employment lawyer throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, including those working in Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, Berks County and Lancaster County.

We Can Talk for a Few Minutes
and I Will Provide You With My Thoughts at No Charge to You 

Pennsylvania Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Lawyer Provides Free Telephone Consultations and Contingent Fee Representation

If you are owed money by your employer, are looking for a contingent fee lawyer who is experienced in suing employers who engage in or permit discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment or hostile work environments, and live or work in Lower Pottsgrove, Lower Providence, Lower Salford, Malvern, Marcus Hook, Marlborough, Media, Merion, Merion Station, Methacton, Middletown, Montgomeryville, Morgantown,  Morton, Nether Providence, New Hope, Newtown, Newtown Square, Norristown, Northampton, North Wales, Norwood,  Nottingham, Oakmont, Oaks, Oxford, Paoli, Parkesburg, Pennsbury, Perkasie, Perkiomenville, Phoenixville, Plymouth, Plymouth Meeting, Plymouth Whitemarsh, Pocopson,  Pottstown, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Red Hill, Ridley ark, Roxbury, Royersford, Salford, Schnecksville, Schuylkill, Selinsgrove, Sellersville, Sharon Hill, Skippack, Souderton, Southampton, Southeastern, Spring City, Spring House, Springfield, Sumneytown, Susquehanna, Swarthmore, Tamaqua, Tannersville,Telford and their surrounding areas, consider calling the Gallagher Law Group.

Need an Experienced Contingent Fee Lawyer to Sue Your Ex-Employer for Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment or Hostile Work Environment?

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Justice May be Blind - But it Knows a Woman When it Gropes One - Department of Justice's Abhorrent Sexual Harassment Record

Philadelphia Area Sexual Harassment Lawyer Who Represents Employees
Representing Pennsylvania's Workforce Since 1991
Questions?  John will spend 5-10 minutes with you discussing your current hostile work environment, your disability/FMLA leave, your non-compete agreement, your wage claim, your wrongful discharge, your unemployment claim or your potential lawsuit at no charge to you.  

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Debauchery, Misogyny and Sexual Harassment Tolerated at Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency

The Huffington Post published an article recently citing excerpts from an investigative report into the the Department of Justice’s ignorance of its zero tolerance sexual harassment policy.  

DOJ Lawyers' Demands Unheeded
Senior Trial Lawyer at DOJ Avoids Discipline for Groping Breasts and Buttocks of Female Colleagues on Grounds that Punishment “Would Unnecessarily Deprive The Government of His Litigating Services.”

Despite having a so-called “zero tolerance” policy for sexual misconduct, the investigative arm of DOJ failed to discipline its senior attorneys for egregious behavior ― including a male lawyer who secretly watched his colleagues while they pumped breast milk, one who stalked a woman co-worker, and another who physically groped his colleagues at an office happy hour, the report finds.

DOJ declined to suspend the latter man, who grabbed the breasts and buttocks of two female trial lawyers, because that “would unnecessarily deprive the government of [the senior official’s] litigating services,” the department official who made the decision told the Justice Department’s Inspector General.
Making a Mockery of Itself

All of these men later received awards for their good performance in the division, the report notes.



DEA Agents Once Frequented Drug Cartel-Funded Sex Parties

A couple of years ago, the office of the Inspector General also turned up sexual misconduct at the Drug Enforcement Administration, another department under the DOJ’s umbrella. That report detailed drug-cartel funded sex-parties with prostitutes attended by DEA agents, none of whom were fired. Some were even promoted. After the conduct came to light, however, the head of the DEA ultimately resigned, facing bipartisan criticism ― the misconduct went back to the years of former President George W. Bush.

The fact that many of the victims of sexual harassment employed by the DOJ are lawyers shows just how intractable and problematic the issue is.  Most female DOJ lawyers sweated through top level law schools and landed their dream job, only to be subjected to the same type of miscreants who frequent your local strip club. Sad. 


Every time the government, or any company for that matter, deals ineffectively with a sexual harassment claim, transgressors are emboldened – and victims are silenced.  This is true - even of strong-minded, well-educated, justice-seeking women such as employed within the DOJ.

26 Years of Experience Handling
Employment Law Matters in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Attorney Helping Employees Collect Wages, Compensation, Bonuses and Severance on a Contingent Fee Basis Attorney Representing Employees

John A. Gallagher is an employment lawyer who represents claimants in Pennsylvania. 

John typically represents workers who need an employment lawyer throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, including those working in Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, Berks County and Lancaster County.

Call 610-647-5027
John Will Spend 15 Minutes With You Analyzing Your  Situation at No Cost to You
Pennsylvania Area Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Lawyer Provides Free Telephone Consultations and Contingent Fee Representation

If you are owed money by your employer, are looking for a contingent fee lawyer who is experienced in suing employers who engage in or permit discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment or hostile work environments, and live or work in Lower Pottsgrove, Lower Providence, Lower Salford, Malvern, Marcus Hook, Marlborough, Media, Merion, Merion Station, Methacton, Middletown, Montgomeryville, Morgantown,  Morton, Nether Providence, New Hope, Newtown, Newtown Square, Norristown, Northampton, North Wales, Norwood,  Nottingham, Oakmont, Oaks, Oxford, Paoli, Plymouth Meeting or Whitemarsh, Pocopson,  Pottstown, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Red Hill, Ridley ark, Roxbury, Royersford, Salford, Schnecksville, Schuylkill, Selinsgrove, Sellersville, Sharon Hill, Skippack, Souderton, Southampton, Southeastern, Springfield, Swarthmore or Telford, and their surrounding areas, consider calling the Gallagher Law Group.

