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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – Combat veterans who have encountered large explosions may suffer from the same repeated concussions seen recently in athletes, according to a new study. Researchers at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, in partnership with Boston University, studied the brain tissue of four service members who had been exposed to large blasts. The research shows that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) can be caused by the type and force of blasts associated with improvised explosive device (IED). The report was published online in Science Translational Medicine May 16. “This study is an important […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – A new report authored by several organizations has found many children of LGBT parents are hurt by outdated and even discriminatory laws. Titled ‘Securing Legal Ties for Children Living in LGBT Families’, it was compiled and published by the Movement Advancement Project, the Family Equality Council, and Center for American Progress. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Equality Federation were partners in the report. According to their publication, which can be found on LGBTmap.org, current laws do not adequately address the needs of many children, resulting in a number of […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – Current case law in Florida allows law enforcement officers to search a person’s cell phone incident to arrest, a situation that some say violates the Fourth Amendment. This June, a Florida appeals court ruled in State v. Glasco (Glasco) that a law enforcement officer can search the contents of a suspect’s cell phone after an arrest, with no search warrant necessary. The case follows a similar decision in Smallwood v. Florida (Smallwood), a 2011 case. The case law, while limited, makes a wide range of personal information available to law enforcement, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – This year’s farm crop may not be quite as plentiful. The food shortages generated later, along with higher costs, will be linked to massive crackdowns on illegal immigration. “You can’t speak out of both sides of your mouth and not have something catch up with you later,” insisted Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “On one hand the government keeps saying they will work on reforming the immigration system to welcome more immigrants. On the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – Not all wrongful death lawsuits that go to court are resolved in favor of the plaintiff. This is one of those cases. “Wrongful death lawsuits are not always resolved in favor of the plaintiff, and this case is one of those instances. In this story, a jury found in favor of officials at a jail where an inmate had died due to drug withdrawal while in custody,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The 41-year-old female prisoner died in 2005. The woman’s family filed […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2012 – In order to save money during a divorce, many couples are turning to mediation. If mediation fails, litigation is still an option. “When couples are facing divorce, many of them automatically think about going to court. Tempers flare, stress is high and the parties don’t know what to do, other than contact a lawyer. That is the first step. The second is to find out what your rights are in the state you live in, and the third step is to ask if there are other alternatives to going to court. […]


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Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2012 – Communication technology is great, but it can be deadly in a vehicle. “Distracted driving kills,” said Charlie Donahue, a Nashua injury and medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “You have tons of communications technology in a vehicle and you don’t ignore it. Most people use it while they are driving, adjust it, talk on it, dial it or try to program it. What happens when they do that? They usually end up in an accident, and either get seriously injured or killed. The price of using technology in […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2012 – New research has revealed that the rate of divorce has increased greatly among older Americans. The trend is significant, as the United States is already the top country in the world for divorce. As baby boomers enter their golden years, divorce rates may increase even more. I-Fen Lin and Susan Brown, of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green University, conducted a study that showed that for Americans 50 years old or older, the rate of divorce doubled between 1990 and 2009. This held true for Americans […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2012 – Getting out of a motorcycle wreck alive and able to function is virtually a miracle. It makes survivors crusaders for common sense safety. “Bikers who survive a horrific wreck often want to give back to their community the gift of common sense safety when it comes to motorcyclists. They want to raise the awareness of other drivers about sharing the road safely, about being aware of everything going on around them and reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities racked up every year,” said Stephen Ozcomert, an injury lawyer in […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2012 – While an initial guardianship consult provides a client a substantial amount of information pertaining to the process and requirements for such a filing, it is important to recognize and explain the role of court appointed counsel. Pursuant to Rule 4:86-4(b), the Court is obligated to appoint legal counsel to represent persons who are alleged to be mentally incapacitated. “At a minimum, the court appointed attorney, in representing his or her client, has the responsibility of meeting with the alleged incapacitated person, make inquiries of persons having knowledge of the individual’s circumstances, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2012 – Hit and run drivers leave behind terror and havoc. This case clearly points that out. “I’ve seen and heard about a lot of ugly accidents during the course of practicing personal injury law in Austin,” said Bobby Lee, a personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas, “and this case is no exception – a hit and run driver that caused two back-to-back accidents on a busy highway, shutting it down in both directions while the accident scene was cleaned up.” From eyewitness reports, a hit and run […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2012 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP is the featured speaker at the 33rd Annual Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Program on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Mr. Krooks will examine the valuable tool of the income-only trust from an elder law perspective, and its potential tax implications and “boiler plate” traps. Mr. Krooks was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. Krooks has received his AEP accreditation from the National Association of Estate Planners […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2012 – It should be common knowledge that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous. Drivers who make phone calls or send text messages take their minds off the task at hand, and can cause serious traffic accidents. But a recent New Jersey case tested the theory that the sender of a text message can be held liable for a collision caused by the recipient of the message. The short answer, according to Superior Court Judge David Rand, is no. Linda and David Kubert were on their motorcycle in Morris County, New […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2012 – The Texas Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in Shell v. Ross. The ruling stated that an oil and gas company did not have to reimburse a royalty owner for incorrect payments, because the statute of limitations had lapsed. The decision overturned a jury verdict of $72,000 in favor of the royalty owner. “This case is a wake-up call for all royalty owners,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “Even though Ross was in the right, the court ruled that he waited too long to act even […]


