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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2011 – Tens of thousands of immigrants who were selected as eligible to apply for an immigrant visa and ultimately qualify to immigrate to the U.S. may now not be able to after the State Department announced that it was voiding the results of the 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery. A State Department official told reporters that a computer error had occurred, causing 90 percent of the winners to be selected from the first two days of applications, rather than from the entire batch of applications from the 30-day registration period. Because of this […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2011 – Once again, fingers are pointing to Washington for a federal solution to a federal problem – immigration reform. And once again, there is no solution. “If comprehensive immigration reform were a revolving door, it would be worn out right about now with all the various revolutions it has gone through over the years. These past few years however have been particularly hard. The ‘one step forward, two steps or more backwards’ movement of immigration reform has made pretty much zero headway, and because of that, states are going off on their […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2011 – Emotions are swirling when a spouse finally decides to get divorced. For many people, a crumbling marriage can be a stressful and painstaking time to try to figure out the next steps ahead. An individual’s confidence plummets as all the legal, financial, and even child-related issues start to mount. A qualified divorce attorney will help an individual consider their options and help save them from turmoil as much as possible. After being served with a divorce petition, the other spouse has 20 days to respond to the petition. A court hearing […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2011 – The highways of the nation are crawling with traffic. Just about seven out of every 10 vehicles is a big rig. “It is not much of a surprise that big rigs accidents are quite common, not when you have as many of them on the roads as the statistics indicate – just about seven out of 10 vehicles are 18-wheelers. The more of these big guys you have, the higher your accident rates,” said Michael G. Smith, an Arkansas injury attorney and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted Haitians living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) an 18-month extension, allowing them to live here until Jan. 22, 2013. It had previously been set to expire in July. The program gives temporary legal status to foreign nationals whose homeland has sustained a crisis, such as civil war or environmental disaster. Haiti sustained massive amounts of damage after a massive earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. “In the extended aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Haiti, the United States has remained fully […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2011 – A 4-year-old who went to hospital for eyelid surgery was overdosed on halothane and stopped breathing. “This reported case was shocking in a number of ways. The first was that a 4-year-old was assigned to an uncertified nurse anesthetist for halothane administration, and not an anesthesiologist MD. The second was there was no crash cart in the operating room and no doctor available to give CPR. The true insult to injury is that the little boy was without oxygen for 15 minutes before he was taken to another hospital ER. The […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2011 – As many experts and professionals in the search engine marketing industry examine the aftermath of Google’s latest (suspected by not verified) update, Panda 2.2, law firm marketing company SEO | Law Firm believes that it is for the better. The legal marketing arm of Adviatech has been watching with anticipation to see how their clients’ websites might react to the change, not so much over concern of ranking decreases but rather hopes of increases. Just as the Google Panda updates in February moved low quality sites down, higher quality websites moved […]


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Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2011 – Some car accidents are a complete mystery. This single vehicle roll over fits into that category. “This particular case happened near Rindge, New Hampshire, and involved a 64-year-old man who suddenly veered off a road and smashed into a wooded area. Witnesses in the area said they saw the car plunge off the road and into the bushes, but saw no evident cause to account for why the man left the road suddenly,” said Charlie Donahue, a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2011 – The Third District Appellate Court of Illinois upheld a trial court’s ruling that a tractor-trailer driver and her company’s affiliates were liable for the deaths of two men and serious injuries of another. DeAn Henry was driving a tractor-trailer full of potatoes on Interstate 55 in Plainfield, Ill., when she realized that several vehicles ahead of her were not moving. She tried to stop her truck, but was unable to do so. Henry crashed into multiple automobiles, killing Joseph Sperl and Thomas Sanders, and injuring William Taluc. She was due to […]


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CHICAGO, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2011 – DRI – What: DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar has experts available to speak about the impact of the Supreme Court case Wal-Mart v. Dukes Who: R. Matthew Cairns, DRI President and Marc Williams, DRI Past President Why: The landmark Wal-Mart v. Dukes case has far-reaching implications for both Title VII class actions and for class actions more generally. Had the Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the district court and the Ninth Circuit, the effect could have been a dramatic expansion of the circumstances in which class certification […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice recently issued a guidance letter on the rights of all children to enroll in school. The guidance from their civil rights divisions is in response to student enrollment trends that, “chill, discourage, or exclude students because of their parents’ or guardians’ actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status.” Both federal departments want to send a clear message to educators and school administrators that equal educational opportunities to all children living within a district are the law. Civil rights laws and Supreme […]


