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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2011 – Struggling Central Florida homeowners have a new option to remain in their homes thanks to a program that has been successfully tested in Orlando federal court. By filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and participating in the new mediation program available in Orlando, some homeowners have been able to restructure their mortgages, lower interest rates or even reduce loans on homes that were overvalued, according to a story in the St. Petersburg Times. “Sometimes we have to make tough decisions and filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is not an easy one, but […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2011 – Two big rigs getting into an accident occurs more often than one might think. This reported accident killed a trucker. “It was a strange sort of accident, that no one saw coming. It happened in the blink of an eye,” said Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law. “The trucker happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and although he made it to the hospital alive, after being taken out of the truck with the jaws of life, he died […]


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Manchester, NH (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2011 – Car accidents are very common. Some accidents bring out the worst behaviors as this case demonstrates. “This reported case is not unusual in terms of the accident itself, as the car crashed into a building,” explained Charlie Donahue, a Manchester personal injury lawyer located in New Hampshire. “However, what is off the wall is the driver took off after the crash and left an injured passenger behind in the vehicle. That brings new meaning to the term ‘friend’ and not a nice one,” added Donahue. After the crash, the man left […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2011 – Even though policy reform was announced more than two years ago by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), not much has happened in detention facilities. “Just about two years ago, there was an announcement that made people sit up and take notice; plans for some serious revamping of ICE’s detention system was in the pipeline to make penitentiaries more like civil detention centers. That made sense given that most of those in the cells were classified as administrative immigration detainees,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2011 – Many think bankruptcy clears up all of their debts. This is not always the case. “There are a lot of myths floating around about filing bankruptcy and what happens when you are done with the process,” stated Kevin Ahrenholz, an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer. “For instance, many people figure that once they declare bankruptcy, all of their debts are wiped out. This is not always true.” The public needs to be aware that unsecured debts (non-exempt) may be completely wiped out on discharge of a bankruptcy proceeding. Secured debts are wiped […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2011 – Recent lawsuits show doctors who received kickbacks were not punished, despite drug companies paying out settlements for marketing fraud. “These latest lawsuits are as horrifying as they are disturbing,” remarked Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer and wrongful death lawyer of The Mellino Law Firm LLC, in Ohio. “They highlight a lack of ethical behavior on the part of doctors who appear to be more interested in money than in taking care of patients.” The most recent lawsuit saw Alpharma pay out $42.5 million to settle federal claims […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2011 – Movie remakes and new interpretations happen all the time. But such popular topics should not detract from thoroughly researching copyrights, examining how a new work meets fair use laws, and seeking to enter into any appropriate licenses and/or contracts that are needed to ensure the production can continue on. Otherwise, a movie studio, director, and other relevant parties can be subject to litigation during filming, or even worse, after profits have started to come in. In the current case of Effie Film LLC v Gregory Murphy, Effie Film wanted to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2011 – OSHA’s new whistleblower rules should make for more thorough and complaint investigations, according to Dallas business attorney Ty Gomez. The new rules manual for whistleblower investigators calls for more thorough investigations as OSHA increases the number of investigators. “An increase in the number of agents investigating whistleblower claims inevitably means an increase in lawsuits filed,” said Gomez. “Employers facing whistleblower claims need to hire an attorney who understands the new regulations and how they affect investigations and cases.” Among the changes at OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program, investigators will be more thoroughly […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2011 – Sometimes other vehicles cause big rig wrecks. This fatal case clearly illustrates that. “In this reported case, it was a clear day, fairly early in the morning, and the roads were good and visibility was fine,” reported Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “That didn’t stop the horrific crash that took the life of the Durango driver, putting the truck driver in the hospital to deal with serious injuries.” The 44-year-old Durango driver was heading west on the highway at the time of the wreck. