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Legal Help Desk Episode 91: Corporation

It has always been the dream of many Filipinos to own and run their businesses. Many think that owning a business is easy as applying for a license and permit however, there are several steps before one can finally do so. Additionally, there is a difference from setting up a business and setting up a corporation. In this episode of Legal Help Desk, Attorney Karen Jimeno and Rod Nepomuceno with a corporate lawyer and a representative from the Department of Trade and Industry will teach viewers how to set up their own corporation. How is it different from setting up an ordinary business? What are the advantages of setting up a corporation? What are the steps in establishing a corporation?
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On this episode of Legal Help Desk, Attorney Karen Jimeno and Attorney Rod Nepomuceno will discuss your legal rights on the subjects of adultery and concubinage and how to file for either against the offending spouse and partner.
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On this episode of Legal Help Desk, Attorney Karen Jimeno and Attorney Rod Nepomuceno will discuss your legal rights on Ejectment. Know more about Ejectment and its legalities with our guests Atty. Gilbert Navarro, Private Law Practitioner and Atty. Jose Paulo Patajo, Legal Officer of Cathay Land, Inc.

Mental Health Watchdog CCHR Supports New Bill to Help Foster Care Children

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

In a newly released article, the mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), applauds newly introduced legislation in the state of California that aims to curb the psychiatric drugging of foster care children. CCHR states that in wake of the recent San Jose Mercury News investigation, “Drugging Our Kids,” which uncovered high rates of psychotropic drugging of California’s foster care children (nearly 25%), lawmakers in California are now understanding the urgency of legislation to curb this practice.[1]

California Assemblyman Mike Gipson (64th District) has submitted language, amending existing legislation (AB 1067), providing for specific protections from psychiatric/medication abuse of children under state care.[2] Supporting groups, such as CCHR, say it is the first legislation to serve foster children rather than psychiatric pharmaceuticals.

CCHR states that Assemblyman Gipson’s legislation would be an important step in changing the system. Specifically, it addresses informed consent issues and rights for minors and non-minors in foster care, including:

To be informed of the risks and benefits of psychotropic medication.
To appear before the judge determining if psychotropic medication should be administered, with an advocate of his or her choice, and state that he or she objects to any recommendation to prescribe psychotropic medication.
The availability to refuse the administration of psychotropic drugs.
To have a prescribing doctor disclose any financial ties he or she may have to pharmaceutical companies.[2]

The latter is in response to the revelation by San Jose Mercury News that between 2010-2013 drug makers spent more than $ 14 million marketing to California doctors treating foster care children and those doctors with high prescription rates typically received the most funding.[3]

CCHR says that a good example of this much needed legislation involves the prescribing of the antipsychotic, Risperdal. Many of the claims surrounding Risperdal involve gynecomastia allegations—a condition that causes young males to grow female breasts. In February 2015, a Philadelphia jury awarded Austin Pledger $ 2.5 million in damages because he “was not adequately warned” that he would grow size 46DD breasts as a side effect of using the antipsychotic. According to court documents, Pledger was 8 years old when he first was prescribed Risperdal. The court documents also showed that the drug label falsely reported that the risk of gynecomastia was low.[4 – Case No. 120401997, The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Filed 4/18/12]

Attorney Allison Folmar is intimately aware of the effects caused by the use of antipsychotics on children. Folmar represented Detroit mother Maryanne Godboldo against state child protective services, not to drug her then 13-year-old daughter with Risperdal, per court documents.[5 – Case No. 11057748-01, 36 District Court, Detroit, Michigan, filed 03/27/2011]

According to Folmar in an interview with CCHR, “Foster children are prescribed psychotropic drugs at rates nearly five times higher than non-foster children. These drugs can cause life-threatening diabetes, violent and suicidal behavior and even brain shrinkage. That is being done to children who already are traumatized…. We need to turn such turmoil into triumph by changing the laws—state-by-state—until every child is protected.”

Bruce Wiseman, the U.S. President of CCHR, states, “In order to do the right thing, to legitimately uphold the mission of the California Department of Social Services, ‘to serve, aid, and protect needy and vulnerable children…,’ support of Assemblyman Gipson’s legislation is a hopeful first step in ebbing the tide of psychiatric prescribing.”[6]

Sign CCHR’s Petition to Prevent the Dangerous Psychotropic Drugging of California’s Foster Care Youth here.

Read the full article here.

About Citizens Commission on Human Rights: CCHR is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health watchdog. Its mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. CCHR has helped to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive mental health practices.


[1] Karen de Sa, “Drugging Our Kids,” San Jose Mercury News, 24 Aug. 2014, webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/?page=pt1.

[2] “An act to amend Section 16001.9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to foster children,” California Legislative Counsel’s Digest, General Subject: Foster children: psychotropic medication, 16 Feb 2015, cchrint.org/pdfs/leg-counsel-digest-ab-1067.pdf.

[3] Karen de Sa, “Drugging Our Kids: Part III, The Rx Alliance That Drugs Our Kids,” San Jose Mercury News, 23 Nov 2014, webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/?page=pt3.

[4] Case No. 120401997, The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, P.P., et al. v. Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al., Filed April 18, 2012; Vinny Vella, “Man, 20, awarded $ 2.5M in damages after drug gave him breasts,” Philadelphia Daily News, 26 Feb 2015, articles.philly.com/2015-02-26/news/59504751_1_robyn-reed-frenze-risperdal-breasts.

[5] Case No. 11057748-01, 36 District Court, Detroit, Michigan, filed 03/27/2011; Heather Catallo, “Mom who chose to take daughter off medication files lawsuit…,” ABC 7, WXYZ Detroit, 10 May 2012, http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/mom-who-chose-to-take-daughter-off-medication-files-lawsuit-alleges-daughter-deprived-of-prosthesis.

[6] “About CDSS,” California Department of Social Services, http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/PG190.htm, accessed 19 Mar. 2015.

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Legal Help Desk Episode 104: Worker’s Rights

On this episode of Legal Help Desk, Attorney Karen Jimeno and Attorney Rod Nepomuceno discuss your legal rights as workers and the benefits you are entitled to. The Philippine government recognizes the rights of employees, thus the creation of the Labor Code of the Philippines. The Labor Code is a set of rules for the hiring and terminating of employees and it prescribes the conditions of work including the number of work hours and the benefits entitled to every employee. In this episode, we will extensively discuss the labor code so that employees or workers everywhere will be aware of the protection that is due to them under our laws.