Need an Experienced Contingent Fee Lawyer to Sue Your Employer for Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment or Hostile Work Environment?

Click Here if you have questions about any aspect of employment law, from wrongful termination, to wage and overtime claims, to discrimination and retaliation laws, to Family and Medical Leave

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"Not to Sing the National Anthem Backwards" - Tiger Woods DashCam Video Shows He Was Significantly Impaired - Video Report on Drugs Tiger was on and their Effect


Police:               "Do you know where you are?"

Tiger Woods:    "No."

Police DashCam Video of Tiger Woods DUI Arrest Disturbing




What 4 Prescription Drugs was Tiger Woods on When Arrested for DUI and What do They Do?


Tiger Has Trouble Getting Out of His Car


Click Here for his full statement, details on arrest.



Philadelphia Area Employment Attorney Representing Employees

John A. Gallagher is an employment lawyer who represents employees in Pennsylvania. 

John typically represents workers who need an employment lawyer in Philadelphia County, Chester County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Berks County, Lancaster County and Montgomery County.



Pennsylvania Employment Employment Attorney Provides Free Telephone Consultations (15 Minutes in Duration)

If you are looking for an employment lawyer, and live in Malvern, Wayne, King of Prussia, Downingtown, Glenside, Doylestown, Radnor, Newtown Square, Exton, Philadelphia, West Chester, Skippack, Langhorne, Haverford, Nether Providence, Broomall, Drexel Hill, Reading or any of their surrounding towns, feel free to send me an e-mail or give me a call.  I am always glad to spend some time with people via a free telephone consultation.

Need an Experienced Lawyer for an Employment Matter in Malvern, Paoli,  King of Prussia, Media, West Chester, Doylestown, Springfield, Bristol, Reading, Lancaster or Philadelphia?

Click Here if you have questions about any aspect of employment law, from wrongful termination, to wage and overtime claims, to discrimination and retaliation laws, to Family and Medical Leave

Click Here if you have questions about any aspect of Pennsylvania Unemployment Law, from willful misconduct, to voluntary quit, to Referee Hearings, to severance issues

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tiger Woods Admits Drug Use - Was Alone and Apparently Parked When Arrested - Issues Full Statement - To Be Arraigned on July 5


Full Details on Tiger Woods DUI – Prescription Drugs Cause of Arrest – Tiger Alone in Car - Tiger’s Full Complete Statement

New details emerged this morning about Woods's arrest for DUI in Jupiter, Fla., on Monday. A report from the Palm Beach Post said that Woods was alone and driving a 2015 Mercedes Benz at the time of the incident. He was arrested for DUI of drugs or alcohol and "cited for improper stopping, standing or parking in an illegal place." Woods's arraignment hearing is scheduled for July 5.

On Memorial Day evening Tiger Woods released a statement saying that prescription drugs – not alcohol – was the basis for his arrest. 

"I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved," the statement read. "What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly."

Tiger apologized to family, friends and fans. "I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again," he said. "I fully cooperated with law enforcement." 


This morning, copies of the police report were made available to the press and public.  According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, Woods was driving alone in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz when he was arrested “and cited for “improper stopping, standing or parking in an illegal place.” The arrest occurred at 315 in the morning and Woods was then booked at 7:18 AM and released at 1050 on Memorial Day morning. He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 5.

Can You Be Convicted of a Crime for taking Prescription Drugs as Prescribed?  Will Tiger be Convicted?  Is Tiger Physically Addicted to Opiates?

It seems apparent that Tiger was taking opiates for pain and perhaps a benzo such as Xanax as well.  These are serious drugs, and the withdrawal from such drugs can take many months, depending upon the persons history of use. 

Although I do not practice criminal law, I believe it is possible to avoid a conviction if one is arrested while under the influence of prescription drugs. I believe that is the case where the drugs in question were taken as prescribed, as opposed to being purchased without a prescription or the amount consumed exceeded the prescribed dosage. Of course, this assumes that one is not mixing prescription drugs against a doctor’s advice, and that one’s physician has not sought to restrict driving privileges.

Although I am not 100% certain of the above, I believe that is a defense that can work. Moreover, I believe one has a better chance of prevailing on such a defense where, as here apparently, the driver of the vehicle was parked or in mobile (provided, of course, that the driver did not fall asleep while waiting for a red light to change).

That said, one look at Tigers mugshots suggest that he hasn’t been getting a lot of sleep lately and, if one is out wandering around the 3 a.m. while under the influence of prescription drugs (sans alcohol, no less) that suggest the potential for a real problem. It is commonly understood that people often secure illegal drugs in the early morning hours. An addiction to prescription drugs can be intractable, so perhaps we should keep Tiger in our prayers as opposed to subjecting him to our ridicule and vitriol. Most importantly, let’s hope also that he does not do anything further that would put the public or herself in danger.

UPDATE: May 30 @10:00 p.m.: Tiger mixed 4 prescription pills, thought he was in L.A., had two flat tires, smashed fender and asleep with turn signal on.  Click Here to read more.

                  Philadelphia Area Employment Attorney Who Represents Employees
Representing Pennsylvania's Workforce Since 1991
Questions?  John will spend 5-10 minutes with you discussing your current work situation, your disability/FMLA leave, your non-compete agreement, your wage claim, your unemployment claim or your potential lawsuit at no charge to you.  Call 610-647-5027.  John is usually available 24/7.

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