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2011 – A recent White House Jobs Council Interim Report issued in October, 2011 calls for more skilled immigrants as a key component to economic recovery in the United States. Citing Google, Intel, Yahoo! and Home Depot as successful American companies started by immigrants that employ hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers, the report queried whether the next great companies will be started by entrepreneurial talent that came to America to study but found a more welcoming business environment in China or South Korea, places that compete with the U.S. It reasoned that […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2011 – The Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City recently opened Phase I of its expanded and remodeled emergency room. The new ER brings top-quality emergency care closer to the people of Pasco County. The ER remodel adds 8,400 square feet, including an imaging suite, new exam rooms, a triage area and a patient/guest lounge, according to the PRMC. “These improvements are good news for Pasco County,” said Zephyrhills personal injury lawyer Robert Alston. “This community deserves a quality, local ER and accident victims with serious injuries will benefit from the quality […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2011 – The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services has increased the state’s daily average private-pay rate for nursing home care, which affects the transfer of assets divisor for the Medicaid penalty period. The new rate of $142.92 is used to calculate transfer penalties for individuals requesting Medicaid services who have transferred assets for less than fair market value within five years of applying for Medicaid assistance. The new rate is effective for all persons with case actions starting September 1, 2011. “Transfers of assets play a big role in your Medicaid […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2011 – A recent Colorado Supreme Court ruling settled an interstate child custody case in favor of the mother who moved two children across the country to Colorado and holds that New York courts no longer had jurisdiction in the case because the children had been gone for too long. The original custody agreement from the 2004 divorce gave the mother custody and gave the father visitation rights. Two years later, the mother moved the children to Massachusetts and four years after that the mother and children moved to Colorado. During the Colorado […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2011 – Florida’s new power of attorney statute marks some significant changes for those who need to act as an agent for an individual. Perhaps the biggest change in the law will require more detail in the scope of the power of attorney, or POA. “You won’t be able to use sweeping, broad language in the contract anymore,” said Brandon estate planning attorney Reginald Osenton, of Osenton Law Offices. “Each specific act granted to the POA – from banking to health care – needs to be specifically laid out.” The new law says […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2011 – The October issue of “The Hearing Journal” reports that hearing loss among American war veterans is at an epidemic level. The Department of Veterans Affairs recorded a 15 percent increase of payments for hearing-related injuries last year, according to the report. There are 745,000 veterans now being compensated for tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, a number that rose almost 100,000 in 2010. The VA is compensating 672,000 veterans for hearing loss. Tinnitus and hearing loss are the two largest categories of service-related injuries. Annual payments for hearing-related conditions by the […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2011 – The California Legislature recently passed a bill to allow gay couples to get divorced. SB651 will go into effect in January 2012, and for same sex couples that got married in California in 2008, it will provide them with a way to dissolve their marriage. Back in May 2008, California briefly upheld the ability of same sex couples to marry, but by November of that same year Proposition 8 banned gay marriages. Around 18,000 gay couples were married in California during this time. “As with any marriages, sometimes later on […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2011 – The newly released 2011-2012 “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® recognize several attorneys and practice areas of Peitzman, Weg & Kempinsky LLP, a business bankruptcy, restructuring and litigation boutique. Peitzman, Weg & Kempinsky LLP was again rated a First Tier firm in the category of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law for Los Angeles, and the firm was one of only three boutique law firms in the United States to achieve a national ranking in the Second Tier for Bankruptcy […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2011 – With the price of gold skyrocketing, many novice and seasoned investors are looking to get in on the action. Since the market for this commodity is so hot, unfortunately scam artists are setting up bogus luncheons, seminars, and companies to bilk individuals out of their money. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently published an Investor Alert, “Gold” Stocks – Some Investments Mine Your Pocketbook. “Investors need to be wary of whom they place their investments with and research the financial consultant and firm before they spend their money and […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2011 – Four Texas communities will be served by stronger citizenship preparation initiatives thanks in part to grants through the Department of Defense. Organizations in Pearland, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin secured funds as part of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Adult Reading Center in Pearland, a suburb of Houston, and the Austin Learning Academy’s Family Learning Center both landed grants to aid English language instruction and civics lessons to help immigrants in the naturalization process. Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee said the grants […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2011 – Blinking traffic lights often cause confusion. In this case, they caused a death. “While cities may have their reasons for reverting some traffic lights to blinking status after a certain designated hour, they can be confusing. This reported case is a clear example,” explained Robert Webb, an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with Webb & D’Orazio, a law firm specializing in personal injury, malpractice, criminal defense, and business law. “The young teen in this reported case, a 17-year-old, was a passenger in a car with his mother, when they were T-boned by […]


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