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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Transportation changed its rule on hours-of-service for commercial truck drivers in an attempt to prevent highway crashes related to fatigue. The new rule cuts the maximum number of hours a driver can work by 12 hours a week from 82 hours in a seven-day period to only 70 hours. Commercial drivers also will have to take a half hour break for every 8 hours they drive. “The new hours of service rule will absolutely make our highways safer,” said Brunswick truck accident attorney Nathan Williams. “There will […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – A substantial amount of money may soon be tendered to pay for the outstanding claims made by recording artists for monies owed to them from digital sales of their music. Sony BMG has agreed to a settlement of $7.95 million for musicians such as Cheap Trick, The Allman Brothers, and The Youngbloods along with thousands of other class members. This deal will also give a 3 percent increase to their artists’ royalty rates for digital income. “The courts have determined that digital downloads should be recognized as a license, not […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – A gas leak causing an explosion killed one and injured another in North Austin, Texas. Who is culpable for the gas leak? “The house involved in this catastrophic explosion was completely demolished, and a neighboring home was shoved off its foundation by two and a half feet. It was horrific for all those involved,” recounted Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of The Lee Law Firm in Austin, Texas. Apparently, the force of the explosion could be felt up to a quarter-mile away, and several other homes had their […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – People going through a divorce have an instinct to open up with their friends and express their emotions and feelings about what is going on in their life. Divorce can feel alienating and people will feel a natural inclination to seek out opinions from friends that might agree with them. This is when social media platforms like Facebook can be particularly dangerous during divorce proceedings. Speaking unkindly about a spouse on any social media can be brought up in court. “Before a divorce and even during a divorce, the most important […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – Most people think of alimony as the way in which men support their ex-wives after a divorce. Changes in the economy and job equality have changed the way people see alimony. The new household breadwinner may be wearing the high heals in the family rather than pants. Women are achieving higher levels of power in corporations and starting more businesses. In fact, research firm GMI has charted 3 consecutive years of growth in the number of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. As women claim their piece of the economy and […]


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Boston, MA (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – Attorney Kara McLoy has joined the Hamill Law firm as a senior litigation associate. Kara graduated cum laude from Suffolk Law School and was the Law Review Editor-in-Chief. She was awarded the law faculty outstanding student award, as well as the Judge Frank J. Donahue achievement award. Attorney McLoy held a number of prestigous clerkships prior to entering private practice including with the New Hampshire Supreme Court. She was also the research assistant and editor for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Her private practice included eight years at an international law […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – Recognized business legal expert, Ron Naves, is now launching his own firm–with a new legal business model. Unlike traditional firms who offer very little flexibility in regard to hiring their services, Ron Naves is helping to change the legal field and offering his expert services based on the needs of his clients. “Fractional General Counsel ownership,” or being able to hire an experienced legal professional at an affordable, flat rate, for a fixed period of time is a new and creative approach to reducing legal expenses and solving legal challenges […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2012 – On April 12, PLAN/NJ hosted a special event celebrating those who work on behalf of differently abled individuals. The event took place at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, N.J., and was organized by Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey (PLAN/NJ). The organization works to help families with loved ones who have mental challenges or other disabilities to plan for the future by providing financial and social services. “The work that PLAN/NJ does is so important, and Begley Law Group is honored to be able to help make this happen,” […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2012 – The President says immigrants are welcome and yet hundreds of undocumented workers are fired. Actions speak louder than words. “We’re all familiar with the old saying, that what you say means nothing, if not backed up by your actions. This seems to be the case, increasingly so, with Obama. He says immigrants are welcome, and yet hundreds of illegal aliens are fired across the nation. Most recently, it was 200 undocumented workers fired from Pacific Steel Casting Company in Berkeley, California. This is just one example of many,” observed Larry S. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2012 – A first of its kind divorce expo was held in New York City at the beginning of April with speakers and exhibitors ranging from stylists to counselors to lawyers. The expo was held over the course of two days at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion. The expo was called Start Over Smart: A Modern Divorce Expo. It included panel discussions, keynote speakers, socials and small group discussions, according to the expo’s website. “An expo is a great way to help people going through a divorce feel like they are not alone in […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2012 – Two women served a mere 42 days for abusing nursing home residents. This is not right. “This case just made me see red,” indicated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. “Residents in nursing homes are in need of special care. They are there because they need help, and are to be treated with dignity, respect and caring. When a nursing home caretaker commits abuse, the most fundamental trust of all is shattered. It is unconscionable.” The facts of this case […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2012 – Once again, a wrong-way crash kills five and injures two. This wreck was catastrophic. “Five dead and two seriously injured in a wrong way crash. It’s shocking to think that so many innocent people could lose their lives because someone was driving like a maniac on the wrong side of the road,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. The Louisiana State Police had their hands full at this devastating accident scene; police reports indicated a vehicle was heading east in the westbound lane when it rammed into another car […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2012 – When filling out paperwork for Veterans Administration benefits, it can often be helpful to recount the various stressors and traumatic events that happened while a service member was deployed. “The first time a veteran fills out paperwork to claim benefits from the VA is when that vet needs to thoroughly outline his or her experiences,” said veterans disability lawyer Jim Fausone with Legal Help for Veterans. “It may have seemed like another day at the office for a vet who spent two deployments surrounded by explosions. It is important to document […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2012 – To protect creditors from bankruptcy abuse, it is mandatory for people going into bankruptcy to go through credit counseling about six months before filing. The credit counseling has to be valid in the bankruptcy court, so it is important to research the requirements to make sure the counseling meets the criteria. “The bankruptcy petition will likely be thrown out if the credit counseling was not done correctly,” said Brandon bankruptcy attorney Reginald Osenton. “Make sure to use a pre-approved counseling agency, and get it done as soon in the process as […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2012 – Pain clinics that operate without a license or overprescribe pain medication have been the recent targets of Florida law enforcement. Since a law was put in place in mid 2011, Florida has cracked down on clinics and doctors that prescribe excessive amounts of pain pills. Doctor shopping, shoddy prescription practices, and makeshift pain clinics have dramatically decreased, but there is still more work to do. “The damage that is done to a person at these pill mills can be extensive,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce, of Joyce & Reyes […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2012 – In Florida the legal blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or greater is how police determine if a driver is intoxicated. A driver suspected of DUI or DWI may be subject to a field sobriety test conducted by a police officer. During a field sobriety test, a motorist may be subjected to a series of tests. Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) is an involuntary twitching of the eye that occurs at sharp peripheal angles. It occurs at lesser angles when someone is intoxicated. The officer generally monitors that motion with […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2012 – New credit cards are tempting to use before filing for bankruptcy. This is not a wise plan. If an individual is facing a bankruptcy, and also received a new credit card, the temptation exists to go ahead and use the card before filing a petition. This is not a wise move, indicated Iowa bankruptcy lawyer Kevin Ahrenholz. If the card is used just prior to filing, this may send a clear signal to the courts that the debtor is attempting to defraud the system, particularly if large items were bought. […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2012 – Filing for a divorce can be difficult and stressful. The road ahead has many uncharted obstacles, but for Colorado residents, some rules go into effect immediately after filing their Petition for Dissolution. Regardless of whether the decision is mutual, once a divorce is filed in Colorado both parties are governed by some new guidelines. Something many people that are considering a divorce may not realize is that upon filing, a mandatory protection order (or restraining order) goes into effect against both parties. The protection order prohibits either party from selling property, […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2012 – Evidently, even doctors lie when they think they may be in trouble and can avoid taking responsibility for their actions. “It is rather dismaying to note that a recent study has found that roughly 11 percent of physicians admit they have lied to a patient or a child guardian within the past year. A further 20 percent indicate they haven’t told the patient about the mistake because they were afraid of being sued,” outlined Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of the Mellino Law Firm LLC, in Ohio. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2012 – Some of the most bitter custody battles can be entirely avoided with some careful estate planning. These battles are not about the children, the house or the pets – they are about the family farm. In many industries, a family business being handed down from one generation to the next is a seamless operation. The family farm can sometimes be more emotional. “If the elder generation has not done smart, careful estate planning, then the next generation will suffer,” said Brandon estate planning attorney Reginald Osenton. “The last thing anybody wants […]


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