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Leading Defense Experts Available for Comment CHICAGO, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2011 – DRI – What: DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar has experts available to speak about the impact of the Supreme Court decision on American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut. Who: T. Sky Woodward phone: 410-545-5823 Defense attorney with and Member of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC in Baltimore, Md. Experience includes major product liability and toxic tort cases. Recognized as a Maryland “Super Lawyer” in product liability defense and in Best Lawyers for product liability and mass tort defense. Serves as […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2011 – Companies put a lot of effort and money into their designs, sales and marketing tactics, so it is no wonder the Car-Freshner Corporation is aggravated by a company that is trying to use a similar tree design for its financial benefit. In a lawsuit against Stanislawski Marketing Ventures, who is doing business as Beck & Call promotional products, Car-Freshner alleges that the company “offers, markets, and distributes promotional air fresheners with a tree design that is indistinguishable from and confusingly similar to Car-Freshner’s distinctive Tree Design Marks.” The case is […]


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DRI—Voice of the Defense Bar—Weighs in on Opinions CHICAGO, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2011 – DRI – This morning the U.S. Supreme Court released decisions on two cases of critical importance to the defense bar. DRI is proud to announce that the holdings in Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AEP v. Connecticut both correspond to the arguments set forth in amicus curiae briefs that DRI filed to protect the interests of its members and their clients. The landmark Wal-Mart v. Dukes case has far-reaching implications for both Title VII class actions and for class actions more generally. Had the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2011 – Despite being one of the most-discussed issues in contemporary politics, immigration reform has been at a relative standstill at the federal level for almost a decade. But two former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service General Counsels argue that the executive branch of the government can actually implement change without waiting for Congress to pass a bill. Bo Cooper, Esq. and Paul Virtue, Esq., both former INS General Counsels, recently stated that law enforcement authority to use discretion in investigations and prosecutions is not just possible; it is “fundamental to the American […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2011 – Couples who are in a committed relationship but not married should register as domestic partners in California to get the benefits of certain legal protections. After registering, it is recommended to create a cohabitation agreement with a family law attorney’s expertise to define property rights, finances, parental rights and responsibilities, and even estate planning. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has seen a big increase of cohabitation agreements in 2011 for unmarried heterosexual couples and same-sex partners too, as California is still in a legal battle over gay marriage. Cohabitation […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2011 – Asbestos exposure is dangerous. Few realize that secondhand exposure may also be deadly. “It’s a fairly well known fact that direct exposure to asbestos typically results in deadly diseases. What many don’t know or understand is that secondhand exposure may also result in death – a wrongful death,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. For people who work directly with asbestos, they run the very high risk of contracting mesothelioma and lung cancer. Mesothelioma, in particular, is highly aggressive and rarely leaves its victims […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2011 – Hurricane season is quickly approaching, so homeowners need to be aware of property concerns. Even if an owner’s property is not subject to flooding, winds can do damage. Many people have trees on their property, and in the eyes of legal and insurance experts, trees can be a huge liability. Some properties have withstood heavy rains and winds for decades only to sustain serious damage due to falling branches or trees. In the eyes of the law, a property owner must maintain his or her premises in a safe, hazard-free way. […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2011 – Not many people understand the differences between secured and unsecured debt, only knowing they owe too much to ever pay it all back. “There is one very easy method to determine the differences between secured and unsecured debts, and that is if your creditor can take an item or property away from you, it is secured debt. For example, your home is secured with a loan and the lender can take it back it you don’t repay what you owe. As for unsecured debts, those do not involve property or […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2011 – It is not rocket science to figure out that bikers will suffer horrendous injuries or death, if they are involved in a wreck. The lack of protection is the main reason. “If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and actually walked away, albeit in rough shape, don’t think twice about hiring an Atlanta personal injury attorney with experience to help you get compensation for your injuries. You have rights and those rights need to be protected. Most of all, you have the right to claim for compensation for your injuries, more […]


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