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Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2012 – Utah’s Supreme Court has handed down a decision that may impact how liability for medical malpractice is handled. “It goes without saying that the law can change on a dime. Any given day, there may be a Supreme Court decision that, rather than clarifying an issue, ends up causing more trouble than it is worth. The decision I am referring to is a ruling that states medical professionals have a duty to consider how a patient’s treatment may affect their family. That means family members could sue their relative’s doctor if […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2012 – A man described as a pill mill “mogul” received a sentence of 20 years in federal prison, but his sentence may be greatly reduced because of his cooperation with authorities. According to court records, Vincent Colangelo, 43, dispensed more than half a million prescription pills, such as oxycodone throughout Florida, racking up a small fortune before he was apprehended. “This case is another sad reminder of the pill mill epidemic Florida is facing,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa pill mill litigation attorney, with Joyce & Reyes Law Firm. “While this perpetrator […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2012 – Managers need to be careful what they say in emails. Those emails may end up as evidence in a lawsuit. “Before the advent of the Internet and email, texting, people used to just call or talk co-workers and management in person. If there was an issue at work with an employee, a manager would call someone in Human Resources, asking for advice. Phone calls are no longer as common as emails,” commented Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2012 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed several changes to the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. This is the form which employers use to verify the identity and employment eligibility of workers. The form facilitates compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits the knowing employment of undocumented workers. The changes proposed include making the form visually clearer, while lengthening it from one page to two pages, and lengthening the instructions from three pages to six pages. Despite doubling the length of the form and instructions, USCIS estimates […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2012 – There is a perceived bias that fathers are discriminated against by the family court system, but fathers do have legal rights in a divorce. “There is a myth that fathers do not have the same legal rights in a divorce as the mother does. That is definitely a myth, as fathers ‘do’ have legal rights, something that my firm fiercely champions,” remarked Bill Thode, a Denver divorce lawyer. Divorce laws in many states typically award custody to the parent that is the closest to the child; the one that will help […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2012 – On July 12, the Florida Supreme Court ruled on a state drug law that has been the subject of controversy. In a 5-2 ruling, the Court upheld the law, which requires that defendants prove they did not know they were carrying an controlled substance. The 2002 law shifts the burden of proof to defendants, unlike nearly every other state, where prosecutors are required to prove that the defendant knew the substance was illegal. “This opinion by the Florida Supreme Court violates a bedrock principle of the American criminal justice system,” said […]


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